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#26 sauli

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Posted 25 November 2008 - 10:54

A HUGE post. I only listed the freeware synths I actually like and use.


Sound Bytes Hurdy Gurdy LE
A Hurdy Gurdy rompler, which isn't just couple of samples recorded, but actually simulates the way hurdy gurdy plays. Freeware version has limited tuning options for drone strings and lacks a special reverb unit.
Definitely not for everyone.

In case someone doesn't know what hurdy gurdy is check this Youtube link.

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http://www.soundbytes.de/HurdyGurdy/


Angular Momentum Wavedraw Free
Two oscillators, two filters, chorus and reverb - sounds basic, but the fancy part is ability to draw waveforms and looping filter envelopes, not to mention the amount of modulation options for filters in general.
Could be more cpu friendly.
Great for evolving pads.

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http://www.amvst.com...o...tails&id=27


Antti@Smartelectronix Augur
A Prophet VS clone.
Four oscillators with huge amount of waveforms and ability to morph between osc's. Two lowpass filters, two lfo's and a flexible modulation matrix. Really nice for long leads and pads.

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http://users.tkk.fi/~ajhuovil/vst.html


Arguru Voyager
Four oscillators, two filters, couple of internal effects and huge amount of modulation options. The bad stuff - interface is horrible, it's hard to program and it's going to stay unfinished forever. RIP Arguru

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http://www.aodix.com/products.html


Big Tick Cheeze Machine
Single oscillator vintage string synth. Very basic and easy to use, but sounds absolutely cheesy.

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http://bigtick.pastn.....pcode=110〈=EN


Ugo String Theory
Plucked string synth with arpeggiator. I don't like the arp, I don't like the gui and I don't think it's even fun to program, but there is just something in the sound that keeps me using it. It's been a long love/hate relationship, but it's worth it :)

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http://www.ugoaudio.com/


Fuzzpilz Oatmeal
Freeware supersynth. Everyone should know this one already.
Warning: Default skin is horrible and unusable. Change it. Skin in the screenshot is Yeagerwhite.

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http://bicycle-for-slugs.org/
I suggest you get it from here: http://www.kvraudio....ic.php?t=133930
All in one bundle contains huge amount of presets and skins.


Linplug Free Alpha
Basic two oscillator synth with great modulation matrix. Very easy to program, but very flexible. Recommended if you want flexibility, but are afraid of huge megasynths.

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http://www.linplug.c...ad/download.htm


Odo 38911bytes

Very flexible C-64/chip synth. You just have to love the tracker style envelopes. It's capable of much more than it seems, so don't let the vintage approach fool you.

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http://www.odosynths.com/
Old version (better in my opinion) http://cs.helsinki.f.../38911bytes.zip


Oxe FM Synth

My favourite freeware FM synth thanks to amazing modulatin matrix. Very straightforward to use.

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http://www.oxesoft.com/


Krakli StringZ2

String synth with very unique sound. Supposed to be capable of simulating real string instruments, but much more fun when used for making "impossible" string sounds. Absolutely fantastic.

http://cs.helsinki.f...st/stringz2.png

http://krakli.wordpr...li-free-synths/


Krakli Gargoyle

Inspired by a request for a vst that could be used for a Horror film Soundtrack. This synth is dedicated to its namesake. A guy whose generosity knows no bounds!! This Plug is most likely the work of the D*v*l himself…


http://cs.helsinki.f...st/gargoyle.png

http://krakli.wordpr...li-free-synths/


Other synths:

Antti@Smartelectronix Asynth - Two osc vintage synth with great filters. http://antti.smartelectronix.com/

Native Instruments Kore Player - Rompler/synth combination with limited programming capabilities, but includes some great sounds like standing jazz bass. http://www.native-in...p?id=koreplayer

E-phonic Drumatic 3 - Easy to use, but great sounding drum synth. http://www.e-phonic.com/plugins/

Krakli S3 series - Synthetic string sounds and much more. http://krakli.wordpr...li-free-synths/

Majken Chimera - Noise-based synthesis. Great for pads and windlike effects. http://www.majken.se...on/3/9/lang,en/

Rick Jelliffe Neumixturtrautonium - Virtual trautonium. Very hard to program and one of the ugliest interfaces ever, but sounds amazing. http://extra.schemat...trautonium.html

Simple-media Spook Keys - Another virtual theremin. Volume and pitch can be controlled with midi CC's. http://www.simple-me...c/vsti/vsti.htm

Vember Audio Shortcircuit - Sampler. Loads REX2 files. http://vemberaudio.se/shortcircuit.php

DSK romplers - Strings, guitars, rhodes, keys, saxophone and so on. The synths are not worth your time in my opinion, but there isn't that much choice when it comes to freeware orchestral romplers. http://www.dskmusic.com/

Ugo Rez - Harsh sounding single oscillator synth. http://www.ugoaudio.com/

Xoxos sounds of nature - Nature-themed effect synths. http://www.xoxos.net...ture/index.html

Edited by sauli, 25 November 2008 - 11:05.


