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Plugin Alliance MEGA Bundle
The Plugin Alliance MEGA Bundle is currently the best deal for a plugin subscription.
I know, we all HATE subscriptions for our creative tools, but this is one that actually delivers VALUE with over a hundred amazing tools that actually sound good and make your mixes better.
I don’t want to push a subscription on anyone, but you really need to do the math to see what it actually costs per plugin, per day, and then figure out if having access to all of these tools would provide more value than the cost.
We have a full run down of cost per plugin here.
You can also purchase the full V1 MEGA Bundle outright for a shocking $7000!
Though, it makes more sense to subscribe since you will get new plugins added to the bundle over time. With the purchased version, you get what you get.
Of course there are always improvements that can be made to any subscription program, it happens all the time with cable or phone service – which are also subscriptions.
If I wanted to make this subscription even better I would institute a policy that allows a subscriber to receive a full license to any plugin after 12 months. I would also suggest lowering the subscription price for people who already own several plugins and continually lower the price if a user purchases more plugins.
For example, I’ve purchased a couple more plugins (full licenses) since I’ve been a subscriber to the MEGA Bundle, but my monthly price it still the same.
Did I need to purchase the plugins? No, I already had access to them with the subscription. But, they were a good price with a voucher and it’s always nice to own as many plugins as you can.
It would be a good addition to the sub if your price went down based on the licenses you already own.
However, I do see this from Plugin Alliance’s view as well. Having such a dynamic system could create confusion in billing, and I’m sure they would argue that it’s still a good deal since you are getting access to all new plugins as well, and that does add a lot of value to the plan.
But, the bottom line is this, even if things could be improved, there are simply NO better plugin subscription plans available today. PERIOD!
This is the BEST subscription plan currently available when you consider all you get, the quality of the plugins, and the price of the hardware units you would need to re-create the same professional, high-quality sound.
As of November 22, 2019, there are 109 plugins included with the MEGA Bundle. This number will increase over time, so be sure to check the Plugin Alliance website for the currently included plugins.
Watch the video at the bottom of the page to see ALL of the included plugins in a single video.
With the MEGA Bundle you are getting EQs, compressors, limiters, guitar amps, bass amps, stomps pedals, classic consoles, synths, delays, reverb, fx, and so much more.
Many of the included plugins are modeled after hardware that costs $5,000, $7,000, and even $10,000 or more per unit!
Plus, many of the plugins include something called TMT, or Tolerance Modeling Technology.
What is TMT? Simply put, it’s the thing most other plugins that model hardware are missing!
If you take an SSL 4000 E console for example, each channel will have parts that are slightly (and I do mean slightly) different from each other. This is because there is a TOLERANCE when manufacturing each component that goes into an EQ or Compressor for example.
And it’s exactly these tiny, tiny differences that give you a true “analog sound” (along with proper modeling of course).
In many modeled plugins, like an SSL Console model, only one channel is modeled.
This means when you put it across all your tracks it will probably sound good, but it won’t be like using a real desk, because you are essentially running all your tracks though only ONE modeled channel.
But, with TMT, you can use different modeled channels on each track and when they are combined together…. BOOM!
It sounds so good.
The MEGA Bundle includes the best channel strips based on legendary desks that I have ever heard.
I’m talking about SSL 4000 E and G, a couple awesome Neve consoles, and the rare Focusrite Studio Console.
The guitar amps and bass amps are the absolute best to date. I have tried almost every amp plugin around, and in over 12 years of using amp plugins, these are the BEST. The Mesa Dual Rectifier feels like the real thing, the Diezel Herbert and VH4 are the best models you will find for those amps. The ENGL E646 VS is brutal and also warm and clean when needed. And that’s just naming a few of the included amps.
The officially approved Ampeg bass amp models have set a new standard (as have the guitar amps).
The elysia EQs and compressors give you the authentic sound of the hardware units, and these units are not cheap!
There are too many plugins to go in-depth with in one article, but below we’ll have pictures of each plugin included as well as a video with sound samples.
