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Favorite VST/AU Plugins?
« on: June 29, 2017, 01:00:19 AM »
I think we should be sharing more about what we use for post production.

I'm using Reaper on a Macbook Pro, and find that I use a few plugins over and over again when mastering my live recordings. Here are some of them:

EQ:
DDMF 6144, which mimics a Neve Portico 5033 clone for $39 (https://ddmf.eu/6144-equalizer-plugin/)
Toneboosters Parametric EQ included in their TrackEssentials bundle v3 for EUR 20.00 (http://www.toneboosters.com/tb-trackessentials-bundle/)
Sonimus SonEq Pro, $59 (http://sonimus.com/products/soneqpro/)

Dynamics:
Ik Multimedia White 2a, a simple La-2a clone (http://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/trwhite2a/)
Klanghelm MJUC, which mimics 3 vintage "tube" compressors:(https://klanghelm.com/contents/products/MJUC/MJUC.php),

Spacial Processing:
Klanghelm VUMTdeluxe, this is a really cool metering plugin which is really useful for analyzing how dynamics and EQ affect your headroom, is also perfect for and fixing L/R balance issues and for using M/S processing to adjust the width of the stereo image (https://klanghelm.com/contents/products/VUMTdeluxe/VUMTdeluxe.php)
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Re: Favorite VST/AU Plugins?
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2017, 07:42:46 AM »
One of my favorites for room recordings is the Kush Audio Clariphonic EQ. It's solely a parallel high shelf boost, but I find a little of it useful on most room stuff.
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Re: Favorite VST/AU Plugins?
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2017, 09:32:05 AM »
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Re: Favorite VST/AU Plugins?
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2017, 12:38:30 PM »

I only use a couple of VST plugins in Wavelab 6 but almost every show I process gets a touch of

API 550 EQ - it looks like a 500 module with knobs and is fully sweepable in each range

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Waves L3 Multimaximizer Stereo - I set the compression to -2 or -3 and the output to -.1 dB. Does a great job of giving a little more oomph and squeezing a little extra volume without being harsh or crunchy. Sounds really natural... much more so than any other compression tool I've used. I use the Basic or Extremely Analog presets.
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Re: Favorite VST/AU Plugins?
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2017, 02:24:07 PM »
One of my favorites for room recordings is the Kush Audio Clariphonic EQ. It's solely a parallel high shelf boost, but I find a little of it useful on most room stuff.

You can demo for 10 days if you have an iLok http://www.thehouseofkush.com/support/downloads
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Re: Favorite VST/AU Plugins?
« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2017, 02:30:01 PM »
Izotope RX for it's denoiser
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Re: Favorite VST/AU Plugins?
« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2017, 03:34:24 PM »
bump to learn things. Currently using free Audacity, but know I need better tools. Izotope (R7?) has been mentioned to me by a bunch of folks.
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Re: Favorite VST/AU Plugins?
« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2017, 04:47:22 PM »
Izotope RX for it's denoiser

+1 on RX.  Spectral Denoiser is one of the most impressive things I've ever seen from a piece of software.  Note that you only get the Dialog Denoiser (no good for music) in the cheaper plugin packs.  The Declick module is also very handy for reducing applause sections.

iZotope Ozone is something I also use pretty frequently for EQ, or the occasions I need dynamics processing.
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« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2017, 02:19:17 PM »
Also particularly good for room recordings is a multiband compressor. I'm using the free-with-Reaper ReaXComp currently. No flashy GUI but works great for taming bass.
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Re: Favorite VST/AU Plugins?
« Reply #9 on: August 08, 2017, 02:44:33 PM »
Any suggestions for an MS decoder?

I tried the Schoeps double MS one but I can't get it to work for just MS.
I've also tried the MSED but am looking for something a bit more intuitive like the Schoeps one.
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Re: Favorite VST/AU Plugins?
« Reply #10 on: August 27, 2017, 10:12:30 AM »
Any recommendations for a VST plug-in which can do hard limiting (compressors/limiters)?

