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Top 5 Mix Buss Plugins

Top 5 Mix Buss Plugins

 

Here’s a list of our top five favorite Mix Buss plugins we use daily to help craft our sounds!

Remember, these are our favorites (and in no particular order) so let us know your favorites as well!

 

Here’s our video demonstrating these plugins:

https://youtu.be/8EqPp-SVZyY

 

Number One:  Vertigo VSC-2 compressor

The VSC2 has the vibe of an SSL via style buss comp with a little more transparency. It’s like the best of the SSL & Focusrite Red buss comps.

 

Number Two: Waves Greg Wells Mix Centric

It’s a one knob plug in ! Super easy and affordable, just a little bit gives the lower mid a nice kick in your mix.

 

Number Three: Manley Massive Passive EQ

This EQ is fantastic for adding clarity and bottom to a mix without ever sounding harsh. It gives the user all the sweet tones of a Pultec, with more flexibility.

 

Number Four: Brainworx BX V2/3 MS EQ with spreader

This EQ allows you to adjust frequencies on the sides of the stereo field or just the center.  I always use the stereo spreader to lift the chorus.

 

Number Five: Fab Filter Pro L2 Limiter

This limiter sounds the best to our ears on a complex mix. It allows you to protect from overs and glue the mix without any artifacts.

 

Honorable Mention: Plug in Alliance ADPTR

This plugin is invaluable. It gives you comprehensive metering of level, loudness, stereo image and dynamics. That should be enough, but the really great thing ADPTR does is allow you to load in all your reference mixes and match levels with your mix to compare – PLUS it also allows you to compare all the metering attributes of your mix and reference mixes!

That’s our top five favorite Mix Buss plug ins . You can check the video for more details on YouTube
https://youtu.be/8EqPp-SVZyY

We would love to hear any of your favorites, so feel free to let us know.
Thanks for your support !

 

Top 5 Saturation Plugins

Top 5 Saturation Plugins

 

Here’s a list of our top five favorite Saturation plugins we use daily to help craft our sounds!

Remember, these are our favorites (and in no particular order) so let us know your favorites as well!

 

Here’s our video demonstrating these plugins:

https://youtu.be/KFzFJotm8wc

 

Number One:  Crane Song Phoenix

A great, simple tape emulation plugin. An excellent choice on vocals saturating the high end like tape. Also a very cool sound on drums, rounding out the transients similar to tape.

 

Number Two: Fab Filter Saturn

A multi-band saturation plugin, enabling deep tonal shaping. It has a lot of great presets if you want to work quickly too. Amazing on snare and pretty much everything else !

 

Number Three: Soundtoys Decapitator

One of the original saturation plugins. Subtle to brutal and everything in between.

 

Number Four: Waves Manny Marroquin Distortion

A reasonably priced and simple but flexible saturation plugin. It has a frequency control to help you focus the distortion and a compressor control for some interesting tone shaping possibilities.

 

Number Five: Brainworx Black Box

This plugin is based on a tube hardware unit. It has a more subtle tube flavor than the others.

 

BONUS – one more: UA Thermonic Culture Vulture

I couldn’t leave out the UA Thermonic Culture Vulture. This could be one of the best all-around distortion plugins ever. It’s really great on all sources.

That’s our top five favorite Saturation plug ins . You can check the video for more details on YouTube
https://youtu.be/KFzFJotm8wc

We would love to hear any of your favorites, so feel free to let us know.
Thanks for your support !

 

Top 5 EQ Plugins

Top 5 EQ Plugins

 

Here’s a list of our top five favorite EQ plug ins we use daily to help craft our sounds!

Remember, these are our favorites (and in no particular order) so let us know your favorites as well!

 

Here’s our video demonstrating these plugins:

https://youtu.be/kjXATyy4YtY

 

Number One:  Fab Filter Pro Q2/3 EQ

Pro Q is a great tool when you need a precise surgical EQ. It’s also a great high and low pass filter. I have one on every channel when I start a mix to clean out all the unnecessary high and low frequency material that can build up in a large mix. I also usually have another band ready to cut any offensive frequencies.

