Originally Posted by Antoine8
Does anyone else regret wasting money on this thing?
Nothing against plugs but I certainly would have preferred spending my money on hardware instead.
I gave it a go for a few months, but honestly not impressed in any way. A month later I went out an purchased an API 2500 and wow, this I like.
Don't know, no matter how much I try to like plugs, I just can't.
I mean I often hear producers rave on about the UAD Plugs, but seriously I do not why.
It was actually the arrival of my Roland Dimensions D which arrived in the mail yesterday that promted this thread. What the UAD Plug is supposed to sound the same, no chance. You should hear the real hardware!
It is confirmed, I wasted my money for real!!
Any AB soundclips possible? But honestly made, it is easy to skew the test because of bias... try to make plug-ins sound exactly the same as HW and post the audio...
I know a guy with several 1176LN, LA-2As, Distressors, Eventide 8000 etc. But he swears that if all the toys are taken away from him and he can only choose one thing - he would choose his UAD-2 quad and all the plug ins - he actually has ALL the plug-ins.
He raves about the reverbs, loves the new flanger, says he wanted to hear the difference between 1176 and plug-in but just can't, only when pushed extremely and even then..., the only thing that he says is not modelled that well is LA-2A. (I hope UA will make an updated UAD-2 version one day)
Maybe you have a room full of HW, but the fact is - you can mix extremely well with UAD plug-ins. They can't be an excuse for not achieving top sound.
But if you can afford HW and can deal with that workflow and only a few instances of certain compressor, etc., go for it.
Just trying to put across that UAD-2 with all those sweet plug-ins is a very serious mixing tool that you (and maybe a very few others) just happen not to "dig it".