The Mega Bundle gives you unlimited access to many of the best music production plugins in the world. This includes plugins painstakingly modeled on some of the most iconic professional studio equipment in music production. To make sure you don’t miss any of the most sought-after plugins and to help our MEGA bundle subscribers dive in as soon as possible, here’s a rundown of the top five most popular Plugin Alliance plugins. So you can make sure you have all the best plugins for your collection in 2022.
Shadow Hills Class A
This plugin is modeled on one of the most exclusive, powerful and unique sounding compressors ever built: Only 50 hand-wired units of the Shadow Hills Class were ever built. Famed for the smooth, punchy, thick and rich tone it adds to whatever you run through it. This is also an excellent option for anyone looking to do side chain compression. The Shadow Hills compressor include Optical and Discrete compression sections for two-stage compression. This plugin also features simulated switchable output transformers: nickel for a top-end sparkle, iron for character in the mids, and steel for extra harmonic distortion.
Knif Audio Knifonium
This is an exacting recreation of the iconic, 26 vacuum-tube-driven Knifonium Synthesizer that is a favorite of legendary music producers including Hans Zimmer. This plugin version is officially endorsed and approved by Jonte Knif himself. This is the perfect synth plugin for anyone looking to add the sound of studio-quality tube-driven synth to their tracks. Create, luscious, unique analogue synth sounds with over 300 studio-grade effects at your fingertips.
bx_console SSL 9000 J
This patented TMT emulation of the SSL 9000 J is a must for anyone interested in producing tracks with that distinct SSL sound. This console put the legendary studio console straight into your DAW, including controls for compressors, Gates, Gain, and Faders across 72 distinct sounding channels.This plugin is a particular favorite of Rock, Pop, and Rap producers. The original featured on a wide range of tracks from Black Eyed Peas, Usher, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Aerosmith, Evanescence, Britney Spears, Madonna, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Shakira, Santana, Joe Bonamassa, John Mayer, Coldplay, James Bay, Wyclef Jean, Nicki Minaj, Mary J. Blige, Yo Gotti, John Legend, DMX, Mary J Blige, Nas. Another major draw is that this plugin was made with the help of mixing legend Michael Brauer.
Black Box HG-2MS
The Blackbox HG-2 is much used and celebrated by mastering engineers including Dave Pensado, Bob Horn, and Heba Kadry. It adds a creamy tube-driven sound to anything you pass through it. If you are looking to make your mixes sound louder, bigger, and punchier at the same peak levels, this is the plugin for you.
The HG-2 also allows you to add back dry signal which is perfectly complemented by its distinct tube softness. This is the ideal plugin for adding sparkle to vocals, piano, string instruments and full mixes. The HG-2 MS is a Mid/Side version of the acclaimed HG-2. But it’s more than that. It also includes dedicated Mono mixing and Stereo buss versions, and now delivers More Saturation options and a wider variety of colors than ever before thanks to its new filter section. Select from highpass, lowpass, bandpass, and bandstop filters to tailor your saturation separately for each channel.
This is the perfect plugin for anyone trying looking to recreate the sound of classic parametric equalizers that played a huge rule in creating the sound of the 70s and 80s. This plugin includes five wide overlapping EQ brands offering up to 15DB of boost or cut, as well as adjustable bandwidth. It is also a great EQ for less experienced engineers, featuring presets from mastering legend Howie Weinberg.