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Johnny Blade

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  1. I would like to exchange some impressions here with those who feel comfortable with the theme. A few years ago I had stopped using AM-Munition with all its spectacular arsenal of features, notably as limiter/clipper in the last slot of the mastering plugins chain. Since then, I have preferred to use the alternatives from iZotope Ozone, which has served me very well, especially its Vintage Limiter, which I like very much. However, I recently decided to try AM-Munition again, but in order to fit it better in my projects, I worked through all its parameters until I found "the sound" I was looking for. To my surprise, I found the same reasons that made me move away from it: no matter how I configure it, AM-Munition always delivers a very open and cold sound. "Cold" is the word that best sums up my frustration. I set the compressor, limiter and the saturated clipper in the background, so that the "cold" aspect did not appear. I even abused saturation, hoping to achieve a "warm" quality, but in the auditions of different monitors, the "cold" sound was always a constant, conclusion shared with everyone who was with me. I know the Samplitude's user manual very well, have read the AM-Munition chapter many times, and watched endless times all videos made by Master Kraznet. I know Opto Compressors, by their very nature, deliver considerably "transparent" and "open" sound, which certainly makes them fit many projects. However, in my case, in both pop and heavy metal songs, this virtue makes me avoid the plugin, which is very sad because I am fully aware of its firepower. I sadly put the AM-Munition aside again to return to the Ozone options, that sound much more "analogue/warm" to my ears. Is the delivery of this "cold" sound from AM-Munition - even with its great saturator - a public acknowledgment that I have finally gone crazy, or is it really something to be expected because of its Opto Compressors?
  2. Johnny Blade

    AM-Munition: open and cold?

    hehe... thanks, Terry... it took me a loooooooooooong time ... but I finally managed to tame the beast ...
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    AM-Munition: open and cold?

    One final addition: after a few hours of ear cleaning and revisiting the projects used, that's right: I'm ashamed to have started this topic.
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    AM-Munition: open and cold?

    I would like to take this opportunity to collect back all my words expressed through notorious ignorance. I spent all of this Sunday turning AM-Munition upside down and allowed it to do the same to me. So, it took me a while, but I managed to come to the conclusion that there is no limiter that it can't emulate. I am surrendered. I tried to capture all the saturation that iZotope Ozone "analog" plugins offer and managed to achieve with AM-Munition something close to, I would say, 90%. (90% is a subjective number and maybe flawed, but it serves to express the perfection I would like to achieve). Configurable feed-forward / feed-back detection has a lot to say about the thickness of the sound you are looking for. I thought this department belonged exclusively to the clipper's advanced parameters (saturation). A "warm", "full", "big", "vitaminized", "dense", "combative" and at the same time "clean/intelligible" sound: that was all I was looking for - AM-Munition delivers. I had a certain fear about Opto Compressors (its reputation for delivering a very clean / clear / "cold" sound), but the configuration possibilities offered by the plugin are so great that any hasty criticism is doomed to fall into ridicule. I give myself overdue, surrendered and satisfied. Much more than emulating the sound quality of those plugins, (the iZotope ones) AM-Munition is still ahead, with much more punch - if desired. It would be interesting to see the implementation of some new features, such as the ability to double-click numeric expressions and set the desired quantification without having to move the knobs. This may never happen because the brain behind this fantastic processor no longer works at MAGIX but, anyway, I leave here a record of something available to all Samplitude users that is worth a lot more than many processor packages: definitely, AM-Munition must not be forgotten! I finally managed to make AM-Munition the limiter I was looking for so long ago. So far from here. Just to be registered. Thanks and... apologies...
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    Strange Sounds - Infamous Compositions (Album)

    What a pity! What happened? I hope it is not something serious!
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    Folk songs

    Hey @Philw, what a beautiful, soothing song you composed! The video blends perfectly with the atmosphere of the music and Samplitude appears splendidly in action. I hope you have happiness with this beautiful work, congratulations!
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    Strange Sounds - Infamous Compositions (Album)

    And your website is very cool! The headphone I see there remembers me my good old AKG K240 MKII
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    Strange Sounds - Infamous Compositions (Album)

    Congratulations, mate! Well done! Good luck with your production!
  9. Johnny Blade

    Ozone 9 & Samplitude

    Hi all. iZotope Ozone 9 has been officially released. Is anyone here already testing it with Samp?
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    Ozone 9 & Samplitude

    I found an effective way to make Samp/Sequoia open projects loaded with Ozone 9 VST plugins faster: I set up Windows "Task Manager" to force the "Sequoia_x64.exe" to work with realtime priority (see photo below). I have noticed that projects are opening approximately 50% faster than before. I am still analyzing possible side effects on the system (Windows 10 64-bit). So far, however, everything has worked within the normal range. Some Ozone wave charts, however, have been behaving slightly slowly, but nothing that is very obvious - and this should concern the processing limitations of the notebook I'm using. Overall, it's a very decent solution. The only drawback is that this setting has to be done every time I open Sequoia.
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    Ozone 9 & Samplitude

    Thanks for your answer! How boring! I have seen a lot of people, users of various DAWs, complaining exactly about this delay and the manufacturer does not face the problem? Two, one: either the manufacturer ignores the failure with its VSTs, or is still trying to solve it ... O8 remains the best choice, but the sound quality of the O9 is very seductive! It offers a clarity of detail and an interesting "texture" of very nice saturation, especially in the limiters, both vintage and IRCs. I'm being compelled to use O9 anyway...
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    Ozone 9 & Samplitude

    Version 9.0.3 was released few days ago. Has anyone tried and felt any improvement in loading the plugins into Samp? Source - https://www.izotope.com/en/products/downloads/ozone_advanced/o-adv-release-notes.html
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    Ozone 9 & Samplitude

    However, Samplitude still takes a long time to open projects loaded with Ozone 9 plugins. In that respect, Ozone 8 and 7 are perfect. iZotope needs to fix this problem. I see many users of other DAWS complaining a lot about this in various specialized forums. I can't get news about whether or not the company is moving about it, but judging by the complaints, I hope so. Ozone 9, when it works as expected, represents an exciting upgrade.
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    Ozone 9 & Samplitude

    Ozone 9 takes a long time to be inserted into a plugin chain, but once inserted it opens as smooth as Ozone 8. After some testing, I noticed that there were noticeable improvements in DSP algorithms. For example, the Maximizer IRC IV (Modern mode) now delivers warmer, smoother sound with noticeable detail. Vintage Limiter (Tube mode) features a more "inflated" saturation, which produces a much more "full" sound. As I compare the plugins against the similar ones of Ozone 8 I have the impression that it is a totally new program, and this is very good and interesting!
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    Folk songs

    I'm sorry, Phil, I've had health problems in the last few days and I didn't remember the progress of this vote.
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    Strange Sounds - War Pigs

    Cool, man! Keep it up! Anyway, I had not noticed anything wrong or bad ...
  17. Johnny Blade

    Strange Sounds - War Pigs

    Hey, @Happy Mike, why did you remove the video??? It's really cool, I like it!
  18. Johnny Blade

    Ozone 9 & Samplitude

    Oh... thanks for that, In fact, I was wrong ... it must be anxiety, since I like this tool very much...
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    Ozone 9 & Samplitude

    Version 9.0.2 is out. Can anyone tell if there have been improvements?
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    Folk songs

    +1 vote here too.
  21. Johnny Blade

    Ozone 9 & Samplitude

    Yes, I think so! Thanks for sharing that!
  22. Johnny Blade

    Folk songs

    One more vote for the collection. You are very competitive, how cool! Come on, friends of the forum! It's very quick and easy to vote!
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