Top XLN Audio VST Plugins
Top XLN Audio VST Plugins

Top 10+ XLN Audio VST Plugins 2021

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

VST list navigation:

  1. RC-20 Retro Color
  2. XO Lite
  3. Addictive Trigger
  4. Addictive Keys: Studio Grand
  5. Addictive Keys: Modern Upright
  6. XO
  7. DS-10 Drum Shaper
  8. Addictive Drums 2
  9. Addictive Keys: Electric Grand
  10. Addictive Keys: Mark One

1. RC-20 Retro Color

 
RC-20 Retro Color
 

RC-20 Retro Color is a creative effect plugin that adds life and texture to any recording.

It easily recreates the warm, cozy feeling of vintage recording equipment, but also works perfectly in any modern production setting.

With its six unique FX modules, RC-20 can replicate everything from vinyl records to VHS machines, adding noise, wobble and dropouts to your tracks. Its raw distortion and crunchy bit reduction will add grit to your bass and drums.

The space and chorus effects will make your guitar sing like never before and the filtering effects fit right into even the most modern club track.

Our EXCLUSIVE Flux Engine adds subtle (or not so subtle) instability and fluctuations to all of the FX modules, providing the character, warmth and analog goodness of yesteryear`s best technology.

The interface invites experimentation, and the included presets for drums, keys, guitars, bass and post production let you get to work right away.

RC-20 Retro Color’s 6 Effect Modules. Use them alone or use them together!

Noise Generator
Add life and texture with one of RC-20’s many noise types, from subtle vinyl crackle and tape hiss to ambient studio noise, electric circuit hum and stompbox static noise.

Wobble & Flutter
Wobble adds pitch inconsistencies associated with unstable playback on analog gear, like vinyl record players and tape machines.

Saturation & Distortion
Add everything from mild saturation to raging fuzz with one of RC-20’s many distortion types.

Degrader & Bitcrusher
Recreate the sound of vintage digital gear like old-school samplers, and the unmistakable way limited sample rates and bit rate reduction color sound.

Reverb
Add depth and width to your tracks with RC-20’s tailored reverb module.

Volume Drops
Reproduce the wear, tear and volume loss associated with recording and playback on tape and tape recorders.

Easily Scale ALL of RC-20’s Effect Modules and Controls with a Single Slider

Dial-in the perfect amount of your effects, or quickly create intros, outros, drops and transitions to take your mix to the next level.

Presets for ANY Track or Mix

RC-20’s tailor made presets for drums, keys, guitars, bass, full mixes and post-production let you get to work right away.

Greg Wells (Deftones, Pharrel Williams, Katy Perry and others) (USA)
“This RC-20 plugin is a blast. Nicely done, XLN Audio!”


2. XO Lite

 
XO Lite
 

A Revolutionary New Way of Exploring Sounds and Making Beats

Note: This is the Lite version of XO. The full version of XO is available on ADSR.

Your Universe of Sounds
XO collects all your one-shot drum samples and sorts them by similarity in the XO Space.

MAIN FEATURES

  • Load your own samples: Duplicates. Vague file names. Folders in different locations or on external drives. XO sorts them all – regardless of where and how they are stored.
  • Find your sound faster: Narrow the scope with XO’s powerful filters and search functionalities to find what you’re looking for even faster.
  • Ready for action: Factory Samples & Presets – Get a flying start to your beatmaking with XO’s inspiring presets and 8000+ hand-picked factory samples. No matter the music style or amount of sounds in your current sample collection, XO has you covered.
  • Perfect your groove: Sculpt the perfect groove with the curated Groove Templates, Nudge your patterns to boost raw urgency or funky sluggishness, and add life and dynamics to your beat with the powerful Accentuator.
  • Drag & drop: Drag and drop with ease into your own workflow. Tweaked or raw. Individual samples or the whole beat. Audio or MIDI.

Explore
Seamlessly sweep through your sounds, regardless of where they are stored. When you hear something you like, have a look around. You might find something even better close by.

Create
Create your beat with the playful and intuitive sequencer. Sculpt the perfect groove with the Accentuator and the curated Groove Templates.

