Originally Posted by e-are
So what are you opinions, Stripbus vs NLS? I have Stripbus,Satson and a console. I could demo NLS but I will probably purchase it if I do. I'm trying not to put anymore unneeded options on me now. I can't tell you how many must have plugs I have that I am not using much.
I hear on that last statement. I actually JUST got Stripbus a few days ago. My plan was to wait to demo NLS until I got a firm handle on Stripbus, but curiosity got the best of me and I started the demo anyway. Lol. But I was really digging Stripbus and all the extras is brings to the table. i.e. Ducking, EQ sections, bus comp with wet/dry knob. Also has 4 "consoles" and I've barely gotten to know them.
So far I really haven't had a chance to properly evaluate them. Properly would mean mixing raw tracks into them. Though I have toyed around with mixing drums through them (using Toontrack stuff). I honestly like them both. They also can both be as subtle or as dirty as you want. The Waves interface is way way prettier and slick than Stripbus, but $29 vs $249, so you be the judge of which of those is more important.
What I have gathered so far, and this is just my ears and opinion, is that I like Stripbus for just slapping I on all the channels and leaving it be. It might not be "better" at subtle than NLS, but I like its flavor of subtle better. But when it comes to pushing the drive and dirtying things up intentionally, I think NLS is top notch. It keeps it's clarity further into the drive. Whereas Stripbus just plain old dirties up with the usually loss of clarity. Either is a good thing or a bad thing depending on what the task at hand is.
All in all, having a variety of tools is awesome, and with a $29 price point, it's sort of silly not to get Stripbus as another tool in the toolbox. The down side is, the more similar tools you have, the more it becomes unclear which you should use seeing as you typically instantiate these plugins when the song is just being to be recorded or mixed, and hasn't taken on its true form yet.
VCC really does look appealing, but again, buying a $50 dongle in order to demo a plugin that I might not like or need is silly. Anyone who wants to demo VCC but doesn't have an iLok 2 might as well just buy RC-Tube with the iLok 2 included. At least you end up with a tool you can use sometimes, even if its not your first choice.