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Recommended by Aubrey Whitfield

Every week I will update this page with the best plugin deals and offers I can find. Most of the plugins featured are used by me regularly in my mixing chains. Check out my 'Aubrey Recommendation' section for some tips on each plugin featured.

Latest Plugin Deals

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OZONE MASTERING EQ

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Ozone 11 EQ is the go-to equalizer plugin for mastering pros, packed with features to enhance any mix. Shape the impact of your tracks with the new Transient/Sustain mode. Zero in on problem frequencies with the easy-to-use interface, and shape your stereo image using Mid/Side mode. Get all that and much more with this flexible, powerful EQ plugin. Add it to your toolkit for free and take your productions to the next level.

Aubrey's Recommendation:

This is a brilliant free plugin that you need to get! I've been a fan of Izotope's Ozone 11 for a while and I use its EQ on my mastering chain or mixbus as a surgical EQ tool. I find that it is probably the most accurate EQ and shows a real honest perspective of what's happening across the mix. I particularly love the mid-side controls which are so easy to use. I love the interface as well - beautifully designed and so intuitive to use. Can't believe it's free actually! Bravo Izotope and Native Instruments!

WAVES TUNE REAL-TIME

$39.99

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Waves Tune Real-Time eliminates the creative disconnect that happens when you track a vocal, but can’t hear the pitch effects until mixdown. With Waves Tune Real-Time, what you hear is what you track. Good-bye, guesswork—you’ll know what your vocal will sound like when it’s time to mix.

You can set Waves Tune Real-Time to be anywhere from natural and transparent, to creative and extreme. Best of all, you can concentrate on your vocal’s feel, while Waves Tune Real-Time takes care of the pitch—

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Aubrey's Recommendation:

What I like about this plugin is that it can produce natural tuned results, and that infamous AutoTune sound that we all either love or late! So like Melodyne and AutoTune in one! If you have a vocal that is generally in tune but needs some fine-tuned pitch correction, then this plugin can do it. If you need that T-Pain AutoTune effect purely for 'effect' purposes, then this plugin can do it too. 

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MAGMA BB TUBES

$39.99

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There’s nothing quite like the magic of huge-sounding analog tube saturation—and this one must be heard to be believed. An original-design plugin from Waves Audio's Magma series, the unique blend of the BEAUTY and BEAST knobs offers a versatile sonic pallet from delicate to beyond aggressive, to help you create expensive-sounding productions.

You’ll find BB Tubes is incredibly addictive. Once you start using it on your drums, vocals, guitars, bass, synths, mix bus and absolutely everything, it’s hard to go back. Incredible tones are simple to dial in without overthinking, and parts will simply feel “finished” in the mix far quicker than before.

OFFER ENDS:
30 Dec

Aubrey's Recommendation:

I only recently disocvered this plugin but it is now one of the not-so-secret plugins in my mixes! Like Waves say, it sounds good on everything. It beefs everything up! Get massive sounding drums, fat bass and thick vocals. I'd go as far to say that it's one of Waves' best ever plugins!

Tube-Tech Equalizer Collection Mk II.  

£86.35

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Fat, tube-driven, passive equalizers can be so much more than functional tools. They impart character and style to any source; drums, synths, vocals, guitars, strings, brass… you name it! As such, they’ve been sought after in top-of-the-line international studios for decades, and their sound enriches the textures of thousands of classic records, in every genre you can imagine.

Now combined into a single plug-in, which not only improves the workflow but allows for a revitalised approach to the sonics using Softube's latest digital signal processing technology, the Tube-Tech Equalisers Mk II are a huge step forward for an already phenomenal pair of processors.

By combining the PE 1C and ME 1B equalizers, Softube have made a new beast which benefits from Softube's latest signal-processing technology. Sound engineers all over the world praise the 'Pultec' tube-driven passive equalizer PE 1C for its super huge bass and its silky shiny treble. The all-new high-res graphics look absolutely stunning on any display.

OFFER ENDS:
31 Oct

OFFER ENDS:
7 Jan

Aubrey's Recommendation:

Ah the Tube-Tech's from Softube are incredible! They have been used on countless hit records and for a reason! I use these as a 'tonal' EQ to help shape the sound and also add that lovely analog smoothness and high-end sheen. Basically, 'polish'. And in this deal you get two EQs for just £86 which is crazy and they're about £200 each when not on sale. One of the secrets of pro sounding mixes for sure.

