I’ve seen a few posts already sort of suggesting something similar, though not quite like this.
Essentially, I would like to ask SB to open up the channel strip as a special vst3 plugin format, so that third parties can either develop or adapt their current plug-ins to fit the channel strip paradigm.
Not only would this instantly make custom mixer-modeling a possibility, but it would also open up the channel strip to a world of different compressor, limiter and distortion/saturation options.
-Slate VCC channels
-Waves SSL, Neve and API emulations as channel strips, as well as their NLS summing plug-ins as channel strips
-UAD Neve, SSL, API options
-Steinbergs own Neve and Yamaha plug-ins as channel strips
Imagine being able to use one of UAD’s Teletronix or Softube’s Summit and Trident options as a channel strip compressor…or use SB’s Neve EQ as a channel strip EQ…the list goes on.
I suspect that plug-in wise, not much would have to change other than a modified front end that fits the channel strip, or otherwise a pop-out window that allows all the controls a particular plug-in might have…