Well, now days you can make music for free if you have a good computer.
All tools that you need you can get for free, sequencers like Reaper or Mu.Lab free are just few examples of what I’m saying.
Still, when comes to sounds people might find a bit hard to get the instruments they want, so, that’s why I make this thread (ain’t I a good guy?).
Independence Free by Yellow Tools
- full version – no demo or tryout
- based on the powerful Independence 2.5 audio engine
- no yellow tools Authorization Key required
- Audio Import for up to 25 audio files is enabled. Now you can load your own sounds in Independence Free and create custom instruments!
- VST Effect Plug-In import: Independence Free 2.5 allows the import of 3rd party VST Effect Plug-Ins!
- Beside VST , AU and Standalone now also the RTAS interface for Mac and Windows is included
- Virtual Keyboard, Time-Stretching & Pitch-Shifting, E-License instruments compatibility and all other additional features of Independence 2.5 are available
- no time or save restrictions
- commercial use is allowed
- for Mac OS X (Universal Binary), Windows XP and Windows Vista
Yellow Tools Independence FREE 2 .5
Native Instruments, one of the biggest music software producers, took the decision to offer for free one of the best samplers, Kontakt.
The free version, named player, is stripped off some editing options and can load banks specifically designed for the “player” version (I say it’s a marketing trick, a silly one). All sound libraries are managed in a convenient graphical library browser.
Together with Kontakt player you can download a sound bank offered also free.
Kontakt Player Download Page
Free Kontakt Factory Selection.
UVI Workstation is a multi-timbral instrument that provides unlimited parts, integrated effects, live performance features, and a smooth real-time workflow.
• Cross Platform compatible with Mac and Windows.
• Supports all major plug-in formats (Audio Units, VST , RTAS, MAS )
• Works as stand-alone application
Some of it’s features include:
• Up to 64 MIDI channels
• Disk streaming per part
• Multiple separate outputs
• MIDI learn
• Complete professional effects arsenal, with easy editing (delay, reverb, phaser, chorus, EQ, filter, drive, distortion, compressor…)
• Excellent sounding convolution reverb
• Direct sync to host: tempo & transport
• State-of-the-art real-time time-stretch algorithm
• Real-time sync to the beat: loops are always in time
• Import REX files, Apple Loops, AIFF , WAV and more.
UVI Workstation Download Page
This comes with a “tutorial soundbank” that have one of the best electric piano sounds I’ve ever heard.
But there is more, there is also a 415MB demo sound bank you can download for free:
UVI Soundpack demo (415 MB)
A sampler that blew me away with the quality of the sound is Shortcircuit by Vember Audio. Shortcircuit has been discontinued. It is now freely available for download, but Vember Audio does not offer any support for it.
Shortcircuit was created as a reaction against the ongoing trend where software samplers are being designed with the primary intent of library playback. It is intended for people who, like us, consider a sampler to be a musical instrument in its own right, and not just a way to emulate other instruments. It has been a very high priority to make sure that adding and editing individual samples is as fast and logical as possible.
There are curently two versions (well, f you count the “in between” versions then there are 3), my personal favorite is version 1.1.2 because in version 2 I got “tangled” in too many options .
Shortcircuit VST official page
Now several samples and loop libraries:
Samplemagic put several packs of loops for free, mostly techno, rave, minimal…etc.
Wave Alchemy’s Drum Tools Teaser samples not loops, 24 bit. Need registration on the site, registration is free.
Sidsonic libraries – Free Sample Kits X-mas special.
X-mas sample kit downloads.
The audio files are in wave format 24bit 96khz and mapped in exs and nki format.
Just found out that Cakewalk SFZ is free now O_o !!!
Outstanding sound quality, stereo built-in effects, adjustable CPU /quality settings to adjust it to your hardware, fully multitimbral operation, multiple stereo outputs, several loading modes including direct-from-disk streaming and a beautiful interface make sfz+ the perfect choice for SoundFont users and professional composers.
SFZ official page
An interesting sampler that can play 8/16 bit, mono/stereo, 11/22/44/48/96 KHz wav file. It can also import Soundfonts and AKAI S5 /6k programs.
Up to 128 presets per bank.
Up to 84 splits per preset and 8 dual velocity-layers (16 samples) per split.
64 simultaneous voices.
Plays 8/16 bit, mono/stereo wav files @ any sample rate.
Low CPU consumption.
Low aliasing resampling technology, 32 bit audio engine.
3 envelope controls (DAHDSR) per preset: amplitude, pitch and filter cutoff.
3 configurable LFOs per preset: tremolo, vibrato and filter cutoff with optional delay.
All envelopes and oscillators can be synchronized to MIDI tempo.
New Micro-Granular pitch-shifting option for transposing sounds without affecting duration/timbre.
New bank format offers choice for embedded or referenced samples.
Capable of importing SoundFonts (.sf2) and AKAI S5000 /6000 programs (.akp)
VST 2 .3 compatible.
DOWNLOAD FREE PIANO BANK
Peruvian Ocarina free from Precisionsound.
The Peruvian Ocarina SampleSet contains 56 24bit mono WAV samples. 4 articulations, normal, legato, glissando and staccato.
Articulation keyswitshes are mapped at C1,C#1,D1 and D#1 for EXS24 , HALion and Kontakt.
The HALion and Kontakt versions also has the glissando articulation mapped on the modwheel.
1 program for Logic EXS24
1 program for HALion
1 program for Kontakt
4 programs for SoundFont 8 (16bit)
Hollow Sun put for free several packs for Kontakt, so you might want to get those:
Soni Musicae have several VERY interesting packs for free download.
-Small Italian XVII
-Orgue de salon
-The Ghent Carillon
And the best free piano samples:
- Maestro Concert Grand, a Yamaha CF3 , recorded with two Neumann KM84 microphones, disposed in X/Y, with 5 velocity layers, and weighs 932 MB.