Just had a quick blast of this on headphones. I don’t have any IK Multimedia plugins and kind of expected it to be uninspiring, but it’s actually ok.
I didn’t look at any software last year, so I’m trying to have a look around lately, see if there’s anything worth buying.
I used VST analyser to match the curves of a few other EQ plugins and compared them. Sounded pretty good. They’ve also modelled the harmonic distortion which seems to be the standard these days.
The whole Custom Shop install thing though is a bit of a pain.
I imagine there’s never going to be an ‘official’ Sontec plugin, and this presumably doesn’t have Burgess’s seal of approval. That calls into question the ethics of selling a product and making money from someone else’s intellectual property and brand strength. It’s something that’s common in all marketplaces now of course. And Nebula library developers are obviously exploiting hardware manufacturers in a similar way, to a degree.
All that aside….. more tests in the studio needed, but I pretty much have that kind of EQ covered, so I’m not sure it’s of any use to me. But definitely worth checking out if you’re looking for a master bus/mastering EQ plugin.
I think outside of Nebula, DMG’s Equilibrium is the Digital EQ to beat these days.
But I’ll definitely delve into this one until the trial runs out.
This is interesting:
Bought this the other day, still getting to grips with it. First impressions are it’s a very smoooooth compression, not grabby. It also seems to have a little 0.5db ‘ish bump in the low end around 100Hz, so having to compensate at times for that.
With brief use, it’s doing a nice taming of things, I could see it being great for taking the edge off overly harsh digital mixes.
On some things I tried it on it seemed to take away some of the definition and attack to the low end though. That might be partly down to the low end bump. On tracks with electronic kicks I felt it was smearing things a little too much down there. But that could be just how I had set it up, need more time with it, but I like it. I think it might be slightly too heavy handed for a lot of mastering projects, but it does have a wet/dry feature so easy to dial it back a bit. It does sound really great though!
It would be an excellent mix compressor though for sure, vocals/guitar etc.
The Exchange in London use them in their mastering rig. Not sure of others.
What I’m really after this year is a VCA compressor that’s very close to the 4000 SSL types, but doesn’t narrow the stereo image like they tend to. I’ve been tempted by some of the GSSL mods, so maybe one of those with a blend feature would fit the bill.
Lots of great projects in the works at the moment, of which I’ll get to posting about at some point, but in the meantime….
Tape Op has gone subscription free digitally. Over the years I’ve enjoyed a lot of articles within their pages and if you’re into music production it’s generally a great read.
The two anthology books are also worth reading.
I’ll miss the physical magazine and have done since they cancelled the European version.
It’s $85 for 6 issues if you still want the print version, but that’s a bit too pricey for my wallet.
But, I still have the latest issue’s PDF sitting in my inbox not read. I think with a lot of digital content we tend to put it into a mental ‘I’ll check that out later’ box.
Although I’m not someone with a whole pile of free ‘personal’ time!
On that note….For some years now I’ve been thinking of doing a radio show/pod-cast thing. I had a great name for it, which I’ve forgotten….
But anyway, the show would be 40-60 minutes and the focus would be on production/sounds, more so than ‘this is a great song’.
The idea would be to highlight great sounding records, but not just in the sense of elitist big budget studio recordings, also DIY practice space ZOOM recorder stuff. Basically songs and records I like the sound of and then maybe talk to the people involved and give some brief insight into how they achieved those sounds.
I obviously have constantly questioned the need for yet another radio show/podcast, but it’s something I’ve wanted to try to give it a go for a long time.
Who knows, 2014 might be the year.
This looks quite interesting.
No one does marketing like UAD of course, but they do make quality products. There was a comparison of AD/DA converters on gearnutz a while ago that was quite interesting (and subsequently removed due to sponsorship pressure I imagine) and their Apollo interface didn’t come out too high, it wasn’t awful, but it rated below some lower cost cards……but, I like this….I may spring for it once they bring out stable Win OS drivers.
They’ve no plans to release Windows drivers at present due to Microsoft not releasing Thunderbolt drivers for development. So that’s that for a while….