After your DAW (Digital Audio Workstation), VST synths are probably the most important piece of software in your home studio setup.
Any savy computer musician knows there is more to making music than editing, arranging, recording and mixing. A great selection of plugin synths can help you go a lot further in what concerns designing and editing your sounds.
Each VST synth has its own special features and highlights and can impact your productions depending on what type of music you produce and what kinds of parameters they allow you to manipulate. Check out the ultimate VST plugin list below!
5 Essential VST synths you should try now:
Xfer Records Serum
- Xfer Serum is consistently on the Top 3 of essential software synths.
- Ultra crisp and clear sound
- Incredible range of modulation options
- One of the most deep and advanced set of features in a VST synth
Native Instruments MASSIVE
- An all time favourite for more than 10 years
- Designed to make big, bold basses perfect for dubstep, drum n bass and any heavy bass production
- Great design and easy to use
Native Instruments Sylenth1
- Amazing, warm and analog sound
- Offers great variety of presets
- Basic modulation section
Reveal Sound Spire
- Covers a lot of ground, from analog modelling to "HardFM"
- Geared towards dance music ( Trance, EDM)
- Powerful and big sound
Native Instruments Absynth5
- 5 star sound for soundscapes
- Complex and intimidating to use
- Traditionally the sound designers synth of choice
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