Top 12 Delay Plugins For Music Production In 2022 (VST, AU, AAX)

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This review only covers a tiny portion of the delay plugins, but we hope it can give you a good idea of what delay is and what to look for in a delay plugin…

With that said, here is a list of the best delay plugins for music production in 2022:

1. SSL Native X-Echo (Vintage Tape Echo Delay)

2. Audio Damage Other Desert Cities (Great For Sound Design)

3. Softube Tape Echoes (Vintage Tape Echo Delay 2)

4. Arturia Delay MEMORY-BRIGADE (Bucket Brigade Delay)

5. Fabfilter Timeless 3 (Modern Ultra Flexible Delay)

6. Baby Audio Comeback Kid (Award-Winning Analog Delay)

7. Applied Acoustics Systems Objeq Delay (Creative delay)

8. Valhalla Delay (Digital Delay)

9. Surreal Machines Modnetic (Tape Delay, Reverb & Modulation FX)

10. Pulsar Audio Echorec (Magnetic Disk Delay)

11. Waves H-Delay (Hybrid Delay)

12. Soundtoys EchoBoy (Analog Vintage Delay)

What Is The Delay Effect In Music Production?

A delay effect in music refers to an audio effect that sounds like a little echo is being played alongside the main track. Delay tools generate this effect by taking in incoming signals and playing them in duplicate form to simulate the echo effect.

How Does Delay Work?

The effect is generated by recording the signal and then playing parts of it back at different timing. Differences in delay effect types come from how the signal is repeated or how the delay tail is modulated.

What’s The Difference Between Delay And Reverb?

The main difference between delay and reverb is that a delay effect is created due to repetition in the signal after a short amount of time, and the number of repetitions is controlled by setting the amount of feedback.

On the other hand, the reverb effect is a “natural”  effect meaning the effect is created due to sound waves bouncing off of surface types that we can hear, and they make up our room acoustics like short, tall, hard, soft, etc.

The 12 Best Delay Plugins For Music Production in 2022 (VST, AU, AAX)

1. SSL Native X-Echo (Vintage Tape Echo Delay)

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The first plugin on our list is Native X-Echo by Solid State Logic. This plugin packs a lot of features with it, and it is an homage to the vintage style delays from the 1960s. The user interface of SSL Native X-Echo will allow you to get around it easily and make changes to your sound within a few seconds. 

One of the first things that makes this plugin great is that you can adjust the timing of the delay simply by choosing the note values in the center of the user interface. With the magnet icon turned on, the delay will snap to the grid of your DAW according to the song’s tempo. With it turned off, you can adjust the timing by milliseconds with the dial o the right side of the interface. Playing around with this can make your recording sound wider, and going to the extremes would change the character of the tone in an interesting way. 

This plugin will allow you to have up to four divisions which you activate or deactivate on the four buttons to the right side of the soundwaves. With these echoes, you can create beautiful sounding delay lines.

With this plugin, you will also have a saturation knob which you can crank up pretty high and control the harshness of some sibilants with the de-esser, which is great for good-sounding vocals. One of the great features of this plugin is the “Freeze” and “Kill” options. When turned on, the “Freeze” option will loop the sound with the same volume until we press the “Kill” option, which serves as a stop.

Native X-Echo, when used on synth recordings, can come in great to change the character of the tone. It can make the synth sound wide and big and even add some modulation to the sound. Apart from having many options to manipulate the sound, this plugin features a factory presets library with great presets for quick adjustments or even a starting point for you.

Currently, Native X-Echo is Available for Windows and macOS in AAX, VST2, VST3, and AU plugin formats, and the price of this plugin is $199, while in the SSL Complete Bundle, you can get it for 14.99$ a month along with other plugins. 

2. Audio Damage Other Desert Cities (Great For Sound Design)

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We have Other Desert Cities by Audio Damage as our next delay plugin. Other than it being used as a standard plugin for the delay effect, Other Desert Cities really shines when it comes to the creative side of these plugins. With its unique algorithms, changing the character of your tone has never been easier.

Other Desert Cities, apart from its creative side, can really make your recording sound big and wide. This plugin features a modern-looking user interface with many features on it. One of the first things you will notice about this plugin is its six different algorithms, which are great in a creative contextYou can use these algorithms to achieve some really interesting effects. By choosing the algorithm, each of them will load a different interface, allowing you to adjust these algorithms to the last detail. 

