Originally Posted by will_gates00000
Demo VCC and Nebula First to see if they give what you are looking for then see if you can fins anyone with a sigma that you can play with for a couple of hours. I've summed using SSL AWS 900s and Dualitys and they sound freaking orgasmic. Now the VCC on 4k Brit sounds very much like when I sat in front of those boards but still didn't sound quite right. Maybe do both. Just remember that if you get the sigma you'll also need to spend around 4-6K on enough A/D-D/A Conversion to leave and come back. Plus in order to really make it worth it you'll really should get a buss compressor to put at the end of the summer right before going back in the box which will cost you another 3-5K depending on the format.
So, VCC is not there yet? I've listened to Nebula demos but haven't had a chance to work with it myself. Have you tried it's API, Neve and SSL emulations?
I also worked with AWS 900, some older SSLs, Amec 9098 and various consoles that are not so high-end (but not low-end, either). They all had better separation and summing than DAW. It seemed that, once you left the PC behind and spread your mix on console, mixing just got easier because everything had it's own sonic place. Channels were just separated better, not to mention headroom and color you get from some of those beasts...
Now, I know summing is just a part of equation and that mixer is more than it's master buss. Also, I'm aware that it's very expensive route - I'd add Api 500 rack (or two
) for some channel treatment, Culture Vulture, Api 2500 and maybe SSL- type 2 buss compressor, and that's without converters. But, it would be very powerful, flexible hybrid setup, don't you think?