Tweak
Colour and fine-tune your sounds with essential effects and creative modifiers.

Play
Explore unlimited variations to beats and sounds in Playground Mode. Tap into an endless source of happy accidents by swapping or randomizing patterns and sounds – one by one, or all at once.

The perfect companion to your workflow.

As standalone, or in your favourite host – XO fits your workflow smoothly and seamlessly.

New features in XO 1.1

  • Export stems as WAV: Drag & drop your beat as separated stems. Straight into your DAW or OS as WAV.
  • New file formats: Besides the previously supported .wav and .aiff formats, you can now add .flac, .mp3, .ogg, and .wma files to XO.
  • Playlists: Create, browse and organize your presets in genre, or project-specific Playlists.
  • New factory presets: More than 100 new factory presets.
  • Live File System Monitor: The Live File System Monitor notifies you of any changes in the sample folders you’ve added to XO.

3. Addictive Trigger

 
Addictive Trigger
 

The World’s first Intelligent Drum Replacer

When creating Addictive Trigger, we developed smart new technologies (Audio Fingerprint™ and SuperStart™) to make drum replacement easy and painless. Then, we combined these new technologies with some of the best sounds and features from Addictive Drums 2. The result is a fast, accurate and fun way to raise your live-recorded drums to a whole new level.

  • Audio Fingerprint drum hit detection
  • SuperStart auto-adjustment of settings
  • Outstanding drum sounds included
  • A complete solution

Accurate and Intelligent

During the research phase of Addictive Trigger, users around the world reported that accurate hit detection is absolutely critical when using drum replacement plugins. Unfortunately, existing triggering technologies tend to have shortcomings that require lots of manual tweaking and correction.

We endeavor to make products that are better than what is currently available, and we ended up creating an entirely new method for drum hit detection called Audio Fingerprint. Our new system uses FFT analysis to accurately identify drum sounds even if there is a lot of mic bleed or background noise in the source material.

It’s fast, it’s accurate, and we think it’ll change the way you work with live-recorded drums.

What is Audio Fingerprint?

Typical drum replacement tools rely on rudimentary filtering and transient detection, resulting in many false triggers and missed hits. Audio Fingerprint solves this problem by using a novel FFT-based matching system.

It is so accurate, it usually has no trouble detecting lightly played ghost notes from background noise while simultaneously rejecting mic bleed and other unwanted sounds.

In addition to detecting low level ghost notes with great accuracy, our Audio Fingerprint system can also differentiate between different stroke types that are played at similar velocities (for example, sidestick and open snare hits). This lets Addictive Trigger play back the correct articulations of samples, even if the incoming source material has different kinds of drum hits with similar peak levels.

SuperStart, SuperFast

Super Smart Automatic Hit Detection

Once you have inserted Addictive Trigger on an audio track, simply click SuperStart and begin playback in your host software. Addictive Trigger listens to your track for several seconds, analyzes the incoming hits and automatically sets a number of different parameters based on the source material. In most cases, this is all you need to do in order to have accurate hit detection happening on your track.

World-Class Sounds Right Out of the Box

In addition to the intelligent detection and workflow features, Addictive Trigger ships with tons of fantastic and easily-tweakable presets that are tailored specifically for drum replacement.

Selected from the award winning Addictive Drums library, these sounds are recorded at world-class, impossible-to-book studios like Fairfax Recording (formerly known as Sound City) and United Recording (formerly Ocean Way) and utilize some of the finest gear and most experienced ears in the business. Even if you already have nice drums and a great studio, we think you’ll still find a lot of inspiration and benefit from having these world-class sounds at your fingertips.

A Complete Solution

Addictive Trigger works all on its own and does not require any additional software to provide world-class results. Just fire up the plugin and you’re ready to go. Accurate detection and outstanding sounds are included in the box.

Already an AD2 User?

If you own our flagship Addictive Drums 2 software, you’re in luck! You can use all of your favorite presets and ADpak expansion sounds immediately in Addictive Trigger without any need to convert presets or change any settings.

