Top 10 R&B And Pop Music Plugins & KONTAKT Libraries 2021

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Catchy melodies, powerful hooks, and distinctive sounds are some of the things that come to producers’ minds when making Pop or R&B. That’s why, today, we will go through the 10 best Pop and R&B plugins and Kontakt libraries that will help you create the perfect earworm.

Nowadays, pop and R&B are leading the music industry, where it is nearly impossible to find a top chart without at least one song of these music genres. There’s something about them that fascinates listeners and keeps them coming back, making a snowball effect by giving them more streams, sharing with other friends, and placing them in the highest places of the lists.

Music is in constant evolution, and to be the phenomenon it is today, pop and R&B use elements like dreamy keyboards, unique synthesizers, massive basslines, and looped drum beats that make you want to dance. So, without further ado, let’s check some of the best tools to make your pop and R&B songs stand out from the rest.
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Top 10 Pop Music and R&B Plugins & Kontakt Libraries 2021

1. UJAM Beatmaker KANDY Review (Plugin)

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Get focused, pop music drum sounds with one of the best plugins in UJAM’s beatmaker series.
You may have noticed that many plugins and libraries out there are focused on specific genres like EDM, Jazz, Hip-hop, and other styles. Still, you rarely see a library that is specifically for pop music. KANDY is a sweet beatmaker tool with heavily processed drum samples. Here, you can choose from 20 different styles, 10 unique drum kits, and 460 patterns to get the A-list pop sound you want.

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Key Features:

  • One-Shot Samples
    The keyboard separates into two sections. On the left, we can find the Instrument section where we can play one-shot samples, choose from the samples provided by UJAM, and modify their volume, decay, pitch, and apply filters. Once they all sound the way you want, you can start finger-drumming and create your beat.
  • Song Sections
    Next to the Instrument section mentioned before, we have the Style section to choose from the 460 patterns within KANDY. Once you select a pattern, you’ll have different variations labeled as song sections. You can play pre-populated rhythms like intros, verses, fills, choruses, endings, and breakdowns in this section. This feature can help you arrange your track as quickly as possible.
  • Individual Routing
    All the samples are routed to the master of the plugin for you to control them in one track only. With the “Individual/Master” switch, you can choose to route them to separate outputs and process each sample independently. Producers who prefer to have complete control over their drum kit will appreciate this feature.
  • Effects And Master
    If you prefer to keep everything in one track, the 12 mixing modes can help you get a solid mix worthy of a hit song. Once you have your desired sound, you can move to the bottom right Master section, where you can apply filtering, subtle saturation, maximize loudness, and add a little bit of reverb.

Compatibility:

This plugin is available for Windows 7 or higher and macOS 10.12 or higher, both 64-bit only. It comes in VST 2, AAX, and AU formats.
Summary:

If your drums don’t balance being fat and electronic while not sounding too much like house music, you need to add KANDY to your arsenal. The quality of the sounds within KANDY is tremendous, and the speedy results make it stand out. Note that if you choose to route the outputs independently, it might be tedious as you have to switch every one of them manually instead of providing you with a global switch. Then again, you’ll likely rarely use the individual routing with the incredible mixing and master options that KANDY has to offer.

2. Native Instruments Glaze Review (Kontakt Library)

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Bring your vocal and harmonic production to life with Glaze.

Glaze delivers versatile vocals suited for genres like pop, hip-hop, and R&B. You can create subtle harmonies and backing vocals by crafting your sections or using the 148 presets of vocal licks, stacked chords, bass, and pad sounds provided by Native Instruments. Its low set of parameters consisting of two source layers and six fully effect macros make it straightforward, not to mention its pleasant, glossy interface.

