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Name your "one great" EQ, compressor, and reverb...for 3 price brackets

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134 posts since 25 Jan, 2013, from TX

Postby Eddie TX; Sat May 31, 2014 1:58 pm Re: Name your "one great" EQ, compressor, and reverb...for 3 price brackets

I like Eric's choices, but I'd arrange the "cheap" section this way:

EQ: TDR SlickEQ, ToneBoosters EQ
Comp: ToneBoosters comp, OverTone DYN500
Verb: Valhalla Vintage Verb

I'd also put Lex PCM in the expensive section (but that one's getting cheaper by the minute).

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5548 posts since 4 May, 2007, from Mars Colony

Postby A.M. Gold; Sat May 31, 2014 2:39 pm Re: Name your "one great" EQ, compressor, and reverb...for 3 price brackets

One of the best EQ's I've ever heard is the Reaper ReaFIR plug-in in EQ mode and it's free, but has high latency.

TB Flx is another great one. I can't think of any expensive plug-in EQ's lust over. The most expensive one I own is Redline EQ from 112db but I got it free since I test for them. It's very good but has a lot of latency like the other two so none of them are very good as track EQ's.

Haven't tried the new IK one, but I will.

I really like Melda's MDynamic Eq, it's incredibly versatile, easy to use, low or no latency, and sounds great. I don't own it but I'll buy it eventually.

I use DMG EQuick for most track EQ'ing because it has a super quick and intuitive interface.
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Postby Uncle E; Sat May 31, 2014 2:43 pm Re: Name your "one great" EQ, compressor, and reverb...for 3 price brackets

el-bo (formerly ebow) wrote:Looks like a beast, but it's a mastering compressor right ??


Yes but it's flexible enough to be used anywhere. However, part of its beastliness is its CPU usage and so you'll probably need to choose wisely where to use.
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5548 posts since 4 May, 2007, from Mars Colony

Postby A.M. Gold; Sat May 31, 2014 2:45 pm Re: Name your "one great" EQ, compressor, and reverb...for 3 price brackets

I have a gazillion compressors. Don't know where to begin. Klanghelm DC8C 2 is amazing, though. One of the best software comps for "gluing" IMO.

Best expensive comp I own is the spectral compressor called Dynamic Spectrum Mapper, distributed by Plug-in Alliance. Can't live without it.

I use the two Valhalla reverbs for most things and the Redline Reverb for some things.

Signaldust reverbs are both free and excellent.
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3279 posts since 20 Sep, 2005

Postby codec_spurt; Sat May 31, 2014 2:49 pm Re: Name your "one great" EQ, compressor, and reverb...for 3 price brackets

EQ: Blue Cat Triple EQ (http://www.bluecataudio.com/Products/Product_TripleEQ/)
Comp: Voxengo: Crunchessor (http://www.voxengo.com/product/crunchessor/)
Verb: Verbtone (http://www.sknote.it/Verbtone.htm)

Triple Eq is free. Crunchessor and Verbtone are dirt cheap.
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3279 posts since 20 Sep, 2005

Postby codec_spurt; Sat May 31, 2014 3:03 pm Re: Name your "one great" EQ, compressor, and reverb...for 3 price brackets

A.M. Gold wrote:One of the best EQ's I've ever heard is the Reaper ReaFIR plug-in in EQ mode and it's free, but has high latency.

TB Flx is another great one. I can't think of any expensive plug-in EQ's lust over.


It's not fair to rope that one in with everything else. It is a Linear Phase EQ that is capable of many other things.

TB Flx is also another Linear Phase dynamic EQ.

Linear phase EQs will give you more accuracy, but it is debatable what that means in the real world. I did some very high end stuff with crossoverss using Melda Productions plugins. But at the end of the day, no one can tell.

Linear phase eqs are better for mastering, but they have pre-ringing. Yeah right.


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KVRAF
 
3279 posts since 20 Sep, 2005

Postby codec_spurt; Sat May 31, 2014 3:06 pm Re: Name your "one great" EQ, compressor, and reverb...for 3 price brackets

Linear phase eq's have latency.

DDMF are amongst the best with the sharpest filters - you can even use them as crossovers.

