Top Initial Audio VST Plugins
Top Initial Audio VST Plugins

Top 10+ Initial Audio VST Plugins 2021

We have created for you a rating of the Best 10 Initial Audio VST Plugins as the most downloaded and according to the excellent reviews of musicians

VST list navigation:

  1. Reverse
  2. Sektor
  3. Master Suite
  4. SlowMo
  5. Dynamic Delay
  6. Analog Pro
  7. IA-LA1
  8. Boost X
  9. 808 Studio 2
  10. AR1 Reverb

1. Reverse

 
Reverse
 

PRESS REWIND <<

Reverse rewinds your mixes, instruments, vocals and even effect channels with up to 4 bars of length.

Playback everything reversed with this easy to use effect plugin for windows and mac. Especially in modern productions such as Hiphop, Trap and EDM reverse can be a very interesting effect for instrument patterns and arrangement purposes to spice up your productions.

The mix knob allows you to blend between the dry and wet signal. Reverse comes with a easy to use interface and can be resized seamlessly to make it look great in every resolution in your daw.


2. Sektor

 
Sektor
 

Sektor is a polyphonic wavetable synthesizer with a highly intuitive user interface and a lot of customization features. Sektor was built to use a low amount of system resources while having a massive high quality sound.

Advanced modulation features such as feature rich modulation Envelopes, ADSR´s and LFO´s can be routed to the synths parameters via drag and drop, or via the right click menu of the knobs. The modulation matrix gives you even more access to features such as velocity, aftertouch and much more.

Shape each parameter of 16 voices per wavetable oscillator with OSC+. Create massive unison sounds and change the waveform, phase, pitch, stereo spread, level and detune of each individual unison voice.

Sektors built-in Heat Up 2 multisample engine let you combine the real sound of a modern rompler with Sektors advanced wavetable synthesis engine.

Sektor also comes with two effect racks including effects such as reverb, delay, distortion, chorus, phaser, trance gate, compressor, stereo shaper and a 4 band equalizer. The order of the effects can be rearranged via drag and drop.

Main Features:

  • Wavetable Software Synthesizer
  • over 750 Unique Factory Presets
  • over 200 Unique Wavetables
  • 64 Bit VST Plugin
  • 32 Bit VST Plugin
  • AUDIO UNIT Plugin
  • Stand Alone App
  • Windows and Mac compatible
  • Supports the new MPE Midi Standard (Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression)
  • Digital download after purchase incl. 3 Machine based Serial Keys
  • 9 Unique Skins
  • Lifetime free updates. Pay once and get all future updates for free.

Deeply Customizable

Sektor was made to be deeply customizable, offering many features to make it your own. Change colours, backgrounds, skins and more. Create custom made arps and sequencies with the built in sequencer, create your own skins, add your own samples, create your very own presets, expansion packs and much more. Offer your content to others or share it with your friends.

Ease of use

Sektor comes with a highly intuitive and unique interface design, making it very easy to use and understandable. Even if you are not very experienced in synthesis you can achieve great results and fast. Modern drag and drop features make the modulation matrix almost unneccesary. Sektor also gives permanent visual feedback, helping you to understand what is happening with each preset. Not sure what a control does? Hover over each control for a tooltip explaining the feature.

Craft your own sound

The Factory Library comes with 500 unique presets which will suit a broad range of genres such as EDM, Hiphop, Trap, RnB, Dubstep, Drum N Bass and much more. With over 200 factory wavetables, 100 multisampled instruments, over 250 single samples and dozens of Sequencer presets you will have plenty of content to craft your own unique sound.
Edit Wavetables and Waveforms with the built-in Wavetable Editor or create your own Wavetables from skratch.

Introduction Video

Watch our in-depth presentation video which introduces you to Sektors functions, features, content and more.

Expandable

The benefit of owning Sektor, you will always be able to update your library by downloading new expansion libraries created by our professional producers and sound designers or even 3rd party developers.


3. Master Suite

 
Master Suite
 

Anyone Can Master!

Master Suite by Initial Audio is a Mastering plugin for windows and Mac and comes in VST and AU format.

