10 Best Plugins For Making Beats (Hip Hop, Trap, Drill)

This article will share our top 10 picks for the best beatmaker VST plugins of 2022.The list includes synths, sample players and effect VST that help in producing great beats.

U-he Diva

best vst plugin for beatmakers - U-he Diva
U-he Diva is a must-have synth for beatmakers. The plugin features a series of analog oscillators, filters and effects, giving the warmth of 80-90s hardware synthesizers. You can produce harmonic-rich synths, leads, soft bass, and pads with ease using this plugin. The plugin also comes with 1200 premade presets that can be used to make great beats.


  • 5 oscillators models based on classic synth hardware
  • 5 filter models based on classic synth hardware
  • 2 host-synced LFOs with multiple waveforms, restart options and phase controls
  • 2 stereo effects slots, each with chorus (3 modes), phaser (2 modes), plate reverb, delay, rotary speaker

 Price and Demo

You can buy U-he Diva for 179 € from the official website of U-he. A demo/trial is available for this plugin and can be used on Windows, macOS and Linux.

UJAM Beatmaker

best plugin for beatmakers - UJAM beatmaker
In recent years, UJAM has emerged as one of the best VST and sound developers for various genres. Their flagship series is filled with outstanding sounds and libraries for beatmakers. 
UJAM has 4 different plugins that can be used to make outstanding beats with ease-
  • Beatmaker Hustle - Best for Trap, Grime, and Dirty South
  • Beatmaker Glory - Best for Pop and Trap music
  • Beatmaker Nemesis - Best for Cyberpunk
  • Beatmaker Kendy - Best for Pop, Hyperpop and K-Pop
The best part about the Ujam plugins is that you can easily control the expression of sounds, and all the sounds come in a kit so that you don't have to worry about gain staging, masking or phase problems. 

Price and Demo

There is a free 30-day trial available for UJAM Plugins. After that, you can get the full version from their official website for $30.


Thickify is an excellent effect plugin for making the beats sound professional. This plugin can make the sound fat and saturated. Adding the plugin to your mix can make the sound fat, introduce analog character, and make it sound together.


  • Control the amount of even to the odd harmonic ratio(colour)
  • Automatic gain compensation
  • Variable slope
  • 2-4x oversampling for clear distortion and tonality.
  • Soft analog overdrive

Price and Demo

You can download a free demo of the plugin from the official website of Rocket Powered Sound. The full version of the plugin costs $39. The plugin is available in VST and Audio Unit formats for Windows and macOS. 

Xfer Records Serum 

Best plugin for beatmaking - Xfer Serum
Serum is a well-known synthesizer among beatmakers. The excellent wavetable oscillators, dual filters, modulators and a series of great effects make it one of the best synth VSTs for making beats. With Serum, you can create unique expressions and rhythms inside the plugin itself. 


  • Great collection of native wavetables.
  • Outstanding drum transients and modulation source for making unique drum samples.
  • Serum has an amazing FX Rack, capable of creating expressions and variations inside the plugin itself.
  • With Serum, it is possible to merge synth sounds with organic samples, vinyl noises, transients and more. This makes it an excellent synth for sounds with sharp transients.
  • Great Visual feedback.
  • Compared to other Wavetable synthesizers, Serum has a relatively easy learning curve.
  • Serum has a great collection of advanced modifiers capable of manipulating the timbre of the sound.
  • It has the best wavetable editor among the wavetable synth family. 

Price and Demo

Serum can be purchased from the official website of Xfer Records for just $189.

XO By XLN Audio

XLN Audio XO, the best drum sequencer
For beatmakers, drums are the most essential part of the production process. A good-sounding beat must have good-sounding drums. However, finding the right sound can be challenging with lots of drum samples and one shot in the library. Furthermore, it can cloud the selection process of individual samples. XO by XLN audio makes the drum selection process very easy. It sorts the one-shots based on timbre and sound type, making it easier for beatmakers to find the suitable sample quickly and easily.


  • Sample sorting based on sound type.
  • You can sort out your favourite samples and use them at any time.
  • You can edit your samples inside the XO.
  • XO has an inbuilt drum sequencer that can be played from the piano roll or live using a drum machine or midi.

Price and Demo

You can buy XO from XLN Audio's official website for just $129.00. In addition, there is a free trial available for this plugin.

