I don't know about which competitor is speaking about
Keep in mind nebula- when reaches overflow - could output a clear damaged waveform as warning of the existing overflow mode. Nebula tells about this overflow waaaaay before you hear this warning. After that I don't know what else to do (in the past audio was silenced but several customers were reporting it was "broken"))
About tapes and things in general, nebula is the only simulator which gives you the exact phase for all harmonics. In the previous tech we are not taking in account hard compression - only gentle one, like the one you have using tapes properly without overloading. We could do it now though, we'll put it in our pipeline
So: if you are looking for the instantaneus compression go for other products. If you are looking for the authentic "tape" tone in the "safe" region the answer is nebula. Which gives to you 1000 tapes, but just several ones
About how authentic our tape tone is, just ask to our 3rd party developers. They sampled tapes and they compared. It is not just the usual one-man-band development and testing. In our case a lot of developers were involved in this double check and product validation.
well... i do not like their eqs. AA is a lot of better. But the vtm is really not bad. i use it always on the drum bus. But it does not work for me on bass or on master... and the distortion i do not like from them - sounds for me too compressed / plastic. When i would use distortion i use the sknote distressor... or i guess also the devil loc by soundtoys is very good. So if AA will do tape i guess it could be better the vtm - and if i want distortion there are a lot of algo plugins which i can use to distortion... i will use the DIY Coliur 500 series for that btw the vtm has something nice going on in the low end - sort of life or fluttering... do not know what it is - but i like what i adds.
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The guy said in a french interview that he was looking for a good engineer. Perhaps if he find one, in a couple of years they will release products that will match their claims and people will never know or remember.
To me, this asks for another question. Who else is using Kernel Technology ? If Acustica is the only one, then Slate is crossing the line. Add to that, that the StudioOne new endorsements include stuff from Softube, Acustica, and... Slate. What a gang of arrogant jerks !
Regarding their plugins : most of them suck. They do exactly what FG says they don't at the begiining of the video: the raise the volume or the bass to make the user believe they sound good. At least all their youtube videos, and their console emulations do this. I installed the VMR demo when it came out, reading on Gearslutz how fantastic it was, a new breakthrough in digital world,etc... I had a real 1176 plugged on vocal. Took it out, plugged the Slate thing, to see. Laughed, uninstalled the piece of crap. I still use TimP U76 v2, and am impatient to hear v3 !