The more I work with Nebula, the more I realize what a huge step forward this software represents. As a noob, I'm astounded.
I've been listening to my other software and my hardware to compare it with Nebula, and there really is no software comparison. Nebula is very, very close to the hardware sound.
For example, my favorite IR reverbs sound lifeless compared with Nebula; and I can hardly stand listening to algorithmic reverbs any more! Even the S****x. Reminds me of the days when I heard a 16 bit sampler for the first time after owning and getting used to a 12 bit!
The analog gear emulations are just plain true sounding (I work with analog gear often, and did for many years before going digital). The guitar amps (to my ears) sound more real than the best modeling software and I've got quite a lot of it I've compared.
I just listened to some of my recordings done with a real EMT Plate; no emulation I've tried before could sound quite like a real plate, even standard IRs. Nebula sounds like a plate (realizing that most EMTs sound a bit different of course).
Nebula is the finest FX software I've ever used, by far. I just wanted to say so!
I've been talking Nebula up so much that my production company partner just tried the demo and then bought it for his system.
He said, "All I had to do was hear one reverb to know I should get it."
Best effects plugin that I've ever heard, hands down. Compared with Waves IRs and their premium hardware emulation plugs, URS, Sonalksis, S****x, the list could go on as I have a ton of plugs...this is simply the most real-sounding.
The only suggestion is that they need an installation manual...
yes its quite funny - all these software companies are trying to market their plugins as 'Game Changer'...every cheesy algorithmic plugin these days is supposed to change our game...
Yet for some years now quietly, Nebula has been REALLY changing the game. Yet it seems like some people are not interested in changing their game for the sake of good quality audio if it means changing their precious workflow...
I swear I was about to throw in the ITB towel before I found Nebula and buy a desk because I was so hating the ITB sound - which would have been very difficult and costly for me...so I am thankful! For someone like me who doesnt have huge budgets and space - Nebula is a godsend...
For me - it is the EQ that is so amazing...followed by the saturation. The reverbs - particularly from NNXT (Plate) and Signaltonoize are excellent. A few years back I was demoing all the reverb plugins feeling very depressed - they never sounded good to me! Always thin grainy and weak...when I came across Nebula and tried the PCM Tiled Room preset I went "Ahhh-this is what a good reverb sounds like...". I had never even used a high end reverb - but even so I knew the majority of reverb plugins sounded dull and weak. It was Nebula that showed me what quality reverb was...The market has changed somewhat since then - but Nebula is still formidable in this area...
>>I swear I was about to throw in the ITB towel before I found Nebula and buy a desk because I was so hating the ITB sound - which would have been very difficult and costly for me...so I am thankful! For someone like me who doesnt have huge budgets and space - Nebula is a godsend...<<
I know exactly how you feel. Especially after many years of having an overblown analog rig, my workflow got faster going ITB, but the sound suffered.
I have a N**e 8816 summing mixer; and while it's great sounding, it's only going to give you back its best sound if you put in good sounding tracks. When it gets Nebula3 sound, I think my little 8816 has an orgasm!
I ran drum tracks through the Studer tape emulation for a project I'm working on for North American Auto Show, and man, it really sounded glued together with just the right touch of flavor.
By the way, the N**e summing mixer emulation in the Library is really very close to what you get if you run a channel through the 8816.