I’m curious… they’re kind of expensive… does that translate to quality? I mean, the one Portico compressor plug is $500! Still, I’m interested, if they’re good
I use several Neve plugs on the UAD-2 platform. I rarely use native plugs anymore; no reason to. UAD Neve plugs are excellent stuff.
Funny, I feel the same way about hardware-bound plug-ins.
I assume that by this you mean that you yourself have no reason to use native plugs precisely because you have the UAD setup
I’d still like to hear some feedback about the Yamaha and Portico plugs
ALL plug-ins are hardware-bound; it just depends on what hardware (the CPU or a PCI processing card). UAD-2 takes processing load off the CPU, freeing it up for other DAW tasks. Thus, UAD-2 provides greater utility to a DAW system than not having it. But, to each his own.
As mentioned, I rarely use native plugs … but I’ve read good things about the Neve Portico plugs. I agree with you, they seem very expensive.
But then, so is the UAD.
Dollar-for-dollar, I consider it one of the best bargains in the DAW arena.
Look guys and gals … I don’t own any interest in UA … I’m not trying to sell you on it … just sharing my experience for what it’s worth. There are lots of different ways to get the job done. Not everyone wants to harness the vast power of a UAD-2 Quad card. With great power comes great responsibility. And like Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry said “A man’s gotta know his limitations.”
I own a UAD card myself and rate them very highly, just saying it’s not cheap… thats all.
Thanks for that clarification. I was totally unaware.
No need to defend your choices to me. I’m sure they’re fine plug-ins.
My only addition would be that with modern processors, the need for additional offboard processing is diminishing, except that you may prefer the sound of your UAD-card-only plug-ins. I just prefer to add horsepower by upgrading my computer, rather than buying more cards.