Which Mac only VSTs(particularly for now)& VIs rock?

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nix808
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3604 posts since 22 Jul, 2006 from Melbourne, Australia

Post Thu May 26, 2016 10:29 am

Heya,
My Dad sadly passed away at the start of the year.
His MacBook Air from 2012 is now mine.
I have almost bricked it,
but managed to revert from OSX El Capitan to Mountain Lion.
This is coz I am running a KMI StringPort as soundcard.
All shipshape and audio streaming as desired.
ATM I have Adobe Audition and Max/msp 6.

I was wondering which Mac exclusive VSTs kick the proverbial.
I wanna get MOTU MX4, but will have to save up-
and for now I am in VST format, not AU.

What do you reckon would be ace?--to play with MIDI routed from a Windows setup.
Marco?hehe
___^O** *a light air is a gas___^O** *
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realmarco
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2224 posts since 30 Jul, 2001 from montreal, quebec,canada

Re: Which Mac only VSTs(particularly for now)& VIs rock?

Post Thu May 26, 2016 5:38 pm

does it have to be a Mac only suggestion or Mac version of something that is at the same time PC

sympathies about your father
If your plugin is a Synth-edit/synth-maker creation, Say So.
If not Make a Mac version of your Plugins Please.

https://soundcloud.com/realmarco

...everyone is out to get me!!!!!!!

realmarco
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2224 posts since 30 Jul, 2001 from montreal, quebec,canada

Re: Which Mac only VSTs(particularly for now)& VIs rock?

Post Thu May 26, 2016 5:38 pm

nix808 wrote: Marco?hehe
HA! just noticed that
If your plugin is a Synth-edit/synth-maker creation, Say So.
If not Make a Mac version of your Plugins Please.

https://soundcloud.com/realmarco

...everyone is out to get me!!!!!!!

UncleAge
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1491 posts since 11 Jun, 2005 from Phoenix, Arizona

Re: Which Mac only VSTs(particularly for now)& VIs rock?

Post Thu May 26, 2016 5:47 pm

Have you looked into Five12's Numerology? Probably one of the coolest Mac only apps.

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nix808
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3604 posts since 22 Jul, 2006 from Melbourne, Australia

Re: Which Mac only VSTs(particularly for now)& VIs rock?

Post Sat May 28, 2016 7:54 am

Thanks for condolences
Marco(8D), just things we can't get on Windows
Numerology looks real interesting and is new to me, thanks UncleAge(ta!)

MX4....MX4...Logic hmm --acquisitions!
___^O** *a light air is a gas___^O** *
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V0RT3X
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6985 posts since 4 Jul, 2012 from Canada

Re: Which Mac only VSTs(particularly for now)& VIs rock?

Post Sat May 28, 2016 12:25 pm

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Developers please focus only on 64bit development. Let 32-bit finally die and become a thing of the past.

Zexila
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3090 posts since 18 Mar, 2008

Re: Which Mac only VSTs(particularly for now)& VIs rock?

Post Sat May 28, 2016 12:33 pm

Not VST, but hey, better than Audition for music making IMO :tu:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Logic-Express-9 ... 1857792575
Logic Express 9 is actually the same as Logic Pro 9 - without the following features:
- DAE/TDM support
- DAP (distributed audio processing with Logic Node)
- Surround
- EVP88
- EVB3
- EVD6
- Sculpture
- Space Designer
- Delay Designer
- Linear Phase EQ
- Match EQ
- Multipressor (there is only the 'Preset Multipressor' as in LE7/8)
This entire forum is wading through predictions, opinions, barely formed thoughts, drama, and whining. If you don't enjoy that, why are you here? :D ShawnG

AnX
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3037 posts since 17 Nov, 2015

Re: Which Mac only VSTs(particularly for now)& VIs rock?

Post Sat May 28, 2016 12:57 pm

Why does it have to be mac only. The best stuff is cross platform. (If you already have a win version, the mac version is often free too)

elxsound
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4567 posts since 18 Aug, 2007 from NYC

Re: Which Mac only VSTs(particularly for now)& VIs rock?

