Top 10 Must Have Instrument Plugins For Producers

Top 10 Must Have Instrument Plugins For Producers

August 19, 2019 100 By Kailee Schamberger


Hey what’s going on out there I’m Sean Divine and today I’ve got a video that was by request someone wanted me to show my top 10 plug-in instruments for producers so I wanted to share with you the the 10
instruments that if I only had these these are the ones that I would want to
have in my arsenal I use them in probably 90% of my productions and if
you have these you really don’t need much else obviously there’s a lot of
other ones out there but these are the ones that I really gravitate towards the
most as I wanted to share them with you in hopes that maybe if you all are
trying to make some selections on your instrument purchases this might help you
out and just show you why I’m using these tools for certain things and why I
prefer some of them to others so anyways let’s jump right in the first instrument
we have here is nerve this is by xfer records and it’s a drum machine but also
a loop player you can also program your own drum sounds do a lot of different
effects and things to edit your drum sounds so if you’re interested in sound
design it’s got a lot of really cool features in terms of effects now one of
the main reasons why I use nerve is because I’m not using FL Studio so in
logic there’s not really an incredibly easy way to manage loops and to kind of
tempo sync loops within your your project I think FL probably has the best
implementation of this for producers but a nerve definitely solves the issue if
you’re not an FL Studio user because you can basically just drag in loops and
then it automatically slices your loop up and then it will play a back sync to
tempo and if you’re worried about you know
changing pitch or anything like that you can actually adjust so it doesn’t
actually affect the pitch it’s a really flexible plug-in and that’s really the
main reason why I use a nerve is for handling my loops you can also like
rearrange your loops very easily so just chopping things up is very easy but just
again if you also want to use it as a drum machine you’ve got 16 pads you can
use them just like you would you know any other drum machine and you can
actually create slices out of your loops do all kinds of really really cool
things so again if you’re interested in this check out xfer records.com they
also make serum which I’m going to go through next but this is just a absolute
must-have plugin for me so next serum obviously I just put out a
synth preset bank called urban dreamscapes if you’re interested go to
seandivine.com and you can hear a lot of what this synth is capable of and
what I have in that library but obviously the reason why I’ve chosen
this is because this is a relatively new synth but it’s already made its way into
so many of my productions because it sounds really great it’s easy on the
eyes that seems like a kind of a trivial thing but when you’re looking at
something and you’re turning these knobs and really trying to dial into things it
helps if it’s just easy to look at and so this one is definitely one of the
better looking sense it also just has a really good workflow it’s well designed
I can get around it really easily and I didn’t have to spend a whole lot of time
like digging and trying to figure out what things do and going through menus
it’s just a great synth and again the the proof is really in the musicality
and how it fits in the mix so if you’re looking for a software synthesizer that
is just really a Swiss Army knife of some sorts that you can create all kinds
of different sounds arpeggios all that type of stuff this is one that I would
definitely consider so moving on to the next one this one is deemed the power
synth Omnisphere for a good reason it is capable of probably the most wide
range of sounds in terms of a software synthesizer you have the advantage of
being able to not only use sense oscillators you can also mix them with
samples and it includes an absolutely massive library of different samples
everything from acoustic instruments to just odd
like pianos on fire really weird sources that they recorded and you mix those in
with you know your synth oscillators so it also has a great effects section
arpeggio you’ve also got some unique synthesis types like granular synthesis
you can use that which again if you’re doing like soundtrack type of stuff you
can get some crazy crazy sounds in this but really it’s not just a compositional
kind of synth I mean you can make super modern sounding like pop sounds or
whatever you’re trying to do the possibilities are absolutely endless
with on the sphere so highly recommend that I use it in a lot of my tracks and
it’s just a very inspiring source for synth sounds now let’s move on to
kontakt 5 couldn’t go without this one let me just say first that a lot of
people ask me what libraries are using contact I’m going to go ahead and tell
you that most of the libraries in the factory for contact I think are not
great I’ve never found them to be very inspiring but some of the third-party
stuff and even the extra banks that Native Instruments sells outside of the
factory bank library like for instance session
strings really good library session horns is great the 60s drummer is a good
one I use studio drummer for realistic kind of acoustic drum sounds vintage
organs is probably the best organ kind of instrument that I’ve come across so
there’s some good stuff in the actual Native Instruments library outside of
the factory library this factory library I mean it’s really just kind of a bread
and butter I can’t even tell you if I’ve ever used
it so don’t get too excited just basing Kontact off of the factory library now I
have a lot of third-party libraries so I have various custom pianos some really
good sounding pianos that you’re not going to be able to get within the
factory contact sounds but once you get them loaded in you really learn that
it’s all about the sample libraries with contact and there’s some amazing ones
available so moving on Nexus to now a lot of people are a little weird about
Nexus because it’s called a rompler meaning that you’re not actually
synthesizing you’re using samples that are included and then you can tweak them
and add effects but there’s a lot of control under the hood with Nexus that I
don’t think people realize or just you know don’t consider it a real scent
because of the fact that it uses these samples but it sounds phenomenal and you have libraries that spin all
over the spectrum in terms of style now a lot of people ask me what expansions
