Originally Posted by Ken Lewis
Just because the meter is red and i am slamming the channel doesnt mean it sounds distorted or even sounds like its clipping, as you have observed, you cant hear any. I actually use that as a sound shaping technique, i go kind of in depth with it in my Snare Compression Lesson as well. You get a certain sound with certain plugins by driving them really hard. Sometimes they sound more analog to me that way, probably because of the little bits of distortion they introduce.
My SSL is an AWS900+, not the Matrix. The AWS sounds amazing and has tons of head room. When i want something to sound like i'm driving the channel hard, i drive the channel hard. this is something mixers have done with SSL's since the dawn of time. they saturate nicely when you want them to
Sorry about denouncing your 900+!! I didn't mean anything by it!
So, what would you attribute the driving sound to the plug or the AWS? The reason I am asking is I'm wondering if I would get the same results ITB without analog summing.