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Secret Plugins

Discussion in 'Mixing, Post-Production, and Effects' started by Mathematics, Aug 14, 2015.

  1. musictech

    musictech Member

    Dec 30, 2015
    dynamic spectrum mapper
    psp vintage warmer
    thrillseeker vbl ! !-free
    tokyo sound nova eq-free
    kotelnikov -free!
    slate vmr.i think that the ssl model in it has the best eq for boosting highs!
    soundtoys: primal tap,echoboy

    eventide h3000 native
    stillwell badbusmojo (extreme ?)

    for low cost but very good plugins look at sknote,stilwell,klangehelm
  2. Jack Weaver

    Jack Weaver Senior Member

    Aug 23, 2004
  3. Garlu

    Garlu Senior Member

    Nov 7, 2008
    Valencia, Spain
    Their M/S plugin is simply amazing. Easy and effective! :)

    I am a big fan of +10db's compressor. Put it on the master and sample libraries seem to come into life! (even if you are compressing very little!).
  4. Leo Badinella

    Leo Badinella Senior Member

    Feb 22, 2006
    Airwindows Channel4 followed by Airwindows FromTape3
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  5. Nick Batzdorf

    Nick Batzdorf Moderator

    Sep 14, 2004
    Los Angeles
    Orcel, what's HOFA? Are you using the stand-alone plug-ins or the ones that run on their +DSP card?

    Just curious, because I've been using a 2882 +DSP for years - great interface - and never really bothered with their plug-ins. When I looked at them in the '90s, their EQ was good, but their compressors weren't the best around.
  6. Nick Batzdorf

    Nick Batzdorf Moderator

    Sep 14, 2004
    Los Angeles
    One that people don't talk about is Cytonic's The Glue, a terrific bus compressor. I think it's supposed to be a model of the SSL one. It really does glue.

    But I don't think there are any secret plug-ins that will save the world. The differences between most of the standard processes are more subtle than that - not that I don't love plug-ins as much as anyone else!
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  7. Living Fossil

    Living Fossil Senior Member

    Oct 20, 2014
    Melda mxxx.
    Its possibilities are just stunning...
  8. ghandizilla

    ghandizilla Senior Member

    I did test SlickHDR. The slight difference is definitely noticeable. We hear details more easily and it doesn't affect the dynamic contrasts. I tend not to use compressors in an orchestral setting, just to keep my balances natural, and I believe it's a good alternative to an actual compressor. I had a question about bx_control. I use the Binaural Panning function of Panagement for most of my panning, it's really a great tool, but I am under the impression that it slightly moves the walls. Would bx_control work better for panning?
  9. Vin

    Vin uᴉΛ

    Feb 14, 2014
    The Zone
    Ignite Amps PTEq-X

    Amazing on strings. My favorite character EQ along with SlickEQ (GE).
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  10. anp27

    anp27 Senior Member

    Jul 13, 2014
    Wavesfactory's Trackspacer.
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  11. ghandizilla

    ghandizilla Senior Member

    Interesting... I wonder how you would use such a tool in an orchestral environment. For example, would you priorize strings over woods, and then woods over brass, and then brass over perc, or would you create a bus to priorize for instance just strings?
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2017
  12. anp27

    anp27 Senior Member

    Jul 13, 2014
    You've got the right idea.
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  13. ghandizilla

    ghandizilla Senior Member

    Another question. I often use FabFilter Saturn to enhance my strings' high end. What can Vintage Warmer achieve, which FabFilter Saturn can not? (Vintage Warmer has been recommended several times in this topic.)
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  14. mmjohan

    mmjohan Active Member

    Aug 19, 2015
  15. Rob Elliott

    Rob Elliott Senior Member

    I also use FF Saturn for strings (love it) - same question from me
  16. whitewasteland

    whitewasteland Senior Member

    Mar 9, 2016
    In the middle of nowhere.
    Saturn should be more in the bright/clear/detailed side, and has tons of options for various and creative uses.

    Vintage Warmer is, well, warmer :) More in the tape emulation territory.

    I would personnaly use Saturn to "excite" things and Vintage Warmer to "tame" transients and soften things.

    My two cents !
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  17. ghandizilla

    ghandizilla Senior Member

    Thanks a lot! This topic is the most interesting I've been around since several months. Dynamic Spectrum Mapper has been recommended at the top of this page. I already use FabFilter Pro-L for limiting, I like the "gentle" film preset which uses the "transparent" algorithm. Having googled DSM, I've read dithyrambic stuff about it. So, I'll go into an analog question as the previous one, the kind of "do I need it?" question : what would DSM bring that other limiters don't have? In which context would it be the right tool?
  18. S.M Hassani

    S.M Hassani Active Member

    Dec 30, 2014
    Wave Arts Tube Saturator 2: Awesome Tube Saturation for Source Enhancement.

    Usually $99 but you can grab it today for just $29 from here:


    This plugin brings something unique among saturation tools: It infuses your source with a special blend of 3D depth and liveliness. It feels like the audio is suddenly blooming from a flat plane to a full bodied three dimensional wave of sound. The plugin internally splits the stereo source, passing each channel through its own tube circuit. The imaging effect seems to come from the discrepancies between those circuits. The big bonus is: It won't mess with your phase like a stereo expander.

    The saturation is one of the best I've heard, for source enhancement. The 3 band EQ will work in PRE and POST mode allowing you to sculpt the distorted sound. MIX and LEVEL knobs will help you reintegrate the outcome back into your mix.

    In my opinion Tube Saturator 2 is aimed at source enhancement. It will not be my first choice for sound mangling. Thats's where something like Decapitator is preferred.

    Demo it and find out for yourselves. And when you do, make sure you flick on the oversampling switch. I think its a steal at $29. :grin:

    Last edited: Sep 23, 2017
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  19. synthpunk

    synthpunk Yo Gabba Gabba

    Mar 3, 2015
    Hell's Kitchen/Orlando
    Not sure how "secret" it will be for to long but please try the demo for the new UBK Kush Novatron compressor.
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