My whole secret is in post processing and proper layering. Instead or worrying about synthesis, I really like to get into totally screwing up sounds that already exist and slapping them on top of each other haha. My go to plugins are Ohmicide, Logic X's Space Designer, and valhalla shimmer to top it all off.more
Imagine a high quality lexicon reverb but for less than a fifth of the price. This plugin sounds just awesome, it's great on vocals, leads and pretty much anything you throw at it. I personally don't use it for shorter verbs and think it sounds best doing lush big sounding halls. The GUI maybe a little simple and flat but don't let that turn you off, just check it out and you'll never look back.
Another great reverb plugin from Valhalla. I have vintage verb and I use that quite a lot. I bought this on a whim because I wanted to explore a different plugin. I had no desire to look further than Valhalla though :) It sounds really good and has additional tools for creating more special reverbs.
KICK ASS GUI. I'm not 100% sure on 4 stars just yet, but if things continue to go as well as in my last mix it'll definitely see a fair amount of action. The extra control is great & kinda lends itself to Ableton users a bit. Unless you've done the .txt hack it's pretty damn annoying not being able to see what plugins you've got on every track at a glance. Nice having a lots to tweak right there.
I pretty much use this on everything but the most simple of sounds, for which I would use a DAW's built-in reverb. But for medium to important sounds - it's Valhalla all the way. Great sculpting capabilities, especially playing with the stereo spread of early and late reflections to create unique dimensions. Beautiful and very CPU-friendly.