Top MIDI Effects VST Plugins
Top MIDI Effects VST Plugins

Top 10+ MIDI Effects VST Plugins 2022

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

VST list navigation:

  1. Cthulhu
  2. MIDI Grid
  3. HY-SEQ32
  4. Effectrix
  5. HY-RPE2
  6. SeqCollection2
  7. AudioCipher V2
  8. Captain Plugins
  9. Melody Sauce
  10. Hexcel

1. Cthulhu


The Chord and Arp Monster VST MIDI-FX Plug-In Harmonic Inspiration, Made Easy.


One Note Becomes Many. Cthulhu is firstly a chord memorizer and player, allowing you to experiment with creating and reworking chord progressions with single-note presses.

Included are over 150 factory chord presets allowing for a near-unlimited amount of possible musical-sounding chord progressions.

Import MIDI or ‘record’ chords straight in, Cthulhu is able to analyze the chords you play and allow for various sorting options (Circle of 5ths, Chromatic, low note, etc) allowing for easy access over your chords!


Transform your chords in new ways. The other half of Cthulhu is a unique pattern-based arpeggiator, allowing incoming notes or chords to be manipulated in various rhythmic ways.

The 8 tabs of the step-sequencer allow you to completely reshape the incoming MIDI notes, even a single note fed into the arp can become a unique and rhythmic riff!

Even if you have other arpeggio software plug-ins, Cthulhu’s arp is unique and powerful with advanced features such as chord-arpeggio mode, ties, duration / velocity sequencing, intelligent transpose, harmony, and more!

Every tab of the sequencer can operate on its own length, allowing for evolving polymetric arpeggios.

From simple to complex, from chaotic to creating precise arpeggio – you imagine in your head!

2. MIDI Grid


MIDI Grid is a generative MIDI sequencer that can create evolving patterns in a chosen key and scale. MIDI Grid will work with any synth that accepts MIDI input. Requires Reaktor 6.3.

The bulk of MIDI Grid’s interface is a simple 8×8 grid.

Each square in the grid can have one of three basic types: dead, alive, or buffer.

Click on any square to change it’s type.

Dead squares don’t do anything, and they appear as an empty square on the interface. These should make up the majority of the grid.

Alive squares move in a direction, and they appear as an arrow pointing in that direction on the interface. Whenever they run into the edge of the grid, another alive square, or a buffer square, they change direction. Alive squares also trigger MIDI notes whenever they hit the edge of the grid. There are controls to the left of and above the grid that select which notes are triggered when this happens.

Buffer squares simply sit still and wait for alive squares to bump into them. They appear purple on the interface.

The key to creating a nice, evolving, patch in MIDI Grid is to set things up so that you have a few alive squares and buffer squares that will bump into each other as sequencer advances.

The collisions will cause the squares to change direction, which will cause the MIDI output to morph over time.

It is this that will add an element of randomness to your system (if you set your grid up so that no collisions occur between squares, it will never evolve at all).

To the right of the grid, there are controls for the key and scale, the speed of the sequencer, the length of the generated notes, and velocity. When changing key and scale, the changes made will be harmonically informed – you will always change to a key or scale that is harmonically adjacent to the one you just left.

As a MIDI generator, MIDI Grid does not create any sound on it’s own. You must route the MIDI data to the synth of your choice.

In the video provided, an example is shown using Ableton Live. While the exact method may differ slightly from DAW to DAW, it should be very similar in your program of choice.

3. HY-SEQ32


HY-SEQ32 is a Midi Sequencer


  • Pitch Sequencer
  • Param Sequencer
  • CC Sequencer
  • CC Rack
  • Modulation FX
    • LFO
    • Sample & Hold unit
    • Probability Based LFO

Pitch SEQ

This is a 32 step sequencer for generating Midi note messages. You can use up to 4 Pitch SEQ units at the same time.

Each unit can run independently, so it is possible to set run speed, directions, step size and etc, individually.

