This week, FabFilter is having a sale on their plug-ins. All of their plug-ins are excellent tools, but I wanted to recommend two of them in particular.
The first is the Pro-Q EQ plug-in. I know that all of the DAWS have good EQ plug-ins built in, but this one has some rather unique properties that make it worth having in the tool box. One of the features that really helps me is the analyzer display. There is a setting for Pre + Post analyzation. This makes it super easy to see what you doing to the original sound coming in. With the 26 parametric EQ points and the analyzer, the sounds can really be shaped in a very visual fashion.
Second plug-in from FabFilter that I like is the Pro-C Compressor (and by extension the Pro-L Limiter and Pro-MB Multi-band compressor). Compression to most musicians is a black art… done right it seems to make things ‘better’, but done wrong can completely drive you crazy. What I like about the Pro-C is that it shows you what it is doing as it is working. By drawing a continuous line on the internal volume, one gets the ability to see things like the compression ratio and the release and attack.
Great plug-ins worth their full price, and even better on sale!