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#1 vitaminx

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Posted 15 January 2017 - 20:02

Hi everyone, I propose we start a thread to get a list of all Linux VST and VSTi.
Now, what is *your* excuse to not try a Linux based music studio?  ;)
Let me start:
 
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Zebra2 VSTi ($199 + VAT) Homepage Demo

 

Wireless modular synth.

 
Zebralette VSTi (free) Homepage Zebra2 includes Zebralette
 

Zebra2's oscillators packed into a simple, easy-to-learn framework.

 

Diva VSTi ($179 + VAT) Homepage Demo
 


Dinosaur Impersonating Virtual Analogue Synthesizer.

 

Repro-1 VSTi ($99 + VAT) Homepage Demo
 


A classic monosynth remade. Full of personality and raw analogue sound.

 

ACE VSTi ($69 + VAT) Homepage Demo
 


Any cable everywhere. Easy modular synthesizer.

 

Bazille VSTi ($129 + VAT) Homepage Demo
 


4-Oscillator FM-synthesis and phase distortion with modular patching.

 

Podolski VSTi (free) Homepage Download
 


Podolski is a simple, CPU-efficient virtual analogue synthesizer.

 

TyrellN6 VSTi (free) Homepage Download
 


Tyrell is the name of a project by the German online magazine Amazona.de. A reader survey and follow-on forum posts provided a pool of ideas for a low-cost HARDWARE analogue synth, which Mic 'Moogulator' Irmer collected and used to develop quite a powerful concept.

 

Triple Cheese VSTi (free) Homepage Download
 


Winner of the 2006 KVR Developer Challenge, Triple Cheese is a unique-sounding freeware synthesizer plugin. Triple Cheese doesn't use any of the classic synthesis techniques – substractive, FM or additive – but various forms of comb filter i.e. very short chromatically tuned delays.

 

Hive VSTi ($149 + VAT) Homepage Demo
 


Hive was made to be fast and simple. The streamlined single screen UI lets you dive into sound creation immediately. A fluid workflow invites you to tweak away until your sound is just right (or wrong in just the right way). Hive was engineered to be light on CPU, and won’t slow you down while you work.

 
Satin VST ($129 + VAT) Homepage Demo
 

Tape simulation plug-in  & tape delay with record / playback head calibration , tape coating selection, NR-encoding / decoding.

 

Presswerk VST ($129 + VAT) Homepage Demo
 


Powerful, flexible stage topology, dual channel dynamics processor.

 

Uhbik VST bundle ($149 + VAT) Homepage Demo
 


Collection of effect plug-ins for the discerning audiophile. Each surround-capable effect comes wrapped in a beautiful, streamlined interface.

 

MFM2 VST ($79 + VAT) Homepage Demo
 


More Feedback Machine has always been a synonym for ultra-flexible delay effects ranging from bread & butter to weird rhythmic deconstruction.

 

Filterscape VST ($129 + VAT) Homepage Demo
 


Filter-based sound mangling tool, the ultimate in versatility and control. It can be a parameteric EQ with morphable snapshots, a dual virtual analog filter, a sophisticated delay unit.

 

Protoverb VST (free) Homepage Download
 


Protoverb is an experimental reverb based on the idea of a "room simulator". Most algorithmic reverbs try to avoid resonances or model the reflections of sound from a rooms walls. Protoverb does the opposite. It builds up as many room resonances as possible, modeling the body of air in the room. It therefore does not need to modulate or colour the signal. The result is a very natural sounding reverbration with some interesting features.

 

Illformed
 
Glitch 2 VST (49,95 EUR) Homepage Demo
 


Glitch is an audio effect plugin for Windows (VST), Mac (VST and AU) and Linux (VST), available in both 32-bit and 64-bit formats. Featuring a new and improved sequencer which can play multiple effects simultaneously, with the ability to trigger unique scenes from every note on your keyboard, Glitch can be as gentle or as brutal as you like.

 

Brain Control
 
Tunefish VSTi (free) Homepage Download
 


Tunefish is a very tiny virtual analog synthesizer. It is developed to fit into about 10kb of compressed machine code while still producing an audio quality that can compete with commercial synthesizers.

 

Tracktion
 
BioTek VSTi ($150) Homepage Demo
 


A new generation of software synth that combines the sounds of nature with a complex synthesis engine to create weird and wonderful organic soundscapes.

 
Master Mix VST ($60) Homepage Demo
 

Master Mix is a professional stereo mastering plugin that offers multi-band dynamics processing and equalization. Equally useful on the mix bus, submix bus or individual channel.

