yeah, and you seem to be an asshole, by coming in a thread and deciding to take the time to post a reply, saying that you won't post a reply, while insulting the op, judging him/her by his/her's age.
you tell me, who's the idiot, really?
what did you do when you first joined here?
better damn not have asked any questions, because that means that you are not worthy.
elitistic fucking asswipe. everybody was a beginner at one time, no matter what age they are at.
think before you post next time, you retard.
this has nothing to do with my anger (which i don't have alot of, mind you), this is about you being a jerk for no other reason that the fact that you seem that you are better than the op, presumably because of the age difference. but hey, if you want to "my anger" as an argument, here's a counter-argument for you:
you seem to have low self-esteem.
now do the forum a favor and get the fuck out, or think twice before opening your mouth the next time.
Gotta admit, nothings more entertaining than watching GBSR unleash the fury, its been a couple of months since the last public spanking.
And on topic -
Agree with most here about learning the tools you got etc, except one thing... Unless you are particularly talented and have the time and skills to achieve certain 'vintage' sounds, then perhaps hardware emulation VSTs become a must if you need that sound. For example, the character compression that can be attained with 1176, SSL, API, FATSO, LA2A/CL1B compressors/limiting amplifiers can sound rather good, and I couldn't emulate those sounds myself with standard saturation + compression plugs with my current skill level.
(although Klanghelm DC18 looks to be able to achieve a few of em and is cheap as anything)
Also character EQs such as Manley Massive Passive, Abbey Road TG1242, Pultec, Trident, etc.... These can all put a certain sheen/sound to the source that would be difficult to recreate with the standard plugs unless you perhaps know what you are doing.
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I almost always use three plugins to add some texture:
arc dev dubb box - there's no sync option, but if set right it gives wonderful feedback and harmonics, and it's great for a subtle spring-reverb kind of effect. Plus, it's free!
wow'n'flutter - does flanger effects and can make nice pitch fluctuations to add a BoC kind of chorus. Free, as well. It's also great for beats to add some punch and character.
psp vintage warmer - not really free, but Bonobo uses it. I am not going to argue with Bonobo. I use it wherever I can.
SQ8L - This one is great for vintage tones. Got the old school horror movies vibe.
Superwave P8 - Has some great retro recreations (Final Countdown brass, X-Files whistle, Van Halen "Jump" tone) and I also really dig the ASDR Sync on this. Great with some distortion
Shred Suite - Guitar amp simulator
TyrellN6V2 - This is a VST I only downloaded recently, has great tone.
Rocket Punch - 8 Bit and video game sounds. Great synth
SYNTH1. absolutely fantastic software, small, fast, amazingly flexible and since i dont want to waste too much time in the process i dig its ease of use. also, very low on cpu, so theres no problem at all to put 20 of them on tracks in ableton.
crystal vsti - to be honest, i mostly use its really flexible randomizer function as an inspiration and work my way up from there. i love it
drumatic vsti - extremely simple drum synth. i just love its sounds, amazing.
i have a shitton of freeware vsti effects too but i hardly use them, because the native plugs usually do a better job.
anyway - i would agree with gbsr here on the learn to use what you have,in an ideal world - however having been an ableton live user for a few years i have to be honest and say i very rarely use any of the native stuff that it has. that's not because it's shit - far from it. i just don't like the feel of it compared to the few go-to vsti's i have.
3 i find myself mainly using for my own productions:
when working with martin as theMaLm things tend to be different, the three mostly used
then would probably be:
and recently U-he Diva - but that last one as awesome as it is is far too CPU hungry for it's own good :/
for themalm live set-up its different ish again:
in term of plugins vst's (off topic i know)
3 most used are
presonus eyeQ (although i use the sonnox eq equally as much i seem to favour the presonus)
More Frequency Machine (MFM)