New studio plugins
So I finally took the plunge and invested in a new UAD 2 Quad PCI card.
“A What?” I hear you say?
Its a processor that sits in my Mac Pro and allows me to use lots of lovely plugins! More importantly it takes all the heavy lifting away from the native system so you can run many more plugins without taxing the computer’s CPU. This means that I can run biger mixes with higher track counts and more processing – a good thing!
The UAD comes bundled with 1176, LA-2A and Pultec plugins – all very nice (I have 3 hardware 1176s – very nice!) but I have also purchased the Classic Compressor Bundle – emulations of the dbx 160 VU, the LA-3A – just about my favourite compressor, and the revered Fairchild 670.
“The What?” I hear you say?
The Fairchild 670 is a vintage mono compressor from ye olde studio days that was used extensively at EMI studios (Abbey Road to you and me) by the Beatles amongst others. The units weigh in at a gut-busting 65lbs and cost around £30,000 on the used market so I’m not likely to be buying a real unit anytime soon. The good thing now is that I can use as many emulations of the Fairchild as the UAD will allow – 88 according to UAD’s website! The Fairchild 670 from UAD is modelled on the unit housed at Ocean Way Recording in LA as well so sounds pretty good…
The other plugins I have invested in recently are the VTM – Virtual Tape Machine – emulations from Slate Digital. These bring emulations of Studer and Ampex tape machines to the digital world – giving warmth and punch to your recordings. These plugins go hand in hand with the other plugins we have from Slate – the VCC collection. These plugins emulate classic consoles such as SSL, Neve, API and Trident so your tracks can sound like they were tracked on a $30,000 tape machine and processed through even more expensive consoles!
So next time you’re in the studio make sure you choose the tape formula and console you want me to use!