My recommendation Plugins for Audio Production [WIP]

Resource My recommendation Plugins for Audio Production [WIP]

Notes:
  • Some D.A.W have a very good stock plugins but some doesn't, That's why this guide existed.
  • This guide is focus on Free - Inexpensive plugins
  • This is not How to use guide, Just a recommendation, I will add a description to get you start.
  • If you like their plugins Please consider to donate the plugin developer, I am not sponsored by any mean

The purpose of this threads is to provide you a quality tools to get the job done at cost of basically nothing.

Limiter

Limiter No. 6
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Download: TDR Limiter No.6 | Tokyo Dawn Records

Compatibility
MacOS: AU, VST2, 32bit, 64bit
Windows: AU, VST2, 32bit, 64bit

This complicated Limiter plugins is simply amazing, and very transparent.
than my mind's

Consist of 5 modules
- RMS compressor: Have very slow attack and release times, That can use as mid-side compressor
- Peak limiter: Is an aggressive brickwall limiter with very fast attack time (about 0.13 ms)
- high-frequency limiter: The limiter for high-frequency signal component. It can soften harsh high-frequency sounds
- Clipper: soft-clipper with 4x oversampling support. Can use as mid-side and multi-band modes
- True inter-sample peaks (ISP) limiter: Can prevent distortions after digital to analog conversion

Pros
- high-quality signal processing to use for mastering purposes
- brickwall and soft limiting with different timing settings
- M/S and multi-band modes
- High quality 4x oversampling, very transparent. (64-bit floating point processing, pass-band at 0.931 of Nyquist: 20.5 kHz in 44.1, -170 dB stop-band attenuation)

Cons
- Not a fool-proof plugins, it's can cause disaster, if you have no idea what you are doing. (Please read the manual)
- Not so good at handling very dense materials like Heavy metal songs (choke up)
- Time consuming, Don't expect an instant result with this. You need to get a feel for each element to get the best results

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LoudMax
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Download: LoudMax

Compatibility
MacOS: AU, VST2, 32bit, 64bit
Windows: AU, VST2, 32bit, 64bit
Linux: 32bit, 64bit

Simply yet Powerful Limiter plugins and very transparent.
than my soul

Look-Ahead Brickwall Loudness Maximizer Plugin with a clean transparent sound. It is designed to retain the original character of the music as much as possible even at high compression levels.

Main range of application
- Audio Mastering
- Output Limiter/Maximizer for web radio stations

Controls
- One slider for threshold, one for the output level
- Meters for input, output and gain reduction in relation to the desired threshold
- Link: Output slider will be coupled to the threshold slider
- ISP: Inter-sample peak detection for true peak limiting

Pros
- True Peak Limiting
- Supported Samplerates: 2kHz - 384kHz
- Latency: 1.25ms (+ 6 samples with ISP)
- Look-Ahead and Attack Time: 1.25ms
- Release Time: Automatic - depending on the input signal
- No audible distortion
- Possible overdrive: 740dB
- Very low CPU usage

Cons
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Reverb

OrilRiver
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Download:
OrilRiver by Denis Tihanov - Reverb Plugin VST VST3

Compatibility
MacOS: AU, VST2, VST3, 32bit, 64bit
Windows: AU, VST2, VST3, 32bit, 64bit

Workhorse high quality algorithmic reverb.

The Algorithmic stereo reverb, it is possible to simulate the reverberation of a small room and great hall. OrilRiver has an intuitive interface thanks to which the user can quickly adjust the desired reverb sound.



Features
- 12 variations of the early reflections.
- 5 variations of the reverb tail.
- 3-band equalizer for the wet signal, which helps to create different shades of the virtual space.
- Internal signal processing: 64-bit floating point.
- Sample Rate: from 44100 to 192000 Hz.

Pros
- Width control for controlling the stereo field or turn into mono reverb
- Modulation control for modulating the reverb sound, just like vintage digital reverb
- Straight forward, User friendly
- Good preset to start with
- Good sounding reverb tail even long decay.
Cons
- Ordinary algorithmic reverb, No reverb types

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Compressor

Kotelnikov

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Download: TDR Kotelnikov | Tokyo Dawn Records

Compatibility

MacOS: AU, AAX, VST2, VST3, 64bit Only
Windows: 32bit VST2, VST3, 64bit, VST2, VST3, AAX

A very transparent mastering compressor.

TDR Kotelnikov is a wideband dynamics processor combining high fidelity dynamic range control with deep musical flexibility. As a descendant of the venerable TDR Feedback Compressor product family, Kotelnikov has directly inherited several unique features such as a proven control scheme, individual release control for peak and RMS content, an intuitive user interface, and powerful, state of the art, high-precision algorithms.

With a sonic signature best described as “stealthy”, Kotelnikov has the ability to manipulate the dynamic range by dramatic amounts, while carefully preserving the original tone, timbre and punch of a musical signal. As such, it is perfectly suited to stereo bus compression as well as other critical applications.

The concept is “proudly digital” in the sense that it doesn’t try to emulate any previously existing device. This is the original!

