Top Side-Chain VST Plugins
Top Side-Chain VST Plugins

Top 4+ Side-Chain VST Plugins 2022

We have created for you a rating of the Best 4 Side-Chain VST Plugins as the most downloaded and according to the excellent reviews of musicians

VST list navigation:

  1. LFO Tool
  2. Energy Bundle
  3. DP Meter Pro
  4. VolumeShaper 6

1. LFO Tool

 
LFO Tool
 

LFOTool is an FX utility plug-in. It empowers music producers to create tremolo, auto-pan, trance-gate, side-chain compressor simulation, and dubstep-type wobble effects with minimal effort.

MIDI Compatible
LFOTool will process incoming audio as well as generate a MIDI message stream for controlling other instruments.

Endless LFO Power
This unique plug-in also allows users to sculpt custom LFO curves and shapes and comes equipped with dozens of presets to achieve desired results quickly.

Fast and easy to use
Consistent with other products in Xfer Records’ software lineup, LFOTool is coded entirely in C++ in order to minimize the CPU load during operation.

MAIN FEATURES

  • LFO with customizable point+tension-curve editor, 12 graphs in a preset (switchable via MIDI notes or automation)
  • Up to 4 graphs simultaneously (Cutoff/Reso/Pan)
  • Graph preset shapes from a drop-down menu, able to save your own
  • Both macOS and Windows versions included
  • 2+64 bit VST, AudioUnit, and AAX support
  • Can optionally send MIDI CC out to control other softsynths, effects, or external hardware which responds to MIDI CC messages.
  • BPM (with optional swing) or Hz LFO rate control
  • Sample-accurate sync
  • Dozens of presets included

2. Energy Bundle

 
Energy Bundle
 

Want to bring energy and dynamics to your tracks? Looking for a complete wideband, multi-band and side chain dynamics processing solution? It’s here!

This bundle of plug-ins includes our best tools to manage the dynamics of your audio tracks: Blue Cat’s DP Meter Pro monitors the levels and offers unique ducking capabilities thanks to its side chain features. Blue Cat’s Dynamics includes all you need for broadband dynamics processing, while Blue Cat’s MB-5 Dynamix takes care of multiband effects. Blue Cat’s MB-7 Mixer is the perfect companion for these dynamics processors: it will let you create powerful multiband side chain effects. Finally, Blue Cat’s Protector’s simple yet efficient limiting capabilities completes the bundle.

All these plug-ins offer unique side chaining capabilities using MIDI or automation control. They can thus be used for a wide range of dynamics-based side chain effects. Check our tutorials for more information.

Bundled Products Include:

  • DP Meter Pro
  • Dynamics
  • MB-5 Dynamix
  • MB-7 Mixer
  • Protector

3. DP Meter Pro

 
DP Meter Pro
 

Blue Cat’s DP Meter Pro (DPMP) is a unique audio analysis tool: it combines very flexible and customizable audio meters with advanced side chaining control capabilities thanks to its MIDI and automation outputs.

Main Features:

  • Multichannel peak, RMS & crest factor meter.
  • True dynamic range measurement with levels histograms.
  • Instant, average and maximum audio levels.
  • Modular user interface to fit into your workflow, with multiple screen sizes.
  • Total control over the metering characteristics, including attack/release shape.
  • Bob Katz’s K-System scales support (K-12 / K-14 / K-20 and custom)
  • Mono, stereo, mid-side or surround analysis.
  • Record measurements (peak, RMS, crest factor, clip etc.) as automation curves.
  • Control in real time any MIDI-compatible plug-in or external MIDI device with the generated envelopes thanks to the plugin’s MIDI CC output. See the Tutorials section for more examples.
  • Manage the shape of the output envelope: record reversed envelope, change amount of signal, and offset the generated envelope. This lets you use the plug-in for side chain ducking, compression and much more.
  • Easy ‘stereoness’ and phase cancelation measurement.

The metering capabilities of the DPMP plug-in let you control and monitor audio signals exactly the way you want: almost every aspect of the peak, RMS and crest factor meters can be customized. It proposes five different scales by default, including Bob Katz’s popular K-System scales (K-12, K-14, K-20), and you can create your own.

Large colored statistics displays following your own scales are included for an overview of a track, while histograms give you a precise measurement of the dynamic range of the track. The graphs show the evolution of the audio envelopes over time, and the mid-side switch lets you verify mono compatibility problems and check the “stereoness” of your audio sources very easily. Whether you are working with mono, stereo or surround tracks, this plug-in will fit into your workflow.

