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Studer A800 or FATSO?

Which one to buy?
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Both.
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But what if you only could choose one?
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Studer is more cumulative in nature across a mix. Fatso sounds great on busses or final outs (also sounds great on bass). Together? Magic. Good luck choosing!
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I have both...if I were to do one first it would be fatso...more uses..it will do some warming in a different way. Eventually you'll want both...eventually you'll want everything.
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Eventually you'll want both...eventually you'll want everything.
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Studer A800 or FATSO?

+1 for FATSO... Definitely more uses. I bought one when it came out and sold it last year. No doubt I'm buying an other one, most likely a Kush audio version, the Gregory Scott mod. Funny thing is that I might sell a 2 track tape machine to finance it! So yeah, as much as I love tape, FATSO is definitely more versatile. At least you have the possibility to choose not to loose high end, as oppose to tape, yet bash it down by setting warmth to 8 if that's what you want. Of course you don't have all the artifacts and all, that's why, like every other reply up there, I think you'll also want both... Eventually!
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Studer A800 or FATSO?

May I also add that UAD just released a tape simulation plug-in that looks pretty convincing. Can't wait to try it out myself... There's a video on their website. This is, IMO the first actually good plug-in for that purpose, with crane song's as a close second...
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I should have made the headline clearer. I am talking about the UAD-2 plugins. Hardware isn´t really on my mind anymore, so I kinda forgot to mention UAD.
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Definitely the A800! I bought the Fatso but don't really use it all I have found, and is one of those things you go "that sounds pretty good" on it's own but in the mix I usually don't like it.
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got both. In terms of algo based saturation/tape effects they are the best. Get both or get...............Ne...........
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Definitely the A800! I bought the Fatso but don't really use it all I have found, and is one of those things you go "that sounds pretty good" on it's own but in the mix I usually don't like it.
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Studer A800 or FATSO?

You'll be enjoying the fatso for many years after the A800 is obsolete, discontinued, incompatible, etc.

I still have and use hardware I bought in the 80s. Most plugs have a five year life span, if you are lucky, for the original purchase price.

Not saying that the A800 couldn't be awesome, but I'd opt for hardware first - and track through it.
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You'll be enjoying the fatso for many years after the A800 is obsolete, discontinued, incompatible, etc.

I still have and use hardware I bought in the 80s. Most plugs have a five year life span, if you are lucky, for the original purchase price.

Not saying that the A800 couldn't be awesome, but I'd opt for hardware first - and track through it.
If hardware is on the table then the Portico 5042 might be worth looking at. Never used it, just sayin'...
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May I also add that UAD just released a tape simulation plug-in that looks pretty convincing. Can't wait to try it out myself... There's a video on their website.
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Studer A800 or FATSO?

Without a doubt the a800 plugin... Buy a real FATSO when you get the money! The plug in seriously looks amazing and extensively complete and versatile... The FATSP emulation, tho being great sounding (I A-B tested real and plugin against each other when the plug came out), is yet another (good) emulation... If you are looking to warm up your mix with a plugin go with the A800! Or like I mentioned above, try the crane song phoenix... Sounds great!
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How can a plugin "look" promising? Or amazing, for that matter? I mean I like retro meters and switches like any slut, but have you used the plugin yourself?
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I don´t even know what I would do with a hardware FATSO?

I mix complitely ITB. I only record vocals and guitars and I´m perfectly happy with my current preamps and hardware compressors.
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So, I bought the FATSO UAD plug to add warmth to my mixes. And yes, it warmed them up... then the STUDER came out.

The STUDER effect was what I was trying to get with EL FATSO and now the STUDER is in my FX chain and EL FATSO not. As a matter of fact, I wish I could trade in my EL FATSO to help pay the $350 cost of the STUDER.

So, for me, the A800 replaced EL FATSO for my needs.

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How can a plugin "look" promising? Or amazing, for that matter? I mean I like retro meters and switches like any slut, but have you used the plugin yourself?
"looks promising" based on the video which explains the features... I could not know how it sound since i have not tried it yet, what looks promising are the features, just like you would judge any other piece of gear that has not came out yet or had not have the chance to try yet. What i have tried tho is, and here is the premis of my point, is the FATSO plug in which, like mentioned above, I would not recommend for tape emulation.

If you base your pronostic of a new peice of gear by looking at the vintage VUs and good looking switches... Well... Lets just say that your studio must look very nice. I'll be optimistic and see the good side of judging a book by its cover: having a handsome library...
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How can a plugin "look" promising? Or amazing, for that matter? I mean I like retro meters and switches like any slut, but have you used the plugin yourself?
good point, however, IMHO, UAD has done a good job with their emulations previously, so am assuming and hopeful that it will be what they say.
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not to open a can of worms, but has anyone compare the A800 with the R2R Nebula library?
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not to open a can of worms, but has anyone compare the A800 with the R2R Nebula library?
That can of worms has already been opened, here.
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