Thomas Mavian wrote: ↑
Aug 12, 2018 4:11 am
Well as the Softube "fanboy" I've become lately I must say that upgrading from Vol 1 to Vol 2 was a no-brainer.
Sadly I already owned enough of their plugins that the upgrade to Vol 1 was not attractive, and since then the upgrade to Vol 2 has become even less attractive! (That, and I do have the UA versions of some of these already - it would be cool if there was some kind of cross-grade!)
Aside - I try to shop wisely, meaning I wait for a sale if I can. At the same time I do not (usually) begrudge the pricing of (perceived?) higher end software. But I too have become accustomed to both the never ending sale model, and especially the loyalty model. In my case I'd get Vol 2 if I could get credit for all the plugins I already own, or they made it easier to resell them. There just isn't anything there that is so tempting that I'd shoot myself in the foot (financially). Which is a pity, because some of them might be fun.
Thomas Mavian wrote:
To answer your initial questions Guy I'm sorry to say that I use neither of Modular or Heartbeat. Haven't even started Modular because I believe it's a black hole that will suck me in and let me do nothing else but tweak
You have that right! Modular - even the base configuration - is a HUGE TIME SOAK. I removed it from my template for the time being because I wouldn't get anything done. I am definitely still in schoolboy mode!
Thomas Mavian wrote:Heartbeat can pull out a few nice sounds but I don't like the "workflow" with it. Can't put my finger on it but we just don't "click".
Same here, I was expecting much more, and I did try to use it almost every day of the demo period. But nothing leapt out.
Thomas Mavian wrote:All their other stuff is great. The reverb is really great, would use it way more but my UAD reverbs almost always get the job done (if not I turn to Eventide 2016 or Altiverb).
Reverb has become, for me, the one effect that has matured to the point that I no longer watch for new plugins.
I LOVE the Eventide reverbs, especially the 2016 (always lusted for one of those when hardware ruled the world!), and Black Hole (which is somewhat constrained in application, but sounds awesome when it works.)
I LOVE Zynaptiq Adaptiverb, and find myself using it more and more often. In addition to sounding "weird" it can sound quite lovely.
I am still looking for a spot-on version of the OLD Ursa Major Space Station. Audiority Polaris does some cool things, even extends the original concept in some ways.
BUT!!! Most of the time I turn to the UAD EMT Plate 140, and Lexi 224, the Exponential Audio R4 and PhoenixVerb, Valhalla VintageVerb, and Liquidsonics Reverberate and (recently) Seventh Heaven. That's a TON of reverb options. I do have a difficult time imagining a new reverb that offers something new (not that there is anything wrong with that!)
Thomas Mavian wrote:I had the Trident in UAD form first but like the fact that Softubes works "better" within Console 1.
I really wish you hadn't put that bug in my ear! Since getting a Console 1 I've started really focusing on the Softube and UA plugins that it can control. I never imagined there would be a difference. Now I guess I need to look into that. I really hope you are wrong<G>!
Thomas Mavian wrote:I thought I was covered with "maximizing" plugins but the Weiss plays in a whole different league.
This is a category I don't really use. The Weiss sounds interesting, if you are doing mastering work, but I shy away from that, so I'm not sure I'd get much use from it. If I am wrong about that please do not tell me<G>!
Thomas Mavian wrote:And, the UAD LA2A needs to be experienced, one of my favourite UADs ever (along Ampex ATR-102!).
Agree completely on the Ampex ATR-102, and would add the Studer A-800 and the Ocean Way Room to my list of favorites.