Originally Posted by Palaver
I write a lot of 'bass-heavy' music. The Obsidian is easy to use and the metering is excellent. Bass will not be a problem.
It's an SSL-type compressor that's wide and clean (see my posts earlier in the thread). Its settings can also be easily recalled which meets my checklist.
In reality, I'd quit 'humming' and 'hawing.' I can't imagine you going wrong with any box mentioned in this thread. Quality certainly won't be an issue. It's going to come down to your workflow.
Just buy and try. Or find a reputable dealer that will help you.
A word of advice: none of these tools will make your content better. And I'd simply stay ITB if I wasn't running my mix-buss outboard gear thru a high-end mastering converter. Also, usually when I used to start threads like these, I was simply sitting idle with more money than brains... I wish I could take my own advice!
Get off this site before it rots your brain!
Thats great to hear it works well. I think i will just go with the api and obsidian for drums and mix buss, respectively.
Yeah of course it wont fix the content.. I am looking for a functional unit that sounds great and can improve my mixing workflow. I do drum buss and mix buss compression with plugins and believe hardware will be even better sonically and fun to use. Plus, sadly but realistically, having them will also improve the legitimacy of my studio.. Even though thats secondary it doesnt hurt.
I use the apogee symphony i/o which i find to be a great converter. I currently have a ubk fatso, clariphonic, api 5500 and 1176ln which i use for busses, mixes and tracking. I love using hardware and find that it has improved my sound pretty substantially. Now i just want hardware for drum buss and mix buss and frankly dont really want much else. Any other money i invest in the future will be going to front end stuff like mics and preamps, although i am pretty content with my great rivers and p1s.
Anyway thanks again for the input. My mind is pretty much made up.
I also looked at the a designs nail as i love all of montessi's stuff but for now i think these two will do exactly what i want them to. Now its time to save up!