Stutter Edit 2 by iZotope

Best effect plugin for beatmakers - stutter edit 2 by iZotope
Beatmaking is one of the fields of music production where a lot of work is done by playing live. As such, having a great effect chain that can flip the sample with a single key can be very handy. Stutter Edit 2 by iZotope does just that. It has many great effects that can be applied in the mixer track as an effect plugin or live through a midi controller.
With the help of iZotope Stutter Edit 2, adding and controlling the expression of sound becomes very easy.


  • Stutter: control length, quantization, and panning.
  • Advance Curve Editor.
  • Effects Modules Series.
  • Control through piano roll or midi controller
  • Extensive collection of amazing presets made by the best producers in the business.
  • Absolute control on the parameters like glitch, time, speed and FX.

Price and Demo

You can get iZotope stutter Edit 2 for just $199 from the official website of iZotope.

Battery 4 by Native Instruments

Battery 4 is a powerful drum sampling tool from Native Instruments. It is an excellent plugin for sampling, manipulating and playing drum samples. In addition, this VST plugin gives a great collection of inbuilt effects and visual feedback, making sample editing and processing more effortless.
It has one of the best time-stretching algorithms among the drum sampler plugins.


  • Fast workflow
  • Easy editing of drum samples.
  • Easy midi mapping and colour control.
  • Series of outstanding digital and analog effects.
  • Outstanding visual feedback for better spectrum analysis.
  • SOLID EQ, SOLID BUS COMP, TRANSIENT MASTER, tape saturation, one-knob compressor and new filters
  • Great collection of pre-processed and professionally recorded drum kits.
  • Easy sample sorting with tags and colour codes.

Price and Demo

You can buy Battery 4 from Native Instrument's official website for $199 or get it as a part of a subscription plan for just $9.99/month. In addition, there is a trial available for free download.

TRackS 5 Tape Machine 440

Best mixing plugin for beatmakers
Modern beats often lack the feel of analog hardware. The saturation and color from a classic tube and tape have their musicality. The TRackS 5 Tape Machine emulates the Ampex 440B series. This mix and master bus plugin can instantly add soul to the sound. It's an excellent VST for adding color to the sound and glue them together.


  • Instance glue to all the mixer channels.
  • 4 tape formulae; 250(3M/Scotch "250 Audio Recording Tape), 456(Ampex 456 High-Output Mastering Tape), GP9(Quantegy GP9 Grand Master Platinum), and 499(Ampex 499 Grand Master Gold Studio Mastering Audio Tape).
  • In-built Record and Play bias, filters, and audio calibration.
  • Input and output controls
  • True Stereo function
  • Transparent modelling option.

Price and Demo

You can get a free trial of Tape 440 from the official website of IK Multimedia. The full version costs $99.

RC 20 Retro Color by XLN Audio

Best effect plugin for beatmakers RC 20 retro color
RC 20 Retro color has emerged as one of the most favourite multi-FX plugins among the producers. With its unique effect models, the plugin adds a sonic character to the sound. This effect plugin has 6 main effect models - Noise generator, Wooble and Flutter, Saturation and Distortion, Degrader and Bitcrusher, Reverb, and Dynamic Volume. These core effect modules can enhance the character and feel of any beat.


  • Great collection of presets.
  • Pre-recorded high-quality noises, including vinyl.
  • Wet/Dry mix.
  • Simple user interface and controls.
  • Analog as well as digital saturation models.
  • Tone control over the noises.
  • A unique metallic character with pitch wobble.

Price and Demo

RC 20 Retro color has a 10 days trial period. After that you can get a full copy for just $99.95.

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Vital by Matt Tytel

Best free beatmaker plugin - Vital
Vital is a free wavetable synthesizer capable of producing some of the most outstanding sounds for beatmakers. Vital has analog and rich-sounding wavetable oscillators, unlike other wavetable synths in the market. It also has an excellent modulation function, effect slots, and digital and analog filters. Vital is the best free synth for any aspiring as well as sessional beatmaker out there,


  • Free as well as a paid option
  • 3 wavetable oscillators, 1 noise oscillator, a dual filter, and a dedicated effect chain.
  • 8 LFO and envelope modulations each.
  • A large number of special modifiers for each oscillator.
  • Text to wavetable.
  • Up to 16 unison voices per oscillator.
  • Great wavetable import and editing option.
  • Simple learning curve and User Interface.

Price and Demo

Vital has both free as well as paid options. Apart from that, there is subscription-based ownership of the plugin as well. The pro version comes with an unlimited text-to-wavetable feature.


Thanks for reading! These were our top 10 picks for the best beatmaker plugins. We hope that this collection will help you make a better choice before purchasing or downloading the VST.

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