So far while making synthy 80s music, i hardly used channel strips yet (no vocals). I did get an api vision myself. Neve is...hmm....very characteristic..but too much imho.
I have another suggestion. I LOVE this sound. Its no channel strip, but its on my to buy list: https://youtu.be/7HlA-hi3vWs
Amx digital reverb. This thing has soul.
It might not be the thing being used on say whitney houston's voice, but it could as well be. Its amazing