Heres some of the many free VST plugins that i feel are of a really great quality.
Karma FX Synth – Modular Synthesizer/Effect – if you can imagine it you can make it with this modular synth
Freeamp 2 – Virtual Guitar Amp – huge number of amp, cab, speaker, eq and stomp combinations
PolyIblit – Subtractive Synth – fat, alias free oscillators! also check out Lazy Snake Electric piano
Crystal – Semimodular synth – very powerful
Asynth – Subtractive – gorgeous filter
UGO Synths – A whole buch of great free synths
Oatmeal – Subtractive Synth – flexible, skinnable, lots of presets on kvr
Synth 1 – Subtractive synth – classic, easy to learn, super low CPU use
Triangle - Subtractive Synth – great useful monophonic synth
Purple – FM Synth – also check out Unkown, and some of his other synths
NUBI3 - Organ and Rotary speaker
Thats just a few of the hundreds i have – theres so much good stuff out there…
great resource! I’m not a sound person so I definitely needed this info. Many thanks. RC
The only music software i have ever bought is FL Studio 6 XXL . It was worth every cent. Brilliant workflow, superpowerful mixer, Sytrus Synth!!!!!, the best piano roll ever….and so easy to use.
once u get a host, there are more than enough free vsts and soundfonts to get u started….on that note heres some more…
SFZ – soundfont player, also a brilliant sampler if u want to learn to use the xml based sampling format (very simple)
GVST effects – Quick, Straightforward collection of effects. Including an Autotuner. Please dont use it to make Cher vocals
dblue Glitch – Awesomely powerful beat mangler a la Aphex Twin. Seriously, its great.
DtBlkFx – Sound mangling FFT
Smartelectronix – A group of VST developers, all with different plugins, many of them free and good. Bram, Antti, DestroyFX, magnus(makes a great reverb), mda and mdsp all make nice stuff
Classic – kjaerhus audio’s free plugins – really nice
Thanks for this! I’ve been wanting to get into this for a while – but when you don’t know where to look for this stuff it can be annoynig. WOO – I’m going to be a musical genius!
Any help u need finding synths/effects for free give us a shout…im like a walking free plugin encyclopedia
Oh – forgot to mention
Xhip – One of the smoothest, sweetest, and punchiest (thanks to superfast envelopes) analogue subtractive VST ever. Still in development, the current GUI will soon be replaced (it sucks) but check out some of the audio demos on the site – it really is delicious
A good resource for freeware vst’s? http://www.computermusic.co.uk/
Buy the magazine…there is a huge library(on DVD ) of freeware versions of vst’s made especially for the mag,”Genesis CM”,the latest offering is simply astounding for a freeware synth….it has similar capabilities to “Vanguard”.
Other hot tips?.......http://vemberaudio.se/shortcircuit.php shortcircuit2 sampler…......really excellent high quality sampler,make your own patches in no time!