22 Best Channel Strip VST Plugins 2024


22 Best Channel Strip VST Plugins

Even today, old school mixing consoles are highly revered and sought-after by producers. This is in large part due to their integrated effects, like EQ, compression, and gate.

A “channel strip” refers to a single channel on a mixing board, but today it’s basically thought of an all-in-one, “everything you need” effects tool to make your tracks and recordings sound great.

While you can create an effects chain from scratch, if a channel strip had everything you needed in one convenient place, it made your tracks sound amazing, and it saved on processing power, naturally it would simplify your workflow, right?

Here are the best channel strip VST plugins available.

Summit Audio Grand Channel by Softube – Best Overall

Summit Audio Grand Channel by Softube – Best Overall

Softube’s Summit Audio Grand Channel is the meeting place of the EQF-100 parametric passive equalizer and the TLA-100A compressor, perfect for adding a warm, smooth, rich sound to your tracks.

The great thing about this combination is that the EQ affects the compressor, and the compressor affects the EQ. While the EQ is set first in the chain, it’s possible to reverse the order. This makes dialing in your tones a smoother, easier process.

Summit Audio Grand Channel is a fusion of another kind as well, bringing tighter vintage tube design with a modern eye. As the developer is quick to tell you, the result is simply “remarkable.”

Besides the obvious – EQ and compression – Summit Audio Grand Channel also comes with parallel compression, saturation, and low-cut filtering.

This channel strip VST plugin also features carefully modeled components, individual bypass for each of the two units (so you can save on CPU usage), the ability to change the order of the effects with a single switch, and analog behavior of frequencies, phase, distortion, attack, release, and so on.

Summit Audio Grand Channel is available for Windows and Mac and requires a Softube and iLok account. The plugin is also Console 1 ready.

We hemmed and hawed about what plugin to put in this position, and doubtless there will be those who disagree. But Summit Audio Grand Channel is certainly among the best, and if for whatever reason it doesn’t float your boat, there are plenty of other great channel strips featured below.

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Chandler Limited Zener-Bender by Softube – Best Premium Option

Chandler Limited Zener-Bender by Softube – Best Premium Option

Softube’s Zener-Bender carries that classic sound of Chandler Limited, combining the Curve Bender Mastering Equalizer (for crisp, colorful character), and the Zener Limiter, for big, punchy sounds. Of course, the whole thing was component modeled with Softube’s tech.

Basically, this is Zener Limiter and Curve Bender combined in one channel strip. That would make it a natural fit for mastering.

So, altogether, you get the Zener-Bender, Zener Limiter, Curve Bender Mastering Equalizer, and Zener-Bender for Console 1. There are also some exclusive features – external sidechain, M/S processing, and channel linking Zener-Bender.

Chandler Limited Zener-Bender is available for Windows and Mac and requires accounts with Softube and iLok.

For mastering engineers, this is surely the best premium option, but if you’re looking for tools that will aid you in the mixing process, keep reading.

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UltraChannel by Eventide – Best Budget Option

UltraChannel by Eventide – Best Budget Option

Not your average channel strip, Eventide’s UltraChannel comes complete with multiple Eventide staples you can use for mixing and mastering, for any project, in any genre. The FlexiPath routing lets you order the processors however you want, making this a very flexible unit.

The developer suggests UltraChannel is perfect for getting vocal and instrument tracks to sit perfectly in your mixes, especially given the near limitless extent to which you can dial and configure your dynamics and tones.

UltraChannel also features sidechaining that lets you use other audio sources to change the characteristics of your main signal. Of course, it comes with micro pitch effects (from the H8000) you can use to broaden or enrichen the stereo spread of any track.

The VST plugin comes with soft saturation and transformer emulation, two compressors (one with de-essing, and sidechaining, and the other, O-Pressor, offers extreme compression), five-band parametric EQ, micro pitch shift and stereo delays, and over 200 presets.

While it doesn’t necessarily don the appearance of classic British or American hardware consoles, the UltraChannel is still worthwhile, and is a very affordable option for those looking to get a channel strip on a budget.

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British Class A by Softube

British Class A by Softube

There are many products via Softube scattered throughout this guide, which will probably give off the impression that channel strip VSTs are the domain of Softube. And, to an extent, this is probably true.

Here we have British Class A, featuring a classic British sound, used on Queen, Nirvana, David Bowie, and Red Hod Chili Peppers records, among many others, for over five decades.

