There are certain rules to techno that can't really be changed. Downbeat kick drums, off beat hi-hats. Fine. They define the genre. But with 8 million VST plug-ins in existence, most of them free or pirated or just there to buy ... a few points need to be raised.
1) Bit reduction, decimator plug-ins. OK, the Logic Bitcrusher was cool when it first appeared. Back in Logic version 4.0 circa 1999. Because it was different. At the time. It's not cool now. Stop fucking using it unless it's part of a sound design tweak, you dig?!
2) Minimal. 808 congas going dookie-dookie-dookie-dookie on Q24th / triplet timing. Adam Beyer did it first to my knowledge. That should've been enough.
3) White Noise. Through filters. Yawn!!! I love a good shot of the white stuff, but don't people realise you can run this shit through distortion pedals?!