Personally, I’ve never found a compelling reason to spend 200+ dollars on any single mixing plugin. While I have absolutely no doubt they are top notch and amazing pieces of software, I use EQ all the time and found there is no difference in sound quality or function with virtually any of them. I used the FL Studio Parametric EQ2 for years, and now I use sonible Smarteq2 or the stock cubase eqs. I’m sure I would enjoy the fabfilter plugins, but I also am fully aware of trends and bandwagons (I’ve even recommended them before to someone, due to hype and user enthusiasm rather than personal experience!) and don’t want to necessarily spend that much money on a plugin that does what I can already do. Again, not saying they aren’t worth it at all, and if I had them I’m sure I’d love them, but to me personally I have what I need already. It’s also always going to be jarring to switch to a new brand/interface when you are used to using another.
Have you checked out some tutorials or YouTube vids to see if there is anything you are overlooking as far as function and ease of use?
As far as Hollywood Strings, I agree they are fantastic and often get overlooked. I personally believe the Hollywood Orchestra is the best value in the business, and still one of the absolute best sounding. However, after years of collecting and exploring various libraries, I do have string libraries I believe are much better, both in sound, playability, and ease of use, and I almost never use them anymore. That does not mean they are bad whatsoever, I’ve always preferred Kontakt by a landslide and I think the most important thing is, we all have our own favorite sound and flavor.
I also think this is an important lesson in something I mentioned earlier: bandwagons and trends. I see it all the time: Hollywood Strings are dated, Play engine is the worst thing to ever happen, EW sucks, etc…
I wholeheartedly disagree, while I do have libraries I prefer, people read these comments and then often pass them along as fact, basically like spreading rumors in school. I prefer other libraries and engines, yes, but Hollywood Strings can easily compete with the best of them if I needed them to. I guess I’m also glad that you shared this, because you are judging with your ears, as opposed to online gossip haha. It’s the best way to go, if you love it, screw what others think