The console the British Class A plugin was based on is known for its depth, body, and sweet top end. Softube sought to emulate this sound with precision while giving you more flexibility than the original could provide.

British Class A should be thought of as a bundle rather than just a standalone plugin, though, because it comes with four versions – British Class A, British Class A for Console 1, British Class A for Amp Room, and British Class A for Modular.

Of course, you’re probably eager to learn what’s included in this channel strip. Well, it’s effectively made up of gate, compression, filters, EQ, and drive, which would obviously make it a great choice for drums. That said, it’s perfectly suitable on guitar, bass, and synth tracks too.

Altogether, British Class A gives you the character of famous British consoles from the 60s and 70s, gate, compressor, slightly resonant filters, EQ (with smooth shelving filters and a peaking mid-band with high and low Q settings) and drive, and multi-platform versions.

British Class A is Windows and Mac compatible, but 8 GB RAM is recommended, and you will also need to set up a Softube and iLok account.

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American Class A by Softube

American Class A by Softube

Based on classic American mixing consoles, American Class A is an easy-to-use channel strip VST plugin the developer says you can use to enhance voice and instrument tracks with clarity, punch, richness, wide-open airiness, and more.

The shape section features gate and transient designing tools, a four-band EQ with proportional Q and range control, compression with feedback and feedforward modes, and an output drive section for warm saturation.

This channel strip was based on the same gear utilized on Radiohead, Soundgarden, Foo Fighters, and Pearl Jam records, among many others.

American Class A can be used as a standalone plugin or with Console 1. Altogether, it includes a characteristic stepped EQ with proportional Q values, compressor with feedback and feedforward, modern graphics and waveform visualizations, shape section with gate and transient shaper, and a crunchy drive at the output stage with controllable character.

As with other Softube creations, American Class A is compatible with Windows and Mac. 8 GB RAM is recommended, and Softube and iLok accounts are required.

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Pre TridA by Arturia

Pre TridA by Arturia

Arturia’s Pre TridA was modeled after Trident Studios gear (especially the Traident A Range console), used pervasively in pop music, be it The Beatles, Elton John, David Bowie, KISS, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Queen, The Rolling Stones, or otherwise.

The original console was especially well regarded for its musical sounding EQ, and only 13 were ever made! Arturia used their True Analog Emulation technology so that more people could experience this powerful preamp and EQ.

Overall, the Pre TridA comes with a four-band, twin-channel equalizer, low pass filter, input gain, high pass filter, mid / side mode, output trim, EQ bypass, automatic gain control, phase inversion, and stereo link.

As you will be able to hear in the video below, this channel strip can really make your tracks come alive. All you’ve got to do is play with the settings to find a sweet spot that works for your needs.

Arturia’s Pre TridA is available for Windows and Mac.

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Pre V76 by Arturia

Pre V76 by Arturia

The V76 preamp played a huge role in the sound of 60s pop music. For instance, on The Beatles’ legendary White Album.

The Telefunken preamps may have been sold by the thousands a few decades ago, but today, they are very hard to come by. Arturia, of course, decided they wanted to make the sound of the V76 more widely available, using their proprietary TAE technology to develop Pre V76.

Pre V76 features a modified V612 two-band equalizer (with high and low shelf cut and boost), V76 input gain (imparting warmth and soft-clipping), multimode high-pass filter, output trim, mid / side mode, EQ bypass, automatic gain control, phase inversion, and stereo link.

Pre V76 is compatible with Windows and Mac.

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Solid State Logic XL 9000 K-Series for Console 1 by Softube

Solid State Logic XL 9000 K-Series for Console 1 by Softube

Solid State Logic XL 9000 K-Series for Console 1 is a Console 1 exclusive (meaning you will require Softube’s Console 1 plugin controller to use it).

Where the Solid State Logic’s SL 4000 E was well-renowned for its pop and rock and roll swagger, the XL 9000 offered extreme bandwidth, minimal phase shift, and low distortion, making it the ultimate hip-hop and R&B hit factory, and a favorite for classical and acoustic audiophile recordings too.

Basically, it’s a super clean board, man, and that’s what Softube set out to create here.

The folks at Softube knew, though, that you might still want to take advantage of creative distortion effects, so they’ve included a model of Solid State Logic’s VHD (Variable Harmonic Drive) circuit. Use the drive knob to control the amount of distortion, and the Character knob to move the distortion from second order (tube-like) to third order (transistor-like), and everything in between.