should you get for Nexus I’m going to be honest with you and tell you I haven’t
bought a Nexus library or expansion in a long time mainly because it’s centered
around EDM and it’s not because I don’t like EDM or I don’t produce EDM it’s just
a lot of those sounds are just kind of like recycled I mean how many EDM
banks can you or do you need and if you have something like serum or Omnisphere
you can create all those sounds with those synths so I don’t need them for
Nexus now obviously if you don’t create your own sounds or you’re not really
into the sound design side of things and you just want to pull up great sounds
fast Nexus is definitely the go-to for that but I would recommend checking out
the older expansion packs some of the trance ones analog is a really great
expansion Hollywood all the Hollywood series I mean Hollywood strings
Hollywood synth those are great for just epic kind of movie feel soundtrack type
of sounds and also you can use them in hip-hop obviously there’s some great
brass sounds in there oh and then there’s just some cool electronic stuff
again I don’t really use a lot of the expansion’s I just have a couple of
patches in here that are like my go-to XPs and some of them would be in the
hollywood library but Nexus is amazing if you’re just trying to pull up it
sound really quick and you don’t want to worry about necessarily doing sound
design at that point moving on to another drum machine battery for I mean
just to go to I had battery 3 used it for a really long time and the reason
why I use this in addition to nerve is because I feel like nerve is better for
handling loops chopping up loops and then battery is really great for
actually layering and processing your drum samples so if I want to like map
you know for different kick samples to the same pad
and then go down here and you know EQ them accordingly or whatever it is that
I need to do with them you just have a lot of control and you also have a
pretty good effect section and just some nice kind of stock reverbs to go along
with it so I’m just really used to using battery and we’ll continue to use that
as the main source of laying down drum patterns next one is a legacy cell this
is by Korg this is a really old plug-in I’m pretty sure that they’re still
selling it but I can’t even remember how long ago I got this plug-in but it gives
you the ability to use an MS 20 a version of the MS 20 which is a famous
Korg synthesizer and you also get the ability to use the poly 6 so you can
pull up a poly 6 on one of these channels as well and then you can
combine them and turn them into a patch and then use two different insert
effects which is really powerful you’ve also got master effects and so you can
get some great old vintage cork sounds out of legacy sell alright so next on
the list is ultra analog I’m a little bit biased with this one because I have
programmed a lot of sounds with it I also have two commercially available
sound banks for it with Applied Acoustic Systems you can check both of those out
there called Reverence and Low End Theory and they’re available on applied-acoustics.com so anyway I had a really good time programming with this synth
and I also just think it has a very unique character to it you know a lot of
people are looking for that analog sound in the digital realm and I feel like
this one gives you a great perspective of that and it just has a lot of kind of
like quirky imperfections about it in terms of the sound which is that’s what
analog is is just these these things that happen that are not quite expected
so you can get some really cool results with it and again it’s just a very
musical instrument in the same that serum is in a different kind of
sound sense but uh ultra analog fits really well in the mix I’ve used it in a
lot of my productions it’s great for pads it’s great for leads it’s really
versatile and it takes a little bit more time getting used to in terms of
programming but once you get a feel for it it’s very straightforward and again
it just sounds really really good great effects section so be sure to check that
out next one this is just a massive has been around for a really long time and
it stood the test of time it’s still making really modern sounds you know
even 10-15 years later I think it was probably released that long ago and it’s
it’s relatively easy to program and it’s very flexible in terms of its routing
capabilities so and it sounds really good too you can do Arps and all kinds
of cool things with it and the other reason that I chose it for this list but
is because massive has a ton of presets available so if you’re not into sound
design and you’re just looking to pull up really good sounds quickly get
massive and then you can go out and look for either free preset banks or
commercial ones that you can buy and then just plug them into massive and
there’s a ton of sounds out there that cover you know pretty much anything you
could possibly need so that’s a good one just to get inspired quickly with
alright and last but certainly not least is Izotopes Break Tweaker some of you
may not be familiar with this one I don’t use it in all of my sessions I
don’t use it in all my productions but to me it’s absolutely indispensable
because there’s nothing that does what Break Tweaker does you can do all these
really crazy micro edits with drum patterns and you can also program drum
samples in a way that you can’t do in other plugins also the effects section
is really interesting the distortions and things that you can do on the drums you can edit a lot of your patterns
according to pitch these micro edits and just crazy crazy time divisions that you
would not be able to do unless you had a lot of time on your hands so I use that
for really like glitchy kind of breaks and just making drum patterns that are
not so conventional so that’s a really cool one to check out but that’s it guys
those are 10 plugin instruments for producers and these are the ones that
again land in my sessions all the time I’m constantly using them and if you
told me I could only have 10 for the next 5 years
I would pick these and I think I would be more than set in terms of the sounds
needed there so I hope this helps y’all in your plugin purchases if you have any
questions feel free to leave them in the comments below please like and subscribe
and I will have also a video for the top 10 audio effects plugins for mixing
coming up as well as some other top 10 so if you want to see some other things
I’m using in mixing or sound design or production feel free to let me know and
we’ll talk to you soon