Originally Posted by Rickard Bengtsso
What is your experience with signallevels feeding the VCC and how much drive you tend to use on specific instruments ?
I will try this on my own for sure, It is good to gather some impressions.
I have decapitator and been playing with it a bit. Sometimes it works nice but sometimes to drastic.
Yes, the Decapitator can get out of control pretty easy. As for the VCC... I find that if you place it first in the chain, it seems to work best. One exception though...if you put it before an amp plugin (Waves GTR, Ampiltube etc...), it will cause unwanted noise. It needs to be placed after. As for signal level/clipping issues...I've never really had a problem. Even in times where the needle is pegged, the plugin is hard to distort. You can attenuate the gain by 6db & that will usually keep things under control. The drive knob adds or takes away the harmonic distortion. You will hear it's effect more on the Neve, API & RCA settings. The SSL and Trident have a much cleaner, transparent sound. To my ears, I hear the following:
SSL: Transparent & clean with a slight top end smoothness, very little, if any change in low frequencies. Drive at 0.
API: Mids are pushed forward and the upper mids bite more. Tight lows. Drive between 0 & +3. I use it on guitars, bass, snare, organ, rhodes.
Neve: Very big bottom end. Almost heavy compared to the other settings. Smooth top end and mids.
Drive between 0 & +6. I use it on all tracks at times. It just sounds good. Awesome on drums.
Trident: Clean like the SSL. Transparent with a slight top end boost.
Drive a 0. I use it on strings, piano, vocals.
RCA: Warm all the way around. Similar to the Neve but not as much low end punch.
Drive between 0 & +3 or -3. I use it a lot on vocals, pianos, bass, strings, horns, acoustic guitars.
Each setting has its place and I just try to find what works for each track. It's always a little different. Its a great mixing tool though!
I hope this helps!