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By George Shilling

With many years as a recording engineer and producer George knows the good from the bad. In many cases it's a matter of taste, some prefer one EQ over another but George writes unbiased and objective reviews of the equipment tested to help you discover new or interesting gear.

Audio Ease Speakerphone Speaker simulator plugin
Dec 23 2008 Speaker simulator plugin
Audio Ease Speakerphone

The clever Dutchmen who brought us Altiverb have been beavering away at Speakerphone for some time. It finally arrived proclaiming to be the ultimate speaker simulator plugin, and includes 5GB

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Chandler EMI TG12413 Compressor / limiter plugin pack
Dec 23 2008 Compressor / limiter plugin pack
Chandler EMI TG12413

A few years ago I was lucky enough to use an original EMI TG12345 console which was owned by Mike Hedges – seemingly built to military spec, Mike had acquired

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Chandler Limited EMI TG Mastering Pack Abbey Road EQ plugin bundle
Dec 23 2008 Abbey Road EQ plugin bundle
Chandler Limited EMI TG Mastering Pack

Whilst Chandler have painstakingly recreated and customised ancient EMI/Abbey Road circuit designs to great effect in hardware form, many DAW users have also been enjoying the TG12413 Limiter plugins. The

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Focusrite Liquid Mix HD Plug-in Convolution based TDM plugin
Dec 23 2012 Convolution based TDM plugin
Focusrite Liquid Mix HD Plug-in

Since Focusrite impressed everyone with their remarkable hybrid digital and analogue Liquid Channel microphone preamp (using a clever combination of convolution software and emulation hardware), they have brought their ‘Liquid’

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McDSP Retro Pack EQ, compressor & limiter plugin bundle
Dec 23 2012 EQ, compressor & limiter plugin bundle
McDSP Retro Pack

McDSP have for over a decade been providing plugins which are much loved by professionals. In particular, the long-established FilterBank EQ and CompressorBank plugins are standard requirements for many mixers,

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Sonnox Oxford SuprEsser De-esser plugin
Dec 23 2008 De-esser plugin
Sonnox Oxford SuprEsser

New from Sonnox is the Oxford SuprEsser, designed to be “the last word” in De-Essing. A number of plugin designers have recently turned their attention to de-essing, and there are

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SSL Duende DSP powered plugins
Dec 23 2008 DSP powered plugins
SSL Duende

Duende is a Spanish word – “A mysterious power that all may feel and no philosophy can explain.” But I’m going to try anyway… Duende comes as a 1U rackmount

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TC Electronic DVR2 Digital Vintage Reverb TDM Plugin
Dec 23 2008 TDM Plugin
TC Electronic DVR2 Digital Vintage Reverb

DVR stands for Digital Vintage Reverb, which might sound like an oxymoron, but this Pro Tools HD or HD Accel plugin is a faithful recreation of the EMT 250, the

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TC Electronic NonLin2 TDM Plugin
Dec 23 2008 TDM Plugin
TC Electronic NonLin2

NonLin2 is another reverb plugin for Pro Tools HD or HD Accel ported directly from tc’s flagship M6000 processor. Perhaps more of a niche effect, NonLin2 provides the ultimate flexible

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Toneforge Guilty Pleasure by Joey Sturgis Guitar amp simulator plugin
Dec 28 2017 Guitar amp simulator plugin
Toneforge Guilty Pleasure by Joey Sturgis

Joey Sturgis is an American record producer with a studio in Indiana and a reputation as a leading expert working in the metalcore scene. He started out as a drummer,

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Universal Audio UAD Plugins DSP powered software
Dec 23 2011 DSP powered software
Universal Audio UAD Plugins

Universal Audio are widely respected not only for impressive hardware reissues and original designs, but also for the quality of the ever increasing plugin range available for the UAD range

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Waves API Collection Native / TDM plugins
Dec 23 2008 Native / TDM plugins
Waves API Collection

With the proliferation of SSL and Neve emulations that have appeared over the last couple of years, it is perhaps inevitable that there would be an officially licensed set of

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