Get glitchy with these three best glitch VST plugins of 2021. Sometimes, we want a little something extra in our sounds and mixes. It could be for rhythmic purposes or to add a flare of something new, interesting, and surprising.
In this article, we’ve compiled the three best glitch VST plugins you can find. And trust us, with either of these three in your arsenal, you won’t need anything else.
Without further ado, let’s dive in with our first choice – the famous Effectrix.
1. Effectrix (by Sugar Bytes)
If you're looking for a glitch VST plugin that does everything from introducing loops and weird stretching to delays, stutters, and filtering, you need to check out Effectrix.
Effectrix is an easy-to-use multi-effect sequencer that works by painting your desired effect into blocks. When you start playing your track, the sequencer starts moving along in your set number of steps. Whenever you want a particular effect to trigger, paint that block in the sequencer.
This glitch plugin offers 14 different time-synced effects ranging from classic ones like Phaser to more complex ones like loop, x-loop, and tonal delays. All the effects sound fantastic and can be controlled with dry and wet knobs to get the right amount.
As you start painting the blocks, you realize how simple Effectrix is to use to transform your sound. Whether you want a completely glitched sound or want to add reverb at certain notes, this plugin will get you there.
If you’re feeling low on inspiration, which will be hard to feel with this plugin, you can resort to any of the hundreds of global and effect presets to get your perfect sound.
Effectrix is one of the best glitch VST plugins out there right now.
2. Glitch 2 (by Illformed)
Quite a while back, the original Glitch plugin took the electronic music world by storm. The free plugin decorated almost every DAW around the block, and in many tracks, you could hear its interesting glitching effects. Now, the latest version, Glitch 2 is here – and it’s just as cool-sounding.
Glitch 2 looks and feels similar to Effectrix. They are both multi-effect sequencers, meaning you paint your desired effects into the block sequencer.
Each effect, ranging from lo-fi, modulator, tape stops, reversers, and more comes with the perfect number of controls. Each module gives you a filter and mixer control for dry/wet, panning, and volume control. Then, of course, you'll get the effect-specific controls.
The Glitch 2 is completely tempo-synced, meaning your sequencer will play right on the beat with all its effects. And if you want to go crazy, try the randomize and mutate functions for super interesting results!
Given its low price, this is an excellent tool for glitch and stutter effects. When you try it, you'll be amazed at how it can take virtually any sound and transform it into something inspiring and amazing.
3. Stutter Edit 2 (by iZotope)
iZotope are masters at plugins in mixing, mastering, and creative audio effects – and the Stutter Edit 2 is no exception. As of now, it’s probably the most extensive and powerful glitch and stutter plugin you can find.
No matter if you’re looking for rhythm or pitch effects, the Stutter 2 will always deliver. Dice and slice your samples, tracks, and mixes in any way you wish. And with the new auto mode, you can create complex rhythmic effects with the touch of a button.
Stutter 2 comes with an abundance of top-quality effects that sound great on their own and even better when combined in new ways. The glitch plugin also features a new curve editor that allows you to click any slider and edit the timing down to the last details.
If you’re looking for a unified and powerful way of injecting ear candy into your sounds and mixes, you must check out the Stutter Edit 2 – you will not be disappointed.
Rather than trying to create glitch effects by slicing and dicing samples or repeating your audio loops, a glitch VST plugin gives you a solid workflow and field to express your creativity.
Also, it allows you to quickly change or combine different effects for a constantly evolving and moving sound.
Now, you have learned about three excellent glitch VST plugins that will take your glitch and stutter creations to the next level.
Whether you choose to go with Effectrix, Glitch 2, or Stutter Edit 2 doesn’t matter – they’re all well-made and beautifully sounding.
Now get out there and get creative!
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About the author
Pelle Sundin is a Swedish music producer and writer, active with his chillout project PLMTRZ. He also produces psytrance. When he's not producing, he surfs, skates, and chugs coffee.