 
DAW Essentials Collection VST bundle ($99) Homepage Demo
 

A collection of 16 contemporary FX plugins for use with any DAW. Utilizing the very latest algorithms and coding techniques, the plugins feature extraordinary sound quality in an extremely efficient package, allowing the plugins to be used liberally across a wide range of native computer systems.

 

asb2m10
 
Dexed VSTi (free) Homepage Source code
 


Dexed is a multi platform, multi format plugin synth that is closely modeled on the Yamaha DX7. Under the hood it uses music-synthesizer-for-android for the synth engine and JUCE as a plugin wrapper.

 

On Linux you need to compile it yourself to get the latest binaries (as of version 0.9.3).

Here the instructions for Debian like systems: 

 

1. download VST Audio Plug-Ins SDK from here: https://www.steinber...developers.html

2. unzip it

3. install software and dependencies

mkdir ~/src
mv "VST3 SDK" ~/src/vstsdk2.4
sudo apt-get install git build-essential libasound2-dev libx11-dev libfreetype6-dev libxrandr-dev libxinerama-dev libxcursor-dev
cd ~
git clone https://github.com/asb2m10/dexed.git

4. compile and install

cd dexed/Builds/Linux
make
mkdir ~/.vst
mv build/Dexed.so  ~/.vst

5. clean up

rm -rf ~/src ~/dexed
sudo apt-get purge git build-essential libasound2-dev libx11-dev libfreetype6-dev libxrandr-dev libxinerama-dev libxcursor-dev

Pierre Guillot
 
Camomile VST (free) Homepage Download
 


Dynamic plugin made with Juce that allows to load and to control Pure Data patches inside a digital audio workstation.

 

Now, this is a super exciting VST, it lets you create our own VST in PDs extremely powerful visual audio programming language.

 

AIRE5 // Arduino + Pure Data

Pure Data Thumb Piano

Major Project - Pure Data - Kinect Synapse Test

Pure data harp using kinect camera, pure data and tuio

 
Distrho
 
Mini Series VST bundle (free) Homepage Download
 

A small collection of small but useful plugins, based on the good old LOSER-Dev Plugins (now offline).

 

This collection currently includes:

- 3-Band EQ

- 3-Band Splitter

- Ping Pong Pan

 
ProM VST (free) Homepage Download
 

projectM is an awesome music visualizer.

DISTRHO ProM makes it work as an audio plugin (LV2 and VST).

 

I couldn't manage to make this VST show up in Renoise, I have no idea why.

 
Arctican VST (free) Homepage Download
 

These are simple but useful plugins, "developed as there was nothing similar out there".

In the pack you will find 2 Arctican plugins: "The Function" and "The Pilgrim".

 
Dexed VSTi (free) Homepage Download
 

Dexed is a plugin synth that is closely modeled on the Yamaha DX7.

The goal of this synth is to be a tool/companion for the original DX7.

 

This is an old version, see asb2m10 section above on how to get newest one.

 
dRowAudio VST bundle (free) Homepage Download
 

Professional grade audio plugin suite from dRowAudio, now available for Linux.

 
EasySSP VST (free) Homepage Download
 

Easy Sound Space Perception is a small and lightweight audio visualization tool, which currently provides spectrometer and goniometer views.

 
Juced VST and VSTi bundle (free) Download
 

Plugins originally in the Jucetice project, then moved to Juced.

We took DrumSynth and EQinox and made them work better and in LV2 format.

 
KlangFalter VST (free) Homepage Download
 

KlangFalter is a convolution audio plugin.

 

It features:

- Low/no latency convolution plugin

- Easy user interface

- Support for true stereo impulse responses

- Simple high and low shelf EQ

- Freely modifiable envelope for the impulse response

- No limit on impulse response length, as long as your computer can handle it...

- Intuitive and flexible loading of impulse response files

 

Free IR (impulse response) recordings can be found here: http://www.openairlib.net/

 
LUFS Meter VST (free) Homepage Download
 

The LUFS Meter plugin measures loudness similar to the human perception of loudness.

 
Luftikus VST (free) Download
 

Luftikus is a digital adaptation of an analog EQ with fixed half-octave bands and additional high frequency boost.

As an improvement to the hardware it allows deeper cuts and supports a keep-gain mode where overall gain changes are avoided.

 
MVerb VST (free) Homepage Download

 

MVerb is a studio quality, open-source reverb.

Its release was intended to provide a practical demonstration of Dattorro’s figure-of-eight reverb structure and provide the open source community with a high quality reverb.

 
Nekobi VSTi (free) Homepage Download
 

Simple single-oscillator synth based on the Roland TB-303.

 

Obxd VSTi (free) Homepage Download
 


Obxd is emulation of famous ob-x, ob-xa and ob8 synths.

While not copying originals, some of the features were taken to a better point.

