Sean Costello at Valhalla DSP makes incredible, affordable reverb and effect plugins. The interfaces are simple and sensible, the effect quality is second to none, and the parameters are tuned for smooth changes which let you play the effects like musical instruments. Check out Valhalla Room and Übermod in particular. And Shimmer. And Vintage Verb.
Andy Simper is the genius at Cytomic Audio, and is responsible for The Glue, an SSL-style bus compressor I seem to use on everything.
I’m also very fond of Kush Audio’s UBK-1, a strange and beautiful compressor/saturator thingy. Rather girthful and exciting.Tools I use live, for those who wish to know:
Lakewood M-32 acoustic guitars
Neumann KMS105 mic
A custom dual humbucker electric guitar with Tele styling from Rhinehart
Seymour Duncan electric pickups
A custom shop ’52 reissue Telecaster from Fender
A lovely golden Aluminum Falcon II overdrive (Centaur style) from PCE Effects
Original ’65 Fender Princeton amp with a Weber 50W ceramic speaker.
ZT Lunchbox amp
I should mention that I play this at home:
Spencer Meyers was kind enough to make me a beautiful one-off acoustic guitar. It is lovely and full of soul.