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Plugins to consider for SDCompo Plugin Pack!

Postby Sonicade » Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:34 am

Post links and recommendations for plugins to be included in the official SDCompo Plugin pack here!
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Postby Sonicade » Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:34 am

SIR Convolution Reverb Plugin.

http://www.knufinke.de/sir/
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Postby organic io » Mon Nov 23, 2009 10:34 am

Stardust and I'll be happy :)

http://www.kvraudio.com/get/1413.html
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Postby Airmann » Fri Nov 27, 2009 6:20 pm

I think we should mainly include stuff that is easy to handle. To be honest: some aspects of the native plugins I still haven't understood or discovered, so far (e.g. I don't really know the Bus-Compressor). Means: if we add additional stuff things get even more complex, especially for people that are not experienced in using DSPs.

On the other hand: I personally would LOVE to use additional plugins, since that's new and exciting. Moreover I think it's really a chance to improve some mixing issues.

Another important point would be the general stability and the stability of plugins when using automation. A lot of plugins suck when they're automated ! In Renoise everything works rock solid. That's not the same for 3rd Party stuff. We should keep that in mind.

Moreover, there are Plugins which work under Win + MAC and such, which work just for Win. Maybe that's a criterium, too ? What about Linux ?

Now I suggest for mixing purposes (Focus on Windows platform)

========= COMPRESSORS / DYNAMICS / GATES =========

1. Reaper Plugins http://www.reaper.fm/reaplugs/
These free VST plugins are public elder versions of the current Reaper native PlugIns.


The Reaper compressor is easy to handle very versatile and has a useful metering like in Renoise. Moreover it has an automatic gain feature (!!), an included limiter with oversampling/AA feature and supports sidechaining. This is indeed a very cool free Plugin !!!

Also the Reaper suite has a nice multiband compressor and gate. The rest of the suite is also very nice (e.g. EQ). The suite should work pretty stable, too ! Tested it also with automation - so far no probs.

2. Bootsy MK Density II
This seems to be on of the best free retro dynamic processor for bus compression. But crashed on my system.
http://varietyofsound.wordpress.com/downloads/

3. Antress Compressors (vintage emulation)
Coloring analog style compressors good for bus mixing. Good for the kickdrum punch, vocals and so on. Comparable to UAD prof. stuff. Easy to handle. http://antress.er-webs.com/

4. Sidekick v3 by Twisted Lemon.
With this solution we could learn how to apply sidechaining !
Problem: since v4 it's not free anymore, but v3 is still somewhere
in the www.

5. Compressive
7# Place in KVR Developer Challenge 2007. Looks like easy to handle.
http://rekkerd.org/martin-eastwood-audi ... e-to-v102/

6. Digital Fishphones Block Fish (comp) and Floor Fish (gate) Shall be good comp and gate - but never really tested
http://www.digitalfishphones.com/main.p ... &subItem=5

=============== REVERBS ==============

1. Bootsy Epic Reverb
This shall be one of the best free algorithmic Reverb VSTs. But also many parameters. Checked it out - sounds great !
http://varietyofsound.wordpress.com/downloads/


2. SIR Reverb (Impulse Response, limited)
Don't know if it's as good as HyperVerb. Maybe we should have a closer look ?

3. HyperVerb (Impulse Response + 200 MB HQ Impulses, GNU Open Source, relatively new). I checked this out and it sounds GREAT !!!
BUT: I think it's less stable than SIR, because it's new. And it produced CPU usage bursts on my System.

4. Antres Modern Spacer
Very good vintage sound, not metallic.
http://antress.er-webs.com/

5. Bram Ambience Reverb
This is a very good ambience reverb.
http://magnus.smartelectronix.com/

============== Delay ====================

1. eTAP2
That looks interesting and seems to have a very good manual.
http://www.echotapper.nl/etap2/etap2doc/index.html

============== EQ ======================

1. The Reaper EQ
It's easy to handle and the audio quality is very high.
Moreover it also displays the frequency band as note value - very useful !


