I am mixing professionally and use nebula. I have been using nebula consoles and tapes for a year, but recently collected a lot more nebula eqs. Some of my projects have hit 200 tracks. 75 of them might be layered violins and cellos... so not 200 instruments, but I have several nebula instances on every track by the time the mix is over. Thanks to Cubase 5 64bit, i7 and cubase batch exporting, the process of printing nebula and moving on is nearly painless. How bout patching up a whole studio, and then re-patching for the next song. that is certainly seen as professional. nebula is WAY quicker and certainly is the best ITB results i have heard. Nebula has taken my mixes so much further that I can't ignore using Nebula.
sorry just realized my post was a little off topic. I have some of Alex B's Eq's and they sound heaps better than any other plugin eqs i've heard. I have been through most of the protools eqs and many vst native eqs and Nebula definately is a cut above other eq plugins!
IF I had a session that had 100+ tracks ... the only 'effect' I might be looking for is the MUTE button
Seriously, it was crazy enough sync'ing 2 24trk machines together thru a 56 input console. Oh sure, we had automation/recall available ... but it had to be hand-reset manually.
I'm sure many of todays engineers think different about track counts [and editing for that matter]. it is a different 'mentality' today. Having 48 trks of analogue [actually 46] was a challenge to keep control of tape noise. [I personally despised most NR systems].
On a 'standard' 24 trk session, we might track out the basic rhythm section and have drums track spread across 8-10 trks ... but then we'd usually stereo bounce down the toms & OH ... so drums would be 4-5 trks. Of course, we'd have to 'plan' our sounds during tracking.
Another example would be for vocals ... I always tried to hold 3 open tracks to cut lead vocals to. From there we could assemble a composite when needed.
Also ... EFX from guitars, synths, etc ... we always strived to print them. True ... we were working with both experienced session players and producers, whereby I learned from when I step into the Producer chair. So MUCH of it was the in the 'arrangement', and instrumentation. When this was correct, mixing was an absolute joy.
It depends of the type of work you do. Rendering 100 tracks is not practical in my situation as I will end up unfreezing and freezing again as the producer asks for changes. I have a studio where I work at 96kHz and Nebula eats the computer at breakfast, even if it's an i7 with a healthy amount of ram.
I end up doing mastering with Nebula and some very nice analog compressors, so the result turns out good and analog sounding, but for mixing, I will wait a bit more, until the machines can offer the amount of power needed to run 2-3 Nebula instances on every track.
Sorry for the off-topic, I'm sure that Alex' eqs sound better than the other ones, I know what they can do (have 2 of them myself).
the old UAD slogan "Analog Ears, Digital Minds!" got a new dimension !!! Thanks to all nebula pioneers Giancarlo, AlexB, Michael, Velinas, Lord Nielson and and and... Impulse come from the basics- not from the discount majors