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My recommendation Plugins for Audio Production

Resource My recommendation Plugins for Audio Production

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 thread is to provide you a quality tools, to get the job done at cost of 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.

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
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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.

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
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Reverb
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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.
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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.

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%)
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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
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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%
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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

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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
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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

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Voxengo Correlometer
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Download:
Voxengo Correlometer

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

Correlometer is a free analog-style stereo multi-band correlation meter.
Multi-band correlation metering is an advanced way to check for presence of out-of-phase elements in the mix. Broadband correlation metering reports overall phase issues and may misrepresent problems present in select spectral bands, while multi-band correlation meter easily highlights problems present in mid to high frequencies that are not easily heard by ear, but may still reduce clarity of the mix.

Key specs and features
- Multi-band correlation metering
- Phase issues detector
- Cross-track phase coherency estimation
- Mono-compatibility checker
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midiMonitor
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Download: midiMonitor by Insert Piz Here

Compatibility
Mac, Windows

A Resizable, scrolling MIDI monitor. Optionally shows raw MIDI byte data. Can save log as text or MIDI file.

MIDI Monitor is a plugin which shows you the incoming MIDI messages. Because some hosts treat instrument- and effect-plugins differently (and do not allow plugging one kind of plugin into a slot of a different kind), there is an 'instrument' and an 'effect' version of the plugin to make it pluggable everywhere. The MIDI-events are passed through unchanged, the same holds for any incoming audio signal.

Key specs and features
- shows note-events, controllers, pitch-wheel and much more
- data filter, to show only data that are of interest
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Equalizer

NOVA

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Download: TDR NOVA | Tokyo Dawn Records

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

NOVA is a parallel dynamic equalizer. Appearing in the familiar layout of a parametric equalizer, each band also includes a full featured dynamics section allowing the processor to cover an impressively wide range of applications.

Feature
- 4 band dynamic, parametric multi-band equalizer
- Low Pass, High Pass and Low Shelf, High Shelf
- Threshold, Ratio, Attack, Release adjustment
- Wet/Dry mix with EQ gain function
- Undo/Redo, and A/B comparison button
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SlickEQ
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Download: TDR VOS SlickEQ | Tokyo Dawn Records

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

SlickEQ is a mixing/mastering equalizer designed for ease of use, musical flexibility and impeccable sound.

Three (and a half) filter-bands arranged in a classic Low/Mid/High semi-parametric layout offer fast and intuitive access to four distinct EQ modes, each representing a set of distinct EQ curves and behaviors. An elaborate auto gain option automatically compensates for changes of perceived loudness during EQ operation. Optionally, SlickEQ allows to exclusively process either the stereo sum or stereo difference (i.e. “stereo width”) without additional sum/difference encoding.

Feature
- Three EQ bands with additional 18dB/Oct high-pass filter
- Four distinct EQ models: “American”, “British”, “German” and “Soviet” with optional non-linearity
- Five output stages: “Linear”, “Silky”, “Mellow”, “Deep”
- Stereo and sum/difference processing options
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