Channel Strips (e.g., Fat Channel XT) vs. Individual Plug-Ins

VST, AU, etc. plug-in Virtual Effects discussion
schpaeckulum
KVRist
138 posts since 26 May, 2020

Post Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:34 am

jens wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:31 am
Prefix is not a channel strip at all.
Could be used as such, if that's what's necessary. Variety of Sound has another one, though, which is - NastyVCS.

Saukar30
KVRian
1306 posts since 2 Mar, 2005

Post Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:12 am

Personally, I really like channel strips. They help with my workflow as far as just using 1 thing and saving cpu. However, they are limiting either because of sound of the strip altogether or the compromises on features. In that case, I would use just individual plugins... but I think that whole debate goes into k owing what sounds you can get from your strips.

I have the IK strips, Neutron/Nectar 3/Ozone 8, BT Analog Trackbox and usually use those less of the time. My individual plugs I probably use the most are Slick Eq GE & Kotelnikov. There is a 3rd option that I find works just as well & that is using host that are just like channel strips but manufacturer specific. Example: Reason Rack plugin, Waves Studiorack, Magix Independence FX, T-Racks Suite, Amplitube 4/Guitar Pro (I use these as channels as well).

Some elements of the mix or songs need different things. Some need more flavor, some need more precision. Sometimes an individual plug can do just as much as a strip to maintain the character of your track (Like Izotope Trash2) So for me, I just go by ear and then choose the tool I need/ the workflow I'm trying to achieve. Strips for sonic behavior & workflow, Plugin Hosts for flavor & Individual plugs for maybe all 3 just depending.
Komplete 12 Ultimate, Falcon, Omnisphere 2, IK Total Studio 2 Max, Dune 3, Sylenth, Synthmaster, Thorn, Tal Sampler, Addictive Drums 2, Izotope Tonal Bundle, Reaper, Reason, FL Studio, Alesis Fusion 8HD

mwooten777
KVRer
24 posts since 27 Apr, 2020

Post Wed Sep 16, 2020 1:25 pm

A couple of you have mentioned Neutron. Is that considered a channel strip?

jens
KVRAF
20243 posts since 12 Jul, 2003 from West Caprazumia

Post Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:18 pm

schpaeckulum wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:34 am
jens wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:31 am
Prefix is not a channel strip at all.
Could be used as such, if that's what's necessary.
No, it can't be used as a channel trip because it's not a channel strip.

If Prefix is what is needed then what is needed is not a channel strip.

jens
KVRAF
20243 posts since 12 Jul, 2003 from West Caprazumia

Post Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:19 pm

mwooten777 wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 1:25 pm
A couple of you have mentioned Neutron. Is that considered a channel strip?
Yes, very much so.

greenmind72
KVRist
66 posts since 16 Feb, 2011

Post Wed Sep 16, 2020 4:53 pm

Also, bear in mind that some channel strip plugins give the option of using the individual modules as stand alone plugins, or as part of the strip. I think the advanced version of Neutron allow this, but not the standard version. I'm not sure if many other strips also take this approach, but it provides greater flexibility (if you think you might need it).

Saukar30
KVRian
1306 posts since 2 Mar, 2005

Post Wed Sep 16, 2020 6:55 pm

mwooten777 wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 1:25 pm
A couple of you have mentioned Neutron. Is that considered a channel strip?
Indeed.
Komplete 12 Ultimate, Falcon, Omnisphere 2, IK Total Studio 2 Max, Dune 3, Sylenth, Synthmaster, Thorn, Tal Sampler, Addictive Drums 2, Izotope Tonal Bundle, Reaper, Reason, FL Studio, Alesis Fusion 8HD

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