MAGMA SPRINGS (REVERB)

$39.99

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31 Oct

OFFER ENDS:
30 Dec

About:

Spring reverb is nostalgic, but timeless. It makes some things sound vintage, and other things sound fresh. Its metallic twang defined eras, and its boingy resonance adds a personal touch on mixes that you need to hear.

Some reverbs melt into the mix. Others boast a distinctive character. Spring reverb does both. Once it’s on you can no longer imagine the part without it. This could explain its cult following since the 1950s.

Magma Springs is a collection of our 7 favourite types of spring reverb – each one a peek into a world of style. Try them on any part, any genre, and imbue your tracks with unparalleled magic.

Aubrey's Recommendation:

If you are after a 'classic' reverb sound - think indie, rock, old school hip-hop, Motown, Soul then this spring reverb plugin will recreate that sound for you! it also sounds great on electric guitars. Probably one of the best spring reverbs I've ever heard to be honest. 7 different spring reverbs to choose from as well so very diverse. Highly recommend this new reverb plugin from Waves!

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SHAPERBOX 3

£79.95 / $89

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ShaperBox is your go-to tool for rhythmic inspiration, musical motion, and mixing magic. Ten powerful Cableguys Shaper effects come together in one easy, modern interface.

 

ShaperBox 3 is the go-to plugin for inspiration, musical motion and mixing magic. Each of ShaperBox’s ten powerful multiband effects – Volume, Time, Drive, Filter, Crush Noise, Pan, Width, Liquid and the new Reverb – is a blank canvas for your creativity. Just add a Shaper and draw any wave shape you can imagine to control the effect, all with a simple visual interface that makes producing fast and fun.

With Cableguys’ easiest ever LFO editing, you can intuitively design fluid sweeps, angled lines, or stepped patterns. Unlock a world of rhythmic exploration and precision production in just a few clicks. Make your music move with effects patterns that sync to your song – or trigger them in any rhythm with MIDI and new Audio Triggering.

Use ShaperBox to turn bland melodies into unique variations. Cook up fresh ear candy from even the most basic samples. Warp the fabric of time with half-speed slooow-downs, glitches, stutters and scratches. Sidechain with total flexibility across three frequency bands. Warp, distort, bitcrush, filter, pan, flange, widen, add noise… And so much more. It’s the ultimate plugin for modern mixes and infinite inspiration.

Aubrey's Recommendation:

ShaperBox is basically an effects plugin that has 10 different effects built into its interface. I've been using ShaperBox for years. It's one of my favourite effects plugins! It's my go-to plugin for sidechain effects on my pads, and for using a sweep filter on my transitions between song sections. The ShaperBox 3 has also seen a new reverb effect added to it which is top quality - and you can combine it with the other effects available to creae really unique sounding effects, synths, drums and whatever else!

Extremely playful, easy to use, and the fastest way to create, warp, twist, stretch, filter or crush sounds. Great deal on offer here with a saving of $251!

OFFER ENDS
30 Dec

OXFORD INFLATOR

£35.00

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OFFER ENDS:
5 DEC

About:

A unique and powerful plugin to increase loudness, without sacrificing sonic quality or dynamic range. Add power and presence to your mix without the pumping of compression, or use on individual channels to bring them forward and add weight. Perfect to help vocals cut through the mix.

 

When driven harder, Inflator delivers tube-like musical warmth and provides the ‘sonic glue’ you need to gel your mix together!

Features

  • Fully 64-bit compliant

  • Adds presence and tube-like warmth

  • Increases perceived loudness of any material

  • Provides virtual headroom above digital maximum

  • Direct and band-split modes

Aubrey's Recommendation:

This is my secret to loud mixes! i place it before my limiter on my master channel and it's adds massive loudness without compressing anything. It's a pure volume booster that can make your mixes competitively loud. And, if you really push it, it can bring out that tube-like warmth and presence which sounds really musical.

I'd be lost without this plugin. And you save about £100 with this offer so well worth the investment!

OXFORD LIMITER

£59.00

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5 DEC

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Having crafted and refined your mix, join the growing number of professionals who’ve chosen the Oxford Limiter to deliver maximum loudness, density and presence - whilst retaining the kind of clarity and transient detail that conventional brick-wall limiting can’t.

The plugin is a true peak limiter that offers recently enhanced levels of processing and metering accuracy. The result is that you get to see and automatically correct otherwise invisible reconstruction overloads - and conform to the accepted industry ITU-R BS.1770-4 standard.

