The other day I was at a friends studio. His set up is the same as mine. Hard disk based with a Layla audio card with an 03D mixer and samplers, E4Xultras.
He purchased a DBX 486 I think, a mic pre compressor with tubes. He made an instrumental track with acoustic guitar in Wavelab and had three takes of it.
One with the DBX in use. One with magneto plug and one without anything.
I did not know which one was which. He wanted my opinion on how much difference the DBX would make-
I could not tell which one was with the DBX.
The track I chose as the best quality turned out to be the one with Magneto used. But then again after listening for 10 minutes, clicking between the three tracks in real time I was wondering if I was hearing anything at all! The differences really could not be noticed. We were using good headphones.
So, if you do solely Midi to digital audio in cubase usign synths and samplers, are these extra hardware items of any use??
Or, is it just the poor quality of the audio card?
Any input would be appreciated.