I love this thing more and more every day
Okay first off, if youíre looking for the ultimate bass channel, this is it. I have NEVER gotten as good of a bass direct sound from anything else Iíve used (Avalon, UA and yes, even API). This should almost be sold as a bass channel strip because it performs so well with it. The compressor is very nice, its actually a lot more subtle sounding than I thought itíd be, which is great for tracking purposes cause you can dial it in without going overboard easily. I will say setting up GR on the VUís is tricky, personally Iíd rather see some LEDs for that but just a slight inconvenience. The eq section is surprisingly useful, and it doesnít have any level indicators on it so you donít know by how much youíre boosting or cutting something. It forces you to use your earsÖ weird huh? haha. Its very musical, I have no clue what curves theyíre using but I really like them. The only thing I really really wish they had on it would be an instrument pass thru. I like recording a clean DI for re-amping and a ďdirtyĒ DI for the tone. This thing is really advanced, Iíve never seen a channel strip with this much functionality. Its like a hardware version of a plugin. Instead of a plugin version of hardware haha. I donít like the ISA pre sound on vocals too much, just a bit bright. But to be fair I donít usually like any transformer based pre for vocals. But I love it on anything with a string. It really helps the snap come through. Also amazing on percussion for obvious reasons. One of the well thought out benefits of this unit is you can basically use it part-and-parcel with other gear you already own. So if youíve got a great pre but need a good eq and compressor, you can create a separate path in your patch bay just for that. You can reroute where the modules sit, so eq-comp-filter or filter-comp-eq, or whatever! This is going to be my only choice for bass for the rest of my career. Honestly, I donít need to try anything else.