Top 2019 Trap Vst Plugins

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Over a period of three decades, the 808 has become an important sound for hip hop, trap, and other electronic music genres. Not many sounds in modern-day music have had quite an impact like the 808.

With the birth of the internet, plugin manufacturers and sample creators have flooded the market with their products, making it difficult to find the perfect 808.

After exploring thousands of great plugins for hours, we bring you a minimized list of best vst plugins out there. It includes a little over 100 plugins. As the cherry on the top, the below list also mention the top 100 vst plugins that are entirely free of cost and paid.

If you’ve been searching (and who hasn’t?) then look no further. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best 808 plugins available right now.

Let’s check them out.

Top 808 VST’s

1. Future Audio Workshop SubLab

We find that it’s much easier to use plugins when they have a single purpose, making it simpler for music creators to…create! That’s why we think that the SubLab from Future Audio Workshop is great. It lets you make just about any sub tone you can think of for almost any genre, but more specifically trap and hip hop.

Sublab is more or less a hybrid VST, consisting of both an analog synth and an X-sub synth layer, which can be routed to a kick drum fairly easily. The easy-to-use (and attractive) interface provides great feedback from the spectrogram and oscillator waveform. You can blend together, three different layers in the “mixing” section.

The plugin gives every musical “genius” the ability to play with multiple layers (synth and sample) to create massive sub tones without destroying the bottom end of your mix. If that isn’t enough, you can always add in some dirt with the compression and saturation modules.

Let’s be honest, no plugin is perfect, and SubLab is no exception. There are only 69 presets included, which might be limiting for some producers. On the flip side, it’s not too difficult to build new tones from scratch, making it beginner-friendly.

Pros

  • Generate sub tones without sacrificing the bottom end
  • The compression and saturation are very high quality
  • Three layers to play around with

Cons

  • sampler section has no visual feedback
  • Not velocity-sensitive

2. Niche Audio Planet 808

If you ever surf the web for samples, you’ve probably seen about a million different 808 kits out there. While that’s all good for modern music producers, many of the kits lack the necessary processing for when they are used in the context of full-on productions.

Niche Audio Plant 808 combats this by providing a number of different vibe-driven 808 kits for just about any music genre. Each of these 808 kits has been sampled, edited, and processed with care. While there are additional patches for a number of soft samplers, the Niche Audio Planet 808 is best used in Ableton Live or Maschine 2.

There are thirteen standard kits and two special kits included, as well as an array of low-end subs and percussion to add a bit of flair to the kits. Every kit has starter patterns to help get some ideas down right off the bat. Each one also comes with different pitches so that you can fit the samples with your music in any key.

Overall, this 808 VST is known for its authenticity. It is meticulously sculpted for Ableton Live and Maschine to make it a viable 808 asset for any kind of modern music producer.

Pros

  • Versatile pack of 808s
  • Meticulously sampled, edited, and organized
  • Comes set up for Ableton Live and Maschine

Cons

  • You lose many ease of use features in other DAWs

3. Wave Alchemy Revolution

Wave Alchemy says that their Revolution plugin is one of the most accurate virtual drum machine plugins available right now. Included in the VST are a number of classic machines like the OB-DX, 908, 606, 78, etc. but the 808s are what stands out.

In order to capture the original tone of each analog drum machine and every little nuance, Wave Alchemy injected thousands upon thousands of samples into the sound engine of the Revolution. The end result is the subtle differences that make analog so unique.

Each sound was captured through a balanced Radial JDI and a NEVE 1073 preamp, which resulted in sounds with a full frequency range response – think warm, punchy and dynamic! Another thing to note here is that each sound was also peak matched to help in the auditioning process.

A really cool feature is that you can load the different drum sounds into the 14 drum voice modules, effectively giving you a frankenstein kit of sorts. Use an 808 kick, a 909 hat, and an OB-DX snare. Get creative!