Post Sat May 28, 2016 1:24 pm

AnX wrote:Why does it have to be mac only. The best stuff is cross platform. (If you already have a win version, the mac version is often free too)
He wrote the reason why.

He is on PC, but he is newly in possession of a MacBook (my condolences to the OP and family on the loss).

He wants to use the MacBook, with Midi routed from the PC, to the Mac for those plugins that "ROCK." So in other words... what is he missing (that can't be found already on PC) that would be worthy of the effort for this workflow? He is looking for VST (not AU)

c_bomb
KVRist
226 posts since 3 Apr, 2012 from Melbourne

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Post Sat May 28, 2016 4:04 pm


c_bomb
KVRist
226 posts since 3 Apr, 2012 from Melbourne

Re: Which Mac only VSTs(particularly for now)& VIs rock?

Post Sat May 28, 2016 4:05 pm

AU only. Worth looking into though.

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fmr
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7635 posts since 16 Mar, 2003 from Porto - Portugal

Re: Which Mac only VSTs(particularly for now)& VIs rock?

Post Sat May 28, 2016 4:19 pm

nix808 wrote:Thanks for condolences
Marco(8D), just things we can't get on Windows
Numerology looks real interesting and is new to me, thanks UncleAge(ta!)

MX4....MX4...Logic hmm --acquisitions!
MX4 as an independent plug-in seems to be discontinued. It is now part of Digital Performer 9. I think the only things Mac only that deserve to be bought are Logic and Metasynth.
Fernando (FMR)

AnX
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3037 posts since 17 Nov, 2015

Re: Which Mac only VSTs(particularly for now)& VIs rock?

Post Sat May 28, 2016 11:19 pm

elxsound wrote:
AnX wrote:Why does it have to be mac only. The best stuff is cross platform. (If you already have a win version, the mac version is often free too)
He wrote the reason why.

He is on PC, but he is newly in possession of a MacBook (my condolences to the OP and family on the loss).

He wants to use the MacBook, with Midi routed from the PC, to the Mac for those plugins that "ROCK." So in other words... what is he missing (that can't be found already on PC) that would be worthy of the effort for this workflow? He is looking for VST (not AU)
Ah ok, i missed that crucial bit. The answer is, you are not missing anything.

medienhexer
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692 posts since 16 May, 2007 from At home. Good bye city ways!

Re: Which Mac only VSTs(particularly for now)& VIs rock?

Post Sun May 29, 2016 12:01 am

I'm waiting for the v. 2 updates of the Goodhertz.co range. These are great tools some of which fix problems you didn't know you had.

How about panning which doesn't just change volume between left and right channels but also allows you to blend in delay and spectrum based panning? That way, you don't just move the position within the stereo field but can also adjust the perceived width.

Also, check out the tilt eq. With really minor adjustments, you can change the frequency balance from bright to dull without compromising the signal's character.

The Tone Control has a very sweet high end/air band control which to my ears is completely free of harshness.

The compressor and limiter combo does really nice things to the drum buss.

And the tremolo effect can compete soundwise with the Soundtoys one.

But overall, your first investment has to be Logic Pro X. The effects and instruments are second to none at this price point. You could try and go cheap with MainStage and use the Mac as just an instrument but I still prefer Logic as a DAW to everything else. Well, ableton Live for speaking to a very different area in my brain is a great addition :phones:
..off to play with my music toys - personal music endeavors, as well as library music production.
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Michael L
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2370 posts since 25 Jan, 2014 from the End of the World as we Knowit

Re: Which Mac only VSTs(particularly for now)& VIs rock?

Post Sun May 29, 2016 12:08 am

I realize you only want VSTs, but Metasynth is a great standalone choice, and be sure to also get Xx for midi sequencing and conversion. Note, Metasynth plays AU instruments so if you include AU then definitely get Michael Norris' SoundMagic Spectral suite! Both run great on a 2012 Mac, and together will send you into a sonic dimension you could never reach with other software.
Edit: the current version of Logic and Mainstage require Mavericks (10.9.5) and quadcore helps a lot.
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