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Virtual vs. Physical?

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by supercharry, Apr 27, 2005.

  1. supercharry

    supercharry Guest

    How would you compare between virtual effects such as plug ins and outboard effects for recording? Do you think plug ins are getting so good that some day most of us will be able to save lots of rack space? Or is outboard gear always going to be necessary? Of course outboard gear such as preamps will be always necessary, but in other cases (not only effects) such as EQ's, Compressors, etc...... Can it be enough to have a good plug ins bundle instead of some outboard gear??
  2. walaby

    walaby Guest

    Both have goods.
    You have one Plugin and you can load it as much as you want (or your CPU can handle) and use it at same time.
    So this Plugin can replace perhaps 25 Multieffect-units.
    Suuuuuuuuper !
    But (!) there is not 1 Plugin exist, wich can replace my Eventite Harmonizer !
    The Quality is amazing and beyond all Soft's I ever heard.
    There are also the DSP-Cards like UAD-.... I never tried, I heard the Comp/Limiter is very good.
    But I don't know if you can load this Plugins multiple. Anybody can tell us ?
    What I can tell you, the A/D Converters are one of the importantst.
    The RME's are very good, like I know from the one I own.
    I only use Plugins like Kontakt, Battery, Absynth.
    Have fun.
  3. iznogood

    iznogood Guest

    no plug-in or digital outboard compares to analog.... it's as simple as that... and i've heard (almost) everything

    but some plugs do things no analog devices can.....

    the L2 limeter is one..... the altiverb reverb is another...

    but generally the analog stuff sounds WAY better....
  4. maintiger

    maintiger Distinguished Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Whittier, California, USA
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    what about this?


    the q clone is supposed to turn you analog effects into plugins, as many instances as you need- anyone heard it yet? if its what supposed to be it is a killer app
  5. MarkEdmonds

    MarkEdmonds Guest

    My own view on this is that no one (on this planet anyway) will ever be able to make digital models that are exact clones of analog hardware. They will get close but they wont be able to get the really intimate character of the unit, nor any variance across different units themselves. As available CPU power and techniques get better, the models will get better - but a 100% emulation? I don't think so.

    Therefore, at the end of the day, I think most people will be pragmatic about it and use the plugins to great effect. Those lucky ones with the space and budget will keep the original hardware going and take the maintenance expense hit for that extra small percentage of authenticity and sound.

    (To answer an earlier point - yes, you can load as many of the same plugin on a UAD card as that card (or multiple cards) will take so you can have multiple 1176LNs, Cambridges etc..)


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