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jamcat
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3197 posts since 2 Sep, 2019

Post Wed Nov 23, 2022 11:06 pm

Michael L wrote: Wed Mar 02, 2022 4:44 am Include in your calculations the amount of TIME to master each new plugin.
TIme cost often exceeds money cost.
What? No!
Just start tweaking knobs until it sounds good, and if it still doesn’t, pull up another plugin and try again.
THIS MUSIC HAS BEEN MIXED TO BE PLAYED LOUD SO TURN IT UP

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Michael L
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4268 posts since 25 Jan, 2014 from The End of The World as We Knowit

Post Wed Nov 23, 2022 11:32 pm

jamcat wrote: Wed Nov 23, 2022 11:06 pm
Michael L wrote: Fri May 02, 2025 2:30 pm Include in your calculations the amount of TIME to master each new plugin.
TIme cost often exceeds money cost.
What? No!
Just start tweaking knobs until it sounds good, and if it still doesn’t, pull up another plugin and try again.
That's backassward.

There is no "bad sound."
Just change the genre of your song until it fits the sound.
Then it's "good."

It sounds to me like you need this:
https://everynoise.com
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m o r e

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jamcat
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3197 posts since 2 Sep, 2019

Post Wed Nov 23, 2022 11:46 pm

Wow. I just found Red Temple Spirits in "Gothic Post-Punk." That's pretty obscure. Of course all the other bands listed are so obscure I've never even heard of any of them.
THIS MUSIC HAS BEEN MIXED TO BE PLAYED LOUD SO TURN IT UP

j[b++]
KVRist
37 posts since 2 Aug, 2014 from Hannover, Germany

Post Thu Nov 24, 2022 9:34 am

jamcat wrote: Wed Nov 23, 2022 11:46 pm Wow. I just found Red Temple Spirits in "Gothic Post-Punk." That's pretty obscure. Of course all the other bands listed are so obscure I've never even heard of any of them.
Thanks a lot for the hint!
I've quite some fun listening to that music :)

vurt
addled muppet weed
98557 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Post Thu Nov 24, 2022 11:36 am

not plugins, but between the music stuff, collectables and weed from the past 10 years alone, i could have bought this house :o :scared:
if you don't want me to destroy you
take a leaf out of my book, turn it round and have a look...

NinoBrown187
KVRer
3 posts since 27 Nov, 2022

Post Mon Nov 28, 2022 1:11 am

around 5000€ for Laptop, Interface, Midi-keyboards and Speakers
around 5000€ for VSTs, Drum and Sample Kits

Talking bout the vsts, I'm so happy that I listened often to my friends and other youtubers, who helped me picking the right vsts without wasting much money.
Yeah so basically I bought over about 3 years every single plugin I need, and never paid the full price. I was really patient waiting for those sales :D But it helped saving a lot of money.

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EdwardGivens
KVRist
67 posts since 4 May, 2022 from drippy, rainy wet western Oregon, USA.

Post Tue Nov 29, 2022 4:18 pm

for a second I thought I'd clicked on VI-control. Whew!

roman.i
KVRist
442 posts since 25 Aug, 2019

Post Wed Nov 30, 2022 2:41 pm

Spent $500 during the black friday. :( and $1000 on hardware :(

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WatchTheGuitar
KVRAF
11598 posts since 30 Apr, 2019

Post Wed Nov 30, 2022 2:45 pm

BF for me - About £200 on plugins, £2000 on hardware. Most of that was on a Hydrasynth Deluxe, Scan offering 48 months 0% interest credit so I bought it for myself as an early Christmas present.

"I'm over here, just a lonely turd floating in a pickle jar by myself. Is that how this works?"
https://tidal.com/artist/33798849

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thecontrolcentre
KVRAF
33521 posts since 27 Jul, 2005 from the wilds of wanny

Post Wed Nov 30, 2022 2:48 pm

Over Black Friday and Cyber Monday I must have spent about £200 on plugins. Over my lifetime, no idea (way too much probably).

