These 3 essential FabFilter mixing plugins will supercharge your workflow - and they’re $90 off for Black Friday

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If you’re anything like me you’ll have masses of plugins in your DAW, and most of them you don’t actually end up ever using. It’s all too easy to get lost in trying endless compressor plugins, fatiguing your ears, and getting nowhere only to have to undo all your changes and be back at square one. Enter FabFilter’s essential plugins bundle which features three simple, yet powerful tools to help you craft a great mix. They’ve got a fantastic $90 reduction at Plugin Boutique at the moment, meaning you can focus your mixing workflow for less.

FabFilter Essentials: Was $359, now $269

FabFilter Essentials: Was $359, now $269
Containing the powerful Pro-Q 3 with its endless array of tone-shaping options, the ever-versatile Pro-C 2 which offers 8 different styles of compression in one plugin, and the all-new Pro-R 2 with its user-friendly interface, these three high-powered plugins will give you all the tools you need to get a great mix. Reduced by $90 at Plugin Boutique in their Black Friday sale, they’re must-have tools in any engineer’s arsenal.

An EQ plugin is undoubtedly the most powerful tool at your disposal for shaping your sound when mixing. Pro-Q 3 gives you a whopping 24 bands to play with on one of the best-looking and most user-friendly interfaces we’ve ever used. It’s our go-to EQ thanks to its ability to visually overlay the sound of different tracks over one another to find conflicts and its powerful mid/side processing capabilities.

We’ve got way too many compressor plugins and to be totally honest we don’t use most of them. The idea of having 8 compression types in one plugin is thus supremely appealing, and that’s exactly what you get with FabFilter’s Pro C-2. Whilst it doesn’t do ‘character’ compression that some plugins modeled on vintage units get you, it can fill any other role whether that’s a touch of glue or a full-on EDM pump. Like all FabFilter plugins, the visual aspect is especially appealing, allowing you to see in real time how your settings are affecting your sound source.

The newest addition to the FabFilter family comes in the form Pro-R 2, the reverb plugin that builds hugely on an original that was already fantastic. New algorithms, the ability to saturate your sounds, all-new impulse response loading, and a gorgeous UI make it a compelling plugin to use. It can simulate physical spaces, plate-style reverbs, and old-school digital reverb units so it will cover a lot of ground. It supports up to 9.1.6 Dolby Atmos and even allows you to EQ your reverb to the key of the song you’re working on, making it an incredibly powerful plugin. 

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Matt McCracken
Junior Deals Writer

Matt is a Junior Deals Writer at Guitar World and has been playing guitar as his main instrument for well over 20 years. He also plays drums, bass, and keys – producing out of his home studio in Manchester, UK. He has previously worked for Dawsons Music, Northwest Guitars, and freelanced for various magazines and blogs, writing reviews, how-to's, and features. When he's not downloading the latest VSTs or justifying yet another guitar pedal purchase, you'll find him making a racket with Northern noise hounds JACKALS.