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Best EDM Plugins | Top 5 Friday by Plugin Boutique

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Best EDM Plugins | Top 5 Friday by Plugin Boutique

Plugin Boutique published recently their few on the Best EDM VST Plugins. If you want to get that polished, highly professional EDM sound, you’re going to need to use the right tools. In this rundown, Plugin Boutique shed some light on the top VSTs for crafting tearing leads, solid basslines, and huge drums. 

Plugin Boutique covers Sublab, XO, Shaperbox 2, Spire, and Nectar 3 (All Affiliate Links).

XO (XLN Audio)

An innovative new way to get the right drum sounds, XO (Affiliate Link) analyzes your one-shots and groups them by similar sound on its intuitive GUI. The straightforward interface makes it easy to find the sound you’re after, and XO also features a huge library of one-shots to get you started. 

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XO (Affiliate Link) even includes a powerful step sequencer so you can make beats right in the plugin, plus it’s got convenient drag and drop export and can work as a standalone application.

Nectar 3 (iZotope)

This intelligent channel strip was designed just for vocals, and so it’s a key part of any EDM tune’s workflow. The modules available are EQ, gating, compression, delay, reverb, harmonisation, pitchshifting, auto-levelling, dimension, and even the Breath Control processor from iZotope RX. Any of these can be run in any order you want, mixed and matched exactly how you like them.

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In the Advanced version of Nectar 3 (Affiliate Link), there’s also a Vocal Assistant tool that helps recommend processes based on the sound of your input vocal. You can also deal with masking in Nectar 3, cutting down on clashing frequencies.

Nectar 3 (Affiliate Link) comes in Advanced, Standard and Elements versions, with the cheapest one coming in at $140, and the most expensive at $270. Elements offer a stripped back set of tools with a lot of the same effects onboard.

Spire (Reveal Sound)

Spire (Affiliate Link) has loads of oscillators and synthesis types to give you a diverse range of sound sources, and an impressive level of control over morphing those sounds with two Ctrl knobs, which change their function depending on what type of synthesis you’re running. There’s also 9x unison for each of the two oscillators.

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Next come dual filters, a total of four LFOs, and another four envelopes. All that modulation power can be harnessed thanks to the five pages of modulation assignments in Spire’s matrix. There’s also an effects section featuring a Shaper/Decimator, a Phaser, a Chorus and flanger, a Delay and a Reverb processor. 

If you’ve got any extra attention or cash after dealing with Spire (Affiliate Link) itself, you can also check out a huge number of third-party presets available for the synth too.

ShaperBox 2 (Cableguys) 

If music is all about melody and rhythm, Shaperbox 2 (Affiliate Link) has the second one well and truly covered. It offers six effects that you can run individually or independently, to control your audio’s Filtering, Panning, Volume, Width, Bitcrushing and even Timing. 

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Each of these is controlled over time using a draw-your-own curve to apply the amount different over a few bars or beats, meaning that you can animate any of the six processors to make rhythmic or slow, evolving changes, with MIDI control thrown in too.

Each Shaper can also operate in multiple frequency bands, Lo, Mid and High, to add yet another dimension to the effects you can get. Shaperbox 2 (Affiliate Link)

SubLab (Future Audio Workshop)

For powerful electronic music, you’ve got to have yourself powerful sub-bass, and Sublab (Affiliate Link) is one great way to get it. Starting with Synth, Sampler and X-Sub sound sources, and running them through filtering, distortion and compression stages, all designed to suit working with bass tones, this is one specialized little synth.

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Let’s go in-depth on those oscillators, where you get a choice of three. The Sampler lets you choose from 250 kick and 808 bass sounds, and also lets you import your own. Standard sampling functions such as choosing your loop points are included here, too. 

The Synth module gives you a more standard way to generate your own tones from a basic sub oscillator, taking in volume, filter and pitch envelopes along the way. 

The X-Sub bass source is psychoacoustically constructed to keep your lowest lows tight, no matter what note you’re playing. Check out Sublab (Affiliate Link).

