This plugin could have been a legend if it had given the user control over pitch. It sounds good for a one-trick pony. Just pray your song is in the same key as the sub. Add frequency control and I'll gladly use it as well as change rating.
Best soft-clipper plugin on the planet, no joke. Slick HF limiter. This plugin is priceless. As one of the best compressor/limiter/clipper/ISPLs around, I still can't believe it's free. Don't forget to turn on 4x oversampling.
Shockingly good. It's rare to find drive with good bass response, and the mix knob gives you parallel processing on an insert. Need instant grit on drums? Done. I'm very impressed. This will be a go-to for me.
This is a one-of-a-kind EQ that I adore. When a plugin applied to a song just doesn't cut it and automating is unintuitive, that's the time to reach for Spectro. It's one of my secret weapons for precision de-essing and intermittent EQ problems. It has saved me hours of grief on many occasions.
I don't understand why this isn't the top 5 of all synths let alone free synths available on Windows. I wish this could be ported to AU so badly. Even so, I think I'm going to be firing up VEP in VMWare a lot more often because of this synth! It's amazing and by far the best CS01 reincarnation. Pethu SHOULD be a household name. This is one of the absolute best software synths I've ever used, bar none. It sounds like hardware with none of the drawbacks.
NLS is shocking to my ears in a good way. It's a DSP hog, but it has much better sound and drive on the channels as well as the best sum plugin I've heard. Because of the DSP weight, I tend to wait to start using it until everything is arranged so I can start freezing tracks (I use Logic).
My favorite settings are the EMI and Neve. I don't normally mix different channels because it seems to work better when the same make is used on all strips, but I often use a different bus brand with another brand of channels. Basically, just use your ears.
NLS makes me wish I was working on the latest 12-core Mac. It definitely taxes my laptop CPU, but it's worth it. Beats paying for an outboard sum box and totally delivers on classic console sound, in my opinion.