You can make 8 parameter setting snapshots. Featuring a randomize function!

Param SEQ

This is a sequencer for controlling Pitch SEQ parameters. You can assign different target parameter per step


This is a sequencer for generating Midi control change messages.

CC Rack

This is a unit which contains 8 CC knobs. Each knob can control individual CC target.


This sequencer controls the master octave/transpose values


Each SEQ/Rack unit has 8 exclusive modulation units.

Each modulation unit contains 3 types of modulation signal generator(LFO, Sample&Hold and Probability LFO). You can use one of these types at the same time per a modulatio

More Effects:

  • Swing
  • Octave/Tranpose
  • SEQ ReStart/ReSync
  • Chord FX
  • Scale FX
  • MIDI Recorder
  • Snapshot Chainer


The chord effect is a Midi effect that converting incoming note into a chord.

4. Effectrix


Creative Multi Effect

Effectrix is a professional multi-effect sequencer, a game-changer in the way contemporary music is made. By painting coloured blocks across a sequencer, quite simply, your tracks metamorphose into fireworks.

Looping, Scratching, Reverse & Stretching – in real-time and on-the-fly.


  • 16-Step Sequencer with Tempo Divider
  • 14 synced Effects from classic to advanced
  • Recall 12 Patterns via MIDI keyboard
  • Swing Feature
  • Copy/Paste, Chaos button & Loop Length
  • Unique Parameters per effect
  • 2 Modulation Tracks
  • Hundreds of global presets and per effect

Others Might Have Pretty Faces but Effectrix is More Capable
Effectrix is our most popular product. Sigur Ros, Armin van Buuren, Diplo and many others value its inspiring aspects.

Most of all: it sounds good. Its effects algorithms excel the often limited creative potential of conventional multi-effects.

Thanks to Effectrix, nailing effects to the grid has become a standard production method in all the sound kitchens worldwide.

Detailed Parameters per Effect
Each effect has two modulation tracks. All parameters can be controlled and via LFO, envelope follower or external MIDI hardware and automated. Bottom line is: two parameters per effect can be automated pattern-based.

You can store up to 12 different sequences within a single Effectrix preset and flip between these via onscreen controls or external MIDI keyboard.

The Industry Standard for EDM and Glitch FX
Effectrix is the highly addictive games compendium for demanding sound fetishists. With its ultra-flexible operational concept, it’s your door into a wonderland of sound- and rhythm mutation.

Use Effectrix to refine your beats, enrich them with scratches or give them further complexity by looping, delaying, or reverberating phrases. Using the “Tonal Delay” you can create melodies out of any material. “Stutter” provides classical gating as well as sequenced panning and enveloping (working out transients).

Effectrix as a Versatile Performance Tool
Effectrix is easily synced with DAWs or any DJ Software, so you can enrich your Mix-out with the classics (Reverb, Delay, Filter…) or sprinkle some Glitch and stutter effects onto your material.

Patterns can also be assigned to any other MIDI input you care to mention and for those with some imagination, the possibilities of such a set-up are remarkably broad: the patterns could be assigned to be triggered by footswitch in performances to spice up the stage show.

Sounds & Presets

  • Play with grooves like never before. Put a reverb exactly onto the snare, introduce delay lines on certain places in your groove, create new kinds of sounds by re-looping looped or scratched stuff. Effectrix comes with an endless depth of possibilities
  • Tweak your beats, create new rhythms, reverse parts, stretch others, apply delay lines; even create melodies with atonal material. If you like, do it all at once. Have it your way!

5. HY-RPE2


HY-RPE2 is a MIDI Sequencer.


  • 2 Sequencer Engines
  • Grid Sequencer
  • Euclidean Sequencer
  • MIDI Learn
  • MIDI Recorder function

RPE2 has 2 different sequencer engines, Grid and Euclidean

Euclidean Sequencer

This an 8 track Euclidean Sequencer. You can set the step size, pulse, rotation, running speed, velocity, gate and probability per sequencer unit. And you also can modulate these parameters by LFO/Sample&Hold and Macro controllers.