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Key Features:

  • Blending
    As mentioned before, Glaze consists of two layers to create the sound. You can choose the samples on layers A and B and adjust their levels by blending them with the “Balance” knob. Also, you can turn off one of the layers if you don’t need it to save CPU usage.
  • FX Editor
    By pressing the “FX” button, you will enter a section for adjusting an effect chain applied globally to both layers, except for the independent equalizers on the top left. Inside this window, you have access to the powerful Kontakt effects that you can organize in six different effect slots of the chain. Note that placing a reverb before a compressor will sound completely different from when you put it after, so it depends on your approach.
  • Sequencer
    In Glaze, you have a module that emulates the behavior of an analog sequencer that you access by clicking the “SEQ” button. The sequencer has one line with sixteen steps to create your melodic sequence, plus six additional lanes to modulate the effect macros. Once set, you can adjust the rate, direction, and swing to control the timing and playback of the sequence.

Compatibility:

The library requires Kontakt Player or Kontakt (latest version). Kontakt is available for Windows 7 or higher and macOS 10.13 or higher, both 64-bit only.
Summary:
The Glaze is a simple yet powerful tool to bring the “sound mattress” that supports your other instruments. The high-quality presets and sound-shaping tools provide an intuitive and straightforward way to create nuanced sounds with excellent tonal balance and expression. The library is amicable for beginner producers, but for the more experienced ones, the custom effect chains and sound-shaping macros offer deeper sound design.

3. UJAM Sparkle Review (Plugin)

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Timeless and natural guitar riffs are a done deal with this remarkable virtual guitarist.

Getting real-sounding guitars from a virtual instrument is covered by UJAM’s Sparkle. It features over 100 styles and 1,000 phrases recorded with genuine single-coil Stratocaster and Telecaster guitars. Its emulations of hand-picked guitars and speakers can give you the classy tone and vibrant character of the legendary guitars present in most pop and R&B productions without complications.

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Key Features:

  • Pickups And Amplifiers
    Focused on giving you the most authentic way to get a guitar sound, Sparkle has guitar pickup and amplifier selectors. It features four pickup combinations and five amplifier simulations from clean to rough coloration to get a specific tone for your guitar. Also, the “Drive” knob allows you to overdrive the tube amp simulations of Sparkle.
  • Effects
    Inside Sparkle, you can find different effects like delay, chorus, reverb, and other exciting additions like drop D tuning for the guitar and doubling to make it seem that two slightly different guitars are playing simultaneously. But the most impressive one is the “Grit” knob. It controls an effect chain featuring equalizers, multiband compression, and ambiance that helps your guitar cut through the mix.
  • Style Section
    You can play phrases with the lower octave notes. Sparkle’s phrases are divided into Common and Style. In the Style section, you can choose various playing styles like country, pop, etc. These change the Style key switches. Conversely, the Common phrases remain the same despite changing the styles.
  • Chords In Key
    Next to the style section, there’s the “Key” section, where you can play chords within the chosen key with the upper keys of your keyboard. While it doesn’t support advanced chords like maj7(b9), it can recognize and play almost all the general chords you’ll find in pop music.

Compatibility:

This plugin is available for Windows 7 or higher and macOS 10.12 or higher, both 64-bit only. It comes in VST 2, AAX, and AU formats.
Summary:
Sparkle is an excellent approximation to having a real guitarist in your projects. Inside this virtual instrument, you can achieve high-quality and real-sounding guitar licks within a pleasant and futuristic UI. With the different phrases it provides and the ability to play chords locked to a specified key, Sparkle solves some problems for beginner producers: creativity when playing even without in-depth music theory knowledge.

4. Producernb Signature Review (Plugin)

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As its name claims, this sampled-based synthesizer will give you the signature sound of R&B.

Signature R&B is a sound engine with a massive library of cutting-edge sounds. The library features a modern pallet of over 260 sounds divided into instrument and vocal sound bank types. Producernb offers some high-quality presets that include classic and contemporary bass, lead, keys, pads, and a ton more dedicated to R&B.

