1. Google Variety of Sound and download all plugins - I Use: BootEQMKII: love using the modern tube to add low end harmonics to cheap SDC mics DensityMKIII: It just sounds good whenever I use it as a group comp for instruments Ferric TDS: Award winning tape sim...nice on the master output TesslaSE: Adds some fat transformer mojo...can be dangerous
2. Stillwell Plugins (Trial version is unlimited, but you should support this guy): 1973: "One trick pony" - can be good, or overdone
Rocket: From a sonic point of view, best Free/cheap 1176 comp. Not as transparent as the Waves CLA stuff, but you can mix the uncompressed sound in right through the plugin, to make is more subtle!. The graphic layout is a bit obscure IMO.
Transient Monster: This thing is insanely useful.
3. George Yohng W1 Limiter - I A/B'd this with Waves L1.....It sounds so similar, I'm surprised there hasn't been a lawsuit
4. Pitch Corrector: GSNAP
5. Antress Modern Plugins Lost Angel: A couple years ago I demo'd this against The Waves CLA2A, T-Racks Opto, and Line6 LA2A. To my surprise, the best 2 were the Waves (1) and the Modern Lost Angel (2). The only downside is that Antress plugins is prone to crashing some DAWs.
Honorable Mentions: BlueNoise - free drum plugin (can't remember the exact name, sounds similar to Superior Drummer 1.0)
Spitfish: If you don't have a De - Esser, this works....
No Roughrider - Degrades the high end too much. I can see where that might tame overheads though...
Classic Comp - not enough transient control - it's to "mushy" right away...but good for certain Effects
Antress Modern Seventh Sign - Sounds better than Roughrider, but not great compared to Waves CLA and really really buggy.
It's kind of crazy to think you can get decent approximations of 1176, LA2A and Fairchild style compressors for free
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There used to be this filter called NorthPole.
It was the business. I wonder if they've made it over?
The Crystal Synth is still very unique. I still don't get the modulation and delay routing but is very fun, and a few of the patches are classics. Well, one of the patches is a classic in my book. I'll keep it to myself.
It was interesting to think about the AU freeware that I actually use and which is really actually good.
1. Massey Tapehead: Drum buss, bass guitar...
2. Soundtoys Little Radiator: I like it on snares for some reason.
3. Metric Halo Thump: Fast becoming a kick drums staple for me.
4. Brainworx Cleansweep: great utility plug for bandwidth limiting on tracks
5. Elysia Niveau Filter:
Honorable mention to all of the Airwindows stuff, Audio Damage, and GSI WatKat. The Sonimus SonEQ also is sneaking into my work flow here and there, though I tend to use the Sillwell Vibe EQ for that role (which BTW is not freeware, like all the Stillwell stuff, but is really cheap).
Tal dub is amazing, Ive also been using it for years.
The phaser and the flanger are also good for duby sounds.
Check bionic delay and analogic delay from interruptors vsts. They are great and free, also very duby but works for different stuff if you get creative.
The only free plugin I really use that I can think of is Flux Bittersweet, which softens or hardens transients. It really is very cool, as I haven't been able to find anything else that quite does what it does!
I've combed this thread and found what I hope are a few new gems.
On a side note, what is considered a reasonable donation to those developers who release on honor systems or as unlimited demos?
Prices for plugs seem to be all over the map. I'd rather contribute than not if I find something I like, but I don't want to send a pittance and insult these folks. 20-50$?
Most of what I use has been posted already, but to confirm, I have found these plugs to be vital or highly useful to my workflow:
The only one I can think of that wasn't mentioned is LePou Plugins
Seriously the best amp sims I've ever used. They even come with a free impulse loader so as long as you have some nice cab impulses you'll be set!
I have amplitube and guitar rig 5 and almost never use them once I got these. SO good!
It would be cool if people would specify which type of plugins these are (VST, AU, etc.) as I (and many others I'm sure) am looking through here for suggestions of what to add to my free plugin arsenal, and as a Logic user, I'm only able to use AU.