Most essential VST plugins

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KVRian
685 posts since 13 Dec, 2016

Post Mon Dec 16, 2019 5:42 pm

Approaching the end of another amazing year for audio software, I would like to see what are your top plugins you are using most.
No matter if they have been released this year or before.

My favourites are once again the FabFilter plugins, especially Pro-L2, Pro-Q3, Pro-C2 and Pro-MB.
Reliability like nothing else in its class.. just amazing value for money.
In the instrument sector I want to highlight the Hive 2 and Icarus 2 updates as well as Lion and Pianoteq. Incredible plugins and a dream for sound designers.


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KVRAF
5853 posts since 28 Apr, 2013

Re: Most essential VST plugins

Post Mon Dec 16, 2019 6:20 pm

Pianoteq 6 Pro Studio.
HALion 6.
Musiclab (et al).
Alchemy 1.
ZebraHZ.

Groove Agent 5.
Addictive Drums.

Blue Cat Patchwork.
Blue Cat Axiom.
2cAudio Perfect Storm.

Cubase 10.

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KVRist
455 posts since 13 May, 2017 from Virginia

Re: Most essential VST plugins

Post Mon Dec 16, 2019 6:24 pm

I'm a new user of Falcon but I can't do anything without it now.

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KVRian
685 posts since 13 Dec, 2016

Re: Most essential VST plugins

Post Mon Dec 16, 2019 6:25 pm

BBFG# wrote:
Mon Dec 16, 2019 6:20 pm
Pianoteq 6 Pro Studio.
HALion 6.
Musiclab (et al).
Alchemy 1.
ZebraHZ.

Groove Agent 5.
Addictive Drums.

Blue Cat Patchwork.
Blue Cat Axiom.
2cAudio Perfect Storm.

Cubase 10.
Very nice selection, thanks.
I wish I had the time to dive deeper into Halion 6 to create some custom instruments.
All factory patches are of very high quality.

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4521 posts since 17 Jun, 2013 from very close to Paris, France

Re: Most essential VST plugins

Post Mon Dec 16, 2019 6:33 pm

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Re: Most essential VST plugins

Post Mon Dec 16, 2019 7:34 pm

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djanthonyw
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7137 posts since 20 Jul, 2004

Re: Most essential VST plugins

Post Mon Dec 16, 2019 8:12 pm

Can't believe no one mentioned this plugin yet.
You are currently reading my signature.

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Ed A.
KVRist
332 posts since 27 Jul, 2004 from Outer Bongolia

Re: Most essential VST plugins

Post Mon Dec 16, 2019 8:27 pm

wagtunes wrote:
Mon Dec 16, 2019 5:52 pm
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KVRian
591 posts since 25 Jul, 2009

Re: Most essential VST plugins

Post Mon Dec 16, 2019 8:50 pm

Steinberg Absolute Collection
Arturia V Collection
NI Komplete
AAS Modeling Collection

More than I need or use, but nice to have options. :tu:

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Spencer Maddox
KVRian
583 posts since 19 Oct, 2017 from a state of anxiety

Re: Most essential VST plugins

Post Mon Dec 16, 2019 9:32 pm

Instruments: Kontakt, Falcon, Diva, Rapid, Serum.
If you had to have me pick 5 those would be my choices. With Repro, Rektor and Sylenth1 VERY narrowly missing the list.

Effects:
The entire FabFilter collection?
Man I love that stuff
To specify however let’s say the Pro Q the PrO L and the Pro R as my most essential....oh and the Pro C




And the Pro Anything...basically the entire company.
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KVRian
898 posts since 2 Jul, 2010

Re: Most essential VST plugins

Post Tue Dec 17, 2019 12:43 am

Still at #1: SlickEQ GE and SlickEQ M
Best newcomer: MCabinet
Most fun this year: Soundemote oscilloscope bundle

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KVRist
79 posts since 27 Aug, 2015 from Paris, France

Re: Most essential VST plugins

Post Tue Dec 17, 2019 2:05 am

If I finished a track today, you would find 90% of the time:

Hive 2 : waited for v2 to get Hive, but it's such a great synth, it has become my "general purpose" go-to synth, even beating Serum to it. Definitely the synth I spent the most time with in 2019.
Diva/Repro/Tal U-No-Lx
Tal Sampler (most recent buy, but use it all the time since I have it)
Kontakt, obviously

Soundtoys (Decapitator/Echoboy mostly)
Presswerk/ Supercharger GT
Satin
Valhalla reverbs
Ozone 7

But... I wouldn't want to live without Omnisphere, Massive, Serum, Reaktor or Trash 2 either :D
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3564 posts since 7 Jun, 2012 from Warsaw

Re: Most essential VST plugins

Post Tue Dec 17, 2019 2:16 am

Instruments? They are interchangeable.
I probably can't live without Battery 4 anymore, though.

But effects? Nope, need the best I can get:

- Ozone 9 Advanced (EQ, Dynamics, Image)
- Volume Shaper
- NI Transient Master
- TAL-Chorus-LX
- Adam Szabo's Phasor

Apart from that, stock Ableton plugins packed in some smart racks do their job as well ;)
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foosnark
KVRAF
5009 posts since 9 Jan, 2003 from Saint Louis MO

Re: Most essential VST plugins

Post Tue Dec 17, 2019 4:33 am

I could, at this point, delete almost all my synth plugins. I do still use Madrona Aalto and occasionally Arturia Easel.

For FX though:

Toneboosters EQ 4
u-he Uhbik-Q
Valhalla Delay, Plate and Vintage Verb
Wavesfactory Cassette & Spectre
DDMF MagicDeathEye
NI Supercharger GT
Izotope RX7 DeClick
Voxengo SPAN

I like several other plugins, but I could work with just these, the devices that come with Bitwig, and my hardware.

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