i personally cant imagine doing a mix without the Waves CLA compressors and the SSL
channel strip. I'v tried other alternatives but these have always been my faves. Having
said that, I often use reapers ReaEQ for surgical EQ as it does everything i need it to
So I would say buy select pieces rather than big bundles as most of the
plugins will hardly ever get used.
If your filthy rich though.... buy EVERY
PLUGIN EVER! I know I would if I could