Top 6 Modulation Plugins VST/AU For All Categories 2023
1. Audiority Tube Modulator (Vibrato, Tremolo, Chorus)
Audiority’s Tube Modulator features a wide range of spatial and dynamic effects, including vibrato.
The plugin hosts a healthy handful of emulations of classic analog effects units from the late 1950s and early 1960’s psychedelia eras. The user interface is straightforward to understand and centers around an attractive X-Y scope that gives you real-time feedback on your signal modulations.
- 7 Modulation Modes
The Tube Modulator features vibrato and options for tremolo, chorus, and uni-vibe modulations. There are also combinations such as chorus-vibe and trem-vibe that modulate more than one parameter of your signal at equal rates.
- 11 Waveshape options
Tube Modulator features 11 LFO wave shapes that you can apply to your vibrato. Shapes range from traditional forms like sine and triangle waves to more experimental shapes for more avant-garde sounds. You can also adjust the modulations’ rate and depth with quick access dials underneath this control knob.
- Spatial Effects
Included with this plugin’s features are three classic spatial effects that you can use to add some stereo dynamic to your modulations. There is a panner, wow & flutter, and a classic Leslie speaker effect with LFO, rate, and depth controls for extended modulation options.
- Link/Sync options
You can sync this plugin’s LFO’s to a host clock or choose to link it with another device to help ensure that your modulations maintain rhythmic integrity regardless of how far you push the depth of your oscillations.
Character and Sound:
This plugin is modeled on equipment from a specific classic era in music. As such, the Tube Modulator’s sound has a very retro feel to it and carries the warmth you generally hear from valve amp technology. The spatial effects add to this plugin’s throwback theme and are useful for adding some creaminess to your vibrato.
Tube Modulator is compatible with Windows 7 or above and Mac OS X 10.9 or higher. It is available in VST, AAX, or AU formats.
Fans of cloudy, spacy vibrato will appreciate the Tube Modulator. It sounds great over guitars and organs but will also be useful when used subtly on things such as vocals or pads that may need livening up.
Fans of Lo-Fi production will enjoy the Leslie Speaker and Wow and Flutter controls. Producers that like to design custom LFO’s may find this plugin a bit limiting, and the lack of a quantized rate parameter might be a bit of a hindrance for some.
2. Arturia Chorus DIMENSION-D (Chorus)
Software audio plugins are getting closer than ever to emulating hardware gear accurately, and Arturia’s Dimension-D serves as proof.
Introduced back in 1979, the Roland Dimension-D was an outboard chorus effect that was once a must-have pro-audio effects unit. It was beloved for its high spatial yet pitch modulation-free chorus sound. Furthermore, it works excellently on everything, from vocals, acoustic guitar, drums to synths and electric keyboards.
Arturia Dimension-D is a close emulation of the original gear that reproduces much of the nuance and character, which made the Roland gear so famous. It features a familiar interface design, although it provides you with far more control than the original hardware did. And like the hardware, it works particularly well on mono sounds to make them sound wider and livelier.
- Dimension Modes
The Roland Dimension-D chorus effect was a preset-based processor. So, it came with five buttons on its face, four of them for selecting presets and one off-switch. Arturia’s interpretation of this effects unit also provides five buttons on its main user interface. However, instead of the off-switch, you’ll find a “0” switch, which bypasses the plugin but keeps the internal electronics, including compressors, expanders, and filters, active.
The other four switches select a preset each. So, Mode 1 offers the softest chorus effect, whereas Mode 2 provides a little more chorus with half the delay time than Mode 1. Similarly, Mode 3 provides a highly pronounced chorus effect that gives the famous “swirly” modulations. And lastly, Mode 4 increases the wet amount of the other modes, meaning you have to combine it with any other mode.
- Processing Modes
At the top right of the user interface, you’ll find a toggle button that switches between mono and stereo mode. The mono mode sums the source signal before processing it, whereas the stereo mode provides full stereo processing with two sets of internal components. By default, the plugin is stereo, but you might find creative results using the mono mode.
- Advanced Controls
As with any Arturia plugin, you’ll find an advanced panel alongside the main interface. And Dimension-D provides you with various controls in this section. First, you can change the oscillator shape for the modulation LFO. The alternative shapes include sine, ramp, random wave (sample & glide), and another random waveform (sample & hold).
Likewise, the Dynamic Color control changes the time constants of the compressor and expander stages of the effect. The highest position has a lower attack/release value (hence a saturated sound), whereas the lowest position has the longest attack/release value. Furthermore, it features width and mix-controls.
Dimension-D is available for Windows 7 or higher and macOS 10.10 or higher, both 64-bit only. It comes in VST 2/3, AU, and AAX formats.
