Software used: 2021
I'm always buying new software and here's a brief rundown on what I use for my tracks and track production for clients:
My main computers are Mac Pro and my DAW is Cubase, which I've used since I started using computers to make music and the product works great for me.
Synthogy Ivory 2 Piano - my old trusted "go to" piano.... although it's starting showing its age...still a joy to play. Added Studio Grands and updated the engine.
8DIO make the best emotional and real sounding strings in my opinion and I'm addicted to all their products, and spent a fortune! - Agitato Grandiose Legato Bundle, Agitato Grandiose Sordino Strings, Adagietto, Hybrid Tools 3, 1969 Legacy Piano, Adagios Violins,Violas Cellos and Basses - a joy, even if they are old now!, Studio Sopranos, Majestica, Polyphon, Free Angels, 1990 Studio Grand, Solo Violin Designer 2, 8DM Flow House Synth, 8DM Flow House vol 2, 8DM Deep House Synth, 8DM Deep House vol 1, 8DM Deep House vol 2, 8DM Flow House vol 1, 8DM Electro House vol 2, Adagio Anthology Strings, Acoustic Grand Ensembles, 8DiOboe, Claire Clarinet, Alien Drum v2, Free Radicals, CAGE vol2 Brass, Blendstrument Paranormal Guitars, Blendstrument Hybrid Pulses, Basstard, Jenifer, Blendstrument Hybrid Pulses, Studio Upright, Alien Drum, Lyre, Century Strings 2 Bundle,
1985 Passionate Piano - my older Mac Pro's CPU goes through the roof with this piano, a shame because it sounds lovely, New 1969 Legacy Piano, Liberis Choir, New Rhythmic Aura 2, New Hybrid Tools 2, Aura Guitars, New Forgotten Voices Francesca, Laurie, Hybrid Tools - Synphony, Symphonic Shadows, Steel Guitar, Wrenchenspiel, Epic Taiko Ensemble, Epic Toms Ensemble, New Hybrid Tools 1, Claire Alto Flute, New Forgotten Voices Barbary, Aura Studio Percussion, Epic Frame Drum Ensemble, Lacrimosa, Liberis, Requiem, Studio Vintage Organ, Claire Piccolo, Electric Guitar Solo and Strummer, Mandolin, Guitarele, Hybrid Drums 8D8, The new Adagio Collection updates, Artisan Brass Bundle, Century Brass Bundle, Studio Saxophones, new 1928 Steinway Piano, Clocks, Orchestral Shepherds, Shepherd Tones, Mini, 66 Cellos, fire Trumpet, Fire Sax, Fire Trombone, Dobro, 1971 Estonia Piano, Insolidus Choir - stunning!, C entury Brass 2 Bundle, Silka Choir - again, stunning, 8W Black Edition 2 and add ons.
East West Quantum Leap Goliath, East West Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra Gold, East West Quantum Leap The Dark Side, East West Quantum Leap Hollywood Brass Gold, East West Quantum Leap Hollywood Strings Gold, East West Quantum Leap Hollywood Orchestral Woodwinds Gold, East West Quantum Leap Voices Of Passion, East West Quantum Leap Symphonic Choirs, East West Quantum Leap Ministry Of Rock 1 and 2, East West Quantum Leap Pianos Gold, East West Quantum Leap Solo Violin, East West Quantum Leap Fab Four, East West Quantum Leap Gypsy, East West Quantum Leap Stormdrum 2, Hollywood Choirs Diamond, Hollywood Pop Brass - great, easy to use, Voices of Soul - wonderful for soulful backing vocals, although the singer's vibrato can get a bit annoying, Voices of Opera, ProDrummer vols 1 and 2 - HUGE CPU hog and pretty bland, Bechstein D280 Platinum piano, Yamaha C7 Platinum, Backup Singers - great!
Project Sam Symphobia 1 and 2, Lumina, Colours Orchestrator, Colours Animator, Swing!, Swing More!, The Essentials pack - wonderful products, Symphobia 1 and 2 are old now but still streets ahead of many of their competitors.
Spitfire Audio Albions 1 2 and 3, Albion One, BML Mural 1 and 2, Mural Ensembles, Orchestral Grand Piano (terrible piano, even at a sale price!), Orchestral Swarm - this one i love!, Euphone, Bernard Herrmann Composer toolkit, Tundra, Spitfire Solo Strings, Symphonic Strings, Symphonic Strings Evolutions, British Drama Toolkit, Studio Strings, Studio Woodwinds, Studio Brass, Studio Strings Professional , Studio Woodwinds Professional, Studio Brass Professional, new Solo Strings, Earth, Arnalds Chamber Evolutions, BBC Orchestra Core.
