VST freebies & cheapies, what do you like?

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Instruments or plug in effects - I've just put together a win xp box, running Cubase SL3, I bought Steinberg "D'Cota" softsynth for 49 quid, which is OK-ish, sort of, though not earth-shattering and gmedia "mtron", which doesn't work! (I need to install some updates to make it work w/XP)

Anyway, obviously, there's a shitload of freeware and shareware vst plugs out there, so many, that my head went all funny when I looked at the list on kvr-vst. What do you use and like, & why?

(nb by freebies I mean freeware/shareware, NOT "w4r3z")

Pashmina (Pashmina), Saturday, 1 October 2005 09:50 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Could someone explain this VST thing to me please? I know that Cubase can do so much more than I use it for (a glorified 24 track recording studio with gee whizz bang digital effects) but I can't even get Reason to work within it.

Paranoid Spice (kate), Saturday, 1 October 2005 11:30 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I'll try to explain it when I get it working properly myself!

So far (using "D'Cota") I installed the thing, then in the "devices" pull-down menu, selected it as an active instrument. I went to the midi track "inspector" thing, and where you select your midi channel or instrument, I selected "D'Cota" from the list, played it via the midi keyboard I've got plugged into the interface, and fiddled with the sound parameters via the editor window.

"quite simple really". Er.... well, it was less of a faff than that sounds, anyway.

I'm not sure how it works with "Reason", though.

Pashmina (Pashmina), Saturday, 1 October 2005 11:43 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

To use Reason with Cubase you have to use Re-wire to link the two programmes together. I've never done this so don't know how but if you google for a tutorial there must be loads. VST instrumenta and effects work directly within a sequencer. As Pash said this is the best resource for them (except that everyone there has appalling muscal taste.)

Here's some free vst instrument faves:

MDA E Piano as used by Roots Manuva.
Ephonic Drumatic drum machine is good, as is his Invader fx synth for noises and his analogue style delay
Cheeze Machine and Crazy Diamonds are both old school seventies style string synths.
MutantKoto and the effects that the same guy offers are pretty fucked (in a good way.)
da Hornet is an emulation of a Wasp. It used to be commercial but now it's free. It's not actually amazing but I thought Pash'd like a go on it.
The Japanese Synth 1 has become maybe the classic free synth as long as you ignore the uninspiring presets. There's plenty better ones to be d/led from KVR of you wanna.
Karma FX Synth offers plenty of modular opportunities and has a developer who does quyite a lot of updates.
Andreas Ersonn's Ibli and PolyIblit are my favourite free synths. They can sound rough as fuck. He also does an electric piano that sounds very different to the MDA one.

Raw Patrick (Raw Patrick), Saturday, 1 October 2005 15:29 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Here's the fx part.

MDA do a good basic range of, well, everything. This is a really good starting point.
TbT Tapestop emulates a tape slowing down or up. It's cool. He also does a good compressor and limiter.
Tiny God has some fucked stuff including the Throbber plug in insp. by Throbbing Gristle.
Frohmage is a filter that can make a big difference to your material.
Voxengo OldSchoolVerb reverb.
Sir is an excellent convolution based reverb which means that you'll also want to be heading here if only to find out what that means.
And you'll want to be looking at everything by the developers on the Smart Electronix site to find a ton of weird and/or useful stuff.

Raw Patrick (Raw Patrick), Saturday, 1 October 2005 16:00 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Oh, and on a slightly different tip I recommend Energy XT a modular sequencer/host that can also be inserted into other sequencers/hosts as an effect or instrument. It's great for jamming out ideas, making a noise and generally fucking around on (much quicker to load instruments and effects into than Cubase.) It's the only thing I've listed that costs but it's only about £28 (depending on exchange rates) and the developers lovely.

Raw Patrick (Raw Patrick), Saturday, 1 October 2005 16:09 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Frohmage seconded!

I can't say enough good stuff about the Fish Fillets pack from this guy:

http://www.digitalfishphones.com/main.php?item=2&subItem=5

These are comparable in quality to Waves plug-ins - not kidding!

Tantrum The Cat (Tantrum The Cat), Saturday, 1 October 2005 16:10 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Oh yeah, forgot the DigitalFishPhones. The gate is very nice on drum loops or percussion.

Raw Patrick (Raw Patrick), Saturday, 1 October 2005 16:15 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

And I forgot about this guy who makes the most ridiculously sick sounding synths using SynthEdit a 50 dollar modular program that allows you to make yr own VST instruments and fx.

