Top 20 Most Popular Dance Music Production VSTs

In an attempt to decide what VSTs I should spend my money on, I decided the best way to do it was with a poll. I went through  a number of different threads on a number of different forums, of people listing their favourite 3, or 10 VSTs, including votes by a number of well respected producers. I compiled the votes and these were the results. This is by no means a definitive poll, as the voting base was quite small, maybe 50/100 people, but I believe it shows quite an accurate result of the most popular VSTs people are using. Prices taken from KVR. For more information on any VST, all are listed on KVR.

Overall Top 20:

1) Native Instruments – Massive €179 (soft synth)
2) KORG Legacy (Ms-20) €180 (soft synth)
3) Native Instruments – FM8 €200 (soft synth)
4) Lennar Digital – Sylenth €139 (soft synth)
5) PSPaudioware – PSP Vintage Warmer €110 (compressor/limiter)
6) Waves – Producer Bundles (effects bundle)
7) Camel Audio – CamelPhat €60 (multi FX)
8) Native Instruments – Absynth €180 (synth)
9) Illformed – dblueglitch FREE (effect)
10) Izotope  - Ozone €180 (mastering system)
11) Native Instruments –  Battery €180 (drum sampler)
12) G Force – Minimonsta €150 (soft  synth)
13) Arturia – Arp 2600 €200 (soft synth)
14) Audiorealism – Audiorealism Bassline (ABL) €95 (soft synth)
15) Spectrasonics – Trilian €230 (soft synth)
16) Arturia – Minimoog €200 (soft synth)
17) Sugar Bytes – Artillery €150 (multi FX)
18) Sonalksis – SV-517 equalizer €210 (EQ)
19) Rob Papen – Albino 3 €200 (synth)
20) Voxengo – Elephant €95 (limiter)

Top 10 Soft Synths:

1) Native Instruments – Massive €179
2) KORG Legacy (Ms-20) €180
3) Native Instruments – FM8 €200
4) Lennar Digital – Sylenth €139
5) Native Instruments – Absynth €180
6) G Force – Minimonsta €150
7) Arturia – Arp 2600 €200
8) Audiorealism – Audiorealism Bassline (ABL) €95
9) Spectrasonics – Trilian €230
10) Arturia – Minimoog €200

Top 10 Soft Synths (treating Native Instruments Komplete Synths as one)

1) Native Instruments – Komplete (€179)
2) KORG Legacy (Ms-20) (€180)
3) Lennar Digital – Sylenth (€139)
4) G Force – Minimonsta (€150)
5) Arturia – Arp 2600 (€200)
6) Audiorealism – Audiorealism Bassline (ABL) (€95)
7) Spectrasonics – Trilian (€230)
8) Arturia – Minimoog (€200)
9) D16 Group – Phoscyon 303 (€59)
10) reFX – Vanguard (€90)

Top 10 Effects:

1) PSPaudioware – PSP Vintage Warmer €110 (compressor/limiter)
2) Waves – Producer Bundles (effects bundle)
3) Camel Audio – CamelPhat €60 (multi FX)
4) Illformed – dblueglitch € free (effect)
5) Izotope  - Ozone €180 (mastering system)
6) Sugar Bytes – Artillery €150 (multi FX)
7) Sonalksis – SV-517 equalizer €210 (EQ)
8) Voxengo – Elephant €95 (limiter)
9) Camel Audio – CamelSpace €60 (multi FX)
10) Voxengo – Crunchessor €35 (compressor/limiter)

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3 thoughts on “Top 20 Most Popular Dance Music Production VSTs

  1. Interesting results…..
    Of course, the Logic plugins and synths get soooooo much use by anyone who has Logic.

    Love FM8 but only because you can get stuck in to fm synthesis with an awesome matrix interface and stick it through the filter for a bit subtractive messing. Probably the cleverest designed softsynth ever.
    The D16 stuff is by far the closest to the hardware. their 808 and 909 emulations are more realistic sounding than actually sampling the hardware hits and programming them in something like Maschine – yes I did the a/b’s. I don’t know how they did it but they did.
    Izotope Ozone should be banned due to widespread misuse by guys who need to learn how to master properly.

    But nothing and I mean nothing comes close to the Waves stuff for native plugins (I have a UAD box and to be honest I’m considering selling it because of the quality of the Waves stuff).
    The Chris Lord Alge (wanker) Waves plugins (CLA-3A, CLA-76, etc.) are the best software compressors I’ve ever heard. Without any doubt.

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