Desert Island Plug-Ins


You’ve probably played this game before. It was probably with movies or books, though.

Let’s say you’re trapped on a desert island. This desert island is outfitted with a studio. And electricity. (The details are hairy, I’ll give you that.)

Basically, you need to pick the only five plug-ins you’ll use for the rest of your life.

This may sound like a silly game to play among fellow engineer nerds. It is. But thinking about this can actually help you as an engineer.

If you are forced to think about using only five plug-ins, you’ll realize what is important in your mixes.

And you’ll realize what’s not. That’s where the value comes in.

Great mixes do not require 100 different plug-ins. In fact, it’s possible to create an incredible mix with only five plug-ins.

Try doing this on a mix you’ve already completed. Then, compare the results with what you previously did.

1. Pick your 5 desert island plug-ins.

2. Make a mix with only those plugs.

3. Compare with a mix that used many more plugs.

Try it and see – you might find yourself using far fewer plug-ins in the future!

BTW – my 5 plug-ins would be: Waves VEQ4, Waves H-Comp, Waves TrueVerb, iZotope Ozone 5, and Slate Virtual Tape Machine. :) What’s yours?