It’s really fascinating when you think how easy it is today to make your own home studio and be able to make solid music with it.
What’s more, you can even set up a mobile studio with your laptop and an audio interface and take it anywhere with you to either record or just make your music.
It’s something that opens up new possibilities and was unimaginable back in the old days.
So everything is about having a solid DAW like Ableton and some quality plugins these days.
What’s also great is that you can even rent different plugins by using some handy services today.
In this brief guide, we will be taking a closer look and explaining how so-called “rent-to-own” plugin services work, as well as some great products that you can get on them.
So in case you were wondering how this whole rent-to-own thing works, we’ll try and clear things up for you.
The whole idea is to have a service and a system that will allow you to rent plugins for a certain monthly price.
But, as the name of this concept would suggest, if you rent these plugins long enough to pay for their full price, the product (or, in some cases, a bundle of multiple products) is yours.
It’s the same principle we see on the housing market when you rent a home for a while, see if it fits your needs, and decide if you want to keep paying for it until you pay off the full price. You can just cancel any time you want.
What’s really useful here is that you no longer need to deal with demos and all the annoying features that come with such them.
And you don’t have to buy a full version after 30 days only to realize that you don’t really like this product 3 months after paying the full license price.
Is there a plugin you think will help you in your creative endeavors?
Try and rent it for a few months and see what the full product with all of its features is like.
If you think you’ll need the plugin in the longterm, you can keep renting it until you pay off the full price.
If you need it for some smaller tweaks and adjustments in a few of your songs, then rent it for a month or two.
It really is that simple.
There are usually no extra charges and you pay around the same price in the end as you would for the plugin on the creator’s website.
The plugins you can purchase via these services can be effects, synths, or any other different products, sometimes even entire Digital Audio Workstations.
It’s especially useful if there’s a pricy plugin that you set your eyes on but can’t afford to pay the full price upfront. All of the best vst plugins, the ones used by the pros, are now available for anyone with a few extra dollars per month.
With all this in mind, we’ll now go into some of the rent-to-own plugin services that you can find online.
Splice is one of the most famous services of this kind.
On there, you can also buy royalty-free samples, get your hands on some of the plugins in the rent-to-own section, or even buy DAWs.
Splice can either be used in the browser or via their specialized desktop app.
This desktop app allows you to open project files of a few different DAWs: Logic Pro, Ableton Live, GarageBand, or FL Studio.
It also comes as an extremely useful service for collaborative projects, serving as sort of a GitHub for musicians. The rented plugins can be used in individual DAWs or within the app.
Whether it’s plugins or any other services that they offer, you can purchase them with Splice credits. There are four pricing models for buying these credits, going from $7.99 per month up to $139.99 per year.
At the moment, there are 27 plugins and DAWs to choose from. The list includes Ozone 9 Advanced compressor and EQ, Serum synth, Punchbox distortion and synth, and others.
Check out the full list here:
|Plugin Name||Plugin Maker|
|1. Serum||Xfer Records|
|2. Ozone 9 Advanced||iZotope|
|3. VocalSynth 2||iZotope|
|4. Nectar 3||iZotope|
|5. Neutron 3 Advanced||iZotope|
|6. V Collection 7||Arturia|
|7. Studio One Professional||PreSonus|
|8. Ozone 9 + Neutron 3 Advanced||iZotope|
|9. Decimort 2||D16 Group|
|12. RX 7 Standard||iZotope|
|13. Punchbox||D16 Group|
|14. Neutron 3 Standard||iZotope|
|15. Toraverb 2||D16 Group|
|16. Devastor 2||D16 Group|
|17. Ozone 9 Standard||iZotope|
|18. Ozone 9 + Neutron 3 Standard||iZotope|
|21. Regroover Pro||Accusonus|
|24. D16 FX Bundle||D16 Group|
|26. Tekturon||D16 Group|
|27. Antresol||D16 Group|
Waves.com is a service that sells an abundance of different plugins.
There are over 200 plugins for any kind of studio work that you need: effects, synths, distortions, even specialized professional-level guitar plugins.
Check out the full list below:
These plugins and different software can be bought in bundles.
There are three basic subscription models for bundles: Flex that’s $9.99 per month, Platinum that’s $49 per month, and Mercury that’s $149 per month.
The subscription lasts for 24 months and after you pay it off, you basically own permanent licenses for all of the plugins in the bundle.
Of course, you can just cancel any time before the subscription period ends and you’ll be charged for the last payment at the end of the billing cycle.
What’s really great is that there are literally hundreds of plugins to choose from.
Platinum and Mercury have their own specific bundle of products, but with Flex, there are a few modifications that you can do and pick some of the plugins that you like.
You can also buy different product bundles straight away if you don’t feel like taking the rent-to-own deals.
Aside from these, Waves offer different educational courses, digital mixers, racks, and even some specialized hardware products.
With Landr, you can try out plugins and other products for 3 days completely free of charge. But the platform is also very well-known for its different trap beats and samples and also allows collaborative projects, kind of similar to the Splice model.
Their main plugin offer is a synth called lethal.
This is a very versatile synthesizer plugin with around 50 GB of different sounds (with all expansions included), presets, and samples.
The monthly rent-to-own price is $9.99 and you can stop it or cancel it at any time.
Although it’s aimed for trap sounds, it comes really in handy for other genres as well. With Lethal, you can get any of the 24 different expansions, each specified for a certain style of music.
These expansions, however, are charged separately.
Investing in a good set of plugins for your music production setup can really have an impact on your sound.
It used to be the case that the premium VSTs such as the ones sold by waves were only available for the professional studios, but fortunately along with technical innovation, plugin companies have been investing in business model innovation.
The results are great for the bedroom producer. You can now go pro for only a few bucks a month.
We hope this article has helped you choose a rent-to-own service.
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