A week or so ago we decided to put the plug-ins found in the latest version of the PreSonus Fat Channel up against what are considered to be the best plug-in models around. As we said at the time we're not going to name brands but suffice to say the plug-ins we are comparing are from well-respected brands and cost a great deal more than Fat Channel... of course, it's free!
Rather than us tell you what we think we've asked you to take a blind test and vote on the sound you preferred.
Here is the result of both listening tests.
Drums - Pultec EQ Plug-in Comparison
Acoustic Guitar - 1176 Plug-in Comparison
As you can see in both cases Audio B was the clear winner for those who took the test, in the case of the Pultec EQ Audio B took nearly 60% of the vote and for the 1176 Audio B took nearly 50% of the vote.
In both cases Audio B was the PreSonus Fat Channel.
Some of you taking the test thought it was easy to identify the Fat Channel, it seems in some cases it was not the case.
As this test shows, if you are short of cash and need to rely on the plug-ins that ship with Studio One then you wont go far wrong with the included Fat Channel plug-in. Of course for some the choice will not be as simple, some plug-ins offer zero latency tracking with systems like DigiGrid and Apollo, as well as reducing the load on the host computer. This test was not about suggesting paid-for-plug-ins offer little benefit, but more a case of showing that PreSonus plug-in modelling can give fantastic results for those on a tight budget.