 
Pitched Delay VST (free) Download
 

PitchedDelay is a delay that allows the pitching the delayed signal, within or outside the feedback loop.

 
Stereo Source Separator VST (free) Homepage Download
 

This is a plugin that uses the spatial information hidden in the stereo signal to accomplish source separation.

 

The download link of this plugin seems to be broken.

 
TAL Plugins VST and VSTi bundle (free) Homepage Download
 

This is a plugin pack from TAL (Togu Audio Line), now available for Linux.

In this pack you will find TAL Dub-3, Filter, NoiseMaker, Reverb and Vocoder.

 

Vex VSTi (free) Download
 



Vex is a 3 oscillator subtractive waverom synth.


 
Wolpertinger VSTi (free) Homepage Download
 

Wolpertinger is a subtractive, antialiased polyphonic software synthesizer.

 
discoDSP
 
Discovery VSTi (69 EUR) Homepage Demo
 

Virtual Analog synthesizer.

- 4 layers / 8 oscillators with Sync / FM

- Built-in arpeggiator

- 8 filter types including Zero-Delay Feedback DSP

- Panning modulation / stereo delay / gate effects

- Imports Nord Lead 2 SysEx data

 
Discovery Pro VSTi (149 EUR) Homepage Demo
 
 

Virtual Analog synthesizer + sampler.

- Dual / Four octave key split

- 4 layers / 12 oscillators with Sync / FM

- WAV / SoundFont (SF2) support

- PADSynth re-synthesis

- 2X oversampling / undersampling

- Built-in arpeggiator

- 12 filter types / ZDF NL2 modeled + 2 Moog®

- Panning modulation / stereo delay / gate effects

- Graphic envelope modulation

- Imports / Exports Nord Lead 2 SysEx data


 
OB-Xd VSTi (free) Homepage Download
 

OB-Xd is based on the Oberheim OB-X.

It attempts to recreate its sound and behavior, but as the original was very limited in some important ways a number of things were added or altered to the original design.

 

(This VSTi doesn't work for me)

 
Vertigo VSTi (89 EUR) Homepage Demo
 

Additive synthesizer.

- 256 oscillators

- WAV / bitmap re-synthesis

- 2 morphable layers

- Dual filters / serial / parallel

- FFT view

- 8 effects

 
Bliss VSTi (89 EUR) Homepage Demo
 

Performance Sampler.

- Scalable & themeable GUI

- VSTi sampling

- 8 macro assignments

- Dual Zero Delay Feedback Filters

- Sample editor

- 7 built-in effects

- Flexible modulation

- Parameter morphing

 
Loomer
 
Aspect VSTi (76,95 €) Homepage Demo
 

Aspect is a 32-note polyphonic software instrument that combines a great-sounding, powerful synthesis engine, with a flexible semi-modular architecture and unparalleled ease of use. The core of Aspect's superb sound are two analog modeled oscillators, each capable of producing a powerful selection of raw waveforms, and dual filters that can be routed in series, in parallel, or even blended into unique combinations.

 
Manifold VST (41,43 €) Homepage Demo
 

Manifold is a software audio effect processor that enhances an audio signal, producing a fuller, livelier, bigger sound. Input signals are split into as many as 20 individual voices, each of which are detuned, placed around the stereo panorama, and recombined with stunning results. Flexible controls mean Manifold is capable of producing a wide range of effects; from subtle modulations that add interest to lifeless sounds, to extreme detuning that fattens the weakest of input sources.

 
Resound VST (41,43 €) Homepage Demo
 

Resound is a software audio delay effect processor that emulates the sound and operation of vintage magnetic-tape echo units. Whilst not a direct copy of any one particular model, it takes features from several of the classic delay devices, and unites them into a convincing and pleasingly retro sounding effect.

 
Sequent VST (59,19 €) Homepage Demo
 

Sequent is a modular multi-effects unit, the ideal tool for mangling audio on stage or in the studio.

Sequent has seven individual effect blocks: a Beat Looper; two Filters, both switchable between lowpass, bandpass, and highpass modes and capable of self oscillation even without an audio input; an oversampled Distortion unit; a Gate with variable depth and slew; a Panner; and a Delay unit capable of sub millisecond delay times, great for creating everything for from dub, slapback, and bouncing ball style echoes, to metallic comb filters or flanger effects.

 
Shift v2 VST (53,27 €) Homepage Demo
 

Shift is a diatonic granular pitch shifting delay. Shift combines an intuitive and beautiful user interface, with a great sounding granular synthesis engine. Shift's flexibility allows a palette of timbres ranging from basic echo effects, through intelligent harmonies, to exotic evolving ambient soundscapes.

