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Yeah, I know… but…

May 1, 2014 Leave a comment

Happy May Day! I’m trying to post more, so I thought this warranted a few words…

I’m not a fan of contradicting myself, especially publicly, and in writing, but I’m breaking my own self imposed moratorium on plugin purchases. Yes, I continue to live and exercise my “keep it simple” mantra, but hell, a sale is a sale.

Slate Digital dropped the price of their Virtual Buss Compressor to an obscenely low level – one that even I, Mr. “I don’t need any new plugins-high-horse-guy”, couldn’t avoid. After about a minute of justification, I hit the “Buy Now” button. After all, I got that mixing gig I posted about recently, so I have a legitimate reason.

That’s what I keep telling myself anyway…

Wow, is this plug-in stunning? (that was rhetorical). For the last few years, my buss compression mainstay has been Cytomic’s The Glue, but this thing is in a different league. Don’t get me wrong, The Glue is awesome for it’s price and capabilities (and it will continue to be, for those reasons), but the Slate stuff just has THAT sound. It’s a premium plug.

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I put it on the “audition mix” I just did, and yeah… Smile inducing, smooth, tight and round, yet simultaniously open are all words I’d use. Even though my buyers remorse is running wild, this was a good decision, and it’s never a bad decision if it’s used for paid work. At $99 bucks, this will pay for itself many times over.

Ok. I’m done. No more plug-ins. That’s it. I can do this…

until the next sale…

Pro Tools 11 and the plugin Monster…

December 12, 2013 Leave a comment

Just a quick note on some great customer service I received from a software developer today. I’ve just begun a 30 day trial of Pro Tools 11 and there’s a lot to like about it. After 4 days of trying, I haven’t been able to break it. The only negative so far has been with plugins. Avid dropped RTAS and is now only rolling with 64 bit/AAX, and for some, this has been a huge issue. I made the 64 bit jump this summer and dumped most, ahem… *all* of my old legacy 32 bit VST/AU plugins, and thought I had made it through this process unscathed. However, I’m still coming up short in the RTAS to AAX department.

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I discovered a few painful “gotchas” during this eval period, but one of the biggest was ValhallaDSP’s Vintage Verb. Love, love, love it. Silky smooth and all that. I didn’t realize that I was missing it until I went to use it today.

Doh!

So, I shot the dev an email – #1, to let them know how much I love the product, and #2, to ask when an AAX version would be available. To my surprise, Sean responded no less than 5 minutes after I sent the inquiry. Not only that, he sent me a link to a beta AAX version to try. He asked that I let him know if I have any issues, as well as providing me another install of the previous version “if things go totally crazy”.

This is why, more often than not, I’m giving my money to smaller online developers. It’s much harder to get anything from the “Triple A” of software (Apple, Avid & Adobe), let alone a response within 5 minutes and beta version to try.

I try not to come across as a shill in my blog – Ethics Statement: I do not work for any of the companies I rave about, nor am I paid in any way for said raving – but I do like to spread the word on the stuff I use and find helpful.

Today’s rave – ValhallaDSP. They make good s**t, and provide stellar customer service.