I didn’t much like Auratones back in the day, but they were quite good for placing the vocal level just so and there was little else competing with them. I recall they were fairly clean sounding unless driven hard. I used to like the small speakers that were in many of the better 1/4 tape machines - Studer A80 for example they were a great tool. If anyone has an impulse made with one of those??
Since making that other post, I also found a way of reproducing the general characteristic of NS10s (using Vozengo Curve EQ, the method is on YouTube) that reminded me how much I hated NS10s! It wasn’t so much the muddy lower mids or splatty highs, it was just that I found them really tiring to use for any length of time. I know lots of people swore by them, but they just didn’t do it for me.
I have no doubt that a quick fix simulation such as a REVerence impulse won’t match the real speakers or a dedicated emulation like MixChecker, but it’s unbeatable value for money!