I came across Bombardier a few weeks ago and I must say I feel this plug-in just might be the answer I’ve been looking for.
I use it as a “Whole Mix Glue” at the very last Stereo Insert slot. The moment I turned “Oversample” on, it seemed like I’d been mixing through it from the very beginning. Of course, I had another compressor in that same slot before, but it was Bombardier in Punch-Bomb mode that gave me the best results. Very little adjustments were made to the “Glue” preset.
However, there are disturbing glitches going on for me. Here’s a brief description of my All-In-The-Box setup:
E6600 - Core 2 Duo - 2.4gHz, 4GB RAM, 965G Intel Chipset on Gigabyte DS3 Mobo. All SATA drives, including a RAID-0 for flawless audio streaming. Texas Instruments PCI-firewire for Audiofire 12 by EchoAudio interface, nVidia GeForce 8400GS.
This session I’ve been working on is 24 bits/44.100Hz. I’m running Nuendo 4.3(x86) on Vista(x64) and all plug-ins in their x86-version.
The biggest problem are the CPU-Spikes I’m getting during playback. Nuendo’s VST Performance display shows 60% before inserting Bombardier and goes up to 80% when I hit the “Oversample” button. Such increase is expected and everything still seems to be under control, except for those CPU-spikes that take place at least once, breaking the audio up. I have to stop the audio engine and restart it again to get back to 80%'s little margin.
I’ve tried setting the latency to the maximum available value and closing every single window to spare video resources. I also tried mixing with huge audio stems to give Bombardier some headroom, but the glitches are still there.
I took some notes that might be helpful with Steinberg VST issues:
Bombardier Delay Compensation is set to 0 at Plug-In Information Window. Other heavy processing plug-ins I own show quite big latency values here. Nuendo’s Operation Manual briefly describes it on page 170. This could be it;
Release Mode sticks to “Bomb” after double-clicking it. And whenever the session is saved, it toggles back to “Fast”. Also “Punch” points back to “Firm”. It happens when I restart the audio driver from inside Nuendo as well. I never tested what they’re really doing cause those audio break-ups have been giving me headaches… I’m so close to finishing this mix… this could be a GUI-issue-only;
Preset Save works, but the presets don’t show in the plug-in preset list. I suspect they’re saved for the session’s list only. “Mode” and “Release Mode” are saved incorrectly, though. This appears to be related to the previous reported bug.
Scott, please! HEEEELP!
Thanks for your attention,