19 Best Glitch VST Plugins 2024

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From video game music to EDM to dub to prog rock, glitchy sound effects can end up working in a variety of genres and musical situations.

How are these effects achieved? Oftentimes, in the past, they were created by using effects and processing gear in unintended ways or by pushing settings to extreme.

But nowadays, you’ve got all manner of glitch VST plugins that can deliver all kinds of mayhem all by their lonesome. In this guide, we look at the best glitch VST plugins.

Infiltrator 2 by Devious Machines – Best Overall

Infiltrator 2 by Devious Machines – Best Overall

Devious Machines’ Infiltrator 2 is a multi-effects sound designer tool. Up to 10 effects can be stacked, sequenced, and modulated simultaneously.

Infiltrator 2 comes with 54 effects (distortions, filters, modulation, reverb, delay, spectral manipulation, and more). There are even 12 distortion models.

If you have no idea where to get started, you’ve got nothing to worry about. This baby comes with 1,500+ presets covering an array of sounds and genres.

The 32-step sequencer lets you take full advantage of any combination of 10 effects, which you can activate separately or together.

There are also four macro controls you can assign to any parameter, swing, randomize, pitch snapping, compressors, overdrives, and more.

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H910 Harmonizer by Eventide – Best Premium Option

H910 Harmonizer by Eventide – Best Premium Option

Eventide is well known for their variety and quality of groundbreaking pitch, modulation, and echo effects. Eventide’s H910 Harmonizer is unexpected, unpredictable, and a ton of fun – perfect for lo-fi style effects.

The H910 Harmonizer brings together the best aspects of modulation, delay, and pitch shifting to the table. From David Bowie and AC/DC to Frank Zappa, many artists have taken advantage of this classic effect on their recordings.

What can you do with it? You can fatten up snares, widen guitars, add organic de-tuning to synths, or even adorn vocals with slap-back delays. Crank up the dials to create drones, weird mechanical sounds, robo-voices, anti-feedback, and more.

Eventide sought to make a classic better, so they added keyboard and envelope pitch control, a mixer, and output 2 delay group.

Altogether, the H910 Harmonizer comes with keyboard and MIDI mapping, envelope follower, OUT2 delay group, analog modeling, MIDI and anti-feedback for pitch perfect adjustments, optional glitching, delay rhythms and melodies, self-oscillation, individual controls for delay outputs and wet / dry mix, mix lock, and more.

You also get hundreds of presets, some of which were created by the likes of Robin Finck, Chris Carter, Joe Chiccarelli, The Bucher Bros., Sasha, and Roy Hendrickson.

The original H910 Harmonizer is what brought the term “glitch” into modern parlance, and this effect was used creatively in various productions. Eventide removed the glitching with the introduction of their H949, but don’t worry – they brought it back for the plugin edition of the H910.

When you buy the H910 Harmonizer, you also get Eventide’s H910 Dual Harmonizer, which is like running two H910s in parallel for doubling and other unique effects.

From modulation and delay to pitch shifting and glitching, the H910 Harmonizer is a suite of extreme versatility. That makes it our best premium selection.

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Bite Harder by denise – Best Budget Option

Bite Harder by denise – Best Budget Option

denise’s Bite Harder takes your sounds where hardware simply can’t, and offers up versatile sound design functionality to boot.

Bite Harder features a push-pull graph, which lets you select the frequencies you want to crush. It’s even automatable.

Alongside classic bit crushing controls, Bite Harder comes with the Silky dial for smoothing out the effect, sample and individual bit parameters, FX layer, and drive.

So, your main sections are Reduce, Resample, Silky, Distort, and Clipper.

Bite Harder also comes with presets via Florian Meindl, FX (repeat, glitch, repeat & stutter, drive, random), and more.

If bold, extreme bit crushing effects are your style, then you’ll want to check out Bite Harder, our great sounding, versatile, and affordable budget selection.

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Effectrix by Sugar Bytes

Effectrix by Sugar Bytes

Sugar Bytes’ creative multi-effect sequencer Effectrix lets you paint colored blocks in the sequencer, altering the audio signal in fun and interesting ways. Effectix gives you the ability to loop, scratch, reverse, stretch, stutter, crush, filter, add FX, and more, for a total of 14 effects.

Each effect comes with its own configurable parameters and two modulation tracks, so you have complete control over how they sound. Parameters can be controlled using the built-in LFO, envelope follower, external MIDI, or automation.

If you’d like, you can store up to 12 sequences in an Effectrix preset and switch between them using the built-in controls or your MIDI controller.

For all types of EDM and glitch FX, Effectrix is a competent option, and it can even be used as a performance tool.

