Tools of the Trade: Chris Nicoll
Everyone has their go to plug-ins. Check out what I’m always reaching for when I put my work together for wizzFX.
I’ve selected four of my favourite tools that I’m always using in nearly everything I work on. Check out my Tools of the Trade!
Waves H Comp
I love this because it lets me set my compression settings in respect to the tempo I’m working in. I’m always working in Elastic Time in Pro Tools, so I like to have all my plug-in’s synced to tempo where possible – I’m very particular like that. It also has some great sounding analogue modelled sounds you can dial in for great effect. Love the punch dial too – great for extra hit when you need it.
Avid EQ 3
It comes bundled with Pro Tools, but it’s actually pretty cool. I use it because it’s transparent and doesn’t colour the sound. It’s quick, accurate and it’s the first EQ I reach for when working with voices.
Waves API 2500 Compressor
I use this on my master chain, always as the first insert. It’s a great way to glue together the final mix and has a wealth of options to get it working perfectly dependant on your mix. It has a great sound that I feel adds something extra to my work.
iZotope Ozone 5
I know that Ozone 6, 7 or whatever number they’re at is out but this work’s well for me. I love all the features on it, although it’s taken me a while to only use what I need instead of just dialling in everything. Now I’m mostly using the EQ and the Maximizer to get things sounding great. The Maximizer has loads of great options to really get things sounding loud.
Any Other Tools of the Trade?
I’m also a big fan of The Mouth and Razor by Native Instruments, and WavesTune. The AIR plug-in’s that come with Pro Tools are also pretty useful. But the above four would definitely be my favourite – they feature in nearly piece I’ll create be it a Promo, some Sound Design or Music.