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sirmonkey
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My basic understanding of Fat Channel in S1 is that is used to save (and emulate?) mixer settings of the hardware. Is that about right? Well, since I don't have a mixer, I'm viewing Fat Channel as something that I can use like Pro EQ, and the limiter...except that it has several features within one plug. But I don't seem to see many posts about people using it this way. So far, to me, the EQ & compressor sound good. What does everybody else think? Would the compressor sound good on a master bus? Or is it better on a single guitar track?

I see opinions about compressors and EQ's all over the place. But I can't really seem to hear all the nuances between one compressor and another, usually. But I know that sometimes small nuances add up in a mix to great effect. Any advice/opinions about Fat Channel (used like Pro-EQ and the Limiter) is appreciated.

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You might find this video useful:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQH1jnWI8Zw

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sirmonkey wrote:My basic understanding of Fat Channel in S1 is that is used to save (and emulate?) mixer settings of the hardware. Is that about right? Well, since I don't have a mixer, I'm viewing Fat Channel as something that I can use like Pro EQ, and the limiter...except that it has several features within one plug.


This is about right. The FAT Channel is the strip that Presonus uses in their Studio Live mixers. Having it available in Studio One makes life easier for those that use the Studio Live.

Can you just use it as a Channel Strip - absolutely. It's a decent sounding strip and I'm using it a fair bit with S1 Artist. Compressor works well, EQ works well - I rarely use gate so I'm not sure - but I'm it's equally as good. The only true complaint I have about the Fat Channel is it's routing. I like to Filter/EQ first, then compress. Fat Channel does not allow this option. IMO - The S1 comp and Pro EQ are a better combination - just not as convenient.
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I've to admit i haven't even opened this plugin, since Pro EQ is so fast to operate. Does anyone had good results with Fat Channel or recommend to use it for some source?
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As I mention in my previous post - I use it often in S1. It's a very functional channel strip and sounds good. It is similar to adding the Studio One GATE, COMP and PRO EQ to the channel.

Advantages:
1: I find it uses less resources than the combination of a COMP and Pro EQ.
2: It's all on one plugin. You don't have to move between the plugins to make changes.

Disadvantages:
1: You cannot control the order of the effects.
2: No output level... minor, but annoying.

Neutral:
The sound! It sounds very different from the Comp/Pro EQ combination - which is no different than if you used a 3rd party combination of VST's. It may sound better in some instances, and not others. Only you can be the judge of that.

I use it when light processing is required. Drums, electric guitars, keyboards, etc... When I need precision (often lead vocal, bass, some acoustic parts) - I turn to the PRO EQ and separate compressor (if required).

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Thanks codamedia

That's a pretty good summary of Fat Channels' pros and cons. I compose songs on electric guitar using my Digitech multi-effects box, and drum tracks with a program called Ignite. I play my bass lines on a regular electric guitar, using the pitch shifter effect and EQ on my Digitech box. But I can't sing, so I have zero experience EQ-ing or mixing vocals, which is probably MUCH harder to do well than with instruments.
So, in general, I'm probably not as picky about compressors and EQ's as somebody who also deals with vocals (so far!)

Seems like Fat Channel is a nice, but somewhat underestimated tool. Thanks for your input!

Of course, others are invited to chime in about how they use Fat Channel, and in which circumstances it is most useful.

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The main advantages of the FAT plug-in are of course when somewhere somehow a StudioLive mixer gets involved. Especially in combination with recordings from a SL mixer it allows users to experiment at home with FAT settings they can then use next time at the gig. Makes the sound check ever quicker.
 
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