In summary, Effectrix comes with a 16-step sequencer and tempo divider, 14 effects, 12 storable patterns, swing feature, copy / paste, chaos button, loop length, unique parameters for each effect, two modulation tracks, and hundreds of global presets per effect.

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MRhythmizerMB by MeldaProduction

MRhythmizerMB by MeldaProduction

MeldaProduction’s MRhythmizerMB comes with six bands of mayhem that allow for scratching, repeating, gating, glitching, and more.

This baby comes with 36 sequences, multiband scratching, and modulation – in fact, you can modulate any parameter, and all modulators can work as an LFO, enveloper, audio level follower, pitch detector, or randomizer.

MRhythmizerMB also comes with some standard Melda features like a resizable UI, adjustable oscillator, four multi-parameters, automatic gain compensation, safety limiter, sinc interpolation, MIDI learn, and more.

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Glitch Bitch by Vengeance Sound

Glitch Bitch by Vengeance Sound

The somewhat vulgar and humorously named Glitch Bitch is Vengeance Sound’s outrageous and versatile glitch and stutter effect perfectly suited to modern club productions.

Mangle your audio, shorten or lengthen buffer sizes, sync buffer to host tempo, revers buffers, change the tone with HP and LP filters, apply rate reducing, take advantage of the advanced buffer mode, pitch down buffers, apply pan and volume modulations, draw custom envelopes, use the internal sequencer for triggering, and much more.

In case you aren’t sure where to get started, you can take advantage of 140 Manuel Schleis presets too.

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Digitalis by Aberrant DSP

Digitalis by Aberrant DSP

Aberrant DSP’s Digitalis is a multi-effect glitching and digital degradation tool that takes after bad converters, intermittent internet connections, scratched CDs, and other errors.

Digitalis features three main windows.

The first is the Data Manipulation window, which comes with spectral filtering PaintBox, pitch section, and telecommunications.

The second is the Corruption window, with decimate, dynamic bit-crushing, and bitrot.

Finally, there’s the Time window with the repeater section, pitch shift and bend controls, as well as rhythm glitch and pitch glitch control.

Digitalis also features customizable window order, a 16-step tempo-synced sequencer with four effect slots, advanced AI assistant, and 98 presets with a custom preset system.

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MISHBY by Freakshow Industries

MISHBY by Freakshow Industries

Freakshow Industries’ MISHBY is like a broken tape machine with a bad attitude (and a sense of humor). The product description is well worth a look if you like learning nothing but enjoy reading creative copywriting.

What does this thing do? Well, that’s not entirely clear. But from the user interface, we can tell that it’s supposed to be a hodgepodge of duct-taped tools that corrupt your audio with distortion, noise, desyncing, and more.

Evidently, you can get cheap cassette tape style noise, multi-band phase-desynced tape wow, self-care (no idea what this is), digital decode, band-focused glitch with length and reset probability, and inspirational quotes or life advice.

There is a built-in assistant that will tell you a little bit about the parameters as you hover over them, but as you might expect, they’re a little mercurial too.

MISHBY nevertheless shows considerable potential as your all in one lo-fi / glitch / audio mangler VST plugin. See it in action in the video below.

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Replicant 2 by Audio Damage

Replicant 2 by Audio Damage

Audio Damage’s Replicant was one of the first buffer effects of its kind. Replicant 2 adds stutter for even more glitchy goodness. Perfect for electronic music of all genres, you can create all manner of filter drops and stuttering buffers using Replicant 2. Also try the randomization feature if you dare.

All in all, Replicant 2 comes with tempo-based delay and looping effects, stutter for further subdivisions, seven randomization controls, Hold feature, low-pass and high-pass filters, pan position, two direction modes, and MIDI note or front panel triggering.

Glitchy computer sounds are but a few clicks away with Replicant 2.

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Skew by Sinevibes

Skew by Sinevibes

Sinevibes’ Skew is a non-linear audio reverser that can warp the playback speed using non-linear curves. The included parameters allow for a wide range of tweaking, which allows for pitch slides, reversing, tape rewind, detune, scratching, and yes, glitching.

Skew can be manipulated in real time, but it’s also automatable.

Altogether, Skew features transport synchronization, six non-linear curves, fractional chunk size adjustment with 256 values, smoothing envelopes (with optional overlapping), DJ-style crossfade, lag filters, multiple configurations (mono, mono / stereo, and stereo / stereo), built-in preset management, and window size scaling up to 200%.

In the video below, you get to hear the effect on a synth, acoustic guitar, and electric guitar.

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TimeShaper 3 by Cableguys

TimeShaper 3 by Cableguys

Cableguys’ TimeShaper 3 is a versatile effect that lets you manipulate time in a variety of ways. Whether it’s DJ-style scratching, rearranging your beat, adding a tape stop, retro vinyl “wow,” half-time effects, reverse, combos, multiband, or custom chorus / flange FX, there’s so much for you to explore using this VST.

