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Software and Plug-ins


Software & Plugins

The world of digital recording is constantly changing. It’s important for professionals to have tools they can rely on day in and day out, and that means staying current with technology. Every recording setup needs at least one digital audio workstation (DAW), and most engineers utilize software plugins for audio processing within their DAW.

Digital Audio Workstations

Your DAW is the central nervous system of your rig. Whether you use Pro Tools, Digital Performer, Ableton, Cubase, or any other DAW, it’s purpose is the same: it is the landscape in which you sculpt your sounds. Determining what DAW is right for you depends on what your workflow is; some programs are ideal for syncing audio to video, while others are geared towards integration into live performances. Programs such as Logic are only compatible with Apple computers, while programs like Sony Vegas are Windows-based. Others, like Pro Tools HD, require compatible hardware.

Plugins – Signal Processing

Plugins are software that you run, typically within your DAW, to process audio in a variety of ways. Often these tools emulate classic pieces of hardware; just as a classic recording studio will have preamps, equalizers, compressors, reverbs, delays, de-essers, and so on, the modern audio engineer can have all of these tools at their fingertips, and for a small fraction of the price! Always wanted to have a Universal Audio LA-2A? Universal Audio also makes a plugin version for 10% of the price of the hardware version! You can also emulate guitar effects pedals and amplifiers, allowing you to connect your guitar directly to your interface and record without annoying your neighbors!

Plugins – Virtual Instruments

In addition to signal processing plugins, there is another kind called virtual instruments. These plugins often emulate instruments like keyboards, synthesizers, or drum machines. After a nice electric piano sound without having to track down a vintage Fender Rhodes? Try the Waves Electric 88 plugin for just $39!

The majority of our employees are engineers, producers, or musicians themselves and know these products intimately, so you can rest assured that you’ll be steered in the right direction. We carry virtually any audio software that you can imagine, and thanks to our Best Price Guarantee you can be sure that you won’t find a better price anywhere else. Our highly knowledgeable staff of experts is on hand 9am-6pm PST, Monday – Friday to assist you in finding the best plugin for the job.

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