Originally Posted by Dubster
The amount the input had to be driven for moderate gain reduction (relative to both the hardware units I've encountered and almost every emulation I've tried) also struck me as odd. Otherwise I'm pretty sold (although it would be nice if the upgrade from the previous generations of the full version of TRackS was a little lower).
Steven, I reproduced your settings with the Black 76 using the drums shootout track in Studio One. On one track, I imported your 1176 track, and on another, the original unprocessed drums. On the unprocessed drums, I matched your setting from the photo. I rounded to an even -12.0dB for the INPUT and -21.0dB for the OUTPUT, ATTACK 1.0, RELEASE 7.0, and RATIO 4. I then placed the Presonus Mixtool plugin in front of Black 76, and boosted the input by 18dB, and set the channel fader to -6dB. At these settings, the 1176 and Black 76 are indistinguishable, even in rapid solo/mute swapping. In fact, the 2 tracks even phase cancel up to about 12dB.
This is as I suspected. As I said earlier, in our software -18dBFS = 0dBV, which is standard software trim level, and as Dubster has discovered, is standard for just about every other developer as well.
To get that British Drum sound like you do, you have to slam the output to the 1176, (particularly at 4:1) which is common to do in the analog domain. So you need an analog, so to speak, when working ITB. There is no harm these days in pushing into the red in the digital domain, with 32-bit float and even 64-bit internal processing. You won't get clipping, instead you should get something analogous to doing it with hardware.