Use the Shape section to control the gate with Punch and Sustain knobs (which control Range and Hold levels). The compressor features Peak and RMS modes for added versatility, and the EQ promises to be smooth, clean, and natural.

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Weiss Gambit Series for Console 1 by Softube

Weiss Gambit Series for Console 1 by Softube

Another Console 1 exclusive, Softube’s Weiss Gambit Series for Console 1 serves up the crystal-clear sound of Weiss on a plate.

The channel strip was based on a 1:1 code port of the original Weiss DS1-MK3 and EQ1 units and was created in partnership with Weiss Engineering. Yes, it’s officially licensed by them too. It also comes with some special features like below-threshold compression.

Essentially, this is the meeting place – and painstaking recreation – of the Weiss DS1-MK3 and Weiss EQ1, with some extras to make the plugin even more versatile.

The Weiss Gambit Series for Console 1 comes with an input section, shape section, equalizer section, compressor section, as well as a drive and character section.

Altogether, you get high- and low-cut filters from the Weiss EQ1, gate, expander, below threshold compression, four-band EQ from the Weiss EQ1, compressor from Weiss DS1-MK3, and limiter from the Weiss DS1-MK3 with extra modes from the Weiss MM-1.

Weiss Gambit Series for Console 1 has Windows and Mac versions and requires Softube and iLok accounts.

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SLAM2 by BeatSkillz

SLAM2 by BeatSkillz

BeatSkillz’ SLAM2 is their latest iteration on SLAM, featuring complex processing you can use to fatten up your beats with ease.

The Thump control is a variable Q and Low Peak Filter. Per the developer, it can’t sound bad regardless of the setting. The BOOM dial is a sub-harmonic generator for quickly and easily adding sub bass. The Mid Cut can help you get rid of bothersome low-end frequencies.

The Heat section comes with two musical saturation options. Use the AIR control for high-end sizzle.

The POP compressor was based on the 1176 FET with pop and punch. The SMASH function can be used to boost levels without peaks. In short, it’s an inflating limiter.

Use the stereo widener to expand the stereo image in mid to high frequencies. Mono summing is also possible.

Finally, take advantage of the Mix dial to blend the wet signal with the dry via parallel processing.

Try it on your tracks, busses, and mixes to see just what it can do. As you’ll see in the video below, this baby can add some serious life to your beats.

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Goliath V2 by Tone Empire

Goliath V2 by Tone Empire

Tone Empire’s Goliath V2 is a channel strip featuring saturation, dynamics, and EQ controls. It includes four analog modeled processing chains with ALLOY (nickel-, iron-, and steel-based transformers), TUBE, TAPE, and VINYL with drive control, FET based envelope, and a three-band EQ.

Tone Empire utilizes multi convolution and component modeling to simulate analog gear.

Goliath V2 is effectively split into three sections, with drive (featuring the four models), envelope / compressor (with attack, release, threshold, and ratio controls), and equalizer (with high, mid, low, and low cut controls).

Goliath V2 features great EQ and compressor modules. The four saturation types offer good variety too. Some might consider the EQ section a little limited, as it doesn’t include any filters, and the compressor doesn’t have a high-pass filter either. There also aren’t any sidechain capabilities.

Goliath V2 is a nice solution for the price though.

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32C Channel by Harrison Consoles

32C Channel by Harrison Consoles

Harrison Consoles’ 32C Channel fuses three of Harrison Consoles’ most sought-after processors – 32C EQ, 32C filters, and the mixbus channel compressor.

The 32C four-band parametric equalizer features proportional Q bell and shelving curves on the high and low bands, as well as overlapping midrange bands.

The high pass and low pass filter section comes with BUMP, which is designed to furnish you with classic low-end punch.

The compressor comes with three characteristics, including smooth compression, classic leveling, and fast limiting.

With 32C Channel, you can also arrange the signal flow and audition any processor or combination of processors.

Of course, there are input and output controls as well as a VU style output meter so you can monitor and tweak the sound.

The best thing about 32C channel is its smooth EQ. The high pass and low pass filters also have awesome range. The three dynamic modes are also easy to use, though some producers might want more control over compression.

It feels like the user interface could use some updating too, but this VST plugin is on the affordable side, and it boasts some good features overall.

