Compiling a list of top mixing and mastering plug-in bundles that are available to buy today for under $500 is challenging. The sheer number of developers offering plug-in bundles which represent great savings and value for money is simply staggering! Producers and Mix Engineers that work in the digital domain have so much choice these days when it comes to choosing a plug-in bundle, how on earth do they find the best one?
If you are currently in the market for a new mixing or mastering plug-in package then hopefully this list of 30 plug-in bundles will help you find the best collection for your needs. This list will also be useful for those who have only used stock plug-ins in their DAWs and have yet to buy their first third-party plug-in bundle.
This list is by no means complete. We at Production Expert feel that these 30 mixing and mastering plug-in bundles represent the best value for money bundles currently available to buy for under $500.
This list is in order of price (low to high), all the plug-in bundles in this list are AAX, VST and AU fortmass compatible with both Mac & Windows.
The 30 Best Mixing & Mastering Plug-in Bundles You Can Buy Today For Less Than $500
Acon Digital Restoration Suite - $99
Why are we featuring restoration plug-ins in a mixing and mastering plug-ins post? There are times when guitar tracks need hiss removed or digital clipping removed from an enthusiastic vocal take... that's why! Restoration plug-ins are typically quite expensive but this bundle isn't offering great value for money.
4 plug-ins included: DeNoise, DeHum, DeClick, DeClip
Watch our review of Acon Digital Restoration Suite
Visit Acon Digital for more information.
AIR Music Technology Creative FX Collection Plus - $149
AIR plug-ins are very familiar with Pro Tools users as they were bundled in free with Pro Tools 8. Current Pro Tools users can upgrade to the Creative FX Collection Plus Bundle for $49, in return you get 8 new AIR plug-ins.
20 plug-ins included: AIR Chorus, AIR Ensemble, AIR Flanger, AIR Multi-Chorus, AIR Phaser, AIR Reverb, AIR Non-LinearReverb, AIR SpringReverb, AIR Multi-Delay, AIR DynamicDelay, AIR FrequencyShifter, AIR StereoWidth, AIR Distortion, AIR Fuzz-Wah, AIR Lo-Fi, AIR Enhancer, AIR KillEQ, AIR VintageFilter, AIR FilterGate, AIR Talkbox. NEW: AIR Pumper, AIR Spectral, AIR DiffusorDelay, AIRTubeDrive, AIRCompressor, AIRMaximizer, AIRParametricEQ, AIRSaturationFilter,
Visit AIR Music Tech for more information.
McDSP Classic Pack Native v6 - $199
This native plug-in bundle (HD also available) includes McDSP’s extremely popular emulations of vintage equalizers, compressors, tape machines and channel amplifiers. We love McDSP plug-ins, you should as well!
4 plug-ins included: Analog Channel, CompressorBank, FilterBank, MC2000
Watch our reviews of McDSP plug-ins
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Slate Digital VMR 2.0 Virtual Mix Rack - $199
Slate's VMR is a virtual 500 series rack which enables users to easily create custom channel strips from analog modeled plug-ins all within one convenient window.
VMR 2.0 ships with The Mix Bundle One. Additional modules are availble separately from the Slate Digital website.
6 plug-ins included: FG-401 Compressor, FG-S EQ, FG-116 FET Compressor, FG-N EQ, Trim, Revival
Watch our review of Slate VMR
Visit Slate Digital for more information.
Soundspot Complete XIII - $199
Soundspot say The Complete XII bundle has got you covered, whatever your production needs may be. Spot the price, Sounds like a great deal!
12 plug-ins included: Velo, Nebula, Oracle, Cyclone, Overtone, Halcyon, Focus, KickBox, VoxBox, Propane, MSW1, Percolate
Visit Soundspot for more information.
Accusonus ERA Bundle Standard - $236
These plug-ins provide users with high-quality audio repair processing in seconds with just a turn of a single dial. Each of the plug-ins do exactly what each of them say on the tin. The results sound great, quick to use and produce minimal (if any) artefacts.
4 plug-ins included: ERA Noise Remover, ERA Reverb Remover, ERA De-Esser, ERA Plosive Remover
Watch our review of ERA Bundle Standard
Visit Accusonus more information.
Toontrack EZmix 2 - $249
Toontrack EZmix 2 is a multi-effects preset based plug-in. There are many EZmix 2 expansion styles that can be purchased from the Toontrack website or Time+Space separately ranging electric guitar amps, vocal chains and mastering. The EZmix 6 Pack Bundle lets you pick any six EZmix expansions of your choosing - nice!
Watch our overview of Toontrack EZmix 2
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Boz Digital Labs Mixing Bundle - $266
Boz Digital does not officially offer this as a bundle in their web store, Plugin Boutique do. The Boz Digital Labs Mixing Bundle includes three very powerful mixing plug-ins ranging Dynamics, EQ and Delay.
3 plug-ins included: Manic Compressor, Imperial Delay, T-Bone
Watch our review of Boz Digital Labs Mixing Bundle
Visit Plugin Boutique for more information.
