who uses hacked plug-ins?

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by thevessels, Aug 25, 2003.

  1. thevessels

    thevessels Guest

    well yes i do have a few...(amplitude and t-racks)
    but for now im only a 16 year old who erally cont afford $300+ for a plugin...so flame me if you want but i was just wondering f there is anyone else out there who finds these free plugins a help for beginners...

    i dont know why i posted this

    maybee cause i cant find a way to hack auto-tune:mad:

    sorry if im making people angy.. :eek: teehee
  2. Dave Nyberg

    Dave Nyberg Guest

    I think that using a cracked program is the same as shoplifting one from a music store. Either way you are using it unauthorised. No need to flame you but this is the way i feel...

    If you don't have the financial room to get these plugs from the store then there are thousands of free ones which you can use and which will also give you nice results.

    Just my 2 cents.
  3. sheet

    sheet Well-Known Member

    May 28, 2003
    Kansas City, KS
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    What do you mean "hack"? Steal it? Get a job and earn your moeny. You get what you give. If you steal, people will steal from you. It always comes back worse than you do it to others.

    You are showing how your parents, your friends, your educational and religious system have failed. What a great, respected talent you'll never be, unless you change your way of thinking.

    Why don't you put your mind to good use and become a plug-in writer? Become a better talent so that people will pay you money, so that you can attract the type of clientele that needs more plugs.

  4. Midlandmorgan

    Midlandmorgan Active Member

    Jul 21, 2002
    Gee...I couldn't afford a car when I turned 16, so I stole one...now THERE's a defense...my, how the world changes...steal a car, go to jail; steal software, announce it to the entire planet earth...

  5. missilanious

    missilanious Guest

    And by the way beside from the morals, over time your hacks are going to screw up your computer. I use TDM, that means I had to pay $4200 for a bundle of wavesplug-ins I'm 22 just turned, I bought them a year ago, just bought UA comp bundle for $500. Just bought a reel to reel, lots of hard work bought me these things. If you take it seriously buy the realplug-ins if its a joke hobbie still use the cracks.
  6. missilanious

    missilanious Guest

    And by the way most of the software comes with a standard rack of EQ's Compressors and Reverbs so isn't that enough for a begginer to learn on? Is the software your using also cracked? Tell us what are you using.
  7. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Feb 10, 2001
    And then Atlas Shrugged.
  8. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
    Chris, go to your room! Your grounded for one month! No phone, TV, video games or computer at all for you young man. You will delete those plugs and promise to never do it again. Oh, and that includes no MP3's as well.
  9. XHipHop

    XHipHop Guest

    Waves should be ashamed that they charged you $2200 for software!!! You have no tangible product and when they go to waves 5.0 or whatever, you're going to be paying them more money! (plus, maybe like 5 waves plugins sounds good anyway)

    I'm not saying you should buy cracked plugins...i'm saying buy less plugins. For that $2200 you could've gotten a Kurzweil KSP8 and run that digitally and used far superior sounds.

    Sorry to get off topic, but I don't know how plugin "manufacturers" justify charging so much for their products, nor why people pay it.


    There's some free stuff for you that you don't have to "hack".
  10. realdynamix

    realdynamix Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    :) Doesn't the original post seem a bit odd to anyone? :D

  11. sheet

    sheet Well-Known Member

    May 28, 2003
    Kansas City, KS
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    I have every plug that Waves makes. I bought them. I did not pay retail. If you do, you are a fool. I am a TDM user. I will always have to pay more because it is a TDM system, and that is OK, because I know that the software is held to a higher standard, based on the platform, and it will be supported well.

    It is tangable. It performs a function. You don't buy gear to possess it, or look at it. You buy gear to use it. Most times you set it and forget it. Just because there is no cold hardware in the rack sucking down AC doesn't mean that it can't do the job.

    Waves has to pay people to make the stuff. They have to support it. There is alot to it. When there is a new version, the old one still works. You don't have to upgarde unless you want to make use of a new or different OS.