When turning on the Chord Mode button, the track will enter Chord Mode.

In Chord Mode you can access:

  • Chord Editor – Edit notes
  • Chord Generator – Generate chord notes with the press of one button
  • Chord Shifting – Shift the chords up and down octaves with ease
  • Trigger 5 notes at once

Grid Sequencer

This is an 8 track Grid Sequencer. Each track contains 8 grid blocks.

Playback order of the grid blocks will be controlled by the block chainer unit.

Block Chainer
Block chainer is a sequencer for controlling the playback chain order of grid blocks. There are 8 block chainer units available.

Grid Sequencer Features:

  • Playback Speed Adjustment
  • Step Size Adjustment
  • Create 8 Pattern snapshots per track
  • Randomize Step states

Step Slider:
You can set Velocity, Gate, Probability, Timing Shift, and Roll Count per step.

You can record the sequencer output and create MIDI files with the MIDI recorder. After recording, you can drag & drop the resulting MIDI file to your host MIDI/instrument track.

6. SeqCollection2


This is a multi-mode sequencer plugin.

There are 6 sequencer modes available. (Acid, Dark, M5816, Step16, Hexa, Euclid), as well as 4 modulation signal generators and 8 macro controls available for parameter modulation.

Main Features:

  • 6 sequencer engines
  • 4 modulation signal generators and 8 macro controls
  • Drag & drop modulation assignment
  • Midi effect rack with 9 midi effects
  • Midi recorder
  • Sequencer pattern snapshots
  • Resizable interface
  • Midi Learn

You can also insert midi effects after the sequencer engine output.

There are 9 midi effects available.

  • Octave
  • Transpose
  • Scale
  • Harmonizer
  • Velocity
  • Note Chance
  • Note Echo
  • Midi Ctrl
  • Midi CC

Finally you export the results as a midi file using the midi recorder.

7. AudioCipher V2

AudioCipher V2

What’s new in AudioCipher Version 2.0?

You asked for these updates and we listened!

AudioCipher now includes a rhythm component, with a slider to choose the duration of each MIDI note. Choose from a steady rhythm of 16th through whole notes, or flip the Randomizer switch and see what AudioCipher comes up with. Audition different random melodies until you find an idea that you like.

To make the plugin more manageable for laptop producers, we’ve also brought the size of the interface down substantially. So it doesn’t take up so much room in the DAW.

Discover new musical ideas when you turn words into notes with AudioCipher V2

AudioCipher is a music inspiration app. It’s designed to give producers like you a tool to play with while you’re coming up with new ideas.

You just type in a word or phrase and pick a key signature.

AudioCipher V2 automatically translates your text, letter by letter, into a series of MIDI notes. You can drag this MIDI data onto your virtual instrument of choice.

Why turn words into music?
Because composers have been doing it for years as a way to overcome writer’s block. Nobody wants to do the translations in their head (too much math) so we automated that process for you.

Fans have been using AudioCipher V2with RipChord, a free chord generator plugin, to come up with new and unexpected chord progressions.

The nice thing about AudioCipher is that it can help you get a starting point for MIDI composition, songwriting and beatmaking. It’s not a melody generator like Melody Sauce. AudioCipher V2 sets you down a path and it’s up to you to interpret how to follow it.

Your AudioCipher V2 download will include:

  • Standalone MIDI app for Mac and Windows.
  • VST3 for MacOS.
  • AU MIDI plugin for Logic Pro X (MacOS).
  • Installation Guide.
  • Getting Started Guide.
  • 3 Encoder PDFs to understand how the AuidioCipher cryptogram works.
  • 250+ MIDI Files based on words organized by major/minor/chromatic.

8. Captain Plugins

Captain Plugins

Captain Plugins 5.0 OUT NOW

Mixed In Key is excited to release an epic update, Captain Plugins 5 for Mac and Windows.  The updated VSTs allow for super-fast songwriting and creation of chords, melodies, bass lines and drums for any genre of music. Captain Plugins are designed for use by producers, DJs and songwriters.

