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Game Audio Plugins

If you create and manipulate audio it's important to have great tools. Most DAWs come with their own basic plugins such as EQ, reverb, delay and compression. It's always a good idea to learn these by starting with the presets and eventually create your own settings which can then be saved as templates for use on every session. Many game audio professionals are reaching for third-party plugins from companies that specialize in specific functionality.

Fabfilter is a company that has turned the entire industry upside down with their EQ, reverb and compression plugins. You'll be hard pressed to find a review out there that falls short of "jaw dropping". This is due to the fantastic sound, functionality and frequency analysis all happening at once. The visual feedback in their plugins brings a new dimension of information, resulting in less guesswork and heightened productivity. The following are spotlighted due to their unmatched value and quality:

 

EQ - Fabfilter Pro-Q 2

Equalization is the "process of adjusting the balance between frequency components within an electronic signal". It's a must-have tool for mixing and mastering, so it makes sense to use the best one in the industry. FabFilter Pro-Q 2 features insanely high sound quality and a graphic interface that brings your workflow to life. This plugin is educational in how it literally sheds light on the warts in your mix.

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Reverb - Fabfilter Pro-R

Reverb is created when a sound or signal is reflected causing a large number of reflections to build up and then decay as the sound is absorbed by the surfaces of objects in the space. It's the most used effect in the world. A great reverb sounds natural and sits in the mix perfectly. More extreme settings can emulate a cave or catherdral, while basic settings simply give the sound more space. FabFilter Pro-R is a fine addition to any game audio studio

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Compression - Fabfilter Pro-C 2

A compressor normalizes the dynamic range of the audio input signal based on a threshold value. This effect is used virtually everywhere in recording making it another essential audio tool. FabFilter Pro-C 2 is a high-quality compressor plug-in for everything from subtle mastering compression to lead vocals, drums or heavy pumping: Pro-C 2 gets the job done.

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