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Key Features:

  • Effects
    The plugin comes with a set of effects that will help you shape the sounds. You have equalizers, reverb, delay, analyzers, saturator, filters, and sample degrading to get endless possibilities to craft the perfect and unique sound for your project.
  • Filter Movement
    One of the signature features of this synthesizer is the “Movement” section. Here you can modulate and automate the sound to give more character to it. This modulation provides a certain kind of groove and makes your song fresh and rhythmic.
  • MIDI Play Mode
    The MIDI Play Mode is near-equivalent to chord generator plugins. When you enable this option, you can play R&B chords and motifs by pressing just one key. It also allows you to change the key of those chords to get in tune with your project. If you’re short on ideas, this definitely can give you a hand.
  • Sampler
    Your possibilities expand even more with the built-in sampler. You can drag and drop any audio file and instantly create an instrument based on your sample. If you have an extraordinary guitar recording or a nice vocal chop somewhere in your library, you can use them as unique instruments.

Compatibility:

This plugin is available for Windows 7 or higher and macOS 10.6 or higher, both 64-bit only. It comes in VST 2, and AU formats.
Summary:

With all the high-end sounds and fantastic tools it has, Producernb’s Signature is your go-to for all R&B projects. It helps to overcome the creator’s block with its R&B chords and motifs selectors. Featuring a wide variety of processors and analyzers, it allows you to get complete freedom to create unique instruments and add interest and flow to your song by the ability to craft sounds worthy of a top place on the charts in just one plugin.
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5. UJAM Beatmaker VICE Review (Plugin)

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If you love retro-futuristic scenarios and 80s drum sounds, VICE got you covered.

In UJAM’s beatmaker series, we can find VICE, a virtual drum synthesizer emulating classic drum machines from legendary manufacturers like Linn, Korg, Simmons, and Roland. Each is entirely dedicated to 80s pop music and more contemporary retro genres like synth-wave. On its futuristic interface, you will find 10 unique drum kits, 12 mix presets, 30 styles, and 690 patterns that will take you back to the 80s era while also retaining a 21st-century audio quality.

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Key Features:

  • One-shot Samples
    On the lower octaves, each key plays a different one-shot sample loaded from VICE’s library. You can adjust independent volume, decay, pitch, and filtering for each sample. Additionally, each key has a label describing the percussion/instrument type.
  • Style Motifs
    Moving to the higher octaves, you can select one of the 690 patterns provided by UJAM. Each pattern comes with different motifs labeled as song sections that are alternate rhythms within the chosen pattern. Similar to KANDY, you will find intros, verses, fills, choruses, endings, and breakdowns in this section.
  • Independent Routing
    For those who prefer having independent control of each element in the drum kit, the “Individual/Master” switch comes in handy as it allows you to route the samples to separate outputs and work with other processors in independent DAW tracks.
  • Built-in Effects
    VICE features carefully programmed 12 unique mixing modes that can give aesthetic retro vibes for your output. It also comes with some macros to enhance the 80s atmosphere. Once your mix is satisfactory, you can move to the Master section to give a final touch with filters, saturator, maximizer, and reverb.

Compatibility:

This plugin is available for Windows 7 or higher and macOS 10.12 or higher, both 64-bit only. It comes in VST 2, AAX, and AU formats.
Summary:
Once again, UJAM has proven they can develop a plugin focused on a specific genre or vibe with production-level quality out of the box. VICE has revived the retro atmosphere, providing everything you need for creating authentic 80s drum beats in no time. Additionally, every parameter is displayed with no hidden menus, making it straightforward for producers of all experience levels.

6. Native Instruments Noire Review (Kontakt Library)

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Native Instruments Noire delivers the classic and polished sound of an acclaimed iconic piano.

Recorded in the Yamaha Headquarters in Hamburg by the composer and pianist Nils Frahm, Noire features the unique sound of the Yamaha CFX grand piano. Its vast diversity of fully adjustable parameters and variables will allow you to create distinctive piano sounds and rhythmic effects. The process of putting this plugin together involved recording with close microphone positioning for both the pianist and the instrument to get the most realistic scenario when using Noire.