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Posted 12 December 2008 - 22:52

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Electri-Q - posihfopit edition is a simple, intuitive, but powerful minimum phase EQ, which makes it very easy to adjust the magnitude of any audio material. Due to its flexibility, it can be used on every track or even as a mastering equalizer.

The plugin offers two different algorithms. The 'Analog' algorithm was modelled on a transistor based circuit of a real analog EQ. On the other hand 'Digital' is a pure and neutral digital EQ without any coloration.

'Electri-Q - posihfopit edition' has up to 64 bands and offers several filter types.

Features:

* Intuitive GUI.
* Up to 64 bands.
* Two basic algorithms ('Digital' and 'Analog').
* 64-bit Assembler optimized.
* Economy Mode for less CPU Usage.
* All basic filter types (Peak, HighShelf, LowShelf, Highpass, Lowpass, Bandpass, Notch).
* 30+ special filters.
* Mono/Stereo (linked).
* Exact edit of frequency, gain, bandwidth.
* Add/Delete of a band.
* Customizable Default.
* A|B compare.
* Import/export posihfopit presets.
* 50 Presets.

http://www.kvraudio.com/get/2470.html

IT has also a few nice skins
http://www.elisanet....triQ_LK_all.zip
http://www.elisanet....lectriQ_LK2.zip

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Posted 12 December 2008 - 23:42

Sauli: Thanx for the hint with Oatmeal, now I see why I never grew fond of that plugin, the default skin is UGLY. And that MCompressor: It looks nice and may be nice too, but it comes with an installer that tries to phone home and additionally tried to create directories on my PC instead of just dumping the DLL File in the VST-Folder. I don't want stuff like that on my PC.

Something no one posted yet:

http://www.gvst.co.uk/ - mainly a pack of very basic, nice and easy-on-the-cpu plugins. Alot of this is covered by renoises internal effects, but some effects are still very useful. Might also be worth checking out if you are using another host beside renoise.

Edited by looza, 12 December 2008 - 23:43.

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Posted 13 December 2008 - 09:56

One thing to try with plug ins that try to do nasty things:
Install them using Sandboxie (if you're on PC). Extract the .dll-files from the installation directory, then remove it. This should work (but I haven't tried it myself yet -- came to think of it just now)

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Posted 13 February 2009 - 02:05

can anyone tell me where I can find some that work on mac? Thanks

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 15:20

http://www.meldaproduction.com/

A brand new software house that releases some nice freebies:

MDrummer Small
MCompressor
MEqualizer
MRingModulator
MAnalyzer
MPhaser
MLimiter
MWaveShaper
MAutopan
MVibrato
MTremolo
MStereoExpander


MDrummer Small, MEqualizer, MAnalyzer and MWaveShaper worth a try for sure!
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Posted 12 April 2009 - 14:16

Have anybody mentioned the G-series?

http://www.gvst.co.uk/downloads.htm

Edited by carmazine, 12 April 2009 - 14:16.


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Posted 12 April 2009 - 14:34

Q

Have anybody mentioned the G-series?

http://www.gvst.co.uk/downloads.htm



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Something no one posted yet:

http://www.gvst.co.uk/ - mainly a pack of very basic, nice and easy-on-the-cpu plugins. Alot of this is covered by renoises internal effects, but some effects are still very useful. Might also be worth checking out if you are using another host beside renoise.


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Posted 08 July 2009 - 14:24

http://www.dubstepfo...1205709#1205709

THESE SYNTHS WERE DEVELOPED BY ITCHY WITH DUBSTEP AND DRUM AND BASS SPECIFICALLY IN MIND, SAYING THIS THEY WOULD BE USEFULL AND SOUNDS FROM THEM COULD FIND A PLACE IN ANY GENRE.

THERE ARE BANKS OF PATCHES WITHIN EACH SYNTH AND AT THE END OF THE BANKS THERE ARE INIT SETTINGS WHICH CAN BE USED AS A STARTING BLOCK TO CREATING YOUR OWN PATCHES.

ITCHY RECCOMENDS THIS AS THESE SYNTHS WHERE BUILT TO TRY TO BE AS USER FRIENDLY AS POSSIBLE TO HELP PEOPLE STARTING OUT IN SOUND CREATION.

THEY ARE FREE TO DOWNLOAD AND DISTRIBUTE AND ITCHY HOPES YOU HAVE LOTS OF FUN WITH THEM!

ITCHY WOULD ALSO LOVE TO HEAR ANY TUNES MADE WITH THEM


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IT sounds and looks nice :)
Maybe these plugins will be useful for someone...