Glyster
KVRist
39 posts since 13 Dec, 2021

Post Sun Dec 04, 2022 7:05 am

Almost $10K and I don’t make money from music.

dune_rave
KVRAF
2462 posts since 23 Jun, 2006 from Hungary

Post Sun Dec 04, 2022 7:41 am

its not expensive at all if you compare software prices to hardver prices.
plus you can buy second hand software at the fraction of the original price, and black friday / xmas promo prices are really good.

sjm
KVRAF
2217 posts since 17 Apr, 2004

Post Sun Dec 04, 2022 7:45 am

At a guess, around $2K on software (~500 on Komplete Ultimate being the biggest outlay). Made more than half that back from audio/music - mainly voiceovers, but also licensing and a few gigs. This is over at least a 10-year period. Most of the software was bought "on sale" (in quotes because that depends on whether you view $29 as the actual price or the sale price for Waves/PA etc.).

Spent way more than that on hardware, easily more than $10K if you count everything I've ever bought since I was a teenager. A significant chunk of that would be 2.5K on my mixer and 2K on my Summit.

That might sound like a lot, but over ~30 years, it's still only about 400 per year for both HW and SW. That's in the same ballpark as something like a Netflix subscription, and I'd say I got a lot more value than I would from Netflix. Whether you count that as expensive is obviously subjective. But if you take the longer term perspective - i.e. don't see it as a requirement to buy everything you could conceivably need right now, it's totally affordable with a semi-decent job. And you don't really need 13 guitars ;)

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WatchTheGuitar
KVRAF
11598 posts since 30 Apr, 2019

Post Sun Dec 04, 2022 10:33 am

sjm wrote: Sun Dec 04, 2022 7:45 am At a guess, around $2K on software (~500 on Komplete Ultimate being the biggest outlay). Made more than half that back from audio/music - mainly voiceovers, but also licensing and a few gigs. This is over at least a 10-year period. Most of the software was bought "on sale" (in quotes because that depends on whether you view $29 as the actual price or the sale price for Waves/PA etc.).

Spent way more than that on hardware, easily more than $10K if you count everything I've ever bought since I was a teenager. A significant chunk of that would be 2.5K on my mixer and 2K on my Summit.

That might sound like a lot, but over ~30 years, it's still only about 400 per year you don't really need 13 guitars ;)
can confirm this, I get by perfectly well with just 9.

"I'm over here, just a lonely turd floating in a pickle jar by myself. Is that how this works?"
https://tidal.com/artist/33798849

skarvika
KVRer
17 posts since 22 Nov, 2022

Post Tue Dec 06, 2022 10:40 am

$4323.42 has gotten me
Ample Sound AGLP + VC + PF
Audio Modeling SWAM Cello 3
Audio Modeling SWAM Violin 3
Best Service Hall of Fame 3 Digital Legends
Celemony Melodyne 5 Essential
Evabeat Melody Sauce 2
Exponential Audio NIMBUS
Exponential Audio R4
FL Studio Producer Edition
IK Multimedia ARC System 3
IK Multimedia Lurssen Mastering Console
IK Multimedia MixBox
IK Multimedia MODO Bass 2
IK Multimedia MODO Drum 1.5
IK Multimedia T-Racks 5 MAX
iZotope Audiolens
iZotope Elements Suite 6
iZotope Insight 2
iZotope Ozone 10 Advanced
iZotope Nectar 3 Plus
iZotope Neoverb
iZotope Neutron 4
iZotope RX10 Standard
iZotope Tonal Balance Control 2
iZotope Trash 2
iZotope VocalSynth 2
KSHMR Chain
MeldaProduction MReverbMB
Native Instruments Guitar Rig 6 LE
Native Instruments Massive
Pianoteq 8 Stage
Plugin Alliance bx_bluechorus 2
Plugin Alliance bx_cleansweep V2
Plugin Alliance bx_masterdesk Classic
Plugin Alliance bx_rockrack V3 Player
Plugin Alliance bx_solo
Plugin Alliance bx_subfilter
Plugin Alliance Double MS
Plugin Alliance Free Ranger
Plugin Alliance niveau filter
Plugin Boutique Scaler 2
Pulsar Massive
Pulsar Mu
reFX Nexus <- $1798.25 with the expansions!! Ah, to be a young naive musician in 2010... :)
Reveal Sound Spire <-- $360 with expansions...ah, to be a slightly wiser musician in 2019.
Soundtoys Effect Rack
Toontrack EZbass
Toontrack EZdrummer
XLN XO

And I think that has me set on anything I could possibly need for a good long time (I hope!)

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