L2 Software or Hardware?

Discussion in 'Tracking / Mixing / Editing' started by vagelis, Oct 31, 2002.

  1. vagelis

    vagelis Guest

    The Hardware costs 5 times more. What does the hardwarer's got more than the input features etc.
  2. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

    It has pretty good A/D/A converters that go up to 96K, some knobs, some buttons. I've never compared the software to hardware but in my setup, the hardware is much more flexible because most of my processing is outboard. I'm constantly adjusting parameters and it's really nice to have everything right in front of you giving direct feedback.
  3. joe lambert

    joe lambert Distinguished Member

    There is no comparison. The L2 hardware converters are very good. I forget who's actual converters they use.. But it's much more elaborate than the software.
  4. vagelis

    vagelis Guest

    Do you mean that there's no difference between them except of the good converters?
  5. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

    Ok, i've now compared the two of them. Besides the obvious benifit of the converters and the physical hardware feedback, the processing sounds pretty close. there seemed to be more resolution in the hardware version with minimal limiting and I was able to work it harder than the software version before it started to sound like mush. this could be that there is more math calculations and processing going on in the daw that doesn't happen in the hardware because you have to remember that a lot of things are happening inside of the daw at the same time, not just that particular plugin. I had 3 others listen blindly and they all picked the hardware over the software. They were closer than I thought they would be, but not the same.
  6. vagelis

    vagelis Guest

    Thank you Michael,

    Well I asked direkt the Waves guys and they meant that they are the same except the converters. I believe that the hardware works different and better too
  7. salvator

    salvator Guest

    I know that the L2 Hardware can operate in unlinked mode. It's a dual mono limiter so, the result is way more open when limitis is hard.
    Theplug-insversion can't do that unless you use just a little brain on it...



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