I can understand that for people on headphones its a help to be able to add the spill over effect from a room... it helps them to do panning etc.
But trying to imitate a specific room you are not actually in, and most likely have never been in, does not make much sense to me.
With Sonarworks you are going for flat, but still headphones. With some other crossfeed plugins you get crossfeed .. with this product they will be adding reflections? So messing up the phase intentionally just to say “Abbey Road”? I am skeptical to say the least.
Post by sirthought on Jul 11, 2019 13:59:29 GMT -6
Waves Nx was alway a product that seems to me like a cross between Sonarworks and Can Opener. For the people who are looking to mix on headphones because their room isn't well treated, that combination has seemed like a respectable solution. But some folks don't even like the idea of that, or really ever mixing on headphones as their main avenue. To each their own.
Nx added the surround functionality, which was weird in many ways. Lots of software 'magic.' ARS3 is just uping that product with emulations to offer different sounding speakers. It's crazy to think that any of it would be believable. Yet many of us believe other plugins sound damn close to real life counterparts.
The first thing I thought of when I read about this plugin is that it's a natural successor to plugins like the UAD Ocean Ways Studio. With OWS the idea is to imprint the sound of a good tracking room onto the sound of a crappy tracking room. ABS tries to imprint the sound of a good mixing room onto the sound of a crappy mixing room. I haven't heard it so can't comment on it's merits.
The second thing I thought of when I read about this plugin is, if I get a picture of the face of a young George Clooney tattoed on my face, can I expect to be on the cover of People Magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" issue?
Well according to the demo, it would be as if you are now monitoring in ARS3, through,any of its 3 systems:
Near: atc25 (?) on console ? Mid:, b&w (?) large floor standing and Far: Quested multi speaker wall mounted.
It also allows for various surround sound modes.
The actual room sampling (sweet spot) is also of the current ARS3 design after its last major complete redesign and build.
and Giles Martin serves you virtual earl grey tea and dollies you can v steal for your drum sessions (honest)
Which is total bullshytte, since the ear does not perceive sound the same on phones as in free air. This isn't even slightly controversial. And Gilles Martin can go back to fetching tea. After that Sgt Pepper abortion I don't understand why he has any credibility left at all.