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    Default A list of soft-synths, plug-ins and various recording vendors for Mac audio

    Hello,

    This is provided without any particular order (except for MotU being at the top as I do particularly dig them). I have tried and used all of the products below, though I won't claim any profound expertise. Some of the lower-cost vendors provide incredibly high-quality products, so one can get a lot of bang for the buck nowadays:

    Iver

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    MotU: Mark of the Unicorn

    http://www.motu.com/

    Digital Performer: one helluva tool

    MachV: a dynamite sampler, though I wind up using Kontakt (see below) more often
    MX4: great and flexible synth
    Orchestral: dynamite orchestral instrument...nicely complements others too
    Ethno: just getting into this, a very handy sampling of ethnic instruments

    Audio Interfaces: probably the best bang for the buck out there
    2408 mkIII: great workhorse
    24I/O: plug all those synths directly in!
    MotU also makes lots of standalone FireWire interfaces (i.e., that don't use the "PCI-424" interface) but I haven't tried them

    MIDI Time Pieces: the best MIDI interfaces
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    Digidesign Pro Tools

    http://www.digidesign.com/

    The 800lb. gorilla of recording. A subdivision of Avid. Great stuff but, in my opinion, incredibly finicky and demanding as regards system resources. Also incrediby expensive if you get into the HD stuff.

    However, PT is ubiquitous so one should at the very least be familiar with it and aware that you may have to transfer files to/from Pro Tools.
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    Waves:

    http://www.waves.com

    The 800lb. gorilla of plug-in effects. Super clean stuff and arguably the basic toolkit for processing. Not inexpensive.
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    UAD (Universal Audio)

    http://www.uaudio.com

    A great card for offloading effects processing from the computer's CPU. Excellent sounding stuff!
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    TC PowerCore: another way to offload processing to a card

    http://www.tcelectronic.com

    http://www.tcelectronic.com/PowerCoreConcept

    Virus: runs on PowerCore, sounds fabulous
    Novation V-station: I really dig it
    Sony Oxford plugins: very high quality
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    LinPlug: very cost-effective and very nice.

    http://www.linplug.com

    CronoX3: atmospheric and great for sound design
    Octopus: extremely flexible FM-like synthesis...I'm just scratching the surface
    RMIV: drum module
    Albino3: if you were to get just one soft-synth, this could be it
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    Rob Papen

    http://www.robpapen.com

    Blue: very, very nice and flexible: more moody (to my mind) than Albino or Octopus, but very cool
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    Spectrasonics

    http://www.spectrasonics.net

    Trilogy: bass samples...great bass module
    Atmosphere: various pad-like samples, super-handy and great sounding
    Stylus RMX: kick-ass remix tool
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    Applied-Acoustics

    http://www.applied-acoustics.com/index.php

    Lounge Lizard: super-nice electric piano
    Tassman: sound-design monster
    String Studio: very cool string instrument emulation
    Ultra Analogue: great analog synth emulation
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    PSP Audioware

    http://pspaudioware.com/

    Great-sounding, very reasonably priced effects

    Vintage Warmer
    PSP Nitro

    PSP 608 MultiDelay or the Lexicon PSP 42 and 84 for an actual hardware emulation. The 608 is a monster
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    Nomad Factory

    http://www.nomadfactory.com/

    Great sounding effects...I think "Blue Tubes" is wonderful
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    Audio Ease

    http://www.audioease.com/

    VST Wrapper: handy way of using VST synths in an AU (or MAS, like Digital Performer) host

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    Elemental Audio/Roger Nichols Digital

    Roger Nichols is now selling the Elemental Audio plugs

    http://www.rogernicholsdigital.com/
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    Celemony

    http://www.rogernicholsdigital.com/

    Melodyne is an amazing pitch-correction tool
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    Audio Damage: very reasonably priced effects

    http://www.audiodamage.com
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    DB-Audioware: very interesting effects

    http://www.db-audioware.com

    QFX can do amazing things
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    Native Instruments

    http://www.native-instruments.com

    FM8: like a DX on steroids
    B4: very cool Hammond emulation
    Kontakt: dynamite sampler
    GuitarRig: integrated interface for guitar recording
    Absynth: sound-design and synth monster
    Elektrik Piano: another great electric piano...this one based on samples as opposed to Lounge Lizard
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    Korg Digital Legacy: those great old synths in software!

    http://www.korg.com/gear/info.asp?A_PROD_NO=KLC1D
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    Arturia; great emulations of legacy synths

    http://www.arturia.com/en/default.php

    MiniMoog
    Moog Modular
    Yamaha
    Sequential Circuits
    Brass

    Arp2600V
    Moog Modular V2
    MiniMoog
    Yamaha CS80V
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    Propellerheads

    http://www.propellerheads.se/

    Reason: standalone and Rewire compatible host
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    GMedia

    http://www.gmediamusic.com/

    Imposcar
    Oddity
    M-Tron
    Mini-Monsta
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    Camel Audio

    http://www.camelaudio.com

    Cameleon 5000: zany sound-design monster
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    BIAS Peak: the standard audio editor

    http://www.bias-inc.com/
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    DSP Quattro: very cost-effective and high quality editor

    http://www.i3net.it/Products/dspQuat...p/Index_EN.asp

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    The 800lb gorilla of recording. LOL

    Good stuff. Thanks for puttin' that up. Good to have you back.

    Here's one for us PTLE users:

    http://masseyplugins.com/

    Great sounding, simple, and cheap plugs. Who'da thunk?

    You know I think this should be a sticky.

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    Thanks for the note!

    I'll have to check out those plugs too, that sounds very interesting...indeed, anything at a lower cost in the PT world (RTAS or otherwise) is good!

    PT does sound great, and I use it as well...I just sometimes think they're less than the easiest company to deal with. ;-)

    A sticky would probably be a good idea, thanks for the suggestion!

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    Quote Originally Posted by M.Brane
    Here's one for us PTLE users:

    http://masseyplugins.com/
    I'll second that emotion. The Massey plugins are fine. I tried 'em, I bought 'em.
    "illegitimis non carborundum"

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    Cool

    Yeah, I'll be checking into those myself .... when a few other problems are out of the way!
    Thanks Brane!

    To change the subject alittle ..... anybody ever get a handle on the Waves scratch and click removal ....restoration?

    Wanting to use it on many cassettes?

    I've read and tried many times on the 9600/G3500 with little sucess, too much artifacts to tell if it's really good or not!

    Seems to damn slow ..... trying on the Chicagos first album ....
    Maybe due to the fact that one song trials into the next without any biank space inbetween.

    Might have to just separate each song and do independantly from one another.

    Which bearks up the flow of the total concept of the album.

    Any views on this? ....hopa hope!
    Thanks, h

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