which comp , eq plugins are the best ?

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by kiwinz, Apr 28, 2009.

  1. kiwinz

    kiwinz Guest

    Can you give me some opinions as to which plugins
    you consider to be the best sounding?
    Im using the compressor and eq that comes with the
    pro tools LE at the mo ,and wondering if there
    is a real improvement in quality if I was to buy
    different plug ins, and which ones work with pro tools LE 7 the best?.
  2. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    Dec 18, 2008
    Western Pennsylvania, USA
    I find I keep going back to the Bombfactory LA-2A compressor plug-ins to get the sound I want and the Waves Renaissance compressor.

    For EQs I like the Waves Renaissance EQ (2-band, 4-band, 6-band), or Bombfactory's Pultec-EQP1 for more vintage sounds. I've also used the McDSP FilterBank EQs before and found them to very useful.

    In my opinion 3rd party plug-ins are a big upgrade. I seriously doubt if you would use the stock plug-ins very often if you bought something like one of the Waves bundles. That was certainly the case for me. I know that after Digidesign took over Bombfactory some of the vintage compressors were included with PT. I don't know if they still do that, but those are some nice plug-ins LA-2A, 1176, Fairchild.

    They should all be pretty universally compatible with LE 7. But you might want to check the Digidesign website to confirm a specific set-up. They do as good a job as any manufacturer I've seen when it comes to testing compatibility issues.

    I hope that helps. Good luck!
  3. soapfloats

    soapfloats Well-Known Member

    Aug 28, 2008
    Cincinnati, OH
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    Haven't had the opportunity to use the Bombfactory stuff, but I 2nd the Waves Renaissance. I also like the Waves API stuff.

    Before you decide to drop that kind of cash on plugs, try Kjaerhus Audio:

    I still use some of their free "Classic" series plugs. Very nice.
  4. ZebraThief

    ZebraThief Guest

    Nice! I love free plugins! So many links... :)

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