TOP 10 PLUG-INS for Mixing and Mastering (2018 Edition)

It’s that time again! — my TOP 10 PLUG-INS FOR MIXING AND MASTERING 2018 EDITION! Instead of just doing a run down of the video, I’ll give you examples of what I like about each plug-in, and how I use it for mixing and mastering. These are listed in no particular order.

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SOUNDTHEORY GULLFOSS

Type: Intelligent Automatic Equalizer
Special Features: No fixed bands, completely band-fluid, helps balance the spectral content in signals, updates 100 times per second
Uses: Mastering, buss processing, vocals and voiceovers

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SOUNDRADIX DRUMLEVELER

Type: Compressor and Gate for Drums
Special Features: Visual display, compressor, gate, attack and release controls, sidechain filter to help with drum bleed
Uses: Close drum mics: kick, snare, and toms

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FABFILTER PRO-L

Type: Limiter
Special Features: 4 limiter modes, attack and release controls, super clean gain, dithering, oversampling, ISP, transient channel linking
Uses: Brickwall limiter for mastering, buss processing limiter

WAVES RENAISSANCE VOX

Type: Vocal Gate and Compressor
Special Features: Easy of use, simple gate and compressor, gate tailored for vocal mixing to cut out background noise between phrases
Uses: Vocal mixing, voiceovers

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WAVES API-2500

Type: Stereo Compressor
Special Features: Model of the API-2500, new and old modes, channel linking
Uses: Buss compressor, mastering compressor, works great on stereo sources like acoustic guitar, piano, and panned backing vocals

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VALHALLA SHIMMER

Type: Pitch Shifting Reverb
Special Features: Ethereal sounding reverb with independent pitch, feedback, diffusion, size, modulation, and filter controls
Uses: Anything and everything ambient, ethereal and spacey

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EASTWEST SPACES //

Type: Convolution Reverb
Special Features: 1000+ different reverbs, hyper-realistic impulse responses
Uses: Reverb for concert halls, rooms, studios, opera houses, catacombs, and more

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IZOTOPE NECTAR 3

Type: Vocal Production and Mixing Multi-Effects Plug-in
Special Features: Compressor, de-esser, delay, dimension, eq, gate, harmony engine, reverb, saturation, pitch correction, vocal assistant, Melodyne Essential included, RX7 Breath Control included, iZotope Relay included
Uses: All in one vocal production and mixing tool

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IZOTOPE OZONE 8

Type: Multi-Effects Suite for Mastering
Special Features: Digital, vintage and dynamic EQs, tape sim, exciter, vintage and multi-band compressors, special shaper, imager, limiter and maximizer, tonal balance control included
Uses: All in one mastering suite

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SOUNDTOYS DECAPITATOR

Type: Distortion and Saturation Plug-in
Special Features: 5 distinct distortion/saturation modes, mix blend, filters
Uses: Bass and guitar saturation, vocal saturation and distortion effects