Thanks for the advice guys! I’ve given all the plug-ins a thorough testing and have enjoyed every minute of it! I am pleased to report that all your plug-ins are just phenomenal, not just for the insane amount of value for money, but sheer performance and sound quality. They not only punch above their weight, but are also capable of knocking out some pretty heavy weight competition. Just Superb!
On to the replacement program:
BBE Sonic Maximizer vs. 1973 vs. Vibe EQ: Both 1973 and Vibe can do the job. And then some! A ‘maximizer’ is basically a glorified EQ anyway-the bass and treble knobs on the Sonic are just boosting a pre-defined frequency range. Its great for a bit of quick sparkle and shine, but when you need more control, there’ nothing like an EQ. And what an EQ 1973 is. I am simply in LOVE with it! Great for mastering, great for individual tracks, just f’in great!
Result: Draw! Will keep the BBE for quick fixes but will also get the 1973.
Renaissance Compressor vs. Major Tom vs. The Rocket: Both Major Tom and Rocket are classy affairs and get the job done and then some. Intriguingly, I found Transient Monster an even more attractive proposition. Simple and easy to use. Sounds phat! Nice SPL emu guys!
Result: Draw but the Transient Monster parachutes his way into the ring and takes off with the prize!
Waves L2 vs. Event Horizon: The more accomplished I get as a producer, the less I like the sound of the L2. It just kills the attack and makes stuff sound ‘woolen’. Time to move on. Because I work primarily in the dance music field, I would still need something that can things as loud, just not without dulling the sound as much. Again, Event Horizon gives the L2 a bit of a drubbing. Also, with regards to your comment on how Event Horizon wasn’t going to make it as loud as the L2, it really depends on the source material, how well it’s been mixed, its dynamic range, the amount of ‘life’ present in the mix and so on. Event Horizon is an astoundingly transparent and punchy sounding Limiter. Comparing side by side with the L2 (that costs how much?) shows how little there is between them. Don’t believe me? Check out the comparison:
Result: A resounding victory for the Event Horizon.
At the end of the day, I had a hard time believing that the Horizon only cost $39. But that’s irrelevant. It’s not what it costs, it’s what it’s worth, and each and every one of your plug-ins (both Stillwell and Schwa) are worth their weight in gold!
Would be nice to have some manuals (especially for Bad Buss Mojo-very intriguing), even if they are just one page affairs.
Also, values should appear on top of the parameters without right clicking, and I would love the ability to hold down ‘Control’ and make minute adjustments on the knobs without right clicking!