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Top40 music of today: what soundware are they using?
Old 5th July 2019
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Top40 music of today: what soundware are they using?

Particularly that softer dance kick and the rest of the sounds save the acoustic ones. What virtual instruments are used these days for the top40 music now?
Old 14th July 2019
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Not all at once
Old 14th July 2019
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Not all at once
Who knows? That is the answer.

For example, I have loads of virtual
instruments. I might use two or three kicks
from Battery 4, an acoustic kick from
Superior Drummer 3, and a sub-kick from
Punchbox. And thats just for kick drums.
I might use four to six snares from multiple
sources, five different hats, crash cymbals
from one virtual drum VI and ride cymbals
from another VI.

And then there’s bass..

The point is it is always multiple sounds
from multiple sources. As to which sounds
exactly..you’d have to ask the track producers
for documentation of the sessions.
Old 26th July 2019
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It's a more open question: if you were to create top 40 music what sound plugins would you most likely be using.

I'm not after production ideas. Sure I know that layers of kicks snares etc will make up the drums individually for each song, same for sounds

But which ones would surely be your main ingredients to cook up a top 40 song today?
Old 31st July 2019
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It's a more open question: if you were to create top 40 music what sound plugins would you most likely be using.

I'm not after production ideas. Sure I know that layers of kicks snares etc will make up the drums individually for each song, same for sounds

But which ones would surely be your main ingredients to cook up a top 40 song today?
Depends on genre. Urban? EDM? Dance? Rock?
Country?

Listen to the top 10 in each of those genres
you can easily tell what the “go-to” sounds are,
For example, country is always guitars..
Old 31st July 2019
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It's a more open question: if you were to create top 40 music what sound plugins would you most likely be using.

I'm not after production ideas. Sure I know that layers of kicks snares etc will make up the drums individually for each song, same for sounds

But which ones would surely be your main ingredients to cook up a top 40 song today?
808 trap drums would be the only consistent specific sound I hear in the urban side of top 40.

There are now huge amounts of great sounding sample libraries and great sounding synths, there isn't really a dominant plugin or set of plugins anymore (the way Massive was essential for dubstep and dubstep influenced pop, or the way Sylenth was essential for 2012ish electronic pop). There isn't even a consistent DAW (or three main DAWs) being used anymore. So many quality options in so many directions now.

Post some specific songs and perhaps people here can give a better idea.
Old 18th August 2019
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Definitely the ole white casino with one speaker
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