Using these plugins with the modulators at the bottom of the GUI can result in great effects. These modulators can be connected to almost any parameter.  This is done by simply clicking on the parameter knob and adjusting the modulator to your desire.

On the left side of the interface, you can see the dials for the delay time. These can be set according to the song’s tempo or in milliseconds. Using a simple stereo delay this plugin has to offer, you can turn a simple arpeggio into something beautiful. Next to the dials for the timing, you can see the three sections this plugin has to offer.

The first section is different for every algorithm, but you can essentially adjust the timing of the delay along with high-pass and low-pass filters and saturation. The great thing about this plugin is that you can visually see the delay timing shown with the bars.

The diffusion section is there to diffuse the wet signal. Depending on where the dial for the size is set, you can get results from washed-out sound to quick multitaps. The utility section allows you to adjust all of the stereo width, panning positions, and more by tweaking the knobs.

 The Other Desert Cities and its algorithms can be used on almost any instrument and even the entire mix. Apart from having six different algorithms, this plugin features great factory presets if you do not like to tweak the delay yourself.

Other Desert Cities is available on macOS, Windows, and IOS in VST, VST3, AAX, AU, AUv3, IAA, and standalone format. The price for which this plugin retails is $79, and considering what it has to offer, this is a steal!

3. Softube Tape Echoes (Vintage Tape Echo Delay 2)

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Tape Echoes by Softube offers a variety of parameters for you to achieve the perfect tape delay sound you want. You cannot go wrong with it’s great and flexible features and vintage-looking interface. While many delay plugins capture the feel and sound of the analog delay, they still tend to sound too clean. This one manages to capture the feel of old analog delays rather well.

Let’s go straight into the features of this plugin. The first thing you can notice on the interface is the slider with which you can choose the delay time. By switching the switch next to the slider, you can choose between adjusting the delay time with the tempo and milliseconds. Moving the slider to the far left will leave you only with the dirt effect, which has great usage for drums. 

This plugin has up to three echo taps with a tap tempo option if you cannot manage to get exactly what you want with the tempo slider. With replicating the tape effect, this plugin goes as far as having an option to add the tape glitch to the effect. We also have a drive dial that is used to adjust the tape distortion. 

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Next to the drive, we have analog-looking switches that choose between high-pass and low-pass filters, VU, and stereo imaging options. When the VU is toggled, we will see the VU meter, and when the imaging option is selected, you will be able to adjust between dual mono and standard stereo delay. The knob in the center is used to adjust to which side the delay should lean on. We can also choose when reverb should occur, pre-echoes or parallel to them.

The dirt option is there to dial how much of a tape effect you want on your delay. You can adjust the presence of this effect by dialing the dry/wet knob on the right. Next to that, you will have an output knob to adjust the volume post effect. Tape echoes have a great reverb effect which, when mixed with the dirt of the tape, sounds great almost on all instruments.

It is available on Windows and macOS in 64-bit VST, VST3, AU, or AAX. The price of this plugin is $99 but keep in mind that Softube often has bundles sale where you can get this plugin for much less. 

4. Arturia Delay MEMORY-BRIGADE (Bucket Brigade Delay)

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As a final plugin for this list, we will look at Memory Brigade by Arturia. This plugin represents the digital version of the pedalboard pedal, which has been beloved by many musicians, especially guitarists. It packs the same package as the pedal version, only now available in your DAW. With its many features, this plugin has earned to be a part of our list. 

The interface of this plugin is almost a replica of the pedal version but it features some great additions. As you can see it is divided into two sections. The top section is almost the same as the pedal version while the bottom section of the plugin is the addition to it. On the top, you can fiddle around with the delay timings and type of the delay.

The “Input Level” knob si there to adjust the volume of the signal pre plugin. Next to it, we have left and right delays. This part of the plugin can be changed by switching to the “Delay Mode” switch. Each time you flip this switch, you will have more ways to adjust your delay timing and location, and presence in the mix. 

This is unique when it comes to the delay plugins. Obviously, you will not be able to do this on a pedal version of the Memory-Brigade. 

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The stereo offset knob is there to work, sort of like a pan for the delay. You can choose on which side you would like to hear more of the delay effect. This will have a much better result if you add some of the stereo width. Another great thing about this plugin is that it introduces the chorus and vibrato, which you can choose between by simple turn of the switch.

