First third-party plugin you bought?

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4968 posts since 15 Dec, 2011 from Bucharest, Romania

Post Fri Mar 05, 2021 10:42 am

NI Pro-52.

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27649 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Post Fri Mar 05, 2021 10:45 am

Novation V-Station.

Although z3ta+ probably was my first one, if you count magware. Cost me 20 €, as Computer Music mag wasn't digital back then, and I had to order it from a shop which imported English mags in Germany... couldn't miss it though. :) They proudly announced it as the full unrestricted original, no strings attached. ;) Even if it's not my favorite synths, it was quite an eye opener, compared to the free stuff I was using until then...
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63 posts since 17 Nov, 2012

Post Fri Mar 05, 2021 11:35 am

Adam Szabo JP6K :tu:

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5672 posts since 9 Jan, 2003 from Saint Louis MO

Post Fri Mar 05, 2021 12:19 pm

My memory is fallible, but it was probably Big Tick Rhino or the original z3ta, and probably 2003. (This predates my Gmail account, so not easy to look up the history.)

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6350 posts since 7 Sep, 2006 from Roseville, CA

Post Fri Mar 05, 2021 12:34 pm

Seems like I should know this for sure, but my memory sucks. I'm pretty sure it was Vanguard, but may have been V-Station or Albino 3. I bought all of these early in my conversion from hardware to hybrid.

473 posts since 27 Apr, 2005 from Ireland

Post Fri Mar 05, 2021 12:46 pm

Psp Vintage Warmer . 2008 . Still on my stereo buss :) .

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1841 posts since 12 Jan, 2019

Post Fri Mar 05, 2021 3:11 pm

Zebra 2--despite warnings, was a great synth to learn on.
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1589 posts since 11 Jun, 2005 from Phoenix, Arizona

Post Fri Mar 05, 2021 3:28 pm

I think it was Zebra 2. If not it was WizooVerb. Pretty sure it was Zebra.

1283 posts since 2 Jun, 2003

Post Fri Mar 05, 2021 3:35 pm

I bought NI's Dynamo in the late 90s, I think. There was also a Direct X bundle I bought around that time, but I can't remember the name (and had to Google to remember Direct X).
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1364 posts since 10 Jul, 2008 from Orbit Sol III

Post Fri Mar 05, 2021 5:30 pm

Cool Edit Pro (Audition) or Reaktor (i saw it demoed at the NI booth at NAMM 2002 and bought it the next day).
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6355 posts since 18 Aug, 2007 from NYC

Post Fri Mar 05, 2021 7:38 pm

Wow, this is a difficult one. I know my Pro Tools ignition pack came with 3rd party stuff as did My Korg padKontrol.

I think I purchased Ableton Live 7, in 2007 and shortly after that, I made my first plugin purchase of Sonic Charge's µTonic.

My second was the Fabfilter FX Pro Bundle (Pro-C, Volcano and Timeless).

For µTonic, I think I remember trying to decide between the software version vs the tin, and I ended up buying the software version just to save a bit of money (a good idea preceding the 2008 financial collapse).

18 posts since 16 Jun, 2020 from Canada

Post Fri Mar 05, 2021 9:58 pm

Applied Acoustic Systems Ultra Analog as a “no-brainer” deal on

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582 posts since 26 Nov, 2007

Post Fri Mar 05, 2021 10:06 pm

how do i know? that is like asking what day i took my first baby step lol. bought fruity loops back in 2000 i think it was and soon after bought the varazdin orchestra for it but that ain't 3rd party :( lol so i don't have a clue to my first 3rd party plugin... i suspect it was 21 yrs ago now but have no idea what it could have been. couldn't have been a waves plugin... they didn't have the $29 sale back then lol

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1405 posts since 27 Aug, 2004

Post Fri Mar 05, 2021 10:37 pm

Live Synth Pro. Although the oldest plugin I bought that I still use might be Pentagon.
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6361 posts since 13 Jan, 2003 from Darkest Kent, UK

Post Fri Mar 05, 2021 10:37 pm

Pretty sure it was Hercs Abakos, mid 2000s? Think it was a no-brainer in the forums here, first 'pro' plugin sold for a fiver or something... Still sounds pretty interesting. Up to then I was still largely hardware with a few freebies, synth1, crystal, lots of SE creations.

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