Favorite plug ins, worth buying

I’m not a guitarist per se (mostly focus on the NS/Stick now, which is sort of not a bass and not a guitar either). In the end I realized I can get Helix Native for super cheap right now - basically, same price as the discounted Tone King, because I have one of the Line6 hardware products which is good for a “crossgrade”, AND they’re having a sale on software on top of that.

Theirs are not the best amp-cab emulations I’ve heard, so specifically for playing electric guitar I might get something else. But it’s a super thorough / versatile and familiar package and everything sounds at least decent, sometimes really good.

I might look into NeuralDSP and demo them next time they’re having a sale - they’re a local business and a friend of mine worked for the guy’s other company (Darkglass), so kind of want to support them at some point in any case. The Tone King seemed brilliant in the audio demos, didn’t want to install an actual demo and try it out because I think my software budget is now spent…

(But just as a hint, if you own any of the Line6 Helix series hardware products, you can get the native version for $50 right now, which was a no-brainer for me…)

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In the recent Tape Notes podcast episode Fred Again shared some secrets on how he created tuned drones, which he had learnt from Brian Eno. Apparently the secret tool was Expert Sleepers’ Spectral Conquest.

Haven’t tried it myself, but it isn’t very expensive.


I don’t play guitar and demo’ed them with the Dvina, one of which is strung with cello strings which are below guitar and above bass range. I could also see using it on my kyma physical modeling stuff and general purpose dirty up a sound.

I did think some of the presets were reverb heavy so I made it a point to bypass those a lot while demoing. My initial thought was that I may play with 3rd party verbs and effects at the end of the chain as the built-in one sounded clear and bright at first blush (without being harsh) but also appeared limited in range.


Just FYI, this is the first time after launch I see Rhizomatic Plasmonic being discounted, now 99 EUR / USD: https://rhizomatic.fr/

I’ve probably recommended it earlier in this thread already, but it’s made by the creator of Absynth, and slowly becoming one of my fave synths ever, hardware or software. Physical modeling combined with subtractive synthesis, great sound, easy to program, supports MPE nicely, most fun you can have with a Linnstrument if you happen to be, well, me.

It’s easy to get MPE patches out of it that kind of sound and respond a lot like an acoustic instrument, but one that doesn’t and can’t exist in this world. There are several very good physical modeling plugins out there, but somehow the mix of features and overall timbre hits the spot for me here.


Literally just bought this today and it’s amazing. Definitely worth picking up!


Posting here (from another thread about Slate+Ash) that they released Choreographs:

On sale for a bit. Doesn’t need full Kontakt. Amazing–watch the engine overview video for inspiration even if you;re not going to get it.


Where did you see the sale, if you don’t mind me asking? I see the bundle price, as well as the price for Choreographs (which doesn’t seem to indicate that it is a special intro price or sale of any kind).


The email they sent out about Choreographs said this was a 30% intro discount. I’m not sure if it says anything about it on the site though.

20 characters of I was wrong. The email shows that the full price will be higher, not the site.

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i’ve used this for years and years for really precise freq cuts/spectral shelves and it’s very very good.

whenever i mention a tool like this i have to pour one out for NI Spektral Delay


Thank you. Was there any indication in the e-mail regarding how long the intro price would last?

Nah. All it says is “CHOREOGRAPHS is available now with a limited time 30% discount.”

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Thank you (+20 characters)!

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Not sure if it already was mentioned:

Sound Particles offers interesting possibilities for sound design. i guess it is mainly aimed for media composers but can also give interesting results with musical material.

Havent tried it but every black friday i am thinking giving sonic lab plugins a shot.

Also I am intrigued to Divisimate and using it to build performance templates not for orchestra but for synth racks


For sound designers these are really interesting by Dillon Bastan

Bundle 1: $65 (usually $95, cost of all devices individually is $137)

7 devices: Rhythmorphic, Grain Forest, Mouth Play, Pathways, Ripple Filter, Iota, Samsara

Bundle 2: $35 (usually $55, cost of all devices individually is $73)

5 devices: Rhythmorphic, Grain Forest, Mouth Play, Pathways, Ripple Filter

Use code “yayblackfriday” until midnight PST Nov 26 to get the deals.


The release of Choreographs inspired me to get back into Landforms. I hadn’t played it for a while due to the cpu spikes. Going into the Kontakt settings and disabling access to multiple cores helped my performance in Ableton dramatically. Playing it with Grid all day, super fun.

I’m loving Choreographs but it’s very CPU hungry. Running up to 27% on running just one iteration of it on a track which means a lot of freezing and bouncing of tracks instead.
Still some truly amazing sounds and possibilities in there!

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Oof, 30% is what I consider “good” for Landforms. I remember when I first got it, i ended up just trying to embrace the endless cpu spike noise :rofl:

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The Slate+Ash stuff runs really well on Apple Silicon. I had problems with a 2017 era MBP and a 10-core 4.6 ghz i9. But the M1Pro runs it well. I think that Kontakt’s timestretching is the blame.

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Fwiw today I was running 10 instances of Choreographs (all init patches no presets) on an M1 Pro with 16 gb of ram. No hiccups. Don’t recall for sure but don’t think I went over 12 or 13%.