Here is our quick rundown of our best vst plugins of 2019. This is completely our own opinion. These plugins are used by us all the time in our productions. That’s why we are confident you will like them too! [In no particular order, we love them all!]
- KV331 Synthmaster One Wavetable synth.
- Singomakers Kick Tweak and Magic Stereo
- Wavesfactory Cassette
- Focusrite Midnight Plug-In Suite
- Plugin Boutique Carbon Electra
- iZotope Ozone 9 Mastering Suite
- Softube Tube Tech Collection
- Cableguys ShaperBox 2 Bundle
- PsP Audioware PSP Nexcellence
- Nugen Audio SigMod
At Producer Life we’ve had a lot of fun with these vst plugins. We would recommend them to beginner and pro alike. We would love to hear what your favourite plugins have been this year. Are you excited about any new plugins?
10 Best Vst Plugins of 2019
Synthmaster One Wavetable Synth
Producer Life are massive fans of KV331’s plugins. Starting with Synthmaster Player we upgraded to the original Synthmaster with no regrets. And now they have recently launched Synthmaster One. A Wavetable synth offering even more incredible sounds that you would expect from a Synthmaster synth.
Offering a tight user interface and plenty of presets to help you get started, these synths are a must-have for any producer. The sound quality is of the highest standard. Personally I love it when a synth can deliver powerful lead sounds and gnarly bass noises. Often synths are stronger are a certain style than others, usually meaning we have dedicated synths for bass and melodies.
These Synthmaster synths are more than capable of producing a large variety of sounds and styles for every genre. That’s why they’ll always have a special place in our studios.
Synthmaster Player is a great entry-level plugin, ideal if you just want to get stuck in with ready-made presets. There are some controls to help you customise the sounds but this is designed more for instant gratification.
SynthMaster is an ‘all-around’ semi-modular software synthesizer and effect plug-in that features many different synthesis methods. Including VA, Additive, Wavetable, Wavescanning, Phase Modulation, Frequency Modulation, Pulse Width Modulation, Ring Modulation, Amplitude Modulation, Physical Modeling and SFZ Sample Playback synthesis.
With its multi-synthesis oscillators, analogue modelled/digital filters, flexible effects routing with 11 types of high-quality effects and a massive modulation architecture with 95 separate modulation sources and 650+ modulation targets; SynthMaster is a ‘must-have’ for all synthesizer enthusiasts!
SynthMaster One is an easy to use wavetable synthesizer with an intuitive workflow. Although it shares the same engine with its bigger brother SynthMaster, it comes with new features like wavetable synthesis. With its simple layout, rich wavetable/waveform content and inspiring factory presets library, designing new sounds with SynthMaster One is a real joy.
Singomaker’s Magic Stereo and Kick Tweak
At Producer Life, we’re struggling to think of a song where we haven’t used both of these vst plugins. Singomakers are huge players in the EDM scene and it shows in these plugins. Designed for any genre that has an emphasis on big kick drums and powerful melodies blended with the hottest basslines.
Many times we are asked ‘How do you get your kick drums to pop out of the mix so well?’. Well, this plugin from Singomakers is our answer. It seriously makes a difference. Using it on a single Wav of a kick drum makes it beefier. It can quickly help add some top-end punch to cut through the mix.
However, this plugin really shines when you use it on a layered kick or, a generated kick. The way this plugin glues the layers together and compresses them so fluidly, it really impresses us. What would we do without it 🙂
With a selection of 10 expertly crafted presets Kick Tweak is quick and easy to achieve punchy and precise results. Get the kick sound you have always wanted.
Already championed by A-list producers including Chris Lake, Dada Life, Dannic, Jordy Dazz, Shapov, Joachim Garraud, D.O.D, Thomas Gold and more.
Kick Tweak is a fine and affordable addition to your plugin collection.
This plugin really keeps up with the modern trends in dance music. With big EDM ‘drop’ melodies filling the bulk of a song, getting those layers mixed can be difficult. This plugin can really help you get the stereo image sounding professional in no time.
If you are looking for a plugin that’s going to make your bass seem wider in the right places. Or if you want to quickly balance 2 leads in the stereo image. Then this plugin can help you quickly get the result you need in your mix.
