Hardware - Can You Hear the Difference ?

So this is Just a bit fun - Beneath is a Soundlcoud player containing a variety of the same loop processed in different ways. It's nice and low tempo and not too busy so it's easier to be more subjective about it  -

The first is straight up with no additional processing- Underneath are a Variety of popular and common Software processes in use by today's producers - No EQ has been applied but the processes - Just the analogue emulations. Amongst these software versions are two versions that have been passed through a stereo pair of legendary Neve 1081 Preamps with EQ circuits on but no cut or boost applied on the EQ 

Now if the legend of this amazing unit is to be believed it adds something magical to the audio by just being strapped across it - can you Hear it and does it rock your world ?

Software used includes the Awesome Slate digital Stuff , Izotope's Flagship Ozone software and Fielding DSP's Essential Reviver ( the best $29 you will ever spend ) 

Disclaimer - Don't try this on laptop or small speakers - use a proper pair of studio monitors or your best headphones to check them out 

 I'm saying nothing - except - I wouldn't have them in the studio if they didn't do something ( or am I just a complete rack mount junkie ? ) - I'll let you decide 

 

 Now a bit of shameless self promotion - Plenty of the stuff on this new pack went through some of the F9 Studio's Hardware .


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13 comments


  • Aah, I read too fast. You were running the loop through a stereo pair of Neve 1081 Preamps, not 1073’s. The 1081’s were known to be particularly good on drums. But even still, I’d like to see a comparison against the UA 1081 plugins – and since I don’t believe those can’t be used as Unison inserts, why not try the UA 1073 on Unison inserts as well! If you send me the loop I’ll try it here. I’ve got the UA hardware and plugins. If you send me all the original test files, I’ll level match them all as well and get them right back to you.

    Les Vegas on
  • Man, I think the difference is infinitely better through the Neve hardware. For me, the enhanced width and stereo separation is what is immediately noticeable and desired. I would love to compare the drum loop run through a stereo pair of Universal Audio Unison Preamps with the Neve 1073 plugin inserted on Unison inserts. Can you make that happen and add it to the comparison in the soundcloud player James? Man, that would be excellent. And yes, perhaps level matching the examples would make it more difficult to the tell the difference? Would be good to expand upon this test.

    Les Vegas on
  • Surprised actually. The Neve without ANY EQ is very tight. The transients are completely different , really snappy and with plenty of body. The Slate has very good transient snap but without the body of the Neve, Ozone is the opposite, less snap but with good body. The Neve with Ozone wasn’t the best of both worlds. Neve on it’s own was by far the most ‘upright’ of the samples. Great test!!

    Allister Whitehead on
  • I felt that the first untreated file was a lot quieter than the others, it would be easier to compare the processes if they were the same loudness. Louder always sounds better!

    wave100 on
  • Is that really all there is to it because that’d be flbstergabaing.

    Tamber on


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