Here’s everything that’s new in Captain Plugins 5.0:

  • Edit MIDI inside Captain Chords
    • Captain Chords now includes full MIDI editing, including the ability to add or delete notes, move notes up and down to create new chords, resize chords and draw in rhythms. The interface identifies the name of each custom chord that you create.
  • Host VST plugins inside Captain Plugins
    • Use your favorite presets from third-party instruments directly inside Captain plugins. This feature offers producers a unique workflow and allows popular plugins like Serum, Sylenth1, Kontakt, Spire, Arcade, Omnisphere and more to be used as the sound source inside Captain Plugins.
  • Discover Beautiful New Chords
    • On the second row of Captain Chords, there’s a new selection of chords that work well in the selected key, scale and scale degree. Those chords provide beautiful voicings to allow for more experimental songwriting.
  • Use your computer keyboard as a musical instrument
    • In Captain Play in the ‘Play Chords’ section, the types of chords that are available on each row of the computer keyboard have been improved. Root position, 1st and 2nd inversions, borrowed chords, 7th chords and complementary chords are now available. One keypress plays the entire chord.

Use multiple Captains at the same time. When you make a change inside Captain Chords, it automatically sends the chord progression to Captain Deep, Captain Melody and other plugins. Your entire composition stays 100% in key.

Useful tools are on-hand to help you customize your chord progressions:

  • Customize and explore different chords
  • Discover the sound of different Keys and Scales
  • Add a strong foundation to your tracks
  • Write memorable hooks
  • Add huge basslines to your music
  • Use 100+ sounds, or route to your favorite VST synth
  • Route to your favorite Hardware synth
  • Apply rhythms to anything you’ve written
  • Plus: Guaranteed upgrade to other plugins currently in development
  • Identify and “Write In” Any Chord from your MIDI keyboard
  • Strum
  • Swing
  • Chord Progression Layouts
  • How-To-Guide

The Mac and Windows versions include Captain Chords, Captain Melody, Captain Deep and Captain Play. Captain Plugins can be purchased for $79, and Captain Plugins and Captain Beat can be purchased together for $99.

Captain Chords 5.0: Chord Progression

  • Write your own chord progressions
  • Apply rhythms to your chords
  • Set your Key and Scale for the entire song
  • Explore different chords and discover your favorite combinations
  • Compose music and write your own songs
  • One touch plays 3 notes of the chords

Captain Beat 5.0: The Ultra-Modern Beatmaking Plugin

  • Mix and match rhythm patterns per-channel
  • Hundreds of high-quality drum sounds
  • Play and record rhythms with computer keyboard or MIDI controller
  • Sophisticated MIDI editing
  • Add your own samples
  • Wave-form visualizer
  • Advanced audio and MIDI export options

Captain Play 5.0

  • Play 4 octaves of notes in any Key and Scale using your computer keyboard
  • Always play the right MIDI notes in-scale. Come up with your own melodies that sound great
  • Play complex chords with one key-press
  • Make your own melodies and chord progressions with your own fingers – no presets needed

Captain Melody 5.0

  • Write melodies that suit your chord progression
  • Connect the Melody plugin with Chords plugin
  • Apply different rhythms
  • Apply arpeggiators that move your MIDI notes
  • Adjust the tension between the Chords and Melody
  • Hear the melody played with 100+ different sounds

Captain Deep 5.0

  • Write basslines that groove along with your chords
  • Connect the Deep plugin with Chords plugin
  • Apply different rhythms
  • Follow the chords: any change in your Chords plugin will auto-adjust your bassline
  • Hear the bass with different bassline sounds

9. Melody Sauce

Melody Sauce

A powerful MIDI melody creator

MelodySauce is an Audio Unit / VST plugin that uses advanced generative algorithms to help you create instrumental melodies as MIDI in your DAW.

