Sometimes you work on banging out a tune and just can’t be bothered fine-tuning your synths and samples with white gloves for hours on end. Or you are the kind of producer that prefers working ready-made sounds into their compositions. Maybe you are just getting into a new genre and want to explore some characteristic presets to get a feel for it. Whatever the case, having a set of solid sounds to fall back onto is always a good option.
Trap Illuminator, the latest plug-in by G-Sonique, is geared towards trending trap music styles and their distinctly alarming sounds like booming bass drums, tense synth lines, gutter FX, vocal chops, and anything else that drops hard and puts you in the mood to squander some haters. It comes with 136 ready-to-go instruments that, together, sound like modern trap music encyclopedia. The palate is diverse – there are synths, plucks, strings, layered leads, orchestral hits, voice chops and blips, drums, basslines, and FX soundbites to give your beats unbeatable street cred.
Being a sample-based instrument, Trap Illuminator comes with a choice of basic sound manipulation tools as found on the typical sampler – LFO with rate & depth controls to modulate volume and expression, pan, pitch, ADSR (attack, decay, sustain, release envelopes) glide, and modes (mono, legato, polyphonic). In addition to these, you can always tweak the sounds further with external plug-ins – though you will probably find them quite processed-sounding as they are.
Overall, Trap Illuminator is a solid piece of kit for what it is. It’s also dirt-cheap, like all G-Sonique plug-ins, so having access to a decent rompler all-tooled-up for trappin’ with some hard-hitting sounds is a great thing!
Price and availability
Trap Illuminator costs 20 EUR, though the first 100 to buy it will get it for 17 EUR. It’s available in 32 and 64-bit AU and VST formats for Windows and Mac computers. A demo version with a limited selection of instruments that blurts out noises every 20 seconds and expires in 30 days is also available.