Funkybot's Evil Twin wrote: ↑
Tue Oct 19, 2021 6:36 am
SE is a cut down version that only makes sense if you have a lot of T-Racks processors. To the best of my knowledge there's no benefit to getting both. You want T-Racks 5
Actually, that's not the case with T-Racks. It's certainly true with other products (Amplitube, SampleTank), but in the T-Racks line the "Deluxe" version is the bigger set (and there's a Max version beyond that), while both T-Racks 5 and T-Racks 5 SE are roughly equal subsets. One especially unusual thing about the SE version is that it includes two modules (Tape Echo and CSR Room) that aren't even in Deluxe.
If you read through the product descriptions on the IK web site, it's pretty obvious that the focus is different between T-Racks and T-Racks SE. They're roughly the same size as far as the number of components, but outside of the four "classics", the flavors are very different.
The SE set includes modules that are popular for use on individual tracks and would likely be called up as individual plug-ins rather than using the shell. The Tape Echo and De-Esser are the most obvious examples. The Black 76 and White 2A could be used on an otherwise finished mix, but they're more common for single instrument channels or group busses. The other two modules in SE that aren't in T-Racks 5 are the CSR Room Reverb (quite old at this point but still very good) and the Vintage 670 (Fairchild) compressor.
Meanwhile, the "regular" T-Racks 5 has more of a mastering flavor to it, and if you read the Info tab on the product's web page, it's pretty clear they're pushing it for mastering your finished projects. You wouldn't use Master Match on individual channels within a mix. While I'd happily use One on an individual instrument, the page touts it as a "mastering processor" intended for "easy and straightforward audio finalization". Likewise, Dyna-Mu and EQual are well suited for mastering, and they push Dyna-Mu as ideal for a final mix, "amazingly gluing all the parts together". T-Racks 5 also has the advanced monitoring suite (not the same one as in the free CS shell), which the web page notes as being good for preparing broadcast-ready projects, including the new LUFS meter. The web page also pushes album assembly as a main function of the T-Racks 5 standalone suite. SE doesn't mention this (or the "standalone suite" - just the "shell" like in CS) at all.
Both sets include the four "Classic" modules (compressor, multi-band limiter, equalizer, clipper) that have been part of T-Racks since dinosaurs roamed the earth. These are generic effects rather than modeled after specific pieces of gear. They're still pretty good, but you probably won't use them much with the other modules readily available.
And what REALLY makes things confusing is how the T-Racks 5 sets differ from T-Racks 4 Deluxe. T-Racks 5 Deluxe has 22 processors. T-Racks 4 Deluxe had 9, pretty much in line with what we see in T-Racks 5 and T-Racks 5 SE.
In addition to the four "classics", T-Racks 4 Deluxe had the Vintage 670 compressor (same as in T-Racks 5), the Vintage Tube Program Equalizer (the Pultec, which you see elsewhere as the EQ-1A or EQP-1A), the Opto Compressor, the Linear Phase Equalizer, and the Brickwall Limiter. So even if you already have T-Racks 4 Deluxe, both 5 and 5 SE have new collections of prime processors to offer.
Interesting twist... the iRig Keys hardware products list T-Racks 4 Deluxe among the bonus software items included. The iRig Pro Duo I/O doesn't specify T-Racks 4 Deluxe, but it lists all of those processors individually as bonus goodies - and the Mic Room as well. If one of those hardware items happened to be your Group Buy entry, you could then add T-Racks 5 and T-Racks 5 SE as two bonus choices, and you'd have a quite comprehensive collection of 19 total processors with only two choices used.