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Plugins for Dance Music & Home Studio - An Overview


Plugins for dance music might seem an almost impossible little essay to write, but we just need to remember what we are doing here; which is making dance & club music! - When talking about plugin instruments, noobs may be inclined to think only the best, most impressive quality plugin synths should be the things they aspire to own and use; but the thing about dance music & club music is that it is often created from small rhythmic parts played almost percussively, and thus cheap freeware items can easily sit alongside more costly detailed synth plugins (such as Arturia's Moog instrument etc) and they are all equaly valuable. This means the beginner and even the pro alike can create tracks entirely from freeware if required as long as the genre supports it!

Don't be afraid to experiment with sounds when using plugins. Sometimes you get superb rhythmic patterns by simply assigning a previously created pattern to some plugin instrument which offers completely different sounds other than the one you had in your head! It's all about the rhythm after all right? That's what people groove to on a dancefloor, and thus very cheap and freeware plugins can deliver superb patterns, often when used out of content!

For example - try taking drum patterns and assigning them to cheap freeware percussive sounding synth plugins for rythmic possibilities, or the other way round!... Take percussion patterns and assign them to cheap freeware synths! The possibilities are endless, but the main thing to remember is... free your mind and often your dance-floor ass will follow!

Checkout some classic plugins and stand-alone items from the list on the right - Everything the noob needs is available even for free if you are totaly skint!

Also you can check this page which explains all about plugins for noobs including a list of the most popular plugin formats!

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Audio Plugin
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Here's a selection of classic plugins & standalone softwares for dance music creation!

AudioRealism ABL Bass Line Synthesizer

Now this IS the best TB303 bassline software plugin in the world - as accurate as you could hope for considering all real TB303's are subtly different & with a 100% authentic interface & sequencer - A...

Bioroid Creakbox

The best freeware TB303 vsti you can get I'd say! - superb! ...

Chris Gill SUPERWAVE P8

superb free 2 osc' vsti made with synthedit. Like a sorta roland-oberheim crossbreed, with 7 supersaw detuning controls and it comes with a great bunch of presets. This is superb! - get it downloaded ...

D16 Group Phoscyon

Superbly versatile and accurate tb303 plugin synth with additional features. ...

Master Zap 'STOMPER'

Check out the wicked STOMPER - somthing of a cult programme amongst PC music-makers - it's free and gives you everything from drum sounds & games hits blips and noises, to even 303 type patterns with ...

Propellerheads REBIRTH RB338

Hey !!!....Check this other one out... a totally software based TB303/TR808.... All the controls are in realtime !!.... and it also sounds as good as any 303 clone module, but with this you get two o...

REFX Vanguard

reFX presents VANGUARD, a new breed of virtual analog synthesizers. VANGUARD is the long awaited replacement for your old 19" hardware gear which you will never use again after you have tried VANGUARD...

Bram Bos Hammerhead

Check this & download it if you're using a PC.... A wicked 32 bit soft synth drum box.... and believe me it sounds HAAAARD !!!!... iT'S FREEWARE... and once you've created patterns or songs, you can ...

D16 Group Drumazon

Super 909 clone drum software which plays from internal sequencer or triggerable from midi note data like a regular drumbox plugin. ...

D16 Group Nepheton

Super TR808 emulation s/w from D16 Group in Poland. ...

Emagic EXS24

Emagic's EXS24 sampler comes included with some Logic Audio packages. It's really a great sampler, knocks spots of most hardware units, check it out!! ...

Native Instruments KONTAKT

Native Instruments KONTAKT now at version 3, is a top flight sampler for PC & MAC with Up to 256 stereo voices, 16-part multitimbral, and 32 outputs per plug-in or standalone instance. ...

Steinberg Halion

Halion is Steinberg's wizzkid VSTi sampler - this review is a BIG page load at about 1500kb, but lot's of clear piccies and full proper details... check it out!! - This'll show you all the parts and w...

Antress Modern Plugins Modern compressor

freeware vst compressor plugin. ...

Digilogue BlueCompressor

Part of a free bundle of plugins, a brilliant free/contribute-ware compressor from Digilogue. - dx & vst ...

Kjaerhus Audio Classic Compressor

Free VST PC compressor plugin with 'Hard' & 'Soft' knee (works with all sampling frequencies too.) ...

Ohmforce Frohmage

Free resonant filter with a twist from Ohmforce - well worth checking out! ...

Sonnox Oxford EQ

Sonnox (Sony Oxford) EQ for ProTools TDM, also for VST/AU/RTAS Mac/WinXP ...

Waves RCL Renaissance compressor

Classic & well respected Plugin compressor, the Waves RCL... dx plugin. ...

Waves SSL Bundle Native

WAVES SSL Bundle Native, plugin version of the extraordinary sounds of the legendary SSL 4000 series: SSL G- Equalizer, SSL E-Channel, SSL G-Masterbus Compressor, for Mac and PC, CAUTION: requires PAC...




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