Plays Nice with Other Drum Software

Addictive Trigger supports most popular 3rd party drum instruments as well. You can easily drag-and-drop properly formatted MIDI data out of Addictive Trigger to your favorite instrument and begin working right away.


4. Addictive Keys: Studio Grand

 
Addictive Keys: Studio Grand
 

The Grand Master of Pianos

The response, dynamics and character of this instrument capture the very essence of a great grand piano. It will inspire your creativity.

About Studio Grand

The Studio Grand features a classic Steinway Model D concert grand piano. The first choice of many pianists, Steinways are famous for their character and unrivaled sound. The included ExploreMaps offer presets in a variety of styles ranging from open and natural to processed and strange. The variety of sounds makes Studio Grand perfect for both production and stage duties.

The Instrument and its Presets

Steinway Model D Grand Piano:

Our Studio Grand features a Steinway Model D Concert Grand piano. At 8′ 11 3/4″ (274cm) in length, this majestic instrument is the overwhelming choice of the world’s greatest pianists. More than ten Steinway Grand Pianos were auditioned before finding the one with the most desirable character: a crystal clear and open timbre with a perfectly balanced resonance. 

We approached Studio Grand with production in mind. We found that fitting a grand piano in a mix can be hard and often results in a compromise of the sound quality in order to make it fit with the other instruments and vocals. By offering the exact recording setup in Addictive Keys and the option of mixing and matching microphones, Studio Grand is sure to fit nicely into any production style.

Studio Grand was recorded in a large recording studio at the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation. The studio is famous for being extremely quiet and for having a controlled acoustic ambience; for such a large room the reverberation still sounds tight and airy which is a rare combination and the perfect condition for recording a grand piano. 

The recordings were done using rare vintage tube and ribbon microphones capturing the instrument at several different perspectives. From close up perspective with microphones next to the soundboard to far away perspective with natural room ambience. The end result is a warm and vibrant sound that goes from intimate to larger-than-life. The vintage microphones used were hand picked from the studios impressive collection.

We Recorded Using the Following:

  • Close (Stereo XY): Neumann M269 
  • Close (Stereo Wide): Coles 4038 
  • Close (Mono): RCA 6203 
  • Mid (Stereo Wide): Neumann M250 
  • Ambient (Stereo Wide): Neumann M269 
  • Body (Mono): Sela T25 

About Galleries and Exploremaps 

Helping you Learn and Discover Sounds:

Our Gallery page (accessed by pressing the “Gallery” button) shows general information about the installed Addictive Keys instruments as well as those available in the online shop. The bottom of the Gallery page shows thumbnails of the available ExploreMaps for the currently selected instrument.

The ExploreMap page (accessed by pressing the “Explore” button) contains a selection of presets that you can easily preview and select with one click. This makes it easy to explore the various possible sounds. Many ExploreMaps also contain convenient macro controllers for fast/easy editing.

MAIN FEATURES

  • Steinway Model D Grand Piano
  • Warm tone and unique sound
  • Six selectable mic perspectives

5. Addictive Keys: Modern Upright

 
Addictive Keys: Modern Upright
 

A Modern Classic

Sometimes a grand piano is just too, well… grand. Maybe you need something smaller and more intimate. In those cases, the Modern Upright is the perfect choice.

About Modern Upright

The Modern Upright is based on a Yamaha U3 upright piano – regarded by many pianists as a modern classic. It has a tight and defined tone with an airy ambience that makes it fit nicely into almost any production. Included presets cover everything ranging from smooth jazz with a mellow, warm tone to bright pop with an upfront sound.

The Instrument and its Presets

Yamaha U3 Upright Piano:

Our Modern Upright is based on a Yamaha U3 piano in excellent condition that was recorded with great care in a large auditorium. This auditorium is a soundstage that is mainly used to broadcast live performances with very high acoustical standards. The room has a detailed ambience with a medium/long decay time.

Modern Upright features seven microphone perspectives ranging from close to far, floor to soundboard and mono to stereo. This gives you nearly limitless sound design options and lets you tailor the sound of the piano to the exact needs of your song, all within the Addictive Keys engine.