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FilkChannel Strip by Kiive Audio

FilkChannel Strip by Kiive Audio

The analog modeled FilkChannel Strip is based on 70s Danner Cassette Modules. Whether on vocals, guitars, or the mix bus, it’s been designed to offer everything from subtle analog warmth to aggressive, in-your-face tones.

The first module is the PRE70, which is the preamp section. You could also think of this as your saturation section, as the dry / wet knob lets you control the depth of the effect.

The second module is the EQ7D. Just as you would expect, this is the EQ section, complete with a three-band parametric EQ, highpass and lowpass filters from 20 Hz to 20 kHz, and shelf buttons for controlling the curve of high and low frequency bands.

The third and final module is the COMP2R compressor section. Add punch and attack using the in and out knobs, variable ratio knob, dry / wet mix, sidechain filter (from 20 Hz to 12 kHz), and two modes (NRML MODE and BUS MODE).

In total, you’re getting a saturation preamp, three-band EQ with LP and HP filters, OPT compressor with adjustable ratio, swappable FX chain, resizable GUI, and oversampling.

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UniChannel by United Plugins

UniChannel by United Plugins

While classic analog gear is fantastic, much of it is also rare, expensive, and even temperamental, requiring a high level of maintenance. Which is exactly why United Plugins opted to develop UniChannel, a plugin that emulates the lovely character of vintage gear while avoiding some of the obvious pitfalls and challenges hardware modules represent.

UniChannel can be easily connected to every channel of your mix. It also lets you switch components and tap into an array of presets created for just about every musical situation imaginable.

Altogether, there are three preamp types, three EQs, and three compressors, for a total of 27 combinations. You can bypass the EQ or compressor at will. Each of the modules feature German, American, and British modes, depending on what you’re looking for.

VARM II technology introduces the randomness of behavior analog gear is known for. This makes the sound even truer to the source material.

Best of all, it’s all wrapped in a very attractive graphical user interface.

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SSL Native Vocalstrip 2 by Solid State Logic

SSL Native Vocalstrip 2 by Solid State Logic

The SSL Native Vocalstrip 2 was designed with vocals in mind. This channel strip features four essential processors – a dynamic envelope based de-esser and de-ploser, three-band SSL EQ, and compander.

With an attractive graphical user interface, this is a great channel strip for making vocals sound more professional and making them “pop” in a mix.

I’m not sure whether you would call it a complete vocal processing tool (you’d obviously need to add reverb, auto-tune, and other effects manually), but for treating a vocal track that already has the essentials and needs a bit of life injected in them, it’s a great tool.

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Neutron 3 Elements by iZotope

Neutron 3 Elements by iZotope

The four in one Neutron 3 Elements includes an EQ, compressor, transient shaper, and exciter. There are plenty of professionally designed presets included, so you’re never starting from scratch.

With machine learning capabilities, Neutron 3 Elements can listen to your audio and suggest a preset that’s suited to the recording. Having selected the intensity, Track Assistant will listen to the instruments and offer complementary preset suggestions in less than 10 seconds.

All in all, Neutron 3 Elements features a compressor, exciter, transient shaper, EQ, soft saturation, Track Assistant, EQ Learn, and a resizable interface.

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Lifeline Console by Excite Audio

Lifeline Console by Excite Audio

Now for something a little different. Excite Audio’s Lifeline Console might not be exactly what you’d expect out of a channel strip (especially given its rather modern appearance), but the possibilities it sets at your fingertips, for a nominal fee, is going to prove attractive to many.

Lifeline Console was designed to help you add instant analog character to your recording. There are five modules you can mix and match, and swap around at will – pre-amp, EQ, compressor, modulation, and wear.

Each module comes with its own interactive display, and Lifeline Console also comes with 15 algorithms, left / right or mid /side processing, vintage and modern mixing desk styles, 350 presets, and a zero-latency design.

The pre-amp module lets you shape the frequency response curve, and features three modes – Bright, Warm, and Dark. There’s also a Push-Pull saturation, which you can control with the Bias, Q, and Shape controls.

The EQ module allows you to sculpt your audio material. It’s a classic parametric four-band style EQ with three modes – Gain, Vintage Circuit, and Dirty Circuit. There’s also a low cut or shelf filter, low-mid and high-mid bands, and a high cut or shelf filter.

