Your first plug-in instrument you bought (and the last one you bought.)

VST, AU, AAX, etc. plug-in Virtual Instruments discussion
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9184 posts since 3 Feb, 2003 from Finland, Espoo

Post Fri Oct 15, 2021 1:03 pm

This topic made me google "First VSTi in history" as I'm pretty sure whatever it was, I bought it. I thought the technology and idea of effect "plugins" was amazing (first introduced by Microsoft by the way, as far as I can tell) and was sure it was going to be the way the future would be. It was already a discussed concept in many other areas of creative work so it made sense that it'd happen for music production too.

Speaking of the history of VST and VSTi plugins, the wiki page is really bare bones. Anybody made a good timeline of the history of this technology and a chronological order of things released in the early days? This might be a project worth thinking about.. as far as I can tell, nobody has made one yet.

I don't know what was my first 3rd party VSTi though. Obviously Steinberg Neon doesn't count as it was part of the Cubase 3 package back then (or one of the updates). I've bought them all, early on when they were introduced. Native Instruments was really early with some of their plugins so probably one of theirs was the first.

I also had some standalone stuff like Gigasampler, NI Generator etc.. but those don't count as they weren't plugins.

Last one I bought.. damn don't even know that. Arturia Pigments perhaps (bought at version 2)?
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2722 posts since 5 Dec, 2003 from Harlan's World

Post Fri Oct 15, 2021 1:30 pm

First: 2003 - NI Absynth and NI Kompakt (the baby Kontakt which was discontinued soon after) - bought them together
Last: Luftrum’s Lunaris
Next: Probably DS Tantra 2 which was just released (Tantra is one of my favorite ways to deal with post-Camel Audio’s CamelSpace abstinence symptoms)
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3863 posts since 15 Aug, 2003 from seattle

Post Fri Oct 15, 2021 1:40 pm

First - Cycling 74's Pluggo

Last - Knifonium

572 posts since 5 Jun, 2001

Post Fri Oct 15, 2021 9:48 pm

First - Steiner Microcomputer
Last - Plogue Chipsynth OPS7

10149 posts since 17 Nov, 2015

Post Fri Oct 15, 2021 11:17 pm

Memory is a bit crap, and I didn't buy anything for a while when I first started on a PC in 99/00.....


First - Muon Tau Pro
Last - no idea, I don't really buy stuff, nothing in the last ten years anyway.... maybe Hydra (updated from Junglist)
Next - nothing, got all I need.

539 posts since 8 Jul, 2009

Post Fri Oct 15, 2021 11:27 pm

First (2002): native instruments kontakt 1 and reaktor 3
Last (2021): VSL Synchron Strings Elite and Brass

127 posts since 17 May, 2010

Post Sat Oct 16, 2021 1:44 am

First: RP Predator (2009)
Last: e-phonic Invader 2 (2021)

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1241 posts since 26 Mar, 2004 from UK

Post Sat Oct 16, 2021 2:27 am

2005: EVM Plugins for Life.
2021: Dawesome Abyss
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2167 posts since 28 Jul, 2003

Post Sat Oct 16, 2021 3:17 am

First: Can't remember. Too long ago.
Last: Don't know yet, cos I don't plan to stop buying any time soon.
My main tools: Kontakt, Omnisphere, Samplemodeling + Audio Modeling. Akai VIP = godsend. Tari's libraries also rock.

263 posts since 25 Apr, 2011

Post Thu Oct 21, 2021 2:39 pm

First: PPG Wave 2V (when it was still sold by Steinberg), was the only reason I started with a DAW, Cubase (Cubasis as PC entry level at that time?). Just to be able to run the PPG VSTi.
Latest: Martinic AX73

2066 posts since 20 Dec, 2002 from The Benighted States of Trumpistan

Post Thu Oct 21, 2021 3:12 pm

First was either String Studio VS-1 or IL Harmless in... 2003? Last was the other, not long after. I'm a small minority in that I've only bought two; freeware and winning a drawing for Kontakt cover my needs.
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5936 posts since 9 Jan, 2003 from Saint Louis MO

Post Fri Oct 22, 2021 4:49 am

I think my first one was Rhino. I also had z3ta+ and PlastiCZ around that time, though, so one of those may have been first?

Most recent was OPS7.

I've been waiting for Sumu, but I really don't need more synths -- it will have to impress me with uniqueness and also be priced in a friendly way. I didn't use Kaivo at all after buying it, though I love Aalto. In fact I kind of feel a wave of selling some licenses coming on.

1342 posts since 2 Jun, 2003

Post Sat Oct 23, 2021 4:22 am

Hewitt Huntwork wrote:
Fri Oct 15, 2021 4:48 am
First - NI Dynamo in the late 90s
Last - UJAM Rowdy 2
Next - Probably Mellow and Deep from UJAM
I used Cakewalk from the time it was 12 Tone Systems through two decades and into SONAR, until it became unstable for me.
Hey, I could buy UJAM's new finisher Dynamo and then "Dynamo" would be my first plugin AND my most recent plugin!
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790 posts since 25 Jul, 2009

Post Sat Oct 23, 2021 6:30 am

First - Reality (1997)

Latest - Komplete 13 (if that counts)
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6 posts since 23 Oct, 2021

Post Sat Oct 23, 2021 6:32 am

First : Sylenth1
Last : Komplete 13 Ultimate
Next : UAD Audio interface and plugins

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