Expand the stereo image of elements in your track with this professional stereo imaging tool. With its simple intuitive controls, Magic Stereo offers wide to super-wide spatial widening without losing anything within the mono signal.
Presets designed for Bass, Leads and Drums offer instant results. These can be easily tailored to get the perfect width to your sound.
Already championed by A-list producers. Including Hardwell, W&W, Dannic, Swanky Tunes, Joachim Garraud, Futuristic Polar Bears, D.O.D, Arston, Maddix, Paris & Simo, Patrick Hagenaar and a lot more! Magic Stereo is a fine and affordable addition to your plugin collection.
One of the newest vst plugins to enter our studio, Cassette quickly warmed our hearts. Bringing some of the best tape cassette emulation we have ever heard. With the increasing popularity of those vintage vibes and retro sounds, there’s no better time to start using CASSETTE. Tape saturation, compression and plenty more vintage feeling Fx, like tape snapbacks, can be added to your productions.
Check out our demo here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHtyeFoTEWQ
Cassette is an audio plugin that emulates the sound of vintage cassette tapes and decks. It has been carefully modelled after an exhaustive analysis of a high number of sound signals recorded into real tapes. As a result, you get the same sound and behaviour of the original units.
Magnetic tape is not sterile media. Because of that, it will impart its own sound signature to signals recorded into it. These include different frequency response, frequency-dependent saturation, high-frequency compression, hiss, asperity noise and much more. Reproduction systems will also induce their fingerprint: wow, flutter, random high-frequency loss, crosstalk between channels, stereo unbalances and other.
All of these little quirks and random fluctuations have been modelled meticulously. Cassette imprints instant nostalgia, movement and analogue feel all around in its path.
Cassette has been designed to be fun, pleasant to the ear and true to the medium.
Focusrite Midnight Plugin Suite
Another 2019 addition to the Producer Life studios. We decided to add this to our list because of how impressed we were with the quality of these vst plugins. Especially as it’s an affordable plugin too. If you want a new compressor and EQ with a great vintage style and sound we would highly recommend this suite.
When we first got this plugin we dropped the compressor on our latest bass track. There was an instant improvement to the sound. For drums and bass, this plugin suite really stands out.
The ISA110 and 130 modules, created for the legendary Forté console in the 1980s, represent the epitome of Focusrite analogue audio processing. Performing a vital role in the making of literally thousands of hit records – they still change hands for thousands today. Their new digital incarnation in the Midnight suite for AU, VST and RTAS gives them stunning new hi-def on-screen front panels. Looking so realistic you’ll believe you can grab a knob with your fingers.
You can tweak them with a click and a drag of the mouse, or graphically edit the response curves. But whichever way you want to go, behind each exquisite graphic front-panel lies powerful DSP code that exactly models the original analogue processors that inspired the Midnight suite. With all the warmth, clarity, control and incredible sound of those original analogue designs.
Plugin Boutique Carbon Electra
Another decent and affordable synth that has built itself a great reputation since release. A synth thats great for a variety of things, often updated keeping it up to date and feeling fresh. We love this synth for its gorgeous sounds and suitability for newer or advanced sound designers.
Carbon Electra is a powerful and intuitive synth built by producers, for producers. It’s a four-oscillator subtractive synth with a modern feature set. It has been developed as an advanced learning tool whilst also being a powerful and easy-to-program synth. Being based on vintage analogue routing and featuring flexible modulation options including an editable stepper and note performer.
The graphical displays act as a comprehensive information tool as well as an accurate guide to each parameter change. Best of all, it sounds incredible.
10 Best Vst Plugins of 2019
iZotope Ozone 9 Mastering Suite
Wow, just wow! This has got to be one of the hottest releases of the year. Possibly the industry-standard go-to plugin for mix and mastering. The algorithms built into this plugin suite are quite simply, mind-boggling. We could probably dedicate an entire blog just to this plugin suite, it really is that comprehensive and powerful.
Learn more about iZotope Ozone 9
Building on a 17-year legacy in audio mastering, Ozone 9 brings balance to your music. With never-before-seen processing for low end, real-time instrument separation. Combined with lightning-fast workflows powered by machine learning. Find the perfect vibe with an expanded Master Assistant that knows exactly what you’re going for. Whether it’s warm analogue character or transparent loudness for streaming.
