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FL STUDIO HARDSTYLE PLUGINS | The 5 Best VSTs for Making Hardstyle, Rawstyle or Hardcore

In this post you’ll discover what the 5 best VSTs for making hardstyle, rawstyle or hardcore music are. It’ll be all third-party VSTs (Instruments & FX) suitable for FL Studio. I use them on a regular basis.

The 5 best hardstyle plugins

If you want to find out my top 5 favorite FL Studio plugins, please check out the 5 Best FL Studio Plugins for EDM lesson. I’m a big advocate of using FL Studio stock plugins. They’re awesome and I use them just as regularly, or even more.

If you’re new to FL Studio, start now with the FL Studio Beginner’s Guide. Many people have taken this ultimate shortcut with great success, but be quick while it’s still available.

For today, keep in mind that these are my personal top 5 hardstyle plugins. Your experience might differ. But for each plugin, I have some reasons why I like to use it.

So, let’s dive in. These are my top 5 third-party plugins for hardstyle, rawstyle or hardcore, or actually any type of EDM…

5. FabFilter Pro Q – Effect (Equalizer, EQ)

  • Very easy to use.
  • Notes, frequencies & analyzers can be used to EQ your sounds.
  • Many advanced options to shape your sounds perfectly.
  • MY BEST USE: Mixing & Layering.

4. Izotope Ozone – Effect (Mastering tool)

  • Very flexible design.
  • Many different tools in 1 plugin.
  • Very diverse for shaping your sound or mix.
  • MY BEST USE: Mastering track.

3. Izotope Trash – Effect (Distortion)

  • Very easy to use.
  • Many different distortion types.
  • You can shape these distortion types in many ways.
  • MY BEST USE: Making distorted kicks & screeches.

2. Massive – Synthesizer

  • Can produce sick sounds.
  • Very flexible with almost an infinite amount of possibilities.
  • You can automate about any knob.
  • MY BEST USE: Making screeches & distorted leads.

Honorable mention – Valhalla (Reverb)

  • Great high-quality sounding reverb with many room.

1. Sylenth1 – Synthesizer

  • Very easy to use.
  • Sounds great.
  • Flexible approach to sound design.
  • MY BEST USE: Making leads, strings or “trancy” sound.

What are your favorite hardstyle plugins?

So, do you agree with my list? what are your favorite hardstyle plugins? Do you have a different top 5? Let me know and leave a comment below this post!

If you’re making hardstyle yourself, I highly recommend starting today with the EDM Mixing Guide. It will instantly reveal how you can make your track sound like an established pro. Don’t miss out on this one.


For this lesson, the following plugins were used:

  • FabFilter Pro Q 2
  • iZotope Ozone
  • iZotope Trash
  • Massive (from Native Instruments)
  • ValhallaRoom
  • Sylenth1 (from Lennar Digital)

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