As an electronic music producer, having good VST instruments or virtual studio technology is a must have if you’re not using physical hardware. I’ve found quite a few good ones and some are free, but some aren’t. Native Instruments has quite a few good ones, as well as ReFX and Roland. I will point out a few of the best priced and powerful VST instruments.
The first one I would like to mention is Native Instruments Massive. If you’re into making electronic music, chances are you’ve heard of this VST. It’s a very popular VST, but it’s extremely versatile and powerful. It will run you about $200, but you may be able to find it cheaper through Native Instruments when they carry an end of the year sale.
Native Instruments FM8 is a fairly complex VST, but it’s quite powerful if you take the time to learn the program. I’ve had it for a long time, but I wouldn’t call myself a “master” of the program. I’ve watched quite a few video tutorials as well as read the entire manual. You can create some breath taking leads with this VST, it just takes some time to learn. It will run you $200.
Roland’s Cakewalk VST’s are great pieces of software. They have several good VST’s, but I’ve had a lot of fun messing around Z3TA and Rapture. These are also great to use because they are fairly inexpensive, but can provide you with a good strong lead or bass synth. The arpeggiator on Z3TA is also quite good.
ReFX Nexus is another quite popular VST. At $300, it isn’t exactly the cheapest, but it’s very powerful and can be used for many different things. There’s a library of over 6GB of sound preloaded on the software, but there’s a ton of expansions for this VST too. I’ve gotten quite a few of them and the possibilities really are endless. If you’re into making dubstep or moombahton, this is a great VST to go along with Native Instruments Massive.
If you’re just starting out, I would highly recommend Sylenth 1 by Lennar Digital. It has over 1300 presets, but it can be really fine tuned. I have to admit that I don’t use it as much as some of the other VST’s that I just listed, but it’s a fantastic program for a beginner because it’s one of the easier programs to learn. It’s got 4 oscillators that produce analog shaped waves. It also has 2 LFO’s that can be used to modulate just about anything and it has 2 filters.
These are a few great VST’s for electronic music production. They all take some time to master, but they can add some quality to your music! I hope that I’ve helped to point you in the right direction.