Overall, you get a resizable interface, retina / HiDPI support, built-in help, Wave presets, nine slots for custom Waves, dry / wet mix per band, master mix, smoothed bypass, solo bands, spectrum view, oscilloscope view, and expandable LFO.

You also get LFO loop length, auto-rate modulation, 2x / 3x button, unlimited undo / redo for LFO wave edits, selection skewing, and much more.

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Convex by Glitchmachines

Convex by Glitchmachines

Glitchmachines always has something in store for those hunting down all that glitchy glamor. And Convex is one of multiple options worth considering.

This multi-effects VST lets you create skewed digital textures, syncopated patterns, and contorted artifacts. Convex takes advantage of a pitch shifter, multimode filter, and delay to deliver creative effects.

But there are two of each effect, and you can crossfade between them! That’s what makes it what it is. Plus, you can modulate most things.

Convex features dual pitch, delay, and filter FX, dual envelope followers, dual mixers, four LFOs with sync, scalable user interface, over 70 factory presets, and more.

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Palindrome by Glitchmachines

Palindrome by Glitchmachines

I guess Glitchmachines’ Palindrome isn’t exactly a glitch VST plugin per se, but with all the bizarre things you can do with it, it may as well be.

Palindrome fuses four granular samplers, a coordinate plotting grid, and modulation sources. This allows for the morphing of sounds and instruments.

Within the main grid section, you can create custom paths for the playhead to follow. This corresponds with the outputs of the samplers.

This baby also comes with eight user-definable multi-breakpoint modulation envelopes for creating detailed modulation shapes. It even features dual effects processors per sampler, shape presets, randomization system, global reverb, 70+ factory presets, and a 1.4 GB sample library.

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Rerun v2 by Sinevibes

Rerun v2 by Sinevibes

Sinevibes’ Rerun v2 is a self-randomizing repeater that takes small samples of your audio, plays them back, and repeats the process. But with each new round of repetition, the plugin will randomize the number of repeats and slice size. It even pauses or engages based on the probability setting.

Choose from three playback modes – forward, reverse, and alternating. You’ll also find stereo link and envelope time controls. Whether it’s rhythms, glitches, or reversing, Rerun v2 can bring a fresh flavor to your productions on command.

In total, Rerun v2 comes with up to 600 ms slice size, up to 50x repetition, variable repeater engagement probability (with summed and gated modes), forward, reverse, alternating playback modes, adjustable slice envelope, separate or stereo-linked operation, lag filters, and multiple configurations – mono, mono / stereo, and stereo / stereo.

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Cryogen by Glitchmachines

Cryogen by Glitchmachines

Glitchmachines’ Cryogen is a modular buffer effects processor with dual buffer effects, dual multimode filters, dual bit crushers, and a drop and drop modulation matrix. This makes it the perfect tool for sound designers and electronic producers alike.

The built-in LFO comes with optional 100x rate multipliers. With Cryogen, you can also use incoming audio to modulate most parameters. Plus, the convolving signal multipliers let you combine audio signals with modulation signals.

Cryogen also comes with a convenient 140 factory presets.

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Granulizer 2 by Inertia Sound Systems

Granulizer 2 by Inertia Sound Systems

Inertia Sound Systems’ Granulizer 2 is a creative sound design tool with a versatile DSP engine.

The latest iteration was developed from the ground up, and it features a cleaner interface, grain warping module, HIVE section (diffusion delay with zero-delay feedback analog modeled filters), preset system, and a new dark theme.

Altogether, you get time-stretching, pitch-shifting, granular resynthesis, spectrum manipulation, diffusion effect, spectral shaping, frequency shifter, grain warping, Magic knob (subtle randomization), diffusion delay, waveform view, preset system, on-screen tooltips, and a minimal UI.

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Cataract 2 by Glitchmachines

Cataract 2 by Glitchmachines

Glitchmachines calls Cataract 2 a segment multiplexer. This tool was created especially for sound design and electronic music.

Cataract 2 features dual sample scanner modules, multi-mode filter & delay, FX module and dedicated sequencer, XMOD crossfade module, global parameter sequencer, scan sequencers, randomization tools, scalable interface, sample bank, and 100 presets.

With Cataract 2, all manner of glitchy mayhem is possible.

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Flux Pro by Caelum Audio

Flux Pro by Caelum Audio

Caelum Audio’s Flux Pro is a powerful multi-FX modulator. From pulsing sidechains and stereo waves to mechanical glitches and striking filters, this plugin puts the power of modulation in your hands.

