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.

Auto Tune Pro

The plugin developer will always be known as the company which kickstarted the Auto-Tune trend back in 1997, even though…

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Regrader Lo-Fi Delay VST Plugin

Regrader is a free lo-fi delay VST effect for PC and Mac, which offers multiple audio-degrading modules and gets you really…

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Best LoFi VST Plugins

When it comes to VST plugins there are a million and one options, but when you are looking for the…

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Best VST for Hip Hop Beats

When going for the classic golden age hip hop sounds, samples are obviously a big part of the equation. But…

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Best Bitcrusher VST

Let’s look at some interesting bitcrusher VST today. A bitcrusher is basically a lo-fi distortion effect and reduces the audio quality…

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Best Delay Plugin

Looking for the best delay plugin? It’s rare that there’s clear winners in thee sort of lists, but when someone…

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Best Compressor Plugin

Fully updated for 2018, in this post we look at some VSTs that deserve the title Best Compressor Plugin! There’s something…

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Best Mastering Plugins

In this post, we’ll look at the best mastering plugins. These are the effects that can be used, subtly, in…

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Best Synth VST

The synth VST market is growing and growing. Each year there are new entries that try to take the crown…

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XLN Audio RC-20 Retro Color

Let’s get one thing straight right at the start. The RC-20 Retro Color by XLN Audio is one of my…

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