Pros

  • A lot of high quality samples to play around with
  • Comes with FX like reverb and saturation
  • The interface is nice to look at 😉

Cons

  • Not as beginner-friendly as some of the other options

4. DopeSONIX Bass Engine 1

If you make hip hop beats and you’re looking for a HUGE all-around bass plugin, the Bas Engine 1 might be what you’ve been missing. DopeSONIX went to the trouble of studying the last 30 years of hip hop to get a good representation of every bass sound through each era. You’ll get everything from a classic 808 to a vinyl-style upright bass.

Top Trap Vst Plugins

The plugin comes arranged with the sounds in order from the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s. In the 90’s collection, you can expect to see samples from machines like the MPC 60 MKII and SP-1200. Those were the days when bass lines were sampled from soul, jazz, and funk records.

By the time we hit the 2000’s, producers started getting their hands on hardware bass synths for more powerful bass tones. Some of the more popular samplers included the MPC 3000 and the ASR-10. Included in the Bass Engine 1 are 100 presets to give you those deep, dirty Y2K bass sounds.

Finally, you’ll get a collection of 808 and sub-bass sounds that we’re all taylored to modern trap, hip-hop, EDM, and dubstep. This is an absolutely impressive collection of hip-hop bass sounds combined with MIDI basslines, ADSR controls, and low CPU to boot.

Pros

  • Quality bass sounds organized through the decades
  • Interface is intuitive and easy to use
  • Very low CPU usage!

Cons

  • Not as many 808s as we were hoping (only 20)

5. Synsonic Instruments Synsonic BD-808

If you hate sifting through tons of different 808 sounds to find the right one, then the Synsonic BD-808 might be right for you – simplicity at its best! The BD-808 is incredibly useful for creating dope 808 bass lines with very little effort.

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Unlike other plugins on our list, the BD-808 doesn’t use any 808 samples, instead it relies on detailed analysis of the old school bass drum circuits. Furthermore, it makes use of a MIDI control, allowing you to operate the plugin like a bass synthesizer, something you can’t do with an 808 sample.

Included are a few parameters to tweak your sounds to perfection.

  • Accent – emphasizes the attack
  • Tone – which controls the amount of click on the tone
  • Plus a few other standard controls, such as Level and Decay.

Besides those controls, there are some other sound manipulation possibilities, such as halftone tuning, fine tuning, extended decay, and MIDISync.

By our analysis, we feel like the DB-808 is one of the simplest 808 VST plugins around for anyone looking for quality 808 sounds. Also, the ultra low price means you won’t burn a hole in your wallet.

Pros

  • Ultra low cost
  • Simple to Operate
  • Additional controls for shaping your sound

Cons

  • Not as versatile as others on the list
  • Some users have commented that it can be a bit buggy

6. DopeSONIX Beat Machine 2

The Beat Machine 2 by DopeSONIX is an upgrade from the DopeSONIX Beat Machine 1 on our list, though this one is more of a drum machine than a bass synthesizer. It was designed for producers who need a wide variety of hip-hop drums for different production styles from different eras.

There are 600 different kits onboard that have been EQ’ed and mixed ahead of time so that they can be used in your productions right off the bat. The days of spending hours on end looking for the right kit pieces are long gone.

The cool thing about the DopeSONIX Beat Machine 2 is that these kits were arranged by era. The first 100 presets bring you the dusty, chopped kit pieces from 90s hip-hop. The second 100 presets are from the 2000s, giving you the new Boombap sounds of producers such as Havoc and Alchemist alongside the 808 driven styles of Lil Jon, the clean-cut sounds of Timbaland, and the new wave West Coast sounds of Dr. Dre. Lastly, you get the 808 and 909 inspired sounds from hood trap producers such as DJ Mustard and Lex Luger.

There are 600 high-quality drum kits, 1200+ samples, 300 stereo kits, 300 multi-out kits, and 50 drum patterns, all wrapped up in a flexible and low CPU plugin.