Blue Cat Audio Energy Pack - $276
This bundle includes a selection of the very best Blue Cat plug-ins which will help you monitor levels, manage dynamics... even host VST or AU plug-ins in Pro Tools.
5 plug-ins included: Blue Cat's DP Meter Pro, Blue Cat's Dynamics, Blue Cat's MB-5 Dynamix, Blue Cat's MB-7 Mixer, Blue Cat's Protector's
Watch our reviews of Blue Cat Audio Plug-ins
Visit Blue Cat Audio for more information.
Eventide Ultra Essentials - $299
Universal Audio Classic Effects Bundle - $299
The UA Classic Effects Bundle includes plug-ins based upon iconic Roland/Boss units from the 1970s for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo interfaces.
3 plug-ins included: Galaxy Tape Echo, Brigade Chorus Pedal, Studio D Chorus
Visit Universal Audio for more information.
Arturia 3 Preamps You Will Actually Use - $299
It's a brave name for a plug-in bundle but these could very well be 3 preamp plug-ins you could use all the time. Easy to use, light on CPU load and, most importantly, they all sound great.
3 plug-ins included: 1973-Pre, TridA-Pre, V76-Pre:
Watch our review of Arturia Preamps
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JST Producer Bundle II - $324
JST say the Producer Bundle II is a powerful collection of audio tools for simplifying creation ranging dynamic processors, widening tools and bit crushers. JST also offer a Producer Bundle 1 which is slightly less money to buy if you are short of cash and are keen to get into JST plug-ins.
7 plug-ins included: Gain Reduction Deluxe, JST Clip, Pixelator, Sub Destroyer, SideWidener, Transify, Toneforge, Menace
Visit JST for more information.
Acustica Audio Mastering EQ Pack - $342
This pack includes some of the best Acustica EQ Plug-ins. Acustica says these plug-ins will unleash incredible colours in your studio for both mastering and sound design applications.
3 plug-ins included: Scarlet 3, Green 3, Ivory3
Visit Acustica Audio for more infromation.
LiquidSonics Seventh Heaven with Professional Bundle - $349
Seventh Heaven Professional is a reproduction of the Bricasti M7 reverb. Get beautiful sounding reverbs with full control over early, late and low-frequency components. Seventh Heaven is a simplified version of Seventh Heaven Professional.
2 plug-ins included: Seventh Heaven Professional, Seventh Heaven
Visit LiquidSonics for more information.
Drumforge DF-Bundle - $355
IK Multimedia T Racks 5 MAX - $359
Bang for buck, plug-in bundles don't offer better value for money than this powerhouse of processing. 38 superb plug-ins for serious mixing and mastering plug-ins are included in T-Racks 5 MAX. All the plug-ins have been modeled after some of the most sought-after production equipment of all time.
38 plug-ins included: Master Match, Dyna-Mu, EQual, ONE, Full Metering, Saturator X, Mic Room, Stealth Limiter, EQ PA, EQ PB, EQ PG, EQ 73, EQ 81, Master, EQ 432, Precision Compressor/Limiter, Bus Compressor, White Channel, Tape Echo, British Channel, Black 76 Limiting Amplifier, White 2A Leveling Amplifier, Vintage Tube Compressor/Limiter model 670, Quad Comp Multi-band Compressor, Quad Lim Multi-band Limiter, Quad Image, De-Esser, EQP-1A Vintage Tube Program Equalizer, Opto Compressor, Brickwall Limiter, Linear Phase Equalizer, Classic T-RackS Compressor, Classic T-RackS Multi-band Limiter, Classic T-RackS Clipper, Classic T-RackS Equalizer, CSR Plate Reverb, CSR Hall Reverb, CSR Room Reverb, CSR Inverse Reverb,
Visit IK Multimedia for more information.
Antares AVOX 4 - $399
AVOX 4 combines 11 powerful vocal processing plug-ins for any vocal production application. The only Antares plug-in missing from this bundle is Auto-Tune Pro.
11 plug-ins included: Harmony Engine EVO, Mic Mod EFX, MUTATOR EVO, ARTICULATOR EVO, WARM EVO, ASPIRE EVO, THROAT EVO,DUO EVO, CHOIR EVO, PUNCH EVO, SYBIL EVO
Visit Antares for more information.
Sonnox Enhance Bundle (Native) - $425
Sonnox plug-ins are world-class. If you have yet to get into Sonnox then The Enhance Bundle is your entry into mixing with a trio of amazing Sonnox plug-ins. The three plug-ins in this bundle are some of Sonnox's best and most popular tools for both mixing and mastering. The Enhance bundle is also available for AAX DSP.
3 plug-ins included: TransMod, Inflator, Limiter
Watch our reviews of Sonnox plug-ins
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Exponential Audio Pro Stereo Bundle Nimbus & R4 - $459
Both R4 & NIMBUS are exceptional reverb plug-ins that between them feature thousands of mix ready reverb presets. Reverb plug-ins are usually quite taxing on a CPU, NIMBUS and R4 are extremely frugal. Exponential Audio reverbs are loved by both professional music and post-production mixers worldwide.
