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Juice Nichols
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Jun 22nd, 2016 06:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

So what's your favorite plugin/s?

Currently my favorites are (all by Waves):

Scheps 73 (Neve 1073 design)
J37 Tape
CLA Vocals
CLA Unplugged



littleuch
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Jun 22nd, 2016 10:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use Pro Tools and for the most part use the plugins that came bundled with PT10. Venturing into MIDI I find the VI xpand2 very useful. I recently got ezdrummer. I create the rough tracks in standalone mode, but then export midi to Pro Tools where I'll then make fine edits and run ezdrummer as a plugin.

I also use a free plug called Softube saturation...a lot. Not only on individual tracks but in a mastering chain.

Juice Nichols
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Jun 22nd, 2016 04:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use Pro Tools 11 and use the stock plugins that come with it as well. I like the LA-2A compressor on drums and the Maxim on the stereo bus as a limiter.

I really dig the CLA (Chris Lorde Alge) plugins. They combine EQ, Comp, Reverb, Delay and Chorus all in one plugin. Saves on CPU usage and has some excellent pre-sets that sound great with some minor tweaking. Saves a lot of mixing time as well.

(This message was last edited by Juice Nichols at 11:21 PM, Jun 22nd, 2016)

Achase4u

U.S. - Virginia

Jun 23rd, 2016 10:44 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have so many plugs, that routinely I delete whatever I haven't used much in the last 6 months.

I love Klanghelm VU - my brain works with VU's better most of the time rather than DBFS.

I also love his MJUC.

Most of my favorite analog emulations are Slate Digital and Universal Audio.

With Slate, his Virtual Console Collection(now a part of Virtual Module Rack) is really fantastic, as is his Virtual Tape Machines. Lots of vibe in those.

In UAD stuff, I really like the Neve 88r channel strip, the API Vision console strip, and LOVE the LA2a collection and 1176 collections. The Studer and Ampex can be very nice as well. Also the Harrison console eq and Neve 1081 eq.

The UAD Fairchild compressors are also really nice. As are the Pultec eqs. Though I found a nice looking kit to build a hardware version.. .definitely going to do that soon!

The EMT 140 plate and Tident EQ are also good.

LinMB by waves for mastering along with Slate FG-X

I also really love Sonimus plugins. The Burnley 73 is amazing. It's a 1073 EQ type. Their SonEQ and Sweetone EQs are great. Also their console emu's Satson(aggressive SSL) and Britson(big Neve)

Stillwells Transient monster as well as Rocket and Major Tom compressors are great.

Softube Transient Designer is great...

I love Native Instruments vitrual drummers. The 60s and 70s are what I currently have. Would love more.

The waves tg12345 sounds great. So does their API 560 eq.

I use C6 a lot.

Q10 eq is my hero on MANY occasions.

Variety of Sound makes a bunch of really nice free plugs...

Now I am just rambling.

Oh and ReaInsert plugin... so I can insert hardware :P

Juice Nichols
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Jun 23rd, 2016 01:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

So you're saying you have a couple plugins? LOL

(This message was last edited by Juice Nichols at 03:39 PM, Jun 23rd, 2016)

Achase4u

U.S. - Virginia

Jun 23rd, 2016 03:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have about a gazillion LOL!

It's nice to have choices for every occasion. Though that becomes a burden at some point... I do have my usuals...

Achase4u

U.S. - Virginia

Jun 24th, 2016 06:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Cumon now. Lets talk plugins. Thats the topic.

lets get nitty gritty.

Juice - you guys have outboard at your studio? Do you guys ever compare to plugins?

1's and 0's versus electrons???????????

Larry. You are a true Maverick for using Softube Sat. knob on the master bus!

littleuch
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Jun 24th, 2016 07:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hah, more a copy cat than a maverick. Just a tutorial I lifted off of the web that has served as a starting point for most of my mixes.

No outboard gear, just plugins. Here's an example of one of my mastering chains;

EQ3-7 band. High pass filtering everything below 35Hz, then a low frequency shelf that brings everything below 80Hz down by about 1dB. Then I bring back about 1dB around 45Hz.

Two instances of Dyna3 Compressor/Limiter. 1st is a very low ratio, slow compression. Ratio around 1:5:1, release settings (around 50ms attack and 200ms release), then I start
reducing the threshold until I see 1–2dB of gain reduction.I'll also bring up the sidechain high-pass filter to around 150Hz. The second instance of Dyna3 has a slightly stronger ratio of 2:1, with faster attack and release settings. (around 5ms attack and 30ms release), threshold down to around -18dB.

This is where I add a little goo with Softube saturation. A little goes a long way. Knob to about 0.4 with the "keep low" engaged.