You can control how much you want this effect to be present by dialing the Amount knob. Echo Level is there as a volume control for the delay. You have the blend dial underneath it, which serves as a Mix control.

Memory-Brigade features three devices in the extension: LFO, Envelope follower, and input equalization. With input equalization, you can have a high pass or low pass filter, depending on how you adjust the knobs. The envelope follower is where this plugin gets creative. You can connect it with any of the parameters of this plugin which can leave you with some great-sounding results. The LFO works in the same way. You can connect it to any parameter on the interface, adjust the effect with shape and rate, and sync it with the tempo of the song. 

While the Memory-Brigade was primarily made for guitarists, you can see its usage on other instruments such as synths or vocals. It is available on Windows and macOS as a standalone version and in VST, VST3, AAX, AU, and NKS formats. The price of this plugin today is $99.

5. Fabfilter Timeless 3 (Modern Ultra Flexible Delay)

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With plenty of new features and an overhauled GUI, Timeless 3 continues on the legacy of the previous version as one of the most flexible delay plugins available today.

It’s a challenge to try and compile everything this plugin can do in a short piece. The concept is that you can create a traditional delay effect using feedback or a multi-tap delay effect, both with an extensive level of modulation on just about any parameter available.

The resizable user interface of this plugin is incredible — it even shows visual feedback of your delay effect on the left half of the upper section. The rest of the section shows a frequency spectrum and an EQ to filter the wet signal.

Another parameter called Diffusion can create lush reverb-like effects easily. Furthermore, it includes various analog-sounding effects like saturation, lo-fi effect, dynamics, and tape-style pitch modulation. Similarly, you could modulate the multi-tap delay features in a very short length of time to create custom time-based effects like chorus, flanger, and ensemble. Or you could create the reverb shimmer effect by using the pitch-shifting feature along with Diffuse.

Key Features:

  • 6 Filters
    There are six filters available in total, and each can be a high-pass, low-pass, band-pass, notch, peaking, and shelf filter in any combination. The first three are designed to emulate analog filters with a smooth sound and internal saturation. In addition, you can change the filter routing to parallel, serial, or per-channel mode.
  • Multi-taps
    Timeless 3 excels as a standard delay plugin, but it shines just as well in the multi-tap delay mode, which you can access by clicking on the Tap Editor at the top left of the interface. With this editor, you can create your delay pattern by intuitively dragging the delay taps on the screen with your mouse. Furthermore, you can save a custom pattern as a preset.
  • Stereo Control
    You can control the delay feedback, cross-feedback, and mix level of each stereo channel independently. Not only that, you can adjust the stereo width and the panning in each filter as well. Combine that with modulation, and the sonic possibilities become endless.
  • Virtually Limitless Modulation
    There are fifty slots available for modulation, and you can modulate almost any parameter by drag and drop. There are five kinds of modulators available:

    1. XLFO
      It can generate almost any waveform, including custom ones, and can be synchronized to the host tempo. You can create new waveforms by using the node-based curve editor.
    2. Envelope Generator
      It is a regular ADSR envelope, which is triggered by either an audio threshold or midi input. Make sure you turn on the midi input for Timeless 3 for the latter.
    3. Envelope Follower
      It generates modulation based on the signal level of either the audio you are processing or external side-chain input. The former is useful when you want the delay only when the vocalist sings louder, for example.
    4. MIDI Source
      It transforms any incoming MIDI data, including CC data, into a modulation signal. It becomes insanely powerful when coupled with other modulating effect plugins.
    5. XY Controller/Slider
      Control two parameters at once with the XY controller or multiple parameters using a single slider. This one is less a modulator and more a convenient tool for creating macros.
Introduction to FabFilter Timeless 3

Compatibility:

Timeless 3 is available for Windows Vista or higher 32-bit or 64-bit and macOS 10.10 64-bit. It comes in VST 2/3, AU, AAX, and RTAS formats.

Summary:

Almost every effect plugin developed by FabFilter is faultless, and this one is no different. The only issue it might have is the amount of flexibility it offers. However, the new GUI has made Timeless 3 user-friendly and straightforward. So, if you were daunted by the sea of possibilities before, now is the time to reconsider.

