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Eusebio Rufian-Zilbermann

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  1. The Uniform Commercial Code needs an amendment so that whenever a company discontinues an "authorization system" for a licensed product, and it impairs in any way the existing functionality, then buyers should be entitled to use any means to retain their functionality. E.g.,, it should become 100% legal to hack such an authorization system, and publicly share the details of the hack.

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  2. 16 channels of multi-band compression... Maybe there are people who can make good use of that but that doesn't sound like me! 😅

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  3. Numark Electronics, Alesis, ION Audio, Akai Professional, MixMeister, Alto Professional, Sonivox, Air Audio, M-Audio, Denon Professional, Denon DJ, Marantz Professional, Marq Lighting, Rane, HeadRush, SoundSwitch, ArKaos, BFD, engine DJ, Stanton, and now Moog. Almost sounds like the owner of inMusic has as much GAS as we do (or is it CAS in this case?).


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  4. 4 hours ago, El Diablo said:

    I would have gotten levels, but I ended up getting Waves WLM Plus at the time because Waves Audio plugins are so affordable. Then after getting Sonible Smart Limiter on a great sale, did I stop using Waves WLM Plus.  Then I got Ozone Standard from a Komplete 14 Update, and I stopped using Sonible Smart Limiter.  😅


    I regularly use both Smart Limiter and Levels, there is some overlap on the loudness and dynamic range measurements but there is plenty of non-overlap (e.g., Smart limit doesn't measure stereo field, loudness range or true peak, and Levels of course doesn't do limiting)

    There is a lot more overlap between Expose and Levels. Choosing one over the other probably depends on workflow and how you want to use it rather than on what they measure. The main difference is that Expose is standalone and Levels is a plugin. If you want to use the referencing you'll need Expose but if you want quick feedback while you are tweaking your plugin chain you probably want Levels (so that you don't need to keep bouncing to disk and reading the updated file every time you make a change)

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  5. On 6/7/2023 at 4:30 PM, PavlovsCat said:

    Bandlab merely purchased the intellectual property of the dissolved company. 

    To throw my hat in the ring with analogies, it's like buying a bike from a man who tells you, "I will give you free maintenance for your bike for the remainder of my life!" However, he ends up dying six months later and his son sells all of his bike maintenance tools to a neighbor. So you track down the late seller's neighbor and angrily demand that he honor the agreement of the now deceased seller of the bike.

    There are many important details here - Gibson ceased active development and production of Cakewalk branded products in order to focus on their Philips brand (side note: I have vague recollections of a person remaining like a solitary hero and "keeping some lights on", although it's probably not relevant for this discussion) - Is this the same as "the company being dissolved"? In your analogy I think this would be more like the bike seller deciding that he doesn't care anymore about the Honda bike that he sold you and he is going to focus on Harleys instead, not a good reason for your not getting maintenance anymore . Was Cakewalk even an independent company at this point or was it a division of Gibson? Another detail is whether the "lifetime updates" refer to the lifetime of the company or the product. The Cakewalk acquisition included not only the source code but also the goodwill (branding and name recognition), are the promises "attached" to the goodwill and carried over?

    In any case, when I say I agree that the promise should be honored, that's simply my opinion on what should be the "morally right end result". There are others in this forum who are lawyers so I'll defer to them for legal opinions, if we even have enough info. There are probably lots of details that need to be determined first - do the contracts between Gibson and Bandlab have any clauses that impact these obligations? did Gibson fail to properly disclose information at the time of the sale? If the responsibility was not transferred does it mean it is still on Gibson and they should now pay Bandlab so that they can meet their obligation? Besides, the legal aspects may well be irrelevant considering that it may be quite expensive compared to the possible payback.

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  6. 1 hour ago, Byron Dickens said:

    And why is that?

    1 hour ago, dubdisciple said:

    Please help me to understand why you think Bandlab should pay for Gibson's mistake? 

