Every producer should have a sonic signature if they want to stand out from the crowd. Ask the world's foremost engineers about the 'secret sauce' in their mix, and they'll likely keep their methods pretty close to the chest.
One thing is for certain: every single one of the world's top sound engineers has access to the best possible tools for the job.
The great news is, so can you. The best plugin bundles will give you access to world-class studio gear in the palm of your hand (or rather at the click of your mouse).
If you're reading this guide, the chances are pretty good you've already mastered your chosen DAW. At this stage, you're looking to take things to the next level.
To help you achieve a professional-sounding mix or production, we've collated the very best plugin bundles on the market today. From iconic outboard emulations to advanced mixing and mastering tools, and even the best virtual instruments to expand your sonic pallet. It's time to level up!
1. iZotope: Music Production Suite Pro
This comprehensive subscription of over 30 plugins uses AI-powered processing to give you a customised starting point for every step of the mix, from assigning reverb to adding the final mastering polish. Inter-plugin communication means that this complete set of tools listen and talk to each other, detecting masking between your tracks and vocals, helping to suggest level balance settings, and even letting you mix your tracks in a visual space.
Brand new features in Ozone Pro's Master Assistant and Nectar Pro's Vocal Assistant – as well as handy tools like Tonal Balance Control and VocalSynth – make it extremely easy to implement smart and fast mix and mastering choices, as well as making this one of the best plugin bundles currently available in 2021.
Works with: Mac/PC | 32/64 bit | VST2/3, AU, AAX, DPM, RTAS
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Check out the full review of IZotope Music Production Suite Pro, here.