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stratum
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Postby stratum; Fri Mar 17, 2017 3:04 pm why would one make a channel strip plugin?

Hi

I have seen a few plugins on sale with the name 'channel strip'. Being totally ignorant of what they are, found this : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Channel_strip

I can see why hardware versions existed: not only every possible signal source isn't at the line level, there are also sources with different output impedances that require a matching preamplifier if you want to receive a signal with a good S/N ratio. Having an integrated EQ or a compressor on such a unit might be handy too.

But the same idea as a plugin didn't make much sense, what signal level or impedance shall be matched in software anyway?

Thanks for any comments
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Zaphod (giancarlo)
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Postby Zaphod (giancarlo); Fri Mar 17, 2017 3:32 pm Re: why one would make a channel strip plugin?

Basically an user wants to recreate the SOUND of a console in the box. Or the workflow (streamlined elements for a task), but this is rare.

Consoles are not just for workflow (mixing), they have a distinct tone. People working on daily basis on one of them want itb solutions. Other people not working on them want a cheap substitute.

Btw, there are also stereo hardware strips. They are mainly used for a bus
stratum
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Postby stratum; Fri Mar 17, 2017 3:44 pm Re: why would one make a channel strip plugin?

So basically these plugins emulate circuit behaviors that deviate from ideal, like harmonic distortion or perhaps imperfect passband frequency response as an aid to people who are picky about such details and want to retain the sound of their beloved old hardware. Like a tape saturation or valve preamp unit, basically.

Thanks, I guess that makes sense in some way.
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Zaphod (giancarlo)
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Postby Zaphod (giancarlo); Fri Mar 17, 2017 3:54 pm Re: why would one make a channel strip plugin?

Yes more or less. It's a market segment about analog equipment emulation, for a full itb replacement
syntonica
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Postby syntonica; Fri Mar 17, 2017 7:40 pm Re: why would one make a channel strip plugin?

Pretty much to either A. sell to people who are used to the real deal and like the work flow, or B. to emulate a certain coloring.

Personally, I like some channel strips just for the convenience of having an EQ and compressor and what have you all in one panel since every track gets one of each anyways.
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Zaphod (giancarlo)
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Postby Zaphod (giancarlo); Fri Mar 17, 2017 8:31 pm Re: why would one make a channel strip plugin?

Sure, but today all daws are integrating a basic strip functionality. It is true that a single plugin implementing eq, compression, limiting, exciter, maybe noise reduction is very handy; but normally a strip channel plugin is an analog counterpart emulation plugin, trying to emulate a specific gear. When it happens, the user buys it because the degree of approximation. Even the eq bells are a piece of the tone; so it happens for phase, harmonic distortion, dynamic behavior and so on. The user is looking for a replacement. In such case, 99% of the time is for substituting an otb tone with an itb one, with full portability and total recall maybe on a portable workstation.
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Postby camsr; Sat Mar 18, 2017 10:45 am Re: why would one make a channel strip plugin?

A channel strip for ITB use is like a predictable starting point for achieving something. You can use plugins in their own chain, and the results may not be much different.
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