Favorite plug ins, worth buying 🙂

venom - a spectral manipulation tool. done by a friend.
(i find it more useful than other stuff by that company :roll_eyes: )

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I haven’t had much time to play with it yet as we’re deep into programming/recording/sound designing a new thing after just getting the cycles update off to NI. Will have to look into soft cut as haven’t heard of it, but cheat codes was something I thought that looked super cool so will definitely have a play with that.

P.s I had been on here for quite a while, mostly lurking but with a few posts as there’s so much knowledge and cool ideas on here. Got booted off and my account history wiped as I started a thread about cycles and admins thought I was just spamming :man_facepalming:t2:

Some clips of the new thing below as well :slight_smile:

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I’ve been mixing feature films and sound design for the last 15 years so plug-ins are my daily life. Here are some of my highlights:

Mixing:
Izotope Neutron Advanced covers almost every mixing situation. Neutron dynamic EQ is excellent - it’s an EQ, a de-esser, a pseudo multiband dynamics tool… But Sculptor is useful for acoustic and electronic sources. If you don’t mind the interface, Fabfilter Pro Q is also great, so are DMG Audio’s offerings. EQuality in particular. Waves Abbey Road stuff is good.

Reverbs, Delays and Multi-FX:
Valhalla DSP as has been said here multiple times. Exponential Audio reverbs are excellent as is their Excalibur sound mangling tool (currently on sale I think). Soundtoys - especially Echoboy, Crystalizer and PrimalTap. Eventide have some cool effects too.

Synths:
TAL Juno and SH-101 emulations, Arturia V Collection are excellent. If you’re into the CS-80 sound, Memorymoon ME80 is an often overlooked emulation. Native Instruments have some powerful, more modern synths, but I find a lot of NI stuff takes too much time to set up and thus kills the vibe for me.

Mastering:
Waves TG Mastering Chain, Elysia Alpha Channel, Shadow Hills Compressor, bx_digital and Izotope Ozone are among the best.

However! Don’t overlook those built in stock plugins that come with your DAW. It is very much possible to create excellent sounding mixes with the tools you already have. Think about it in a modular way - if your stock reverb sounds too sterile, put a chorus before it, and put saturation after, then follow up with a subtle phaser and feed that into a delay. You can design some incredible, unique effects using the most basic building blocks!

Don’t overthink it!

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I love Pianoteq 6. As well as the pianos, there are beautiful harps and steel drums, as well as fine rhodes & whurlis. Pro allows for .scl files, taking off into sublime territories.

My desert island vst.

Honourable mention to unfiltered audio’s spec ops, which scratches a very significant itch.

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Yeah unfiltered audio’s spec ops and triad are both fantastic (as well as lion and their others really).

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I love the freakshow industries plugins. Tons of character in these. I wouldn’t call them general use plugins, but you can get some insane effects out of them. The design and character of the site and plugins themselves are excellent, and they sound super interesting.

(Edit) I picked up all the plugins:

  • Mishby: tape delay, bitcrusher, pitch shifter, grain generator. I demoed this one for the trial period and just picked it up. Excellent delay with a super unique sound.
  • Dumpster Fire: reverb, phaser. I’ve used this one the most, and love the sound. I go for a bus out to add more texture to my mix.
  • Backmask: reverser. Just got it, interested to see how it turns out.
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I’ve never heard of them, but I like their style. I’ll have to demo those :grin:

Had to pick up Mishby. The other two didn’t seem like they’d suit me very well, but Mishby can do the “beautiful degradation” thing very nicely. (Applying a random LFO to the desync rate knob, and putting it inside a chain with the mix level turned down a little, helps.) Sounds pretty good sitting in front of Supermassive :smiley:

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This! Protools stock compressor Smack in Opto mode is really good. Sometimes i‘m not happy to prelisten to 50 variations of wind in my sample library-so i‘ll generate pink noise over the scene pull a resonant filter on it and animate the noise in volume and filter/resonance. This will take me less than two minutes and is more accurate than any library file👍🏻

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Came here to say this. If you know the tactile feeling of an acoustic piano, the noises it makes, the sympthetic resonance… the sampled instruments are always somehow off for me. Pianoteq nails it. In a much smaller footprint, too.

