100 Best VST Plugins For Your Next Mix (2018)

​So, you're at the stage where stock plugins just don't cut it anymore.

And you want to see what you've been missing out on...

...or maybe you're just adding to the collection.

​No matter what the reason I have created a list of the best plugins to use in your next mix.

Let's get started.

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​EQ

Equalizer  Plugin

One of the best EQ's in the business used by professionals and doesn't color your tracks.

Simple and easy to use dual tube input and gives color, grit, and hardware noise to your tracks.

This musical EQ is heard on the vocals of many famous artists such as Madonna, Celine Dion, and Snoop Dog.

​Slate Digital - FG-A: ($14.99 Monthly)

Excellent recreation of the Neve 1073 and great for any track looking for that sweetness.

​Highly detailed and remarkably flexible for all applications.

Extremely accurate digital EQ while keeping the audio passing through as optimized as possible.

​Great for specific frequencies, easy to use and also looks great.

Used in Abbey Road Studios and gives great highs without any harshness.

Unique EQ that gives you sonic sculpting and EQ matching whilst allowing you complete control over your spatial environment.

Simple and easy to use and gives energy to your tracks bringing them to life.

This is a powerful, sonically neutral analog EQ that is used in many of the world's leading mixing and mastering studios.

​Used on many records since the 70's and is one of the most musical EQ's ever invented.

​Developed in corporation with the incredibly famous mixing engineer Andrew Scheps.

Captures the sonic characters of classic consoles while adding unique modern features making your life easier.

​​Recreates the sound of a vintage British equalizer that is smooth and silky, great for sweetening drums and bass.

Has the ability to cut and boost the same frequencies simultaneously creating a resonant shelf.

​Versatile and precise while maintaining tone analog warmth in the signal path.

Great EQ to give some punch in your tracks especially drums.

Speeds up your workflow by enhancing detail, clarity, and transparency with the use of AI.

This EQ is all about the color, the more you push the dials the more color this plugin gives you in the form of rich harmonic variation.

​Compression​​​​​

Compressor Plugin

Combines analog circuitry with powerful digital plugin precision, also allowing you to choose how much "analog" sound you want.

Simple and easy to use with an embedded attack and release time making your life easier.

​Created in collaboration with Chris Lord-Alge. These compressors will stand the test of time and every engineer should have them in their toolbox.

This is a modern compressor with vintage qualities giving character and warmth to your tracks while sounding transparent whenever needed.

As the name suggests it is used as a mix buss compressor to glue your tracks together with a super fast attack time down to 0.0.1ms.

​With no attack, release or ratio knobs and five completely unique compression curves, it has a dark and squishy sound that's welcome to the digital world.

Features a combination of the best features in other hardware compressors giving you great sonic qualities.

Perfect for a wide variety of applications and the most demanding engineers.

This plugin blends the warmth of classic hardware with developments that are only possible in the digital domain making it a powerful compressor.

Huge amounts of flexibility and precision with fine tweaking controls.

​Perfect for adding a professional final touch to your mixes thanks to the recreation of the unique aspects of the circuit paths that give each compressor its distinct tone.

High-end compressor made to emulate vintage and modern compressors, while also allowing complete control of dynamic compression.

Modeled after some of the classics and creates some unique timbre for every track that goes through it.

Used on the vocals on artists such as asking Alexandra, Of Mice & Men, and Attack! Attack! This compressor will instantly give you mix-ready sounding vocals with little to no effort.

Emulates the master buss compressor of the SSL 4000 G console and does an incredible job of gluing your tracks together.

​Multiband compressor works perfectly on punchy, loud yet dynamic mixes.

Extremely versatile and can go from soft and gentle to snappy and punchy with just a few simple tweaks.

This compressor provides the precision, advanced features and legendary tonal characteristics of SSL audio products in a simple plugin.

Wideband ultraclean mastering compressor suitable for delicate material.

Used in hundreds of hit records over the last 4o years and had the ability to dynamically reverse a sound’s envelope, making loud sounds quiet and quiet sounds loud.

​Reverb

Reverb Plugin

Amazing reverb plates used on recordings by the Beatles, Pink Floyd, and Radiohead.

With over 220 versatile and great sounding studio presets there will surely be something for everyone.

Designed for BIG sounds, from concert halls to the Taj Mahal to the Halls of Valhalla all without straining your CPU.

​This reverb sits back in the mix while keeping the controls simple and easy to use.

This is a stunning, musical reverb that brings unmatched dimension and fullness to your mixes.

With a pleasant reverb sound and easy functionality, it's simple to create any type of reverb.

This reverb gives you an authentic replication of one of the world’s most famous recording studios.

Industry standard convolution reverb plug-in with a huge range of samples of real reverb spaces.

This reverb is used daily in the worlds largest music, film, television, and game productions and It remains one of the industry's undisputed champions of traditional reverb design

​Thanks to its modern reverb algorithm. It's alive and vibrant, it's gentle and dreamy, and above all - it's natural and believable.

Easy to use, nice on the eyes and sounds great.

This reverb gives you lushness, warmth, and beauty only a plate can provide.

