What’s the Difference Between Stock Plugins and Premium Plugins?

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Question: What’s the difference between stock and premium plugins?

Just like there are those who think gear is the only thing that matters, there are those who say you can’t get a good mix using stock plugins.

I simply disagree with that line of thinking!

Now of course there are some differences between stock plugins and premium plugins, which I discuss below…

Key Takeaways

  • Stock plugins can be just as effective as premium plugins for cleaning up your mix.
  • The biggest difference between stock and premium plugins is how they “color” the sound.
  • The skills and technique of the producer will ALWAYS matter more than the type of plugin used.
  • If you’re a beginner… don’t worry about buying expensive plugins… develop skills with the stock plugins in your DAW first.

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