Best Mixing Plugin Bundles for Music Production in 2022
Mixing is a core integral part of the music creation process and it takes years of practice to master this skill. Not only do you need hours of practice, the plugins and the sound systems(headphones/gear) that you use play a big role in the process. For the scope of this article, we will be listing down the best mixing plugin bundles for music production.
Top 10 Mixing Plugin Bundles for Music Production
1. Fabfilter Total Bundle
Fabfilter is one of those few names in the music production space that probably needs no introduction. Their mixing plugins have become the industry standard over the years and are totally worth all the hype. The total bundle contains all their plugins released to date. The bundle has 14 plugins and if you individually purchase these plugins, it will cost you $2031. However, in the total bundle, you get all 14 for $999. Included within are:
a. Pro – R [Reverb]
b. Pro L 2 [Limiter]
c. Pro MB [Multi band compressor and expander]
d. Pro Q3 [EQ]
e. Pro C 2 [Compressor]
f. Pro DS [De-esser]
g. Pro G [gate]
h. Saturn 2 [distortion/saturation]
i. Twin 2 [synth]
j. Timeless 3 [tape delay]
k. Volcano 3 [filter plugin]
l. One [synth plugin]
m. Simplon [basic filter]
n. Micro [mini filter]
2. Waves Diamond Mixing Bundle
Diamond contains 76 audio mixing and mastering plugins from Waves. This bundle is quite cost-effective as you get plugins worth $2999 for just $299. It contains everything from EQ to reverb to pitch correction to spatial imaging and way more. Diamond also includes some Waves flagship plugins such as V-Comp, L3 Multimaximizer, Doubler, H-Delay, PuigTec EQ, etc. You’ll probably find a plugin for every single mixing and mastering requirement.
3. Soundtoys 5 Mixing Bundle
Soundtoys 5 bundle contains all 21 plugins from the brand. Soundtoys has developed some of the most popular plugins in the music industry. Their plugins such as the Decapitator, Little AlterBoy, EchoBoy, etc. have won numerous awards and are considered one of the best alternatives in their specific categories. Also included within is the new Soundtoys Effect Rack. You can create a multi-effects system of plugins using the Effect rack thereby opening up endless room for creativity. The bundle is available for $499.
4. iZotope Music Production Suite 5
The Music Production Suite 5 contains 12 of the best iZotope VST plugins. Also included within is the new Neutron 4 mixing suite, surround reverbs with Stratus 3D plus Symphony 3D by Exponential Audio, and six additional plugins from Brainworx. One of the most popular iZotope plugins, the RX 9 is included in the bundle as well. RX 9 is an audio repair toolkit that serves plenty of purposes such as extracting vocals, cleaning recorded samples and many more. The Music Production Suite 5 is currently on sale and available for only $499. On top of all this, you’ll also receive two major flagship product updates to your suite this fall at no additional cost
5. SSL Native Essentials Bundle
The Native Essentials bundle is a combination of 2 of the most powerful SSL plugins, SSL Native Channel Strip 2 & SSL Native Bus Compressor 2. The channel strip is a software emulation of the SSL 9000K console. The EQ section contains a 4-band design with EQ, and the option to switch between E- and G-Series tonal characteristics. The Soft ratio compression keeps dynamic character intact while evening out peaks.
Speaking of the SSL Native Bus Compressor 2, this plugin is an emulation of the SSL G-Series center section bus compressor. This compressor is one of the most reputed pieces of audio processing tools. Used on a countless number of #1 worldwide hits, it’s the favorite pick of producers, mixing and mastering engineers across the globe. The u.s.p of the Bus Compressor is its ability to glue together a mix.
The Native Essentials Mixing Bundle is a bit expensive but definitely worth the buck.
6. Mastering The Mix Complete Collection
This bundle is a bit different from the rest of the options on this list. The reason being is the uniqueness of the Mastering The Mix plugins from usual mixing plugins. Within the bundle, you also get 2 eBooks, How the Pros Make Hits and Never Get Stuck Again. Included within are:
1. Reso [Dynamic Resonance Suppressor]
2. Expose 2 [Quality Control Application]
3. Mixroom [Intelligent and versatile EQ]
4. Bassroom [Low End Balancer]
5. Animate [Multi purpose tool to inject life into your mixes]
6. Reference 2 [Track referencing tool]
7. Levels [Identify Technical issues in mix]
You can get the Mastering The Mix complete bundle for $449.00.
7. Kilohearts Ultimate Bundle
Plugin manufacturers, Kilohearts came to the limelight a few years ago with their synth VST, PhasePlant. PhasePlant provided a new dimension to sound design. Not only the synth vst is a must-have but also their effect plugins are definitely something to watch out for. The Ultimate Bundle comes with Phase Plant, along with all other hosts and effects. Most importantly once you purchase the Ultimate Bundle you receive lifetime free updates. Another exciting inclusion in the Ultimate Bundle is the SnapHeap. Within SnapHeap you can build up to seven serial or parallel effects chains and modulate every parameter using Kilohearts’ powerful modular modulation system. You’ll probably find an effect within the bundle for every single purpose. The best part is that the effects are quite compact and easy to understand.
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