Other plugins I use almost all the time:

  • Raum reverb: was free for a while around Christmas; a real gem of an effect with plenty of sweet spots. Works great for both synths and the guitar.
  • Polyplex drums: wall of sound approach that layers multiple samples on each hit. MIDI-mappable dice roll remixing of the preset gives fantastic variation properties.
  • Reaktor Blocks: mostly for controlling hardware 1v/oct voices and sending triggers + complex LFOs. But it’s also really fun as a software modular rack. With the latest update the main view shows “wire” connections, it’s cute but also improves usability.

Honorable mention:

  • Shreddage: the most faithful and playable MIDI-controlled guitar representation I have seen and heard. The Serpent edition which is based on a PRS guitar is particularly well done.
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your content is wonderful and really next level, & your instagram page is really something, just gave it a follow. i had been considering heading down the guitar pedal path lately myself, mostly i always just used a laptop, maybe a hardware piece or two. actually i considered getting into modular, but jettisoned the idea. i think guitar pedals are a nice way to augment sound, while giving you that tactile feel for which modular is so well loved, and also being modular themselves. i also spotted slate & ash cycles quite sometime ago also and it does look fantastic. thanks for the unique demo

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Well thank you, that is awfully kind. Truth be told, when I approached music again in 2017 after some time away, I couldn’t find many examples of people talking about how to make the kind of stuff that I wanted to make. So, when I stumble upon a tool or a technique that I think is interesting, I’ve tried to just stop and document the process. Hopefully it helps some folks out there on the big ole internet.

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20 characters of, it does help.

Keep up the good work. It’s a great tool to help some of us out there.

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I reckon you guys are going to like our next instrument :slight_smile:

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that does sound really nice. Getting a lot of use out of Cycles too

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Each time I finish an album, I look back at my patch notes and count what I used.

Apparently my favorite plugins right now are Valhalla Delay, DDMF MagicDeathEye, CraveDSP CraveEQ, and Valhalla Supermassive :smiley:

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Somebody linked to a device on Tindie, and that led me back to looking at the DAFM (a neat little YM2612-based synth).

But that got me exploring Plogue Chipsynth MD again, and starting to really appreciate some of the weird stuff the plugin can do.

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This comment got me interested in Freakshow Industries so I ended up getting all 3 of their plugins. They’re excellent and truly unique – nothing else out there quite like them. I really appreciate that the documentation (tooltips in the plugin – no manuals) gives you enough info to have a reasonable idea of what you’re doing, while still leaving the exact mechanics of the sound mysterious (that self-care lever though!). It encourages experimentation in a really fun way. If you like making weird, dissonant stuff, or if you’re really angry at a particular sound and you want to mutilate it beyond recognition, you should definitely check these out. (Oh, and their artistic sensibility is just… chef’s kiss)

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AudioThing has a new plugin called Speakers which seems pretty neat so far. It’s a replacement for their Megaphone and Speaker plugins, with plenty of convolution-based mic and speaker models, each with adjustable frequency, a delay/feedback section and EQ, plus distortion/other mangling, compression, filtering and noise loops, and routing options for all of them.

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related… if you have a convolution verb plugin, these IRs by Fokke van Saane are great! & free…
https://fokkie.home.xs4all.nl/IR.htm

Speakers and telephones version 1.2
This set contains mono to mono and mono to stereo IR’s of two old tube radio’s, 4 kinds of different speakers, 2 telephone horns and a walkman headphone. Version 1.2 adds a car radio system and a small portable cd player.

Claustrofobia v 1.1
This set contains mono to stereo IR’s of very small spaces like flower pots and dustbins etc

And others…

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I am waiting for a sale on Ozone, if I missed I think I will buy Ozone 10 when it release.

Any comments on this plugin?