If you ever want to spice up your music, then adding some well placed glitch effects and sounds will bring on the heat. I love taking a violin part, vocal, or lead and glitching it out. It adds a really unique sound and captures the listener. There are lots of tools out there to morph and mangle. In this article I am going to give you a rundown of the top 6 VST’s and effects I use for glitching out samples.
1. Hysteresis by Glitchmachines
Let’s start off with a pinch of some smeared out granular delay. Hysteresis is a free VST for Mac and PC by Glitchmachines.com. This device will take any input and stretch the sound, though a combination of delays and granular filters. In their words, it “creating robotic artifacts and abstract musical malfunctions.”
I love throwing these devices on drums or leads and using the Random button. I will then tweak it until I get these strange mechanical stretching sounds. I’ll resample that sound and use it as a strange layer in my track. This VST definitely makes some strange noises, and many of them are unusable. Just mess with it and edit the sounds to give you some interesting top layers to your track. Check out their demo video.
2. FIRE by MDSP
FIRE is a hidden weapon in my arsenal. It’s a combination of short delays and panning to give this sharp little sparkles. It’s very easy to use and is available for MAC and Windows. I love using this VST on instruments more then on drums. It can add a really unique ghost delay. Perfect for pianos, or plucked instruments.
With shorter settings it works great on snare and high-hat to give a stuttered tail to things.
3. dblue Glitch
First off lets get this out of the way, this VST is Windows only. Yeah… I know, bummer. Luckily I use a PC (Yes, you can tell me how my life can be better in the comments). I have been using dblue Glitch free VST for a long time. The random feature and simple controls make it really easy to come up with new rhythmic glitch patterns. All you have to do is throw it on any track and start tweaking the pattern and the different effects. It’s similar to Effectrics in this way, but it only has one layer.
Good News for the MAC users out there is that Glitch 2.0 has come out on PC and Mac. It is, however $59.