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HARDWARE:
It goes without saying I'm an Apple guy. Beyond the obvious, there are a few important things I use that I find extremely useful in my work:

Dangerous Music D-Box
This one rack space piece of gear doubles as a high end control room monitoring system and also has 8 channels of summing. It sounds great, has all the connections you'd need including an alternate speaker switch, and the summing is really nice. It allows me to crank aspects of my mixes without getting as much harshness. I have better separation in the low end, better stereo imaging, smoother high end, and can push overall levels harder without getting harsh side effects. Very cool and practical piece of gear.

HEAR TECHNOLOGIES MIX BACK/
HEAR BACK SYSTEM

This may seem strange, but one of the things that helped my live shows more than anything was the Hear Technologies Hear Back/Mix Back system. This system allows my band to do all our own mixes on stage for our in ear monitors. Everyone in the band can dial in their own mix. Sound checks are now very easy. Any band touring should have one of these. It completely eliminates the need for a monitor person.

SOFTWARE:
PRO TOOLS
This should also be obvious considering what I do.

ABLETON LIVE
I use Ableton Live on stage simply because it does things no other software can do. This also may be to obvious to bother mentioning.

And of course I have all the Waves and Native Instruments plug ins. But there are a few plug ins that are less known that I want to point out to people. I really love these and thought you should know about them:

PSP
These guys are just amazing. On average, I use more instances of PSP plug ins on my mixes than any other company. I cant say enough good things about them. Although all their stuff is great, the single most important plug in I own is made by them- Vintage Warmer. Do yourself a favor and buy their entire bundle.

SOUND TOYS
As far as effects go, you just cant beat these plug ins. They sound great. You can get advanced with them if you want, or you can just dial something in very quickly because of their great user interfaces.

BX DIGITAL
These guys make very useful, and very unusual plug ins. If you are a detialed mixer or are mastering you should definitely check these out. Very handy.

SSL
A lot of people dont realize SSL makes plug ins that work for Pro Tools. Their Duende plug ins sound better than other SSL models as you would expect. And a surprise to me was their reverb plug in. Very useful. And another thing people may not realize is their gate/expanders sound better than any other plug ins. The gate on their drum strip plug in is worlds beyond most plug ins.

OHMFORCE
These guys make some really unusual, strange effects plug ins. Although the interfaces can be a bit frustrating, they produce really unique and unusual sounds. Get all of them if you work on any music that involves cool or bizarre effects. These arent for the mainstream folks out there.

SOFTUBE
These guys are making some very cool models of analog gear like Tube Tech and Valley People's Dyna-Mite. Great stuff. Very useful.

MASSEY
the easiest to use interfaces of any plug ins, super cheap, great sounding, and always stable. Perhaps the most under-rated plug in ever is the DTM. If you dont know what this is, you should. It makes Sound Replacer obsolete. thanks Steve! It comes with his bundle, but there's something new in the works that will be replacing it called DRT. Look for it soon.