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Looking for an analog emulation plugin to use on every track
Old 1 week ago
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Looking for an analog emulation plugin to use on every track

The FrontDAW sounds too bright to me and Airwindows' effect is noticeable and what I currently use, but still doesn't feel warm enough.

Obviously the best answer is to get a really expensive console but I don't have that kind of time or money.

I care less about accuracy than what's actually being done to the signal - is it adding distortion, is it becoming darker? Would it entirely cancel out in a null test or would there actually be a difference?
Old 1 week ago
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Have a look at Slate VCC...
Old 1 week ago
  #3
Stock eq low pass
Old 1 week ago
  #4
Waves NLS
One of the Plugin Alliance Console emulations: BX Console N? SSL E?
Klanghelm SDRR
Old 1 week ago
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Kazrog True Iron, most definitely.
Old 1 week ago
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Blackrooster's VPre-73
Old 1 week ago
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Dunno if you're in the UK, if so and you're jsut starting out in your hunt for plugins, it's worth grabbing a copy of Computer Music.
They have some nice channel plugins, if you don't get on with these then you don't need anything else other than more experience! I still use the CM Satson quite a bit despite having lots of more expensive options.

"Analogue" sounding stuff includes:-

EQs
Pink CM, really warm!
AF2-CM
Program EQ CM - a half decent pultec

Pres/channels
6X-500 CM
Satson CM - fantastic on all channels.


Filter
Valvefilter-CM (cracking!)

plus loads more but these stand out to me - there are some nice compressors too.
Old 1 week ago
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I'd recommend taking a look at the SoundToys Radiator. I use it when I can't be bothered to switch on, and fiddle with the racks, or when I want to work at pace. To me it rarely sounds like a compromise. I had an Altec 1567a for a while before the plug arrived. Very similar action. Anyway... Definitely worth a look.
Old 1 week ago
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Klanghelm SDRR is very cool on the mixbus but then again so is their free plugin IVGI which is free. Check out IVGI.
Old 1 week ago
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Originally Posted by sleepyhollos View Post
I'd recommend taking a look at the SoundToys Radiator. I use it when I can't be bothered to switch on, and fiddle with the racks, or when I want to work at pace. To me it rarely sounds like a compromise. I had an Altec 1567a for a while before the plug arrived. Very similar action. Anyway... Definitely worth a look.
Radiator is brilliant and I like Little Radiator even more! On sale for £27 each at the mo. Decapitator is only £45 too - another great.

https://www.pluginboutique.com/manuf.../153-Soundtoys
Old 1 week ago
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I go through phases of this ... lately it's Kazrog TrueIron on every channel, followed by Softube Tape (15ips) . On the 2bus another Tape (30ips) and a hardware transformer path (Capi VP28).

I used to use Waves NLS before but that was a little too cloudy (the SSL channel was the only one I liked). Decapitator and/or Radiator on every channel was a bit too much to my taste as well.



Never tried Slate or Acustica stuff.


Herwig
Old 1 week ago
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I go through phases of this ... lately it's Kazrog TrueIron on every channel, followed by Softube Tape (15ips) . On the 2bus another Tape (30ips) and a hardware transformer path (Capi VP28).
Yeah, I dig Softube Tape - I find I often use it over the UAD alternatives of which I have all of them.
Old 1 week ago
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I hate to be a buzzkill, but save your money and buy a nice piece of analog gear. This will get you more bang for your buck then anything.
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I hate to be a buzzkill, but save your money and buy a nice piece of analog gear. This will get you more bang for your buck then anything.
True - if the Silver Bullet was available 10 years ago if would have saved me a lot of dosh! I didn't buy many plugins before 2008-2010ish because I didn't think (on the whole) they sounded that good.
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Originally Posted by Nikola_Tesla View Post
I hate to be a buzzkill, but save your money and buy a nice piece of analog gear. This will get you more bang for your buck then anything.
I have plenty of analog gear - in fact over 60 channels of transformer-driven, tube-licious, op-amp-oozing stuff. I still want *more* of it.

Every step I make is just a small step in reigning in the transients and getting to the point of glueing stuff together so my TrueIron and Tape settings are *very* subtle, but it's those 1000 millimeters together that make up the sound I want/like to hear.


A tape machine (or a gazillion Zulu boxes) will never fit in my budget, nor will a decent-sized, automatable console. So I'll gladly use these.



Herwig
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