A co-creation tool designed for anyone making music in electronic pop, dance and EDM styles, MelodySauce provides a quick and unlimited source of melodies and melodic inspiration, created for you at the click of a button.


  • SYNCOPATION – control whether melodies have syncopated (“offbeat”) rhythms or not.
  • POST-CREATION EDITING – Speed, Transpose, Swing, Triplet and Syncopation can all now be applied to melodies after they’ve been created, so you can instantly modify your melodies inside the plugin.
  • ALGORITHMS – upgraded generative algorithms.
  • LEGATO – add instant legato.
  • QUICK TIPS – quick tips window to help you get started.
  • Improved algorithms, including improvements to Dark+Complex output to suit darker styles like Trap, Hip Hop and darker House and Techno styles.
  • Improvements to authorization/license key system stability, now compatible with VPNs.
  • New menu options, including ability to de-authorize Melody Sauce on a computer from within the plugin.

Create Ideas Quickly

With MelodySauce you can quickly and easily generate, audition and select melodies for use as leads, synth lines, arpeggios and other instrumental hooks, all on-the-fly whilst you playback your song project.

Unlimited Possibilities

None of the phrases that MelodySauce generates are pre-programmed as you hear them, they are all built from scratch each time you click to generate.

Advanced Algorithms

MelodySauce is capable of generating many millions of different permutations of melody through its complex algorithms, which are the result of 18 months’ research and collaboration with top music producers.

Mood & Convolution

Instantly generate melodies with different mood and complexity setting combinations.


By adjusting a set of simple parameters, you get to control the melodies MelodySauce generates for you.


Experiment with adding instant harmonies to the melodies you’ve generated. Try swapping the notes of the melodies whilst keeping the rhythm.

Seamless DAW integration

Generate melodies “on-the-fly” whilst your song project is playing. Easily connect MelodySauce to your favourite soft synths within your DAW. Drag and drop melodies straight into your DAW. Operates in your DAW in Audio Unit, MIDI FX and VST plug-in formats.

10. Hexcel

Hexcel is a generative MIDI sequencer based upon the harmonic table, specifically designed for creating semi-random patterns based upon user input.

The user has direct control of the amount of randomness in any given sequence. Hexcel can work with any synth that accepts MIDI input.

The main part of Hexcel’s interface consists of a hexagonal grid, using the harmonic table. Each cell within the grid can be set to one of several functionalities.

The function of a cell is determined by it’s color:

Green cells generate ‘active nodes’ in one of several ways – either upon starting the MIDI clock, or at a user-specified tempo, or triggered directly by the user pressing a button. Active nodes are generated with a direction, and they travel across the hexagonal grid in that direction.

Yellow cells are used to trigger MIDI notes. Each cell has a MIDI note that it is associated with, and that note will play whenever an active node comes into contact with a cell that has been set to yellow.

Orange cells are used to reverse the direction of any active node that crosses it.

Red cells delete any active node that comes into contact with it.

Grey nodes can be used to re-direct active nodes in a randomized fashion. Each cell has 6 buttons surrounding it – these can be turned on or off by clicking on the outer region of the hexagon. A grey cell with all of it’s buttons turned off will do nothing. However, if one or more buttons is turned on, any active node will choose one of those buttons at random and move in that direction. These are therefore quite versatile as they can be used to automatically re-direct any active node into a desired direction (by only turning on one of the buttons) or into a completely randomized direction (by turning on all 6 buttons).

Finally, there are some controls on the right-hand side of the screen that allows the user to control the speed that the sequencer runs at, how often new active nodes are generated from Green cells, and so on. The ‘CLEAR’ button at the bottom allows the user to delete all active nodes if things get too chaotic.

As a MIDI generator, Hexcel does not create sound on it’s own – the MIDI data needs to be sent to an appropriate synth. This can be achieved either directly in Reaktor or using Reaktor in a DAW such as Ableton Live.

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