Originally Posted by GILFOIL
i wish i could afford the waves bundle.
There are many, many cost effective options out there. The UAD plugins are very highly regarded and excellent sounding. As far as going for a cost effective plugin bundle I could easily get by on a stripped setup by using:
1.) Oxford EQ
- definitely a contender for best software EQ out there. Versatile as heck (5 modes, plus the GML mode if you get that option), competes with any hardware analog EQ I've heard. Sometimes I use it over the SSL G's EQ.
2.) Renaissance Bundle
- Ren compressor is great! I still consider it one of the best plugin comps out there. Ren EQ has its own character that does feel vintage, good for color. Ren Reverb is probably the best Waves 'verb out there... slightly underrated plugin. RenBass adds another tool in the box.
3.) Cranesong Phoenix
- five colors, all useful for adding size and saturation. Excellent for bumping things up a notch.
4.) Massey L2007 Limiter
- amazing general purpose limiter. Has four different modes and speeds for tons of combinations. Covers ALL your limiting needs... and you can master with it!
Add into this the standard ProTools Digirack plugs that are free
5.) Bomb Factory BF76
- like the real thing you can use this on pretty much everything and it sounds great. Set and forget!
- surprisingly good for lofi reverb effects. NonLin and plate are excellent on snare. I'll use this freebie over pricey 'verbs on almost every mix.
7.) Digirack Delay
- not as powerful or versatile as EchoBoy, but it will do in a pinch. Slap delays are useful for Haas effect techniques.
8.) Digirack Pitch
- gets the job done for stereo pitch shifting and other FX. I'll use this on mixes all the time no matter what other tools are available. Simple and works.
So basically, buy the Ren bundle and those three other plugins (Oxford EQ is the most pricey) and you are set to do some real damage. If you've got the tracks and the skill you could mix to any standard.