We Recorded Using the Following:

  • Front Ribbon (Stereo XY): Coles 4038
  • Front Ribbon (Stereo Wide): Coles 4038
  • Back Tube (Stereo Wide): Sela T25
  • Bottom Tube (Mono): Neumann U47
  • Floor PZM (Stereo Wide): Sennheiser MKE212
  • Close Ribbon (Mono): RCA 6203
  • Ambient Tube (Stereo XY): Neumann M269

About Galleries and ExploreMaps

Helping you Learn and Discover Sounds:

Our Gallery page (accessed by pressing the “Gallery” button) shows general information about the installed Addictive Keys instruments as well as those available in the online shop. The bottom of the Gallery page shows thumbnails of the available ExploreMaps for the currently selected instrument.

The ExploreMap page (accessed by pressing the “Explore” button) contains a selection of presets that you can easily preview and select with one click. This makes it easy to explore the various possible sounds. Many ExploreMaps also contain convenient macro controllers for fast/easy editing.

MAIN FEATURES

  • Yamaha U3 Upright Piano
  • Distinct, blendable characteristics
  • 7 Different recording perspectives

6. XO

 
XO
 

A Revolutionary New Way of Exploring Sounds and Making Beats

Your Universe of Sounds
XO collects all your one-shot drum samples and sorts them by similarity in the XO Space.

MAIN FEATURES

  • Load your own samples: Duplicates. Vague file names. Folders in different locations or on external drives. XO sorts them all – regardless of where and how they are stored.
  • Find your sound faster: Narrow the scope with XO’s powerful filters and search functionalities to find what you’re looking for even faster.
  • Ready for action: Factory Samples & Presets – Get a flying start to your beatmaking with XO’s inspiring presets and 8000+ hand-picked factory samples. No matter the music style or amount of sounds in your current sample collection, XO has you covered.
  • Perfect your groove: Sculpt the perfect groove with the curated Groove Templates, Nudge your patterns to boost raw urgency or funky sluggishness, and add life and dynamics to your beat with the powerful Accentuator.
  • Drag & drop: Drag and drop with ease into your own workflow. Tweaked or raw. Individual samples or the whole beat. Audio or MIDI.

Explore
Seamlessly sweep through your sounds, regardless of where they are stored. When you hear something you like, have a look around. You might find something even better close by.

Create
Create your beat with the playful and intuitive sequencer. Sculpt the perfect groove with the Accentuator and the curated Groove Templates.

Tweak
Colour and fine-tune your sounds with essential effects and creative modifiers.

Play
Explore unlimited variations to beats and sounds in Playground Mode. Tap into an endless source of happy accidents by swapping or randomizing patterns and sounds – one by one, or all at once.

The perfect companion to your workflow.

As standalone, or in your favourite host – XO fits your workflow smoothly and seamlessly.

New features in XO 1.1

  • Export stems as WAV: Drag & drop your beat as separated stems. Straight into your DAW or OS as WAV.
  • New file formats: Besides the previously supported .wav and .aiff formats, you can now add .flac, .mp3, .ogg, and .wma files to XO.
  • Playlists: Create, browse and organize your presets in genre, or project-specific Playlists.
  • New factory presets: More than 100 new factory presets.
  • Live File System Monitor: The Live File System Monitor notifies you of any changes in the sample folders you’ve added to XO.

7. DS-10 Drum Shaper

 
DS-10 Drum Shaper
 

Extraordinary Effects in Your Music

Enhance your drums, beats, and loops in seconds.

  • Make your drums, beats, and loops sound huge or tight & punchy
  • Shape the attack and sustain of your drums, beats, and loops 
  • Fast and easy workflow
  • Intuitive and clean interface

Awesome mixes. Fast.
Enhance your drums, beats, and loops with the twist of a knob! Get more smack in the attack. More gain in the sustain. Tight and punchy or huge and mighty: DS-10 improves your mixes in any direction. Fast.

Punch with precision.
Get custom treatment for your tracks and mixes. DS-10 Drum Shaper has three modes (Kick, Snare, and Bus) individually tuned and optimized to give you the best sound for the source you want to enhance.