Raw Patrick (Raw Patrick), Saturday, 1 October 2005 16:46 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

http://www.audiomulch.com/

This stuff is pretty wicked.

Earl Nash (earlnash), Saturday, 1 October 2005 17:37 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Pretty much the only bass synth I use these days is this:

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/kriminal68/Karnage.html

I recommend it highly!

Chewshabadoo (Chewshabadoo), Saturday, 1 October 2005 17:43 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

seconded the digital fish phones stuff. really, really good.

jimmy glass (electricsound), Sunday, 2 October 2005 07:42 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

nomad factory and kjaerhus both have some really rather nice free effects plugs.

http://www.nomadfactory.com/products/free_bundle/
http://www.kjaerhusaudio.com/classic-series.php

jimmy glass (electricsound), Sunday, 2 October 2005 07:43 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I second Audiomulch, it's got some great little granular processes, great for tuning loops/reverbs, heavy users of Logic/Cubase/Nuendo might find it a little bit 'Baby's first DSP' but I love using it.

mzui (mzui), Sunday, 2 October 2005 09:26 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Audiomulch is FUCKING AWESOME, so user friendly and versatile. It's a modular host designed for audio processing and, whilst it supports VST, it also has it's own set of mangling tools. It's well worth d/ling the fully functioning demo... Maybe someone should set up a hosts thread.

Couple of effects I forgot above:
PSP PianoVerb "reproduces special kind of reverberation originally provided by piano strings" and sounds real nice.
Voxengo Boogex is an amp simulation.

Raw Patrick (Raw Patrick), Sunday, 2 October 2005 12:40 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

There are some nice delay and echo VSTs on the Dub Scrolls page. Plus a two-oscillator "dub siren" that I've never tried. [all here]

Confounded (Confounded), Monday, 3 October 2005 02:17 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

For mastering, I can recommend "Inspector", which is a free VST plugin (I can't remember the address off-hand, unfortunately, but it's a spectral analyser and balance meter).

tissp! (the impossible shortest specia), Monday, 3 October 2005 10:26 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

That's the one.

tissp! (the impossible shortest specia), Monday, 3 October 2005 11:50 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Thanks to the lot of you! (esp patrick!)

I've downloaded everything that looks interesting, and will stick the lot in my vstplugs folder tonight! More later, perhaps.

Pashmina (Pashmina), Tuesday, 4 October 2005 12:54 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

anyone use VST's w/ Digital Performer?

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Tuesday, 4 October 2005 13:52 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

anyone use VST's w/ Digital Performer?

I used to sometimes before 4.6. Now that they've got multiple AU outputs not as much. The AudioEase VST wrapper is pretty good.

Pablo (Pablo), Tuesday, 4 October 2005 15:48 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I've only recently gotten performer 4.5 up and running and just started exploring plug-ins. MAS and AU plug-ins are no problem, but w/ VST there's some new method that works different from the wrapper I think? I have to look into that.

Soooo....any good sites for free MAS or AU plug-ins?

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Tuesday, 4 October 2005 16:49 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

but w/ VST there's some new method that works different from the wrapper I think?

I know there's a program that creates an AU shell for each VST, try http://www.osxaudio.com if you haven't already, lots of links to free AUs and samples.

http://bram.smartelectronix.com/

The "Supaphaser" is great, you'll never touch the MAS phaser again.

Pablo (Pablo), Tuesday, 4 October 2005 17:04 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

KVR linked to by me in the 4th post down deals w/Audio Units as well. You can do a search for free ones. It'll be a much more managable list than for VSTs. I Can't recommend anything bcz I'm PC.

Raw Patrick (Raw Patrick), Tuesday, 4 October 2005 18:19 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

three months pass...
grrr it needs max?

GET EQUIPPED WITH BUBBLE LEAD (ex machina), Saturday, 7 January 2006 21:47 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
can't believe i forgot soundhack:

http://www.soundhack.com/

pabs (Pablo A), Saturday, 27 January 2007 07:43 (twelve years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
Lest ye forget: Delay Lama, the virtual singing monk

www.audionerdz.com

pauncy, Thursday, 26 April 2007 15:21 (eleven years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

I've been driving myself crazy trying to find a free VST I used to use called Crusher_CJF.dll. It's not that it's a great VST, but I've been trying to recover some old Fruity Loops tracks, and I apparently used it on 80% of them. Have googled it and all that turns up are dodgy and/or dead links.

