For electronic musicians using computer-based production software, like Cubase, FL Studio, or Ableton, VST plugins are the way to make your music sound better. VST plugins are like virtual synthesisers and effect units. There are tons of options (and tons of different VST plugins) available to make your song sound so different and unique. Here are just a few of the free ones that I have been using recently.
SupaTrigga – SupaTrigga would probably be more suited for live performances. When you forward your sound to the SupaTrigga VST effect, your sound is manipulated in a variety of ways. For example, you can slice the song into sections and loop those parts over independently, and you can reverse the different sections. There is also a function that allows the plugin to randomly determine when this will happen. There are more VST plugins on this Web site, but SupaTrigga is my absolute favourite.
TWEAKBENCH Plugins – There are a variety of different VST plugins (effects and instruments) on this Web site, but I just had to mention this Web site because of a select few. "toad" is a NES-influenced drumkit that produces 8-bit style sounds, including the one and only coin sound from Super Mario Brothers. "triforce" is an 8-bit syle 3-oscillator synthesiser, which includes an arpeggiator. Finally, "peach" is a NES-style synthesiser with over 30 waveforms.
iZotope Vinyl – The majority of hip-hop is no longer produced with a DJ, a recording studio, and vinyl records. Many rap artists use computer based editors to create their tracks. Many people feel that since the sound quality is almost perfect, there is something missing. That's why iZotope Vinyl takes audio samples and emulates the dust, wear, scratches, and more elements of a vinyl record. You can now make your tracks sound like they used samples straight from the LPs!