Great, natural sound.
Say goodbye to grainy and unnatural sounding mixes. DS-10’s three different settings give you creative options and provide great sounding results, regardless of what style of mix you’re aiming for.

Add mojo to your mix.
The powerful MOJO knob adds flavor and color just where you need it. It lets you shape the attack and punch in curated frequency bands while leaving others unaffected, opening a world of sonic awesomeness and sound design possibilities.


8. Addictive Drums 2

 
Addictive Drums 2
 

Get Extraordinary Drums in Your Music

Addictive Drums 2 brings the world’s finest drums straight into your music.

You get outstanding drums, professionally-played rhythms, and phenomenal sound-shaping and mixing features that make your productions sound alive. All this with a fast, musician-centric interface that gets amazing results without getting in your way.

To get you started, this package includes the AD2 engine along with our bestselling Fairfax Vol. 1, Fairfax Vol. 2, and Black Velvet drum kits so you can get to work on your most impressive music right away.

Drums are critically important to modern music. If the sounds and rhythms aren’t excellent, your track will never reach its full potential. Serious producers know this, and that’s why so many of them turn to Addictive Drums.

MAIN FEATURES

  • 3 ADpaks  (Fairfax Vol 1, Fairfax Vol 2, Black Velvet)
  • MIDI Library (5000 beats)
  • Specialty “Trig” Sounds included
  • 130 Production-ready Presets

Magnificent Drums Perfectly Recorded

Addictive Drums 2 comes standard with three extraordinary drum kits including both of our acclaimed Fairfax kits (recorded at the legendary Los Angeles studio formerly known as Sound City) and the loud, large, and luxurious Black Velvet!

The package includes 130 presets ranging from super-clean to highly polished and radio-ready to heavily processed and distorted. You also get our Core MIDI Library containing over 5000 inspiring beats and grooves covering many styles. You can use them as-is or easily tweak them to make them uniquely yours.

It’s All About the Sound

Tweak any of the professionally designed presets or build up a custom kit from scratch, it’s your choice. Addictive Drums 2 is packed with mixing and sound-shaping features that let you transform the raw sounds in amazing ways. Whether you need your drums to sound open and crystal-clear, or produced and radio-ready, or grungy and heavily distorted, AD2 has studio-grade tools to get the job done.

Lightning Fast Workflow

The best sounds and features are useless if you can’t find and use them quickly when inspiration strikes. Addictive Drums 2 really excels in this area. Every detail – from drag-and-drop audio and MIDI, to rapid linking and layering, to near-instant kitpiece swapping–is designed to keep you in the creative zone. The clean layout and lighting-fast workflow include hundreds of individual features that make AD2 fast and familiar – even for first-time users.


9. Addictive Keys: Electric Grand

 
Addictive Keys: Electric Grand
 

CP-80 Electric Grand Piano – Acoustic. Electric. Inspired

With three distinct sonic characteristics captured in seven different ways, you’ll have no shortage of great sounds at your fingertips.

About Electric Grand

This unique instrument combines three distinct characters (acoustic hammers, direct line output, and amplified output) captured in seven different ways. When combined with the powerful Addictive Keys engine, Electric Grand becomes an extraordinarily inspiring instrument that is suitable for anything from indie rock and pop to house to R’n’B ballads.

Its unmistakable sound can be heard on classic albums from U2, Peter Gabriel and Abba, as well as contemporary artists like keane and Mike Snow.”

The Instrument and its Presets

Yamaha CP-80 Electric Grand Piano:

Our Electric Grand instrument features a meticulously sampled Yamaha CP-80, an electro-acoustic instrument that was produced from the late 1970s through the mid 1980s. 

Electric grand pianos have hammers and strings just like acoustic pianos. However, unlike acoustic pianos, these pianos have pickups under the strings that feed the sound to an amplifier—just like an electric guitar or bass. The combination of acoustic, electric, and amplified sources let you craft unique piano-like textures that that are more harmonically complex and interesting than a typical acoustic piano. 

The Addictive Keys engine plays back the instrument with incredible detail and the advanced studio effects accurately model the tremolo and tone controls of the original instrument. In addition, it lets you push the sonic boundaries beyond what the original instrument could accomplish.

