Top 10 Plugins For Producers

Trunks is a Dj and Producer originally from Atlanta. His musical career started off in Trap music which led him to move to LA and fall in love with EDM. His unique blend of Trap and EDM mixed with his undeniable talent has impressed audiences across Hollywood. Below Trunks talks us through his top 10 plugins.

1. Omnispehere 2– This monster I use all of the time, I can literally sit down for hours and just go through sounds. I remember seeing a video about Omnisphere 2 on Youtube and I immediately put it on the top of my list of things to buy, right under groceries. It has every sound you can ever want or need and if it doesn’t have it you can add your own. I don’t know if I’ll ever go through all of the sounds Omnispehere 2 has to offer. You can also dive into sound design yourself which is also a cool feature.

2. Altiverb by Audio Ease– I use this mainly for adding any reverb effect. There are so many quality samples of real spaces to create reverb on this thing. You can find stuff that just makes your sounds pop and give them that surrounding effect. They have everything from a small room reverb to a setting called Jumbo Jet which I actually used on the last song I made.

3. Ultratap by Eventide – UltraTap is my main go-to for rhythmic delays, weird reverbs, huge swells and different sounding modulation. Many of my hard trap songs use this at some point to create the stuttering effect or any delay the sound might need.

4. Serum– Another synthesizer I use a good amount of the time, it is a wavetable synthesizer with a great interface for my workflow. Also, you can really get into designing your own sounds. You can do that with other plugins too but I think the interface on Serum separates itself from the pack. I honestly got Serum from this website called Splice and paid monthly on it until I owned it. I suggest it to all my producer buddies and if I am looking for any sounds that are harsh or southern trap sounding, I typically turn to this one.

5. Izotope RX– This one is really cool, it’s a repair plugin that works to repair audio. I use it for de-clipping, removing clicks, and removing crackles. Many times I will use this for helping with any samples I might use for a hip-hop track or vocals that weren’t recorded properly. It is basically an audio doctor.

6. Heavyocity Gravity– I’ve been working with a few friends of mine on music for movie trailers and film. Gravity has the most amazing choir and cinematic sounds for that type of movie sound. I use it for Trap songs too because of the creepy and dramatic pianos and choirs that typically sound good with any mainstream trap record.

7. Voxengo Span– This one is also a really cool audio spectrum analyzer tool. SPAN is free and works well for seeing volume peaks. It also helps with making sure you can move frequencies around so things don’t get muddy in your song.

8. Granulator 2 – This provides a limitless supply of interesting sounds – from soft evolving pads to crazy basses. You can literally drop whatever you want into Granulator 2 and you will have a strong chance that it comes out dope. I’ve used this a number of times to create a good fill or a soft evolving pad that gives the tracks bridge section something special.

9. Substance by Outpost– I have been using this one a little too much recently, it is such a powerful bass engine though. I use it all the time to create wild sub basses and analog synth sounds. The fun part behind the program is that you can combine up to three layers of varied sound sources and blend them together with effects, filters, and modulations. It’s like being a sub-bass mad scientist, you know that whatever you make will not sound like the next persons.

10. Tube-Tech CL1B– I was looking for a compressor that can obtain a smooth sound in a short amount of time. I came across Tube-Tech CL1B and I didn’t look back. It makes your sounds feel transparent and warm at the same time. It’s not overloaded with features like some other plugin compressors, but the simple layout is where the strength of the plugin begins.

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