Must Have Seen Plugins

Especially as a beginner it can be confusing and time consuming to get your plugin and vst collection started. I know that. I also know that plugins can be very expensive. The plugins presented below are mostly purchaised by paying some stacks for them. But there are free alternatives too. If you don’t want to take any money in hand at the beginning I understand that very well. Here you will find free and good plugins that will be working out enough for you at the beginning. Also note that you can download tons of presets for each Plugin. This will make your workflow go easy and make the whole process of finding the right sounds roll out with ease. You can find presets for almost any Plugin here. But now, let’s start with my top plugins I use everyday.

  1. NEXUS
Source: https://www.pexels.com/de-de/foto/ausrustung-beleuchtet-bildschirm-business-257904/ by Pixabay

Nexus developed by reFX is an all-in-one ROMpler plugin, filled with a seemingly endless number of production-ready sounds. It provides an easily accessible library of instruments that allows you to create high quality songs quickly and and effective. The library can be expanded as required.

Pro:

  • Giant library full sounds and instruments
  • Every sound is further editable
  • Very high sound quality

Cons:

  • Very expensive

The plugin can be purchased here.



2. OMNISPEHRE

Source: https://www.pexels.com/de-de/foto/audio-mixer-ausrustung-bildschirm-computer-1436141/ ny Benjamin Lehman

Omnisphere is another software synthesizer just like Nexus. It is a multi-timbral power Synthesizer, based on Spectrasonics latest synthesis and hi-definition sampling engine called STEAM.

Pro:

  • Giant library full synths in a very high quality
  • Every synth is further editable

Cons:

  • Very expensive

The Plugin can be purchased here.



3. OTT byXfer

Source: https://www.pexels.com/de-de/foto/audio-mixer-auffuhrung-auftritt-ausrustung-2332406/ by Malcom Garret

This plugin is a is a popular aggressive multiband upwards and downwards compressor. Often used by many dubstep and electro producers to upgrade their basses.

Pro:

  • Free to use
  • Very powerfull reuslt

Cons: None

You can get it here.



4. Nicky Romeo Kick Start Plug-In

Source: https://www.pexels.com/de-de/foto/audio-aufnahme-aufnahmestudio-ausgleich-164938/ by Pixabay

This plug in is used for effective and simple Sidechain compression. Kickstart is the fastest way to get that signature sidechain effect in your tracks.

Pro:

  • Easy to use
  • Impressive Sidechain effects and EDM kicks

Cons:

  • Costs 15$

Yoou can find it here.



5. Ozone Mastering Plug in

Source: https://www.pexels.com/de-de/foto/licht-verbindung-technologie-musik-3672355/ by Carlos Santos

iZotopes plugin Ozon is a mastering plugin which brings balance and richnes to your finished songs. Perfect for beginners as it can analyze the track all by himself and choose the perfect adjustemts for you.

Pro:

  • Easy to use
  • Great for Mastering beginners
  • Masters your track automaticly if you want to
  • A lot of functions for great results

Cons:

  • Expensive.

You can get it here.



6. Sausage Fattener by DADA LIFE

Source: https://www.pexels.com/de-de/foto/rot-hande-kreativ-beleuchtung-3473085/ by Lukas Rodrigues

This plugin can be used as a heavy compressor mostly for electronic basses. Use the Sausage Fattener with moderate settings as a musical compressor or turn it up and you have a dirty distortion.

Pro:

  • Only two knobs, easy to use
  • Used by many celebraties, e.g. TiĆ«sto, Kaskade, Diplo …

Cons:

  • Costs 39$

You can find it here.



7. Audio Type A Vintager

Source: https://www.pexels.com/de-de/foto/abstimmung-analogon-ausrustung-bildschirm-157557/ by Anthony

This Plugin brings you the best vintage sonic enhancement to your track. Perfect for Low HiFi Beat makers!

Pro:

  • Perfect for beginners
  • Great resutls
  • Easy to use

Cons:

  • Costs 39$

This Plugin can be purchased here.



8. Polyverse Gatekeeper by Infected Mushrooms

Source: https://www.pexels.com/de-de/foto/audio-beleuchtet-bildschirm-bunt-164745/ by Pixabay

With this Plugin developed by Infected Mushrooms and Polyverse you can Create cutting edge volume modulations from drastic to punchy gating to smooth. It is a one-of-a-kind effect to recreate a vintage encoding sound that gives your sounds a nostalgic touch. 

Pro:

  • Sample fast and precise volume modulation
  • Smoothing algorithm to eliminate clicks and pops
  • Hundreds of presets

Cons:

  • Costs 47$

You can purchase this plugin here.



9. Native Instruments Massive X

Source: https://www.pexels.com/de-de/foto/audio-auffuhrung-auftritt-club-332688/ by Isabella Mendez

This is the synth that defined bass music. A powerhouse synthesizer perfectly made for bass music and electro producers. Create stunning basses!

Pro:

  • Endless ways to modificate your sound
  • High quality sounds
  • Very powerfull

Cons:

  • Espensive (150$)
  • Not that easy to use for beginners

You can get it here.



10. Native Instruments Reaktor 6

Source: https://www.pexels.com/de-de/foto/audio-aufnahme-band-begrifflich-1762578/ by Ashutosh Sonwani

With this plugin you can create your own custom synths, samplers, effects, and sound design tools. As well there are allready 70+ included instruments plus thousands of sounds in the User Library for you to get started right away.

Pro:

  • A lot of presets
  • Endless ways for creating own tunes

Cons:

  • Expensive (150$)
  • Complicated for beginners

You can get it here.



11. Xfer Records Serum

Source: https://www.pexels.com/de-de/foto/tisch-musik-kraft-klang-63703/ by Stephen Niemeier

This is a syntheziser for all of your projects. Must have for Dubstep and edm produzcers. Create pads, Beastly basses and epic leads. Find your future sound with this visual synthesizer.

Pro:

  • Very high quality sounds
  • Beginners friendly as you can see a visual representation of what you are dowing with with your sound instead of only playing with knobs
  • Endless possibilties
  • A lot of high quality presets

Cons:

  • Costs money (about 15$ monthly)

You can get this one here.



12. Sound Forge by Magix

Source: https://www.pexels.com/de-de/foto/technologie-verwischen-verschwimmen-klang-3587496/ by Wallace Chuck

SOUND FORGE Pro 365 is for professional audio processing and recording. You might consider it when you record vocals and instruments on a regular basis. Especially helpfull if you own a “garage-band” kind of group to make the most out of recorded sounds!

Pro:

  • Audio Recording like a pro
  • Audio Editing
  • Even Mastering is possible
  • Collab with iZotone

Cons:

  • Costs 10$ paid monthly
  • Intended for professionals, might be confusing in the biginning

You can get it here.