I have a Motu hd 192, modified at Black Lion Audio that I record with at home.and a Motu 828 mk3 system, with 2 8 pres for additional inputs.
I am looking for that “Spark and Punch” in a Mastered mix. I set up my tracks in Cubase, put LA2 compressors on vocals and either that or WAVES CLA plug ins, and also use CLA on the instruments. I insert a Waves L2 plug on main out.
I have yet to get the Spark and Punch that I am looking for. I have the L2 set to kick in at -16 to -19 and it brings the volume up, but still, I cannot get the sound I am looking for. It seems that the starting levels of the original tracks are not loud enough, even though there is plenty of signal apparent in the wave form and in the mixer.
My buddy has an Alesis HD 24 hard disc recorder. It seems like his initial tracks are smoother, have more life and just plain sound better. Comparable mics and preamps, his just sound better.
To get “the sound” am I going to have to give up computer based recording? I have tested an Apogee Duet with my home system my modified hd192 still sounded better.
I’m open to thoughts and opinions.