VST Plugins

VST plugins have become the glue that binds many processes in music making together and have gradually become essential to everything, from mixing to creative composition. Plug-in effects run within DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations) in a similar way to virtual instruments. You insert them on your instrument or audio tracks and open them up in the same way as a synth; and like those virtual recreations of classic gear, plug-in effects can also emulate old gear. In fact, many of the early ones were developed to copy expensive analogue equipment again, just like virtual synths. However, now there’s also a whole world of other effects available, from creative and compositional, to those that even do your mixing for you. Here we look at the best vst plugins – both paid and free – that will help craft better beats.

Best Bass VST

Best Bass VST

Ah, the bass. What an awesome (and oftentimes underrated) instrument. The anchor of a bands sound, the driving point in…
XLN Audio XO

XLN Audio XO

We love XLN Audio for their RC-20 coloration plugin, but the company really made a name for themselves with releasing…
Arturia V Collection 7 Review

Arturia V Collection 7 Review

While the whole trap community raves about Omnisphere and Nexus, it’s Arturia’s V Collection that’s the not much talked about…
Best Free VST Plugins

Best Free VST Plugins

Here’s our list of excellent Free VST Plugins – real alternatives to commercial VST plugins. Free VST Effects Brainworx bx_subfilter.…
Mixed In Key Studio Edition – First Impression

Mixed In Key Studio Edition – First Impression

If you’re into DJing you probably heard of Mixed In Key. The software analyzes songs and gives you the musical…
Experimental VST Plugins

Experimental VST Plugins

There’s essential VST plugins that you will pull out on every track and there experimental ones that give you a…
Best Cassette Plugins

Best Cassette Plugins

There’s a lot talk about tape vst plugins when it comes to mastering and subtly coloring sounds. But some of…
Best Flanger VST Plugins

Best Flanger VST Plugins

Just like a phaser VST plugin, a flanger might not be an essential in your book. But especially for synth…
Best Filter VST Plugins

Best Filter VST Plugins

Are you searching for smooth, silky, analog filter sweeps? Or are grimy, resonant squelches more your style? Nothing adds character…
Best Tape Plugins

Best Tape Plugins

Ah the magic of tape! Much discussed in producer circles, the warm sound of tape is especially desirable in our…
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