I find that the watershed for me with algorithmic reverb is in the early reflections, especially the way those blend with the dry transients, and the way they transition into the tail. There are a lot of good options out there if you're looking for somewhat sparser/less diffuse early reflections. Valhalla Room and Vintage do this really well. Supermassive does that exceedingly well too, if you're not attached to a specific classic sound. Many others do too. That makes such reverbs a difficult sell nowadays, since there's such good options available for cheap or free.
If you're looking for dense and smoothly diffused early reflections, which blend well with the dry sound, things get a little trickier though. I have yet to find a free or cheap option that does this well, though admittedly I've not tried everything out there. That being said: IMO Sobor is one of the best options out there right now if you're looking for those smooth ER's. Of the ones I've tried the only one that does this better is FF Pro-R, which is more than double the price. The new Baby Audio thing does a pretty good job at this too I'd say, though I found it a little splashier than Sobor.
That smooth early characteristic is what makes or breaks "natural" sound in an algorithmic reverb IMO. And while Sobor is somewhat CPU-heavy, that could be weighed against the fact that one might otherwise reach for a convolution reverb for those realistic duties, which could easily cost even more cycles.
I'm very impressed. If this had the on-board frequency shaping of Pro-R I might consider them equally valuable, making this a better deal by far.Read Review
Span is great for seeing your music and getting the levels just right! Its amazing its free...Read Review
SPAN is an absolute godsend.
I practically use it on every project file of mine, and for good reason. It's essentially the best spectrum analyzer for value (or ever), and to check on the mix and master is vital for making stuff sound listenable. Every little bit of information is readily available here (frequency, notes, db), the slope option is neat, and the best part is that it's stable. Avid FL 20 user, been continuously using this plugin for over a year and it hasn't crashed once. I love it.Read Review
O Plugin é incrível, ele faz com perfeição o que se propõem a fazer, da pra ver exatamente qual é a as frequências que estão fazendo picos. Na minha experiência usando ele, todas minhas equalizações ficaram mais rápidas e mais precisas para quais com o meu objetivo desde que o instalei. Recomendo.Read Review
This is listed as no longer available, but version 3, a seriously excellent update, is available at Voxengo. Here is my demo of it in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKKMolMmPeM The tone stack has been updated and the sound engine is a major upgrade from v1 and v2. Dynacab is a great new feature. One of the best free amps anywhere.Read Review
Simple, quick and very effective.
An important thing that may be easy to overlook, but is really the reason why I like this EQ so much:
The frequency of each band can be adjusted freely by clicking/dragging the numbers above.
In my opinion, that's what makes it occupy the sweet spot between flexibility and simplicity.
It's an intuitive and powerful tone shaping device, yet there is nothing that distracts or invites endless tweaking.
I found it especially useful on distorted electric guitar (pre and post distortion) and on synths.
For the things it doesn't do (like high pass), there are lots of other EQs anyway.
For me this EQ wins due to workflow and being great at what it does.
Does exactly what you need it to (analyse frequencies accurately and in real time). I like using it to see what saturation and exciter plugins are doing to the signal.Read Review
I have tried a lot of stereoizers, but this simple and free tool is my go to for adding that special difference between mono and stereo on pimping mono recordings! The filter and gain knobs help keeping it subtle and the character of the original sound. the A/B comparison feature is very helpful, too. Did not dive further into it, but I am sure it is as well an enrichment of every sound designers tool box.Read Review