Now let’s look at VST plugins. The VST (Virtual Studio Technology) plugin, invented by Steinberg in the late nineties, allows for the addition of synthesisers and effects to one’s digital audio workstation. There are two kinds of VST plugins: VST instruments and VST effects.
The former digitised old hardware (synths and samplers); the latter, adds effects (compression, reverb, pitch correction, etc.), which change the way input is processed. Given the wide range of VST plugins, it’s necessary to narrow the scope of our inquiry. Let’s look at four free VST effects plugins for FL (Fruity Loops) Studio, all of which can be found at vstwarehouse.com.
Paradigm Shifter. This is a cool VST effects plugin that mangles sound and shifts beat.
Fletchy Muncher VST plugin. This reduces harshness, common in bedroom recordings, by compressing high end and low end input.
Ambience VST Plugin. This is a free reverb plugin.
Echomania VST plugin. As the name implies, this VST plugin causes delays (i.e., allows the DJ to emulate different acoustic milieu). This also has a so-called “ping-pong” delay effect, which makes the sound bounce.