The free or cheap plugins/virtual instruments thread.

Discussion in 'Music and Audio' started by Kalmor, Feb 24, 2013.

  1. Kalmor

    Kalmor Banned

    NOTE: ANY LINKS TO ILLEGAL DOWNLOADS OF PAID SOFTWARE WILL BE SWIFTLY REPORTED. ONLY POST SOFTWARE THAT THE DEVELOPER RELEASED FOR FREE.

    Now with that out of the way, let's go:

    Here is the thread where users can post which plugins or virtual instruments they use that are on the cheaper side of the scale. Ideal for those composers/prooducers that are on a budget and cannot afford the top of the range crystal clear quality sound sets or real, live proffesional musician (with studio mics). Also, feel free to post effects, reverb controls, ect, ect.


    Posts should be in this format:

    Name:
    Type:
    Price (if any):
    Link:
    Description (good and bad points):

    This post will be updated as much as I can.

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    Piano

    CV Piano (FREE) - http://www.vst4free.com/free_vst.php?id=382 - An all round good, free piano VSTi. Customizable mic placements and volumes, built in effects and presets, good dynamic expression. There are no seperate sound files for different velocities of the notes though, which is really my only bad point with this one.

    Guitars



    Strings



    Woodwind



    Brass



    Full orchestral

    Sonatina (FREE) - [/U][/B][/B][/B]http://sso.mattiaswestlund.net/ - Good god is this a good one. All is explained in the link. Sounds like some paid software with it's fully sampled sound. You have to give this a try.



    Instrument Sets

    Independence FREE (FREE obviously, though you do need an account to register the product) - [/B][/B][/B]http://pro.magix.com/en/independence/independence-free.1013.html - The free version of Independence PRO, ablit with a lot less instruments (2GB compared to 30GB pro version). Very, very good VST. Comes with electric/accoustic guitars, synths, basses, drum kits, percussion, organ, piano, step sequencer and more. Has support up to 25 sound files to create custom instruments. Can be used as a standalone and has support for other VSTs.



    Synths

    TAL-Noisemaker (FREE)
    - http://kunz.corrupt.ch/products/tal-noisemaker - "A very nice VST that has a good interface, and has a great range of features considering the price. You can get a wide range of decent leads, pads, and of course some wonderful bass sounds easily. Comes with a few (256) presets as well. Built in reverb, delay, bitcrusher, randomised detuner, etc. I can't think of any bad points about it really..."

    Superwave P8 (FREE) - http://www.superwavesynths.co.uk/product_p8.htm - "The specs are in the link I posted - and holy moly do you get a lot of features for free! I've used it for a long time and it's never steered me wrong when I want a specific sound. There are some other Synth VSTi's I use but those aren't free. Superwave P8 is hard to describe unless you try it out first, but if you're looking for a unique synth, then have a play with this VSTi and you might find it!"



    Percussion

    Linn LM-2 (Free)
    - http://www.logic-cafe.com/Article_View.asp?ID=47 - "I use Linn and 808 in pretty much everything I write/mix (I'm a massive fan of the 80s) and Logic Café has tonnes of sampled drum machines. I've picked the LM-2 as it's my favourite but check the site and you'll find loads (CR-78 is also quite nifty!). For those not using Logic the samples are included in the download, so you can whack it on your DAW of choice. The only bad point is that it's been sampled at around 16k..."

    Planet Drum Machine Pack 4 (£3.49) - http://www.sampleism.com/digitalredu...t-drum-4?sk=ls - "Sampleism is a great site to go to if you want affordable sample packs. This product by Digital-Redux is one of my most used from the site. Pack 4 is the largest segment, dedicated solely to the drum machines and ROMpler drum sounds by Roland, who essentially dominates much of the drum machine market since the '80s with the TR-808 and TR-909. In addition, on top of dry samples, there are variations of every sample with with reverb, distortion, and bit reduction. This is a big bang for your buck, in my opinion; nearly a gigabyte (compressed) of 24-bit vintage drum samples in .wav format for less than $6."



    Effects/Misc
     
    Last edited: May 21, 2013
  2. Kalven

    Kalven New Member

    Name: Linn LM-2
    Type: EXS24 Instrument (Logic Pro)
    Price (if any): Free!
    Link: http://www.logic-cafe.com/Article_View.asp?ID=47
    Description (good and bad points): I use Linn and 808 in pretty much everything I write/mix (I'm a massive fan of the 80s) and Logic Café has tonnes of sampled drum machines. I've picked the LM-2 as it's my favourite but check the site and you'll find loads (CR-78 is also quite nifty!). For those not using Logic the samples are included in the download, so you can whack it on your DAW of choice. The only bad point is that it's been sampled at around 16k...
     
  3. Kalmor

    Kalmor Banned

    Ouch that sample rate. I'd love to sample higher than 48k but I don't have the audio equipment yet (getting new headphones soon though).

    Ok so putting this under drums percussion.
     
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2013
  4. Kalven

    Kalven New Member

    If I get the money to buy an LM-2 I'll sample at 96 for ya ;D
     
  5. Demensa

    Demensa Characterless sack of potatoes

    Name: TAL-Noisemaker

    Type: Synth

    Link - http://kunz.corrupt.ch/products/tal-noisemaker

    Price: Free

    A very nice VST that has a good interface, and has a great range of features considering the price. You can get a wide range of decent leads, pads, and of course some wonderful bass sounds easily. Comes with a few (256) presets as well.
    Built in reverb, delay, bitcrusher, randomised detuner, etc.
    I can't think of any bad points about it really...
     