6. Baby Audio Comeback Kid (Award-Winning Analog Delay)

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Comeback Kid by Baby Audio is a great example of how analog delay should sound. Apart from being a standard plugin for the delay effect, you can get great results on your delay with the other effects Comeback Kid offers.

This plugin will turn your sound upside down straight out of the box. With over fifty factory presets, you can get around with almost no tweaking necessary. This does not mean that the user interface is difficult to understand. The developers had gone the route of making the interface good-looking and functional at the same time. 

Comeback Kid features five different sections for shaping your delay to your needs. The first one in the top left corner is there to adjust the high-pass and low-pass filters and the attack and sustain the delay. Right underneath it, we have a stereo section which you can use to pan your delay and adjust the character of the delay. You can choose between mono and stereo style delay by switching the mono switch.

You can see the timing and feedback section in the center of everything. Apart from standard dials for time and feedback, you can choose between ping-pong delay and four different timings: Straight, dotted, triplet, and free. Each of these will give you different results in terms of timing. 

The Flavor section is located in the top right corner. In this section, you have three different effects and one switch. The switch is there as a bypass button for effect similar to lo-fi. Cranking up the tape dial will give your tone artifacts and distortion similar to saturation. The swirl, along with other effects within this section, will give an analog feel to the signal, and the sauce is there to act as a reverb. Giving too much sauce will give the phasing feel to your delay.

Having this many effects on the delay allows you to have a big variation for producing the sound you like. You can see this by going through all of the sixty presets this plugin offers. My advice would be to go through all of them to get an insight into what the Comeback Kid is capable of and to get some inspiration. 

Comeback Kid is available on Windows and macOS in VST, VST 3, AU, and AAX plugin formats and, at the moment, goes for a price of $49. 

Also, Consider checking our free Delay VST/AU Plugin:

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7. Applied Acoustics Systems Objeq Delay (Creative delay)

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Its dual delay line with feedback and ability to run the signal through an object makes this plugin an amazing example of what a delay plugin should be able to do.

The interface of the plugin sort of resembles the look you might see on a pedalboard or vintage modules. The signal chain starts with the filter module. Within this module, you will have an option to adjust the delay’s high pass and low pass filters, along with the ability to choose between three steepnesses. The next step in the signal chain is the object module.

The object module is the part where this plugin is different from others. You can run the signal through one of four objects this plugin offers. Each one of them will give your sound a different vibe. But it does not end there; it goes into detail where you can adjust how long the sound will resonate. This adjustment is made by adjusting the “Decay” dial. You can set the frequency of the object as well as the material. There is an option to choose where the object is “hit” with the signal within this module. You can adjust this by turning the “Formant” dial.

In the delay module, you have multiple options to adjust the delay of your sound. This module features a dual delay line that can be linked and in sync, a feedback dial, and high and low pass filters. The LFO module is there to give you more creative flexibility with modulation of any parameter within the plugin. You can adjust the rate, type, phase, and width and the amount and polarity of the modulation. By adjusting the destination, you can create amazing sound effects with minor tweaking.

Like many great plugins, Objeq Delay comes with great factory presets, which can be used almost without adjustments. It is available on Windows and macOS in a VST2, VST3, AU, AAX Native, NKS formats, and standalone edition. The price which the Objeq Delay retails is $139. 

8. Valhalla Delay (Digital Delay)

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Thanks to its straightforward design and incredible sound, the Valhalla Delay has become one of the most popular delay plugins you can find.

Valhalla plugins like the Shimmer, the Vintage Verb, and the Room have all managed to give Valhalla a pretty positive reputation. The Valhalla Delay is no different. This is the first delay plugin to be released by the company despite its dabbles with UberMod and FreqEcho.

The Valhalla Delay provides you with 7 delay modes. There’s a tape emulator, HQ digital delay, and a HiFi tape echo included in the modes. In addition to that, a ghost mode adds haunting ambients by mixing some of the HiFi tape echo with diffusion that sounds like reverb and some frequency shifting. Moreover, it has 2 pitch-shifting modes called the Pitch and RevPitch.

Key Features:

  • 7 delay modes with different tone characteristics
  • Clean interface that changes color according to the selected mode
  • The “Era” setting to choose the vibe of the effect (for example, future/present/past)
  • 5 delay styles in charge of the interchange between different delay voices

Compatibility:

The Valhalla Delay comes in a 64-bit format only and supports Windows 10 or higher for PC and OS X 10.8 or higher for Mac. It also comes in VST/VST3/AAX/AU versions.

