Best Audio Plugins for Mixing??

Updated: Dec 16, 2020

Written by a mixing and mastering engineer…


The truth of the matter is… you can get by without ever purchasing expensive plugin packs from big name companies such as Waves, Izotope, or Slate Digital. But it’s also true that these companies spend large amounts of money developing these plugins for eq, compression, and creative effects.

It doesn’t make sense to jump right into blowing money on these plugins. And many believe it will tremendously enhance their products. Some of this may be true. But you must start out slow, and learn to get great mixes with what you have. Meaning stock plugins. The famous saying goes.. “Its not what you have, but what you can do with what you have” ..or something like that.

So if you’re in the market for enhancing your plugin library or in need of higher quality plugins with more capabilities… my best advice to you would be to invest in free 3rd party plugins first.

Most 3rd party companies work primarily on developing plugins solely. Meaning that plugins created by and for a certain digital audio workstations have had less time, people, and funds working on their stock audio plugins.

But there does come a time, further into your career, where you will need to invest in paid 3rd party plugins. And below are going to be some of my top 10 favorites and MUST HAVES:

Celemony Melodyne

Apogee Pultec EQP-1A

GGD Drums

Steven Slate Trigger 2

Slate Digital Virtual Buss Compressors

Slate Digital Virtual Mix Rack

Slate Digital Virtual Tape Machines

McDSP Classic Pack

FabFilter Pro-Q3

Waves SSL G-Master Buss Compressor

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