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Trap moved from being a rogue genre in the early 2000s to being one of the hottest genres in 2010s and it’s still going hard!
Whether you’re a producer, beatmaker, sample/loop maker, or sound designer, in this article, you’ll find a variety of synths and ROMplers, each one with unique strengths that will serve your purpose.
If you want to merge those old-school-ish vibes with the modern sound of Trap music, then Lush might be worth considering. If you’re pushing the early 2000s Trap wave, then you’re provided with plenty of huge-sounding orchestral instruments as well.
Lush delivers an aesthetic collection of 100 preset sounds. Each note was recorded with multiple velocities and round-robins for both the sustain and release sections of the sound. Delivering you an expressive and natural sound.
The GUI is pretty straightforward with just a few simple parameters, as you don’t need many given the acoustic nature of these sounds.
Lush doesn’t require third-party software as Kontakt libraries, for example, do, so you can install it and you’re good to go.
If you’re into EDM/Festival Trap and don’t mind spending hours tweaking sounds, here’s a combo worth checking out.
EDM / BIGROOM Ammunition is a plug-in multi-instrument/rompler created for EDM, Dance, Trance, Bigroom, House music producers, but can be used in other music styles (Trap, Pop, Rave, Electro, Dubstep, Melodic Drum&Bass / Drumstep) or experimental genres.
G-Sonique TRAP ILLUMINATOR 8000X1 is a modern plug-in instrument created for Trap, Hip-Hop, Arab Trap, and EDM producers. Trap Illuminator includes 136+ high-quality, multi-octave instruments ready for Professional music production.
They both share the same interface, so, as you get familiar with one, you’ll know how to tweak the other one as well.
Both interfaces come with very few basic controls over the ADSR, LFO, pan, and glide.
808 Studio by Initial Audio is a synthesizer designed for that classic 808 sound found in many modern styles of music like Trap, Grime, but also Drum and Bass. The basses in 808 Studio are generated from a selection of 70 different ultra-high-definition waveforms each designed to get you as close to the bass sound you want without too much effort.
Create your own custom-made 808s in seconds with 808 Studio even if you are not very experienced in using synths you will make amazing results fast. It´s hard to do something wrong with 808 Studio.
The interface shows all the parameters in a unique window, including a post-processing section to take the load off your DAW with further inserts.
If you don’t want to get lost while synthesizing 808s and you want to spend more time on melodies and drums, then go for it!
If you’re looking for something that can create nasty leads and pads for your next beat, here’s a solid pick.
Sektor comes with a highly intuitive and unique interface design, making it very easy to use and understand. Its way of mapping envelopes and modulators to any parameter is as intuitive as you can imagine with a simple drag-and-drop.
Sektor is a polyphonic wavetable synth plugin with a highly intuitive user interface and a lot of customization features. Sektor was built to use a low amount of system resources while having a massive high-quality sound.
The approach Initial Audio took with Sektor is something in between Xfer Records Serum and reFX Nexus, grabbing the best from both.
It also supports the new MPE Midi Standard (Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression), which is a cool plus if you own a keyboard able to perform that way.
Zenith APS VST comes packed with an explosive sound library of 2,000 + samples and 1,388 factory presets (13GB FLAC), guaranteed to unlock any music producer’s superpowers.
Each sound has been carefully created, curated, and handcrafted, with low CPU usage and fast loading presets to increase your workflow and inspire you to make musical magic at ease.
At the end of the signal flow, you have 10 FX modules ready to spice up each sound.
Zenith is the plugin in this list that’s closest to Spectrasonics Omnisphere in terms of variety of sounds and interface, allowing producers to create sounds from both samples and oscillators.