Summary:

Valhalla Delay does not have enough internal modulation controls that allow you to input the sound design. However, this is part of its selling point as a straightforward delay plugin useful for normal mixing and not some highly experimental and daring sound designs.

9. Surreal Machines Modnetic (Tape Delay, Reverb & Modulation FX)

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The Modnetic by Surreal Machines is a modular tape delay plugin that has a convolution reverb built-in.

Modnetic attempts to emulate tape delay hardware from the 70s and successfully manages to execute that. The plugin provides you with 4 effects: classic tone, spring reverb presets, bucket brigade phaser/chorus/flanger, and of course, tape delay. Real-time routing settings make this plugin perfect for live performance mode.

Key Features:

  • The echo section gives you 3 different tape heads, which you can combine.
  • Reverb section to make the effect sound more “atmospheric”
  • 4 vintage machine settings, each offering a different sound characteristic
  • Modulation section that has effects inspired by BBD as discussed earlier, like phaser, chorus, and flanger effects
  • Developed to work with live performance modes with no issues
Modnetic by Surreal Machines | Review of Parameters Tutorial

Compatibility:

This plugin runs on Windows 7 or higher and OSX 10.7 or higher. It requires core i5 processors at least and requires 4GB of RAM at least. This plugin also supports both 32 and 64 bits for all systems. Comes with VST/VS3 and AU formats.

Summary:

Modnetic by Surreal Machines is an amazing delay plugin for users who aim to have an atmospheric sounding delay effect and get analog vibes from the effect.

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10. Pulsar Audio Echorec (Magnetic Disk Delay)

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With a successful attempt at emulating the analog sound of the classic Binson Echorec 2 delay hardware, this plugin serves as a strong debut by Pulsar Audio.

The original hardware had 6 valves, each adding its own saturation characteristics. The delay feedback could also be edited to self-oscillate, thus acting like an overdub to the track. The Echorec hardware was quite expensive (can be bought at $2500 second-hand), so having it as a plugin is great.

Key Features:

  • This plugin maintains the original analog sound of the hardware it’s developed after
  • Tap the tempo button to sync the effect with the BPM
  • Models three different units, Used, Good, and Mint, each offering you a different sound design
  • Drive knob to increase the intensity of the saturation added to the effect
  • Tone knob which is useful to make the delay effect either have a warmer or a brighter feel
THIS THING LOOKS REAL! - Pulsar Echorec

Compatibility:

Echorec runs on both Windows and macOS and comes in VST/VST3/AAX/AU support.

Summary:

Overall, the Echorec delay is an interesting and efficient delay that is a vital plugin to those aiming to achieve the vintage, analog sound that sounds “warm” and pleasing to the ear.

11. Waves H-Delay (Hybrid Delay)

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Waves H-Delay is part of the Hybrid plugins line by Waves which is well known to produce the best hybrid plugins and overall solid plugins in general.

The H-Delay is modeled after two delay hardware units, i.e., the classic TE Electronic and Bel & Lexicon digital delay hardware units, particularly the PCM 42.

The resulting product is a powerful plugin that can give delay times of up to 3500ms along with modulation effects and filters, making it efficient in adding a simple echo effect or adding a flanger or phaser effects.

Key Features:

  • Delay time can be set to follow the bpm or by synced to the tempo of the host or be manually adjusted using the knobs
  • Analog modes to warm up the sound and make it sound pleasant, and have an analog or vintage vibe
  • LoFi setting that adds some noise and scratches to give the effect a classic or older feel

The H-Delay manages to replicate the pitch change that occurs when you change delay times which used to be the case when using old delay hardware due to the tape playback changing when you change the time.

Kiss Your Vocal Tracks With A Touch Of Slap Delay Using Waves Amazing H-Delay Plug-in

Compatibility:

The H-Delay by Waves works on Windows 10 64 bits or OSX 10.12.6 or higher. Comes in VST/VST3, AU, and AAX Formats.

Summary:

Waves H-Delay is a popular plugin overall and works excellent due to its incorporation of the pitch shift effect as well as its time sync settings. In addition to that, the analog section makes it a go-to plugin for many users despite its hefty price tag.