I used to use the built-in plug-in in Samplitude SE 10.2 in order to reduce the impact of individual claps (applause) and it worked great. However, apparently, that plug-in has been replaced by several different compressors / loudness maximers in Samplitude Music Studio 2016. And, even if you crank up the ratio of these compressors, they're not working like the hard limiter in the previous version used to work.

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Re: Favorite VST/AU Plugins?
« Reply #11 on: August 27, 2017, 10:15:23 AM »
Any recommendations for a VST plug-in which can do hard limiting (compressors/limiters)?

I used to use the built-in plug-in in Samplitude SE 10.2 in order to reduce the impact of individual claps (applause) and it worked great. However, apparently, that plug-in has been replaced by several different compressors / loudness maximers in Samplitude Music Studio 2016. And, even if you crank up the ratio of these compressors, they're not working like the hard limiter in the previous version used to work.

I'm using Limiter No6 https://vladgsound.wordpress.com/plugins/limiter6/

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Re: Favorite VST/AU Plugins?
« Reply #12 on: August 27, 2017, 10:41:27 AM »
Any recommendations for a VST plug-in which can do hard limiting (compressors/limiters)?

I used to use the built-in plug-in in Samplitude SE 10.2 in order to reduce the impact of individual claps (applause) and it worked great. However, apparently, that plug-in has been replaced by several different compressors / loudness maximers in Samplitude Music Studio 2016. And, even if you crank up the ratio of these compressors, they're not working like the hard limiter in the previous version used to work.

I'm using Limiter No6 https://vladgsound.wordpress.com/plugins/limiter6/

Free plugin

Thank you. I'll give it a try.

I also read about the LVA Audio Limited-MAX and Limited-T plug-ins which appear to be very similar to the more expensive FabFilter Pro-L (both visually and feature-wise). Is anyone here familiar with these?

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« Reply #13 on: August 27, 2017, 11:41:54 AM »
I like some of these ones.Free.

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Re: Favorite VST/AU Plugins?
« Reply #14 on: August 27, 2017, 12:12:18 PM »
I'm using a mix of paid and free stuff. After demoing a bunch of "clean" EQs (meaning not the analog-modelling stuff, though I do use some of that too), I never found one with an interface I liked as well as FabFilter. The Pro-Q 2 is probably my plugin MVP: https://www.fabfilter.com/products/pro-q-2-equalizer-plug-in

It's expensive at $179 but I just looked at it as a rig upgrade. There's a 30-day trial, which is pretty generous, good docs to explain all the features, and they have a YouTube channel with demos.
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« Reply #15 on: August 27, 2017, 12:41:07 PM »
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Re: Favorite VST/AU Plugins?
« Reply #16 on: August 27, 2017, 07:33:29 PM »
I am a big fan of iZotope's work.  I love the EQ and maximizer wrapped into the Ozone package.  I often will start with one of their presets and then tweak it and save it to my archive file.

When I am doing restoration work I cannot speak highly enough of, and really, really love, RX 5 Connect.  The ability to tie my editor straight into RX 5 Advanced and back so seamlessly is worth the price of admission, and that is a lot.

@johnw, I am unsure what you do not find intuitive with MSED.  It is such a simple tool I am unsure what I would do without it.  I run a MS pair every opportunity I get.  I love the flexibility in post.  I have the ability to run Double MS now but am not sure that I want to take the gamble with how precise placement should be.
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« Reply #17 on: September 14, 2017, 08:41:38 PM »
Not sure. I've only done MS once. I tried messing withe MSED and it sounds like the band was behind me. Maybe if I kept playing with it, i'd figure it out
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« Reply #18 on: September 15, 2017, 06:46:07 PM »
I am a big fan of iZotope's work.  I love the EQ and maximizer wrapped into the Ozone package.  I often will start with one of their presets and then tweak it and save it to my archive file.

When I am doing restoration work I cannot speak highly enough of, and really, really love, RX 5 Connect.  The ability to tie my editor straight into RX 5 Advanced and back so seamlessly is worth the price of admission, and that is a lot.

@johnw, I am unsure what you do not find intuitive with MSED.  It is such a simple tool I am unsure what I would do without it.  I run a MS pair every opportunity I get.  I love the flexibility in post.  I have the ability to run Double MS now but am not sure that I want to take the gamble with how precise placement should be.

