Must Have Hip Hop Production Tools

What are the best virtual instruments and samples for Hip Hop? I see this question so often on various forums and the answers are only: there are no instruments for Hip Hop, you can use any of them and so on…

But still, let‘s try to answer this question.


  • DAW (Digital audio Workstation)

For audio recording and mixing I prefer Cubase.

For beatmaking – the easiest, but still very powerful solution is FL studio. I like it for its simplicity, features and price, of course! By the way, I can give you a 10% discount, if you are interested in this beautiful software. Click here to get a discount

  • Drum samples:

Drums are playing critical role in your hip hop production.

My suggestion is all in one solution from Producers Choice – Hip Hop Drum Box. These drums are the real deal! By the way, they have very good free drums, click here to download free drum pack.


  • VST instruments:

For sampled instruments I choose NI kontakt with expansion libraries. I know this is not cheap, but it’s a must have nowadays. For synths it depends…

  • Best VST instruments for Hip Hop production:

Piano:  There are many good kontakt piano libraries and standalone instruments. I like EZKeys Vintage Upright piano. You can find it here.


Bass:  SubBoomBass. This bass instrument was made for Hip Hop! A lot of good presets. You will find one for your beat.


Synth: I use Sylenth1 with Red Sounds Urban Taste presets. I made these presets, because I couldn’t find any presets suitable for hip hop.


Strings: Urban Strings Library. Very cool kontakt instrument! Great sound for your kontakt sampler! You can find it here.


Kick: Big Kick. Nice addition for your Hip Hop arsenal. It is a kick generator. Big Kick allows you to make your own kicks fast and easy.



Ultimate Production Toolbox V3. Check it here. A must have kit for every hip hop producer. A lot of great sounds. You can make some beat using only this kit. You need a kontakt sampler for this instrument.


Also You can check Urban Suite by UVI.


In later posts I will reveal my go to effects  and free resources.

There you can check  Must Have Hip Hop Production Tools (Part 2).