martel80 wrote:I havent tried it on my sampler setup yet but yes, I have a modified ART VLA 2 and a Gyraf SSL Clone.
This is my Home setup by the way.
I was thinking of buying the color 500 series from DIYRE and go Samplers - summing box - Color 500 - Opto - VCA - AD.
I have an ART VLA II as well and have been pondering how exactly I can incorporate it into my setup. Should I use it at the input sample stage? Should I use in to track out through? I usually mix in the computer but all my creativity is done out the box. How are you using your ART VLA II? How has it been modified?
I sold my SSL bus compressor, I've been having to settle for the Waves plugin which ain't bad, but nothing like the hardware.
My VLA 2 has the revive audio with carnhill transformer modification.
Like I said, It's not plugged to my chain yet but it will be.
The moded opto comp in itself give a very great depth and width.
I suggest you save some money and send your unit to revived audio. This unit is not so bad by itself but once modded its jaw dropping.
The Vla will need to go after your output men. If you have a multiple sampler setup like me, this will be an awesome ''Mix Bus comp''. That with a clean vca will be all you need really. You then cut your extra peak ITB with a A.O.M invisible limiter and you're in Business !!
The Gyraf SSL is ....OK.
I've heard a comparison of the STAM SA-4000 and a couple plugins all emulating the famous SSL G series compressor and I can tell by that youtube video that my Gyraf doesnt have the weight of the Stam. So again, if you have a bit of money to spend, I suggest you take a look at the unit. If not, just buy the SSL Duende Bus compressor. ( Still 329 Bucks tho ...ouch )
All the other emulation are a pure joke to me.
Personnaly, In my situation, what I need nowis coloration in the lowmid and warmth and for that reason ill build one of those DIY color 500 series and put some color I need in it. I saw they have the famous Neve 1083 pre in there so thats one of the 3 color for sure. I'm not sure about the other 2 yet tho'.