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Distressor shootout! UAD/Slate/Analog hardware Dynamics Plugins
Old 17th November 2017
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Distressor shootout! UAD/Slate/Analog hardware

Here it is. Not sure if anyone else posted this yet, but I did a quick Distressor shootout. My conclusion.. they all sound so close I'd use any one of them! What do you think?

I have two examples, drums/bass and drums solo'd. I processed the dry files with both plugins and the hardware. They were processed in a random order for each set of 3.

When I post the answers, I'll also post the dry files.

So which one do you think is which for each set of examples?

UPDATE:

ANSWERS ON POST #34 as well as the DRY files
Attached Files

Drum and Bass A.wav (2.72 MB, 7102 views)

Drum and Bass B.wav (2.72 MB, 6822 views)

Drum and Bass C.wav (2.72 MB, 6790 views)

Drums only A.wav (2.73 MB, 6991 views)

Drums only B.wav (2.73 MB, 6938 views)

Drums only C.wav (2.73 MB, 6942 views)


Last edited by Flippy Floppy; 22nd November 2017 at 02:01 AM..
Old 17th November 2017
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Let me be the first to embarrass myself since I know absolutely nothing about Distressors.

They all sound terrific, but "C" sounds more like a plugin to me than the others.
Old 17th November 2017
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My conclusion.. they all sound so close I'd use any one of them! What do you think?
So close that it is of no consequence whatsoever in the context of making any difference to the success or otherwise of the song.

Thanks.
Old 17th November 2017
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Let me be the first to embarrass myself since I know absolutely nothing about Distressors.

They all sound terrific, but "C" sounds more like a plugin to me than the others.
Just to be clear, the "Drums only" examples are in a different order. So "C" on the first set isn't "C" on the second set.

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Old 17th November 2017
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Just to be clear, the "Drums only" examples are in a different order. So "C" on the first set isn't "C" on the second set.
Well, it didn't take long. Looks like I've already embarrassed myself.
Old 17th November 2017
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Well, it didn't take long. Looks like I've already embarrassed myself.
...but "C" could be the same I flipped a coin to get the order so Some could have lined up the same. I'm just letting you know.
Old 17th November 2017
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Can't really say what's hardware or software as none sound vastly different and/or "wrong."

DrumBass A with Drum C

Slightly higher noise floor with this group. More top end, rounder transient. More color on the transient. More peak rounding/control here.

DrumBass B with Drum B

Transients bit more tucked. Possibly less saturation on transients.

DrumBass C with Drum A

Bit more punch here.
Old 17th November 2017
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...but "C" could be the same I flipped a coin to get the order so Some could have lined up the same. I'm just letting you know.
Whew!
Old 17th November 2017
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Can't really say what's hardware or software as none sound vastly different and/or "wrong."

DrumBass A with Drum C

Slightly higher noise floor with this group. More top end, rounder transient. More color on the transient. More peak rounding/control here.

DrumBass B with Drum B

Transients bit more tucked. Possibly less saturation on transients.

DrumBass C with Drum A

Bit more punch here.
I hear this as pairs, as well. A with C and B with B.
Old 17th November 2017
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I dig drum and bass A. and Drums B. Keen to know.
Old 17th November 2017
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The UAD one sounds better!
Old 17th November 2017
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wtf! did i miss something ..!! this should be front page news! i had no idea uad finally did it ..note its called a "distressor" the only real software emulator which includes the Arousor ! my patience has finally paid off!
Old 17th November 2017
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the drum bass C has the snare on 7sec sounds less in check than A and B, bigger transient and sounds a bit more "jumpy" it seems
B sounds a bit darker/rounder, I might guess B is Slate and A hardware. but could be very wrong. tihs is on my MBP speakers
But all very close

didn't even try to relate them to drums only
Old 17th November 2017
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They all sound super close, but I like Drum & Bass A. And for the drums only I slightly prefer C.
Old 17th November 2017
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To me music is like wine. I have the ability to tolerate most when it comes to taste and screw where it comes from, which grapes were used, how long it took to get to my table... its all about what i feel when I drink it (and on the next day, when it comes to wine only). Im well aware that the moment plays part in this strategy, but at least it allows me to make quick music decisions.

