No. In fact, I think it sounds pretty bad. In my opinion it can't even compete with VCC or SatSon, which are like 2 or 3 steps below Nebula in the accuracy ladder (again, in my opinion). I was very disapointed when I heard NLS, I think it is, along with Nomad Factory Magnetic, the worst plug-in I've heard so far.
I have a different impression. I think it sounds ok as long as you ignore the internal metering (which is plain wrong) and try to stay off the drive knob. Also, you should never go beyond -3dBFS or so, because you'll get ugly distortion.
As long as you use moderate levels, the E*I & N**e consoles actually produce less saturation then most Nebula consoles at the same levels. There is something I don't like about the HF with the NLS, but to put that in perspective- I really don't like downsampled Nebula consoles either (96kHz to 44.1kHz or 48kHz)
The nice thing is, that once you sample this plugin using NAT you can get really amazing results.
Agreed. I'm getting great results as long as you mix into them from the start. When I first tried the demo, I slapped them on a finished mix and had horrible results. Staged correctly, I get a nice glass and "compactness" of a console. Easy on the CPU as well. I found that the overall image suffered until I discovered that I was pushing through them too hard.
As a mac guy 64 bit is a big plus too. A great compliment to the Neb kit. +1
I think that I can achieve the same results with a plugin that generates 3rd order harmonic distortion an and a couple of filters. It's not dynamic, so you'll never get the same weight out of them. The same goes for Decapitator; it's nice, but only nice. It's not 'holy crap!' And with 'weight', I'm talking about CDSM's 1084, T*****t, and Alex B's MBC and CLC. That really adds something heavy to the signal, as long as you know how to use them properly. I'm a firm believer that analog consoles appeal to a certain style/sound/song. Waves NLS will sound great on everything, because it will be doing the same damn static thing over and over again. Waves-hater? Yes, because their claims are unjustified. 'The Analog-button....' Ehrr...dynamic harmonics? 'No, dude, white noooize' Oh.
You should better take a look at Satson and Stripbus. Both cost less than 40$ each, and are able to crap on the expensive ones like nls or vcc. I've had a blind shootout and Satson and Stripbus sound even on par with nebula and OTB.