All great plugin’s share a common great foundation.
There are hundreds of companies developing VST’s, VSTI’s, all sort of software music related.
So there’s an abundance of plugins, and this produces a market full of products difficult to distinguish.
Not all EQs are born equal, not all compressors sound the same.
Before you buy your next VST plugin, there are some boxes that your next diamond must check.
First, Sound Quality
There’s no need to simply buy another VST just for the pleasure of increasing the plugin’s collection.
Any new plugin must be from a company that not only understands the game behind the curtain but delivers an increase in the quality of the new plugin.
Sound quality must be pristine.
The plugin must be adding some advantage to the workflow, to the mix, to the client.
There’s no way around this.
Despite today tech world living with 6 and 8 cores, some mixes know no limits.
A final mix can display easily dozens of tracks, hundreds of VST’s.
Low CPU plugins are a must, anything else will easily be removed from the choices of lots of mixing engineers.
Who never faced a GUI that has the wrong size.
In 2021 any plugin should be resizeable, no one needs to be fighting with an EQ, trying to understand the small virtual knobs of a compressor.
A resizeable GUI speeds up mixing workflow, make audio engineers more happy, life is more uncomplicated in the studio.
Buy only VST’s free from bugs and updated frequently, no way to get around this.
And if people are complaining about the plugin, if the company is not listening to the clients or can’t update the VST‘s, maybe is better not to buy that software.