All envelopes (peak, RMS, crest factor…) can be reused for additional monitoring or side chaining purposes: combined together, reversed, modified and recorded as automation curves or sent as MIDI CC messages, they can control other effects in real time.

The DP Meter Pro Tutorials explain how to use these unique capabilities in your favorite host. Possibilities are endless, from voice over and ducking to side chain compression, multiple tracks monitoring or dynamic stereo enhancement.

It is also possible to control external MIDI hardware (such a synths, MIDI effects), video effects or lighting systems with an audio signal.


4. VolumeShaper 6

 
VolumeShaper 6
 

MULTIBAND SIDECHAIN – COMPRESS – GATE – ENVELOPE – STUTTER

Shape audio signals in pinpoint detail with VolumeShaper 6’s unique level manipulation toolset. It’s fast and easy to use but packed with power, with a drawable volume LFO and visual compressor on every band. Work at the speed of inspiration with intuitive editing, pro presets, 1-click sidechain and much more.

Running inside Cableguys’ ShaperBox 2 effects plugin, use VolumeShaper 6 on its own or with other Shapers — they all work in exactly the same way, stacking up to create elaborate, multilayered effects that’ll make your productions stand out.

DO ALL THIS WITH VOLUME SHAPER 6

  • Sidechain kick and Bass – Make space for your kick drum — gain punch, low-end clarity, and rhythmic “bounce”
  • Get loud, tight mixes – Sidechain just the bass frequencies for huge mixdowns that “go loud” effortlessly
  • Compress for Flavor – Squeeze energy and attitude into flat drums, loops, vocals and more with punchy bus-style compression
  • Control dynamic details – Combine compression with gain curve editing for incredibly precise dynamic adjustments
  • Remove hi-hats in a loop – Adjust, remove or isolate elements in a mixed loop using frequency-targeted volume LFOs
  • Get perfect punch – Redraw transients at the stroke of a Pen. Tighten decay tails. Make basses, drums, and synths hit hard
  • Create pumping fx – Turn plain white noise and ambience loops into pumping rhythmic FX to energise your tracks

Ducking AKA sidechain compression effect Essential for a well-defined kick and bass, the well-known ducking effect of sidechain compression creates extra rhythmic drive and provides space and definition. VolumeShaper gives you this same effect with absolute control — just draw the curve you want. Simpler, faster, and more precise than using a compressor. You can also trigger the LFO via MIDI notes — choose one of the ‘MIDI Triggered’ LFO types, then route MIDI notes to the plugin via your DAW.

Multiband shaping Use different curves for bass, mids and highs for added precision. The multiband split lets you duck out the bass when the kick hits, or duck the mids to provide space for the snare. Or gate the kick in a drum loop by editing the low band and leaving the mids/highs untouched. VolumeShaper makes it easy to apply this essential technique precisely, for accurate and dynamic mixes.

Define your audio loops VolumeShaper’s oscilloscope displays the incoming audio, helping you to precisely define audio levels. In a drum loop, regulate levels for snare, hi-hat, or anything else with just a few clicks, or edit unwanted notes out of a loop. From smooth bezier curves to hard cuts, you decide. Sync the effect to your DAW from 1/128 note up to 32 bars, sync to the frequency of the played note, or let it run freely at ranges from 0.02 Hz up to 5.24 kHz.

Shape drums Go in deep and use VolumeShaper as a precise volume curve for your synth or drum sounds. Set it to trigger whenever a specific MIDI note is played, and simply draw the shape you need. You can even shape different frequency ranges independently — shorten only the high frequencies of a kick, for example. It’s effectively a gate, but you have total control over the length and shape of the volume tail.

Audio destruction For punishing bit-crusher effects, run VolumeShaper’s LFO fast — right up to the limits of the audible range (Tip: set the LFO to ‘Hertz (Retrig.)’). For a less drastic effect, limit the modulation to specific frequencies — try a medium-width mid band — by moving the band sliders. And for ring modulation effects, set the LFO to the frequency of the MIDI notes that you play.

Stutter and tremolo Simple but effective — VolumeShaper breathes new life into this classic effect. Detailed control options let you create stutter and tremolo with a twist — try applying envelopes to specific frequency ranges, or using a custom curve tailored to fit a specific loop or MIDI note.

This product is part of a greater collection of products. Check out ShaperBox 2 here.

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