Just wondering if Alexb has a time frame on when these might be redone. I can imagine with everything going on right now it might not be a big priority but and time frame would help me on advancing some mixes and buying new plugins.
I actually didnt like the Modern Black Console that much, I didn't like the 550a or b either .. and I didnt like any of the 512c-preamps I've tried .. and not even the Waves A*I 2500 .. and I don't like the sound of most album engineered on an API-console!
So my guess is that I don't seem to like the API-sound that much , except the A*I 5500 which is pretty nice on rock/metal guitars.
It sounds like A*I does something to the mids that I don't like.
Definitely it "does something to the mids" Just this week we thought of using a pair of A*I 512's for printing the stereo mix (we went through V72's, a C******r or just the Studer console the days before). The A*I's were awful - there was so little information in the mids that the pretty mellow mix from the Studer sounded kind of uneasy, fidgety, unpleasant. Top end and sub bass was stellar though
So if you want the A*I colour (come on, classic Stevie Wonder "sounds A*I"!), you have to "mix into" the console, it wouldn't make sense to impart the colour in the end when everything's mixed cleanly in the box.
(on a side note: we had the funniest "effect" while trying out a pair of V72's for the mixdown. The snare was GONE. Strange but true. I went back to my studio and sent that same mix through Henry's V72 stereo program: same effect. Oops.)
Funny thing, I love the N**e stuff and use it mostly, but I simply love the 2500 on drums.. at least the Gemini version adds good bottom to the snare. I actually think it's one of the best compressors for Nebula..
The 512 was also my favorite pre on drums when I just had the commercial libraries.. it's also one of the most recommended units for drums on Gearslutz. The 550 also sounds great although I don't use it much. The console is ALSO very good sounding IMO.
Are you guys sure you're not doing something wrong..?
yeah, strong personality gear-console cannot be used twice on the same record. If one have the opportunity, recording a band live with A*I or N**e then mixing itb is the place where digital really shines.
air of V72's for the mixdown. The snare was GONE. Strange but true
my V74's do the same funny thing on an already smiley curved mix.