    Remember that when you buy a plug, it is for multiple channel use. 128 channels of a compressor in a rack would cost $64,000. Or one Waves Platinum Bundle with a crap load more function, eq's, limiters, enhancers, etc, $2,500.
  12. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Feb 10, 2001
    I would never condone the use of "crackedplug-ins especially if you are running a commercial business off of them.

    With that being said I also find it hard to believe that the majority reading these forums have "NEVER EVER used a cracked plug-in....

    In anycase im still a hardware junky soo all of you plug-in people can send your hardware over here :)
  13. Tore Nylund

    Tore Nylund Guest

    Well, I think that less people would skip the "cracks" if the prices forplug-insweren't so high.
    To buy a harware-reverb for 200-500 USD makes sense... but to pay the same price for a reverb plug-inm that costs much less to make really feels strange.... and it's not better than the hardware reverb!
    And you won't even get the manual on paper... just a PDF-file!
    I would like to see something like a "plug-in FMR" .. you know, good sounding effects at a reasonable price.... 40-100 USD.

    You maybe remember how it was when you were a teenager and bought your first elctric guitar.... you started to save some money for your next stompbox.... and you couldn't afford MXR or better stuff, but you could always afford an Electro Harmonix that one could really make great sounds!
    So come on... where's the "Electro Harmonixplug-ins ?

    As well as we have Cubasis, and Micro Logic... we should have "Waves-is" and "Micro-autotune"... and so on. ;)
  14. XHipHop

    XHipHop Guest


    That was a decent argument and I agree with some points you've made. But let's say you were a Motu 3.0 user who just went to 4.0. You also invested heavily in a suite of Bomb Factory plugins. They have not yet been ported to 4.0 and as of now, there are no plans to do so...so you just lost all of those plugins. They are software!!!

    I lost money on buying some Refuse (a link between Reason and PT 5.11) because when i went to OSX, PT added Rewire support.

    If there wasn't a VST to AU adaptor for OSX, lots of people would be complaining about money the lost on plugins.

    It's like a never ending money cycle...

    I'm just trying to be much more selective when i buy software from now on...because every few years, everything changes.
  15. MisterBlue

    MisterBlue Member

    Mar 15, 2003
    Tore, I quite like the your quote at the bottom of your posts. Right on ;) .

  16. XHipHop

    XHipHop Guest

    The TC M6000 doesn't exist in computer form because you'd have to dedicate an entire computer to it. There are very powerful algorithms in there.

    As far as the Lexicon goes, i'm not too fond of that model BUT if you listen to Lexiverb or whatever the PT plugin is called, it sounds WAY worse than their hardware boxes...for a reason. Too much horsepower for those programs. Basically a Lexicon box is a computer dedicated to just that reverb.

    I'm sorry i made this a hardware vs. software debate. I do LOVE software and use Reason to death. I also just downloaded a slew of FREE audio units (crystal and the ones i posted above) and they made me wonder what we're really paying for here.
  17. sheet

    sheet Well-Known Member

    May 28, 2003
    Kansas City, KS
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    I agree on the never ending cycle. And things do change about every three years. When I went to OS X and PT HD/6.1 I had to upgrade everything including Mezzo, which I have to have to do back ups. But, all in all, we should keep in mind that we are using computers, which are disposable technology. I would much rather be doing this, than be locked into a hardware solution w/an OS like the one Mackie uses, that prohibits larger drives, increased sample rate, etc.

    We can't fight it. And in the long run, when you consider dollar per function, it is still cheaper than buying hardware.

    As far as MOTU/BF, there is more going on there than meets the eye. Eric the "Bombguy" and the MOTU boys don't see eye to eye on things. He is a hard man to get along with. He, like others, is into releasing better product. But the people that make decisions on various platforms make life hard. At one time he wasn't getting along well with Digi either, and subsequently the BF stuff was eliminated from the Digi HD plug in bundles all together.

