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Blind (Plug-in) Test: Listen without prejudice

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Alécio Costa - Brazil, Sep 17, 2007.

  1. Alécio Costa - Brazil

    Alécio Costa - Brazil Well-Known Member

    I presented this test at my Brazilian Pro Tools forum as well as at the Duc and at GS.

    If anyone wishes to download this 3:30 file and have some fun, here it is...

    How the test was performed:
    You will listen to a mix file of a soundclip containing drums, synth bass and a lead alto sax. It will repeat 9 times with different Comp+EQ combinations. All comps are single band. So, no stuff like MC2000 or VW.

    a)The Led sax EQ curve is the same or as close as possible, due to some plugins presenting slightly different Q or Frequency numbers.

    b)A TLM 193 captured the performance of this Lead Sax. Signal Flow: Sebatron VMP2000VU with EQ switches set to flat >Pendulum OCL2 > 02R96> 192 I/O Digital connected to a PT HD/MAc Pro at 44.1k/24 bits.

    c)Tracking compressor set as Ratio: 4:1, threshold: -11.8dB, attack: 40ms release: 600ms.

    The Goal is to identify which 2 combinations have the lead sax sounding more natural and pleasant to your ears.

    Combinations tested, out of order to fool your ears:
    1) Mc DSP G Console E ( Comp + EQ)

    2) URS Strip Pro

    3)URS Comp 1975 + Digi EQ III

    4)TL Aggro + Digi EQ III

    5)Digi Smack + Digi EQ III

    6)Digi Comp III + DIgi EQ III

    7) BF Joe Meek + Digi EQ III

    8) Focusrite D3 + Digi EQ III

    9) Mc DSP Compressor Banks CB4 + Digi EQ III

    I am aware it could be more interesting if Waves, Sony and Mc DSP Filterbanks were present, but it is not the case. 3 weeks debugging and playing with my new PT rig.

    Have Fun!

    Link:Your Download-Link #1: http://rapidshare.com/files/54080397/mix_Blind_test_01_Alecio_Costa_Comp_Eq.wav.html
  2. Alécio Costa - Brazil

    Alécio Costa - Brazil Well-Known Member

    Link still available!
  3. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    Is the right answer "I can not tell the difference but number 4 sounds good?"
  4. Alécio Costa - Brazil

    Alécio Costa - Brazil Well-Known Member

    I have already posted the results at my Brazilian Audio forum at Orkut.com, but if nobody else participates, I may provide you the results.

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