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Exclusive Plugin Boutique Scaler 2 Spring Sale

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Empower the Composer Within

Scaler 2 is an inspirational and powerful music theory workstation that gives you access to a world of new ideas, expressions, and melodies. With powerful detection of MIDI and audio, Scaler 2 can determine what key and scale you’re in and suggest chords that match your music. The plugin helps you discover the perfect melody with performance expressions, and can even suggest ways to change from one key to another.

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Scaler 2 makes finding chords and progressions intuitive and fun! It’s a comprehensive but easy to use toolbox that will help anyone make better music.

  • Discover your music’s key and explore alternative scales and chord sets
  • Choose from hundreds of keys, quickly build progressions in the sequencer
  • Over 200 artist chord sets from the likes of Carl Cox, MJ Cole, The Temper Trap, Mitekiss, CeCe Rogers and Mike Huckaby
  • Over 200 genre and mood-based chord sets such as Chill, Drum & Bass, Jazz, Cinematic, EDM, Progressive…
  • Browse chord variations to get suspended chords, extended chords, dominant seventh, and jazz chords
  • Use the arpeggio or strum features to perform in real-time and synced to your DAW
  • Discover chord substitutions that lend variety to your progressions
  • Experiment with different chord voicings to spread notes across the keyboard
  • Export MIDI to your DAW simply by dragging and dropping
  • Assign any VST / AU instrument to Scaler 2 to control your favorite synths
  • Play and record one-finger chords and melodies using Scaler 2’s Bind MIDI function

Pricing and Availability


Scaler 2 (Affiliate Link), the inspirational and powerful music theory workstation that gives you access to a world of new ideas, expressions and melodies. Buy Scaler 2 (Affiliate Link) now for £39.95 / $49 for a limited-time only!

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Plugin Boutique Modern Mastering Bundle – Essential Tools for Modern Mastering

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FX Bundle by Exclusive Bundles+

Are you looking to add the finishing touches to your next online release? Whether you are sharing your music with friends and fans on SoundCloud or delivering a commercial album on any major streaming platforms (Spotify, Apple Music, etc.), mastering can make all the difference in how your music plays back to the listener. With this essential set of modern mastering tools, we are providing everything you need to consistently achieve professional masters.

iZotope Ozone 9 is the commercial standard in mastering. Featuring a Master Assistant that uses state-of-the-art artificial intelligence technology, Ozone 9 Standard can give you a completely mastered track at just the click of a button.

Mastering the Mix BASSROOM is a specialist mastering EQ that allows you to dial in the perfect low-end for your track in seconds. With genre-specific EQ targets, BASSROOM takes out the guesswork and brings your music closer to a polished, professional sound.

To ensure your master is ready for release, you can preview how your music will sound online with Loudness Penalty by Meterplugs. Providing real-time feedback, you can find out if your music is going to be turned down by music streaming services, allowing you to optimise your music’s online loudness.

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With the Modern Mastering Bundle (Affiliate Link), you can be completely confident that your music delivers the best listening experience, wherever it is heard. The Modern Mastering Bundle is exclusive to Plugin Boutique and available for a limited time only.

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Q&A with the Scaler Developers

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Q&A with the Scaler Developers

Covering your questions to the Scaler developers with Joshua Casper and Plugin Boutique.

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Scaler 2 (Affiliate Link) is an inspirational and compelling music theory workstation that provides you access to a world of original ideas, expressions, and melodies. With strong detection of MIDI and audio, Scaler 2 (Affiliate Link) can conclude what key and scale you’re in and recommend chords that match your music. The plugin helps you discover the pure melody with performance expressions, and can also suggest ways to change from one key to another.

Scaler 2 (Affiliate Link) has been updated to 2.2. This is a free update for all Scaler 2 (Affiliate Link) owners. Already Own Scaler 1? Upgrade to Scaler 2 (Affiliate Link).

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