The elusive Windows VST plug-ins
There are some versions of the Windows VST plug-ins that are exclusive to certain hardware packages. This can have the impact of limiting the usage of the same. Some users are quite frustrated by this situation and will try to find alternatives that do not restrict them in this way. Some of the hardware is branded so that they have an interested in keeping the Windows VST plug-ins within their reach. You might not be a fan of the brand and might be interested in expanding your horizons by trying out different brand combinations. This is a selling point that needs to be looked at in terms of the benefits and flexibility that it offers to the clients. Nobody’s interests are served if clients are forced to use particular brands against their will. You then have the generic versions that just pick up a few elements from the original Windows VST plug-ins and then try to make something similar.
You should always aim to buy the original version. First of all it is ethical in as much as it enables the creator of that product to benefit from the sales.
Buying the original versions of the Windows VST plug-ins also implies that you will get good quality. Some of the generic ones do not perform any function other than the cosmetic looks that they bring to the table. It would be advisable to get rid of them at the earliest opportunity. You start off with the original product and then you gradually build capacity until you have something that can need the majority of your needs in this area. Sometimes the software packages that you purchase will come with their own Windows VST plug-ins. However the specialists in this area prefer to buy the stand alone versions because it gives them flexibility to select the features that they think will make their work easier. There is a problem of comparison because you have to rely on the opinions of other parties. The owner of the studio is not expected to be able to deal with all the demands for the product.
Therefore it is possible that they just estimate what kind of value they are going to get from any product. A far more effective method is to put the Windows VST plug-ins through the company processes and see how it performs. If you cannot buy them all then you can rent or borrow them so that you get a feel for how each version works in reality. The space that they take might also mean that you just cannot afford to change the versions of the Windows VST plug-ins. The people that can do it are the large corporations and studios for whom money is no object. Noise is something that people need to be wary of in the studios. In fact they will buy the Windows VST plug-ins on the basis that they do not create too much noise in the studio. That is something that is bordering on the intolerable.