Pros

  • Hundreds of incredible drum kits
  • Sounds arranged by era
  • Low CPU usage

Cons

  • The sheer number of kit pieces can be overwhelming

7. D16 Group Nepheton

D16 Group is famous for their digital emulations of well-known, classic synths and drum machines. The Nepheton is a recreation of the famous 808 drum machine. Every sound that comes out of the unit is perfectly captured enabling you to import the original 808 sounds straight into your DAW.

The Nepheton uses hybrid sequencing, which should please both modern producers as well as the serious drum machine enthusiasts. Built in is a randomize feature allowing you to quickly dial-in some unique rhythms when the original 808 patterns start to get dull.

If you’re after a pure 808 emulation, the D16 Nepheton may be the best choice on our list.

Pros

  • Classic 808 emulation
  • Hybrid sequencing
  • Randomizer feature for interesting patterns

Cons

  • Modern producers may feel limited

8. Wave Alchemy Transistor Revolution MKII

For producers using Kontakt, the Transistor Revolution MKII is a perfect match. This plugin is a digital recreation of the iconic TR-808 and TR-909 drum machines from the 1980’s. Though this plugin has been around for quite some time, it has undergone some reason updates including a full re-script. Expect intuitive workflow and a beautiful interface.

The plugin comes equipped with a 16-track step sequencer, a 10-track mixer for individual drum processing, unified 808 and 909 instruments, reverb and delay defends, tape saturation, and volume and pan controls.

Thanks to the advanced sampling technology available in Kontakt, you can expect some 22,000 samples in this plugin for thick and fat sounds!

Carefully recorded with a Radial JDI and NEVE 1073 preamp, you can expect analog warmth and dynamics – top-notch analog sound at a relatively low price.

Pros

  • Premium quality analog sounds
  • Intuitive UI

Cons

  • CPU hog!

Get Down With the 808

If your goal is to create chest-thumping trap, hip-hop or EDM, you need to get your hands on some quality 808s.

Instead of sifting through thousands of samples trying to create a good drum kit, why not pick up one of the best 808 VST’s on our list and get back to what you love doing – making music?

Top 10 Best Free Kontakt Sample Libraries 2019

Everybody loves getting free stuff, especially musicians and composers who know how much an average instrument or software library can cost. That is why we scouted some of the best free Kontakt sample libraries out there that will help you get started composing if you’re on a small or zero budget. This list is in no particular order because all of the selectees here are going to give you a lot of music for zero cash.

1. Precisionsound – Amore Grand Piano

Precisionsound are one of those developers that offer really great sample libraries at awesomely affordable prices. You can find great stuff here for under $30 and the quality is great! They also have some free Kontakt libraries out there and their samples are also very well recorded.

Amore Grand Piano is one of those libraries. They recorded a Yamaha grand piano with a close mic setup in stereo and kept it small, under 200 MB. The three-page GUI is intuitive and easy to understand with controls for decay, EQ, IR reverb, Delay and Keyboard response.

2. ProjectSAM – The Free Orchestra

ProjectSAM, the creators of Symphobia series. Need we say more? This is not an actual instrument but a collection of various different individual patches that you can download from their page, and boy do they sound great. If you need a really great entry point to orchestral FX and various instruments, here’s a great place to start.

3. Strezov Sampling – Thunder X3M Taiko Freebie & Duduk Freebie

Strezov Sampling are fairly new players in the street of sampling but their products are of impeccable quality and they live up to their popularity. Most of their libraries are fairly affordable but there are some amazing freebies like the Taiko Freebie taken from Thunder X3M and Duduk Freebie taken from Balkan Ethnic Orchestra.

Both of them sound amazing out of the box. Taiko is very usable and honestly, it’s my go-to taiko library for layering some powerful percussions. Duduk freebie gives you that amazing duduk sound which reminds me of the Gladiator soundtrack. Check them out, they will cost you nothing!

4. Impact Soundworks – Shreddage 3 Stratus

A freebie by Impact Soundworks? YES PLEASE! The goal of this free library is to give all Kontakt users a realistic virtual guitar instrument that includes some of the most useful sounds from the full version. You also have access to tons of editing features, TACT 2.0 (customise how all articulations are mapped and triggered) and the console mixer with 30 effect modules.

