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new school vs old school reverb/effects/comps

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by chuck norriss, Feb 11, 2014.

  1. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
    Hey TB I want to pick your brains re: vintage reverb & other effects, vs the new stuff namely dbx 160a r/u vs. Compressore (or name your comp pedal); spx90 or lexicon boxes vs. holy grail or zoom or other multi-effects units. I'm not an effects guy I just know MS60B & not that well.
    Application is live, small setting on all--vocals, eg, rhythm loops.
    Discussing preferences & experiences or recommendations?
    or compromise and buy three zoom ms70cdr's & be done with it? (not for comp but for effects)
  2. seamonkey


    Aug 6, 2004
    Usually with a DAW like Ableton Live you'd use a VST because then Live can control it.
    There are all kinds of vintage vst effects
    Free, and paid ones by the top names in hardware reverbs, compressors, ...
    Some are based on impulse responses of actual old hardware. The electronics being modeled, the tank, or plate, with the IR. These can be very pricy VST's but they work as advertised.

    If you don't have a good PC. You can look at outboard DSP like UA Audio Apollo Twin. It unburdens the CPU from processing for many standalone devices.
  3. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
    old mac. i'd save a few bucks getting a new pc over UA apollo twin
  4. jon36992002


    Jun 7, 2012
    As long as you have a good input signal, you can probably rely on your DAW for most of your reverb and compression tools. Ableton has been quite good IME, but Pro-Tools, Cubase and even audacity all have quite workable tools.

    If you start recording drums, you'll probably want some tube preamps for the overheads to give it a more natural tube compression/distortion if you hit a peak. Nothing hurts worse than a track being perfect except for one peak on the crash.
  5. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
    probably going to use roland 303 or alesis sr16 for drums. I haven't decided which to buy yet but also want to have at my disposal for a 2-pice live scenario so i'm getting the actual consol to carry around. Thanks guys.