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FL STUDIO HARDSTYLE PLUGINS | The 5 Best VST’s for Making Hardstyle, Rawstyle or Hardcore

In this lesson 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.

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Before you dive in…

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.

For this lesson, 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 plugins?

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


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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