Noir - Favorite go to piano… like duh. It to me has the most organic sound to it. Sometimes when Im making chords, certain instruments change what the chord can sound like. For example making chords in Hour (which will most likely sound heavenly) will probably sound different in another instrument, for example, Strain, or Spray. Noir allows you to have just a really raw sound, and it makes it way harder to hide bad chords, with reverb, filters, automation, etc. So yeah its a pain in chromatic but it helps you learn.
Punch - Obviously the best and most versatile bass. Can be an 808, sub, Reese, or bass guitar (sounding’ish) If you tweak it right… wink wink.
Plum - Premade “wubs” so to say. Instead of messing around with Volume, High or lowpass automations, Plum chords (on the right settings) does all the work for you. Helps me focus on actually making nice chords, instead of constantly worrying and wasting time trying to make generic future bass “wubs”.
Spray - Probably my most go to for chords because of how impactful it is. Right off the bat the sound itself has some crazy amazing low frequencies, which yeah those can be changed in the instruments settings but hey, its already done for you. With about spray copied over 4 times you got yourself a killer future bass track.
Coconut - For real you will hear this instrument in my songs a… lot. It really is a versatile instrument, and I use it a lot both melodically and for chord progressions. Melodically it is not my all time favorite, but it still works beautifully. There are so many “favorites” for leads and melodies It would be hard to add one to this list, so I might as well choose our well known and loved little coconut.
So yeah, here are some of my favorite and most used instruments, and I bet a lot of you out there love these gems too.
Happy production, y’all!