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A bit of plugin testing/comparison

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A bit of plugin testing/comparison

Postby blinddrew » Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:57 pm

I'm contemplating dropping a healthy chunk of cash on a plug-in. I've downloaded the trial (fully featured no restrictions other than time, so a big :thumbup: to the developers there), and I think I like what it does. But having played around with it for a bit, I'm wondering if a) there's a bit of pre- post-purchase-rationalisation going on (if you get my drift), and b) if I can get an almost-as-good effect using an existing plugin.
So I thought I'd invite all you wonderful people to chip in and apply your expert ears* and equipment to see which you prefered.
https://soundcloud.com/blinddrew/sets/p ... st/s-IqdK4

The files are simply numbered 1-4, it's about a minute of a track I've been working on recently.
You might want to download the original files to give them a proper listen as the differences are reasonably subtle and may not compare too well after soundcloud has done its compression thing.
They should all be pretty well loudness matched.

Vote on your preferred mix, any additional comments (on the difference or anything else) welcome, and bonus points will be awarded to anyone who can identify what the potential purchase product is and what the cheapskate alternative is. :)

* My ears are definitely a bit under the weather at the moment as well so arguably this isn't the best time to be doing this. But i've already pulled the trigger on the demo. :(
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Re: A bit of plugin testing/comparison

Postby IAA » Tue Mar 17, 2020 9:27 am

I’m in studio today so will download and help you spend your cash! :bouncy:
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Re: A bit of plugin testing/comparison

Postby CS70 » Tue Mar 17, 2020 10:42 am

I get the swirling chorus/flanging thing but honestly in the context of the track but I feel the impact is minimal. Perhaps #3 has a little more clarity on the guitars when they pop out and #4 feels a little louder but not sure I'd spend money for that.

Obviously it's my lead ears :-D
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Re: A bit of plugin testing/comparison

Postby jimjazzdad » Tue Mar 17, 2020 11:41 am

Its subtle to me , so I wouldn't be spending any cash to have one plug over another.
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Re: A bit of plugin testing/comparison

Postby Kwackman » Tue Mar 17, 2020 11:56 am

I can't hear any difference! :(
I'm off to get a new hobby...
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Re: A bit of plugin testing/comparison

Postby blinddrew » Tue Mar 17, 2020 12:20 pm

Thanks folks, keep 'em coming. :)
I have used a 'natural' amount of the plug-in. I could have ramped things up more to make it obvious, but what's the point if that's not how you'd use it in real life? It would just become an effect rather than a tool.

I had a listen direct from soundcloud last night and the differences aren't obvious, so if you get chance it's worth downloading the originals as they're 44.1/24 and you can stick 'em in your DAW to compare.

Thanks all. :)
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Re: A bit of plugin testing/comparison

Postby CS70 » Tue Mar 17, 2020 12:24 pm

blinddrew wrote:so if you get chance it's worth downloading the originals

Just for clarity, I downloaded the 4 originals (but listened on headphones as we're all in the house due to the lockdown and I keep the speakers usage to a minimum). Sampled in a few spots in the DAW with all tracks aligned so to make sure I could compare well.

To me, really no difference worth speaking of other than the couple things I've mentioned (for which you definitely don't need a plug).

Lead ears... :D
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Re: A bit of plugin testing/comparison

Postby blinddrew » Tue Mar 17, 2020 12:38 pm

I could be saving some money at this rate... ;)
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Re: A bit of plugin testing/comparison

Postby The Elf » Tue Mar 17, 2020 2:54 pm

Have to admit I haven't listened, but stock any DAW's plugs are enough to get you 90% of the way there now. I wouldn't spend money unless it was something that didn't need others to help me decide.
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Re: A bit of plugin testing/comparison

Postby blinddrew » Tue Mar 17, 2020 3:17 pm

This is, allegedly, a bit of a special plugin, hence thinking about opening my wallet! I live in Yorkshire, it's not an easy thing to persuade me to do... ;)
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Re: A bit of plugin testing/comparison

Postby James Perrett » Tue Mar 17, 2020 3:42 pm

I had a listen and felt that there was more depth to the drum reverb on mixes 3 and 4. I also felt that mixes 1 and 2 were a bit lacking in lower midrange. However, there was an interesting twangy guitar bit around 40 seconds in that didn't jump out so much on 3 and 4.
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Re: A bit of plugin testing/comparison

Postby blinddrew » Tue Mar 17, 2020 4:18 pm

Interesting. Thanks James. :thumbup:
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Re: A bit of plugin testing/comparison

Postby Rich Hanson » Tue Mar 17, 2020 4:54 pm

blinddrew wrote:This is, allegedly, a bit of a special plugin, hence thinking about opening my wallet! I live in Yorkshire, it's not an easy thing to persuade me to do... ;)

Just before you do, best check whether you're allowed to disturb the moths nesting in there
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Re: A bit of plugin testing/comparison

Postby Wonks » Tue Mar 17, 2020 5:45 pm

You'll probably have to go to London and the Bank of England itself to exchange those 10/- notes though.
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Re: A bit of plugin testing/comparison

Postby blinddrew » Tue Mar 17, 2020 8:36 pm

10? 10? What kind of an economy do you think we have up here? I've only ever seen a 5/-
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