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Slate FG-Grey vs Hardware 4k Bus Compressors

Discussion in 'Backline' started by Ermz, Jul 18, 2013.

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Which do you prefer?

Poll closed Jul 20, 2013.
  1. 1

    8 vote(s)
    53.3%
  2. 2

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. 3

    5 vote(s)
    33.3%
  4. 4

    2 vote(s)
    13.3%
  1. Jim Siou

    Jim Siou New Metal Member

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    I voted for 1. and 2 was the worst for me. I am an analog fan but I secretly wanted the VBC to be at least close to the units. Now I need 4k...
     
  2. El_Gato

    El_Gato I love this gain

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    Damn. I haven't logged in for 2 days and the poll is already closed?

    Well, now I'm a bit biased but I preferred 4. It's the most even, solid and strong for me. Possibly more compressed than the rest.

    Then, number 1 was very good, too. I liked the drums snap, they sound 3d and cohesive.

    Number 3 was a bit louder than the rest but I liked the decay of the drums.

    Finally, number 2 is quite flat here and 2D even if it's the loudest of the batch and not so compressed to my ears.

    Overall, I'm shocked at the difference with the previous shootout made by Sacha considering that the Dramastic Obsidian is considered the "best" of the SSL style buss compressors, including the actual SSL's.

    Ermz, did you match volumes and GR in the VBC by ear or with the help of meters?
     
  3. Taurean

    Taurean \m/ \m/

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    Thanks for posting again Ermz. I must +1 the Prime, really impressive compressor (oddly though, to me less SSLish sounding). Also I am very pleased that VBC was in my top picks, I have strongly believed in VBC from the get-go. It really is a remarkable plugin.
     
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    I'm surprised that I greatly preferred the VBC in Sacha's blind shootout and that I disliked VBC in your shootout Ermz. I want to stay ITB completely anyways and I think VBC sounds great.
     
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    This confirms what I heard in other shootouts and my own testing. While VBC (especially the new version of the grey comp) sounds quite good it just isn't quite in the same league as analog yet. The IK multimedia buss compressor sounded a bit closer in actual compressing behavior but it's eq curve is less sonically pleasing to me than the new Slate comps (and it seems to be much heavier on CPU in oversampling mode). Would be interested to hear VBC pitched against the Duende buss compressor.
     
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    I've tested duende heavily against vbc and grey. Still preferring duende. Thanks for the test Ermz.
     
  7. Matt-Steele

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    Same findings here with my UAD SSL buss compressor.
     
  8. Ermz

    Ermz ¯\(°_o)/¯

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    Just putting it out there that I've yet to try VBC for myself. For this test it was dialed in by Andrew, after I told him what the unit parameters on the original were. I matched the RMS values between clips as closely as possible. Please also bear in mind that the 3 hardware units compared were run through different converters, which would factor somewhat in the tonal difference.
     
  9. Mikaël-ange

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    For converter I used my 192 for the Prime.
     
  10. El_Gato

    El_Gato I love this gain

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    Yep, matching compressors is a PITA. Even more if they are matched by different people and different converters.

    I would also like to hear those against the IK bus comp (quite good), Waves (a classic most of us know already) and my IGS S-type 500.
     
  11. Taurean

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    The IK one is pretty kick ass indeed
     
  12. Ermz

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  13. El_Gato

    El_Gato I love this gain

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    Perfect, thanks!
     

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