fav stock plugins and daws

VST, AU, AAX, CLAP, etc. Plugin Virtual Effects Discussion
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64 posts since 23 Jan, 2023

Post Tue Jan 31, 2023 1:31 am

have pro tools, reaper and
harrison 32c daws
didn't touch pt for 5 months
harrison is a great alternative
for final mixing
the master bus 3 band eq
is amazing
Reaper my main daw
I use rea-delay, I don't like complex
delays or coloring delays
ReaComp is an amazing comp
ReaEQ was replaced by FF proQ
there are many more (good)
stock plugins, but rarely use em

Would be interesting to know
how many stock plugins other
daw users prefer and use
not just Reaper
and also how many daws
do you have and use
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388 posts since 17 Nov, 2020

Post Tue Jan 31, 2023 2:30 am

My favourite DAWs: MuLab, Reaper, Renoise

As for native plugs, I don't know of one which I'd call outstanding, when it comes to achieving good results I usually find myself chaining several of them.

239 posts since 2 Oct, 2021

Post Tue Jan 31, 2023 5:29 am

Reaper is my only DAW. Most of the times I don't use any stock plugins. There are some good JS plugins which for whatever reason didn't make it yet into my go to plugin list. E.g. Saike plugins.
I admit that I like pretty GUIs and the stock Reaper plugin GUIs don't make me happy.

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1571 posts since 21 Nov, 2015

Post Tue Jan 31, 2023 6:55 am

MuVerb, also available outside of MuLab, MUX as VST.
The art of knowing is knowing what to ignore.

2914 posts since 6 Dec, 2002 from Ljubljana/ Slovenia

Post Tue Jan 31, 2023 7:09 am

S1, eq3 is fine.

583 posts since 1 Jul, 2021

Post Tue Jan 31, 2023 7:40 am

My daw is Reaper.
ReaComp (Cockos) and ReaEq (Cockos) are in every project on many tracks.
I think ReaComp is the plugin I know best of all plugins I have, can't imagine to be without it.
Sometimes ReaVerb, ReaDelay or ReaSamplOmatic5000.
For me hard to comprehend why some people dislike the gui of ReaComp, it's perfect imo.
Some cool plugins by Tarkan for Reaper only like Dis-Treasure, as good as or even better than any other distressor emu.

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3514 posts since 28 Jan, 2011 from MEXICO

Post Tue Jan 31, 2023 10:04 am

My DAW is Ableton live
I use Eq8, compressor, the glue, echo, chorus, pedal, drum bus, auto-pan and utility are some of the native devices I use all the time.
dedication to flying

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3660 posts since 2 Sep, 2019

Post Tue Jan 31, 2023 2:56 pm

I use Studio One.
The stock Room Reverb plugin in Studio One is really great, because you can design a 3D room to precise dimensions. It's a little tricky to figure out, though.

I give a detailed account of how to do it here.


638 posts since 15 Feb, 2012 from France

Post Fri Feb 03, 2023 6:06 am

I love Live’s Hybrid Reverb’s algo bit, Echo, Grain Delay and Spectral Resonator.
Computer musician / Ableton Certified Trainer / Mastering engineer

39 posts since 22 Jan, 2022

Post Fri Feb 03, 2023 6:54 am

Moved a lot of my work from Reaper to Bitwig recently. No contest on plugins... that's Bitwig all day everyday.

I'm in the minority opinion that Reaper plugins sound great and just lacking in the UI department. IMO pretty much any 3rd party plugin will beat a Reaper plugin.

That said, nothing beats Reaper as a linear DAW. Nothing. it's so deep. But the default configurations for editing are maddening.... it's a large reason why people who work in MIDI and do lots of automation prefer Ableton.

I'll keep using Reaper for more organic/live styles like rock, blues, jazz, etc. and styles where composition and song structure matters. But for simpler electronic composition styles like EDM, hip hop, etc. Bitwig is a big winner here.

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892 posts since 21 Jul, 2012

Post Fri Feb 03, 2023 11:25 am

Logic user here since 2013. Before that 6 years with Ableton Live and in between 1 year with Studio One. The native content of loops, plugins, presets etc is very good. Some older plugins desperately need a make-over (even Alchemy looks very bad at higher resolution). But I have high hopes Apple will make good on that when I see how they did the EXS24 (which is sample and quick sampler now).

