<BLOCKQUOTE><font size=\"1\" face=\"Verdana, Arial\">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by dantonio: What would you reccomend in terms of phatenning/ warming up my mixes (mostly samples and synths) before it is recorded in Protools/ logic?
I have heard that a pair of Avalon 737, or a 747, or a fatso, might be a way to go. Or is their a good plugin to get.
Or should I just invest in better samples<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
You might want to try out Analog Channel from MCDSP for Protools (it\'s both RTAS and TDM). It consists of 2 plugins, one is a tape saturation emulation (very good, miles better than DUY valve or tape) and the other an analog sounding compressor/channel.
I usually slap it on a masterfader and it\'s amazing what it will do to your mix. You can download a demo at www.mcdsp.com
That and careful eq\'ing go a long way in warming up cold samples.
If you want to go the analog route the FATSO is the #1 way to go. The Avalons are beautiful but they are very pristine and you won\'t be adding much \"color\" to your sound. A more economical analog route is JoeMeek compressors/EQs. They sound great and defintely add color and body.
Personally, I do not tend to want to take Giga sampled instruments out of the digital world in order to process them with external gear. This makes for D/A and A/D conversions, which makes for some degradation of audio quality, even with high quality converters.
I am a huge fan of quality outboard gear for front-end tracking only, but once I get into the digital environment with audio, I like to keep it there.
The Analog Channel plug-ins, especially the AC2 for analog tape saturation effects, are excellent for warming up audio tracks. Some other quality plug-ins which work very well for this same purpose are Duy DaD Tape and DaD Valve plug-ins from www.duy.com