My curiosity built up enough to run a native bundle vs hardware box comparison. Out of the 70, 300, 480, & 80/90’s I have available the 90 is the closest unit I have at hand to this native lineage. It’s also the box that would get replaced 1st. I did a rough numerical parameter match just to see how close it came without further tweaking. This is the result.
After recently acquiring a Red Type B / R8 I wanted to compare it’s sound to the ole faithful 414. I also wanted to compare the mics on different sources, that gives this drummer an excuse to noodle around on instruments I have no business otherwise touching 🙂 . So keep that in mind while listening to these. I find I prefer the RED overall. It’s a brighter mic. The 414 was darker in color with a greater Low end/Low Mid response.
I kept the mic positioning as balanced as possible.
Signal chain = Mic – Hardy M1 – DomII – DAW. Dry recording/No EQ.
My thingamagoop ver 2 arrived today. I can’t say why thingamagoops/kits are so badass they just are. I just finished putting it together in a custom box. (a thingamakit box actually) The new ver 2 has everything you wished for in ver 1. Modulation for days, S&H, ect. Best of all CV i/o.
What I find surprising is that all 3 vers have there place.
While demoing the SSL Duende X-verb I noticed the preset names seemed very familiar. I noticed the similarity to the Lexicon gear that i’m used to dealing with. That got my curiosity churning. Time for a comparison I say. I pulled up some multitrack drum noodling & a verb bus comparing both the X-verb & Lexicon m300. The result? It’s now of my opinion the X-verb team was influenced if not down right trying to replace the classic Lexicon hardware we know.
For the comparison I pulled up similar named presets on both the X-verb/ m300 & recorded the results @ 24/48.
I have processed some drum noodling with 3 highend hardware reverbs & 3 algorithm based plugin verbs. Are you able to tell the hardware from the plugin? In each section three examples are processed with hardware, three are processed with plugins.