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Top 5 most popular VST / VSTI plugins used in Hip-Hop industry!

If in the past analogue synthesizers were a basic tool in any studio, nowadays the situation is totally changed.

Now we have midi keyboards or other controllers with pads, and the buttons or faders can be customized and controlled via the computer using VST plugins or so-called Virtual Tools.

What is an Virtual Studio Technology (VST)?

It is a software interface that emulates audio signals of musical instruments, analogue synths sound processing or effects on sound as well as recording systems of the sound.

There are 3 types of VST Plugins

VST Instruments
VST effects
VST MIDI effects

Below we will present top 5 most popular VST / VSTi plugins among Hip-Hop Producers except Native Instruments

It is a software tool that brings different types of bass in a single extraordinary virtual instrument. The successor of the well-known Trilogy, Trilian is a tool that provides you with a completely different interface with many audio news and innovative Bass such as “Round Robin” or “Dynamic Legato” having a library of 10 times higher than its predecessor Trilogy.

In this software are used over 60 instruments of bass in 4 to 8 cords and over 30 analogue synths, among them is the well-known MOOG.

Trilian is by far the best VST plugin for bass and I recommend it with the highest confidence to use it in your audio productions of any type.


Produced by the same company SPECTRASONICS, Omnisphere remains the main flag, or the main tool of the firm. With a collection of more than 12,000 sounds and over 4,800 sound sources this VST combines a lot of synths in an extraordinary virtual instrument.

Some Omnisphere 2 features:

• new Interface with Enhanced Browsing and “Zooming” into deeper synthesis levels.
• audio Import – Use your own audio file as a soundsource in Omnisphere.
• new “Spotlight EDM” library with cutting-edge, modern sounds
• powerful New Granular Synthesis algorithm for amazing transformations.
• deeper FM/Ring Modulation capabilities for aggressive timbres
• up to 10 oscillators per patch can be either DSP synth or sample-based.
• 6 full-featured LFOs per patch, with syncing and complex wave forms.

…and many more.

Among prizes won by Omnisphere we remember “coveted TEC award“, “SOS Award” or “Virtual instrument
of the Year 2012“.

Passing further and reaching Nexus I can say that it is the most popular and easy-to-use VST. If in the EDM or Dance genre is a must-have, in Hip-Hop the situation is nearly the same.

Many producers from the new use this VST that integrates seamlessly into almost any beat, Trap or New School.

In the Nexus library predominates aggressive electronic sounds, but integrate seamlessly into genres like Pop, Dance or EDM, this is not the best solution for sound design programmers but if you are looking for sounds full of power and movement this VST is what you’re looking for.

You will also find a series of large SoundPacks and Presets (Free/Paid) to help you in your production.


One of the most critically acclaimed mastering software. Contains all the tools you need to help you master your instrumental and among essential instruments we remember: Equalizer, Dynamics, Maximizer, Exciter, Imager, Post Equalizer, Dither, and Dynamic EQ.


Produced by Lennar Digital, Sylenth1 is a virtual analog synthesizer VSTi which has the definition of quality and performance at a higher level.

So far, only few software synths have been able to stand up to the standards of sound produced by the classic hardware synths, Sylenth1 being one of them.

It is very important to know that this synth was built from a producer’s point of view, and the graphic interface provides the highest level of usage, so that you can unleash your full creativity in the field of sound design, another advantage is that it uses a minimum of resources.
Source: http://blog.beats1.com/