    There is no way to tell what the future holds. It is inevitable that OS's will change with hardware. New concepts and ideals will be introduced. People will get pissy. One thing is for sure. No matter what you buy, analog or digital, it's days are numbered.

    Maybe I will come up with a subscription service. Instead of people buying the software that they want, they will rent it. The software companies can charges a license fee, or agrees to take royalties, etc. What do you think?

    Or, Would you be willing to pay more upfront for a service charge/policy that locks you into multiple upgrades in the future, gambling on the company's (or your) existance?
  18. XHipHop

    XHipHop Guest

    Another great post! If i'm not mistaken, now when you liscence Waves products you get a year of upgrades, no?

    Hmm...maybe i should go find my OS 9.22 cd and go back...my wallet is getting scared and the music i made "back then" still sounds just as good.
  19. MisterBlue

    MisterBlue Member

    Mar 15, 2003
    Don't be sorry. We're just having a little friendly discussion here about an interesting topic, nobody is absolutely right or wrong and you made some valid points. I was not advertising the Lexicon as the holy grail but I think we agree that a lot of people would be interested in a "Lexicon-certified" PCM-91 plug-in for, let's say, $395. I also dare to state that this algorithm would not use more than 5-10% of the resources of a current computer. Not a low number but also not unreasonable for a powerful algorithm. Calculating back to when that unit was released and knowing the status of the semiconductor/ASIC technology at that point the PCM-91 can not possibly have a more powerful engine. The M6000 I can not judge but I am willing to go with your statement that it might eat up the better part of a computers resources in a full-blown version.
    Thinking about it - it could alternatively be offered as a TC Powercore algorithm :roll: ... the TC ClassicVerb is IMHO already the best sounding software algorithm out there today, although admittedly not competing with the M6000.

    With respect to the freeplug-ins I think you get what you pay for. There are a few rare cases in which people don't understand the value that they have created and give away huge amounts of work and distribute very usable algorithms. Most of them, however, are in the same category as amateur music. Largely mediocre at best, not bad in a few rare cases but also nowhere near any professional quality standards. I personally have given up trying them out as I see it as a waste of my precious time. I'd rather produce music with tools I know will work the way I need them to work.

    But then again, if you are happy with freeware algorithms, by all means, please use them over cracked versions of commercial software.


  20. ajazzie

    ajazzie Active Member

    Aug 23, 2003
    I am against all the hacked and cracked stuff out there, however in saying that I can definatley see the temptation.

    I vividley hate the fact that Digidesign, Apple and Emagic control your destiny with continual upgrading, careful selections that you must have "A" to get "B" and so on. A good example is the Digidesign Ptools 6, not compatible with OS 9, want the new features you gotta get the upgrade, but wait, you need OSX, then you need to remember that apple force you that way as they wont produce OS9 anyhow...hmm the plugs to run in X have to have more grunt so get your wallet out again. Want more tracks or a function so basic freeware can be obtained if you look hard enough, again get out your wallet, if it says Digidesign on it be prepared to research your product to ensure you get basic features you should get are even there.

    Q: Who has the money to stay on this train
    Q: Where do you get the money, I am in a great job but in the audio industry its never $100 bucks, By the time it comes to Australia we are always talking Thousands!

    Last question: we have had some seriously great recordings in the past on gear that does it well, how much is necessary and where do you draw the line and say, I am happy with this? You cant anymore.

    So when buying outboard gear , which is my main vice, you get something you dont have to wory about not being supported or paying to upgrade it twice a year, then having to chuck it out with the new OS not supporting it, dont wory, you can buy a new one as i am sure the next model is just around the corner.

    at least when cracked plugs hit the net, although I dont use them and wont by ethics, you cant deny the arguement for the poor little bloke on $10 per hour trying a plug that will be obselete in 6 months time anyhow.

    Ok, nuff said, I am a lunatic, just a bit concerned about the trend this Digital world is going on..

    Peace to all.
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