Flux Pro comes with three customizable graphs, four effects slots, 10 modulation effects, and even 48 built-in modulation shapes.

The effect arsenal includes chorus / flanger, phaser, filter 1, filter 2, width, delay, delay (fixed), rate modulation, ring modulation, and utility.

All in all, you get three custom graphs (assignable to any modulation parameter), 10 effects, four effects slots, 48 shapes, MIDI triggering, output graphs as MIDI CC, voltage graph output, and 115 presets.

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Calc-U-Synth by Heavyocity

Calc-U-Synth by Heavyocity

Taking after the Casio VL-Tone, Heavyocity’s Calc-U-Synth is a hybrid calculator / synthesizer with a calculator and synthesizer mode.

The monophonic synth comes with five preset sounds and a user programmable ADSR slot.

This plugin was designed to give you everything you got with the VL-Tone, except in a more convenient package. The built-in speaker was analyzed and modeled, and even the key-click sounds were sampled.

There are several features that can extend its functionality, though – an arpeggiator, filter & delay effect module, and circuit-bending glitch controls.

Calc-U-Synth also comes with 74 snapshots and nine Reaktor Blocks. To use this virtual instrument, you will require Reaktor or Reaktor Player.

Just in case – this is not a virtual effect, and it’s not exclusively a glitchy synthesizer either. It comes with glitch controls, but these are to be used on the synth specifically.

But if you like classic video game style synthesizer sounds, you will love this entry as well as the ability to add a glitchy vibe to it.

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What Should I Look For In A Glitch VST Plugin?

Plugin selection is mostly individual. Which means that what works for you may not necessarily work for another, and vice versa.

But the glitch category of plugins is where there really are no right or wrong answers. No rules whatsoever. After all, audio degradation and mangling are the whole point! So, the more outrageous, the more awful, the more random, the better.

Plus, all the plugins we’ve looked at in this guide are high quality and highly rated. Obviously, they are not created equal, as some can do more while some do less. But if you’re just getting started, you can’t go wrong with any.

That said, it’s not as though there aren’t any factors worth considering. So, in the sections that follow, we’ll be exploring:

  • Glitching techniques / effects
  • Features
  • Budget

If you’re still stuck, these are buying considerations well worth exploring. So, let’s get into this.

Glitching Techniques / Effects

Different plugins use different techniques or effects to produce a glitchy sound.

Buffers, filters, reversing, bit crushing, pitch shifting, delay, lo-fi (tape, vinyl, etc.), and some combinations thereof are among the most popular techniques, though the former should not be considered a comprehensive list.

How a plugin sounds will depend a lot on the effects used, so sound quality ties in directly to techniques or effects employed.

There’s no one right way to glitch audio. Basically, there are only “wrong” ways because that’s how audio becomes glitched in the first place.

It’s well worth listening to each plugin, as it will give you a good idea of what they’re all capable of. It should also give you a better idea which you like most, and which will be most applicable to your productions.

Features

When it comes to features, you’re probably looking at some combination of effects, randomization, modulation, step sequencer, presets and preset management, MIDI functionality, scalable UI, and so on.

Features are never uniform across the board, but it’s safe to say there isn’t as much to consider here as there would be with other categories of plugins – synths, for example.

As is typically the case, spending more will tend to get you more. But you’ll probably find that even the middle of the road glitch VST plugins are quite capable overall.

If you know what you need in terms of features, there isn’t too much to think about here. But if you aren’t sure yet, then it’s well worth exploring the above plugins in more detail.

It’s safe to say that the more you need to be able to do with the plugin, the more features it should have. Otherwise, you’re basically stuck with the same FX. But if you only need to perform a glitch job every now and again, you may not need a more sophisticated option.

Give it some thought!

Budget

Glitch VST plugins generally don’t cost an arm and a leg, and the ones showcased here fall under the $30 to $250 range. Whether it’s reverbs, auto-tune, or synthesizers, you can spend considerably more on other, sexier categories of plugins.

But VST plugins can be quite addicting, and the tendency will be to buy more than you need. It’s a challenge sticking to your shopping list!

It’s okay if you end up buying more than one plugin, but we encourage you to avoid overspending. Do not go into debt for any music production related purchases. If you’ve committed to buying a higher priced plugin and don’t have the money right now, save up for it.

We want you to enjoy your musical journey, not be crying over your credit card bill alone!

Top Glitch VST Plugins, Final Thoughts

Glitching can add a lot of magic to your tracks. It can make dull or boring sounds interesting. It can add a unique flavor to your beats. And, at times, it can really make the track!

Glitching comes in a few different flavors. Acquaint yourself with the options available and use them in targeted ways. That’s how to get the best possible results!

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