Here's where I will remind people watching this thread to keep checking over at Pluginboutique. Do it at least weekly.
Recently they've run a bunch of their fantastic loss-leader deals where you buy any product and get a license for some other tasty big-name product for free.
The tasty products recently included AAS' Session bundle, which included the most recent (and 64-bit) edition of Lounge Lizard Session as well as Strum, a surprisingly good guitar instrument, and a vintage analog synth emulator.
I think the product I bought in order to qualify for the license was a copy of AIR's Hybrid 3 or Vacuum Pro for $5. Maybe Xpand! 2. All of which are great VSTi's to have around for basses or pads, Xpand! is just the best soft ROMpler. I have 4 computers around the house so I just throw them on everything for noodling.
The previous giveaway was iZotope Neutron Elements and the one before that was Ozone Elements, so my plug-in collection runneth over. The only thing I want any more is for them to do one for iZotope RX Elements and I swear, my collection will be more than complete at that point. Due to watching all the deals and giveaways I already have too many top shelf plug-ins! I need some that do different things, not more great compressors! I got what looks like a really great compressor from Waves' Black Friday giveaway last year and I haven't even tried it on anything. The de-esser they gave away is nice, though.
It seems strange to say that but it's true. I barely spend anything and I'm up to my ass in Native Instruments, Eventide, Soundtoys, Softube, Brainworx, Arturia, iZotope, Waves, Mixcraft says I have 400 plug-ins and I haven't paid a dime for most of it. All of the above were introductory or loss leader.
The only FX I do drop money on are relative unknowns like Meldaproduction, Boz Digital, and Unfiltered Audio.
The only problem I run into with the Pluginboutique buy one get one sales, I've bought up all of the $1-$10 products. There are some great ones that they put on sale in rotation, too, down in the $5 range, like the Soundspot stuff and the AIR synths and sometimes you can snag a Sonivox Orchestral Companion for $20.
I now have the full set of Orchestral Companion Strings, Brass, and Woodwinds all obtained from Pluginboutique because I was watching their site for deals. The UI's are minimal, but the samples are great and they have never crashed on me.
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