From Antares, the folks who sell Auto-tune software, comes software called Mic Mod EFX. According to their Web site: Using our patented Spectral Shaping Tool™ technology, we've created precise digital models of a wide variety of historical classic and exotic microphones. Simply tell Mic Mod EFX what microphone you are actually using and what microphone you'd like it to sound like. It's as simple as that.
Sounds intriquing--and of course, too good to be true. But curiosity prompted me to post here. Has anyone ever used this software? Does it work?
A guy I used to rock with had a rack mounted effect thingy that would do this very thing to his guitar. He'd pick any guitar and any amp from the selection. To his ears it was uncanny, I couldn't tell any difference.
I suppose this, like anything, would be dependent on the weakest link. If you're workflow up to the point of this effect is up to the task, it'd work. But this software isn't going to be able to make a good recording from a bad mic.
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I think that Focusrite at one time had a unit which also claimed to do this. It was intriguing, but I never got a chance to check it out. Now it seems they have moved on to the "Liquid Channel" which mimics classic pre-amps and compressors.
I was always a bit skeptical, but I don't think that it is impossible. Look at how far reverbs have come. Impulse responses from highly desirable rooms have been pretty well modeled in the box. If Antares hasn't got it all figured out just yet, I think someone will within the next few years.