sorry been crazy at work the past weeks and missed this post. I use console 1 on practically every mix. It is a great toolkit which is very comprehensive. The gates are useful and work well on most sources, I use punch and sustain on kicks,snares & toms, EQ is really good and well visualised, the comps can be sometimes a little heavy-handed (always A/B them to start out with) and the Drive & character works really well too. I have the API & Neve flavours too, but to be honest i mostly use the standard as delivered SSL.
Hope this helps!