With Master Suite mastering becomes as easy as 1-2-3. Simply adjust the loudness and finalize your track with the 3 band equalizer and stereo image controls.

Sending out Songs and Instrumentals to clients, record labels, online stores and streaming services requires them to have a industry standard loudness in order to have a state of the art sound.

The LUFS display indicates a industry standard loudness by turning green and warns you when you start getting too loud.

An intelligent algorithm applies the right amount of limiting and compression which can be controlled with soften and mix. The HD interface looks clean, feels great and can be seamlessly resized to match your screen resolution.

Features:

  • THD: Total Harmonic Distortion, this can ‘fatten’ up the master and help increase the perceived loudness.
  • Loudness: Increase or decrease the loudness of your master in decibels. Uses an intelligent compression and limiting algorithm to ensure maximum loudness with minimal distortion.
  • LUFS Meter: The LUFS meter (Loudness Units relative to Full Scale) is an industry standard representation of perceived loudness. The meter goes green when in the ‘sweet’ zone of a loud master without over compressing the dynamics of your mix.
  • Soften: This softens the compression curve, also known as a ‘soft knee’.
  • Mix: Mix the compressed audio with the original. If you are pushing the loudness hard and the master is sounding over compressed with a loss of dynamics, this control can help restore some dynamics while still keeping the master loud.
  • Analog: Changes the frequency response of master suite to sound more Analog.
  • 3 Band Equalizer: Cut or boost the low, mid and high frequencies by up to 6dB.
  • Stereo Image: The Mono control works by making the audio completely mono below the set frequency. This can help to tighten up the low end and ensure it is coming only from the center of the stereo field. The Stereo control enhances the stereo field for the frequencies only above the mid range, leaving the lower frequencies untouched. This can be used to add extra ‘space’ in the master by pushing instruments even wider in the stereo field.
  • Ceiling: Sets the maximum loudness for peaks. Your master will not go louder than this.

4. SlowMo

 
SlowMo
 

Introducing Slowmo by Initial Audio.

SlowMo slows down your mixes, instruments, vocals and even effect channels by 100% in realtime. Playback everything in half-speed with this easy to use effect plugin for windows and mac.

Especially in modern productions such as hiphop and trap half speed has become a common effect. SlowMo’s built in oversampling makes sure the half speed version of your audio sounds as high quality as possible.

The easy to use interface can be resized seamlessly to make it look great in every resolution in your DAW.

Features:

  • Turn the effect on or off.
  • Set the loop time, which can be 1/2 bar, 1,2,4 or 8 bars.
  • Dry/Wet to mix the effect with the original audio.

5. Dynamic Delay

 
Dynamic Delay
 

Dynamic Delay Plugin

Dynamic Delay is exactly what it says, a Dynamic Delay Plugin. It has an internal side chain which ducks the loudness of the generated delays. Once the input audio goes below the threshold the delays can be heard clearly. This is a trick many professional producers use, but takes time to set up in your signal chain and usually requires a separate side chain compressor. Dynamic Delay brings this technique into one easy to use plugin saving time and money.

Side chaining is a very useful mixing technique, allowing sounds to punch through the mix while making others more silent. Dynamic Delay is particularly good on vocals allowing the vocal to really shine through and not compete for space with the delayed vocal. The silence between the vocal can be filled with a nice delay, leaving the original vocal clean and unaffected by the delay.

Dynamic Delay Plugin Features

  • Dynamic Delay – Set the threshold at the level you want to start hearing the delays.
  • High quality effects – Lowcut, Highcut, Detune, Reverb and Distortion.
  • Stereo delay – Set different rates and feedback amounts for left and right channels..
  • High definition resizable GUI.

High Quality Effects

The delays produced are enhanced with our high quality build in effects that apply only to the delayed sound. These are Lowcut, Highcut, Reverb, Detune and Distortion.

Dynamic Delay has a built in one knob Reverb based on a simplified version of our AR1 Reverb. Detune is our unique algorithm that adds pitch variation to each delay, this adds a more organic and pleasing sound to the delays.

The Distortion is based on our Boost-X Saturation adding dynamic saturation to the delays, this makes the delays standout by adding extra harmonics.

