Eddy Deegan wrote:
I've lost track a bit of the hardware vs. plugin offerings on the vitalizer front, but in all honesty I don't think hardware is the way to go with them these days.
The SPL vitalizers are available as plugins now and assuming you're talking about the hardware unit
I would suggest checking out the virtual equivalent
as it's likely to be cheaper and updated on a more regular basis.
Just a note.. I normally would agree but, with the SPL, things are actually a little different. I don't have the Vitalizer plugin, but I use both a hardware Vitalizer and a Transient Designer, of which I have the plugin (the regular one I think, not the UAD).
For the TD, I find the plugin way harder to use (and easy to overcook) than the hardware counterpart. To the point that I have never really used the plugin on any "commercial" production - either my own music or when I mix for someone else.. while the hardware unit has been in regular use. Maybe it's different for the Vitalizer.
It's an oddity, tough - I totally agree that for the most, plugins are just fine for the job: cheaper, updated, you don't need to print the results to a track if you need more than the physical instances you have etc.
About how useful the Vitalizer is.. it is, but as others have said, if you don't know why it's not yet useful to you.
Besides, I find that the Waves Aural Exciter plugin satisfies 90% of my excitement needs (hmmmm :)), so the Vitalizer is mostly there looking good on the racks