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2013
  6. Python Blue

    Python Blue Member

    Name: Planet Drum Machine Pack 4

    Type: Drums

    Link - http://www.sampleism.com/digitalredux/planet-drum-4?sk=ls

    Price - 3.49 GBP

    Sampleism is a great site to go to if you want affordable sample packs. This product by Digital-Redux is one of my most used from the site. Pack 4 is the largest segment, dedicated solely to the drum machines and ROMpler drum sounds by Roland, who essentially dominates much of the drum machine market since the '80s with the TR-808 and TR-909. In addition, on top of dry samples, there are variations of every sample with with reverb, distortion, and bit reduction. This is a big bang for your buck, in my opinion; nearly a gigabyte (compressed) of 24-bit vintage drum samples in .wav format for less than $6.
     
  7. Zuranis

    Zuranis Member

    Name: Superwave P8

    Type: Synth (VSTi)

    Link: http://www.superwavesynths.co.uk/product_p8.htm

    Price: Free

    The specs are in the link I posted - and holy moly do you get a lot of features for free! I've used it for a long time and it's never steered me wrong when I want a specific sound. There are some other Synth VSTi's I use but those aren't free. Superwave P8 is hard to describe unless you try it out first, but if you're looking for a unique synth, then have a play with this VSTi and you might find it!
     
  8. Kalmor

    Kalmor Banned

    For some reason when I try to edit the OP, the text box is blank. I'll get that one in as soon as I am able Zuranis.
     
  9. Kalmor

    Kalmor Banned

    Updated. Updated the link of Independence Free to the official one.
     
  10. Ji-Ji

    Ji-Ji Post Festive Fox

    Haven't used these in years, found them in an old archive folder so re-researched them for here!

    Name: Kristal Audio Engine
    Type: Multi-track recorder, Audio Sequencer and Mixer (VST capable.)
    Price (if any): Free for non commercial use.
    Link: http://www.kreatives.org/kristal/index.php?section=download
    Description (good and bad points): Brilliant for those starting out. I've not used it in years but I used to use it with third party plugins for some nice little multi track recordings. Potentially can kick out some great results.



    Name: Fretted Synth's Free guitar plugins.
    Type: VST plugins (requires a compatible DAW.)
    Price: Free (All of them!)
    Link:
    http://rekkerd.org/fretted-synth/
    Description (good and bad points): I used to use the freeamp one years ago, have not tried the others but seeing as they're all free thought I'd pop em all up. Freeamp is a nice virtual amp that has a variety of amp model settings.
     
  11. RockerFox

    RockerFox Meat Popsicle

    I learned real instruments then started using virtual when it came to production. I think having knowledge in the actual instrument gave me at least a bit of something as a base to what type of music I wanted to make as well as where the notes are on the the strings or the actual rhythms in drumming. That and the virtual instruments just make recording that much easier
     
  12. Plantar

    Plantar Soaked In Sin

    YES! I totally use FreeAmp 2.5 all the time with Classic Delay on my guitar. It sounds just right.

    If anyone's looking for a soundfont, I actually sequenced the drums and bass in that recording up there^ with this soundfont, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UwhEyxFrns
     
  13. Ji-Ji

    Ji-Ji Post Festive Fox

    Thought I recognised that, I follow you! Haha
     
  14. Conker

    Conker Destroyer of Nazi Teddy Bears

    Not to sound annoying, like a noob, or like an annoying noob but:

    "Full orchestral

    Sonatina (FREE) -
    http://sso.mattiaswestlund.net/ - Good god is this a good one. All is explained in the link. Sounds like some paid software with it's fully sampled sound. You have to give this a try."

    How do I know if that's compatible with the software I have? I know nothing about DAW programs (I've the demo for FL Studio) and that's a decent sized file. I"d rather know it'll work before I try it. I think one of the other pieces of free software I found didn't work, but I honestly don't know. Just trying to figure out if I need to buy some of these paid plugins or find free ones. The paid ones are sure pricey, but they seem to work.
     
  15. Ji-Ji

    Ji-Ji Post Festive Fox

  16. Baka94

    Baka94 New Member

    Here are a few that I know. I don't remember where I got them, so you have to google them.

    Name: Piano One
    Type: Piano VST
    Price: Free? Has at least a demo
    Desc: Has a very pleasant sound. Key striking speed tied to note velocity. Might cause overruns on low end PCs.

    Name: LatteFree
    Type: Synth VST
    Price: Free
    Desc: Creates nice and rich synth sounds. Sounds kind of 80s-ish synth sounds to me, but I might be wrong.
     
  17. KyliaWoof

    KyliaWoof Girlyote

  18. 4lung

    4lung New Member


    Name: ICECREAM
    Type: Soft Synth VST plugin
    Price (if any): Free
    Link: http://www.megavst.com/synth/icecream/
    Description (good and bad points): ICECREAM is an incredibly adorable synth and one of my personal favorites. Beyond the UI being the cutest thing I've seen in my life, the sounds it's capable of making will greatly surprise you, as it can range from chiptuney-happy-fun to severely atmospheric and emotional. I've used this synth for a long time and I would highly recommend it to anybody.
     
  19. Dearg

    Dearg The often grumpy but friendly fox

    Name: Bitspeek
    Type: Vocal Synthesis VST Plugin
    Price: $33.00
    Link:soniccharge.com: Bitspeek
    Description- Bitspeek is a real-time pitch-excited linear prediction codec effect. (more info in the link)
     
  20. Nosta

    Nosta Member

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