With the compressor module, you can control the dynamics of your track while opting from three compressor types – Analogue, Transparent, and Variable. You’ve also got controls for Threshold, Ratio, Attack, Release, Auto-Makeup, dry / wet mix, bandpass filter, and a gain reduction meter.

The Modulation module lets you impart pitch variations to your audio, utilizing three methods – Tape, Vinyl, and Cassette. There’s also an X/Y pad for control over Wow Speed and Depth, as well as Flutter Speed and Depth.

And the Wear module allows you to degrade your signal, add pitch variation, and give it some grittiness with noise, hum, artifacts, and dropouts. The three models include Tape, Vinyl, and Cassette. There’s also an Age control for added saturation and deterioration.

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EMI TG12345 Channel Strip by Waves

EMI TG12345 Channel Strip by Waves

Developer Waves has also got its share of powerful VST channel strip solutions, including the EMI TG12345 Channel Strip.

In collaboration with Abbey Road Studios, Waves developed this plugin, component modeling the first-ever solid-state console from EMI, which was responsible for the sound of countless 60s and 70s records, from the likes of Pink Floyd, The Beatles, and others.

EMI TG12345 Channel Strip comes with all the goodies the original had – input mic preamp (complete with harmonic distortion, hum, and noise detail), bass and treble EQ bands from the mic cassette, presence EQ band from the group / main section, spreader, and of course its compressor / limiter.

Some modern elements were added for completeness and customizability – high-pass filter on the compressor’s sidechain, mix control in the dynamics section for parallel compression / limiting, a drive control, and more.

The EMI TG12345 is comfortable with just about anything you can throw at it – mixing, mastering, studio, live, individual track, channel, master bus, or otherwise.

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Scheps Omni Channel by Waves

Scheps Omni Channel by Waves

The Scheps Omni Channel was designed with Grammy-winning mixer Andrew Scheps, who has worked with the likes of Adele, Jay Z, and Metallica.

Waves and Scheps looked at what was already available and realized that channel strips based on vintage hardware can tie you down to a singular sonic color, and while modular channel strips let you mix and match processors, they don’t always play nicely together.

So, they made Scheps Omni Channel a hybrid vintage modeled / modular channel strip. The modules include:

  • Pre. With three types of analog saturation, filters, and thump (resonance) controls.
  • Compression. With three compressors and a unified control set that makes comparison fast and easy. There’s also a wet / dry control for parallel compression.
  • EQ. A four-band EQ that can be switched to parametric or surgical.
  • DS2. A powerful de-esser with two full-range bands and four filter types. Remove any unwanted frequencies.
  • Gate. With threshold, attack, and release controls for gating / expansion. You can also adjust the maximum noise reduction.
  • Insert slot. Put it anywhere in the chain and add another Waves plugin of your choice, even another instance of one of the Scheps Omni Channel modules.

With a zero-latency design, this VST can be used for live sound. There’s also a set of Focus presets that help you zero in on the controls that will help you complete whatever task you may be working on.

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SSL EV2 Channel by Waves

SSL EV2 Channel by Waves

The SSL EV2 Channel is a fully authorized recreation of the SSL 4000 E console channel strip. All the earmarks of the original are here, including the SLL O2 Brown EQ as well as the beautifully saturated mic pre and line inputs.

The component modeled channel strip comes with the classic dynamics and EQ controls, as well as some new features. Waves gives you two SSL EQ flavors to choose from – Black Knob (242) and Brown Knob (O2).

The Line and Mic preamp features THD (Total Harmonic Distortion) that gives you the rich saturation the console is known for.

The Dynamics section comes with a soft-knee compressor / limiter and gate /expander. It can be placed before or after the EQ section. Makeup gain is automatic, and there’s also external sidechain.

The channel strip comes with over 600 presets created by the likes of Stuart White, Lu Diaz, Dave Pensado, among many others.

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SSL E-Channel by Waves

SSL E-Channel by Waves

Based on the Solid State Logic 4000-series consoles and Black Knob equalizer, SSL E-Channel features a four-band parametric equalizer, high pass filter, and low pass filter. There’s also a soft-knee compressor / limiter and expander / gate based on the SSL LS611E that can be placed before or after the equalization section. Makeup gain is automatic.

This channel strip also includes presets via Grammy-winning mixer Chris Lord-Alge.

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SSL G-Channel by Waves

SSL G-Channel by Waves

Waves’ SSL G-Channel features the same goods that made the Solid State Logic SL 4000 console series so popular, with equalization and dynamics controls for sculpting and shaping your tracks.