If anyone happens to have it, I'd love you forever if you could email it to me.

Highly trained BBQ chef (rockapads), Tuesday, 1 September 2009 17:23 (nine years ago) Permalink

Goldwave is an oldie but goodie and I also like Reaper OK.

earlnash, Wednesday, 2 September 2009 02:53 (nine years ago) Permalink

i haven't tried it (yet) but there's a free line 6 pod plugin available this month for peeps with an ilok

http://www.line6.com/news/offers/864

mince lice (electricsound), Wednesday, 2 September 2009 02:57 (nine years ago) Permalink

Audio Damage have a freebies page. The compressor is pretty good and can go from subtle right up to "nuclear blast". The tremolo helps spice up organs and pads. The fuzz isn't that great on guitar, more useful as a "totally mess up your sound" effect.
http://www.audiodamage.com/downloads/

the visible spectrum is rainbows (snoball), Wednesday, 2 September 2009 08:58 (nine years ago) Permalink

ah yes i've been meaning to try those. i have a couple of AD plugs, they're really really good.

mince lice (electricsound), Wednesday, 2 September 2009 09:13 (nine years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

are there any cheap AUs out there that emulate 90s romplers such as the roland SC-88? i know of the edirol hyper canvas but it's pretty expensive

damo tsu tsuki (r1o natsume), Tuesday, 22 September 2009 20:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

anyone know of a sampling synthesizer plugin? i'd like to be able take a sample and spread it across the keyboard. i'm pretty you can do it in Ableton, but programming MIDI in Ableton drives me crazy and i'd love to find a vst that can do it in Cubase.

precious bonsai children of new york (Jordan), Tuesday, 21 May 2013 20:04 (five years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

I was looking for a free VST harmonizer that sounds good and there it is: Pitchproof. It can even do chords.

DDD, Friday, 28 March 2014 22:10 (five years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

is there any such thing as a vst that would allow me to vary the tempo of audio as it plays?

Merdeyeux, Friday, 18 April 2014 18:13 (five years ago) Permalink

with or without pitch shifting? maybe put it into a free dj program like Mixxx, record, and import back into your DAW?

festival culture (Jordan), Friday, 18 April 2014 18:21 (five years ago) Permalink

preferably without pitch shifting i think, though yeah that technique sounds useful too, thanks.

Merdeyeux, Friday, 18 April 2014 18:30 (five years ago) Permalink

Btw free dj program would work for this as well:

anyone know of a sampling synthesizer plugin? i'd like to be able take a sample and spread it across the keyboard. i'm pretty you can do it in Ableton, but programming MIDI in Ableton drives me crazy and i'd love to find a vst that can do it in Cubase.

― precious bonsai children of new york (Jordan), Tuesday, May 21, 2013 1:04 PM (10 months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Friday, 18 April 2014 18:33 (five years ago) Permalink

oh, you mean just using it to pitch the sample and bouncing it out as audio? or something else? because that's what i normally do in my DAW, but it would be nice to trigger the samples via midi as well as sequencing audio files.

festival culture (Jordan), Friday, 18 April 2014 18:40 (five years ago) Permalink

You can take a sample and map out cue points to a midi device, tho we may be talking about two diff things

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Friday, 18 April 2014 18:48 (five years ago) Permalink

I'm an idiot abt this stuff

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Friday, 18 April 2014 18:48 (five years ago) Permalink

ohh ok, hmm. i actually haven't messed with dj programs much because i'm an idiot about dj'ing.

festival culture (Jordan), Friday, 18 April 2014 18:51 (five years ago) Permalink

also i downloaded a bunch of these free vsts yesterday, haven't checked them out yet: http://varietyofsound.wordpress.com/downloads/

festival culture (Jordan), Friday, 18 April 2014 18:53 (five years ago) Permalink

The VoS VSTs are awesome - you can make some fucked-up self-oscillations and time-pitch-shifts with their NastyDLA effect

DDD, Friday, 18 April 2014 22:18 (five years ago) Permalink

It's also a pretty good delay effect.

DDD, Friday, 18 April 2014 22:18 (five years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Anything good going in the various Black Friday sales - soft synths, Ableton packs, etc?

Bubba H.O.T.A.P.E (ShariVari), Friday, 25 November 2016 10:13 (two years ago) Permalink

soundtoys 5.1 for half price!!

Executive Ball Clicker (euphemism) (haitch), Monday, 28 November 2016 02:08 (two years ago) Permalink


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