Hi, so after purchasing SubLab (and updating it to the latest version) for my Pro Tools rig (12.9.6), on Mac OS (Mojave 10.14.6) I reported issues and suggestions to Sublab. They steered me here and to talk to Gavin, but doesn’t look like there is anyway to PM him, so figured I’d start a thread.
Pro Tools Issues:
Hanging notes still happen, just less.
Several of the functions (like octave changing, sound tweaking, attack, adjustments, harmony section, etc…) just don’t seem to be doing anything when I move them like they should on all presets. Some presets I hear it making a difference, others, it just doesn’t grab the audio and do anything.
I get the classic Pro Tools error code like crazy when using this plug. To make matters worse, after the update, these errors eventually lead to a odd fuzzy sound abruptly happening, then stopping and the spinning wheel appears and the session is frozen until I force quit and relaunch. After the update, I actually say its running worse.
I also notice it seems the duration of notes is not accurate to your midi track all the time. It sounds like the sound/bass/kick/etc… doesn’t end properly as other similar plugs do. Which causes the track to sound sloppy.
In conjunction to #4, Sublab runs a lot smoother when your just triggering it via a keyboard. The moment you trigger it from a midi track pattern is when the #3 and #4 symptoms appear the most.
- I’m real surprised this plugin doesn’t have a “Panic Button” on it. Most like this do. A panic button when pressed will kill all hanging notes immediately a refresh the note cache or whatever it does.
- I feel a little “separated” from the GUI when combing through the presets. I feel the preset navigation could be a lot better.
The sounds are ok. But seem to focus too much on some kid level “prosumer” trap type stuff. Which at this point is already played out. As all trends do. I like these sounds to have in my arsenal, for sure. So there is nothing wrong with that. But it would be nice to also include the timeless type of sub basses and kicks / 808’s, etc. More adult pop billboard level type kicks, sub basses and tuned 808’s would be a nice addition to the factory sounds.
All in all, for $40 I can’t complain. I feel the idea is great. I really like to have a plugin like this. You guys are onto something ! But I also feel more time and development could go into the texture and quality of the sounds as well. Less digital, more analog sounding. There are ways to do it. UA does well with them algorithms.
And I will tell you this as a last note. If you guys took the time to do all this and executed it properly, professionals like me would gladly pay 3-4 times as much for such a plug. BUT the obvious attention to detail in all the suggestions and issues I brought up would need to be there. I really don’t need such a inexpensive plug, funny as it sounds. I’d rather pay more and get more Quality, R&D, Smooth Rock Solid Bug Free Operation and THOUGHT. Not more trendy features and “instant dope buttons”.
Iron out the basics first.