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Unread 07-26-2017, 01:08 AM   #1
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Paid Plugins

I know there's a "Free VST" thread and that's AWESOME. But I'd also like to start a thread to talk about paid plugins. Mostly just a place where I can talk about ones I've bought and used.

Note: I am not advertising, but merely reviewing. Also, as a disclaimer, I am NOT being paid to promote any of these.


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The first one I want to talk about is the Brauer Motion plugin. I'll add more to this post later, but I'd like to start with a quick video I made talking about it. I'll go more in-depth later and maybe do a second video.

This is a Waves plugin. I got it at a promo price of $29 but it's normally $99. Developed by Michael Brauer himself! From the website:

"Few people understand how to add emotional movement to a mix in the way that multiple Grammy®-winning mix engineer Michael Brauer does. The man behind top-selling albums from Coldplay, John Mayer, James Bay, Elle King, Florence & the Machine, My Morning Jacket, Bob Dylan, Hall & Oates, Aretha Franklin and countless others, Michael has a deep understanding of how you can use movement to energize a mix."

I found this immensely useful for adding more drama to parts of a mix where instruments drop out or become quieter and I really need there to be a lot of emotion in those quieter points. Pretty nifty auto-panner. Here's a quick audio sample:

https://youtu.be/gPVHMqNye0o

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Unread 10-07-2018, 10:47 AM   #2
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To bring an update to this thread:

JST Toneforge Ben Bruce

If you're into mixing rock and heavier music, Joey Sturgis Tones (JST) has a bunch of paid plugins that are absolutely fantastic, from amp sims to EQs to bus compressors. Currently, I use his Ben Bruce amp simulator to blend with live guitars on everything from folk to metal. It's a very versatile amp sim with crisp cleans all the way to searing overdrive and everything in-between. It does cost a few pennies ($89 last I checked), but very worth it. He has other amp sims as well, but none of them are as blatantly versatile as this one. In my opinion, if you decide to only ever buy one amp sim, Ben Bruce is going to be your best bet.

Find it here:
https://joeysturgistones.com/product...orge-ben-bruce
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Unread 10-08-2018, 12:04 PM   #3
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Waves F6 Dynamic EQ

These days it seems a bit pointless to actually spend money on an EQ plugin, with so many excellent free options available, but sometimes it's good to find something that is easy to use and geared toward a specific application. While you can find free dynamic EQs (even Reaper's built-in ReaEQ can be configured to run dynamically, though it's a bit more tedious to adjust), Waves F6 makes things very simple.

You can configure this to operate as either a static or dynamic 6-band EQ. F6 has a high pass filter and six band filters that can be configured as bands, band passes, or shelves. You have your usual freq, Q, and gain adjustments, but F6 takes things a step further: you can also adjust threshold, attack, release, and reduction/addition range for each band. This is particularly useful in smoothing out dynamics in vocals. Some DAWs will also allow you to sidechain this EQ, which would then make it useful for ducking (e.g. ducking out some of the high mids on an instrument bus using vocals as a trigger).

I would not recommend this plugin unless you are going to use it as a dynamic EQ.

In particular, Reaper will limit the functionality of this plugin a bit; as of now, you cannot sidechain this plugin in Reaper. Other DAWs do not seem to have this problem as of right now.

Right now you can find Waves F6 for $49 (normal price is $99).

https://www.waves.com/plugins/f6-flo...-f6-dynamic-eq
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