Top Sequencer VST Plugins
Top Sequencer VST Plugins

Top 10+ Sequencer VST Plugins 2021

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

VST list navigation:

  1. Cthulhu
  2. Effectrix
  3. Captain Plugins
  4. SeqCollection2
  5. Audiomodern Riffer
  6. MIDI Grid
  7. HY-RPE2
  8. HY-SEQ32
  9. Hexcel
  10. Thesys

1. Cthulhu

 
Cthulhu
 

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

CHORDS MODULE

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!

ARP MODULE

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. Effectrix

 
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.

MAIN FEATURES

  • 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!

3. 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

4. SeqCollection2

 
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.


5. Audiomodern Riffer

 
Audiomodern Riffer
 

Introducing Audiomodern Riffer, a smart MIDI sequencer that generates random Riffs for your Sounds, Software & Hardware.

Audiomodern Riffer comes in VST & AU format and it is designed to feed anything that accepts MIDI signal, both Software & Hardware. Built for your sounds, synths, basslines, beats, Everything.

Quick – Fire ideas

You can choose from 50+ scales, pattern complexity, steps, start and end points, set pitch, transpose, motion, measures and many more.

A New Musical Performance Experience

Generate fresh ideas, sequences, melodies, riffs and musical patterns. Turn them into something of your own or let it run endlessly using the infinity mode.

A Swiss Army Knife for MIDI +

You can Export the MIDI Using Drag and Drop, Or when using the app version, you can send MIDI over Wi-Fi, or select CoreMIDI for inter-app communication and to feed any compatible hardware.

Riffer is built both for studio and live performance. Designed to feed anything that accepts MIDI signal.

Intelligent. Reactive. Endlessly Variable and Endlessly Interesting.

Audiomodern Riffer features:

  • Generate Random Riffs
  • Everything is Synced to your Host tempo
  • 53 Scales included from Western to Eastern
  • Choose the number of notes generated in the Sequence
  • Generate pattern Pitch, Duration & Volume per note
  • Tile or Sustain Paused Notes
  • Quick-Export MIDI pattern
  • Quick Transpose whole pattern
  • Choose Quantization settings
  • Suffle & Shift Mode
  • Infinity Mode
  • Sequence Motion Settings
  • Choose Number of Steps
  • Customizable Sequence Range
  • Save & Load your own patterns
  • Send MIDI to any Device, Software & Hardware
  • No Two Patterns will Ever be the Same
  • The only Plugin available of its Kind!

What’s new in version 3.0?

  • Multi-Riff/Polyphonic Mode: 4 totally independent piano rolls. (you can also copy one riff to another with drag-n-drop)
  • Density Mode: splits a note into 2 – 8 hits/parts (same function we have on Playbeat app achieving the ratchet effect)
  • Performance Mode: trigger & transpose the sequence by pressing a key on a midi keyboard , or MIDI input, in real time. (DAW needs to be on ‘Play’ Mode and with MIDI you can control the Playback)
  • Preset sharing: sharing presets between devices (desktop to iOS etc)
  • MIDI Learn and more.

6. MIDI Grid

By: ADSR
 
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.


7. HY-RPE2

 
HY-RPE2
 

HY-RPE2 is a MIDI Sequencer.

FEATURING:

  • 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.

CHORD MODE

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.

MIDI RECORDER
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.


8. HY-SEQ32

 
HY-SEQ32
 

HY-SEQ32 is a Midi Sequencer

FEATURING:

  • 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

CC SEQ

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.

OCT/TP SEQ

This sequencer controls the master octave/transpose values

MODULATION

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

CHORD FX

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


9. Hexcel

By: ADSR
 
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.


10. Thesys

 
Thesys
 

The Art of Expression

Step Sequencers are an attractive concept. Machines making music. Who could better awake the genie in the machine than Thesys, the drawing board for step-based music creation?

A refined Randomizer is ready, whatever the current situation, to mutate existing material or to bring a new approach on the table.

MAIN FEATURES

  • Powerful 32-step MIDI Sequencer
  • Pitch Recorder
  • Choose and trigger Patterns per MIDI
  • Pattern sequencer for longer passages
  • Real-time Manipulation of the patterns per keyboard
  • Internal Synth
  • Vast Randomizer
  • Independent Loop lengths for all 5 sequencers
  • 18 sequencer lanes
  • MIDI Out and Drag ‘n’ Drop

Generate Pitch
The sequences can simply be painted, but with the random generator and the mutate-function you can easily generate patterns on the fly. Or record the pitch straight from your MIDI keyboard. The internal synthesiser saves you lengthy wiring sessions so you can start straightaway.

Start by setting the root note. When using the scales, no out-of-key note will slip through your fingers.

Below the pitch lane, you’ll see the Velocity (volume) and Gate Sequencer (controlling each note’s length). It’s in these top three sections that you’ll spend the most of your time, programming riffs and arpeggios, then assigning them to patterns.

Detailed Per-Step Control
The fourth step window is home to the Performance Sequencer, which is in fact 5 sequencers in one. Each row offers per-step control over Octave, Pitch Bend (with 20 pre-configured shapes), Chord (for polyphonic sequencing), Note Roll and sequence randomisation of a vast range of other cleverly implemented “humanising” elements to your patterns.

The final lane is the CC modulation section: each step accepts a value of 0 to 127, pumped out to a MIDI CC of your choosing. You can actually run several Modulation sequences simultaneously – up to eight – with all of them controlling different CCs.

Some Action in Real-Time
Up to 16 full patterns can be created within a single project. They can can be sequenced within the Pattern Sequencer (bottom right) or triggered via the Keyboard (set to “Pitch”), where the full length of the keyboard is used to transpose the current pattern. Switch to “Performance” and the keyboard is split into 3 zones: Pattern Select, Action Section and a Range for pitch transposing.

The “Action Section” offers 8 effects that can influence the patterns in real time. Choose from Looping, Half-Time, Re-Trigger or a Tempo Break.

Sequencing Magic
The lanes within a single pattern can be set to operate over different lengths. You could have pitches cycling over 16 steps, while velocity cycles over 15 steps and a modulation lane is used to sweep a synth filter over 29 steps.

The end results can yield some fascinating interactions between these different step-cycle lengths and an almost endless evolution of the pattern. If you thought step sequencers were only capable of creating repetitive fixed patterns, think again!

There’s More… Internal Synth for Idea Sketching on the fly & MIDI Export

Yes, Thesys also comes with its own synthesiser, it is perfectly capable and very useful if you just want to develop a few quick ideas.

In its VST2 and AAX versions, Thesys is fully MIDI-out capable. As an Audio Unit, it can be plugged as a MIDI FX to trigger other AUs. In the 1.5.1 Update, we implemented MIDI Export. Just drag and drop from within Thesys to your host or simply save the file to your desktop. Quick and easy!

Send melodies, controller data and program changes. Save patterns to a MIDI file.

No other MIDI sequencer offers you the ease and power of Thesys. It is 100% MIDI compliant – the ultimate MIDI sequencing solution. Use Thesys on your iPad to control multiple apps or external hard- and software!

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