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It depends on your computer Nowadays, I'd say most people use hardware for its flavor, unless you have a really old computer. Freezing tracks usually saves you enough processing.
Not a particularly old computer, it's a 3gHz dual with 4gb ram plus a crappy EMU soundcard. I've never run into any processing issues though, even with lots and lots of tracks all running various software effects. Keep in mind it's just a project studio that I use to write and record stuff just for my own pleasure, so none of the components have to be top of the line, or anywhere close really. I'm just getting tired of all my recordings sounding like they were recorded in a culvert somewhere. Hell, it could just be the crappy soundcard, I dunno. But I do know I want something new, and I don't have a hardware multi-effects processor except for my guitar POD. So, I want one
Fancy! I do like Steinberg (always a Cubase fan, never ProTools). Really, I should be concentrating on getting a new interface, but I REALLY like PCI interfaces rather than something outboard. What kind is the one you just bought? USB? Firewire? INTERNAL?!
I owned both the MX200 and MX400. They're both great sounding units for the money. I don't think they sounded metallic at all to my ears. Seem pretty well built. My biggest gripe was the lack of diversity in the algorithms. If you're only looking for the standards they're just fine. I just wanted something that could do some harmonizing/vocal distortions/etc.
Now, if you want a decent and versatile value in an effects rack, check out the Behringer FX2000 (previously the DSP-2024P). Sure the verbs aren't as nice as the Lexicon or Eventide, but there's some impressive modulation/distortion/harmonizing effects in that unit.
Maybe you need an MX200 and an FX2000 combo to round things out. I used that setup for a few years and had lots of fun with them.
For live, I've been using an Alesis Quadraverb GT guitar processor for vocals for years now. I like it because it has an analog preamp. I just dump all the distortion, overdrive, etc. and it sounds pretty good.
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