(In no particular order)

On a Budget

PSP Audioware

These plug-ins can be purchased as part of an effects bundle.

Lexicon

Valhalla DSP

112dB

Wave Arts

IK Multimedia

This plug-in can be purchased as part of a larger bundle.

SoftTube

This plug-in can be purchased as part of a larger bundle, and it is the entry-level version of the TSAR-1 plug-in.

Apple

Arguably the best included reverb plug-in of any DAW.


Up a Level

Waves

It is definitely more cost effective to buy these as part of bundle, however all three are not part of the same bundle until Gold.

Eventide

Softube

This plug-in can be purchased as part of a larger bundle.

McDSP

This plug-in can be purchased as part of a larger bundle.

2CAudio


Higher End

Sonnox

This plug-in is more cost effective as part of a bundle.

UAD

There are many UAD reverb plug-ins, ranging in price from $149 to $349. All require UAD-2 hardware.

Lexicon


The Demo

All of these plug-ins can be demoed before purchasing. So, take advantage of this to avoid buyer’s remorse.

Good Credit = Lots of Gear

Keep your credit clean. Retailers like Sweetwater or Musician’s Friend offer 0% interest financing for periods of time to serious buyers. Suddenly, a plug-in bundle costing $500 dollars becomes a more manageable $21/month payment.

Social Media

Follow a company whose products you are interested in buying. Many companies put items on sale for a very short time and only announce the sale with a tweet or a post.

Educational Discount

As a student, you can get an educational discount on most software, including plug-ins (usually 50% off). Take advantage of this while you still can.


(Prices last updated: 10/2013)

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