​Awesome audio quality and great reverb textures combined with modern and retro technologies give you a lot of control.

Experience lush reverbs of up to thirty seconds and for the first time ever in a convolution reverb modify the early reflection patterns.

keeps all the great qualities of historic hardware reverb units but uses many new features only possible with digital plugins.

This reverb breaks the rules of the real world by allowing you to create virtual spaces that could never exist in reality.

This plugin is so close to the real thing In blind comparisons, users could not differentiate between the real hardware reverb patch and the VerbSuite capture.

​Inspired by the original EMT 140 plate reverb, but also pushed far beyond the capabilities the analog hardware could ever go.

​Great realism, sound quality, and a huge collection of virtual rooms, halls, churches, plates, and ambiances.

​This reverb will help your tracks sit better in the mix because of the natural air surrounding them but can also make them jump out of the mix if you push it harder.

Delay

Delay Plugin

​Extremely popular, very easy to use and highly versatile makes it a great delay for anyone.

This recreates the echo chamber used by Abbey Road’s pop engineers to create exciting reverbs, delays and other unique spatial effects.

A tasty echo effect that can go from clean to rude by overdriving its three modeled tube stages giving a great sense of space and size to a mix without really drawing attention to itself.

This is a true emulation of the original famous vintage tape echo made in the early seventies.

​This is not only a modeled classic tape delay. Its unique filters and many creative options turn it into the ultimate sound-mangling machine!

An easy to use interface and represents a new benchmark for digital delay effects.

​Based on the mechanical delay device introduced in 1971. It has achieved cult status as the most unique delay ever made.

With so many features this is more than just a delay. There will always be a use for this plugin.

Sandman’s namesake is its unique SLEEP button. With SLEEP, you can ‘freeze’ audio at a point in time to create a loop based on the Delay value, allowing you to adjust the sample Start and Endpoints.

​A dual delay powerhouse that features 23 unique authentically modeled delay units ranging from classic oil cans and plates to the most famous vintage digital designs.

More than a simple delay endowed with a variety of features, OhmBoyz is almost an instrument in its own right.

U-h2 MFM2: (€79)

MFM2 gives you complete control with delay and the advanced options push things even further. More feedback, more control, more inspiration.

​The designs of the Dub Machines plugins take full advantage of their digital engines, but their sonic power stems from analog gear and the inspiration it provides.

Really nice on guitar and vocals and helps the tracks to sit in the mix giving its own 3D perspective.

RP-Delay is a unique delay which is heavily focused on some very special features, including brand new FX routing.

With endless possibilities and 60 different presets there's not a lot you can't use this on.

An Analog Echo Box plug-in designed to give you the warmth and richness of classic vintage delay effects.

Unique multitap delay and modulation plugin. With up to 32 modulated delay taps, extensive diffusion and overdrive sections sound great with a wide range of instruments.

This is great for creating drum fills, vocal choruses, swelling guitar chords, and other evolving effects thanks to its rhythmic delays, glitchy reverb, volume swells, and modulation.

Simple and easy to use with a built-in phaser. This is a versatile delay allowing you to create pretty much any delay you want.

​Synths

Synth Plugin

The synth that defined bass music. Create just about anything with this as it's the go-to choice for bass music and electro producers.

​One of the most versatile bass virtual instruments around with amazing sound quality.

Perfect for composers writing epic, cinematic electronic and hybrid compositions.

being able to guide every aspect of your patch is extremely powerful for creating the perfect sound.

With an easy to use interface and simple controls that adjust more complex parameters automatically, this is great for a beginner.

Top Artists all over the world rely on Omnisphere as an essential source of sonic inspiration.

This has everything you could want in a synth allowing for all the rules to be broken.

​Delivering character like no other with its great sound quality and its detailed controls without sacrificing usability.

With so much connectivity to explore, patching in Bazille will keep you fascinated for a very long time

Enter your text here...This synth is built from different modules found from many different modern synths all compacted into one.

reFX - Nexus 2: (€249.99)

Perfect for dance producers wanted to get started with great sounds right out of the box.

Sylenth1 is not just another synth. It was built from a producer's point of view. It was built to produce superior quality sound and music.

With many different presets, fast loading times and great quality you will be sure to stay in the creative flow and to compose great music while you're in the zone.

Being successor to the multi-award winning Oddity you know this plugin is great.

This synth gives you nearly unlimited combinations of sounds and layers unlocking creative filtering possibilities that would be impossible with traditional synthesizer controls.

Emulating the warmth and fatness of classic analog synthesizers giving you a range of rich inspiring sounds.

U-he - Diva: (€179)

Emulating 50 years of analog synths gives it great authenticity for the hardware sound.

High-quality sound, great user interface, and the ability to go as deep as you desire.

This plugin brings back the sound of the SEM V and special characteristics in an accurate plugin.

​This electric piano plugin gives you authentic Rhodes and Wurlitzers with a huge amount of controls to tweak the sound however you want.

​​What Did You Think?


​I hope you enjoyed this post.

​Do you have a favorite plugin you use all the time?

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