Originally Posted by Hardtoe
I think a lot of people get used to the sterility of the "perfect" digital sound blank backdrop, but in reality a little noise is your friend if you want glue - I think of hiss like sitting by the sea and hearing the waves lap up - there has to a damn lot of wind before I take issue with it.
It seems that a lot of people like the extreme clarity of the daw mix, in which case, analog emulations probably aren't for you - there is no right or wrong, only your own taste.
Do what YOU hear as sounding the best - maybe VCC is not for your mixes (I do remember Fabrice mentioning at one point that the hiss is integral to the effect, so it MUST be there for VCC to do its thing).
Or maybe just not on all tracks. On loud pumping tracks the noise is hardly noticeable, or even, as you say, helpful regarding the battle against that dirty phrase "digital sterility". But on dynamically ambient works let me assure you, the noise shows little respect for quiet passages.
When I started out producing electronic music in the early 90's there was no such thing as totally ITB mixing. I had a 24 channel mixing desk, some out board synths (many of which I still have and use) and a Yamaha sampler, along with some out board FX, compressors, re-verb, delay etc. And the one thing I remember clearly not being alone in was the never ending battle against unwanted noise. There were many (out of my price-bracket) automated mixing desks that could mute and un-mute channels as needed. Not that unsimilar to Hiss Auto Mute in VCC when you think about it.
I have trouble recollecting quality commercial tracks with an obvious hiss throughout.
To my ears VCC is the best sounding desk emulation out there when the noise is sufficiently masked. At this point I'm toying with the idea of trying Satson for ambient works, or even no emulation plugins at all. As ever, quality of sound is my goal. Always has been and always will be, and as always, I will never let sales hype and general opinion over ride what my ears perceive.
Maybe I'll change my mind when I hear a punter say "tune dude! And that hiss thing over the top was cool too."
Maybe Slate could find a way to put the hiss on its own track so we could add or remove as we see fit, or even do a little side-chaining. That might be cool.
ETA: Here's a thought that just came to mind. Maybe it would be a good idea to experiment with putting the VCC plugin last in the chain, after compression, EQ and other FX that effect volume, hence noise. Mmmm, food for thought. I'm on it