When it comes to Arcade VST, there’s definitely no shortage of flexibility to create great music. We’ve compiled a list of our five favorite plugins under $50 that work seamlessly with Arcade. Whether you’re in a production session – or creating the next big sound – do it with an adaptive option that’s years ahead of other samplers.
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1. Random Riff Generator – $38
Random Riff Generator is a Max For Live device that generates sequences and riffs. It’s compatible with practically anything that accepts a MIDI signal…like synths and drum machines. Try using it with Arcade to bring to life tasty grooves or melodies just by holding down a single key.
ARCADE tip #1
When using any kind of ARP or Riff Generator with Arcade, be sure that you’ve set the scale to CMaj/Amin (only white keys). This ensures that every note generated from the device will trigger a loop in Arcade.When using any kind of ARP or Riff Generator with Arcade, be sure that you’ve set the scale to CMaj/Amin (only white keys). This ensures that every note generated from the device will trigger a loop in Arcade.
2. DAW LP – $40
While some producers love the flexibility and convenience of digital, there are quite a few who embrace the warmth inherent with analog. DAW LP is a vinyl player simulation plug-in with countless fine-tuning possibilities. Pair it with Arcade to simulate the low-frequency hum, crackle, and amp noise that give songs that uniquely vintage vibe.
3. HalfTime – $12
The HalfTime VST takes any audio track and converts it into a decelerated, moodier version of itself. Use it with Arcade to create instant trap/hip-hop sounds heard in music from producers like Armin van Buuren, David Guetta, Metro Boomin & 808 Mafia… or throw it into the mix for an atmosphere ala the Chemical Brothers. At just $12, it’s an interesting alternative to FL Studio’s Gross Beat (that costs nearly $100). But if you have a Benjamin in your budget, consider their Shaper Box Bundle which includes HalfTime.
ARCADE tip #2
If you love the way HalfTime transforms your audio, pair it with Arcade’s Playhead modifier to give yourself increased control. Playhead is ideal for performing quick reverse turnarounds, speed changes, or jumping to a particular point in Loops at the press of a key.
4. Backmask – $20
We are obviously big fans of playing audio in REVerse, and the Freakshow Industries’ Backmask VST plugin takes things to a new, weird level. As their marketing team jokes, “We eliminate the learning curve by making it impossible to learn.”
Load it with Arcade, start twisting some knobs, and enjoy the wild ride. They offer a free version, but it’s well worth the $20. When they say they have no intention of making “safe and traditional, baby-food smooth, color-by-numbers effects,” they’re not kidding.
5. Scaler – $49
This MIDI tool is an effortless means to writing chord progressions thanks to note detection and chord suggestions. Once you’re satisfied with the progressions you’ve made with Scaler, just drag the MIDI into any other virtual instrument (like Analog Brass & Winds). If you’re interested in Scaler but you want to explore even more functionalities, check out the Mixed In Key’s Captain Plugins.