Not many of us have the room or even the money to justify expensive, space-consuming outboard gear, but why worry when there are so many in-the-box sound processors at our disposal?
Whether you're in pursuance of that ultimate emulation of an oft sought-after classic, or you want to have all your processing tools in one place, this year's picks have you covered.
Check out the vast list of mixing/mastering plugins we've reviewed over the last 12-months and tell us which one is your favorite.
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