My Favourite Plugins Virtual Amps and Instruments (Part 5 of 5)

Virtual Amps

I tried most of those amp simulators, and it’s mainly about how you like the amp to respond and the kind of sound you want. There are lots of quality emulations, but the ones that I like the most are the plugins from Softube.  

For electric bass, I love the sound of the Eden WT-800 Bass Amp, a versatile amp. Suitable for every genre of music. It works all the time. 

Reamping guitars are much harder than electric bass. I own and use the Waves GTR amp and the one from Positive Grid but lately, I’ve been using the new AmpRoom plugin from Softube. 

I think soon I’ll get their Marshall Plexi Lead 1959 emulation for AmpRoom. … Read the rest

My Favourite Plugins Chorus/Flanger & Utilities (Part 4 of 5)

Chorus / Flanger

This might be my weak area; I don’t own many of those plugins. I think I will get the TC Electronic TC1210-DT at some point soon; I like what it does to the sound. It would be best if you heard this to understand its beauty. 

The ones I use are the old classic (in plugins terms) Enigma (flanger), MetaFlanger and MondoMod (chorus) from Waves. When I was mixing on Cubase, I used to use their Chorus, which is effective but nothing special. 

One that I use a lot is Doubler from Waves isn’t a chorus, but I would still put this in this category. Doubler creates pitched versions of the source sound, for which you can … Read the rest

My Favourite Plugins Reverb, Delay & Saturation (Part 3 of 5)

This is part 3 of a 5, you can find part 1 here and part 2 here

1) Channel Strip and EQ
2) Compressors and Limiters
3) FX including Reverbs, Delay and Saturators
4) Space Enhancers Chorus / Flanger, Utility and others.
5) Virtual Amps and Virtual Instruments

Like with everything we have now a tremendous amount of plugins out there, almost every DAW comes with at least a quality reverb and a delay. I rarely use plugins that come included with DAW (Digital Audio Workstation, aka Music Sequencer), not because they aren’t good but because I don’t like to be tied up with a particular DAW. 

I recently moved from Cubase Pro to Reaper, and the process was … Read the rest

My Favourite Tape Machine (plugin)

There are lot’s of quality virtualisation of Tape Machine, but no all sounds the same and no all of them have the character I’m looking for.

Tape Machines can be used for recording, mixing and mastering. The aim is to add the warmth signature of analogue sound to the digitally recorded and mixed sound.

What tape machine does to the sound is really complex, but can be mainly seen as saturation, compression and harmonics enhancer.

In my mix and mastering, I use two tape machines. For minimum colourisation, I use Tape from Softube. This plugin often goes on every channel or at least on every bus channel. I used it as everything is recorded on tape. This plugin is … Read the rest

Choosing a Channel Strip

Channel strips are the most efficient tools in the mixing world, providing all your basic processing, EQ, compression, gating, and often saturation control, in one easy-to-manage unit. This is one of the big advantages of using channel strip compared with having five plug-in windows open simultaneously to manage and make adjustments on all these separate plug-ins per each track.

Choosing the right channel strip for a mix can be a bit of a challenge sometimes, with so many quality and interesting sounds easily available in the analogue emulated world.


I personally take the approach we use to have when we only had the analogue ones, which is pick the one you like the most and stick with it. When you … Read the rest