Have you considered the TC-native bundle from TC-Electronics. Or how about the Waves GOLD bundle? If your running a computer-based recording studio theres plenty of room on your 10, 20, or what the heck 60 gig HD to fit a 512 kb file... Why not? I've done a/b comparisons with hardware vs. Software and yea I hear a differance, however I cant tell wether or not the differance's yeild possitive or negative result's. I don't know how you feel about software effects, but I know that the average consumer (and the occasional audiophile) Can't tell the differance. And quite frankly I like the differance in price.
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