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#1 VikingGuitar

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 10:15 AM

Some money from music sales and contract work is coming in soon, and I actually have a chance to upgrade some of my setup!  The current front-runner is to buy some new drum software, since I'm still using DFH (five years running!)  However, I figured I should check with everyone here to see what other audio plugins you CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT.

 

This could be anything from a sampler, a specific instrument library (drums, orchestra, world instruments, etc), some sort of fancy EQ or multi-processing (like iZotope Alloy or a Waves bundle), mastering suite, ANYTHING!!!  The only criteria is WHAT ARE SOME OF THE PLUGINS YOU WOULD ABSOLUTELY REPLACE IF YOU LOST THEM.

 

For what it's worth, I'm running Reaper on a PC.  Processing power/hard drive capacity/RAM is not a concern.  And to head off an old argument before it even starts ("it's not about getting new software, it's about learning how to use what you have") yeah, I know.  I'm not looking to "fix" any problem by throwing money at it, I just want to get something fun and new that will be beneficial to the end-result, or will streamline some processes.  

 

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 10:53 AM

This might be quite interesting to me, i'm just starting with this and i would like to know about some VSTI that can produce sounds similar to those that you could find in a Thom Yorke/Radiohead song, Nine Inch Nails.

I'm trying Moog Modular right now, and i think that it could work, just need to work harder.
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Posted 05 November 2013 - 11:05 AM

I think Alloy and Ozone are fantastic for the price point. I also really like IK's T-Racks stuff. 

 

There are some cool free amp simulators -- http://lepouplugins.blogspot.com -- Not all of them offer speaker emulation, though.

 

Some others I've tried:

http://www.tseaudio.com/software.html

http://www.igniteamp.../audio-plug-ins

 

This one looks cool, but I haven't tried it -- http://www.audiffex....plion-free.html

 

For paid stuff, I can't live without Amplitube Metal. Amplitube 3 is really good, but it taxes my RAM too much.

 

There are a few free drum instruments, but I love Addictive Drums and all the expansions. My Sonic track from October's DOD was the Metal Adpak. Doesn't kill my RAM and sounds good to my ears if you take the time to work on the velocities. 


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Posted 05 November 2013 - 11:12 AM

M-H, is Addictive limited to propriety sample packs?  Or could I get something like http://travisorbin.b...-sample-library or the Natural Drum Kit samples and load them into Addictive?


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Posted 05 November 2013 - 02:09 PM

Miroslav Philharmonik. It has an entire orchestra both solo and ensemble and it runs well on my ancient machine. I also really like Broomstick Bass for my bass guitar sounds, has enough to choose from and the sound quality is good to me.


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Posted 05 November 2013 - 02:32 PM

Native Instruments FM8, Massive, and Absynth are awesome synth plug-ins that I suggest to anyone and everyone.


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Posted 05 November 2013 - 02:46 PM

VOPM

http://www.geocities.jp/sam_kb/VOPM/

 

Then download this OPM patch pack filled with patches directly from Genesis games

http://truechiptilld...-genesis-games/

 

You can also use this tool to extract them from X68000 MDX files:

http://www.geocities..._kb/VOPM/MDXPG/


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Posted 05 November 2013 - 02:49 PM

M-H, is Addictive limited to propriety sample packs?  Or could I get something like http://travisorbin.b...-sample-library or the Natural Drum Kit samples and load them into Addictive?

 

I've never tried, but I think it's limited to their existing ADPaks. I like just about all of the ADPaks I have, though. My only real annoyance is being limited in the cymbals. Hat, Ride, three others, and that's it. I like having at least a few crashes, a splash or two, and a china. I guess I could load up another instance and not load up the rest of the kit, but that's annoying, and I don't think my aging computer could really handle it and all the other stuff I'd rather have. 

 

 

Native Instruments FM8, Massive, and Absynth are awesome synth plug-ins that I suggest to anyone and everyone.

 

 

 

I like FM8 and Absynth, but I get intimidated by all the controls and synthesis bits and pieces. I'm very much a "find a preset and tweak it as much as I can" guy. 


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Posted 05 November 2013 - 02:51 PM

L2, REQ, RComp and Rbass from Waves are my goto limiter, equalizer, compressor and bass expander respectively.
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Posted 05 November 2013 - 03:14 PM

Also, how does Addictive Drums compare to DFH, Superior Drummer, or any others?  Is there anything inherently better with any of these?


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Posted 05 November 2013 - 03:16 PM

Also, how does Addictive Drums compare to DFH, Superior Drummer, or any others?  Is there anything inherently better with any of these?

I'm right there with this question.  Probably a tough answer, because I think a lot of people pick one and stick with it for a while.  However, if anyone has specific insight into Addictive vs. DFH vs. Superior vs. Battery vs. Natural Drum Kit vs. other drum software, I'd be VERY interested!


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Posted 05 November 2013 - 03:42 PM

I like Addictive the most because it's fairly light on my computer's resources but still gives me an full overhead track, a room track, and a bus where I can route some or everything and do some nasty parallel compression or whatever else. Each track has its own EQ, high & low filters, compressor, envelope control, and some basic distortion stuff. 

 

I used to use EZDrummer, but you don't get any control over the samples unless you run all the outputs through DAW. That's fine, and maybe some people want to use their own plugins, anyway, but I like that I can do pretty much everything right inside the Addictive Drums interface. It even has multiple outputs, too, so you can still run whatever through whatever. 

 

Superior Drummer sounds good, but it's very raw. You gotta work that business. It has a lot of DSP stuff in it, too, and gives you more varied samples (far room, close room, snare bottom, snare top, etc.) that other VSTs don't have... but it takes way too much RAM for my modest system. I tried to cut it down, but it'll still crash Cubase if I want it and other instruments and effects going. 


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Posted 05 November 2013 - 04:00 PM

A lot of people I know are switching to Steven Slate for drums.


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Posted 05 November 2013 - 04:31 PM

Just checked out the Steven Slate stuff vs. Addictive and that looks like a pretty solid setup!  Anyone have personal experience with it?

Also, for people that use Alloy, what do you like about it vs stock effects for individual EQ, compression, etc.?


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Posted 05 November 2013 - 04:59 PM

EZDrummer (and DFH), Classic Limiter, ReaEQ.

 

Poor's man choices i guess.

FMMF is a cool FM Synth, Synth1 is nice complete synth aswell.


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