Piet De Ridder wrote:Frank,
Once you’re familiar with those SPAT’s parameters that matter to how most of us would use the software, and provided you understand how SPAT needs to be used — I mention this because a surprising number of people keep confusing it with a reverb — SPAT is, in my opinion, dead easy to work with. Seriously.
Much easier in fact, I find, than any possible combination of reverbs and additional plugins which many of us rely on to create/suggest space and depth in our mixes, precisely because (1) SPAT is an all-in one-stop solution and (2) it’s frighteningly good at what it does.
Insert SPAT in an instrument channel in your DAW, define the environment (type, character and size of the virtual room) and you’re ready to move the source around that virtual room in any way you like, and it’ll always sound convincing and sonically uncompromised. All this in a matter of under half-a-minute. Honestly.
Sure, you can tweak things as long and as deep as you like, if you want, and exploiting the full power of the software — like, for example, automating the width and orientation of the projection of the source (to simulate the ‘mic technique’ of professional performers) or bringing in parameters beyond the handful of essential ones — does perhaps require a bit more time and knowledge, but that’s a next-level usage of SPAT which certainly isn’t required for most day-to-day spatialization challenges that come our way. Truthfully.
Thanks so much Piet, for the reassurances. Okay, I'm convinced.
While I'm am not always looking for "quick and easy" or endless presets when it comes to a plugin, I also find, that with plugins that have an over abundance of controls, it often takes an enormous amount of time to get suitable results. Having many parameters that can be adjusted can be a good thing sometimes, but not if they totally interfere with one's workflow, especially if time is of the essence. In any event will keep an eye on sales or whatever in the future, and hopefully some day be able to purchase and explore SPAT more thoroughly. Also, good point previously about trying to relocate instruments that have been recorded 'in place' and also include reverberation. That is a challenge faced by any stage placement plugin, including SPAT.
Frank E. Lancaster