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Old 25th April 2011
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some seem pretty close to me but there is often a couple of characteristics lacking in my experience. Primarily - I dont hear plugins holding the bass freq so firmly (low mid thump). Also - for more aggressive processing - hardware shapes the sound in a much more convincing and effortless way. Transient shaping especially on drums.
But plugs are usable tools - I think the Waves CLA 1176 and LA2A are pretty good. Not keen on SSL bus plugs - dont really have the glue hardware gives IMO. Im not an expert but Ive tried a good amount and have ears.