This is a very involved and complex subject.
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17152 posts since 12 Jul, 2003, from West Caprazumia
 

Postby jens; Sun Jun 01, 2014 1:53 am Re: Name your "one great" EQ, compressor, and reverb...for 3 price brackets

el-bo (formerly ebow) wrote:
U-o wrote:All you want + some extras in one bracket.


interesting suggestion. for some background info, this thread is related to another, with the general idea being that the plugs are kind of best-in-class or, at the least, superior to daw stock plugs

do these qualify ??



Yes, of course, they do - absolutely!
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KVRist
 
331 posts since 28 Feb, 2013

Postby Aubrey Lamont; Sun Jun 01, 2014 5:01 am Re: Name your "one great" EQ, compressor, and reverb...for 3 price brackets

Cheap: toneboosters and tdr/vladg

Still relatively cheap: ddmf iieq pro and 6144, valhalla room and vintage

Expensive: equilibrium, steinberg portico comp
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3766 posts since 24 May, 2009, from south park....DUH !!!

Postby el-bo (formerly ebow); Sun Jun 01, 2014 5:15 am Re: Name your "one great" EQ, compressor, and reverb...for 3 price brackets

jens wrote:
el-bo (formerly ebow) wrote:
U-o wrote:All you want + some extras in one bracket.


interesting suggestion. for some background info, this thread is related to another, with the general idea being that the plugs are kind of best-in-class or, at the least, superior to daw stock plugs

do these qualify ??



Yes, of course, they do - absolutely!


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KVRian
 
635 posts since 22 Sep, 2007, from Caracas, Venezuela

Postby Mercado_Negro; Sun Jun 01, 2014 6:23 am Re: Name your "one great" EQ, compressor, and reverb...for 3 price brackets

Uncle E wrote:
Mercado_Negro wrote:What do you like about it?


It's one of the sweetest, most natural sounding EQ's I've ever heard while also allowing for a good amount of control (the Maag Audio EQ4 is also very sweet but it doesn't offer much control). I think it's better than the Universal Audio Massive Passive.


Thanks. I'll give it a listen during the week. Seems interesting.
KVRian
 
951 posts since 9 Sep, 2010

Postby Robmobius; Sun Jun 01, 2014 6:41 am Re: Name your "one great" EQ, compressor, and reverb...for 3 price brackets

Robmobius wrote:
Uncle E wrote:
Robmobius wrote:How would it compare to EQuilibrium? I can always do with another EQ. :)


It's better sounding, IMO.


I tried the TB last night, and I did a quick comparison with EQuilibrium on one of my mixes. I used the exact same settings. I can't categorically say that TB's EQ is better than EQuilibrium (I'll leave that to people with Ninja ears).

BUT, I did actually prefer the TB on my mix. Maybe, I'm just more partial to the TB's sound or something.

I'll obviously be buying the track essentials now. It's an unbelievable EQ for such a stupidly low price. I'm looking forward to comparing it on some of my other tracks.

Cheers, for the heads up Uncle E!! :)
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951 posts since 9 Sep, 2010

Postby Robmobius; Sun Jun 01, 2014 6:43 am Re: Name your "one great" EQ, compressor, and reverb...for 3 price brackets

PS - I also tried out the DeEsser on my own Vox. I was very happy with the results.
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1257 posts since 3 Jan, 2005

Postby fedexnman; Sun Jun 01, 2014 7:08 am Re: Name your "one great" EQ, compressor, and reverb...for 3 price brackets

Free : Get a download copy of Computer Music magazine when they do there free give away and register for the CM Vault and you will have all the CM magware plugins and instruments . TDR feedback compressor 2 , Vladg Molot and Limiter No6 ., Reaplugins, TDR/Vladg/Bootsy Slick Eq .Liquidsonics Reverberate LE .
Budget : Toneboosters , DDMF , Cytomic the glue , Valhalla.
Pricey : UAD , Waves , Fabfilter , etc etc etc .
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10910 posts since 18 Oct, 2003, from Berlin, Germany
 

Postby Compyfox; Sun Jun 01, 2014 7:59 am Re: Name your "one great" EQ, compressor, and reverb...for 3 price brackets

I don't join these lists anymore - in the end it down to personal preference and what money you want to invest.

Personally I can create just as good material with expensive tools as I can with freeware. Whatever I use doesn't matter. I didn't spend an arm and a leg, and I can get results that would cost as much and then some.
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