UAD LA2 | LA2A Gray | LA2A Silver

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.

Waves Abbey Road TG12345

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…

UAD bx_Masterdesk

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?) 

Fabfilter Saturn 2 plugin

FabFilter Saturn 2

I tested all of the distortion styles at the default setting. Some of these, especially the ones FabFilter calls “FX”, are going to go real crazy real quick when you push up the Drive knob. Foldback, for instance, looks pretty calm when the Drive is at 0%. It’s anything but calm above that.

UAD API 2500

UAD API 2500

It’s aggressive and gentle at the same time. No, I mean it. The 2-buss compressor for real men. And women. So many interesting things you can tweak on this.

UAD API VISION

UAD API VISION

I think this is the most fun channel strip plugin UAD offers. I’ve never worked on a hardware Vision so I can’t compare the sound or vibe, but I love tweaking on this plugin. And something about the layout attracts me like no other lover. (Or SSL channel strip.)