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Craig Fowler

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  1. 4 hours ago, Starise said:

    Can anyone tell me if the Shadow Hills Class A mastering compressor is really much better than the TRacks  or Waves compressors?  Is there some extra chuzpa somewhere, or is it just a bunch of pretty knobs? 

    I like the Elysia EQs too. Their free filter rocks.

    I can't say if it's better, but it's very good! I'm not sure there's anything in the other ranges with that two-stage compression approach, though that's not to say you couldn't get results that were similar. You mentioned Elysia - I really like the mPressor.

  2. 1 hour ago, Fleer said:


    But that Townhouse as a bus comp (“glue”) does resemble similar SSL style plugins I have. Maybe the Vitalizer is more unique? 

    I really like the Acme - 'tis very squishy in a nice, interesting way.


    Of course, I don't exactly have golden ears, so maybe the obviousness of the effect appeals to me in ways that it doesn't to others. It's one of the few compressors I have that isn't just interchangeable with another, though.

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  3. 6 hours ago, DeeringAmps said:

    Maybe the Dumble, Trainwreck a bit of a "one trick pony"; IMHO.
    Not sure I can't get enough "Dumble-ish" from AT5 though, as all these
    sims are generally way too driven in the presets.
    Do I want/need it?
    Why am I asking you?


    first impression, NO, but I guess I have until Midnight on the 31st to decide...

    Fwiw, the Trainwreck is pretty great imo. The dumble is good too, but less my cup of tea. I'd been looking for an amp sim that did exactly what the Train II does.

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  4. Vsl Yamaha Cfx.

    I bought a lot of piano VIs this year, and most have been very good-to-excellent. This one's so wonderful to play, though, that I'm getting back into proper practicing routines. I'm doing a lot less recording, but am really loving playing and have dusted off sheet music I gave up on 20 years ago!

    And... it's on sale this month!

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  5. Simeon, sorry if you speak to this in the livestream, but with so many Steinway libraries around, does this complement VSL and Simple Sam, or is it redundant? Honestly, as nice a freebie as the Hammersmith was, it didn't entice me to buy the full version or give up drive space for it.

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  6. 12 hours ago, Brian Walton said:

    I sent an example of myself playing through it to a friend that owns the best Trainwreck Amp ever made (long story) without telling him how I recorded it or was getting the tone.   His comments were favorable that it kind of sounded like a Wreck, and he is an expert on that subject.   Now it doesn't sound like his amp, it doesn't respond like his amp, it does not have anywhere close to the harmonic richness of the amp, but honestly in a mix it is surprisingly good...good enough to actually use when you don't own a priceless amp and want to record at really low volumes without an amp.   

    Not to derail things, but have you tried the PA Fuchs Train II? One of my faves, and although I only demo'd the Z-wreck for a few days, it was closer to the Trainwreck sound I had in my head.


    I'm sure I'll update to AT5 at some point, but I'll bide my time for the next group buy!

  7. Zo, I'm just an enthusiastic hobbyist, so there'll be much better qualified people to comment. But, the two things that would make me enter or stay in the UAD ecosystem are (1) Unison, and (2) the reverb/spatial processing.

    Like Grem, I think the Lexicon 224 is terrific. So are the EMTs and the 480. For me, though Ocean Way, Capitol Chambers, and the AKG BX20 are the real superstars. IK's Sunset Studios is the one native reverb (aside from Relab's 480) that I sometimes prefer to UAD.

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  8. 2 hours ago, emeraldsoul said:

    On the vsl synchron steinway, it seems like it doesn't do dry very well? Lots of room baked into the samples?

    The demos certainly make it seem that way!

    I've only had it for 2-3 days, but my take is that there's *some* truth in the 'lots of room baked into the samples' idea, but there's maybe more to it than that. If you just use the close condenser mic and dial back the release samples, it's dry as a freakin' bone...no room to be heard! But, that's the only close mic included in the standard version, so as soon as you start bringing in the others, the ambience ratchets up pretty fast.

    With that said, so far I really like the blend of just the condenser mic and the mid mic mixed in at a lower level. I have the room mix and the Decca tree L/R and centre completely off, but am using a splash of the algo reverb that's built in to the Synchron player. That gets me a sound I really like that reminds me a bit of the sorts of settings I use in Garritan CFX: It's got plenty of direct sound, but a nice ambience to it as well. I'm not keen on shelling out another coupla hundred bucks for the upgrade to the full version, but I suspect that the additional close tube/ribbon mics would give lots more to play with for folks who *don't* want the full on 'concert hall' sound.

    As much as I like the D274, so far, I prefer the VSL CFX, which surprises me. I was worried it might be redundant given I have the Garritan version, but it's a different kind of lovely. With much, much shorter loading times!

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  9. 1 hour ago, Fleer said:

    Ravenscroft still is one the very best sampled grands. 

    Go on then, Fleer, convince me I need it in addition to VSL Steinway/CFX and Garritan 🙂

    I wish I didn't like their modern upright so much.

  10. *Really* wish they'd announced this earlier even if they weren't going to start the sale then...I've given all my piano money to VSL, and I *really* wanted Ravenscroft.


    ...Though the VSLs sound stellar, and the 4-for-3 voucher plus educational discount brings 'em to 50% off.

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  11. 24 minutes ago, bitflipper said:

    The "Essential" version gives you half the articulations (but the most useful ones are still in there) for just 50 bucks.

    Granted, not everybody needs a solo violin, but I've found that subtly adding one atop a string ensemble really brings out the definition, regardless of the context. If I wasn't already covered for solo violin, I'd jump on this. The ones that I have aren't nearly as good, but I can't justify adding another one. To fight off the GAS, I had to take  TUMS (Twice the Usual Modicum of Self control) for this one.

    My threshold for buying the full version of JB was 40% off, so I plumped for the essential version instead. I only need a violin occasionally, and am hoping that I don't know what most of the "missing" articulations are is a sign I probably don't need them!

    I wish I could get their Walker D to play nicer with my system; it's the only Kontakt piano I can't get to run smoothly, and that's just the lite version!

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