Dimension-D may not sound exactly like the original gear, but it provides a lot more flexibility and comfort compared to hardware. For example, while the Roland hardware only provided built-in presets with no other controls, Arturia’s design offers helpful features like the dry/wet knob.
Messing around in the advanced panel changes the sound into something entirely foreign quickly, but it should provide plenty of experimenting ground for the creative.
3. SoundToys Phase Mistress (Phaser)
Phase Mistress from SoundToys will allow you to get modeling multiple vintage phasers at once.
SoundToys is a reasonably well-known music production software company that provides very high-quality products. For example, they are the developers of the Decapitator plugin, a saturator that many professional mixing engineers have adopted.
You can also find their famous EchoBoy, Little AlterBoy, Devil-Loc, Little Plate, and Tremolator.
The company specializes in plugins that give a vintage vibe, so it is not strange that a phaser called Phase Mistress is among their assortment. The developers assure that they gave it the richest and silkiest old-school sound because while creating, they studied such legendary equipment as Trine, Small Stone, Moogerfooger 12 stage, Phase 90, Boss Super Phaser, and Bi-Phase.
- From Subtle to Wild
In this plugin, you will also be able to select the stages of phasing. The range of possibilities here is enormous because you can start with stage 2, which gives minimal effect, and go up to 24, which will sound crazy.
- Find Your Style
Your arsenal will have everything you need to create your unique phase tone. You can fine-tune the resonance and adjust the intensity and color of the effect.
- Choose the Operation Mode
The plugin will give you the ability to choose between different modes. There is the Standard LFO, Random, Step, and Rhythm, with which you can achieve even more creative solutions.
- 69 presets
That’s how many different presets you’ll find in this plugin. It is handy for those who do not want to dig into the settings and experiment with ready-made sounds.
The sound that this plugin can give is suitable for different styles of music. You can use it for disco, jazz-fusion, rock, funk, and more.
The plugin is available for Windows 7 or higher and macOS 10.10 or higher, both 64-bit only. It comes in VST, AU, and AAX formats.
Phase Mistress will be an excellent solution for those who want to get everything at once. SoundToys did a great job of making it the most versatile. Unlike other plugins, here you will find many different phaser effects, which you can change as you like. The point is that you can both sculpt your tone and choose between dozens of ready-made settings.
4. D16 Group Antresol (Flanger)
D16 recreated the iconic Mistress flanger and added independent stereo controls and complete LFO control.
Antresol is based on the classic flanger pedal by Electro-Harmonix from 1976, one of the most iconic guitar pedals used by Pink Floyd’s legendary guitarist, David Gilmour, as part of his tone. The new version of the effect is a clone of the vintage device and includes some additional features. It rounds up the low-end and works particularly well with percussive elements of any kind. Its independent stereo controls allow you to create a very cool sense of space and depth.
The plugin’s GUI is simple and self-explaining, and its sound is authentic and warm, with no unwanted artifacts. Its simple interface will make it easy to use on stage or in a studio environment. It’s also a lightweight tool that will not consume a lot of CPU and has no noticeable latency.
Let’s see what it can do!
- New and improved:
D16 group went the extra mile when making their emulation of the legendary Antresol Flanger. They’ve given us a ton of new functions like selectable and unlikable L/R or M/S processing modes, a tag-based preset browser, individual stereo channel controls, and even a “mistress” mode that makes it work the same as its analog version.
- Tempo sync:
The LFO in Antresol can optionally synchronize the frequency and phase of oscillation with the host application’s tempo. The Tempo Sync parameter is used to activate this function. You can set it to one out of four values: off, full, triplet, and dotted.
- Store your presets:
Antresol comes with several presets, but the exciting part is that you can store your own. The plugin has a tag-based browser that allows you to keep your presets as files on your computer. Each time you load it, Antresol scans these folders, and all presets are consolidated in a linear structure in the browser. You only need to hold your ctrl key (command key in macOS) and hit the “save“ button above to store your presets.
Supports Windows 7 and higher, Supports macOS 10.9 or higher, runs on 32 and 64 bit, and comes in VST2, AU, and AAX formats.
The Antresol is a good flanger plugin for anyone looking to make their tracks sound more interesting. It does what it’s supposed to do, and there are no issues with stability or performance. The GUI is straightforward, with a clean layout and an easy-to-use interface.
In addition to those great features, Antresol also comes with high-quality presets designed by professional sound designers.
5. Eventide Undulator (Tremolo)
Eventide’s Undulator is modeled on the Tremolo preset that came with their popular H3000 analog multi-fx processor.
The interface will be easy for most guitar players to adapt to as it resembles a stompbox unit. The controls on this plugin are easy to access for real-time use and would suit live performance situations quite well.
- Fast/Slow Toggle
This button toggles you between your primary Tremolo and a second set to a slower relative speed. This trigger is excellent for creating unpredictable volume changes in your signal flow.
