Every one needs to find their own "colors" that appeal to their personalities in production. That being said you always need:
1 modulation plug
1 reverb plug
1 delay plug
1 go to surgical eq
1 go to Comp/limiter plug
the above plugs should be clean...surgical versions. One's you can trust to get your point across without working to hard. They should be the get me to a to b plugs.
This is what I commonly see wrong with producers....they buy/get bootlegs(tsk tsk!) of everything under the sun yet they're lousy at working any one particularly with any proficiency. You need to learn how to rock one and then begin to experiment with different colors only after you've got your go to's.
My goto's wouldn't necessarily be someone else's. It's all in your ears and how you manage your approach to using the different colors you've made available to yourself.
I for example love Sonnox's Eq for precision, surgical eq.....but I find myself most of the time using Waves SSL eq's. Why? I have no freakin' clue! I just do...they seem to rub me the right way. LOL! I mean I have tons of eq's ...but those are the ones i'm diggin TODAY. Thing is tomorrow could be a different story!
"you bust your ass to make all the money you can...thinking it solves shit...and then you realize..when and if you get there at all...you got more problems and you missed out on the one thing you can't buy or get back...your life! Spend time with friends and family...You can be broke in other ways too!...."