Audio Plugin Testing –

Hi, and welcome to something I hope is helpful to you — some simple testing of audio plugins which you can use for comparing, or just to find out more about each one. Each plugin has charts displaying linear and harmonic analysis and my comments. (Which may or may not be helpful, but it’s my blog and I can do what I want…!)

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UAD LA2 | LA2A Gray | LA2A Silver

The beauty of sheer simplicity. (And on the LA-3A as well.) Set the gain to unity, adjust the peak reduction to where you want it. Ta-da! I’m pretty sure these are the compressors that are used “visually” the most. What I mean is that you set the gain, then adjust the reduction until the needle is just touching 2dB on the loud parts. You have now conjured up the perfect leveler, and you didn’t even have to listen. Am I saying to do this? Well, uh, no, uh.

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Waves CLA-2A

This works just fine and all that. It even has (an attempt at) the slight high end bump of the LA2A. It sounds nice. But I have this question for Waves, and sometimes it kind of bugs me.

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Klanghelm Freebies — MJUCjr, DC1A3, IVGI2

These might be the very best freebie plugins you will ever use. What I mean by that is, you will probably go out and buy the commercial versions after you use these. On the other hand, they are so good, you may not have a need for anything more. OK, I am not here to hype someone’s product, just to take an honest look at it and maybe offer some tips or advice. So, enough hyping.

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Waves TG12345

The original TG12345 desk is pretty darn famous. The Beatles’s Abbey Road and Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon were recorded using it. It’s a fascinating history and it’s worth looking up on the Abbey Road Studio website or using google. Now, it’s time for you to make history using the plugin…

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UAD bx_Masterdesk

Not really sold on this. I personally like to avoid EQ “at the end” of the process, because it always feels like you are fixing something that you should just fix somewhere else. (So why not just hear it and go fix it?) 

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UAD Chandler Limited Curve Bender

You can’ t sit in front of this and not imagine you are in a 1950s sic-fi movie, flying across space in some rocket ship. Well, maybe you can but that is the vibe I alway get when I start turning the knobs.

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