|Posted by Johnny Geib on January 5, 2015 at 8:00 PM|
I received an email today asking my thoughts on this. He apologized for a long winded email and I responded with an even longer email (not purposly mind you) and I came to think my response was worthy of a Blog entry.
The question was: "So I guess the short form of my question/confusion is this. Shouldn't the eq and compression tools inside Studio One provide enough flexibility to craft [the same] beautiful sound?"
Well, this is a question that can be based on several things and is so completely open to opinion that everyone you ask may have a different answer.
The short answer is Yes. Everything you hear in the bigger plugins should be, at least, mostly attainable in the native plugins in any DAW. SHOULD BE!! Now, the reality is presets and algorithms can contain so many different settings that to match the sound of one preset in a Slate Digital plugin, you may need 4 or 5 Native plugins in Studio One to even come close to that exact sound. Not to mention the fact you may never find it at all. That's what makes the question so hard to really answer solidly.
Now for the longer answer. This, for me, is one reason I don't use 3rd party plugins very much, even when they look as awesome as Slate Digital's do. When I bought Studio One back in 2009, I loved the simplicity and the fact that there were few options to have to learn. I wanted to really learn what each plugin did and learn it well. Since it had all the basics that I had in my analog rack, that was all I needed at that point. I just wanted to learn to do in it. what I already did with my outboard gear. Once I did that, I began exploring features I found interesting or simply stumbled upon during my learning process and went from there.
Now here's a point I want to make based on a comment you made.
You said: couldn't one just do the same thing with Parallel compression on a duplicate of the track in question, with a low filter and some eq?
Never duplicate (or clone) a track like that. Since all plugins in Studio One have a "Mix' adjustment, you can adjust the level of the original track against the effect. Duplicating (or cloning) a track will, most times, cause "Phasing" and make your tracks cancel each other out because they are identical. So a good rule of thumb to follow is to never copy tracks unless you are going to de-tune them or severely edit them. 2 Identical tracks playing at the same time increases volume, not fatness.
There are techniques for track cloning that can make for a "Fat" but that would be another long email....lol