The lowcut and Highcut are 36dB Analog modelled filters cutting unwanted high or low frequencies.

Easy To Use Plugin

Dynamic Delay is easy to use, get the perfect delay in less time that ever before. Dynamic Delay is Stereo, allowing independent control of the left and right channels.

Create complex sounding delays with individual timings and feedback amounts for each channel.

Meet your new delay. Initial Audio Dynamic Delay.


6. Analog Pro

 
Analog Pro
 

ANALOG PROCESSOR

Analog Pro brings life to your digital audio by simulating the way Analog hardware such as tape machines, valves and vinyl turntables warm up and saturate your audio.

We recreated the imperfections of playing back audio from a Tape or a turntable via the Wow and Flutter controls.

Analog Pro has a variety of user adjustable controls including:

  • Noise Level
  • Noise Type
  • Impulse Type
  • Impulse Mix
  • Emphasis
  • Stereo
  • Lowcut
  • Highcut
  • Wow
  • Flutter
  • Amount

Giving plenty of scope for the user to adjust the sound to their liking.

Analog Pro sounds great on real instruments such as pianos and brass and can really make your instruments stand out in your mix, sounding like they are being played back from a Tape or Turntable.

Analog Pro comes with an easy to use and resizable interface, use the Amount knob to control how much Analog Pro affects the signal.

THIS PRODUCT IS NOT COMPATIBLE WITH PRO TOOLS


7. IA-LA1

 
IA-LA1
 

IA-LA1 Compressor Plugin

Our IA-LA1 compressor plugin is designed to be super responsive. It comes with a transparent algorithm that introduces no distortion or artefacts. But if coloration is required we have the THD control, which introduces a gentle dynamic distortion adding extra warmth and depth.

IA-LA1 comes with accurate level meters and a gain reduction meter giving a clear visual of the compression being applied. Get perfect compression in less time with our IA-LA1 compressor plugin.

IA-LA1 Compressor Plugin Features

  • Automatic compression – no need to set attack and release times.
  • THD – Total Harmonic Distortion, adds extra warm and depth.
  • Preset manager – Save and load custom presets.
  • Input gain – Push the audio louder before entering compression.
  • Make up gain – Increase to compensate for any loss of loudness from the compression.
  • High definition resizable GUI.

Easy Compression

IA-LA1 is a simple to use Compressor plugin. Threshold and Make up gain are the two main controls. The threshold represents the level at which compression will start to affect the audio. Anything over the threshold is compressed, which reduces the dynamic range of the audio. The threshold is shown as an orange line on the input meter, compression will start to happen when the audio level goes above this line. Now use the Make up gain to compensate for any loss in loudness. That’s it! Get perfect compression every time with just these two controls. No need to set an attack or release like on many other compressors.

Meet your new compressor plugin. Initial Audio IA-LA1 Compressor.


8. Boost X

 
Boost X
 

Smart Saturation

Boost X is a dynamic and smart Saturation/Overdrive plugin.

Used to make any sound warmer by adding extra harmonics.

Many other Saturation/Overdrive plugins use a static (stateless) algorithm that doesn’t change depending on the audio passed through. These effects rely on a gain boost, when the audio hits a certain threshold then Saturation is applied. They are either on or off and the amount of saturation is heavily dependent on the loudness of the audio passed into them.

Boost X is different, it reacts to the input audio and applies the perfect amount of saturation at the current loudness. This means even quiet sounds can be overdriven without any gain in loudness. Boost-X also compensates for perceived loudness, bringing the loudness down even further so you get nice rich harmonics added to your sound, without destroying the balance of your mix.

Gives your sounds a rich depth and warmth that sits well in your mix, bringing your vocals and instruments to life with a true analog warmth and feel.

Get it with Boost X – Dynamic Saturation.

Boost X Features

  • Dynamic saturation – Stateful saturation which dynamically responds to the input signal.
  • 16 times Oversampling – For maximum aliasing repression and highest quality sound.
  • 7 Saturation types.
  • Large amount knob for fine control.
  • High definition resizable GUI.

9. 808 Studio 2

 
808 Studio 2
 

808 BASS SYNTH

808 Studio 2 was designed for cutting edge quality 808 sub bass.

Perfect for hip hop and trap or any genre that requires a hard hitting bass synth.

