This plugin is worth $200. Used sparingly, it's an ideal mastering compressor offering a bit of ideal soft-clipping, placed before final limiters. I don't personally use this as a final limiter, but you could. I don't know what I'd do without this plugin. It's a permanent part of my workflow, and I'm grateful to the developer for making it and giving it away. After trying every conceivable top-shelf bus compressor for mastering, this one continues to be the king of the hill for me, though that's after countless hours of experimentation and optimization. The fact that this is free is truly remarkable.
Shockingly good. It's rare to find drive with good bass response, and the mix knob gives you parallel processing on an insert. Need instant grit on drums? Done. I'm very impressed. This will be a go-to for me.
This is a one-of-a-kind EQ that I adore. When a plugin applied to a song just doesn't cut it and automating is unintuitive, that's the time to reach for Spectro. It's one of my secret weapons for precision de-essing and intermittent EQ problems. It has saved me hours of grief on many occasions.
I don't understand why this isn't the top 5 of all synths let alone free synths available on Windows. I wish this could be ported to AU so badly. Even so, I think I'm going to be firing up VEP in VMWare a lot more often because of this synth! It's amazing and by far the best CS01 reincarnation. Pethu SHOULD be a household name. This is one of the absolute best software synths I've ever used, bar none. It sounds like hardware with none of the drawbacks.
NLS is shocking to my ears in a good way. It's a DSP hog, but it has much better sound and drive on the channels as well as the best sum plugin I've heard. Because of the DSP weight, I tend to wait to start using it until everything is arranged so I can start freezing tracks (I use Logic).
My favorite settings are the EMI and Neve. I don't normally mix different channels because it seems to work better when the same make is used on all strips, but I often use a different bus brand with another brand of channels. Basically, just use your ears.
NLS makes me wish I was working on the latest 12-core Mac. It definitely taxes my laptop CPU, but it's worth it. Beats paying for an outboard sum box and totally delivers on classic console sound, in my opinion.
The fattest, thickest, most out-of-the-box analog synth of them all. One of my most trusted synths along with Minimoog and ARP-2600 from Arturia. Diva is the reigning Queen of the soft synth hill!
It's funny how you can go through life thinking you've reached escape velocity from digital sounding tracks only to realize when you hear the right synth that you've still been in orbit the entire time. Then the right synth comes a long and you blast in to outer space and across the solar system. This synth had that affect on me.
I can get really good results from lesser synths by using an analog-emulation chain of effects with half a dozen plugins, or I can just reach for Diva and be done with it. Plus, the built-in chorus effect may be the best I've ever heard. I wish it were also available as a separate plugin so I could use it on other source material!
I am ecstatic that the first update to this synth has focused acutely on improving CPU efficiency and stability. These are cherished improvements, and I appreciate the thought that went into it.