Every now and then, a plug-in really resonates with me. Two that I've taken a liking to lately draw a lot of CPU, but they do it for me. Both have free trials if they sound interesting to you.
The first is the Scheps Parallel Particles processor. I'm usually skeptical of the "don't ask what's under the hood, it's a magic plug with cool graphics" type of plug-in, but I've found it really useful. I wrote a blog post
for the Waves web site about it, so if you want the full story on what I like about it, check it out. I'd be curious how anyone else using this plug-in feels about it.
The second is IK Multimedia's Stealth limiter. I'm always looking for a mastering limiter that doesn't sound like a mastering limiter, and this one is pretty close to that ideal. It's part of the T-Rack5 plug-in suite, and I've been using it on my upcoming release. I don't know what's under the hood, of course IK claims they have some special magic, but it does sound a lot more transparent than most mastering limiters. I wonder if any of you are using it, and if so, what you think.