Originally Posted by dullfangs
WARMTH AND PUNCH ARE TWO DIFFERENT THINGS
You get "punch" by using clean sounds with very well defined transients.
Clean drums = punchy drums
You get "warmth" by smoothing/smearing transients and adding a little saturation and distortion. THIS REDUCES PUNCH, BY DEFINITION. SOME OF US ARE READING TOO MANY "BUZZWORDS" AND ARE NOW EXPECTING THE WRONG THINGS
OK I get the semantics however I wasn't necessarily expecting both from one plug, just the end result that may require several important go to plugs. However look what difference using VTM and changing tape types. machines and speeds etc and what it does to the mix and individual tracks . I see many use both VCC and Satson then go to VTM and what ever else. I just try to get by as best as I can. I usually do not need to process my Drums that much. I have Slate SSD 3.5 and 4. They usually cut through pretty good as is, but at times would like to try their "dry" kits and see what else I can do and there are times in the mix that even the processed kits need some love.. Vocals, Electric and Acoustic Grts. along with Bass are my main track concerns. SoftSynths, I just try and dial them in to taste. Then time for mixdown want everything glued together nicely. I've been told that my first run tracks and quick mix-downs to show other's my song ideas sound pretty good for being totally un-processed by any plug. I try and get things right going in.
After extensive research, reviews, clips and vids I have it in my mind that if I had and used VTM I may very well use less EQ and compression or at least approach how I may use settings differently. I would hate to have a mix with all the comps and EQ galore at my disposal then go back and re-do everything all over again. As far as comps and Eq's etc. I have either free or cheap plugs and am looking to upgrade in that area. If I can get some usage out of VTM
on some tracks, when I demo some of the above mentioned type of plugs I may buy different ones from where I stand now. I have been doing along of studying how to milk the best out of a plug-in type and believe pilot error is more responsible for a bad mix even using lower end software. I know the Basics of EQ and compression but am learning about parallel compression, side chaining and how to group tracks.