Your best music software purchase(s) of 2021 thread

Same as every year… Cubase.

But Cantabile is a close second!


Vienna Bosendorfer Imperial
Cherry Audio Memorymode (Memorymoog)

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Bought a bunch of patch libraries for Unify (the plugin that I use to rule all other plugins now, making multi-VST patches to use standalone or in any DAW or in Cantabile; no more Cantabile-specific racks that don’t work elsewhere) such as:

  • Planet Pluck
  • Megamagic Pads 2 Mosaic
  • Chill Guitar
  • UniChill
  • Megamagic Keys

Also got the final step in Cubase upgrades, to Pro this year. No more watching YouTube explanations on how to do X feature and then realizing that most tutorials are based on Pro, with features I didn’t have.


Hi Lowell,

I’ve been watching the videos about Unify and thinking it might be a good idea. Would be very interested in hearing more about your experience with it. Do you find the Unify patch libraries key to success with it?


Korg Collection at holiday sale price. I had some of the apps already but just getting Triton Extreme made it worth it to me. Not to mention the larger GUI’s.


Another high value (for me) find came from Torsten’s thread about the Production Voices C300 Grand compact edition. It’s way more than passable for not much $. Thanks again Torsten for the heads up on that one!

Their FM library is great.

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Accoustic Samples Guitar Pack. It includes Guild GD 6 and Gibson Sunbird accoustic guitars, plus a number of Strat and Telecaster electric guitars. They are fully sampled, with chord strums, solo and patterns, hammer-ons, pull-offs, palm mutes, and finger-movement string “squeaks”. They also did the sampling work for Steinberg’s M Guitar and T Guitar (samples of Martin and Taylor guitars). I am waiting for AS to port it over to UVI Workstation.

Olympus Choir is excellent value for money. There are better, more comprehensive ones, but they cost much, much more. This does most of what I want from a choir vst without costing the earth.

Seventh Heaven convolution reverb is very high quality, and Baby Audio’s “Spaced Out” reverb which combines echo patterns with huge, lush reverbs and uses a brilliantly easy to use GUI to produce “how on earth did they do that?” reverb soundscapes. Highly recommended.

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All the Neural DSP plugs, Mercuriall plugs, Nembrini plugs, ML Sound Labs, Amplitube 5 upgrade, Softube, Acoustic Samples V-Horns, Ample Sound Laptop Steel (based on David Gilmour’s rig), Arturia Pigments, Martinic AX73, Korg Triton Extreme, Native Instruments Stradivari Violin and Cello, and various others. To answer the question…yes, I am broke! :smirk:


If these are your best purchases, I dare not think of the full list. :wink:


There were many more, but I would have to do a search to remember them all. :grin:

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That’s the trouble with VSTs - once you’ve got one, you get deluged with ads for others and they are all impossible to ignore! You’ve just GOTTA HAVE 'EM!

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I took the plunge for Trilian. I love it. Cubase Pro 11 upgrade is fantastic and their stock DSP and channel strip is pretty sick. However, the most used new software I got this year is Ableton 11. Wow! I love it! I started at v9, but 11 has some great additions. I have vacated the plugin-accumulation since the VSTi’s that I have are equipped with stellar onboard DSP and dynamics.

This is where I am these days. Fab Filter plug-ins are the only things I am craving at this time.

I’d have to say based on usage I should also mention IZotope’s $49 Holiday Bundle. Neutron, Ozone and the Exponential Audio reverbs are getting heavy use here. All basic boring stuff, but their implementations are all very good imo.

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I’m with sekim on the holiday bundle…definite winner, and I also give a :+1: to OB-Xd and MinimogueVA. Though the last 2 are 32 bit, I have no problems with either. They are not the originals, but they are as the saying goes, “close enough for rock n’ roll”.

End of last year I discovered the FinalMix Bus Lite plugins- nice little time savers but no vst3 versions.

I don’t know about Minimogue, but OB-Xd is definitely available in 64 bit architecture - and it’s free!

Another 2021 purchase I really enjoy: BlueCat’s ReGuitar.

Makes it a breeze to get through a gig with just one guitar - just simulate the ones you don’t carry with you. I just plug in my humbucker axe, and for the U2 stuff, I “convert it to strat” :wink: . Definitely good enough for live…

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I assume my many posts about using it live for over the last 2 years took hold? :rofl:


Which ones do you cover if you don’t mind me asking?