Originally Posted by andrewj
Audiocube!? Wow heard this very often, but could never imagine that such ugly interfaces can control high quality algorithms!
Kidding, of cours this one is good. Worked with mastering guys that use audiocube a lot (By the way: Sorry to say buit is definately ugly!).
But Airmate: Are you sure that this software sounds as good as high quality outboard?
Sorry guys, I am the biggest fan of DAWs and the easier way, but to me there is still a big difference betwenn the expensive extra cool analog outboard sound and the sound of a plugin. There are great PlugIns around, but not as great as a Crane Song tool or a DW Fearn or whatever in the same league.
Just my opinion! My teachers in graphical arts always said: "It just doesn't matter how you achieved something, it matters what you achieved!" And I am sure you can achieve a lot with the Soft stuff today
the cube workstation is a serious monster...
at the moment i'm in a mastering studio that is working on a cube two or three times a week. they also have a very outstanding analog setup - for instance a couple of fairman units.
but most of the time they're working inside the cube. the workflow is just amazing, and the sound is ... well ... unsurpassed by anything digital i've heard before.
the other day we've made a shootout between audio cube plugins and a GML 9500
and 2030. to our ears both setups were more or less on a par.
the entire system is uniquely transparent sounding - the cueb definitely sounds "as good" as high quality analog outboard. sometimes even better... i mean, can analog get any "better" than GML, and even they were absolutely on par with the cube.
for instance, the portico thingy was literally smoked by the cube...
i'd consider myself an analog guy as well. in my production/mixdown studio i have a nice arsenal of vintage/hi-end/analog gear. so generally spoken i'm biased towards the analog world, indeed.
but the audio cube is the first digital system i'm really, really enthusiastic about.
of course it has is price, but it's definitely worth it.
if a production really needs some "analog" coloration/glue during mastering then of course analog is still the way to go. but in virtually all other cases i'd prefer the audio cube.
to me it has proven several times that the audio cube is the best mastering suite for my productions. my stuff doesn't need any additional coloration in the mastering stage. i can (and will) do this while recording and mixing. i want to have some general tonal balancing in the mastering stage, but i want them to leave my sound as transparent and untouched as possible.