Orchestral Tools Metropolis Ark, String Runs, Majestic Horn, Berlin Inspire 1 and 2.
Cinematic Strings 2 - lovely strings.
Cinematic Studio Strings and Cinematic Studio solo Strings - wonderful!
Kirk Hunter Symphony Orchestra, Kirk Hunter Solo Strings 2, Kirk Hunter Concert Brass 2, Front Row Violins - eats the CPU, Virtuoso Ensembles - great, eay to use.
Native Instruments Komplete 11 Ultimate, Komplete 9 all modules plus Kontakt 3.5 and 5 - couldn't live without these.
Toontrack EZ Drummer + all modules - always my favourite drums plugin and incredibly easy to use. I try others and always end up back with my EZ.
IK Multimedia Sampletank 3, IK Multimedia Sampletank 2.5, IK Multimedia Miroslav Philharmonik, IK Multimedia Sampletron, IK Multimedia Sonic Synth, IK Multimedia Samplemoog - always used Sampletank and love the products although Sampletank 3 isn't very good at all, Miroslav Philharmonik 2 - heavy on the CPU, such a shame because I loved the original Miro Phil! Modo Bass, Sampletank 4
UVI Synths Anthology, UVI Orchestral Suite, UVI Grand Piano D - a really lovely piano, UVI Energy, UVI World Traditions, UVI Digital Synsations, UVI Biosphere, UVI Plugsound Pro, UVI Retro Organs - great product, UVI Mello, UVI Gypsy Jazz, UVI The Beast, UVI Synths Anthology 2, UVI Tines Anthology, UVI Emulation 2, UVI Jazzistic, UVI Waveframe, UVI EGP, Retro Organ Suite, Emulation 1, Digital Sensations 2, Key Suite Digital, UltraMini, U1250, Urban, Vintage Vault 3 - UVI products are superb.
VI LABS True Keys Bundle, Ravenscroft 275
BEST SERVICE - Peter Siedlaczek Complete Orchestral Collection, The Orchestra
Acoustic Samples Sunbird, GD-6, E-Piano, A-Piano, Jazz Guitarysm, Telematic, B-5 organ, C7 piano, Strategy
YellowTools Independence Pro - light years ahead of its time when it was released. I use the effects all the time on everything I do.
Ilya Efimov Nylon Guitar, LP Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Retro Bass, TC Telecaster, Classic Bass
Cinesamples Piano in Blue, CineOrchestra, Hollywoodwinds, CineHarp, 90s Retro Trumpets, CineStrings Core, CineBrass Core, Cinewinds Core, CineBrass Sonore, CineHarps Pro, CinePerc, Monster Low Winds, Cinebrass Pro, Cinewinds Pro.
SampleLogic Havoc, AIR expanded, Synergy X, The Elements, Rumble, Fanfare, Thunder Springs, Morphestra 2, Cinematic Keys - much of the sameness
Big Fish Audio First Call Horns, Silver, Vintage Horns, Vintage Strings, Zodiac, Celestia, Project Alpha, Project Bravo, Earth Tone, Clash Cinematic Percussion, Grindhouse, Vintage Horns 2
VIR2 Mojo Horns - wonderful, VI One, Q, Bassis, Studio Kit Builder, Mojo Horns 2 - major let down!
AMG Kick Ass Brass.
Steven Slate Drums 4 - not impressed by the hype - used once, EZ Drummer wins hands down.
Chris Hein - Horns Compact, Winds Compact, Horns Pro, Guitars, Bass, Orchestral Brass Extended
Fable Broadway Horns Lite
AriaSounds London Symphonic Strings vol 1, Aurora Choir, LSS Solo Strings
Sampletekk Black Grand, Little Bastard, Tonewheel, Worras Prophet, Black Grand Mk2, BOB Brass, Rain Piano mk2, FM EP1, Marimba, Pianet,SmallStudioGrand, Tubed Wurlitzer, TVBO, White Sister, WG2 Mk2, Vertikal Mk2, Harpsichord, The Black
Imperfect Samples Fazioli Pro piano - too imperfect to use.
Pettinhouse Bundle - various excellent guitars collection, the acoustic guitar is incredible - a bargain buy!