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Key Features:

  • Realism
    You can add physical variables of a classic piano recording to your performance. The plugin features various controls to modify aspects like the noise generated by the sustain pedals, mechanical noises, and noise and resonance of the hammers hitting the strings. With all these parameters, you can add a signature aesthetic to the piano parts of your project.
  • Sound Shaping
    Besides its incredibly realistic piano sound, Noire comes with a set of built-in effects that helps you create an atmospheric sound. You can fine-tune your sound by making it crispier with theColor” knob, adding some compression with the “Dynamic” knob, and, finally, setting some spatiality with the “Reverb” and “Delay” knobs.
  • Particles Engine
    One of the most exciting things about Noire is its unique Particle Engine. This feature is a piano-based note generator that uses a complex algorithm to generate additional notes and samples based on the notes you play on the keyboard. It automatically generates swirling harmonic elements and complex arpeggios for added motion. You can control the notes generated by adjusting their octaves, ranges, and tonal quality.

Compatibility:

This plugin is available for Windows 7 or higher and macOS 10.13 or higher, both 64-bit only. It comes in VST 2, AAX, and AU formats.
Summary:

It’s hard to fit all the greatness of Noire in just a review. With merely the default piano sound, its realism is tremendous since Native Instruments considered even the most subtle details like the pianist breathing when recording the piano. The game-changing factor is the freedom of controlling all mechanical noises generated when playing an actual grand piano, giving the most realistic sounding piano performance and opening a whole world of creative possibilities.

7. UJAM Mellow 2 Review (Plugin)

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Bounce and get groovy with the elegance and smoothness of your new virtual bassist friend.

UJAM’s Mellow is a realistic virtual bassist with sounds carefully recorded with a jazzy acoustic double bass to bring you an upright and groovy instrument. It features 60 different styles and over 1300 unique bass phrases dedicated to genres like R&B and Hip-hop. Its different performance modes will give your project body, texture, and a pleasant big bottom-end in a friendly and easy-to-use UI.

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Key Features:

  • Player Mode
    You can work with two different modes in Mellow. First, you have the player mode, where you can set the key and the chords of your song, and Mellow chooses the most appropriate articulations for your basslines. Doing so will generate excellent results, thanks to Mellow’s intelligent algorithm.
  • Instrument Mode
    The second mode gives more freedom if you are a more experienced keyboard player. You can play all the notes emulated from the bass fretboard in the instrument mode, including articulations like dead notes, slides, full stops, and legato.
  • Sound Shaping
    Mellow provides straightforward controls for giving soul to your basslines. It includes Drop D tuning, an octave changer, an equalizer, and a compressor. But the most exciting sound-shaping controls are the “Character” and “Mic” knobs. Character allows you to change the bassist’s dynamic range, whereas Mic lets you choose between different mic setups. These features give the bass sound a more human feel.
  • Finisher
    Lastly, you can give the final touches with the 15 multi-effect modes in the “Finisher” knob. Each mode contains a unique, complex effect chain that adds extra spice and enhances your overall performance to take your sound to the maximum level, all with just one knob.

Compatibility:

This plugin is available for Windows 8 or higher and macOS 10.12 or higher, both 64-bit only. It comes in VST 2, AAX, and AU formats.
Summary:

Producers often highlight Mellow as one of the most realistic and straightforward ways to get quality bass sound. Its flexible parameters allow you to experiment with various effects and tone sculpting controls. UJAM’s plugin policy is creating frustration-free plugins so that everyone can get the best results possible with no regard to their production experience, and Mellow is a clear example of that.

8. PRISM Modern Pop Drums Review (Kontakt Library)

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This library enhances your production quality by offering iconic and modern Pop drum samples.

Featuring a selected variety of one-shot samples and up to 42 drum loops, PRISM offers studio-quality percussions. Its developers carefully processed each sound within PRISM to deliver a versatile set of mix-ready sounds that will save time searching for the perfect sample. Hence, you can instead focus on creating your song.

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Key Features:

  • Pre-Configured Combinations
    It’s hard not to notice the big triangle in the middle, so we need to know what it does. Around the triangle, you will find ten samples for kick, snare + clap, and hi-hat each. The three ends of the triangle point to one of these samples, and the triangle makes a drum-kit based on the selection, meaning that you can move the triangle to get different types of combinations selected by experts behind PRISM. Note that you can explore other samples within the library apart from the pre-selected ones.
  • Independent Effects
    Next to the samples around the triangle, you have independent sound-shaping parameters for each of your samples. The effects include reverb, equalization, volume, and transient master. The last one controls the sample’s transients, which is a great way to control depth in a mix without using a reverb.