2. Bootsy EQs
Hiqh quality, but also a bit "special".

3. Antres EQs
High quality vintage stuff, sounds warm, not metallic. Very very good
for Bus EQing.
http://antress.er-webs.com/

3. Leftover Lasagnes Pushtec (Pulltec Remake). This reached #5 place in a KVR developer challenge http://leftoverlasagne.googlepages.com/


============== Filter ======================

Tone2 Bifilter
This has tons of cool filters. Would be a good addition to filter3.
Has e.g. vowel filters and distortion features.
http://www.kaosaudio.com/tone2-bifilter-free/


Admiral Quality Naive LPF. This would be an alternative to filter3.
http://www.admiralquality.com/products/NaiveLPF/

======== Stereo / Spatial / Modulation ===============

1. Flux Stereo Tool
This is an absolutely professional tool for manipulating the stereo width of the mix. Moreover it's easy to use and has an included Goniometer, which is very useful as metering tool. This is the best free Goniometer that I know. https://www.fluxhome.com/download


2. fxPointAudio NXTPhase (Phaser)
sounds different than native phaser (not so obvious, less cheap)
http://knobster.org/instruments/nubi-plus-package/

3. Melda Productions Free PlugIns
These plugs have a very nice GUI, and nice spatial plugins. E.g.
MRingModulator, MPhaser, MVibrato and so on. Especially the RingModulator is FANTASTIC !! Also this pack contains compressors, equalizer and so on.
http://www.meldaproduction.com/freevstplugins/

============= FOR MASTERING I SUGGEST ===========

1. Bootsy Plugins
E.g. Lots of cool HQ EQ and Compression plugins. Also saturation and Tape emulations are available. Absolutely outstanding stuff.

2. Antress modern plugins (vintage emulations)
http://antress.er-webs.com/

These are freeware emulations of expensive vintage hardware stuff like Fairchild 670, L2-A2, Pulteq, API, SSL, NEVE. Comparable to the expensible UAD hardware stuff, or T-Racks collection. See this comparison: http://www.hispasonic.com/comunidad/uad ... 91602.html. More comparisons on Youtube.
Also absolutely outstanding and well sounding stuff !!

Plugins included:
- Classic Fairchild® 660 Compressor clone.
- Classic Pultec® EQP-1A Program Equalizer clone.
- Classic 1176LN® Compressor clone.
- Classic LA-2A® Compressor clone.
- Analog Tape Simulator
- Exciter
- De-Esser
- Mic Preamp Simulator
- Further HQ Compressors, EQs

I checked out the sound: very warm and analogue, very cool stuff.
E.g. used EQ on Juolac current song. Increased the heights - WOW !
Only problem is the lack of docu. But one get the Docu from UAD or T-Racks.


3. Nebula 2/3 Free (Dynamic Convolution like Liquidmix)
This is a dynamic convolution processor that can reproduce Reverbs, Phasers, Chorus etc. of vintage equipment by using dynamic convolution responses. It's comparable to Focurite Liquidmix and such stuff. It comes with a free 300 MB impulse library and there should be a lot of free impulse libraries out there. But needs some CPU and crashed on my 64 bit system all the time - guess it's better on 32 bit.
http://www.acusticaudio.net/modules.php ... ebula2free

4. Reaper Multiband Compressor
Very nice and easy to handle mulitband compressor

More stuff on
http://www.delamar.de/musikproduktion/f ... ugins-800/
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Postby Airmann » Sat Nov 28, 2009 7:14 am

organic io wrote:Stardust and I'll be happy :)

http://www.kvraudio.com/get/1413.html


Since Stardust seems to be primarily a mastering plugin this raises the question what kind of plugins we are looking for in general. Means Mastering vs. Mixing. I asumed we'd collect a list of mixing-purpose VST's, since mastering hasn't been in SDCompo's focus, so far.

On the other hand it's hard to distinguish between mixing/mastering plugins.
E.g. the suggested IR Reverbs are mostly used for mixing purposes.

So for me Stardust would be fine, but what do you think:
Focus on mixing yes/no ??
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Postby Sonicade » Sun Nov 29, 2009 3:37 am

I think we want to just have a well rounded plugin pack. Mixing and Mastering.

Great list of links Airmann, I'm going to check these out.
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Postby Airmann » Sun Nov 29, 2009 12:25 pm

Sonicade wrote:I think we want to just have a well rounded plugin pack. Mixing and Mastering.
Great list of links Airmann, I'm going to check these out.


Ok, if mastering is also included maybe I'll add more stuff.
Most of the bootsy plugins are very useful for mastering btw.

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Postby Airmann » Sun Jan 03, 2010 9:38 pm

Sonicade wrote: I'm going to check these out.


You won't regret it ! Put a lot of time during the last two years in collecting and checking the stuff. Should be the cream of the free crop.
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