Roland JV880 w/60s and 70s expansion board – Has some unbelievable Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Pianet, and Hammond sounds. Analog cable into a laptop DAW creates sounds that are classic; nostalgic.
Akai S2800 sampler……..creating drums with this just BEAT!!! The knock I get with this is nasty.
TAL Noisemaker – I can’t afford an analog synth. Hell, I can’t afford Arturia analog synth plugins. But, for free this is the best analog plugin in my arsenal. The screaming leads are PFunk all day. Again, this can not replace a hardware analog synth. But, it’s the best I got and is used a lot.
Omnisphere – I used to own a PC (before it broke down) with Sonar DAW. H.G. Fortune plugins had presets that would cut through a track, sitting independently on its own in the mix. As I moved over to a Mac, I did not have that ‘go to’ plugin that would sit in the mix like H.G. Fortune plugins. Then Djed19 (Da Fam Immediate) introduced me Omnisphere……….Whoa! This plugin can compete with H.G. Fortune plugins. Though H.G. Fortune limited versions are free without restrictions.
EXS24 – Al Hamdulillah! Being I am the owner of an Akai S2800, made operating the EXS24 plugin sampler easy. The functionality of the S2800 makes the drums sounds nasty. The functionality of the EXS24 creates a better sound for everything else. Also, time-stretching my samples in Logic Pro, then feeding it back into EXS24, makes the jams sound spot on. For that boom-bap(classic hiphop) sound I use the S2800. For a more polished sound, I go for the EXS24.
I do use other plugins. But, most of my beats were knocked out with these weapons of war.