I recently met a mix/mastering engineer that works in Protools HD on Mac. He prefers to work with mostly analog equipment but curious about modern plug-in's.
I explained Nebula a little bit and he was very interested. Has anyone tryed working with Nebula on such system?
Depending on how good it works (crashing isn't acceptable) I'm going to recommend and help him on things about Nebula. Some time later he will separate his mastering chain on a pc based system but I'd like to know if he can use it without any problems with his current Mac+ Protools hd system.
I saw a post that it works 'fine' for Mac/Logic, very incorrect, and most times completely unusable for projects where time is relivant. Crashes, doesn't even load the program, latency isn't compensated, ect. Interesting though as it uses CPU cycles for some pre amps BUT doesn't affect the sound in any way... I wonder how many times and hours I've wasted to have stuff not render, but waste my time. Not very cool, and honestly the developer promised a working AU some months ago. Last excuse we got was he was 'tired' or on 'vacation'. Maybe it was for health reasons that I'm not aware of, but I'll still give the benefit of the doubt. These guys are passionate, and brilliant but basically if I told a customer sorry, I'm too 'tired' to fix what I said I would some months back, or I go on vacation when there are customers unable to use and work on the platform for months maybe I wouldn't go on vacation and get it done THEN. Maybe its a different culture/mentality there, who knows.
I'm totally moving away from trying to use Nebula as a mix platform on Mac. Its okay to use some tapes and stuff on the master bus, but its a shame as I've spent enough coin on Nebula, and supporting the third party devs for a UAD system that would actually work.
Sure 'the sound' but at the end of the day I'm not going to geek out and not be able to get work done.
Last edited by greekpeet on Tue Jul 13, 2010 5:41 am, edited 3 times in total.
I would not recommend Nebula for OSX, as its already bit me recommended to a good friend of mine that has a ton of really nice gear we could have sampled. After two weeks of him monkeying around he gave up... The free version doesn't tell enough of the story in a real world environment (its fine for the PC) and its quite deceptive on the Mac with all these other wrappers. Its a mess.
Shame as there where a ton of really good analog filters and a project I wanted to start for the community.
currently working on au, not sure about rtas support. Protools will never be supported officially cause the lacking of delay compensation, we are in 2010 , I think adc should be a prerequisite now. Not sure about your preamp issue, maybe you should describe what you used ( it's too generic, I think there are more than 2000 emulations around). Free version is good for testing the stability of the system, we always recommend a test before buying. About crashes, I'm not sure about your case, the vst version is working pretty well, no open crashes from what I can see. Wrappers are wrappers, for this reason I suggest a test. Nebulacis sensible to ram usage, if you reach the limit (2 gigabytes is the limit for 32 bit systems, but the real limit is lower due to memory fragmentation) the system could be unstable (not only nebula runs out of resources, but also other applications)