Originally Posted by SWAN808
that musotalk comparison seems really thorough - its possible to follow bits of it if you dont feel german but would be great to have subtitles or something...
From what I gather the engineer says the software is close but there is a small nuance in the hardware in the bass and punch...which is the usual for plugin vs hardware comparisons...
I can hear it, even in the Youtube vid, which has good audio quality BTW
The plugin has a bit more of a plastic type quality, subtle, more noticable in that software sounding dance track in the video.
If you use hardware synths, the difference will be much less IMO
But how much of it is the hardware and how much of it is the converters used?
All the high end convertors sound different from each other, and all colour the sound compared to the original in loopback tests.
In any case, I feel the plugin is currently the most hardware sounding plugin for that type of VCA compression. Can be pushed hard. It's quite coloured though, as can be seen in the vid when running a sinewave through it. Almost Nebula like, colouring wise.
Elysia Alpha for the bus/mastering is another I forgot to mention. Very punchy, just like the hardware...
Also coded by Brainworx - genius
BTW I like that hardware monitor controller the mastering engineer in the vid is using - allows you to crossfade between the hardware compressor and the plugin chain with the knob- handy!