Whether you’re after the Oxford Limiter's hallmark transparency or heavier creative effects, its advanced look-ahead processing and unique Enhance function provide the sample-value limiting and musical boost needed to reliably avoid clipping and confidently increase apparent loudness.

Features

  • Peak limiting with attack, release & variable soft-knee

  • Enhance section to increase perceived loudness 

  • Recon meter shows actual rather than sampled signal 

  • Auto Comp fixes recon errors without losing overall loudness: conforming to the industry's true peak measurement standard (ITU-R BS.1770-4)

  • Audition and apply TPDF dither for 24-bit and 16-bit output word lengths with four types of variable noise shaping

  • Four variable-strength noise shaping modes for use with highly dynamic program material

  • Full backwards compatibility with previous plugin versions

  • Great library of factory presets to get you started

Aubrey's Recommendation:

This is my go-to limiter for mastering! What sets it apart from other limiter's in my opinion is the 'enhance' section which gives you extra control over the limiting process. 

The 'Recon' meter is another brilliant feature of this limiter. Simply, turn 'Recon' on and if the output hits the red then it means your mix could have distorted artefacts in it once it goes through the transcoding process ready for use on streaming platforms. To fix this, you then select the ;auto comp' button and you're sorted!

Combine this with the Oxford Inflator above and you have a killer master chain already! By the way, you save £175 with this offer!

SSL G-BUSS COMPRESSOR

$29.99

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30 Dec

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Ask any pro engineer—there’s nothing like the SSL G-Master on the stereo bus. Originally strapped across SSL console master buses to “glue” mixes together into a solid, cohesive experience, the SSL G-Master is also ideal for drum buses, backup vocals, and even solo instruments.

The SSL G-Master Buss Compressor’s crucial role in hit after hit has stood the test of time—and Waves’ emulation faithfully re-creates this essential sound.

Aubrey's Recommendation:

This is literally one of my favourite plugins ever! I use it on my master bus for that analog 'glue' and it adds a lovely polish and professionalism to my mixes.

I also use it on my drum bus to make the drums sound more coherent and make them sound more 'together'

One of the best plugins for making your mixes sound professional.

Tip: Turn off the 'analog' button as it just creates a hiss sound. Also be aware that this is a 'buss' compressor which is more suited to treating 'groups' of instruments like on your master bus, on a guitar bus, a drum bus or backing vocal bus.

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API 2500 COMPRESSOR

$35.99

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In studios around the world, the API 2500 has earned a reputation for always being able to deliver the right solution for virtually any compression need. Based on precise, accurate VCA-type technology, the API 2500 is all about choice—including compressor topologies, punch, and tone.

A modern classic, the API 2500 has now been discovered by a new generation of modern producers in hip hop, pop/R&B, dance, and rock, who treasure the punchy vibe that brings drums and grooves to life.

OFFER ENDS:
30 Dec

Aubrey's Recommendation:

If I'm after a cleaner sounding mix the API 2500 is my go-to buss compressor. If you mix modern pop, hip-hop, rock, or any other genre where you want a transparent, yet smooth sounding mix, the API 2500 is a brilliant choice! It's great for bringing out some of the instruments in a mix and adds a real modern sound to the mix. I'd be lost without it! Also try it on drums - sounds incredible!

WAVES STUDIOVERSE

£12.50 per month / FREE Trial

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Find thousands of plugin preset chains, with more added regularly. Each chain is a complete mixing or production solution for your tracks. Any instrument, sound, style, or genre—all accessible directly from your DAW so you never break your workflow. 

 

StudioVerse chains are created by Grammy-winners like Young Guru, Chris Lord-Alge, and Jacquire King, plus hundreds of top pros. And you too! StudioVerse is an open online system where you can share your own chains with a growing community.

Aubrey's Recommendation:

I was recently asked by Waves to create some of my mixing chains on their StudioVerse platform. So you will find my actual plugin settings from my following mixing chains:

- Loud Mastering Chain

- Fat Bass

- Modern Pop Vocal Chain

- Punchy Drum Bus

Simply load their StudioRack plugin in your DAW and access thousands of pre-made mixing chains from the likes of Chris Lord-Alge and other top-level mix engineers.

I'd highly recommend this if you are starting to learn mixing or you are struggling to get a professional sounding mix. Give the free trial a go and see what you think! Remember to check out my chains under Aubrey Whitfield!

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