- Spread Parameter
The spread parameter allows you to place harmonics on top of your affected signal for a wider sounding tremolo. You can patch other effects into this one as you would on a modular synth.
- Secondary LFO
Beneath the primary controls in the center of the Undulator’s interface are a set of knobs that control a second LFO. This LFO adjusts the depth and speed of your Tremolo and modulates its minimum and maximum values to your taste.
- Envelope/ADSR mode
Using this setting on your primary LFO will cause your signal’s modulation to be controlled by its own amplitude. This means that your Tremolo will rise and fall according to the peaks of your input signal. This unique Tremolo feels very organic and sounds excellent over drones, guitars, or synths.
The Eventide Plugin is available to Windows 7 and up or OS X 10.12 or higher. It’s available in VST, AAX, or AU formats.
If you’re someone who likes to use Tremolo in their effects chain during composition or live performances, you’ll enjoy the Eventide Undulator. It may not be the best plugin for building meticulous volume modulation patterns or sequences. Still, it can be beneficial for generating modulations that you can tweak on the fly. The addition of the secondary LFO controls makes for very intriguing modulations when patched in with the spread parameters and is ideal for giving signals a dreamy character.
6. MeldaProduction MVibratoMB (Vibrato)
The MVibratoMB is an incredibly versatile vibrato emulator from Melda Production.
The GUI is fully customizable, and you can change the shape of all the windows and color schemes of every aspect of the interface so that it’s less harsh on your eyes while using. There are also two user modes to choose from.
You can select an easy mode to access a basic interface and fundamental vibrato parameters, such as the effective rate and depth. Alternatively, you can use the expanded mode, which opens you to a nearly overwhelming set of control options.
- Multiband LFO
You can apply your vibrato parameters to up to 6 independent bands with the Mmultiband Vibrato for some intriguing tonal dynamics. Each is entirely adjustable and works with three crossover algorithms to help prevent any frequency clashes during processing. You can also set peaks and limits for each separate band and the master output of the plugin.
- LFO Draw Tool
The MMultiband features an LFO editor that lets users design custom LFO patterns for their vibrato. The editor includes a draw mode and a list of stock slopes and curves that you can piece together to generate intricate oscillation sequences.
- Smoothness control
Use this setting to flatten out any slopes in your LFO shapes that are too steep or sharp. This will give your vibrato a more organic overall sound and really helps to blend your output with your overall mix.
- Step Sequencer
Within the interface’s LFO Editor is a step sequencer that you can apply to your vibrato patterns. This feature is great for creating defined rhythmic modulations around your audio signal.
- Multiband LFO
Character and Sound:
The MMultiband Vibrato’s in-depth interface creates modulations that you could not necessarily recreate with analog gear. Features such as the step-sequencer and custom shape editor work very well in modern sound design circumstances, such as film or game scoring.
Mmultiband Vibrato comes in 32 and 64-bit Vst, Au, and AAX formats. It’s available for Windows 7 or higher and Mac OS X 10.7 or later.
The MMultiband Vibrato’s greatest asset is its multiband processing capabilities. You can apply independent LFO modulations to different sections of your signal’s frequency range. For instance, you could apply harsh, choppy modulation to your signal’s sub-bass area while leaving the high end completely dry and free of processing. This gives you some unique expressional artillery and makes this plugin well worth a try.
Audiothing Things – Motor (Tremolo, Vibrato & Panner)
Motor is a hardware-based audio morphing mechanism.
Based on “The Crystal Palace” machine by Dave Young, Motor is an advanced audio modulation tool that also offers the vibrato effect. The workflow is super simple: all you need to do is set the modulation rate and turn up the Vibrato knob. The Wave graphic will let you select the waveforms for modulation.
- Synced Rate
By clicking on the little eighth note next to the Rate knob, you can also make Motor synced to your DAW. It’s probably best not to use it for vocals or other manual instruments. However, for synths or keyboards, it might have an interesting effect.
- More Than Just Vibrato
Other than vibrato, Motor has tremolo and auto-panner effects as well. Altogether, they can turn this simple plugin into an audio-mangling experimental tool. Try it out on guitars or organs for a “Leslie” effect.
- Audio Modulation
Motor supports a side-chain input as well. While it doesn’t do much for the vibrato effect, it creates exciting modulation effects using the tremolo or panner parameters. The effect best suits creating strange sound effects and “robotic” voices.
Motor is available for Windows 7 or higher and macOS 10.9 or higher, 64-bit. It comes in VST 2/3, AU, and AAX formats.
The plugin is not for vibrato alone, and it’s probably a good thing for your creativity. We suggest you set the rate to around 4.5 to 6 Hz and automate the Vibrato knob for vibrato. It works excellently to create natural sounds.
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