The Elf wrote: Arpangel wrote: Martin Walker wrote:
Arpangel wrote:OK, an idea, I'll buy this ART thing today, if I don't like it I'll pass it around here, if anyone likes it they can have it for half of what I paid for it.
On the off chance that your credit card is still safe in its velvet-lined wallet, here's a YouTube (oh, no the tube word again!) video with an actual before/after demo of the ART thing:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UV2m9Bqtw2E
Hint - jump between 0:00 and 1:00 to hear the A and B versions - I liked the 'improvement', but of course that's only one set of front panel control settings.
Martin, I didn't like it, in that demo A sounded better, bigger, fuller, nice quality, the ART sounded small and squashed, if that's what it does I'm out.
Valves cause distortion/deterioration. It just whether your ears like that effect that's the critical factor. One man's 'small and squashed' is another man's 'warmth and mojo'!
Valves have always been sometng I prefer, I don't equate them with adding anything to a sound, they just sound better, and more natural than solid state stuff. Of course, if you over drive them you are going to get distortion, and then as you say it's whether you like that particular character of distortion or not.
My synth is already lacking in body, and is quite "thin" I'd just like something that will restore the body and make it sound a bit bigger, restore it to "normal' as I hear it.
That ART unit isn't suitable I think, I need to keep looking, for something that's going to be of good quality, and capable of more than one sound, so I can have it permanently on the output of a sub-group.
There are two units that I know will definitely give me what I'm after firstly the Summit Audio DCL200, and surprisingly not valve, the Neve Master Buss Processor, I've used the DCL200 many times in the past, and it undisputably ads lots of magic. The Neve too, but it doesn't come cheap.