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Preamp simulation comparison..

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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.




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Attached files 1073.mp3 (880.9 KB)  610 B.mp3 (880.9 KB)  88rs.mp3 (880.9 KB)  Api.mp3 (880.9 KB)  Raw.mp3 (880.9 KB) 


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kmetal Sat, 04/02/2016 - 05:55
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.

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DonnyThompson Sat, 04/02/2016 - 06:48
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.