The GUI is super fast and easy and has a frequency analyzer to help you visually – AND it has a solo button that allows you to solo the band you are processing.

 

Number Two: UA Pultec EQP-1A

For a sweet, smooth, vintage tube EQ with loads of character, the UA Pultec is the one. It’s great for guitars, vocals, kick and snare … or as mix maestro Bob Clearmountain said- he would be happy mixing with just a rack full of Pultecs!

 

Number Three: Soundtoys SIE-Q

A great emulation of the Siemans EQ. Super smooth silky high frequency boost and a surprising mid range. Boosting 2.5k on a vocal can create harshness in many equalizers – not the SIE-Q. This brings it right to the front of the mix!

 

Number Four: UA API Vision

I’m a huge fan of API hardware and have quite a bit of it. This EQ sounds most like my 550b hardware units, plus you get the added bonus of the high and low pass filters and the mighty API compressor!

 

Number Five: Brainworx SSL E / J channel

It’s a great all-around EQ, with character and the added features of a channel strip!

 

That’s our top five favorite EQ plug ins . You can check the video for more details on YouTube https://youtu.be/kjXATyy4YtY

We would love to hear any of your favorites, so feel free to let us know.
Thanks for your support !

 

Top 5 Plugins To Use Every Day

Top 5 Plugins To Use Every Day

 

Here’s a list of our top five favorite plugins we use daily to help craft our sounds !

Remember, these are our favorites (and in no particular order) so let us know yours as well!

Here’s our YouTube video breaking them down:

 

 

Number One: Sound Raddix Auto Align

Auto Align will automatically find any phase and sample delay differences for you, then correct them. A polarity flip button on a console or plug in can only flip your phase 180 degrees. Auto Align adjusts sources that are less or more than 180 degrees out of phase. Before Auto Align you would have the time consuming task of moving these manually.

It’s fast and easy. I put one in every part of the drum kit then set one of the overheads as the master and the others to receive.  Just play 8 bars of the track and you are done!
In less than a minute your drums sound more focused, have more low end and feel like you have EQ’d them already. I find it helps us get a better drum sound much faster.
We also use it on a bass DI and amp.

 

Number Two: Oeksound Soothe

Soothe is a multi band compressor that magically finds harsh frequencies in your signal for you and reduces them. It’s a complicated plugin if you feel the need to deep dive into all the parameters, but in 15 seconds you can have it make an amazing difference with just two parameters. Just set the resolution to “ultra” and adjust the one large knob until you feel you have gone too far, then back it off and you are done.

Soothe is fantastic on vocals, acoustic guitars and drum overheads.

 

Number Three: Fab Filter Pro Q2/3 EQ

Pro Q is a great tool for any situation where a precise surgical EQ is needed. It is also great for high and low pass filtering. I have one on every channel when I start a mix to clean out all the unnecessary high and low frequency material that can build up in a large mix. I also usually have another band ready to cut any offensive frequencies.

The GUI is super fast and easy. It also has a handy has a frequency analyzer to help you visually AND a solo button on each band to hear the frequencies you are processing.

 

Number Four: Brainworx SSL E/ J Channel Strip

This plugin is really a game changer. You could buy one plugin and put it in every channel and have a super pro-sounding mix.

The actual tone is fantastic, giving the session the glue and harmonic feel of a console. The compressor is true to the console comp and the gate is as good as many of the top stand alone gate plugins. Not to mention a super smooth EQ and the sound of all the hits for the last four decades! We have tried all the other SSL emulations, but this one has it all, it doesn’t burn all your processing and it was on sale for $29.99!

 

Number Five: Soundtoys SIE-Q

A great emulation of the Siemans EQ. Super smooth, silky high frequency boost and a surprising mid range. Boosting 2.5k on a vocal can create harshness in many equalizers, but not the SIE-Q. This brings it right to the front of the mix !

 

That’s our top five favorite plugins .
You can check the video for more details on YouTube:   https://youtu.be/a27pl17MalU

We would love to hear any of your favorites, so feel free to let us know.
Thanks for your support !