speaking as someone who has quite a few UAD comps and eq plugs, after demoing the strips i found them to be redundant. so it really depends on your plug-in plans. ie if you're going for a large collection or not.
just take half a day and demo all the plugs. a couple will jump out at you. (for me it was the Helios, the LA-3A, the Harrison and the Transient Designer)
So I just got the UAD-2 solo for my mac pro with the 500 dollar flexi voucher...
Think I'm definitely leaning towards gettin the EL Fatso emulation as one plugin and maybe covering the additional 50 bucks to get the Neve 88RS channel strip.
The SPL Transient Designer seems cool too.
The Neve 88RS sees a lot of use here, but I record mostly with microphones...not a lot of synths. In this scenario the simple fact of having low end filters and some gentle compression is almost necessary on everything. To use an 1176 and a Cambrige or other eq only for that will fill up my card rather quick. So If you work with a lot of tracks that all need a tiny bit of tweaking to get rid of rumble and little compression just to tame it, then the 88RS is great.
Does anyone know if the dreamverb plugin is any good?? The video looks great.
ALSO, everything is on sale all this month at the UAD website. A great time to have gotten a UAD-2 card I say. (Plus I got my card on black friday with some smart price comparrison shopping I paid 575 for the flexi card that comes with the 500 dollar plugin voucher!)
The Neve 88RS get's used more and more around here. The DBX 160, Neve 1073, RE-201 and the 1176 are also very good.
Actually UAD has got a GREAT business strategy.
A DSP Card based system the eliminates piracy BUT provides high level of quality.
Good emulations of more expensive and sought after gear
Demo videos and reels that really show off the product.
Discounts and deals for the customers.
Prices are a tad bit too high on some things... buts that's just my opinion. However cant argue with $230 fatso.
I use a lot of UAD plugs on my mixes and at this point I have almost all of them except some of the newer $250 ones...
I have and love:
- Fatso (amazing and much less confusing than I thought it'd be)
- Neve 1073/1081/88RS - I use the 1081 a lot as it's got a lot more control than the 1073, but the 1073 is nice when less is needed for smaller tweaks.
- Space Echo
- Cooper Time Cube
- Occasionally the LA2A/1176 - great plugs, I've just used them a lot and like to try and use other things to avoid sounding homogeneous record after record.
I can live without Dreamverb. I guess it's never wowed me, but I think most of these things are about as useful as you are creative.
You're going to love your UAD. It's a great product and a cool company I enjoy supporting.
33609 and Fatso are the best compressors I've heard in the computer (for compression you can hear).
I tried the 33609 in demo mode and was not so impressed (LN1176 suits me much better). But I didn't use it for natural sources like drumbus. Just the idea to have a fixed attack time is somewhat discouraging for me (same actually in the 88RS, but slow and fast mode work for many sources).