Compatibility:

The library requires Kontakt 5.8+ (NOT the free Kontakt Player). Kontakt is available for Windows 7 or higher and macOS 10.13 or higher, both 64-bit only.
Summary:

PRISM offers powerful electronic drum sounds to enhance the dance factor in your productions. The number of samples might seem short for some users, but PRISM’s motto is quality over quantity. So, they offer only the essential drum sounds required for a hit-worthy pop song. PRISM’s downside is that it doesn’t have open hi-hat one-shot samples, which are often crucial to close 4/4 beats or avoid monotony.


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9. Native Instruments Picked Acoustics Review (Kontakt Library)

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Enhance your guitar performance with this excellent acoustic guitar library.

Recorded with a vintage Martin 00-21 steel-string guitar, this library offers real-sounding melodies and patterns for every songwriter and producer. It features sounds with different types of performance like strumming, picked arpeggios, and single notes to create motifs to your liking. Also, it was recorded with three individual stereo microphone setups to get the most out of the guitar and provide an authentic and soulful guitar section for your song.

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Key Features:

  • Playing Modes
    You can play in two different ways with Picked Acoustics. First, you can use one of the 194 unique pickings and strumming patterns. If you prefer playing melodies by yourself, you can use the melodic mode with authentic performer variations like slides, fret noises, hammer-ons, and pull-offs.
  • Playback
    On the Playback page, you can modify some parameters of the selected patterns to make them more dynamic and authentic. You can adjust the swing amount added to each pattern, humanize or quantize the performance, add offset, and modify the tempo. Be careful with excessive amounts of these settings because there is a thin line between human quality and off-beat performance.
  • Mic Setups
    This library comes with three different stereo microphone setups to achieve different recording colorations. First, the “Condenser (AB)” setup consists of two equally spaced condenser microphones to achieve a natural stereo image. Then the “Dynamic (MS)” setup consists of one dynamic microphone for the midsection and a bidirectional microphone for the side sections. Lastly, the “Ribbon (Blumlein) setup uses two bidirectional ribbon microphones.
  • Effects
    Thanks to the microphone setups used to create this library, you can double the guitars and open the stereo image for a richer sound. Also, you can shape your sound with pedal effect emulations like chorus, flanger, compressor, reverb, and others to explore.

Compatibility:

The library requires Kontakt Player or Kontakt (version 6.1+). Kontakt is available for Windows 7 or higher and macOS 10.13 or higher, both 64-bit only.
Summary:

Picked acoustics offers fantastic guitar sounds without sounding odd or synthetic. Its game-changing factor is the microphone positions that provide sonic variety and the opportunity to experiment with different configurations used by real recording engineers. The recording is so detailed you can even modify variables involved in an actual guitarist’s performance and bring the quality that a hit song needs.

10. Output Arcade Review (Plugin Instruments)

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With this excellent loop synthesizer, get spicy and catchy hooks right away.

A fantastic loop could be a good starting point for a new song, and Arcade can help you with that. The interface makes you think it behaves like a typical synthesizer, but Arcade has done things differently. With the white keys, you can play loops, and with the black keys, you can modify them in real-time. Arcade also syncs to your project’s BPM, so if you already have a rough idea recorded, you can play over it and come up with a solid arrangement by improvising.

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Key Features:

  • Sound Diversity
    Music and Arcade have something in common: they are in constant evolution. Besides the kits that come within Arcade once you install it, you can download more kits within the plugin, so you don’t have to scroll through the internet to find fresh loops for your projects. Additionally, every month, Output puts out more kits for members to download.
  • Loop Modifiers
    As mentioned before, the black keys of the synthesizer allow you to modify the loops you play with the white keys. You can choose between three different types of modifiers: Playhead, Repeat, and Resequencer. These modifiers allow you to reverse, trim, change speed, and other unique functions that make your loops more dynamic. Every one of them is entirely tweakable, so you can expand your possibilities and take advantage of them in various ways.
  • Macros
    Every kit you open within Arcade comes with four different effect macros that allow you to add a different feel to your loops. It’s not locked to the four default ones, you can also choose any macro provided by Output, and you can modify the effects within every single one to make your custom macros. You can select effects like filters, reverbs, delays, modulations, distortions, and a lot more.
  • Custom Kits
    You can expand your possibilities even more by creating custom kits with your samples. Once you create a new Sampler kit, you can drag your audio files into any key of the sampler, and Arcade will analyze the key and BPM of your audio. That way, you can take advantage of all the effects and modifiers provided by Output and discover new ways to use the loops in your library.