Depending on the track, this is where I may add Brainworx bx_solo to widen things by 150%.

I'll follow this with another instance of EQ3-7 band. A shelf at 15kHz, and sometimes add a little top at 7kHz. Sometimes this adds a little too much zing on vocal sibilance. I'll also take out a little at around 400Hz.

Lastly I use Maxim. I set the ceiling to -0.3dB, and bring down the threshold until I see
attenuation of around 2–3dB. I adjust the release to catch as much as possible without audible chatter or pumping.

I then bounce to 2-track which I open up in Sound Forge. There I'll do any trimming to the start and end of the song, remove any DC offset and scrutinize with SF statistics. If RMS levels are hinky, I'll go back to the Pro Tools and rebounce after making adjustments in Maxim.

Phew, my longest Home Recording Forum post ever!





Achase4u

U.S. - Virginia

Jun 24th, 2016 08:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Wow! That's good stuff!

You know your stuff, it seems... hope you get some royalty free stuff going.

I personally don't like mastering a whole lot, because it's an art form I don't understand(mid side stuff is amazing for mastering, and I just don't do that much) though I do it out of necessity...

I usually have linMB by Waves on first in the mastering chain - just tapping frequencies a little so it makes things behave some. Then maybe a little Manley Massive Passive plugin. I never have any clue what I will do with the MP until I start digging into the song. Usually broad strokes. Maybe a little 500hz subtraction, or 200 ish. Maybe a bump around 68. A little high shelf boost at 10k ish. Then many times I will put on UAD Ampex which really flavors things up... and Slate FGX for limiting etc.



littleuch
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Jun 25th, 2016 08:23 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I generally like the Pro Tools D-Verb but found this little trick on line. They refer to it as the "Abbey Road Reverb", which is essentially a pre-eq insert on the vocal reverb track. Solo'd out the reverb sounds pretty insipid, but it does seem to sit better in the mix. I never used to eq reverb. Heck, until recently I used to just put it as a track insert as opposed to creating a separate reverb buss.

Screenshot of reverb pre-eq

Juice Nichols
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Jun 25th, 2016 08:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The only piece of outbound gear I currently have in my home studio is an ART Pro Channel II. It's not a boutique channel strip, but it does a good job for what I use it for. I mainly just use it for acoustic guitar and vocals adding a little compression and EQ on the front end.

I've considered more than once getting a rack of 500 series gear but haven't made that leap yet. I'm still pretty much ITB for most things.

Achase4u

U.S. - Virginia

Jun 25th, 2016 01:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yes - I eq verb quite a lot. Room reverbs for instance - I'll hi pass to clean up muddy lows, and subtract a high shelf to calm some of those zingy highs... more natural that way. The Abbey Rd trick is great... works well.

I love my 500 series stuff. Especially the kits. Check out CAPI. Great units there. You save a bundle by doing them yourself. They even have a rack you can build.

Mark From Hawaii
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Jun 25th, 2016 01:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Looks like Waves plugins are finally compatible with Reaper. I'd like to get my mixes more "lively". I'm thinking maybe the Waves Aphex Vintage Aural Exciter may do the trick.

Achase4u

U.S. - Virginia

Jun 25th, 2016 02:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Finally.

I had emailed waves once about an issue with Reaper in version 8, and was just told "Reaper is not supported"

Thanks for nothing...

Waves are pretty good, but not better than many of the other plugs out there. Beware of their support plan to try and get more money out of you. Many of these plugs are 10 years old. I wait for the sales and when they are really cheap I snag them.

Coral Head

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Jun 26th, 2016 10:05 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use mostly T-Racks plug-ins because I like the interfaces. Not sure they actually sound better than the Reaper plug-ins. Also use CSR reverbs, mostly Hall. Also mda delay. And I like Kjaerhus Audio for certain reverbs, etc.

Achase4u

U.S. - Virginia

Jun 27th, 2016 07:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The T-racks stuff is quite nice from what I have seen...

Juice Nichols
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Jun 27th, 2016 07:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I always wait for the sales that Waves constantly runs and snag the ones I want on the cheap. Christmas time is when they run the exceptionally good sales.

Achase4u

U.S. - Virginia

Jun 28th, 2016 09:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

They must have a soft spot for Santa...

littleuch
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Jun 29th, 2016 07:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Anybody using Ozone?

Juice Nichols
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Jun 29th, 2016 08:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You're talking about iZotope stuff right? I don't have it at home, but I've used it. Amazing stuff. Pretty cool (to me anyway) that you can isolate something in a stereo bounce and manipulate a specific part of the track.

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