FYI, Ozone 7 has removed the Reverb module.  This is unfortunate, as I thought it was very good and would use it along with other modules when recording MIDI tracks with virtual instruments.
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Re: Favorite VST/AU Plugins?
« Reply #19 on: September 16, 2017, 12:40:31 AM »
Windows (VST):

DAW: Samplitude
EQ: Fabfilter Pro Q2
Compressor (analytical): LVC Pressed-MAX
Compressor (coloured): Klanghelm MJUC
Limiter: LVC Limited-MAX
Saturation / distortion: Klanghelm SDRR
Hall / reverb: Valhalla DSP Vintage Verb
Stereo widening: StereoSavage
Noise reduction: Izotope RX6 Standard

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« Reply #20 on: September 16, 2017, 06:36:32 AM »
FYI, Ozone 7 has removed the Reverb module.  This is unfortunate, as I thought it was very good and would use it along with other modules when recording MIDI tracks with virtual instruments.

Ozone will allow you to use any external vst in any empty slot, so it's easy to regain that same workflow by adding one of your other reverb plugs.

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« Reply #21 on: September 16, 2017, 10:05:20 AM »
If you own one FabFilter product you can get others at up to 50% off; login to your account at their site to see your sale prices. I ended up buying Pro-MB multiband compressor and Saturn (dist/saturation plug). Can't recommend Pro-MB enough. Earlier in the thread I was using the free ReaXComp, but FabFilter's interfaces are excellent, and the visual feedback helps you understand what you're controlling.
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« Reply #22 on: September 16, 2017, 10:58:56 AM »
FYI, Ozone 7 has removed the Reverb module.  This is unfortunate, as I thought it was very good and would use it along with other modules when recording MIDI tracks with virtual instruments.

Ozone will allow you to use any external vst in any empty slot, so it's easy to regain that same workflow by adding one of your other reverb plugs.

Well that's good to know.  It's just a shame that they removed the (to my ears) very good algorithmic reverb that used to be included with Ozone.
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« Reply #23 on: September 17, 2017, 10:06:55 AM »
Windows (VST):
Stereo widening: StereoSavage
Just took a look at this. I'm curious if you're just using the Width knob or if Rotation is of any use? I haven't tried this one but the Waves Imager has a rotation parameter, while most spreaders I've seen are just a single knob, so am wondering about this.

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« Reply #24 on: September 17, 2017, 11:01:22 AM »
Windows (VST):
Stereo widening: StereoSavage
Just took a look at this. I'm curious if you're just using the Width knob or if Rotation is of any use? I haven't tried this one but the Waves Imager has a rotation parameter, while most spreaders I've seen are just a single knob, so am wondering about this.

"Rotation" only affects the central processing of the signal but doesn't touch the side processing. It really depends on the source material, if this useful or not. (I'm playing with a SBD mono feed from last night and Stereo Savage as we speak...)

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« Reply #25 on: September 17, 2017, 11:25:14 AM »
Windows (VST):
Stereo widening: StereoSavage
Just took a look at this. I'm curious if you're just using the Width knob or if Rotation is of any use? I haven't tried this one but the Waves Imager has a rotation parameter, while most spreaders I've seen are just a single knob, so am wondering about this.

"Rotation" only affects the central processing of the signal but doesn't touch the side processing. It really depends on the source material, if this useful or not. (I'm playing with a SBD mono feed from last night and Stereo Savage as we speak...)

Gotcha, thanks. I should probably demo and mess around with it.
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Re: Favorite VST/AU Plugins?
« Reply #26 on: September 21, 2017, 11:54:09 AM »
Ozone Imager is now available separately for free https://www.izotope.com/en/products/master-and-deliver/ozone-imager.html
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« Reply #28 on: September 23, 2017, 06:23:41 PM »
^ Indeed. I just loaded it and it seems to work as described in Audition 3.0.  That said, the delivered AA effect tool EFFECTS | SPECIAL | MASTERING gives you a hand full of tweaks that work well for my quick and dirty ears. This one offers an additional adjustment to "stereoize" the output that might help the odd omni pull.  I'm not sure how long this is up but grab it now and give it a whirl.
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