In this article, we will talk about the most unique and useful VST plugins of all time. There are lots of amazing VST plugins in the VST marketplace. However, some plugins really stand out altogether in terms of their looks, functionality, and applications. In this article, we will share such unique VST plugins.

This list includes both Synths and Effect VST plugins.

Most Unique VST plugins of all times

  1. Car Test by Rocket Powered Sound(Free)
  2. Emergent Drum 2 by Audialab
  3. Sonic Charge – Synplant 2
  4. Physical Audio – Derailer
  5. Pocket Dimension by Freakshow industries

Car Test by Rocket Powered Sound

The Car Test VST plugin is a simulator VST plugin. As the name suggests, the Car Test VST helps you listen to your music in a real car environment. It simulates the listening atmosphere of a car. It even simulates the position of the listener.

As many producers like to listen and test their mix down and master in a car, this plugin can save you a lot of time. It is especially a must-have tool for producers who don’t have access to a good car stereo sound system.

The Car Test is available in VST2 and VST3 formats for both Windows and macOS. You can download it for free from the link down below.

Learn More

Emergent Drum 2 by Audialab

Right now Artificial intelligence is taking the world by storm. The music scene is not untouched by this revolution either. We have plugins like iZotop Ozone 10, Image-Line AI mastering, the Sonible plugin series, and more that use AI to improve production quality and save a lot of time.

Emergent Drum 2 review

However, we didn’t have too much use of AI, at least until the Emergent Drum 2 was released. The Emergent Drum 2 uses AI to generate derivatives of any drum sample. You can feed your drum one-shots to Emergent Drum 2 and it will generate various derivatives using the provided drum one-shot as base sound. Emergent Drum 2 has 2 modes to generate drum samples – Crunchy and Creamy. The generation part of the plugin works on the server so you will need an active internet connection in order to use it. However, you can still use the Kit section of the plugin Offline.

Emergent Drum 2 is available in VST3 and AU formats for Windows and macOS. The official website does not mention the availablility of a VST2 version for the plugin.

Price: $79

Learn More

Synplant by Sonic Charge

Synplant is another amazing AI-based VST plugin that generates sounds based on a sample. However, unlike Emergent Drum 2, it also works on synth samples. It uses artificial intelligence to decide the best settings that can generate the sound of the source sample.

Synplant VST Review

Synplant is a great tool to convert your samples into a full working synth patch. It is also a big lead ahead of modern sampling that can only stretch or repitch the samples. Synplant is divided into 2 main features – Genopatch and Synth. The Genopatch analyzes and generates the synth patch closest to the source sample. The synth part allows sound designers to further refine and modify the sound as per their requirements.

Synplant is available for Windows and macOS in VST 2, VST3, and AU formats.

Price: $149

Learn More

Derailer by Physical Audio

Derailer is one of the most unique Physical Modelling plugins in the VST marketplace. Although there are many plugins that use the physical modeling sound engine, most of them emulate certain instrument. Derailer is not inspired by any particular instrument but rather by the essence of the physical instrument itself.

Derailer VST Review

The Derailer use a mathematical model of strings, bars, and spring. You can control the perameters of the sound that is not possible by your general synths. For example, Derailer can change the Mass and linearlity of the sound. It is a great plugin for sound designers who are looking for something natural yet experimental. Derailer is available in VST format for Windows and macOS.

Price: $109

Learn More

Pocket Dimension by Freakshow Industries

The Freakshow Industry is responsible for developing some of the most bizarre yet interesting plugins of all time. Although all of their plugins are unique, the Pocket Dimension is in a league of its own. The Pocket dimension is great for adding glitch, reverse, and other time-related effects to your audio.

Pocket Dimension by Freakshow Industries

What makes Pocket Dimension unique is the way it applies the effect. Unlike most time and pitch effect VSTs that use envelopes, LFO, and other types of modulations, Pocket Dimension uses Images to apply random glitch effects. You can use an XY pad to create random glitches and generate amazing textures. 

Price: $30

Learn More


Thanks for reading!We hope you will find this list of unusual yet astounding plugins helpful. Make sure to check out our latest Free and Premium Sample Packs, the Thickify VST plugin and other resources for music producer.