January 19, 2007

NAMM: Oxford Native...

by Chris Randall

I have a kind of a love-hate thing going on with Sony. Their consumer electronics division is really fucking annoying, and pretty much everything I've ever bought from them has broken at some point and needed to be replaced. Their music division continually inflicts terrible shit on an unsuspecting (and somewhat stupid) public, and is one of the leading lights of the "let's sue our customers" method of business. They're also the ones that thought it was a cool idea to deliver a payload of spyware when you tried to import your CD, and in the process broke a lot of people's computers.

Now, do the sins of the fathers pass on to their children? Dunno. I've mastered dozens of records using CD Architect, and still use it. Vegas is a fantastic cheap NLE for video. And the Oxford plugs are some of the highest quality plugins you could ask for. And now they're native. UB AU ships immediately, with VST around the corner. Expensive as shit. Quite frankly, I don't think I'll be buying them, but this is large-format-console quality EQ and dynamics, for sure, as both the EQ and compressor are lifted directly from the excellent OXF-R3 console. Info at KvR.



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Jan.21.2007 @ 6:20 PM
Chris Randall
Well, your answer is about what I expected. This is a bit of a problem for me, as I tend to record and mix at the same time, being essentially a one-man-band. It's not unusual for me to add a part, or re-record one, 10 minutes before final mixdown. As a result, latency is a relatively major issue. On top of that, even when I'm doing electronic music, I tend to play everything live first. I've tuned my system for the lowest possible latency -- I run my buffer at 64 normally. I _can_ run it at 32, but there's a slight possibility of skipping at high track counts, and I can't really tell the difference between 32 and 64. (.74ms input latency v. 1.497ms. This is essentially as fast as the converters in the Rosetta can actually convert, so it's not an issue.)

So I think that the PoCo or UAD-1 is not for me; this is why I like outboard.



Jan.22.2007 @ 9:51 AM
I've always wondered why the makers of the PoCo and UAD don't combine them with some digital I/O and provide a complete solution a la Creamware's scope. It's always seemed like a bit of a no-brainer to me.

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