I believe the A*I from AITB (the APE Channel) is more than just the EQ, it's a sample of a chain including a 2520 preamp.
I don't have the AlexB library (although I'm sure it's excellent) because I don't really need another A*I so I can't really help you with the comparison. But it says something that I never went looking for another choice in A*I flavored EQ, quite satisfied with the APE channel.
With N**e, it's the opposite; I have several N**e EQs that were sampled by Alex but I can't really compare to the AITB offerings. But the Alex N**e EQs (both the modern and the classic) are outstanding.
Do you know what model of N**e or A*I EQ you wanna buy ? Or just a N**e and an A*I EQ ? If so ,just buy any of them (really).Now, if your money is tight,chose the cheapest and move on when you'll have more money.In Nebula,"almost" like in the real world at this quality level,it's all subjective there's no "sound better than the other?".
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scopus wrote:and notice both alexb and aitb sell the same eq, so is one different
On the A*I side they're not selling the same.Alex sells an 550A and a 5500. AITB is selling a chain consisting of a 550B and a 3124.(you can argue that the 5500 is 550B x 2).
On the N**e side they both sampled a vintage 1073 but as in the real world (plus the whole Nebula sampling/AD/editing process) their programs sound different.For personal taste you should start a pole.For me they're just different... AlexB got 2 other type of N**e EQ sampled too who have different flavors than the one above.
Finaly : CDSM got some very nice vintage and clone N**e EQs too.
So for me it all depends on : your money/what model you want/in some case here,how many bands you want.
Dig deeper,read the manuals,download the demos,see how every developer is organizing his presets,search on the real hardware,evaluate your own needs.
didnt know they were diff A*I models, n since looking for api550a, that decision is out of the way. also didnt know cdsoundmaster had the N-TEN-AT4 which looks really cool, esp in VST , anyone compare that with the other N**e's? thnks
I use both from AITB. I personally don't use the A*I very much at all but the 1073 is used every day. I can only compare it to the UAD N**e and not anything else but I know that sound and it gives me that all right.
One thing I didn't realise is the A*I has a mid range with some RANGE!
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