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Posted 12 July 2009 - 15:13

New skin for Arguru Voyager!

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Yes, sort of off topic, but someone should really give this guy a medal: http://www.kvraudio....ic.php?t=256766
Voyager is amazing, but way too hard to program with the default skin.

And remember to restart Renoise after installing the new skin. Noticed that it doesn't work by just rescanning the plugins.

#36 danoise

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Posted 12 July 2009 - 16:12

can anyone tell me where I can find some that work on mac? Thanks

Try looking here:
http://www.gersic.co...ugins/index.php

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Posted 14 July 2009 - 19:38

i can recommend the mobius looper

dont know if its still beieng "developed" though

but its quite a beast

http://zonemobius.com/

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Posted 19 October 2009 - 17:38

If your looking for an incredible list of free plug ins,
check out Musicradar.com's tech section.

So far they are on Week 27, of "Free software round up"
They scour the internet looking for all the new and interesting free plug ins, (and avoiding all the shitty ones so you dont have to)
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Posted 27 October 2009 - 23:02

If your looking for an incredible list of free plug ins,
check out Musicradar.com's tech section.

So far they are on Week 27, of "Free software round up"
They scour the internet looking for all the new and interesting free plug ins, (and avoiding all the shitty ones so you dont have to)

They also seem to share a deal of nice quality samples....:
http://www.musicrada...-samples-224397
Look for the phrase "sampleradar" and download your desired pack....
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Posted 29 October 2009 - 22:55

http://www.livealoud.com/

Collection of 'the best' free VSTi's.

Edited by ViniMan, 29 October 2009 - 22:56.

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:walkman:

Huge list : http://www.sadglad.c...stplugins6.html

Precise list: http://www.audio-loo...hread.php?t=237

8-Bit VSTi: http://woolyss.com/c...sic-plugins.php

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Posted 21 February 2010 - 17:09

Hi there,

this list was created 2 years ago. It is not an actual, but a long list. :-)
More than 200 VstFx, sorted by categories.

See the list

A list of free Vsti, I will sent soon.

Another archive is http://www.vst4free.com.

Edited by vereiser, 21 February 2010 - 17:17.


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Posted 12 March 2010 - 06:56

Here's a resource for 8-bit ('chiptune') VSTIs: http://woolyss.com/c...sic-plugins.php

Basic 64, Unknown 64, Medusa, and Famisynth are among my favorites.

For VST guitar effects and ampsims, check out:

http://www.mokafix.com (some outstanding distortion boxes, 2 of which are free)

http://www.acmebargig.com (some great ampsims and stuff)

http://lepouplugins.blogspot.com/ (these are excellent)

http://simulanalog.org (very good sims and stompboxes, very light on CPU)

Slim Slow Slider's Compact Distortion is also worth a listen.

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Posted 12 March 2010 - 22:48

http://www.dubstepfo...1205709#1205709


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IT sounds and looks nice :)
Maybe these plugins will be useful for someone...


many a thanx for this!!!!

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Posted 18 March 2010 - 21:31

Everybody knows antares autotune.

As this costs money try GSnap.

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Posted 25 March 2010 - 20:58

[quote name='Foo?' date='21 July 2008 - 01:54 AM' timestamp='1216605242' post='126924']

Tessla - Amp saturation, quality.





Hey, do you have a link for this plug? or is it just under KVR?

Edited by scrumtoe, 25 March 2010 - 21:00.


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Posted 25 March 2010 - 21:03

http://www.dubstepfo...1205709#1205709


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IT sounds and looks nice :)
Maybe these plugins will be useful for someone...

Do these work with Mac also? Dont see any specifications on the site, and dont want to go through the ordeal of a rapidshare DL if they just for PC,lol

Edited by scrumtoe, 25 March 2010 - 21:06.


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Posted 25 March 2010 - 21:11

Do these work with Mac also? Dont see any specifications on the site, and dont want to go through the ordeal of a rapidshare DL if they just for PC,lol

nope, pc only

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Posted 26 March 2010 - 19:19

nope, pc only

aw :(

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Posted 09 April 2010 - 03:05

Here's the Tessla website: http://varietyofsoun....com/downloads/

Actually, all of "Bootsie's" effects are quite good.

+1 on not only GSnap, but all of the 'g' effects.

A couple of the other 'must-have' bundles are MDA, and Kjaerhus (Classic). Oh, check out smartelectronix, too.

I'd say, just go through the 'top' lists at KVRAudio, to get an idea of what a lot of people like. Then, go to the search screen and set it up for whatever you're looking for at the moment.

There's so much great stuff, i can't remember all of it. lol

Oh, i don't know if it's already been mentioned, but perhaps the most popular free VST is 'glitch' http://illformed.org/plugins/glitch/

Edited by mrblitz000, 09 April 2010 - 03:08.

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