Here’s a list of the brands included in the MEGA Bundle:
- Lindell Audio
- DS Audio
- Unfiltered Audio
- ACME Audio
- Maag Audio
- Pro Audio DSP
- Purple Audio
- Shadow Hills
- Dangerous Music
- Louder Than Liftoff
- Dear Reality
- Fiedler Audio
- ADPTER AUDIO
- Black Box Analog Design
As of Nov. 22, 2019 the break down by type of plugin is
- 6 Channel Strips
- 3 Virtual Instruments
- 18 Mix Tools/Trix
- 20 Dynamics
- 16 Equalizers
- 6 Reverb & Delay
- 13 Guitar & Bass
- 10 Pedals & Tools
- 4 3D & Space
- 9 Tone/Character
- 4 Utilities
For a total of 109 plugins.
New plugins are added to the bundle as they are released, and if you are a current subscriber, you get them for no extra charge, which is pretty cool.
Here’s the current list of everything you get –
Brainworx bx_console Focusrite SC is based on the iconic Focusrite Studio Console. Only 10 of these consoles were ever made. It includes an EQ, compressor/limiter, de-esser, expander/gate, and more. Plus, the included TMT ensures authentic analog sound in the box.
Brianworx bx_console N is based on the incredible Neve VXS analog console. It includes a compressor/limiter, expander/gate, EQ, high and low pass filters, and more. It also features 72 TMT channels to ensure authentic Neve analog tone.
Brainworx bx_console SSL 4000 E and SSL 4000 G
Based on the legendary Solid State Logic 4000 E and G consoles, and officially approved by Solid State Logic. These channels strips each have 72 TMT channels of SSL goodness, EQ, compressor/limiter, expander/gate, filters, and everything else you need to nail that authentic SSL analog sound.
Lindell ChannelX is a collection of 3 units based on Lindell hardware.
The 6X-500 preamp, the PEX-500 EQ which is based on a Pultec, and the 7X-500 which is based on a 1176 style compressor/limiter. You can even arrange the modules however you want in the rack. And, each of these modules are available as individual plugins.
Lindell Audio 80 Series is based on the iconic Neve 8028 console. It includes preamp, EQ, filters, compressor, gate/expander, and line amp models. Nail the legendary sound of the Neve 1073/1084, 2254, and 1272 right in your DAW. It also includes 32 channels of TMT for the most authentic analog sound.
DS Thorn is a modern synth instrument built on Spectral Synthesis. It includes over 600 presets to get you started, 3 LFOs, 3 ADSR, 2 Multi-stage Envelopes, built-in effects, Glitch sequencer, and plenty more tools for crafting your sound.
Unfiltered Audio LION is a BEAST. This synthesizer is impressively deep, creative, and sounds amazing.
It features over 20 oscillator modes, tons of built in effects from BYOME, and an unlimited amount of possible sounds.
Brainworx bx_stereomaker is a Mid-Side upmixing plugin that converts any mono signal to stereo and keeps them 100% mono-compatible. This is one of my personal favorite plugins to use on guitars for a wide wall-of-sound in seconds. It works equally as well on piano, vocals, or any mono source.
Brainworx bx_subsynth is based on the dbx 120XP Subharmonic Synth enhanced with Brainworx magic.
It will generate bass frequencies lower than the source to produce thunderous low-end that will rattle windows and shake your bones.
elysia nvelope is a dynamic transient shaper that allows you to enhance or tame the attack and/or sustain of an instrument. Use Dual Band Mode for more targeted frequency processing, and EQ Mode to turn it into a high and low shelf EQ.
Noveltech Vocal Enhancer does just what it says, it enhances vocals with just a few controls that automatically adjusts a complex set of parameters in the back end. With only a few tweaks your vocals can instantly sound pro.
SPL Transient Designer Plus is a transient shaper that allows you to adjust the attack and sustain of a transient independent of level. It’s great on drums & cymbals, guitar, bass, piano, and even strings, vocals and any other source.
SPL DrumXchanger makes drum replacement easy. It comes with almost a Gig of pro samples, or use can load your own drum samples. Completely replace your drums or blend with the original sound to layer.
