Either or both!!!! If you can get tools you like on a single plugin, why not use it?
Tracktion/Waveform offers a plugin called Master Mix. https://www.tracktion.com/products/master-mix
It will work as an AU or VST plugin. 90 day free demo, nothing to lose by trying it. Every so often, all their software goes on sale if you want to go that route.
I have it, use in on individual tracks all the time. Haven't gone deep with it yet - the gui is pretty straightforward.
I've messed with IK Multimedia's ONE plugin too, it sounds good to me and has a good set of tools. https://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/trone/
IK usually does a TRackS bundle sale every so often. ONE is a plugin I got when I posted about that a while ago.
Simple gui, just turn knobs.
I've got homework to do!!!!
Meanwhile. I'm making a dedicated "mini patch bay" to add a couple of physical channel strips to my little rack of stuff. I fixed an HHB Radius 40 I've had for years and added a Presonus Eureka.
I've liked the things I can get done going in with those tools too.