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What are your 'secret weapon' plugins other than eq and compressor?

Since most threads talk about eq, compressor or fx (reverb, delay) plugins, I'm curious to find out what else you use to make your tracks sound better or fit them in the song?

Some that end up on almost all my projects :

- Slate Trigger
- GVST GClip on snare : to prevent the snare from peaking too much.
- Sonalksis Stereotools : just a little bit on overheads and backing vocals opens up things nicely.
- Audio Damage Discord 3 : a little bit detuning to fatten up the vocals.

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Slate VTM and Trigger
Reviver
Echoboy

are the main ones.
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PM EchoFlex Plug and mix

Peter,
do you wanna share your discord 3 setting for vocal fattening ?

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Slate VCC on the SSL setting - just brilliant, I combine this with a Rolls RMS755 hardware bus comp on the stereo bus in Cubase and just with levels and pan I have the sound of a record coming out of the monitors.

VCC is hardly a secret though :-)
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Equick dmgaudio
Vintage Compressors NI
PM EchoFlex Plug and mix

Peter,
do you wanna share your discord 3 setting for vocal fattening ?

Reinhard
I mostly use the second preset (can't remember the name)! I believe it's -9/+9 cents + a small delay.

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Slate VTM and Trigger
Reviver
Echoboy

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Didn't hear of Reviver before, will check it out!

Peter.
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If I post them, then they wont be so secret anymore right?
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If I post them, then they wont be so secret anymore right?
Aw come on, we're all gearslutz here, time to share the secrets!

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Didn't hear of Reviver before, will check it out!

Peter.
Very nice plugin- I pop it across the drum bus for a touch more brightness which compression plugins can sometimes take away.
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Slate Trigger, iZotope RX2 (full editor), Melodyne.

Trigger can be great for making live single mike recordings (like Cajon) better by splitting out the "kick", "snare", and "hat" hits.

RX2 is great for any manual editing, de-breathing, de-essing, denoising, etc.

Melodyne is great for pitch (duh), but just as great for volume, especially on bass where upper and lower octaves vary so much in volume. Super easy to level it out.

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Nebula plus any of the well known best EQ libs.
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Phoenix. Melodyne too, but it's less of a secret.
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Mellowmuse SATV. 100% wet with low drive amounts. All four saturation algos come in handy for me to get things to sit in the mix. I like other saturation plugs for more obvious uses.

Valhalla Ubermod and Room both get a lot of subtle use on busses to give things a little space or depth. The new verb seems great too.

P&M Digital Plate. It blends in the mix really effortlessly.

P&M Clarisonix. Sub enhancement and thickening.
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If I post them, then they wont be so secret anymore right?
Don't worry, we won't tell anyone
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Noveltech character (great plugin for shaping the sound, can be night and day in a good way)

SPL plugs (Transient designer is awesome as well as the others)

Izotope Trash 2 (Just started checking the new one out and wow is it good for bass synth design. Not to mention the new lfo built in and other options) It's just crazy awesome for taking a simple bass and making something new out of it and it sounds very good!

Ohmnicide (Oldie, but goodie...I tend to use it in parralel for almost anything...I don't like to over do it though, I like using the first two bands around 0-4 on the gain.
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Valhalla Ubermod and Room both get a lot of subtle use on busses to give things a little space or depth. The new verb seems great too.
These +1

Been using separate busses of these on vocals to add different flavors of ambience. Also typically I put a FabFilter ProQ on the busses in mid/side mode, so I can carve the spatial elements a bit more. That and automation.
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PSP 42 Lexicon delay plugin - fabulous sounding delay
Tritone Colortone - great for adding warmth and subtle body to a signal, very versatile
Sonalksis Free G - indispensable for judging gain-staging and dynamic range
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I keep trying new stuff, but some of my older plugins I keep coming back to:
- Princeton Digital 2016 stereo room
- Ohm Force Ohmboyz: only does one thing for me: click preset '2' and then preset '1' and instant stereo trippy madness!
- Audio Damage plugins! I have Discord and the ADVerb but know that the DubDelay and others are great as well.
- UAD verbs and delays



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Noveltech character (great plugin for shaping the sound, can be night and day in a good way)

SPL plugs (Transient designer is awesome as well as the others).
The 2 for me as well. The Flux Bittersuite 2 freebie works well as a TD alternative.

I also like Satson and then moving on Nebula is in a different league generally for analogue/harmonic enhancement.

Tony
Ps. with all due respect some have posted EQ and compressor plugs - please read the thread title and OP.
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Since most threads talk about eq, compressor or fx (reverb, delay) plugins, I'm curious to find out what else you use to make your tracks sound better or fit them in the song?
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Composition and appropriate recording are the best things to "make tracks sound better and fit them in a mix". Everything else is highly dependable on material.

There's no "magic tricks", damn, there's only understanding of what you need to get as a result and understanding of your instruments. It does not matter if anyone use s.c. plugins or hardware units, only achieving goals matters.

Music recording engineering - that is what anyone asking for "tricks" really needs, and this is a profession, and it includes a lot of theory and a lot of practice.
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Flanger....i sneak it in to a lot of tracks to add distinction.

Decapitator. Snare, Drum Buss, bass , guitars, vocals....just about anything.

Cubase " Datube " Just a little bit.
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Since most threads talk about eq, compressor or fx (reverb, delay) plugins, I'm curious to find out what else you use to make your tracks sound better or fit them in the song?

Peter.
Hi Peter.

Depends on the track, and wether or not it is in stereo or surround, but essentially these:

Slate VCC - works beautifully as insert #2 or 3 (depends if a tape emu is used or not)
Sknote Strip/Buss (as per Slate's VCC)
NuGen ISL - both stereo & surround versions
StarPlugs Cyclone Rotator (surround) - nothing else quite like it exists anywhere else.
UAD DimD - works wonderfully well in 5.1 mixes.
UAD Ampex ATR-102/A800 Tape emus
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Nebula plus any of the well known best EQ libs.
...plus "Buzzard" plus "R2R" plus SKnote StripBus... Every mix, on lots of tracks.
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