Do you use free plugins, and how do you find them?
Thank you for this clear and concise topic, with suitable references.
It refreshes ideas for users and it is well explained for newcomers.
I add these links about freeware:
- for plugins only Don’t crack plugins
- and for freeware audio in general Don’t crack-freeware audio software
-Weekly freeware news but in french. I guess this menu item exists in other countries.
Audiofanzine freeware news
Although they would be listed on some of the sites mentioned in your article, I feel the MeldaProduction free effects bundle is worthy of a special mention. They have proven extremely useful in many of my Gig Performer rackspaces.
A very good article!
But maybe the MIDI part should be mentioned and shown too, actually you only show audio connections in your rackspace screenshots. I know that most of the users will know/guess by themselves that MIDI connections are handled the same way (rackspace wise), but you can never know…
One of my “every day” web pages for audio hard- and software is the German edition of Gearnews:
And related to your topic, every Sunday is “Freeware Sunday”, where they always introduce three VST instruments or effects that are actually free of charge.
Unfortunately this “Freeware Sunday” is not to be seen in the English edition of the website.
The MIDI part will be covered in future, perhaps (it’s already a bit lengthy article)
Great for those French and German pages, I think they are useful and I don’t mind using Google translate for any language if good material is there.
@schamass Thank you for the link “gearnews”, one more to make us drool…
Here is the alphabetical list of free useful plugins and free plugin compilations:
BBC Symphony Orchestra - free, easy-to-use plugin, with 33 instruments brought to life
–> Create a new account, fill out the questionnaire, and get the free download after 14 days
CollaB3 - a free vintage tonewheel organ emulation
Dead Duck Software - the Dead Duck free plugins provide all you need to get started making music on your PC
Dexed - a multi platform, multi format plugin synth that is closely modeled on the Yamaha DX7
Full Bucket - 20 free plugins
Helm - a free polyphonic synthesizer
IVGI - a free saturation & distortion plugin
LoudMax - a Look-Ahead Brickwall Loudness Maximizer with a clean transparent sound
MFreeFXBundle - the Melda production free plugin bundle; these quality plugins can compete with paid ones
Noiz-Lab LE Mastering Bundle - a bundle of 5 free mastering plugins in VST, VST3, AU and AAX format for Mac and PC
OrilRiver - a free algorithmic stereo reverb that can rival the quality of commercial reverbs
PanCake - a free plugin for most flexible panning modulations
QRange - a free IIR linear phase EQ
ReaPlugs - a free package of FX that includes many of the plug-ins that come with REAPER
Surge - an open source digital synthesizer
TAL-NoiseMaker - a free synth that also includes a small effect section with a reverb, chorus and a simple bit-crusher effect
TDR Kotelnikov - a free wideband dynamics processor combining high fidelity dynamic range control with deep musical flexibility
TDR Nova - a free parallel dynamic equalizer
TDR VOS SlickEQ - a free mixing/mastering equalizer
Unlimited - a free loudness maximizer and limiter for stereo and 5.1 surround material
Youlean Loudness Meter - a free loudness meter that can compete even with the most expensive ones
You might want to consider adding Klanghelm’s free compressor and saturator plugins. Even his paid plugins are super values at less than €25 each.
I am wondering if this plugin can help to reduce latency
Thanks for your reply
Note that IVGI is already in the list, and I used Klanghelm’s DC1A in the blog article (see the first message).
12 Free VST (also AU) plugins.
I found this compilation on the German version of gearnews. Thanks @schamass for sharing the link. Great material is here:
Freeware Sonntag section is superb.
Keep 'em coming
Here’s my contribution to the topic:
French violin free plugin
There are free plugins here: My Free Plugins | Monster DAW
Paid plugin now free: BABY Audio I Heart NY Is FREE For BPB Readers!
More free plugins: FREE – Nembrini Audio
GEM Mode free 'till December, 20th.
- Hyper-realistic simulation of the original unit thanks to the 4th generation DSP technology
- All “modes” are simulated, including the combination of multiple buttons.
- All parameters can be controlled by input envelopes
- Input stage saturation control with super-musical harmonic generation
- LFO shapes can be customized
- Modulation rates can be synced to BPM
- Low CPU usage: more than 1000 instances on a Macbook Pro Retina
- Multilevel undo-redo
- A/B Comparison
I enjoy Audiority plugins - a focus on guitarists, but plugins for many use-cases.
They have 2 free guitar pedal plugins, and one free amp sim, inspired by the following:
- Dr Phase: MXR® Phase 90 phaser pedal
- Dr Drive: Horizon Devices® Precision Drive
- L12X: Marshall® Lead 12™ solid state amplifier
All plugins for free!
Got the link from a bandmate. Seems to be about mastering plugins. But haven’t checked the quality yet.