2 plug-ins included: Nimbus, R4
Watch our reviews of Exponential Audio reverbs
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AudioThing Effects Bundle - $499
The Effect Bundle features all AudioThing's effects plug-ins representing a 30% saving. The plug-ins in this bundle range vintage valve emulation to complex convolution processing, perfect for composers, producers and sound designers.
13 plug-in included: Type A, Outer Space, Wave Box, The Orb, Fog Convolver, Vinyl Strip, Space Strip, Frostbite, Speaker, Megaphone, Phase Motion, Valve Exciter, Valve Filter
Watch our reviews of AudioThing plug-ins
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FabFilter Mastering Bundle - $499
FabFilter's Mastering Bundle includes 4 of FabFilter's most loved plug-ins, they also happen to be essential plug-ins for mastering ranging EQ and dynamic processors. FabFilter plug-ins are modern tools for modern producers.
4 plug-ins included: Pro-L 2, Pro MB, Pro-Q 2, Pro-C 2
Visit FabFilter for more information.
iZotope Creative Suite - $499
iZotope's Creative Suite includes a number of their most popular instruments and plug-ins. This bundle will inspire, elevate and aid your exploration in music production.
7 plug-ins included: VocalSynth 2, BreakTweaker Expanded, Iris 2, Trash 2 Expanded, Stutter Edit, DDLY Dynamic Delay, Mobius Filter.
Watch our reviews of iZotope plug-ins
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Nugen Audio Producer Bundle - $499
The Producer Bundle by Nugen Audio is well suited to both mix and mastering applications by providing producers and mixers with a collection of highly flexible tools to help them increase the quality and efficiency of their productions. Plug-ins range bass management to dynamic processing, audio restoration, stereo management and metering
8 plug-ins included: Stereoizer, Monofilter, Visualizer, ISL, MasterCheck, SEQ-S, Stereoplacer, SigMod
Watch our reviews of Nugen Audio plug-ins
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Softube Volume 2 - $499
Softube Volume 2 is the second edition of Softube's popular plug-in bundle Volume 1. Volume 2 introduced three new plug-ins. Volume 1 users can upgrade for a small price. New Volume 2 users will get access to 19 world-class mixing and mastering plug-ins, along with some instruments and guitar amp plug-ins by the rock & roll scientists Softube.
19 plug-ins included: Weiss MM-1 Mastering Maximizer, Tape, Fix Phaser, Modular, Drawmer S73 Intelligent Master Processor, Summit Audio Grand Channel, Summit Audio EQF-100 Full Range Equalizer, Summit Audio TLA-100A Compressor, TSAR-1 Reverb, TSAR-1R Reverb, FET Compressor, Trident A-Range, Vintage Amp Room, Bass Amp Room, Fix Flanger, Fix Doubler, Heartbeat, Tube Delay, Saturation Knob
Watch our reviews of Softube plug-ins
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Soundtoys 5 - $499
All of the plug-ins in SoundToys 5 bundle are proven, powerful tools, trusted by professional mix engineers, musicians and sound designers worldwide. The new Soundtoys Effect Rack make these plug-ins a killer mixing system.
18 plug-ins included: Decapitator, EchoBoy, Little AlterBoy, EchoBoy Jr, PrimalTap, Devil-Loc Deluxe, Crystallizer, Radiator, MicroShift, Tremolator, Sie-Q, FilterFreak, PhaseMistress, PanMan, Little MicroShift, Little PrimalTap, Little Radiator, Devil-Loc
Visit Soundtoys for more information.
Waves Vocal - $499
The most important part of any mix are the vocal tracks. Waves Vocal bundle is a complete vocal toolkit. Made up of 6 plug-ins ranging pitch correction, EQ, dynamic processors and even a DeBreath plug-in.
Tip: Waves Vocal Bundle regularly pops up in Waves' deals. Currently this can be purchased for $89!
6 plug-ins included: DeBreath, Doubler, Renaissance Axx, Renaissance Channel, Renaissance DeEsser, Waves Tune, Waves Tune LT
Watch our reviews of Waves plug-ins
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Zynaptiq Design Bundle - $499
The DESIGN Bundle includes three of Zynaptiq's most popular plug-ins ranging morph technology, reverb and otherworldly multi-effects. Perfect for sound designers, music producers, audio artists and film composers.
3 plug-ins included: ADAPTIVERB, MORPH 2, WORMHOLE
Watch our reviews of Zynaptiq plug-ins
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Audified Studio Bundle - $516
Audified Studio Bundle is a smidge over $500, still, it's well worth featuring in this list, after all, we all have $20 worth of loose change down the back of our sofas. This bundle has 4 plug-ins ranging a playback reference checker, compressors and a vocal processor.
4 plug-ins included: MixChecker, U73b Compressor, U78 Saturator, TNT Voice Executor
Watch our reviews of Audified plug-ins
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What Is The 30th Best Mixing & Master Plug-in Bundle For Less Than $500 - You Decide
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