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  1. Hope you sell it - but it will be a very difficult task, as it's not i-lok protected, which means that 99% of potential buyers know where and how to get it for free. I made a decision that I will not pay big bucks for stuff that is available on warez sites. I want to be able to re-sell if necessary. Now, that does not mean I will get them for free, it means I will buy a different product (with I-lok protection) or a competing product with a much lower price tag. Good luck with your sale!
  2. Interestng prodiuct. On the surface, it looks like a regular compressor with a huge look-ahead time.
  3. I would only buy a controller that completely eliminates the need for mouse actions when tracking and mixing. Otherwise, it's just more clutter on my desk - but that's just my opinion (I'm into making and keeping things as simple as possible).
  4. I like Samplitude a lot - but the upgrade price plus added features will determine whether I keep it or just move on. I only need a couple of things (manual transient detection and manipulation ["audio snap"] and general bug fixes). The days of paying over one hundred dollars for upgrades are gone - at least for me. I seriously doubt Samplituide will sell a lot of copies without a drastic price reduction accompanied by an organized marketing strategy (at least in the USA).
  5. The emulation scam has worked like a charm because a lot of people think that the secret to the Beatles' success was the console used...lol..
  6. I downloaded the demo and have mixed feelings about it. At first it sounds really impressive, it takes very little to make drastic changes to the signal. After a while using it, it becomes apparent that a 1db change on this plugin equals like 2db on other eqs (i havent't actually measured it, it's just a form of expression). Nothing bad about it: i mention it because that's the reason it feels like airEQ is different from others. Careful tweaking of the settings on competing products like FabFilter EQ2 exactly match the results obtained with AirEQ. On the other hand, airEQ seems to allow for a faster, more intuitive workflow.All in all, it sounds great - at something like 50 bucks it would be a no-brainer. At the $100 introductory price it strongly appeals to my GAS condition - but honestly, I don't think It brings something I can't do with the stuff I have. I don't know...maybe I wil accidentaly press the buy button...but still on the fence on this one...
  7. #1 is the rule of thumb that 95% of everything is rubbish #2 is that plugins should be good for fixing something or wrecking something #3 is avoiding plugins that achieve both things in #2 at the same time Most plugins basically do what they are supposed to do. Problems begin when they are used as magical potions to fix bad recordings - why would a track need 32 bands of EQ? Why should a compressor be asked to do distortion-less 17db gain reduction on 0.3ms attack? Why should anyone expect transparency on a master limiter asked to tame 9db peaks after 12db gain to obtain -7db rms? A good recording needs very little in terms of plugins. Asking a plugin to do dramatic changes to a track is usually a clear sign of a bad recording or performance. A clean signal from a good musician is 95% of the work...
  8. Hofa's reverb is pretty good (don't have it - but saw it in action at a friend's studio). The widely praised Valhalla plugins, on other hand, have never felt right to me - they sound absolutely pedestrian, but it's probably a matter of taste.
  9. Very true - that's why most people have several of each. That said, there are some that are truly outstanding if given the time: PhoenixVerb, SonEQ Pro, B2, etc. come to mind.
  10. With the deluge of free and commercial plugins, i made a decision several years ago that I would not have more than 5 plugins of the same 'category' (loosely defined as 'compressors', 'delays', 'eqs', 'channel strips', 'limiters', 'gates', 'stereo fx', 'amp sims', 'reverbs', 'utilities', 'vocal fx', etc.) I don't have 5 of every category - for example, I only have two gates. Luckily, I have been able to keep to this self-imposed limit by carefully choosing plugins that score well in my favorite fields: sound, ease of use, features, price. So, what's yor criteria for selecting your plugins? how many do you have? Which ones are your favorites? Let's go full gearslutz here...the forum needs some life....
  11. Inspired by the recent Softube Console 1 thread, I wanted to share an idea that has proven very useful in my permanent quest to speed up the workflow while minimizing the amount of hardware: the use of a gaming keyboard. I paid about $90 for a Corsair Raptor K50, which has a set of 18 programmable keys on the left side. I use them for my most common tasks: navigation, transport and recording. Some keys are used for: next track, previous track, arm for recording, mute track, solo track, show inserts, show sends, media browser, etc. Some other keys are for: record, delete previous take, advance cursor to next grid division (i like to keep snap activate most of the time), rewind, expand vertically, collapse vertically, expand and collapse horizontally, etc. Hopefully, someone will find the idea interesting or useful (not my original idea, of course, just my own variant).
  12. It should be made clear, though, that you do need the mouse and keyboard in addition to the C1 because it only controls the softube plugins. In other words, the C1 is a plugin bundle from Softube with a dedicated hardware controller for those specific plugins and nothing else. I agree 100% that if you're happy with it, that's all you need.
  13. Seems like a whole lot of money for a dedicated controller ('dedicated' meaning it only works with Softube plugins) - it would be a whole different story if it had some sort of compatibility with all plugins. Another 'con' in my view (just from the specs and reviews - I don't own one) is the lack of a volume knob. In my experience (and this is just my taste, not criticizing anyone or saying the product is bad), any controller that requires switching between a physical surface and a mouse/keyboard will eventually become nothing more than clutter on my desk. Been there, done that: Faderport was eventually replaced by $5 stickers on my computer keyboard...
  14. I use Sweetone and SonEQ Pro - they are very good for brightening tracks and broad eq. Very simple and hard to make sound harsh. Satson is ok, but I haven't used it much. Truly outstanding product and a real steal compared to similar products. My guess is that this type of plugin will appeal the most to people who prefer to not get very 'surgical' with equalization. You won't be able to dial -3.47db at 6.7Khz with a .2Q. But if you are into using eq for working the tone, you will probably love them. Sweetone is a 'sweetener' along the lines of Clariphonic and Maag - as good as those two, but much cheaper.
  15. Just received this jewel of a marketing communication from Sonoma WireWorks (a company I never heard of until now): Become a DrumCore 4 Beta Tester Rebuilt from the ground up, DrumCore 4 is an AAX/VST3/AU plug-in instrument with royalty-free 24-bit audio loops, MIDI loops, and multi velocity sampled drum kits. Most of the 1st Wave of beta testers have received their beta drives. It will be sent to others as more systems are supported. Get your hands on the beta! 1st Wave - Mac: DrumCore 4 Prime Flash and DrumCore 4 Ultra AAX/VST3/AU Plug-in Beta for 64-bit hosts [...] To apply to the beta program, pre-order DrumCore 4 (Lite, Prime or Ultra) or any DrumCore 4 Upgrade. You will be emailed an application to the beta program. New DrumCore 4 Installation Videos, a Quickstart Guide, FAQ, and a private beta tester forum have been posted to help with testing. [...] *************************** I'm really dying to pay in advance for some unfinished product in order to have the honor to help the developer fix all the bugs...lol Pure marketing genius!!!!
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