Focusrite Liquid Channel by tgle1977
My needs are simple but I don't think simple needs are thing to be disparaged by manufactures. It would seem for the most part Focusrite are of a similar though not identical opinion- Let me explain.
I would like to own genuine vintage Neves and Fairchild compressors but I don't have the financial wherewithal or the client base. So I want products that can give me if not perfect emulations then products that can produce the essence that made the originals successful in the first place. I have no idea if the emulations that FF created sound exactly like the originals but others seem to think they are either pitch perfect or within a few cents. That's great but it doesn't really affect me. I'm going for the end result.
So last I checked they're are roughly 60 pre-amp emulations and about thirty five compressor emulations available for free, that's a guess -please feel free to correct that information at your discretion. Many are the same units sample and convoluted at different impedances, some are for want of a better term revisions. I have been using this bit of kit for just over a year as well as the liquid mix and to be honest they really helped me get a bigger fuller more polished sound for a price within my reach. which was my goal.
I honestly use less than 10 of the emulations regularly a UA, A Focusrite Green for background vocals, Neve 1073 and a hotrodded Neve 1081 for in your face vocals, a helios for a really warm 1970's vibe, API 3124 and a DBX786
things I am not pleased about:
White is easy to get dirty and it should always be kept clean to maintain a pro appearance.
Emulation names are not particularly descriptive.
They discontinued the four channel preamp only version of this.
They have no plans to build a multichannel version.
The editor sometimes does not function seamlessly.
They're should be an AU and VST plugin to control this in my DAW just as a time saver for track notes at least
I loved what I could do with this unit and it made me enough cash to invest in a used Liquid 4pre which was a hard thing to find, but I found one thanks to a fellow gearslutz member. On the plus side though the 4pre has no comps or the onboard EQ -I have those in my Liquid Mix.
Good job Focusrite - except for the white.