Just like the full version you get the updated fretting & voicing engine with multiple algorithms and styles to choose from. With this instrument you can create lead, rhythm and strummed parts all in a single Kontakt instance.

The guys from Impact Soundworks promise that this is the most realistic and flexible electric guitar library you can possibly get for free, so feel FREE to check it out, get it?

5. WavesFactory – Music Box

“Dancing bears… painted wings, things I almost remember and a song someone sings in December” This is what I get as soon as I start playing this free instrument by WavesFactory. A beautiful sampled music box that sends me back to fairytale world and soothing lullabies. The GUI looks just beautiful and even though it has limited options, the sound is nothing short of superb.

6. WavesFactory – Whispers

Here’s something for all horror fans out there. It is filled with creepy male and female whispering and it uses filtered white noise to produce the sound of various vocals. Combining these filters gives some amazing results with a huge variety of weird whispering sounds and noises. Not for the faint-hearted.

7. Cinematique Instruments – Landscape

Cinematique Instruments have a reputation of being a developer with rather unique, and dare I say, boutique sample libraries with some of the most original sounds out there. Plus you can get a lot of their amazing instruments for free.

Best Trap Vst 2019

Landscape is one of those instruments and it is an amazing drone generator that easily creates deeply woven, dynamic ambiances and drones and surprises with an astonishing randomise feature. Equipped with seven layered sounds and eight effects, Landscape can be used either as a self-running drone generator or as a playable instrument. This is a one-stop station for all your drone needs.

8. Cinematique Instruments – Free Marble

Another gem by Cinematique Instruments comes as a free version of their much larger instrument called Marble and it is a sound designer’s dream.

Marble is a creative music tool, it is an extremely versatile instrument, modern and inspiring. By coming up with two parallel sound slots equipped with an “open” sequencer, real-time sound shaping and loads of acoustic and synthetic sound sources, Marble tries to find new approaches to music production.

9. The Alpine Project

These guys are entirely dedicated to free orchestral libraries and the “Alpine Project” libraries are split into 3 categories – brass, strings and woodwinds.

Now including samples from a greater variety of public domain sources, the brass collection has been painstakingly reworked to be more playable, more dynamically responsive and more versatile. It now includes 8 solo brass instruments including muted versions. Thousands of composers and musicians have used the original instruments and this updated collection massively improves the results one can achieve. In addition the Alpine Brass collection is now available as a single download.

There are also strings and woodwinds where the strings are divided into 4 parts, but you can’t play an “ensemble” patch with all of them together and another drawback is that the string samples are monophonic.

The woodwinds somewhat sound unnatural, but hey it’s free, and if you work your way around them you can get a decent sound. My personal favourite here are the brass samples.

10. Beats 24/7 – Trap Gods

Here’s where to get your hip-hop samples for free and they actually sound pretty cool! This preset bank for Kontakt includes 66 high quality and industry-ready sound presets containing drums and instruments ranging from 808s, kicks, snares and hats to leads, pads, keys & more. You will be able to make beats entirely using this preset bank and get a ton of customisation options with built-in effects, envelope, equalizer and even more. Furthermore, this library can be used in any genre including Hip Hop, Trap & Rap and comes with a unique user-interface.

Here are some bonus free Kontakt sample libraries that we’ve got available in our Freebies area.

: a unique and inspiring electronic sample library with a huge 6GB of content and over 300 Kontakt instruments to choose from. Jam packed full of Electronic Grooves, Arpeggiated Sequences, Manipulated Synths, Cinematic FX, Unique and Expressive Performance Patches, this beauty has a whole world of surprises waiting to be unleashed!

: a stunning free solo cello library for Kontakt created by Australian composer Blake Robinson.

The library sounds gorgeous when soaked in reverb and is perfect for slow moving, expressive cello lines and fast, choppy spiccato lines.

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