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Preamp simulation comparison..

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Chris Perra, Apr 2, 2016.

  1. Chris Perra

    Chris Perra Active Member

    I've been doing a shootout with Uad's newer preamp modeling plug ins just using the preamp stage of their plug ins set to Mic. It's pretty cool. There's something about them that is not a normal plug in in my opinion.

    I've level matched bypassed vs active to the same decimal point peak level wise on say an OH L say there's a difference of 15 db added with the extra mic input/saturation effect. When I copy the plug in to the OH R I expected the 15 db difference to be the same. Different peak levels but the same difference between bypassed and active. They weren't... Also if I went to a different part of the track and checked the active vs passive difference levels they were different as well.... not by alot,.. but I would have though the levels would be the same.

    Also after I rendered each of them each one was a bit different level wise. I level matched a loop section, Oddly enough another section of the track would be different levels.

    I guess Uad has modeled random differences in saturation/harmonics and how they react level wise in their preamp sections.

    Raw


    Api


    1073


    610 B


    88rs
     

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  2. kmetal

    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Well-Known Member

    If I had to pick I'd say the 88rs sounds "best" to me in this case. Sounds like there's some multi band compression and maybe some maximizing / enhancing harmonically in the upper and lower ranges? I'm wondering if that's partly how the modeling sounds are achieved.

    I honestly preferred the raw tracks to all but the 88rs over here on the couch. So it seems care must be taken in pre selection modeled or hardware.
     
  3. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    I guess out of all of them, I like the 1073 example the best, followed closely by the 88rs... But they all sounded good.

    I also liked the API - not necessarily because I thought it sounded the best of the bunch on those particular tracks, but because I think they've gotten pretty darn close to the mid range that API is somewhat known for.

    IMHO of course.
     

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