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Poor man's SSL Control Surfaces
Old 24th August 2012
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Considering the price of the Nucleus, if you already have an interface with better I/O options (the Nucleus seems VERY limited in that respect) and decent converters, why not just grab an Avid Artist Mix + Transport, keep VCC and get Duende Native? You can get a Mynx + 2 X-Rack Mic Pres for around $2k if you really want the SSL pres and you'd still be like $1k under the Nucleus. Not sure what else the Nucleus really brings to the table...
Old 24th August 2012
There is no such thing as a "poor man's SSL", just as there is no such thing as a "poor man's Ferrari". Some things are not designed for the purpose of servicing the so-called "poor man". SSL as a production tool designer/manufacturer is one of those things.

The Nucleus, while not tens of kilobucks, isn't what any prototypical, middle-classed westerner would call easily affordable, though it's significantly less expensive than a large format analog console. Therefore that's not for the so-called "poor man".

The software could reasonably be considered affordable by the majority of potential buyers. But it doesn't sound exactly like the hardware, even though some consider it very close. That alone precludes you from having, for all intents and purposes, an authentic SSL console in software and controller form, which makes the assertion of the opposite null and void.

"Someday things will sound exactly the same" is not now, and might never be now, so it's irrelevant. But perhaps more important is the point that with the software available at anyone's disposal these days, and a lot of skill and care, one can get extremely high quality results from their signal processing ITB. So like the other poster that asked, I ask: Why does it matter (about having an exact software clone of SSL hardware)? If you have the ears and experience you can pull off whatever sound you need ITB. But it will sound like YOU and your efforts, not like (...insert famous brand name...), which is kind of the point anyway, right?
Old 24th August 2012
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Originally Posted by AgustinZubillaga View Post
I care, in the sense that if I can have a $60k SSL console for under $6k, I'm gonna be really happy.
You're not! Mixing on a desk is faster and easier than mixing in tools. And those "other" ssl sound "small" to me...sure I coulda saved all kinds of dough buying plugins and a DCommand but that's no fun and sounds "smeared" unlike my desk which sounds warm and crystal clear, 3D and's all about the "quad compressor and quad busses!!"
Old 24th August 2012
I love the look of the nucleus, but at that price I'd go with Euphonix's artist series and an x-desk.
Old 25th August 2012
I own a Nucleus, the Slate stuff and the Duende buss comp. plus a bunch of UAD and Waves plugs. Honestly, I'm really happy with my workflow and my sound.
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