170 posts since 11 Sep, 2005

Post Fri Feb 03, 2023 12:10 pm

I use Plogue Bidule.
As for plugins, Voxengo CurveEQ, some Melda Production filters, and minor stuff. Added Voxless recently.

7069 posts since 24 May, 2002 from Tutukaka, New Zealand

Post Fri Feb 03, 2023 12:11 pm

Cubase user here. There's definitely some good FX in it that I use before any others, though I find the synths pretty useless - Padshop is not exactly useless, but it leaves me utterly cold. I just don't see the point of granular synths and Cubase seemed to have pretty well abandoned VSTi synths in favour of their samplers.

1. Multitap Delay. Shitloads of options under the hood (almost modular) and strengths lie in darker grungier delays IMO. GUI is def not the most intuitive though. It's one I'd probably buy if it wasn't already included.
2. Pitch Shift, surprised me recently how good it is. Using it currently for pitching up some vocal samples and it can go huge numbers of notes up without losing clarity. Probably one of their strongest hidden gems IMO.
3. Squasher. Basically OTT but with a proper usable GUI and more options. If you really want to, you can pull it up and stamp it down into a tiny flat 2D line with a LUFS up somewhere in the positive numbers :o . But actually a really useful detailed comp if you use it properly.
4. SuperVisionScope... analyzer, or whatever it's called. Always used to use 3rd party analyzers and meters but this does pretty well everything now. Incredibly useful. Finally said goodbye to trusty old Span because Cubase finally gave decent metering/analysis.

EDIT...nearly forgot Groove Agent. Can be too fiddly sometimes, and I find changing kits/individual samples not the most intuitive but it's immensely powerful & comes with every kit you could reasonably want. I have no interest in 3rd party drums because this is so powerful already. I'm still finding features that wow me.

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6666 posts since 9 Jan, 2003 from Saint Louis MO

Post Fri Feb 03, 2023 1:33 pm

I'm a Bitwig user. A lot of the effects are quite decent, and there are some plugins I bought before that I might not have if I'd already had the Bitwig stuff to work with. But even so, there are some built-in effects I use pretty regularly:

Delay+: while I have a lot of favorite delays for their character, this one is powerful for its ability to (A) put an effects chain inside its own feedback loop, and (B) also optionally diffuse the delays when doing so.

Peak Limiter: super straightfoward and gets the job done, with a nice visual display of what it's doing. I don't tend to use it for mastering, but for cases where I want to brickwall limit for other reasons.

Convolution: excellent, comes with a nice little library of IRs, and with the pitch/brightness controls you can get some interesting effects with it.

Tool: almost too much of a basic utility to count, but any time I need to pan, reduce the width or control level on a track, I use this. Sometimes I'll stick a modulator on it (e.g. put an envelope filter on it for quick and dirty ducking), including audio rate AM.

Some of the Grid modules are also effects of course -- I'll happily use the Chorus+/Flanger+/Phaser+, the filters, distortion/shapers etc. in that context.

As far as the instruments go, I will sometimes use Organ since it's effectively a super-basic additive synth and can be good for drones, particularly if you distort the output or modulate it at audio rates. I've used the FM and PD ones a couple times too.

583 posts since 1 Jul, 2021

Post Fri Feb 03, 2023 11:21 pm

want to add some JS plugins, they are kind of Reaper stock plugins, as well with guis that support a fast workflow and very easy to understand.
JS Saturation, JS Huge Booty Bass Enhancer, JS RBJ 1073 a Neve eq emu and more.
BTW I could easily and quickly get similar results to Softube's three new iconic compressors with ReaComp. With ReaComp I can mimic almost every comp and imo it has a user-friendlier gui than lots of other comps. After I had experienced the possibilities and power of ReaComp (the creation of a genius), I re-sold a lot of 3rd party comps, just kept some comps with very unique character like omnipressor, this plugin saves me some money! ReaComp works well togther with JS Saturation and ReaEq. I don't necessarily need an analog looking gui in a digital environment, it's rather disturbing, the two extremes are Melda and AA guis, something in between is ok for me.
Furthermore I think nothing beats Reaper when it's about customization, you can adapt it to your workflow and make it look the way you want.
Reaper's Midi is more than ok for me, I don't make music by using a pencil to create midi events, don't use 3rd party midi files, don't like quantization and moving midi events - that's a strange, but legit way to make music.
We all know every daw is for producing music, you just have to find the best daw for you.
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