Interesting how plugins change throughout the years. At least peoples list. If you would have ask me this a year ago, I would have a whole different list but, now I'm loving ITB mixing much more than ever and have gotten an array of plugins that help me shape my mixes.
So, as of now, this is what I use.....
Massenberg- My go to, best EQ for shaping and finding out what's wrong with a Vocal/Instrument.
Digi EQ For HPF/LPF- Great for that.
Waves SSL G EQ- For doing crazy Eqing
I love compression because I use it to EQ or shape a sound most of the time so, here we go.
Waves SSL G-Buss- Always use on Master...Love tha sound and start off the mix with it.
CompressorBank- The best buss compressor. I use this and find my self not having to use EQ that much at all. Love CB4...WOW
Waves SSL Channel for that nice SSL compression when I need to compress something harder and/or drive it
Waves R-Vox- This is the best Gate/Comp on the planet. Love it on vox's
Last but not least....Uh Oh...You might hate me on this.....BF1176...always on vocals...Love it
TC Electronic's VSS3- Tha best bar none on everything
TC Electronic's DVR2- Great EMT 250 Reverb
Eventide Reverb- 2nd Best Reverb on everything
Revibe- Good Stable Reverb
Waves IR- On everything else
Massey TD5- The best right now for me.
Digi Extra Long Delay- My go to Delay
Auto Tune- For the sound. I record all my vocals through it, yes I said it, THROUGH IT!!!!
Waves Tune- Really great vocal tuner when I don't want the autotune sound
Waves L3-16- The best bar none
McDSP ML4000- Soft limiting
Sony Inflator- Brings out the best in an instrument and vocal...Love it
Izotope Ozone- Man I love this plugin. My final stage plugin
Massey Tape Head- Great on Bass/Kick whenit needs a little more rump
Waves RBass- Great on kicks and snrs...Love this plugin
Eventide Instant Phaser- Classic Flanging sound...Love this plugin. Use it 90% of the time on all types of stuff.
Eventide Factory- Get that classic H3000 sounds and efx...Love it man
Izotope Ozone for the whole mix. I just put the upper freq's a little wider and it works great for that.
BX-Solo- I use this to send all my efx to. Give them a little more width.
10. Misc Stuff I grab and why...
Eventide Omnicompresser- WOW, I love this thing for that hard in yo face compression. Nothing better
Sony Transient Mod- Love this on Kicks/Snrs to give it that extra bite to come through the mix
I really hope this helps anyone looking for a certain plugin. I always like these types of thread as I'm always looking for a certain plugin to do certain things that I don't have.