The Music Plugin Revolution

Music Plugins have Revolutionized Production Creativity


By C. Kamb and C. Sessions on January 10, 2021


Before we jump into the explanation of how plugins have indeed revolutionized music creativity, we must first define the art of music production. Producing music is like preparing a perfect meal. Each ingredient must be available with the best elements at the right time in the process. Likewise, in music, you have the opportunity to create anything you want. Everything is an option, but the quality of music depends on the arrangement.


Analog versus Digital Music Change


Many components make a song special, such as arrangements, multi-tracking, editing, mixing, and mastering. Together they sum up the creative process of music production masterpieces. In the early 1980s, the music world experienced an advancement that changed it ever since. Computer technology has changed the music industry with the creation of digital sound recordings. Modern music composers and producers use digital audio workstations (DAW) to create songs. DAWs are specially equipped computer systems that enable the composer to use digital instruments from the inside of a computer.


Young and old musicians that are serious about their career in the music business invest serious cash in personal DAW systems. Once the producer gets confident in using DAW software, the next step is the mastery of sound editing tools called plugins. Plugins provide additional features to make songs more interesting to audiences. The recording effects might be impossible to add otherwise since the old hardware would be too expensive or cumbersome to operate.


The music industry would be noticeably limited without plugins. Producers would not be able to process professional sounds in their compositions and mixes. Audiences would not be able to experience the level of quality required in A-list productions. With plugins, we can achieve sounds that we didn't know existed and expand innovation. The recording possibilities are endless.


Music Plugin Types


Instrument plugins and Effect plugins are just two examples of plugin types. Instrument plugins can create sounds like musical instruments, such as a flute, drum, violin, guitar, or horn. Instrument plugins can emulate synthesizers too that mimic acoustic instruments! Effect plugins provide sound processing capabilities like delay, reverb, modulation, shifting, and more. Plugins allow music creators more opportunities than ever.


Below are some examples of plugins used widely today that include:


 • Reaktor - Native Instruments 

 • Wave Audio

 • Reason Studios

 • Fruity Loops

 • Akai USA

 • Eventide

 • Superior Drummer - Toontrack

 • Omnisphere - Spectrasonics

 • LABS - Spitfire Audio

 • Diva - U-He

 • Pro-Q - FabFilter

 • Shaperbox – Cableguys