12. Soundtoys EchoBoy (Analog Vintage Delay)

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The former Wave Mechanics team developed a product to create a plugin to replicate the sound of a classic echo unit, EchoBoy by SoundToys, which results in an incredibly feature-packed plugin.

Soundtoys EchoBoy is extremely powerful and features a ton of emulated classic echo boxes. DM-2, Space Echo, Echoplex are all integrated within this plugin. Additionally, you get an Analog sounding preset in ‘studio tape,’ which attempts to replicate the sound signature of the Ampex ATR-102 machine.

Key Features:

  • Delay mode with settings for rhythm echo as well as ping-pong, mono, and dual delays
  • High and low cut filters to edit the delay effect tail
  • Timing can be typed for the delay, which makes for a more precise effect
  • This plugin can work as a chorus or a reverb plugin due to its CE-1 chorus emulation as well as the rhythm echo feature and is highly efficient as well
  • You can control saturation, tape flutter, and diffusion to make the track sound more analog
  • Accent, swing, and shuffle can be edited, which makes EchoBoy the only plugin with actual “groove”
6 Tips for Using Soundtoys EchoBoy

Compatibility:

This plugin works on Windows 7 or higher and Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It is only compatible with 64-bit devices. It comes in VST/AAX/AU versions.

Summary:

This review only covers a portion of what this amazing plugin is capable of. It is highly recommended that you use this plugin personally through its available trial and check out all the cool features it offers.


Last Words

To choose the right plugin, you would have to analyze your needs and abilities. Are you looking for a sound design? Then we would recommend you checking FabFilter Timeless 3 or Other Desert Cities by Audio Damage. Do you need a plugin where you can control the sound signature of the effect? If the answer to those questions is yes, then SoundToys EchoBoy is probably the go-to Some users like the vintage sound of older hardware units, so the Softube Tape Echoes or the Waves H-Delay are perfect for them.

If you are a beginner or need a straightforward plugin with the essential features that a great delay plugin should have, then the Valhalla Delay or the Baby Audio Comeback Kid will fit you well. All in all, producers need to be aware of what they need in terms of sound and not worry about the “perfect” plugin, because in reality, there is no perfect plugin. Asking yourself the right questions will most probably lead you to the right plugin.

You can obtain more information about the plugins from their official websites, whose links are placed for each review.

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Kontakt Libraries

20 Best Kontakt Libraries For All Categories 2022 (Synths, Drums, Vocals)

Top 7 Drum Libraries For KONTAKT 2022 (And 4 Freebies)

Top 7 Trap Music Kontakt Libraries 2022 (And Best Lo-Fi Kontakt Library)

Top 7 Metal & Rock Kontakt Libraries 2022 (Best Guitars & Drums)

Top 10 Guitar Libraries For Kontakt 2022 (Acoustic, Electric, Bass & Freebies)

 

Top 7 Trailer Scoring Plugins & Kontakt Libraries 2022

20 Best Free KONTAKT Libraries 2022 For Various Instruments

Top 9 Piano Kontakt Sample Libraries 2022 (And 5 Best Free Pianos)

Top 10 Percussion KONTAKT Libraries 2022 (And 3 Freebies)

Top 7 Kontakt Libraries For Horror & Thriller Scoring 2022 (No VSTs)

 

Audio Restoration, Calibration & Utility Plugins:

Top 6 Noise Reduction Plugins 2022 (And 3 Best Free Tools)

6 Best Audio Restoration Plugins & Software 2022

Top 7 Phase Alignment Plugins 2022 To Fix Your Bass & Drums

Top 10 Room Calibration & Headphones/Speakers Correction Plugins 2022

 

Instrument Plugins: 

Top 6 Vocoder Plugins 2022 (Effects & Synths + FREE Vocoder)

Top 12 Randomizer Plugins 2022 Including FREE Plugins

Top 6 Kick Drum Plugins 2022 (Best Kick Designer Tools)

Top 12 Woodwind Plugins 2022 (And KONTAKT Libraries)

Top 10 Double Bass Plugins 2022 (Best Upright Basses)

Top 5 Strings VST Plugins 2022 (AND 4 Best Free Instruments)

 

Top 6 Sampler Plugins 2022 (And 3 Best FREE Plugins)

Top 6 Classical Guitar Plugins & Kontakt Libraries (And FREE Guitars)

Top 7 Wavetable Synth Plugins 2022

Top 12 Sub Plugins 2022 (Best 808 & Bass Tools For Massive Low End)

