TO THE MASTER OF THE WORLD, NICK BLAKEY
In regards to “OVERRATED” [EQ Magazine, April 2005 Edition], I just wanted to ask Nick what it’s like to know everything. What is it like to have every session turn out perfect? Your arrogance outshines you.
Nick Blakey responds:
Great. Absolutely great.
I probably am not the first to point this out, in reference to your recent Wave Arts bundle review [EQ Magazine, April 2005 Edition].
But as someone who definitely fits the description of “recording engineers on a tight budget (who) have been searching for a Waves-style experience, but at an affordable price”, I feel compelled to point out that, with the exception of the desirable MultiDynamics plug, you can actually get real Waves versions of all the plugs in the Power Suite PLUS TWO MORE for the same price. Waves’ Native Power Pack lists for $500 and has SEVEN plug-ins, the Wave Arts Power Suite only has five.
I’m sure that the Power Suite can stand on it’s own and may be more desirable than Waves in some instances (as you point out). However, the gist of your article seemed to be on it as a Waves alternative, which is something that I guarantee a lot of your readers are interested in.
Craig Anderton responds:
Actually, you ARE the first person to say anything, so thanks! It’s always good to know SOMEONE reads this stuff.
In a lot of ways, the centerpiece of the Power Suite is the multiband dynamics processor. It’s a subjective call, I know, but I think a two-tap delay and de-esser is not as “bread and butter” as multiband dynamics, and I think it costs more than $500 to get a Waves bundle that includes multiband dynamics.
Also, the parametric compander isn’t really the same as the Power Suite channel strip, which is something that’s pretty desirable for a lot of host applications, as it has separate dynamics processing and EQ in a very efficient plug. You can combine the Q10 and Parametric Compander, but then you’re basically replacing one Power Suite plug with two Waves plugs (although I feel the Waves compander is more powerful than the Power Suite compressor due to the frequency selective aspect).
So . . . I agree that the Native Power Pack is a great deal, and as I made clear in the review, WAVES has set the standards to which others aspire. But overall, I think you get a bit more bang for the buck with the Power Suite because of the Multiband Dynamics. Still, of course it’s all very subjective, because I like the L1 better than the Power Suite maximizer, but other people like the Power Suite one better . . . let’s hear it for downloadable demos!!
JOHN KROGH: SUPERGENIUS
This [Apple Logic Pro 7, EQ Magazine, February 2005 Edition] is the most useful and intelligent review I’ve found for LP7 on the ‘net. I now clearly understand what to expect when moving from LP6, and I hope the Logic development team is listening as well, because the concerns you raise will certainly affect me too.
Thank you for that,
Y NO RME?
I’ve been subscribing to both EQ and Keyboard mags for awhile now, and really enjoy your reviews. I was just wondering why one doesn’t see any reviews on RME’s products (www.rme-audio.com). I’ve just invested in the RME Fireface800 unit and am really happy with it. And from what I read on many forums, RME is rated above MOTU, Presonus, and so on. Any particular reasons for not reviewing RME?
Craig Anderton responds:
I think the RME stuff rocks, actually. I reviewed the Multiface in the May 2004 issue of EQ and gave it really high marks. I’ll be reviewing the Fireface for EQ soon, I’m slated to get a review unit shortly. All my friends in Europe say it’s not necessary to optimize a computer for music . . . they just buy the cheapest computer they can find, slap on an RME interface, and get great results.
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