Most users of FerricTDS rave about it as soon as they hear it, but it took me a while to come around, as I didn't know what Ferric was intended to do. Going back and listening to some of my favorite pre 2000's albums, I gradually began to recognize that big tape sound that Ferric seems to pull off pretty well. It's funny because I heard that sound in Ferric, before I recognized it in those old albums. I was looking for the crunchy and dirty sound on my favorite old punk and rock n roll records, but Ferric leans more toward the big 2" tape sound. If you are like me, and you aren't hearing it at first, give some Pink Floyd a good listen, and then revisit Ferric. You'll hear it, and yes, Ferric does a good job of pulling it off. You might need to go heavy with it at first, to get familiar with the sound, but after your ears get adjusted, you might save any heavy handed settings for the bus. Ferric can also cover some of the dirty side of things well, but there is more than one kind of dirty tape sound, and no single plugin can cover it all. What Ferric was intended to do, it does well. If you're like me, and you're longing for that sweet crunchy sound that can be heard on old soul, funk, and punk records, sorry, it isn't covered here. Maybe go and give Bootsy at Variety of Sound a wink and a nudge. ;) I think that he was approaching this type of thing with NastyHi and NastyLo, so who knows what the future might hold.
I paid for the Slate VCC plugins. They are subtle, accurate, and do what they were intended to do. I see a stack of submixes through the ears of various consoles as adding up to something potentially dramatic. All, of course, able to be fine tuned or screwed up during the mastering. But, in reading about other experiences with the VCC, I found the first mentions of the Ferric TDS. I then found and downloaded it.
I love it. I do remember the sound. Wonderful recreation ! And, now, the Slate VCC sounds better than ever. I leave those submixes to the Slate, putting in the TDS across the master bus. Talk about mix glue !!! I know that the TDS could be put many places, but the subtle Slate VCC seems to do well at not compounding problems and slowly adding up the effect across ALL channels. The TDS is, indeed, dramatic, in itself, and seems very comfortable across that output master bus - at least in my little studio.
Nuendo 5.5.3 at 64 bit is coasting along, and seemingly having no problem with the TDS in that 64 bit realm.