Unfiltered Audio BYOME or Build Your Own Modular Effect is a collection of over 40 effect modules, with over 400 presets to get you started. Everything from Reverb to Compression, to Pitch shift, to Delay, to glitch and everything in between can be done with BYOME. It’s truly a unique plugin.
Unfiltered Audio TRIAD is BYOMEs multi-band big brother. Process the low, mid, and high with different effects for a truly unique sound. Use everything from reverb, delay, pitch shift, glitch, distortion, EQ, compression, filters, modulation and so much more.
Unfiltered Audio Zip is a creative compressor and solves complex audio challenges fast. It provides both compression and downwards expansion. It also has unique analysis modes like Amplitude, Quietness, Brightness, Darkness, Noisiness, and Tonalness. Plus, there’s modulation.
Brainworx bx_masterdesk is a high-end analog mastering system in a single plugin. Literally everything run through this plugin sounds better. It’s one of my favorite plugins of all time. It just sounds good.
Brainworx bx_townhouse Buss Compressor is based one of the rarest compressors around. There was only ONE ever made and it was hand-built from SSL console parts. Use it on your mix buss in conjunction with an SSL Console and experience the awesomeness!
elysia alpha compressor is based on the $10,000 hardware unit. This is a mastering grade compressor with a sophisticated and complete set of dynamic controls. You’ll also get the Mix version which is stripped down and quick to use on individual instruments.
elysia mpressor is a compressor that also provides creative functions. It has a true feed forward design and allows negative ratios. Compress lightly without any artifacts or use it to create heavy pumping and breathing effects.
REVERB & DELAY
GUITAR & BASS
Ampeg SVT-3PRO bass amp is a digital replica of the real amp featuring a tube pre-amp and solid state power section. The tone of this bass amp is HUGE, yet tight and articulate. It’s one of my personal favorites.
Diezel Herbert is a metal monster! And with this officially approved model from Brainworx you can harness all of its metal glory in your DAW. You’ll get authentic Diezel tone, from clean to raging metal. It’s one of my favorite guitar amp plugins of all time. It’s literally perfect.
Diezel VH4 captures authentic Diezel tone from clean to ultra-high gain. It’s an exact model of the real amp, and is officially endorsed by Diezel. You won’t find a better model of this legendary metal amp anywhere.
ENGL E646 VS is a metal BEAST! It’s officially approved by ENGL and faithfully captures the tone and feel of the real amp. The clean channel of this amp is quiet amazing, it’s sparkling, warm, and articulate. And the lead channel is modern metal heaven! Again, it’s literally perfect and another of my personal favorites.
ENGL E765 RT gives you a nice warm tone for clean and crunch and can venture into high-gain territory, though, not nearly as far as the E646 VS. This amp is great for jazz, blues, rock, and vintage lead tones.
PEDALS & TOOLS
Brainworx bx_shedspread allows you to control the panning, stereo width, and tone of stereo guitar tracks and buses. Create powerful wide guitar tracks or use it on other stereo sources like piano or even a background vocal buss.
3D & SPACE
Dear Reality dearVR PRO allows you to mix your tracks anywhere in 3D space, but with even more features than dearVR MUSIC. It includes 46 virtual environments, occlusion control, playback in 2 channel binaural, 4 channel FOA, 9 Channel SOA, 16 Channel TOA in AmbiX or FuMA and surround all the way up to 13.1
- Channel Strips – 0:20
- Virtual Instruments – 2:31
- Mix Tools – 3:26
- Dynamics – 7:58
- Equalizers – 12:53
- Reverb & Delay – 16:17
- Guitar & Bass – 17:20
- Pedals & Tools – 21:05
- 3D & Space – 23:00
- Tone & Character – 24:16
- Utilities – 26:41
The Plugin Alliance MEGA Bundle is huge. It provides you with most of the tools you will need for any mixing job, and best of all, the plugins sound killer.
Checkout out Plugin Alliance Plugin Demo Playlist on YouTube.
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