Top 10 Plugins On PluginBoutique 2022 (And 7 Best Free Plugins)

Top 11 Plugins On Plugin Alliance 2022

Top 7 Acoustic Guitar Plugins 2022 (And 4 Best Kontakt Libraries)

 

9 Best Bass Guitar Plugins 2022 (And 2 Best Freebies)

Top 6 Electric Guitar Plugins 2022 (Best PAID & FREE Picks)

Top 10 Arpeggiator VST Plugins 2022 (Best Synths, MIDI Effects & Tools)

Top 10 Modular Synth Plugins 2022 (And 3 Best FREE Plugins)

Top 6 Choir Plugins & Sample Libraries 2022 (And 3 Best Free Plugins)

11 Best Percussion & Drum VST Plugins In 2022 (And FREE Plugins)

 

Top 8 Piano Plugins 2022 (Best Sounding Pianos & 5 FREE Piano Plugins)

Top 6 Organ Plugins Ever Made 2022 (And 3 Best Free Organs)

Top 14 VST Plugins For Beginners 2022 (And 9 FREE Plugins)

Top 9 Drum Machine Plugins 2022 (And Groovebox Plugins)

4 Best Banjo Plugins 2022 (Best Banjo Instruments)

 

The 5 Best Ukulele Plugins & Kontakt Libraries 2022

Top 13 Synth Plugins 2022 (And 5 Best FREE Synths Plugins)

Top 13 Sequencer Plugins 2022 (Synth, MIDI & Step Sequencers)

The 10 Best Multi-Effect Plugins 2022 (And 3 Best Free Plugins)

Top 12 Plugin Bundles For Musicians 2022 (Synths, Mixing & Mastering)

 

 

Processing & Sound Design Plugins:

8 Best Lo-Fi Plugins 2022 (PAID & FREE)

Top 11 Plugins For Mixing Vocals 2022 (For Home Studio)

Top 12 Saturation Plugins In 2022 (Best Mixing & Mastering Tools)

Top 6 Pitch Shifter Plugins 2022 (And 3 Best FREE Pitch Shifters)

Top 6 Chorus VST Plugins 2022 For Musicians (And 3 FREE Plugins)

 

Top 6 Limiter Plugins 2022 For Precise Mastering & Mixing

The 8 Best Filter Plugins 2022 For Precise Cuts & Boosts (+ 5 Free Filters)

6 Best Autotune Plugins 2022 To Improve & Enhance Your Vocals

Top 10 Transient Shaper Plugins 2022 (VST, AU, AAX)

Top 7 Enhancer Plugins 2022 (For Bass, Drums, Vocals & Harmonics)

 

Top 6 Flanger Plugins 2022 (And 5 Best FREE Flanger Emulators)

Top 7 Phaser Plugins 2022 (And 3 Best FREE Phasers)

Top 10 Plugins For Mixing Drums 2022 (And 3 Best Free Plugins)

Top 7 Bitcrusher Plugins 2022 (And 4 Best FREE Bitcrushers + 3 Bonuses)

Top 6 Plugins For Voice-Over & Dialogue Cleaning 2022 (Post Production)

Top 10 Stereo Imaging Plugins 2022 (Best Old & Modern Picks)

 

Top 5 Multiband Limiter Plugins 2022

Top 7 De-Esser Plugins In 2022 For Better Vocals (And 4 FREE Plugins)

Top 7 Clipper Plugins 2022 (Best Limiter Alternatives)

Top 6 Chord Generator Plugins 2022 That Inspire Melodies (+ FREE Tools)

7 Best Exciter Plugins 2022 For Mixing & Mastering

Top 7 Channel Strip Plugins 2022 (And 2 Best Free Plugins)

 

Top 11 Distortion Plugins 2022 (And 4 Top Free Plugins)

Top 5 Comb Filter & Resonator Plugins 2022 | Melda, Kilohearts, Tritik

The 7 Best Vibrato VST Plugins of 2022 | Audec, Audiority, Melda

The 7 Best Tremolo Plugins 2022 | Eventide, Melda, SoundToys, Kuassa…

The 7 Best Harmonizer Plugins 2022 | Eventide, Melda, Aegean Music

7 Best Sidechain Plugins 2022 (VST, AU, AAX) | Xfer, Cableguys..

 

Top 10 Noise Gate Plugins 2022 (And 6 FREE Free Gate Tools)

The 6 Best Ring Modulator VST Plugins in 2022 | KiloHearts, Melda

7 Best Autopan VST Plugins 2022 | CableGuys, Melda, Waves, Soundtoys

The 6 Best Frequency Shifter VST Plugins Of 2022

Top 11 Granulizer Plugins 2022 For Future Sound Design

29 Best Sound Design VST Plugins In 2022

 

Guitar/Amp Focused:

Can I Put Nylon Strings on a Steel-string Guitar?

