If you're like me, you have way too many plugins and you keep buying more. One thing I have noticed over the years. I stopped buying overly complex "do everything" plugins. Sorry, I sold most all my hardware and mix ITB, but I think the same could be said even in the hardware world. I'd rather have a simple plugin that does one thing exceptionally well than have something that does everything. When I'm mixing, I don't want endless options. I want something that I know how it's going to sound. In the hardware world, LA-2A and 1176 are super easy to setup and get a good sound fast. For the most part, hardware in general has always been that way. Why do plugin makers insist on throwing every possible option? I have to work fast and if something is not intuitive, I'm simply not going to use it. For instance: Which would you pick from PA: Alpha Compressor or bx Opto? Yes, I know they are completely different. I have them both. I can't even remember actually using Alpha on a track (I don't use bx Opto either, but that's a different story).
All that to say, I like simple and great sounding one trick pony's.
Simple things I grab all the time 1) H Delay - may not be the best but I can dial in something good in seconds. i don't want a 20 knob delay 2) TSAR-1 reverb - simple and quick setup and it never sounds bad (as long as I have a hpf/lpf before it) 3) MV2 - three sliders and it's magic on a vocal as the last insert 4) FET comp (1176 type thing)
I could name a dozen. Do you feel the same or do you enjoy tweaking? I remember back in the 80's I loved doing sound design for the Kawai K5 additive synth. Talk about tweaking... Those days are over. I'd rather play a piano or organ than tweak a synth for hours. same with guitar amp sims. I used to spend hours trying to get a POD to sound right. I then bought a Deluxe reverb and had the right soung in less than a minute. Simple, Easy, Sounds Great!
Also how about your fave STOCK DAW plugin(s)? Thanks, Chris
once in a while I will use the Cubase channel EQ. Or the preamp section for gain trim, filters, and that stuff.
I just bought the AIR pack which has a lot of the Pro Tools "stock" plugins, I'll probably be using those a bit, for example the AIR version of Lo-Fi. And the Frequency Shifter which is some weird harmonic modulator or something.
If I had Pro Tools full license I would be jumping all over UVI Falcon but alas I am a cubaser for life.
Last Edit: Dec 12, 2019 13:00:11 GMT -6 by monkeyxx
I picked up the Kush Reddi DI plug-in this Black Friday on sale. 2 knobs, about as simple as can be and sounds excellent. I knew it would be great on bass but I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how well it works on other things. It’s great for de-cheesifying cheesy sounding virtual instruments.