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Demoed a few comps. Here are my thoughts.
NI Vintage Compressors - Other than the sleek GUI, its really just meh. For some reason NI plugins take a bit longer to load in FL 12 than other plugins, but they have low CPU usage <2% per instance. Quality wise, I could pretty much get the same results if I hooked up Fruity Limiter and Waveshaper in parallel. 3/5
IK Multimedia T-Racks - Probably just me but I felt that that these plugins were extremely transparent and didn't have that much colouring to the sound even when the gain was maxed out. I'm no audiophile so some people may perhaps like this quality when they are monitoring on high end systems... Either way, the GUI is pretty cool and has an M/S feature on every plugin. Probably the only reason why I may want to get this in the future if I get bored of Fruity stereo shaper's M/S capabilities. BTW the demo was extremely irritating to try out as they had white noise blasting every 10 seconds. Beware! 3/5
Toneboosters - These are some surprisingly high quality plugins at dirt cheap prices. In particular, the tape emulation plugins and dynamic eq are simply phenomenal. I think they lack a multiband compressor plugin though.. 4.5/5
Overtone DSP - I tried out their versions of the Fairchild 670 and Pultec EQs. The GUI is a bit bland aesthetic wise. I felt the controls of the the Fairchild clone to be a bit wonky. You can't adjust the the threshold and input dials together when you are in link mode for some reason. You have to adjust them separately, which is annoying. Also if I made boosts to the M/S channels, the left and right channels got boosted instead even though I clearly had the lateral/vertical option selected. Either this is how it was programmed or I don't know how to use this plugin properly. Pultec EQ is pretty good for making quick EQ boosts or cuts. I think they may be programmed to use mainly shelving filters. Sound wise, I can't really say anything because I don't know what a real Fairchild or Pultec sounds like lol. But if you are really dead set on getting a Fairchild or Pultec clone, you could give Overtone a shot. They happen to be the cheapest on the market to my current knowledge, when compared to Waves, UAD or IK Multimedia. 3/5
Cakewalk LA-2A clone - I don't know much about the much fabled Teletronix LA-2A, but I found Cakwalk's take to be pretty badass. This thing gets really, REALLY punchy when cranked up to the max, with no audible distortion. Compared this to NI Vintage Comp and IK Multimedia, Cakewalk steals the show for me. 4/5
I didn't used to really believe in this but now I do. Cheap headphones/speakers have overcompensated or undercompensated frequency spectrums which can greatly influence what your final mix sounds like. So you can be cutting and boosting frequencies in areas which really need to be left alone!
1) Sample libraries
- Cinebrass CORE and PRO
- Superior Drummer 2.0
- Spitfire Iceni
- LA Scoring Strings 2
- Cinematic Strings 2
- u-he Zebra
- IL Harmor
- Heavocity Gravity
- Ethno World 5
- Impact Soundworks World Bundle
- Some 8Dio stuff
- Anything by Eduardo Tarilonte
- Embertone Friedlander Violin
- Fabfilter bundle
- Waves Grandmaster Collection
- Waves PuigTec comp and EQ
- Arts Acoustic Reverb
- Valhalla Ubermod
- MIDI fader and pad controller
- 4 - 16 channel analog mixing desk
- x2 1TB SSDs
- x3 1TB HDDs
- Backup software
- Mic stand for condenser mics
- Ibanez or Fender guitar
- 3GHz quad core processor, 64 GB RAM
- Vienna Ensemble Pro
Sigh..... one day. But not right now...
If I go to Project -> Data Folder, I can set the target folder to where all my audio tracks will automatically go!!!! Before all my audio recordings got dumped in some default folder which was hard to navigate to and organise. Hence finding this nifty feature is a like discovering fire to me.
Also if I want to freeze a track which means coverting a MIDI track into audio, I have to arm the mixer track for recording, click on the event editor option drop down menu next the pointy glove on the mixer, and then render to wave file.
Best of all, if I right click on the green dots next to the tracks on the playlist, I can solo that particular track!!! Never even knew this was possible!!!
Out of sheer guilt, patcher decided to come forward and plead guilty to grand theft CPU whoring. Valhalla Room was exonerated of all charges."I'm so glad to be free again", said a tearful Valhalla following release. Patcher declined to comment while being taken into custody.
So it was you, Valhalla Room, who was whoring the CPU behind my back.
I am not pleased.
So I've been working on a few songs to submit for the Newgrounds Inspired Music Contest. They should be done by the July deadline (hopefully). These project files are so damn huge that my PC pretty much will be on its death bed soon as I'm frequently overclocking the hell out of it. RAM, CPU; everything is maxed out.
Well, to be fair, I would need a PC with 3GHz speed and 64 GB RAM to do more complex orchestrations. But alas, I've reached the absolute limit to what is physically possible with my puny little 8 GB laptop.
Hell, I even managed to get a "divide by zero" error! Guess I should congratulate myself for achieving the impossibru!!!!
I thought we were the perfect match....We could have even had it all.......but NOOOOOOOOO...You just HAD to be a goddamn CPU whore after just 3 instances on the inserts. OK, perhaps I may need some high performing specs to satisfy you, but after what I found out, you're nothing but a high maintenance gold digger.
....for the time being.
You can make literally an unlimited amount of plugin combinations that'll sound just as good as the more expensive higher tier plugins on the market.
The only catch is that you need a supercomputer to run patcher. Its a huuuuuuuuuuge CPU hog...