Carey M wrote:
killedaway wrote:i despise outboard gear
No you don't. What? Really? What? Why?
okay, well, i suppose i don't despise outboard effects themselves
, but i really don't like patching out; i don't like the cabling; the extra steps; dealing with each manufacturer's different and often quirky methods of patch storage, editing, and MIDI implementation (or lack thereof); the extra space it all eats up in my already tiny studio (and don't anyone dare suggest software!); the added cost, etc...
while internal effects are often sonically inferior to quality outboard, i like taking those effects to their limit, working within their limitations, or oftentimes finding interesting ways to exploit some of the weaker or more limited fare, and working harder on my programming to rely more on the fundamental sound and less on effects to begin with. i think a lot of musicians get caught up in the elitist outboard trap, just like those nose-in-the-air analog purist finger-waggers -- not everyone, but some certainly. there is just so much to be done with onboard effects, and so many ways to incorporate it into your sound. it's there, use it. find ways to make it unique and mix-worthy.
of course, the huge caveat here is that i don't require realism in my effects whatsoever. for me, that's the joy of electronic music; i don't care if the reverb doesn't sound like a real space, or if the compression is pumping, or if the distortion is brittle... i'll make it work for me.