6 Favorite Soundtoys Plugins (+ Mix Tips)
Ian Vargo, Producer, Mixer, and Audio Professor talks about his favorite Soundtoys VST plugins, in an article at Pro Audio Files. He gives a quick overview of the plugins and reviews their best features and why he likes them. He includes samples of each plugin because the proof is in the pudding, am I right? In addition, he gives a great Mix Tip for each tool.
Ian’s list includes the following tools.
- EchoBoy. Bring warm vintage tones with 30 built-in echo styles modeled after vintage echos.
- Decapitator. Analog saturation monitor to bring analog sound and feel to audio.
- Little Plate. The unmistakable plate reverb sound – warm, rich, and spacious – and based on the original EMT 140 plate reverb.
- Devil-Loc Deluxe. Add grit, dirt, distortion, and more. Inspired by the classic Shure Level-Loc mic limiter.
- MicroShift. Thicken and spread your vocals, guitar, synths, and more.
- PanMan. Move audio back and forth in the stereo field for that classic, or modern, auto-panning sound.
Now that you’ve seen the list, be sure to read his full article. Find out why he’s giving these tools so much love!
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Get SuperPlate, the solution that allows you to bring five iconic electromechanical plate reverbs into your studioSaturate, compress, and distort with Decapitator, Radiator, and Devil-Loc. Get a virtual history of echo and delay hardware with EchoBoy and PrimalTap. Transform your vocals with Little AlterBoy. Recreate classic studio pitch, chorus, and widening effects with Crystallizer and MicroShift. Take modulation to new levels with the beat-synced rhythmic effects of PanMan, Tremolator, FilterFreak, and PhaseMistress.
Our Individual plugins
The Ultimate Echo Plug-in
When Soundtoys designed EchoBoy, they were looking for an echo that was warmer than existing delay plug-ins, yet not as dark as guitar pedal echos. EchoBoy is now one of those ‘must-have’ plug-ins for Pro Tools, and has become a permanent fixture on the aux faders of thousands of top mixers and engineers.
Analog Saturation Modeler
Analog saturation has long been the magic mojo that engineers have used as their swiss army knife of mixing.
It’s used on drums, bass, vocals guitars, and everything. It can be used to beef things up, thin things out, give them some edge, fry them up nice, add a bit of warmth, pull things out of the mix, or even create a signature sound. Used subtly to extreme, analog saturation is the golden child of great mixes. That’s why Soundtoys took their time, bought and listened to all the great analog classics, and painstakingly created that magic for you in Decapitator.
PanMan takes the supposedly simple process of moving audio back and forth in the stereo field and gives it that special touch that you’ve come to expect from our twisted minds.
It features an over the top range of panning modes to recreate classic analog auto-panners plus some of the cool modes from our other plugs to push it a bit further into the future. With MIDI sync to tempo, preset storage, dynamic control, and automation you get modern innovation alongside the classic features from hard to find vintage analog hardware. Control width, speed, direction and more with the most full-featured, over-the-top panner you’ve ever seen.
Posted by Michele Yamazaki