I upgraded to Kotelnikov GE a few months back and I’m absolutely blown away. It has totally paid for itself the last few weeks. The saturation is nice, equal loudness bypass is good, but the showstopper is frequency dependent ratio. As in, the compressor will react to the wideband signal but only compress the frequencies you want. I know of only two or three other compressors that can be made to do this (and they don’t just have one or two buttons to make it happen) and all of them are priced in the hundreds of dollars. Wish I had gotten this much sooner.
Plugin boutique has Cube Mini on sale for a tenner. Cube is one of the more interesting softwares to me to come out in the past year, it’s a sampler with 8 samples that you crossfade between by moving a point around in 3D space. The Mini is missing some editing features compared to the full version, but for 10 bucks I’m willing to take it for a spin and see if I want to save up for the full version.
Bonus, plugin boutique always gives you a freebie with a paid order, and this month they have Melda production MReverb MB or the Cherry Audio ARP 2600. Or a 2 month membership with producertech if you feel like learning. Or decoda le (which I got since I lack ear training if I need to copy a chord progression for any reason).
Was thinking about getting Manipulator or Infiltrator with the Cherry 2600, but I already have very similar alternative plugins that can do most of what the two effects can do… it might be interesting to compare some options bit, but both deals are not really great, so it looks like I’m not getting any new plugins on Black Friday this year…
Cube sounds interesting, does it have some spectral morphing aspects or some other special trick or is it more like simple crossfading between multiple samples and it’s more about the good controls for fading multiple samples in the UI?
As far as I’m aware, Cube is just crossfading with no spectral elements involved.
I didn’t feel the need to get as much as I thought I would this year. I spent probably too much last year, so I gave myself a hard budget this year and stuck to it. I got the Tone Projects complete bundle at $270 and pretty much called it a day, with a few other little bits and bobs.
With the stuff I got last year (mostly all the Weiss/Softube stuff) I don’t need anything like the Fabfilter/Sonnox eqs/compressors/limiters for mixing. I have tons of reverbs and picked up Neoverb for $7 (and have been enjoying it). I was thinking about spending big on a color compressor/EQ, but after looking at/trying out demos of a bunch my favorite compressor was Klanghelm MJUC for $25, and my favorite color EQ was the retro EQ in Ozone 9 that I already have.
Between the stereo spread of added harmonics in Kelvin, and the quick reverb assistant in Neoverb (and Neoverb is well worth it’s own heap of praise but suffice it to say it is the fastest reverb I’ve worked with since I gave up my cracked copy of the Lexicon native PCM collection and more flexible to boot!), I can do all sorts of new spacial/stereo tricks that I’m experimenting with in some mixes now. Having tons of fun with mostly my old workflow and just a few new toys, but no need to reinvent the wheel over here is the conclusion I came to.
Sounds good, looking forward to hear what you are doing with it!
I got an email if you use the code “FASTBUNDLEFEB23” you get all the FAST plugins for $40. These are based on the Sonible algorithms. I might get it just for the “reveal” plugin, kind of does what Trackspacer does I think.
If I were doing more paid mixing, I’d definitely be interested as these could speed up a lot of the basic first pass cleanup, maybe get my average mix down from 2-2.5 hours to under 2, which would make my prices lower (or my current ones more profitable). But I only have one person regularly asking for mixes so that’s just not my focus right now.