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5 VST Plugins for your music making needs!

Updated: Apr 1, 2019

This for all you engineers and music producers out there. Every producer/engineer/musician has those plugins they love the most; here are five of mine.

Ozone mastering suite by iZoptope

Ozone has to be one of the greatest all in one mastering suites that I always find myself going back to. Ozone is an "all in one" mastering suite meaning it has virtually everything you'd need to master a project. Although it may not be the right all in one tool for every situation. I find myself using it a heck of a lot of the time for the following reasons.

  1. Has a great all in one user interface that allows seamless transitioning from one tool to the next. (Perfect if you have only one monitor or limited screen space)

  2. Makes it easy to add or remove modules as you see fit or move them around the signal chain with ease.

  3. Comes with quite a few presets to choose from. Not sure what you're doing or where to start with a project? These presets can be a great way to start!

  4. Ozone 8 includes a "mastering assistant" that can help you to get a starting point on your mastering projects.

  5. Has all of your visual referencing equipment right at your fingertips whenever you need them, especially handy for people that may be new to mastering!

Electri6ity by Vir2 Instruments

Electri6ity is one of the most comprehensive electric guitar virtual instrument I have ever used. However, be warned, it does take quite a bit of "tinkering" to get the instrument to sound realistic and I would strongly recommend using Guitar Rig (see below) or similar amplification plugin to get the sounds you want, because the ones that Electri6ity comes with are not that great. Electri6ity's greatest assets are:

  1. Includes eight guitars: Strat, Tele, P90, Les Paul, Rickenbacker, Danelectro Lipstick, ES335 and the L4

  2. Perfect integration into the Native Instruments Kontakt Player

  3. An easy to follow realism guide found here.

  4. Absolute control over chords, fretting, strings, humanisation and playing characteristics.

  5. Can use multiple instances of the plugin at once, even with two of the same guitar libraries! Want 2 Les Paul guitars and a Strat? not a problem. You can set the first Les Paul and Strat to guitar 1 and the second Les Paul to guitar 2 to avoid phase issues!

Guitar Rig 5 Pro by Native Instruments

Again for those of you who love electric guitars or simply amplifying stuff (I know I do) check out Guitar Rig 5 Pro by Native Instruments. This tool is my go to for anything to do with an amplifier in a digital world. Here's why:

  1. A HUGE! range of presets to choose from. Not sure what sound you're looking for or need a good place to start building your own kit.

  2. Includes 17 amps, 27 cabinets and 54 effects!

  3. The control room feature allows you to configure microphone setups for your current setup

SSL G-Master Buss Compressor by Waves

All I have to say about this plugin is that it is hands down one of my favourite compressors to use as "glue" for your mix. Having used the real thing and the plugin I would happily vouch for it as one of the greatest buss compressors to have in your arsenal. Nuf said. If you want to know more click here.

Battery 4 by Native Instruments

Battery 4 is primarily a drum sampler but in my own personal use I use it almost all the time when I need to trigger samples. Battery 4's library comes with a range of different drum samples to suite a wide range of styles, all which are labeled and colour-coded to easily identify your kicks, snares, hi-hats etc. Here are some of my favourite things about Battery 4:

  1. Multiple effects right at your finger tips for every sample

  2. Easily edit each of your samples without any hassle

  3. A master channel with all the basic effects you'll need

  4. Quick drag and drop "play boxes" for samples. Simply drag a sample straight from any folder right into the sampler!

  5. Have a bunch of sample libraries on your computer? you can easily use the navigator to not only have them right where you need them but are able to create your own presets with 3rd party sample libraries!

There you have it! Five of my favourite VST Plugins. If you have any plugins you recommend let me know and I will check them out! this list will be updated as time goes on to showcase the 5 best VXT plugins I am currently using.


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