Well, in the wee-small hours of this morning it wasn't. Despite my attempts to keep a trim plugin folder (TheGreat Plugin Purge) I've acquired a few extra goodies over the past few months, including Waves Gold bundle (what can I say - it was on a "too-good-to-miss offer here in the UK) and a couple of new Neve inspired modules for IK Multimedia's T-RackS (which must be the hardest-to-type software I use).
Anyway, it's been a mix-heavy week (good!) and I was wrapping-up the last bit of work before the long weekend. I found myself (early morning remember) with both the IK and Waves versions of the Neve 1081 console eq on a track, and I was making small changes (sub 1/2 dB small) on each, and, here's the insanity, ABing the different plugins to decide which to use. And that's how good choice can be.
Eventually I gave-up and went to bed. This morning I dipped 2.2dB using Cubase's stock channel eq at 362Hz and problem solved, in about 12 seconds!!!
Now seriously, this isn't JUST about having choice. If you lose your mental image of what result you're actually trying to get-to, and when you stop hearing what you've got (Fighting the urge to "do-it right"), then your stuck anyway, but it sure is easy to fool yourself into thinking youre making decisions whan in realithy you're just playing with the toys!!
Here's a question, what are your "I couldn't live without it" plugins? What if you could have only three (besides your DAW standards)?