The 10 most popular plug-ins right now

Plug-ins are one of the most discussed (and often controversial) topics amongst producers and engineers around here, so we "asked our database" what the most popular ones are in Gearslutz forum discussions - here are our findings:

 VMR (Virtual Mix Rack)

Slate Digital VMR (Virtual Mix Rack)

What is it? A semi-modular virtual rack with equalizers, compressors, delays and much more.

Pros: Offers a number of excellent processors for a relatively affordable price, including free modules such as the “Monster” compressor and the “Revival” enhancer.

Cons: Mixing may get a bit confusing when all of your strips only read “VMR” despite being loaded with different 'modules.' Requires iLok USB dongle.

Five important notes/observations:

1. Our findings are based on how many times a product has been mentioned on Gearslutz.

2. The list tells us that Gearslutz definitely loves equalizers, compressors and saturators.

3. The quest for the elusive character of analog gear never ends and a good chunk of this list is comprised of plug-ins that are set to capture these magical aspects. It never gets old, does it?

4. Our list shows an interesting mix of authorization solutions, with proprietary and third-party solutions almost split, but a physical security dongle is still required for around half of the entries.

5. All the entries on our list are cross-platform and available as AAX, AU and VST plug-ins, which is a testimony to the dedication and professionalism of the current crop of developers. From small/one-man operations to big companies, everybody is putting on some great work that anyone can use no matter what their platform.

So what do you think? What are you looking forward to when it comes to plug-in development in 2018? Share your thoughts with us!