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The free or cheap plugins/virtual instruments thread.

Kalmor

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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
 
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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...
 

Kalmor

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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...
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.
 
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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...
 
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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.
 

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!
 

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.
 

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
 

Plantar

Soaked In Sin
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.
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
 

Ji-Ji

Post Festive Fox

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.
 

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.
 

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.
 

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)
 

Wanny

New Member
Whoa, appearently this topic is quite abandoned (and its author banned for whatever reason) and it's pretty useful o.o

Let's see what can I help with:

Name: MiniMogue VA
Type: Analog Synth
Price (if any): $0
Link: www.vst4free.com: Download Free Minimoog emulation plug-in: MiniMogueVA by Glen Stegner
Description (good and bad points): Based in the MiniMoog synthetizer. Everything you need in the same interface.

Name: C700
Type: Sampler
Price (if any): $0
Link: picopicose.com: PPSE部
Description (good and bad points): It's an emulator of the SNES built-in sampler. It allows you to use samples from SNES ROMS (.sfc or .smc) or SNES music tracks (.spc).
 

EmpressCiela

The Empress has Returned

Frisky1753

狐を殺すのに、兎を寄越すな。
this probably isn't going to help anyone here but

www2.thisisnotrocketscience.nl: Blok Modular

requires Jeskola Buzz, the VST doesn't really work

who knows, there might be some tracker users here so :/

but yeah you can get pretty deep with this instrument (comes as an effect too, effect is a pain in the ass though because you have to route left and right channels separate) and it's probably even a good learning tool if you want to get into modular synths.

I literally produce nearly all my sounds with this. It appears simple, but you can get really nuanced sounds with it. All about the modules they chose, like there's 'keytrack' which you can use with a fixed oscillator and get all sorts of weird alien tunings. People don't realize 'phat' synth sounds often have to do with tuning them weird
 
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