Key specs and features
- 64bit multi-rate processing structure for highest accuracy
- “Delta” oversampled signal path (bit transparent at 0dB gain reduction)
- “Crest factor” based control scheme offering independent release controls for peak and RMS events
- Flexible sidechain highpass filter
- Advanced stereo linking options optimized for the stereo bus
- Delta preview mode previews the difference between compressed and original signal
- Latency compensated, click free bypass (i.e. processing never interrupted)
- User interface rescaling (100%, 125%, 150%)

Pros
- Very transparent compressor, suite for mastering application
- side-chain high-pass filter for buss mix and mastering
- Delta preview mode have very accurate gain compensation
- Super fast attack time yet musical sounding
- Very versatile
- A/B comparison
- Wet/Dry Mix

Cons

- Very complicated compressor (Please read the manual)
- Steep learning curve
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Molot
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Download: VladG Molot Compressor | Tokyo Dawn Records

Compatibility
MacOS: AU, VST2, 32bit, 64bit
Windows: VST2, 32bit, 64bit

A characterful compressor.
Note: The GUI can change to 3 different language: Russian, English, Japanese

While Molot compressor doesn’t emulate any “vintage” device, its sound and behaviour was definitely inspired by their most interesting musical peculiarities. This flexibility makes it a rewarding choice for almost any source in the mix, be it drums needing more crisp and impact, solidification and enrichment of vocals, or the enhancement of guitar and bass recordings of all types.

Key specs and features
- Full featured dynamics compressor
- Low pass filter
- Alpha and Sigma mode for different behavior and character of compressor
- Wet/Dry mix
- Have multiple input mode for wide-range application
- Build-in Limiter
- High quality signal processing

Pros
- Characterful compressor that can add a lot of color to the material.
- Musical sounding
- Mid scoop for shaping the tone of compressor
- Very versatile compressor

Cons
- Very complicated compressor (Please read the manual)
- Steep learning curve
- CPU intensive on oversampling mode
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Monitoring Tools

mvMeter2
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Download:
mvMeter2

Compatibility
MacOS (Intel,Arm) : 64bit Only, VST2, VST3, AAX, AU
Windows: 32bit, 64bit, VST2, VST3, AAX

A multi-variable metering
Note: The GUI can change to 5 different meter themes.

mvMeter is a multi-variable meter including RMS, EBUR128, VU and PPM measurement. A single/dual meter display, adjustable reference level for all meter modes, adjustable meter delay and preset management.

Key specs and features
- multiple measurement modes: PEAK, RMS, EBU R128, VU and PPM
- single and dual meter display
- adjustable meter delay
- preset management
- instance label
- large and accurate live meters
- 64-bit internal processing
- 5 different meter themes
- free GUI scaling up 400%


Pros
- behavior of classic analog VU and PPM meters
- multi channel metering: stereo, left, right, mid, side
- adjustable pre-gain including gain matching
- adjustable reference level for all meter modes

Cons
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ISOL8
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Download: ISOL8

Compatibility
MacOS (Intel,Arm) : 64bit Only, VST2, VST3, AAX, AU
Windows: 32bit, 64bit, VST2, VST3, AAX

An advanced mix monitoring tool. It divides the frequency range into 5 bands. These 5 bands can be soloed or muted individually. This will help you to concentrate on certain frequency ranges during the mixing and mastering process.

Key specs and features
- 5 adjustable frequency bands
- solo/mute function for each band individually
- 24/48dB/Oct filter slope
- in-place or centered monitoring
- adjustable output level
- loudness dim function
- keyboard control
- free GUI scaling
- 64-bit internal processing

Note: This Plugins using L-R (Linkwitz-Riley) crossover filter design.
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Pros
- multi channel split
- easy to use GUI
- multiple filter channel modes (Stereo/Left/Right/Mid/Side)
- multiple monitor modes (Stereo/Left/Right/Mid/Side)
- smooth dim gain

Cons
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dpMeter5
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Download:
dpMeter5

Compatibility
MacOS (Intel,Arm) : 64bit Only, VST2, VST3, AAX, AU
Windows: 32bit, 64bit, VST2, VST3, AAX

A precise digital audio multi channel meter.

dpMeter is a precise digital audio multi channel meter including RMS, EBU R 128, Dialog gated and TruePeak (intersample) measurement.

Key specs and features
- Multiple measurement modes: RMS/EBU R128/DIAL
- DIAL: IL, SL, dialog proportion, loudness range, loudness range, true peak
- adjustable pre-gain
- loudness offset mode
- large and accurate live meters
- 64-bit internal processing
- K/A/B/C/M-weighting filter
- continuous/synced measurement

Pros
- true peak measurement based on ITU BS.1770-4 (more info International Telecommunication Union)
- multi channel metering: 2-6 RMS channels, 2.0 stereo, 4.0, 4.1 and 5.1 surround
- RMS: integrated, momentary, peak and true peak, Crest
- record metering results as automation data

Cons
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Voxengo SPAN
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Download:
Voxengo SPAN

Compatibility
MacOS: 64bit Only, VST2, VST3, AAX, AU
Windows: 32bit, 64bit, VST2, VST3, AAX

A workhorse FFT Fast Fourier transform spectrum analyzer
Note: Learn more about fourier transform analyzer

SPAN is a free real-time “FFT” audio spectrum analyzer for professional sound and music production applications.

Key specs and features
- stereo, mid-side, surround spectrum analyzer
- can be set to display spectrums from two different channels or channel groups at the same time
- features output level metering with adjustable ballistics
- integration time, EBU R128, K-system metering (including calibration K-system metering)
- displays level metering statistics, headroom estimation
- true peak clipping detection
- stereo correlation meter
- adjustable fourier block size in samples

Pros
- multi channel analysis: 2-6 RMS channels, 2.0 stereo, 4.0, 4.1 and 5.1 surround
- Mid/side analysis
- A/B comparisons
- Spectrum smoothing
- Contextual hint messages
- Retina and HighDPI support
- 64-bit floating point processing

Cons
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