And reaks. Bad. Like Raman noodles, smelly old shoes, and some really, really cool stuff! It's been many years since I've purchased gear, becuase I had way more than enough for my home demos and the studio is well equipped. But gentlemen, and ladies. The beast has awoken and he's hungry. Lol figured I'd just start a thread to discuss new stuff I got or am seriously considering so they're aren't a million threads of me being undecisive about things. It's 4:13 am and I'm still talking a client thru routing issues so I'll start w just one thing I scooped recently (today). This is a super useful looking pluggin that's been on my hit list for a year or so. I saw it on sale for $10 so I got two copies. I might get the third of its still there depending on how many ilocks they allow me to put it on. This isn't something most engineers would jump at but the ability to audition codecs is a big deal. Especially with so many different formats out there each one should be checked and if it's a seriously project, mix tweaked accordingly. This isn't glamorous but it should save a lot of time. Particularly with my new rig at 192k I'll be covering nearly everything in some way. This is the basic version that was selling at $100, the full on version is $435. I'm not sure of the differences but either way $10 is a hillarious price for a useful tool especially from such a good company. I'm hoping it has the ability to run on the master bus and/or stereo track so I can mix into it on my capture daw but I basically just bought it because I remember wanting it a while back, but never dig too deep. Anyway here it is. The site link has more vids. https://www.sonnox.com/plugin/codec-toolbox# From the site: "Codec Toolbox is an affordable yet invaluable Plug-In to encode your music for the internet. We all want our music to sound great in every format, so why not take control of the process? The product results from a partnership with the Fraunhofer Institute, the body that was significant in creating the mp3 and AAC formats that most listen to today. Audition codecs in real time before committing to encode, ensuring your music sounds as good online as it does in the studio. Codec Toolbox consists of two applications: the Toolbox Plug-In for auditioning your mix, and the Toolbox Manager for encoding it and adding metadata." I got a couple others for cheap today too. Much more to come. I'd love to hear about all you guys new toys either here or on your own gas thread. We all know gas doesn't descriminate!!