MusicRadar’s round up of the finest synth, drum machine, sampler and effect plugins you can buy right now.

There’s no doubt about it, plugins sit at the very heart of the software-based studio, and in this round-up, we’ll reveal – in our opinion – the finest virtual instruments and effects money can currently buy. Our choices are spread across 12 categories, and you can consider this the best of the best.

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