As somewhat of a recording noob, and as something I imagine many other people would gain great benefit from, here's a thread.
What do YOU think or the absolute bare essentials you need for mixing and/or mastering? Whether using amp sims/mic'd cabs/modelers etc.
As a guitar player, this:
I'd also deem the Toontrack drum stuff essential. Superior 2 if you can afford it, but EZDrummer is great as well.
For mixing and mastering, I like this, too: http://www.kvraudio.com/product/c3_m...im_slow_slider