    Because when you acquire something that has liabilities/debt attached to it you normally have the obligation to meet those liabilities

    Note: in bankruptcy proceedings a judge may discharge some of that liability and, depending on the situation, determine if the party losing their rights should get some compensation but I don't think that happened in this case

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  7. Nowadays most DAWs come with a bundle of plugins and tools. I have purchased a few DAWs just for the included plugins, Reason is probably the best example of a product that people may want to buy for what it includes, no matter if Reason is their primary DAW or not.

    I've heard newcomers sometimes regretting not having purchased Sonar when it was available, because of the bundled items that were not included in CbB (not just 3rd party but CW plugins like Dimension Pro, Rapture, etc). When Sonar gets resurrected as a paid product, maybe that will open up the doors for including a nice bundle of plugins again and e.g., reviving and revamping the CW plugins that have been languishing in limbo.

    Speculation: Perhaps that would be an easier transition from free to paid, making it freemium where the bare DAW is free, but not the better versions with bundled products

    oh, and I agree with the principle that lifetime subscribers to Sonar should not have to pay a new subscription (or a fixed price)

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  8. JRR had a bad crash some time ago and "lost" a bunch of records. You may want to ask support, they may be able to reinstate the info. If you have the emails it will probably make it easier.

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  9. 2 minutes ago, Starship Krupa said:

    I'm trying to find where he lists them.

    Phoenix (and its successors, Nimbus and Stratus) Reverb is the best sounding reverb I've yet to hear.

    He is not listing them, you can see them in the daw screen at various points

    Because of how Pro Tools abbreviates the names, I am not sure if "phoenixd" is Phoenixverb or something else, the 3D reverbs by exponential audio would have been stratus or symphony, not pohoenixverb so I don't know where that "d" could be coming from (but I don't know either other plugins with names that start with phoenix)

  10. 7 new plugins that I'll get because they've been added to Mercury. 4 of them in my "wants" list, 3 in the "if they're cheap" list. Updated scalable UIs for a few plugins that I regularly use. A lottery ticket for more new plugins added to Mercury over the course of a year.

    I'll bite.

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  11. On 5/7/2023 at 8:12 AM, Aaron Robinson said:

    you can also set the loudness type to RMS or Peak (or True Peak) instead of LUFS. I’ve been thinking about adding some kind of hybrid mode to use both simultaneously. But that’s just an idea so far, haven’t started digging into it. 

    Interesting idea. Maybe a 3-stage compressor limiter, first stage RMS for fast "color" compression, second LUFS for slow "leveling" compression, finally true peak for limiting? And maybe add detection of lowest input frequency and show where the separation between slow and fast compression should be

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  12. 5 hours ago, Doug Rintoul said:

    Curious as to how you generated your list of plugins...

    I used the vst inventory tool that was posted in these forums quite a while ago, I think it was written by @scook

    The latest version of the inventory tool is available from https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eiVH_I1clbbRtWFh4-3Mo7HANjCxR8SwqHJtYXy19gw/pub

    (in the Utilities section towards the end of the page)

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  13. I came across this video where Trevor Horn shows his DAW session for the Yes track "Owner of a Lonely Heart" . Of course, the choice of plugins did catch my eye. Soundtoys, Altiverb and many Waves, (Puigtec 660,  Puigchild MEQ5, Vintage compressor, C4, SSLComp, L2, Kramer HLS, RVox), and a phoenixd that I'm not quite sure what it is (phoenixverb?)


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  14. 19 hours ago, Brian Walton said:

    And just like everyone else here (myself included), their opinion is worthless since they have never actually used what they purchased.


    We can provide valuable opinions regarding what are good acquisitions for a plugin collection

    My collection is getting close to level 6 🤪 (see list in signature)


  15. Since it is an open source project, you may want to try compiling it for macOS and see if it works (it's quite possible that the developer didn't make a macOS version simply because he didn't have a macOS machine, so if you get it working maybe you can send the update to the original developer)

    Nowadays that chatgpt is "smart enough" to make VST plugins, maybe it can add a macOS build to existing plugin code ?


  16. It was a tongue-in-cheek comment. I have the "2023 new plugins bundle" (and so far it looks like it's going to end up a pretty good deal for $224 after vouchers, PA is keeping their promise of frequent new releases). Earlier in the year getting it applied was more confusing, but I like how they do it now, showing a $0 price

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