Do Electric Guitars Sound Good Unplugged?

Buying Your First Guitar: 2 Things To Know

Are Tube Amps Worth It? (Tube vs Solid-State Amps)

How Often Does A Guitar Need a Setup?

Can I Play Classical Guitar On A Steel-String Guitar?

 

How often guitar necks need reset?

Can You Play Two Guitars Through One Amp?

Can a 6 String Bass Be Tuned Like A Guitar?

Can I leave My Guitar Tuned Down a Step? Yes, But Is It Safe?

Should I Learn 4, 5 Or 6 String Bass Guitar & Why?

How To Know If your Guitar Amp Is Broken?

How To Fix Distorted Bass Guitar Sound?

 

Do Fender Guitars Appreciate In Value?

Should You Put Stickers On A Bass Guitar?

How Acoustic And Electric Guitars Are Made?

Is Electric Guitar Too Loud for an Apartment?

Does a Preamp Improve Sound Quality?

If I Learn Acoustic Guitar Can I Play Electric Guitar?

How Many Hours A Day Should You Practice Bass Guitar?

Do I need an AMP/DAC To Run Bookshelf Speakers?

How to Record Electric Guitar Into Logic Pro X?

Do headphones get worse with age?

 

Headphones & Studio Monitors:

Do headphones get worse with age?

Monitors vs Studio Headphones For Mixing & Mastering

Top 10 Room Calibration & Headphones/Speakers Correction Plugins 2022

Does Heat Damage Headphones?

Are Noise-Canceling Headphones Good For Music Production?

Can Headphones Break in Cold Weather?

Why do headphones & cables get sticky?

 

Can Wearing Headphones Cause Hair Loss?

How Do I know If My Studio Monitor Is Blown?

Side Effects Of Sleeping With Your Headphones On

Do You Need Music Amplifier For Studio Monitors or Studio Headphones?

Do Headphones or Earphones Damage Your Brain?

Can Headphones or Earphones cause Deafness or Toothache?

FarField, MidField & NearField Monitors – Their Uses, Pros & Cons

 

MIDI & Synths:

Should I Buy A MIDI Keyboard Or Synth? (Are Synths Worth It Anymore?)

Why Is Audio Gear So Expensive? (Especially Synths)

Top 12 Synth Brands 2022 – Analog, Digital & Modular Synth Manufacturers

11 Tips How To Choose MIDI Keyboard 2022

Should I Buy MIDI Controller Or Keyboard? Cons, Pros & Tips

 

Recommended Gear:

Top 12 NearField Studio Monitors 2022 On Any Budget

Top 10 Midfield Studio Monitors 2022 For Home Recording

Best Biggest Studio Monitors 2022 (FarField Monitors)

Top 10 Guitar Pickups for Low Tunings 2022

Top 10 Analog Compressors For Mixing & Mastering (On Any Budget)

Top 12 USB Audio Interfaces Under 150$, 200$, 300$ 400$ (Any Budget)

 

Top 12 Hardware Equalizers 2022 (Analog EQs For Mixing & Mastering)

Top 6 Analog Hardware Limiters 2022

Top 6 Solid State Bass Amps 2022 (On Any Budget)

Top 6 Ribbon Mics 2022 On Any Budget (For Vocals, Drums & Guitars)

Top 6 Cheap Dynamic Mics For Vocals Under 50$, 100$, 200$ & 300$

 

Top 6 Chorus Guitar Pedals 2022 (On Any Budget)

6 Best 61-Key MIDI Keyboards 2022 (On Any Budget)

9 Best 49-Key MIDI Keyboards Under 100$ & 200$ (2022)

Top 5 Best 25 Key MIDI Keyboards 2022 (On Any Budget)

Top 12 Acoustic Drums 2022 (Best Kits/Sets On Any Budget)

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