Orange Tree Jazzaholic Bundle - Pure Jazz Vibes, Evolution Rosewood Grand, CoreBass Pear upright, Cherry electric bass, Evolution Stratosphere, Slide Acoustic, Slide Lap Steel, Evolution Guitars full bundle, Meswinds, Passion Flute, Jaco Bass, Dracus, Flatpick 6, Hollowbody Blues, Infinity, jazz Archtop, Mandolin, Modern Nylon, Rick, Rick 12 Rock Standard, Sitardelic, Songwriter, Steel Strings, Strawberry, Jumbo 12, Texas Twang
Soundiron Voice of Rapture - Alto, Voice of Rapture - the Tenor, The Kontakt Bundle, Voices of Gaia - Bryn, Drinking Piano, Venus Womens Choir, Cymbology Bowed, Steel Tones, Kontakt bundle 2 - Monclarion piano, Rust v2, The Beat Boxer (brilliant), Traveler Organ, Mars Mens Choir, Struck Grand, Hyperion Strings Micro (needs a lot of EQ taming but a bargain buy), Cacphony
Korg Legacy - M1, Wavestation - incredible plugins if you're an old gigger like me!
Paperstone - Vibraphone
XLN Audio - Addictive Keys Studio Grand - wonderful piano , Electric Grand, Modern Upright, Addictive Drums 2 - my 2nd favourite drum program, Mark 1 EP
Sonokinetic - Gediz, Ostinato Strings, Bells and Whistles, Steelpan, EMP, Da Capo, Ostinato Brass, Noir, Minimal, Percussao Do Brasil, Steelpan, Mallets, Tutti Vox, Capriccio, Espressivo, Maximo, Woodwinds Ensembles, Ostinato Noir, Largo, Modal Runs, Indie, Sotto,
Wavesfactory - DrumCircle, Mercury Lite
Impact Soundworks - Juggernaut, Sonic Ocean, Sonic Forest, Furia Staccato strings, Forest Frame Drums, MegaBrass, Pearl Concert Grand - my favourite piano.. a joy to play, simply wonderful! Archtop, Rhapsody Orchestral Colors, Django - great jazz guitar, Straight Ahead Jazz Horns - terrible! Bravura Scoring Brass, Shreddage 3 Archtop, Momentum
Amplesound - AGH
Auddict - Master Brass, Drums of the Deep, Master Solo Woodwinds, Angel Strings Vol 1, Vol2 Flurries, United Strings Of Europe
Embertone - Solo Strings Bundle - highly rated, no idea why..., Sensual Sax, Chapman Trumpet, Walker 1955 Steinway D Lite, Herring Clarinet. Popelka Bassoon, Joshua Bell Violin Essential
Garritan - Personal Orchestra 4, Jazz and Big Band 3, CFX Concert Grand - wonderful piano!, Personal Orchestra 5, World Instruments.
Strezov Sampling - Cornucopia Strings (tuning issues), Brass Bundle, Woodwinds Bundle
Realivox - Ladies Bundle, Realidrums, Screaming Trumpet
Art Vista Back Beat Bass - boomy and pretty unusable..
Sonivox - EightyEight (very nice piano actually!), Tony Coleman Drums, Orchestral Companion Strings, Orchestral Companion Woodwinds, Orchestral Companion Brass - very good value for money, Anatomy
Air Music - Velvet 2 - great EP selection, Expand2, Mini Grand, Structure, Transfuser, Strike - a wonderful instant play drum program, it beats all the others for it's playability and sounds and I use it all the time.
Q UP Arts - California Keys and Producers Collection (used once, highly rated and don't know why!)
Waves - Grand Rhapsody HD - CPU hog!, Electric 88, Clavinet, Electric 200, Electric G80 - all CPU hogs
KeepForest - Evolution and Atlantica
OUTPUT - Analog Strings, Signal, Substance, Exhale, REV, Rev X Loops - HEAVY on the CPU!!
Gospel Muscians TGX-99 - wonderful EP's! Neo Soul Keys, Pure Synth Platinum 2, TGX-85, The BlueBeast
Production Voices - Concert Grand Compact, Estate Grand, Production Grand Compact, StudioGrand - great pianos
Versilian Studios VSCO Pro, Bowed Psaltery, Strumstick - mmmmm, another waste of money..
Arturia V Collection 6, Pigments.
Steinberg Halion 6 - very bland, Groove Agent 3 (old but instantly usable), Groove Agent 4 - upgrade and instantly unusable!
Light and Sound Chamber Strings 2
Musical Sampling Trailer Strings - really gorgeous mellow sounds, perfect for a "cushion", Soaring Strings - lovely!
Profanity Instruments - Concert Grand - a bargain piano and very playable, Profanity organ - another bargain and low on the CPU.
RED ROOM Audio - Symphonic Sketchpad, Melodics, Cue Builders
FLUFFY AUDIO - Simple Jazz Bass, My Piano
Sonoma Wire Works - DrumCore 4 Prime
and lots of others........ and an ever evolving list of new plug ins and updates..