OT: UAD-1 plugins.. are they really? Waves?

cchoy wrote on 2/6/2007, 7:35 AM
So I've heard through various forums about all sorts of problems with getting these mysterious (and friggin EXPENSIVE! (not to mention hardware requiring)) UAD plugins to work. Do they work in Vegas? Are they really what they claim to be? Has anyone gone 1 to 1 with the hardware vs. the software and compared the neve to the neve?

I guess I'd just like to hear a little about the different "sounds" of eqs. The master mixer here complains that none of the digital eqs sound any good (including vegas track eq, waves ren eq, and the Q series waves.) He has us use the outboard focusrite preamp as the eq.

anyone wanna weigh in? Are these UAD thingys everything they're supposed to be?


Vocalpoint wrote on 2/6/2007, 7:49 AM
Yes. UAD is everything they claim to be - and more. I would never use them in the Vegas environment for any serious work (there has been several CPU munching issues etc etc inside of Vegas, Acid)...but in Nuendo - they are the very best you can get without dropping $$$ on a real Neve.

I wouldn't even start a project without them.

bgc wrote on 2/6/2007, 1:57 PM
There aren't any plugins that can touch the UAD-1 plugins.
If all you were to get were the Fairchild, LA2A, Pultec, 1176 are Neve the card would still be worth the price.
The VST versions also seem to play nicely with Vegas 7 and Acid 6 from my estimation.
I can't even imagine not using them anymore.
H2000 wrote on 2/8/2007, 4:36 PM
Yes, they are great plugins. If you are looking for plugin EQs and compressors, they are among the best. I did not have success running the VST versions in V7 when I demoed it - I got all kinds of buffer mismatch errors. But, I've been using them in V5 for a long time. I have not tried the neve plugs however.

If you are looking for some non-hardware requiring EQ alternatives, then I would suggest trying out Hydratone from http://www.tritonedigital.com/ or perhaps eliosound.
cchoy wrote on 2/17/2007, 9:32 AM
Anyone want to weigh in on what they think the best eqs are? perhaps compare the different software eqs. How does the Eliosound compare to the hydrotone to the UAD ones?

I love the sonic foundry eq interface, but have found that it sounds "harsh" as do the waves Q eqs... (which have basically the same nice graphical interface. They are great for notching, but not coloring)...

farss wrote on 2/17/2007, 6:38 PM
Just been reading the good oil on the recording of the soundtrack for Happy Feet, Sony Oxford Eq and Waves Gold Bundle. I've never been able to find out for certain if the Sony Oxford plugs work with Vegas, you'd think they should....
JeffreyPFisher wrote on 2/24/2007, 1:27 PM
Oxford plug-ins are TDM (though I think they just announced AudioUnits support for Macs) and vegas doesn't do TDM.

Ben  wrote on 2/24/2007, 7:30 PM
They actually just announced native VST in addition to AU.

Although Vegas doesn't fully conform to the VST spec, it does indeed host VST plugins. With a lucky roll of the dice, the Oxford plugs should work in Vegas.
pwppch wrote on 2/25/2007, 9:02 AM
>>Although Vegas doesn't fully conform to the VST spec

Really? Why do you say this?

Ben  wrote on 2/25/2007, 5:10 PM
Vegas doesn't send tempo, transport or timecode information to VSTs; things that many plugins require. The UAD plugs don't perform properly...

But Peter, we''ve all made these points many, many times on this forum in the past. Surely none of this is news to you?!