McDSP 6050 – Comps, EQ and Saturation

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2167 posts since 29 Sep, 2010 from Maui

Post Sat Dec 29, 2018 6:55 pm

Hmm, definitely fine in Reaper here, also the VST3 iirc.

4 posts since 26 Nov, 2018

Re: McDSP 6050 – Comps, EQ and Saturation

Post Sat Dec 29, 2018 7:45 pm

Frankly, I like the 6050 a bunch. But then again I use reason and have had those LB plugs for a long time.

I haven't had any of the issues and the recent update (ish?) has the presets working in S1. I paid 49 bucks for it so, it's just another tool in the arsenal.

253 posts since 26 Feb, 2018

Re: McDSP 6050 – Comps, EQ and Saturation

Post Mon Dec 31, 2018 12:10 am

I tried using a splitter to make a multiband compression effort. I was testing with a track recorded using a large condenser in a live room with the drums, so it has tons of unwanted bleed.

The Tracktion Crossover did not produce any pleasing results. For starters it was impossible to set the bands to anything that didn't mangle the track. Then I played with just isolating the vocal range into a single band to apply compression. Eventually I got to a decent place just using an EQ to set shelves so I can isolate the band. I used TDR Nova for the visual feedback. I don't know what Nova was doing but it was raising the volume quite a bit. TCrossover was mangling the audio.

Ultimately, an 1176 emulator on the original track sounded better without bothering with band isolation gimmicks.

This experiment made me reconsidering getting a colorful multiband compressor in the arsenal, like the 6034. I didn't really see myself needing a colorful multiple compressor, when a transparent one would do. But now that I've looked at the demos and gained an appreciation for the complexity of separating the bands musically, that 6034 looks mighty attractive.

One thing at a time, though. I'm still waiting to be given access to the 6050.

253 posts since 26 Feb, 2018

Re: McDSP 6050 – Comps, EQ and Saturation

Post Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:39 am

Update on the 6050 for Windows:
- It mostly works. There's no sidechain- confirmed by McDSP that it doesn't work on Windows, but they said they do expect to fix it in the future.

- The thing about the settings carrying over when you swap a module, as to audition with the same settings, sort of works. They are a bit off, some more than others. In general terms I accept that it is not easy to match settings for these things, so I'm ok with it.

- I don't know if it does this on other platforms, but I have to be very delicate when I move the knobs because if I drag the knobs too fast it gets weird and either goes into an insane feedback loop blasting my speakers, or creates a pop so loud that it triggers some sort of fail safe in my audio drivers/system and my speakers disconnect from the session. I have to save and close the project, and then open it again which re-engages the audio system and reconnects the speakers.

That's quite a list of oddities for such an established brand. However, the plugins are worth the trouble, particularly at the $50 price point. And I live in hope that they'll get better at Windows development and release a corrected version.

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