With 808 studio 2 we went one step further by adding advanced features such as drag and drop modulation for advanced synthesis, and an advanced sequencer which allows overlapping notes to get that classic pitch glide effect used in trap music.

808 Studio 2 could inspire your next beat just by hitting one key.

808 Studio 2 can now also load samples, drag and drop onto the sampler or select from the many Kick and 808 samples included.

Multiple high quality and advanced effects are builtin, such as the 3 band equalizer and Analog modeled Filter, with an epic sounding Chorus which can be applied only to the high end, so the sub part stays clean.

808 Studio 2 comes with 80 presets to get you started. Modifying any sound to your liking is super easy and will sound good with little effort.

From clean sub bass, to down and dirty basses, 808 studio is the perfect bass synth for the task.

808 Studio Features

  • 808 Bass Synth: Make 808 style bass and sub bass.
  • Sampler: Drag and drop your own samples onto the sampler or select from the included samples.
  • Sub Osc: Perfect for adding extra low end sub bass. Includes fat mode and overdrive.
  • Oscillators: Two extra oscillators with their own dedicated lowpass filter.
  • Sequencer: 808 studio has its own built in sequencer and comes with many sequences to get you started.
  • Drag and drop modulation: Delve deeper into sound design by assigning Mod Envelopes or LFOs to almost any control.
  • Effect Rack: 5 effects are available. The effects can be moved up or down in the rack. The Effects are Overdrive/Distortion, Compressor, 3 band equaliser, Chorus, and Filter containing both highpass and lowpass.
  • Side chain: The side chain uses the Sample as its source and ‘ducks’ the volume of the rest of the oscillators and sub. This is useful if you have a Kick sample and you want the transient part to cut through so it hits harder.
  • Preset Browser: Choose different banks, create your own banks and presets to share with others.
  • Fully resizable HD interface: Drag the bottom right corner to make 808 bass synth the perfect size for your screen.

10. AR1 Reverb

 
AR1 Reverb
 

Quality Algorithmic Reverb Plugin

AR1 is an algorithmic reverb plugin designed to sound great on all types of instruments. AR1 sounds amazing on Pianos, Bells, Guitars, and Vocals, but also on more synthetic sounds like Synthesizer leads.

We have tweaked and tested for thousands of hours to get this sounding just right for any sound source you care to throw at it.

A Reverb plugin is used to make instruments sound like they are being played in a real place (Hall, Stadium etc) , an algorithmic (ie realtime) reverb has to recreate this very convincingly or it will just sound “wrong” or fake.

AR1 Reverb gives you the ability to create a space of your liking with very simple to use controls. We want this to be your go to plugin for quality reverberation.

AR1 sounds great and is easy to use with a high definition interface that is pleasing to work with.

AR1 Reverb Features

  • Early Size: This controls the distance or size for any early reflections.
  • Early Level: Controls how much of an effect the Early size control has on the overall sound of the reverb.
  • Size: Increases the size of the reverb space, also has the effect of making the reverb tail last longer.
  • Width: Stereo width, at 0% the reverb will be completely mono, losing all stereo information. At 100% the reverb sounds as wide as possible in the stereo field.
  • Pre delay: AR1 reverbs response is delayed by the pre delay amount in milliseconds. This can give the effect of an even larger space or just sound more natural. Reflections of sound usually takes some time to reach the ear. Set the exact amount with pre delay.
  • Bandwidth: Reduces the amount of high frequencies in the reverb. This would make the reverb sound ‘softer’ , think being in a space with soft furnishings and carpets, as opposed to say a kitchen or bathroom with lots of hard surfaces.
  • Damping: This controls how fast the high frequencies in the reverb dissipate over time. More damping will make the reverb sound softer and the overall reverb will appear to decrease in volume faster too. High damping means the reverb is absorbed very quickly by the room and doesn’t reverberate as much.
  • Modulation: Adds a little pitch modulation to the reverb tail.
  • Mix: Controls how much of the original audio is mixed with the reverberation. Set to 100 wet to get only the AR1 Reverb tail.

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