First off, I don't own this software; my extended family has a few connections in the industry, and I have a relative who is quite up to his neck in the big name plugins, so I have no idea how the software runs, or how easy it is to install. That being said, this is one of the most interesting pieces of software I've seen. Before I heard of it, I had wished for a program that made any signal source able to sound like it came from ANY microphone. Then I discovered this. WOW!
Anyone who has ever worked with a microphone keeping recording techniques in mind will find the mix modeler to be the simplest thing in the world. There is nothing but a menu for selecting the source microphone and the modeled microphone. And the list is endless, trust me; you'd have to be using a pretty darn obscure microphone to lose out with the mic modeler, and even then, they'll have sonically similar ones on the list. After that, there are the gain settings; there are also settings for tube saturation, as well as pattern-selection (when applicable) and pass-filters. One can even adjust his or her modeled proximity to the microphone!
Don't get me wrong. It's obviously not quite going to be like the real thing. It can't possibly replace every microphone. Do not buy this and an SM58 and expect to be set. I repeat: It's a program. It isn't essential to have at all, because all this plugin really does is automate frequency shifts, which you can probably do on your own anyway. Obviously, it's more complicated than that, but the only thing terribly revolutionary about the Mic Modeler is its concept.
A U47 sound will come from a U47, but if you are interested in experiencing new sounds without the tedium, this plugin may be for you!
I had no problems installing the Antares Systems Microphone Modeler as I had it up and running quickly and efficiently without any compatibility issues or other problems. I had the plug-in up and running within minutes and since installing it have had no problems running it at all. The interface of the Antares Systems Microphone Modeler is pretty easy to follow as well and anyone who has a little experience with plug-ins and digital audio should be able to figure it out pretty quickly. The plug-in has sections for putting in which mic you recorded the signal with options for putting in the type of mic, as well as proximity, low cut, and polar pattern. There is an endless amount of different microphones to choose from and pretty much has ever mic you can think of, as I've rarely had a problem finding the correct mic I used. The plug-in then has sliders for input and output gain, as well as tube saturation, and bass and treble buttons to preserve the source. I don't have the manual for the Antares Systems Microphone Modeler so I can't speak to how helpful it is or not.
I am currently running the Antares Systems Microphone Modeler on a Mac Book Pro that has a 2.2 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and 4 GB of RAM. I run the plug-in in Pro Tools LE 7.4 and I've never had any problems with this configuration at all. While I don't run too many of these at once, it is a pretty stable plug-in with the capability to run a smoothly and stably depending on your specific set up.
I've been using the Antares Systems Microphone Modeler for about five years and while it is a nice plug-in to have around, it isn't essential to anyone's set up. I'm a big believer in getting the signal sounding right at the source, but this can be a helpful plug-in if you want to add some warmth to your sound if you aren't happy with what you did. This plug-in sounds pretty good, but probably isn't anything to get too excited about and unless you are looking for something exactly like this, I wouldn't really recommend it for all studio owners. Overall, a nice sounding plug-in with a good amount of control, but not essential to anyone's studio.
(Originally written by yoyo92/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
Quick and easy installation.
Very easy and user-friendly GUI.
No stability problems. I like the variety of settings (plenty of models, adjustable proximity effect, possibility to choose the polar pattern of each model, and the filters provided with the different models) and the tube simulation which can actually enhance an average guitar recording.
The sound is good but you don't always have to select the mic model you would have chosen in real life to get the sound you want... You'd better try out several models.
The only disadvantage is that the plug-in needs a lot of resources (I use a 2.8 GHz CPU with only 512 MB Ram) and I can't use more than two instances in the same project. I believe a DSP version would be a great idea (If it doesn't exist yet...)
I used it regularly at a friend's and it surprised me. Obviously you can't expect a Neumann sound if you recorded with an SM58, it's only a computer-based simulation.
But this plug-in is very convenient to record vocals and guitars with a vintage sound.
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Madness`'s review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
- Easy installation, everything works right the first time ...
P4 2.6, Asus P4PE CM-X, 512 RAM, 2 dd 20 and 40 GB, Sound Card Digigram VX222 ...
I use it for one week, a friend lent me to try, we feel too much heat (as they say on the net) but as a compression, the change between the different microphones, c ho hum, it TFW would use it for the main mix, but on the tracks "voice" (I use an AKG recording and Preamp Drawner), it gives a little more than Db, but nothing famous, even if by changing the levels Input and output of the lamps is defined as a round.
I TFWP not well controlled, or else it sounds too much. You be the judge!