Talk to more iZotope plug-ins in your session with Tonal Balance Control and blur the lines between mixing and mastering. Work faster with improved plug-in performance, smoother metering, and resizable windows. No more wondering if your music is ready for primetime—with Ozone 9, the future of mastering is in your hands.
Softube Tube Tech Collection
We’re looking at the compressors in particular but the whole range by Softube is a mighty fine collection. The plugins had a recent update that included some added features and a more up to date looking visual improvement. Not only looking great, these vst plugins sound great.
These compressors have earned the reputation of making your vocals sound beautiful in the mix. They give great clarity and punchiness where it is needed.
The Tube-Tech CL 1B is a modern classic for a very good reason. As a vocal compressor, in particular, its mixture of characteristic warm slow opto gain reduction and surprisingly versatile can’t-sound-bad operation have made it a staple across a wider variety of genres than perhaps any other optical compressor. Classic rock, cutting-edge pop, rap and hip hop, EDM… you name it.
The CL 1B Mk II isn’t only a feature-update, adding side-chain low cut filters and parallel mixing. It’s a complete audio-visual overhaul as well. We’ve remodelled this luxury piece of studio hardware from the ground up. Using our latest and best-ever component modelling and signal processing technology to give more detailed, punchier sound than ever.
And it now has brand new high-resolution graphics which look gorgeous even on 4K and ultra-HD screens. You’ll want to reach out and grab the knobs the second you see it.
Cableguys ShaperBox 2
Ooh, what a fun plugin! Definitely one of the best vst plugins of 2019, our favourite fx suite of the year. This bundle is made up of 5 ‘shapers’, Time, Width, Filter, Pan and Volume Shaper. Offering a wide arrange of effects that can be chained together, ShaperBox 2 is easy to pick up and great fun to use.
This suite is so intuitive newer users can get to grips with the different shapers in an instance. However, each shaper comes with plenty of more advanced features for the more experienced music producers and sound designers.
Read more about Shaper Box 2.
Not only that, but you can use a MiDi controller to trigger the Fx. Check out our article on how to set up MiDi triggered Fx
With five powerful Cableguys effects – TimeShaper 2, VolumeShaper 6, FilterShaper Core 2, PanShaper 3 and WidthShaper 2 – ShaperBox 2 creates amazing musical, rhythmic effects and helps solve complex mix problems.
PSP Audioware are another reputable plugin company and PSP Nexcellence is a perfect example of this. Probably our favourite reverb plugin for spring reverb inspired goodness. This fantastic plugin is great when you need a reverb that fits snuggly into the stereo image, giving impressive results. The colouration it gives is quite luscious.
PSP Nexcellence is a rich-sounding, spring emulation inspired by and modelled after “Necklace-type” reverb units. It provides two different spring set processors and can use one or both of its processing engines simultaneously. The algorithm has improved on the original hardware by providing a handy set of parameters to let you control inherent aspects of the spring reverb.
Nugen Audio SigMod
To finish our 10 Best Vst Plugins of 2019 list we wanted to add something a little different. SigMod fits that bill. Have you ever wanted to do something in your DAW that affects only a part of the audio signal? Do you want to put some thick reverb on the higher parts of the melody and delay on the lower frequencies, but not sure how? This could be the plugin you need. Offering new ways of working with your audio, this plugin is a unique tool and often a fix to features that your DAW lacks.
We love the mid/side conversion that expands the capability of our existing plugins and the Protect insert is literally an ear saver.
Instantly enhance the functionality of your plug-ins and DAW with twelve different signal modification units. Explore new creative possibilities and quickly add missing features. Each module can easily be inserted, swapped and moved around making new options to correct, convert or tweak your audio.
One Last Bonus Best Vst Plugin:
Loopmasters Loopcloud 5
If you want a great sample library that can be used as a plugin then Loopcloud 5 is for you. It comes with lots of new features released in its 2019 update. It looks fresh and acts fresh. Coming with access to millions of samples, daily free samples, and a built-in drum machine and synth.
Loopcloud 5 is our goto when we need to find the right sample. The search functions, the controls and built-in editing all add to it. Different subscriptions offer more content but the Free subscription is still awesome too!