Compatibility:

This plugin is available for Windows 7 or higher and macOS X 10.12 or higher, both 64-bit only. It comes in VST 2/3, AAX, and AU formats.
Summary:

The ability to play loops and modify them in real-time is something that beatmakers will love about Arcade. You can take loops saved in your library and combine them with loops provided by Output, boosting your creativity and creating unique beats effortlessly. Output recently confirmed that more modifiers are coming, so with the constant kit releases each month, the macros and the existing modifiers, and the ones yet to come, Arcade will be your ticket to quality production based on loops.

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Native Instruments Cloud Supply Review

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Craft hazy and atmospheric hooks with this impressive Kontakt library.

Cloud Supply is very similar to its Kontakt sibling in this list, Glaze. The library offers over 125 sounds, and 150 presets of various genres like R&B, trap, grime, hip-hop, and drill music. It includes mix-ready keys, pads, plucks, and sequences that you can tweak with its set of effect chains and sound design tools. You’ll get the smoothest playability to create and shape unique sounds with alternative timbres.

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Key Features:

  • Layering
    You can create unique sounds by combining two samples comprised on Cloud Supply. Within either layer A or B, you will find some controls to shape the sample, including filters, transposers, LFOs, amplitude, modulation envelopes, and more.
  • Effect Chain
    On the top right, you will find the FX tab, where you can configure an effect chain consisting of six different effects that you can place in your desired order and enhance the sound once you configure the layers. Note that the effect chain will apply to both layers.
  • Modulations
    Like others in the Kontakt family, you have the “SEQ” tab, where you have one sequencer with 16 steps to create a loop of the melody and six other sequencers to modulate effects. Also, you can modify the sequence to make it more dynamic with its variations of rate, direction, and swing.

Compatibility:

The library requires Kontakt Player or Kontakt (latest version). Kontakt is available for Windows 7 or higher and macOS 10.13 or higher, both 64-bit only.
Summary:

You can find catchy melodies and sounds that make you nod your head in Cloud Supply. A group of engineers carefully processed the sounds with studio gear to bring the freshest hooks to achieve the sweet spot of your R&B projects. Cloud Supply will motivate you to explore different textures in a colorful and intuitive interface.

Conclusion

The short answer for “what plugin or library should I choose from this list to make my song stand out?” is all of the above since the quality of these is tremendous, but we will try to narrow down your options depending on the vibe you’re trying to achieve.

All UJAM’s plugins in this list are top tier for Pop Music. Pharell Williams and Hans Zimmer were the founders of UJAM, so you can expect quality since the legendary producer/artist and film composer approved these tools. One that stands out is Arcade, which offers an exciting alternative to create new ideas and might lead you to quicker results. And as you would expect, the Kontakt libraries provide high-quality sounds that save time in the mixing process.

Moving on to specific tasks, the most incredible shortcut for powerful modern pop drums is KANDY, but if you want a more vintage aesthetic feel, go with VICE. The most versatile drum kit engine is PRISM, as it offers curated cohesive kits and a few but valuable samples.

You have the best of both acoustic and electric guitar worlds with Picked Acoustics and Sparkle, respectively, to get either funky or more romantic in your projects. I’d say that Mellow is a must in bass-driven songs since a jazzy double bass can give some captivating textures and make it sound unique if you correctly use it. And finally, Glaze and Cloud Supply are very versatile as ear candy. They can change every song providing interesting backgrounds or surprising the listener with a whole different lead melody.