I want some big fat CPU hog Plugins

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by Reggie, Apr 1, 2005.

  1. Reggie

    Reggie Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    I know a lot of plugin designers have to keep the CPU usage on their plugins to a minimum, but I wonder how much better the plugs could be if they just went ballz-out with as much CPU usage as is necessary to make the best possible sound. The main thing I am looking for is EQ and bus compressor. I guess maybe the Pultec Pro might come close to fitting the bill, but I don't know about a good bus compression plug.
    Or are there diminishing returns once you make a plugin with a certain degree of complexity?

    Anyone wanna make me some Monster plugs? :)
  2. ddivita

    ddivita Guest

    I don't know that you need CPU intensive plug-ins to do the job. I have been using the Ultrafunk (I think they are only bundled with Cakewalk stuff now) plug-ins for some time and they have really made my recordings sound good if not amazing. They have a multi-band compressor that is fast and uses little CPU time. There is also a standard compressor with some good features. The EQ is nice, too. I think it is a 6-10 band parametric.

    If you are looking for some CPU hogs look at the Izotope plug-ins. They sound nice, but can bring your system to its knees. I am not sure what you are using, but I have a P4 3.2ghz that can be overloaded by using too many instances of the Izotope plug-ins. Also check out some of the Native Instrument stuff. I tested some of their plug-ins and they too are hogs. I did find that windows 2000 was less buggy than XP. I am thinking of going back, but some plug-ins will only work under XP. If you are a MAC user I don't have any advice.
  3. Reggie

    Reggie Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    Thanks for your ideas. Right now I have a P4 2.7 Ghz 1.3GB RAM, UAD Studio Pak, Precision Limiter, TC Powercore.

    I'm a little wary of Izotope Ozone as I'm not sure it would be useful to me. The other Izotope plugs look a little goofy to me; more for making weird sounds than for regular use.
    Native Instruments stuff looks like a bunch of samplers and synths and modelers and stuff, which isn't really what I am looking for.
    I think it would be cool if someone came out with a compressor plug that was advanced enough to handle compressing a full mix and do it with style. It seems like most plugs are kind of meant for single instruments or less complex buses; or else they are MultibandcompressormultimaximizerbrickwallLoudnessmaximizers.

    Anyone else think the market is lacking a high-quality singleband compressor plug designed for a complex mix?
  4. fontane

    fontane Guest

    dont worry about cpu hogging :) getting waves master... or if you can afford it... diamond and if thats too much try waves gold...


    your music will sound totally different, you may even ask yourself, "why the hell havent i ever done this sooner?"
  5. bubblegum

    bubblegum Guest

    The nicest (and most usable) plugin I have ever used is the Sony Oxford Dynamics plugin. It is pretty CPU hungry and sounds great on everything, especially the warmth function.

    Check out the demo.
  6. rscstudios1

    rscstudios1 Guest

  7. MrHope

    MrHope Guest

    Looking for CPU hogs I think is the wrong idea. A good programmer will know how to keep CPU use to a minimum in most cases. CPU hogging is a design flaw.

    Sound quality can often be achieved without a huge CPU load.

    There are dozens of VST instruments and effects that are CPU efficient (not necessarily perfect, but not hogs)

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