Originally Posted by Malki
youtube can sound pretty good, when in hd. how else can we compare audio in 2010?
There's two (characteristically cynical
) answers to this question:
1. software doesn't sound or behave like hardware. Ever. Not yet at least. So there's no use in making "comparisons". Just find a plugin that sounds great, and who cares HOW it compares to its hardware counterparts.
2. if you absolutely MUST make a comparison (and I know you do, because we're curious little dweebs and we can't help ourselves
), you MUST do so in-person, with the hardware in question. Everything from how you manipulate the material going into the units, to how and where in the chain you plug them in, can have an impact on its response and sound. A third-party YouTube video (even if YouTube some day becomes full-resolution, 44.1/16, or whatever) doesn't offer any real insight. Particularly if the video you watch is made by the company selling the "clone".
I know that this last one is tough for most folks. I mean, how many of us have access to a Fairchild, or even an 1176? But to make a comparison of any REAL VALUE, it's imperative you get in there and try it yourself: there's just way too many variables in each person's workflow. Other folks' comparisons may be fun and interesting, they may even be informative, but it's just not the same as getting your hands on these things yourself and really puttin' em through their paces.
Which is why answer #1 is probably a better, more realistic answer.
But #2 is more fun.