We recorded the CP-80 in several ways to maximize options for our outstanding team of sound designers.

Direct (Line Out):

  • We recorded the direct output cleanly as well as through a well-maintained vintage Roland Dimension-D hardware chorus. 

Amplified Output:

  • We played the CP-80 through a Music Man 112 RD tube combo amp with three close microphones and one stereo ambience microphone set further back to capture the room’s sound. 

Acoustic Strings:

  • Although rarely heard on albums, we loved the acoustic sound of the CP-80’s strings and recorded it in stereo. 

These seven different recording setups gave our sound designers the ability to craft all kinds of amazing presets. You too can easily create inspiring presets that are uniquely yours.

We Recorded Using the Following:

Music Man 112 RD combo amp (Close Mic): 

  • Telefunken U47 Tube Condenser 
  • Coles 4038 Ribbon 
  • Shure SM57 Dynamic 

Ambient (Room) Recording: 

  • Neumann SM69 Stereo Microphone 

Direct Output: 

  • Clean Line Output 
  • Line Output through Roland Dimension D 

Acoustic Strings: 

  • Sela T25 Stereo Microphone

Features

  • Vintage CP-80 Electric Grand Piano
  • 3 Distinct, blendable characteristics
  • 7 Different recording perspectives

10. Addictive Keys: Mark One

 
Addictive Keys: Mark One
 

Warm and Intimate Tones

Start playing this warm, beautiful instrument and chances are good that you’ll find yourself still playing it several hours later.

About Mark One

Our Mark One Instrument is based on a Fender Rhodes Mk. 1 electric piano. This king of electric pianos is played through a vintage tube combo amp and captured by rare vintage mics for a sublime sound. The tone can go from a smooth enthralling caress to a searing, crunchy sound that cuts through the densest mix.

The Instrument and its Presets – Fender Rhodes Mk. 1 Stage Piano:

Our Mark One instrument is based on a Fender Rhodes Mk. 1 electric piano. The Rhodes Mk. 1 has been the most popular electric piano for more than four decades and is heard on countless hit records. Rhodes pianos can vary in sound, and this particular instrument was selected for its unmistakable warmth and intimacy. 

While the instrument’s line output can be recorded “direct,” it is often played through an amplifier to add some crunch and character. For this recording, we used a MusicMan 112 RD Fifty 1×12″. Different recording setups can be mixed and matched to give you endless sound design options!

With the tube combo set up in a large recording room, vintage microphones was positioned at both close and far away perspective capturing the amp close-up and with natural ambience. To add variety, three mics were positioned next up to the speaker; a dynamic, a tube condenser and a ribbon microphone. One floor and one room microphone setup were used for the option of adding depth and ambience to the recordings. 

In addition to the acoustical recordings, two line signals were also recorded: One “direct” through high-voltage DI box and another through the classic Roland Dimension D analog stereo chorus.

We Recorded Using the Following:

Music Man 112 RD combo amp (Close Mic): 

  • Telefunken U47 Tube Condenser 
  • Coles 4038 Ribbon 
  • Shure SM57 Dynamic 

Ambient (Room) Recording: 

  • Neumann SM69 Stereo Microphone 

Direct Output: 

  • Clean Line Output 
  • Line Output through Roland Dimension D 

Acoustic Strings: 

  • Sela T25 Stereo Microphone

About Galleries and ExploreMaps

Helping you Learn and Discover Sounds:

Our Gallery page (accessed by pressing the “Gallery” button) shows general information about the installed Addictive Keys instruments as well as those available in the online shop. The bottom of the Gallery page shows thumbnails of the available ExploreMaps for the currently selected instrument.

The ExploreMap page (accessed by pressing the “Explore” button) contains a selection of presets that you can easily preview and select with one click. This makes it easy to explore the various possible sounds. Many ExploreMaps also contain convenient macro controllers for fast/easy editing.

MAIN FEATURES

  • Fender Rhodes Mk. 1 Stage Piano
  • Classic and Intimate Sound
  • 7 Different recording perspectives

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