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Old 10-15-2019, 10:49 AM   #32
Wanda Previous
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No one has mentioned latency. Hardware boxes tend to perform all of their signal processing within one sample period, whereas plug-ins do their processing in blocks. So if real-time signal processing is important to you, the hardware boxes have an advantage.

Licensing models and privacy might be important too. The hardware manufacturers tend to get their personal gratification when you walk into a pro-audio store and buy their product paying cash; whereas the plug-in manufacturers arenít satisfied unless they can collect your personal info and threaten to take the product away from you if you donít stay in their game.

There is also the reliability issue. If you think your parents are going to buy you a new iMac Pro for Christmas, the possibility that the plug-in might not work on the new platform is very real, whereas the hardware will keep working as advertised.
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