Originally Posted by Full Clip Audio
No. It makes a decent door stop.
I think it is a waste of money and effort. Digital is MUCH more convenient and cost effective so for it to be worth going analog, it should be something that does a job better than digital can. Since some of the top mixers in the world can't tell the difference between a real 1176 and the plug in emulation, the idea of running your signal through a cheap piece of gear like the ones mentioned in hopes of gaining something over digital is pretty futile.
There is this idea that running your signal into something analog will magically add something but it is a myth. It comes from the days when gear had tubes and transformers which added pleasing characteristics just by running things through them but these days most gear is made of cheap Chinese PCBs where transformers and tubes have been replaced with op amps and solid state chips that cost pennies. Running through this sort of gear doesn't add anything but noise and the degradation from the conversion process. Great analog gear still does amazing things but it has to be pretty special to justify using it over what you can do in the digital realm.
the Aleisis is an extreme musical effect more than anything else. i know you know how it;s used and why, so don't pretend it doesn't have a strong character, regardless of how shit it might be on paper! when you mix everything into it, you get the French Touch. it's as simple as that. you can't fake it and it has *that* sound, love it or hate it.
you then spend ages in post-production getting rid of all the harshness and random spikes it chucks out and maybe mixing in some subtle parallel channels to polish it up further but you just can't get that horrible, biting pump from anywhere else.