My experience has been that a great engineer / mastering engineer can make stock plugins sound great. “Better” plugins can make things easier but if you have great ears and experience the stock plugins can be used very effectively.
Conversely, if you can’t make stock plugins sound good, “better” plugins won’t make a difference on the quality of your project.
I am not sure of the value of AJ’s exclusive catalog. With the massive library they now have I wonder if clients even know what is exclusive and what is not. It would be interesting to know if the disproportionate number of sales going to exclusives is because AJ bumps their appearance in search or if it is because they are exclusive. Maybe someone on staff could chime in.
Taco, I liked your graphic but it actually goes against AJ’s best interest. They make more money off non-exclusive content. Not sure why they won’t make the exclusive/non-exclusive playing field more even.
Thanks for all of the compliments everyone, it was very fun to build! Here is a link to a track that features the guitar.https://soundcloud.com/tim-brown-5/lazy-afternoon-audiojungle
Thanks everyone for the kind words!
I love music and guitars and recently took up guitar building. This is a guitar I just recently finished. I will soon be posting several AJ tracks that feature it. I have found guitar building to be a great escape, like music you can get totally lost in the process and forget about every thing else for a while.
This guitar is modeled off of the Stahl Series6 guitar. It has a bear claw sitka spruce top and mahogany back and sides with burled walnut and birdseye maple accents.
I have upgraded to Ozone 6 and not had any problems. I really like the sound of Ozone 6. It’s hard to tell how different it sounds than 5 but I feel like it is a bit warmer and smoother on the top end. I also like the presets quite a bit more. Most of the presets in 5 were too much and unusable but the ones in 6 are much more usable and not over the top.
I have tried it on a cello and piano with great success.
I really like the EQ on the Waves SSL Channel Strip plugin. You can add 9db of a frequency without it getting harsh, much like you can on a “real” SSL console.