The EQ module closely follows the original with its pre-boost dip, pre-cut rise, and broad Q. The Dynamics section comes with soft-knee compression and limiting, gate / expander, and automatic gain makeup.

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What Should I Look For In A Channel Strip VST Plugin?

Some will always prefer to create their own signal chains. It makes sense. By the time you’ve accumulated multiple plugins – your favorite standalone EQ, compressor, de-esser, delay, gate, etc. – you’ve probably got a solid and reliable workflow that works consistently for your projects.

But if you’ve decided that channel strips are for you, then it’s good to know that there are certain advantages. Channel strips tend to save on CPU power, often feature most of the audio effects you need in one convenient location, and as a bonus, can add that vintage warmth and ineffable quality most other effects simply won’t be able to offer.

After all, most channel strip VSTs are going after that classic sound that made certain mixing consoles so desirable.

Clearly, there are more options to choose from than you can shake a stick at. We’ve covered 22 products in this guide alone, and they’re all quite good. Choice is nice, but we also know that it can slow down the buying process.

So, we’ve dedicated this section to covering the key criteria you should consider when shopping for a channel strip VST plugin. They are as follows:

  • Sound quality
  • Functionality / features
  • Workflow / ease of use
  • Budget

Let’s go deeper into each.

Sound Quality

When it comes to channel strips, it really comes down to whether you like what it does to your tracks.

There’s a reason VST plugins are largely emulating various classic hardware consoles – it’s because producers love these for their sound and how they enhance their tracks, whether it’s clear highs, punchy mids, massive lows, wider and more expansive tracks, or otherwise.

For the most part, you can’t go wrong choosing from the above. Even so, you’re bound to have some personal preferences when it comes to the quality and characteristic of sound, whether vintage, modern, hybrid, or otherwise.

The best thing you can do here is to listen to the various options available. This can be a bit of a lengthy process – sorting through YouTube videos and audio clips, looking for demos that help you make better sense of the plugins – but you will be rewarded on the backend with a product you love to use and return to often.

Remember. When it comes to vintage gear, it was the unpredictability and instability of it that made it so amazing. So, it’s often not a minus when a channel strip colors your sound, adds hiss, noise, hum, and so on. If it doesn’t work for you, that’s fine, look for a cleaner channel strip.

Functionality / Features

What effects do you need?

Not all channel strips are created equal, that’s for sure.

The most common effects to be included in a channel strip are the EQ, compression, limiting, gating, de-essing, preamp / saturation, modulation, lo-fi, and others. It needs to be said, though, that most channel strips are comprised of three to four effects and will not come with every effect just mentioned.

Many channel strips are perfect as is, but if you need to, you can still add additional effects to the signal chain. In most cases, you’d still add a reverb to each track, at least.

Again, though, the key is to start with something you like. If it sounds good and it has features you like, chances are you’re on the right path.

Like I said – every channel strip is a little different. Examine the effects and features of the plugins you’re considering.

Workflow / Ease Of Use

As you buy more plugins, you end up having to learn new workflows. It’s inevitable. That said, for some producers, it’s nice to start with something familiar versus having to learn from scratch.

Whether you want to prioritize this criterion or not is up to you. If you’re the kind that wants to learn anything and everything, you might not worry too much about the interface, ease of use, and dialing in the “sweet spot.”

Otherwise, it might be a point of interest. Select a plugin that seems to fit your existing workflow, with a clear plan of how you intend to integrate it.

Budget

Whenever buying plugins, we suggest paying careful attention to your budget. The main thing we want you to avoid is going into debt.

Channel strips vary in price from about $50 to $550, so pay close attention, especially if you plan to buy more than one plugin.

Also, your budget can be a great tool for filtering out options that aren’t within reach right now. Don’t worry – you can always save up and pick up what you’re really looking for later.

Top Channel Strip VST Plugins, Final Thoughts

Did you find your ideal channel strip VST plugin? Then you’re in for a treat! These babies are often easy to use and sound amazing to boot. I love channel strips for their convenience myself, especially if there are great sounding presets, or the “sweet spot” is easy to find.

Either way, the time to start exploring your new plugin(s) is now. Go and install it in your DAW and take it for a whirl. The better you know how to work with it, the more stunning the sonic results you’ll be able to create. Enjoy!

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