What are your favorite instrument plugins?

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5 posts since 20 Sep, 2020

Post Fri Jun 11, 2021 1:12 am

I got Pigments 3 last month during it's introductory offer and I've been loving using it. The presets are dope. I've used Pigments 3 in about 95 percent of my production since getting it.

I just want to know what are your favorite instrument plugins?

221 posts since 4 Jul, 2020

Post Fri Jun 11, 2021 1:26 am

TAL-U-No-LX, for sure

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5830 posts since 25 May, 2002 from Bobo-dioulasso\BF__Geneva/CH

Post Fri Jun 11, 2021 2:07 am

Pianoteq 7 and its addons

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Post Fri Jun 11, 2021 2:12 am


30020 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Post Fri Jun 11, 2021 2:40 am

Spire and Largo. I bought quite a few synths after those, but, I always get back to those two.
Plugins and a DAW. On an operating system. Which runs on a computer.

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283 posts since 24 Oct, 2008

Post Fri Jun 11, 2021 3:13 am

Fabfilter one and ANA 2
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2066 posts since 20 Dec, 2002 from The Benighted States of Trumpistan

Post Fri Jun 11, 2021 3:27 am

Pianoteq, Reaktor, Dexed.
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418 posts since 4 Jun, 2018 from The UK

Post Fri Jun 11, 2021 4:04 am

Hive2, Phase Plant.

Hive2 is the first synth I tend to reach for, it sounds great and is really quick to dial in sounds. Phase Plant is great if you need to do Cross Modulation (which Hive2 doesn't do) and want to go deep into creating custom effect setups.

I have Pigments3 and would say it's a great synth but a bit heavy on CPU compared to others. It does have a lot of different sound generators, which is probably only matched by hybrid synths like Avenger and Rapid. Some day Phase Plant will also likely get the Granular sound generator!

790 posts since 25 Jul, 2009

Post Fri Jun 11, 2021 5:18 am

Halion 6 - not sure if that counts. It's got 14 instruments, 34 effects, and you can make your own too.
Anyways - that's #1.

Other favorites are: Matrix 12V, Massive X, Largo, and Synclavier V.

Almost made the list - Pigments 3. It's just missing one thing. If that's added some time, it'll be on the list too.

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12586 posts since 14 Jun, 2001 from Somewhere else, on principle

Post Fri Jun 11, 2021 5:37 am

It's hilarious how quick we all are to jump onto these threads. It's a sickness, I'm sure, and I am feeling decided unwell. I could happily make music for the rest of my life with just the following, I reckon -

- JP6K sounds amazingly good and is so easy to work with
- Union also sounds great, although it's annoying to patch
- TRK-01 Bass is so much better than you'd think, given how simple it seems
- Korg's ARP Odyssey has an amazing sound that I find useful in all kinds of situations
- bx_oberhausen is another I find indispensible for the sheer ballsiness of its sound
- Hexeract is a synth I really like but it can be a bit flakey so I'd hesitate to recommend it
- Thorn is my favourite of all the more complicated synths, it's my back-stop

Right now I am using Invader quite a bit but that might just be because I only just got it. I'll see how I feel about it in a few weeks before I decide if it's as good as it seems to be now. I think it probably will be.
Last edited by BONES on Fri Jun 11, 2021 6:50 pm, edited 1 time in total.
NOVAkILL : Zenbook Duo, Core i7, 16GB RAM, Win10(64), Evo8 | Studio One | JP6K, Union, Hexeract, bx_oberhausen, Odyssey, TRK-01, Vacuum Pro, Invader, Concept, GR-8, Thorn, Equator, VG Iron 2 | Uno Pro Desktop, Uno, Rocket.

552 posts since 18 Nov, 2010

Post Fri Jun 11, 2021 5:43 am

BONES wrote:
Fri Jun 11, 2021 5:37 am
It's hilarious how quick we all are to jump onto these threads. It's a sickness
I'm not jumping into this thread. ...wait... DOH!

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20500 posts since 3 Feb, 2005 from in the wilds

Post Fri Jun 11, 2021 5:44 am

Bitwig's Grid (not a plugin but I use it constantly)

163 posts since 8 Dec, 2014

Post Fri Jun 11, 2021 6:58 am

My favorites are Pigments and DrumComputer.

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1699 posts since 25 Apr, 2009 from France

Post Fri Jun 11, 2021 7:38 am

Avenger, Rapid, Icarus, Falcon, Thorn.
This post is supposed to be non-agressive. Now please give me a broad smile. :ud:

4279 posts since 21 Mar, 2020 from Gothenburg, Sweden

Post Fri Jun 11, 2021 7:44 am

I don't own it because I am very very poor :pray: but I love U-he's Repro-1.

Of the instruments I own, I would say my favourite is Odin2 by The Wavewarden because of its versatility.
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