Did two passes for each to find that B pleased me the most, with or without bass, coincidentally or not.

By the way, Im not a wine drinker at all.
Old 18th November 2017
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I'd really like to hear Disto-S in this shooout. Congratulations on the test. Cheers!
Old 18th November 2017
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When do you think you'll post the answers? I can't listen till sunday and I don't want to be tempted to cheat.
Old 18th November 2017
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Tracking with Distressor

Hi Guys,

I have just recently bought a TLM 103 & the Apollo Twin Duo. I mainly record R&B & sometimes Hip Hop vocals.

Currently I am using NEVE 1073 unison technology without touching the EQ section. I then lightly compress with LA-2A plug-in Legacy version.

As far as the distressor plug in is concerned how will this benefit my vocal chain if I was to track with it? The vocals are bright & a tad thin.

On a side note I heard a song from drake called "sneakin" & the vocals on that sounded very compressed/distorted but it sounded beautiful very musical & I feel that tone can work so well on certain modern songs. I've heard the Hip Hop Band "Migos" adopt a similar style in vocal production.

Whoever mixed that sneakin' record.. would they have used the "Distressor" to achieve that effect?


Thanks!
Old 18th November 2017
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I'd really like to hear Disto-S in this shooout. Congratulations on the test. Cheers!
Do they have a demo? I’d be happy to process it.

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When do you think you'll post the answers? I can't listen till sunday and I don't want to be tempted to cheat.
The end of next week. Maybe Friday. Not too many people are posting guesses—but this thread is getting a ton of traffic! Hmm. So I may reveal the answers as soon as Tuesday.
Old 18th November 2017
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I suspect in order to guess which is which you'd have to know well one of them at least. Not my case.

I'll be happy if the files I liked more are software, regardless which and for both exemplars. I've been looking for incentives to reduce how much money I have on hardware.
Old 18th November 2017
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They do not have a demo, maybe he can open some kind of exception in this case. I'll send a message to them (sknote).
Old 18th November 2017
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My preference was A, C, B for the D&B test, C, B, A for Drums only.
To be fair, the difference between my first two preference was SUBTLE.
Old 19th November 2017
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My preference was A, C, B for the D&B test, C, B, A for Drums only.
To be fair, the difference between my first two preference was SUBTLE.
Talk about subtle. To me they are close to the point of indistinguishable.

Listening today I had the impression that drum&bass A was done with the same processor as drum B, but by tomorrow I will probably have a different opinion.

I'm very interested to know if Disto S would homogeneously disturb my preference as well. The price difference is substantial.
Old 19th November 2017
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I guess:

A - UAD

B - Hardware

C - Slate

All very similar, incredible. Within a mix I could not differentiate any of them.
Old 19th November 2017
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thanks for the test

drums & bass
a > c > b

drums
c > a > b

the differences are subtle
Old 19th November 2017
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Thanks for doing this Floppy!

I just listened through once, but here are my first thoughts.
D&B - A was my preference. It just seems to have more energy. It probably does!
Drums only - C by a whisker. Not really very much in these.

Like other posters. I think they all sound great and would use any of them. Although D&B A did strike me. That could just be first listen effects though.
Old 20th November 2017
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I like "Drums only A" and "Drum and Bass C". I would rate B the lowest on both.

I don't really care to guess which is hardware/uad/slate. They all sound extremely close and I wouldn't be surprised at all if my preferences weren't consistent.
Old 21st November 2017
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Talk about subtle. To me they are close to the point of indistinguishable.
Agreed. I have listened in an untreated room and if you told me that D&B A and C were the same processor, I'd probably believe it. I find some subtlety, but I really have to look for it.
Old 21st November 2017
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I like A both times which says to me that there isn't a clear winner for me. The drums and bass A has a bit of snap I like. C sounds great but has a bit less "grab" somehow, like it's a little uncontrolled.

Drums only I love A. Sounds great.

B gets my last vote on each round so I'm hoping that's actually the same plugin lol
Old 21st November 2017
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Drum only I loved A and C hated B.
on Drum and Bass I hated A and picked B and C
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