April 22, 2006

Something new from URS?

by Chris Randall

I make no secret of the fact that URS is my favorite plugin maker that isn't, well, Adam and I. Them and Princeton Digital, I guess. But anyways, if you head to the URS site and sit through the interminably long flash movie, you'll get treated to a little tease as seen above. (Right click, view image to see that bitch full sized, if you're lazy.) I don't know what it is, but it has a nice half a meter, anyways, and I'll probably buy it, because that's the kind of sucker I am. Anyone from URS wanna trade NFRs?



Apr.22.2006 @ 6:22 AM
Javier Segura
I have all URS plugs, I love them (Audio Damage also) Bobby Nathan tell me that in a few weeks release a new plug. I think that the next week. That it will be? Exciting and mysterious hope.

Apr.22.2006 @ 9:27 AM
They need to get on the ball with the Universal Binaries...

Apr.22.2006 @ 5:28 PM
As a dev and producer, do you find that A) they sound at all like the hardware counterparts and B) tend to sound quite the same ?

Apr.22.2006 @ 5:47 PM
Chris Randall
In my professional opinion, both as a developer and a producer, there is no such thing as a software equalizer or compressor that sounds better than or even as good as its equivalent hardware counterpart.

Does that statement really mean anything, though? There are phenomenally good albums that were made on equipment that you'd pass by if you saw it in a dumpster these days. Ultimately, the end listener (the consumer/customer) isn't going to notice whether you used an URS A-Series or an API 550A, because he's going to be listening to your product on a fucking iPod or with his shitty stock car stereo.

So, it's a matter of whether a particular piece of kit makes it easier for you to do your job, which is to put hooks and sounds in a row to make a good song. I find that the URS eqs have logical layouts and tried-and-tested frequency corners which make it easy to deal with the sound. The difference between an URS A-Series and an API 550A is that the material will sound better/warmer/phatter/whatever just passing through the trannies in the API. The ones and zeros in your DAW don't change a bit going through the URS unless you do some carving.

As to whether they sound the same, I assume you mean whether the URS eqs all sound alike. Actually, each one has a personality. The A-series are kind of chunky; the N-Series are crystal-clear and bright. The Pultec is "warm" and a bit... what? Fuzzy? Something. It definitely has some soft saturation going on that the others don't. I don't really care for the others, but that's me.

But my standard channel strip in Nuendo is an A-Series EQ, followed by a Waves R-Comp, Comp/Gate, or R-Vox, depending on the application. (The first for most natural intruments, the second for electronc stuff, and the third for vocals.)



Apr.22.2006 @ 7:46 PM
Hey Chris,

Cheers for that! I guess that I'd gone through the demos and thought I'd liked them but then been told that if you boost them at the same frequencies that they sound the same , or at least 4 of them sounded the same or some such. I'd demoed them all on their own so I didn't have them all together to do such a test .

As to if they sound like the counterparts, well to be honest I don't care , as in line with what you think , if they do the job thats what mattters . More that there is so much said about them being way off by some .

Basicly I'd heard some things from some folks I respect and it kind of made me lose perspective on what a good eq sounds like, forcing me to re-evaluate my choices , while never a bad thing, it's nice to get a reality check . Big Kudos . I respect your opinion as not only a dev but a producer too .

Apart from that , whats your take on the current URS compressors? I'm sure you'll give us your take on the new up and coming one without us asking ;) . Kudos on a great blog btw .


Apr.23.2006 @ 9:43 AM
Chris Randall
I hate to admit this, but I haven't tried the compressors yet. I'm always on the hunt for a good EQ, but as I'm relatively happy with the Waves compressors and limiters, I've not got around to checking out the URS ones. (I also have our Crush compressor, part of the AD Mayhem package, which I use when I want more severe compression, with artifacts and such. We designed Crush for that sort of thing, and it works as advertised.)

However, I'll get around to it at some point.





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