Remember, gear choices are very personal, so what I like might not work for you, or in web gear parlance, YMMV (your mileage may vary). Even though the following are numbered, the order will change for me all the time. Here we go:
2. Maag EQ4: It you need sparkle and/or girth on a track or even the entire mix, the Maag is the way to go. Even in the midrange, it can help define a mix element in a way that you might not expect. This is the one I go to if the bottom end needs some help.
3. Manley Massive Passive: This is my go-to plugin for vocals. It can add sparkle and heft to a vocal done even on an SM58 in a way that few others can. It's perfect for carving out space in the mix for a track.
|Digirack EQ 3|
5. Harrison 32C: I was never a big fan of the console, but I sure do like the plugin. Once again, I find that I use this on instruments with a lot of mid-range or top end information. The only drawback is that it works a little too much like the real thing in that the control increments aren't detented.
|PSP McQ Channel Strip|
7. Pro Tools Digirack EQ 3 single band: I use filters a lot, and I mean on almost every track. If a track is working in the mix without any EQ, the first thing I'll reach for is this handy filter to get rid of any unneeded low or high frequencies that just clog up the mix.
8. API 550A: A number of companies make this plugin and they all have basically the same flavor. I grew up with API consoles so I'm partial after using it for so long, but this equalizer is definitely unique and can be surprisingly precise. I love it on the drums, especially toms.
|Trident A Range|
10. Little Labs VOG: The VOG is meant to either add girth or help define the bottom end of instruments that live in that frequency area like kick and bass. It's not something I use all the time, but it's really helpful when you need it.
There's a number of others worthy of the list, but I'll stop here for now. Let me say that I haven't tried everything out there, as I don't collect plugins nor try new ones as long as I have ones that work well for me, so I probably have overlooked many fine units/plugins. But if you want to know what I use, this is the list. Tell me what you use!
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