Plugins that deserve attention which uses iLok dongle

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KVRist
496 posts since 7 Dec, 2018 from Saint-Petersburg

Post Wed May 06, 2020 11:58 pm

I'm planning to get iLok dongle because of Seventh Heaven Pro but I keep yourself to get it only because of one plugin. Can you head up me other good plugins that use iLok dongle authorization?

Another good one - Empirical Labs Arouser, but I don't need compressor so it's not pushing me))

Thank you.
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KVRian
739 posts since 2 Sep, 2019

Post Thu May 07, 2020 12:02 am

Eventide.
Particularly Instant Flanger II, Instant Phaser II, Omnipressor, and the Elevate Bundle.

Expressive E Arché Collection.
https://www.expressivee.com/arche-collection

ReLab.
https://relabdevelopment.com/

Exponential Audio (now under iZotope.)
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KVRAF
3808 posts since 26 Nov, 2015 from Way Downunder

Post Thu May 07, 2020 12:14 am

Eventide? Isn't this for dongle-only? Eventide, as well as Exponential Audio, Soundtoys, Softube and others can be activated with software iLok, no dongle required.

There's still a few good Kush plugins that are dongle only.

KVRAF
28486 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Post Thu May 07, 2020 12:19 am

I think the least plugins are iLok dongle only. I don't have a single one here. Eventide, Soundtoys, Exponential Audio, iZotope, AIR, Metric Halo, all can be activated either machine activation or dongle (in iZotope's case, you have to use the iZotope Product Portal software for machine activation).
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KVRian
739 posts since 2 Sep, 2019

Post Thu May 07, 2020 12:24 am

Yes, some are soft iLok now, but you can still use the dongle (I do.)
I just got really excited by the prospect of touting the Arché Collection. :lol:

After checking my iLok Manager, I see that of all my iLok plugins, only Slate Digital require a hardware dongle anymore.

Anyways, here's a list from PACE.
https://www.ilok.com/#!ilok-publishers
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KVRist

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496 posts since 7 Dec, 2018 from Saint-Petersburg

Post Thu May 07, 2020 1:43 am

Thank you, guys.

I'm interested in plugins that use strict iLok dongle authorization and don't allow software authorization. Like early mentioned Seventh Heaven Pro.

KVRAF
1838 posts since 11 Aug, 2012 from omfr morf form romf frmo

Post Thu May 07, 2020 2:17 am

Several dongle-only devs added cloud when iLok introduced the feature. These devs generally don't trust the soft iLok but find cloud equally secure.

Chicken Systems Translator 7 is either dongle or cloud, no soft iLok. So for internet-less workstations or people who don't like logging in every time, it's essentially dongled. But it's worth it to me, if you work with many samplers or create your own sampled instruments. It comes with an autosampler and other really useful tools. Though I bring the samples into Sound Forge for loop tuning. But it'll MIDI trigger and name files and make the instruments. Saves a ton of time.

MIA Laboratories is also dongle or cloud only. Slate is dongle only. I got the dongle for Seventh Heaven Pro as well, it was worth it for that and the convenience the dongle brings.

KVRAF
28486 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Post Thu May 07, 2020 2:22 am

yellowmix wrote:
Thu May 07, 2020 2:17 am
Several dongle-only devs added cloud when iLok introduced the feature. These devs generally don't trust the soft iLok but find cloud equally secure.
I really wished that Eventide, Soundtoys and some others would allow iLok cloud activation. AFAIC, very, very few developers (I haven't come along any) really allow iLok cloud activation.

Sucks as I really want to get rid of any dongle. Bad enough I have to plug my keyboard, my mouse, my MIDI keyboad and my USB audio interface via USB. With laptops which only have 3 USB ports (like mine), it can get really, really tight.
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KVRAF
2653 posts since 20 Jun, 2012

Post Thu May 07, 2020 2:28 am

No plugin that uses Ilok deserves attention.

That said, one or two plugins from Soundtoys and some from Eventide.
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KVRian
941 posts since 9 Jul, 2014 from UK

Post Thu May 07, 2020 3:43 am

robotmonkey wrote:
Thu May 07, 2020 2:28 am
No plugin that uses Ilok deserves attention.

That said, one or two plugins from Soundtoys and some from Eventide.
Just why? :roll:
I wonder what happens if I press this button...

KVRist

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496 posts since 7 Dec, 2018 from Saint-Petersburg

Post Thu May 07, 2020 5:35 am

robotmonkey wrote:
Thu May 07, 2020 2:28 am
No plugin that uses Ilok deserves attention.

That said, one or two plugins from Soundtoys and some from Eventide.
Oh, please, stop it. If I would really want to turn this thread to "iLok opinions holy war", I named it a different way and prepare a bucket of popcorn. I hope we won't share our opinion about the protection system, only about valuable plugins.

KVRAF
2052 posts since 30 Aug, 2012 from Sweden

Post Thu May 07, 2020 6:08 am

I say just one word: soothe. On of the best plugins ever and used by so man pro's in the studios. A good reason why. Great on vocals when needed. Great on harsh cymbals and great on high gain guitars. It does something other plugins can't do.

KVRist
260 posts since 21 Jan, 2017

Post Thu May 07, 2020 6:20 am

Lexicon, McDSP

KVRian
1006 posts since 26 Feb, 2018

Post Thu May 07, 2020 7:09 am

EDIT: These ones below do not require a dongle. Leaving them here to mention the sale.

Exponential Audio, particularly with Phoenixverb currently being $10
https://www.pluginboutique.com/product/ ... erb-Stereo

Also McDSP 6050. Currently on sale at $50 or less.
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KVRian
962 posts since 16 Jan, 2018 from Portland, OR USA

Post Thu May 07, 2020 8:25 am

You should add to your main post or title "please no whining about iLok". Otherwise you'll attract all the haters instead of those who can actually give you ideas about some iLok protected plugins and collections that may change the way you work in a very positive way. I was pretty stubborn at first about not using anything iLok. Then I had to get it for a project that made it absolutely necessary. Guess what. I've been using it now for about 6 or 7 years and I have run into ZERO problems ever since. For me, for instance, having McDsp plugins was phenomenal, Sonnox, Audified, Slate, UVI, Soundtoys, Pulsar, Nembrini, PSP... the list goes on. I could not work without iLok plugins, period.
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