 
String VSTi (59,19 €) Homepage Demo
 

String is a virtual instrument that emulates the beautiful sound of the polyphonic string synthesizer.

String's authentic tone comes from its accurate emulation of the divide-down oscillator technology behind the lush ensemble synths of the 70s.

 
Matt Tytel
 
Helm VSTi (free) Homepage Download .deb Download source
 

Helm is a free, cross-platform, polyphonic synthesizer that runs on GNU/Linux, Mac, and Windows as a standalone program and as a LV2/VST/AU/AAX plugin. Release is in beta so there are outstanding bugs.

 

Unfortunately on my system this VSTi crashes or makes Renoise crash sometimes.

 

The deb downloads for Linux only contain LV2 plugins, which is not supported by Renoise.

To get a VSTi you need to compile it from source.

You still need to install the .deb archive on Debian-like systems to get all the factory presets.

 

Here is how to compile it on Debian-like systems:

 

1. download VST Audio Plug-Ins SDK from here: https://www.steinber...developers.html

2. unzip it

3. move it into ~/srcs


mkdir ~/srcs
mv "VST3 SDK" ~/srcs

4. install software and dependencies

sudo apt-get install git build-essential libasound2-dev libjack-jackd2-dev libx11-dev libfreetype6-dev libxinerama-dev libxcursor-dev
git clone https://github.com/mtytel/helm.git

5. compile and install it

cd helm
make vst
mkdir ~/.vst
cp builds/linux/VST/build/helm.so ~/.vst

6. clean up

rm -rf ~/srcs ~/helm
sudo apt-get purge git build-essential libasound2-dev libjack-jackd2-dev libx11-dev libfreetype6-dev libxinerama-dev libxcursor-dev

White Elephant Audio
 
Carve VST (free) Homepage Download
 


Carve is a wave shaping distortion with several available waveforms and two distortion units, which can be configured in serial, parallel or stereo, and blended with the dry sound.

 
Matthias Kronlachner
 
ambiX VST bundle (free) Homepage Download
 

Cross-platform Ambisonic processors useable as VST/LV2 plug-ins or standalone application under Windows, Mac OSX and Linux. They can be used in flexible hosts like Reaper, Ardour, MaxMSP, Bidule or as standalone applications with Jack.

 

The plug-ins can be used to produce 3D Ambisonic content or do post production on recordings. (eg. Soundfield or Eigenmike® microphone recordings)

The Ambisonic order is variable and can be choosen at compile time. The processors use the ambiX convention (full 3D, ACN channel ordering, SN3D normalization)

 

I'm not sure if Renoise can handle high channel counts per track, but the VSTs should work at least with Ardour.

 


You need to compile this VST pack from source.
Here is how to do it on Debian-like systems:
 
1. download and unzip the VST Audio Plug-Ins SDK from here: https://www.steinber...developers.html
2. install build dependencies


sudo apt-get install git cmake-curses-gui build-essential libasound-dev libfreetype6-dev libgl1-mesa-dev libx11-dev libxext-dev libxinerama-dev libxcursor-dev libxrandr-dev libeigen3-dev freeglut3-dev libxmu-dev libxi-dev libsoxr-dev libfftw3-dev libjack-jackd2-dev

3. clone the repository

git clone https://github.com/kronihias/ambix.git

4. copy everything in place and create build location

mv "VST3 SDK" ambix/vstsdk2.4/
mkdir ambix/BUILD

5. create Makefile

cd ambix/BUILD
cmake ..
ccmake ..

6. adjust parameters in ccmake GUI, then press 'c' to configure, then 'g' to generate the Makefile

7. compile and install the plugins

make
mkdir ~/.vst
mv ambix_* ~/.vst/

8. copy presets to your home path, I recommend to use ~/.ambix, you can configure that preset path later in your VST plugins

mkdir ~/.ambix
mv ~/ambix/ambix_binaural/Presets/ .ambix/binaural_presets

9. clean everything up

rm -rf ~/ambix
sudo apt-get purge git cmake-curses-gui build-essential libasound-dev libfreetype6-dev libgl1-mesa-dev libx11-dev libxext-dev libxinerama-dev libxcursor-dev libxrandr-dev libeigen3-dev freeglut3-dev libxmu-dev libxi-dev libsoxr-dev libfftw3-dev libjack-jackd2-dev

mcfx VST bundle (free) Homepage Download
 


mcfx is a suite of multichannel VST plug-ins for MacOS, Windows and Linux

(mcfx_convolver, mcfx_delay, mcfx_filter, mcfx_gain_delay, mcfx_meter)

 

these plug-ins are very handy if you want to process multiple channels in one go for example

* multiple loudspeaker setups, Ambisonics (see ambiX)

* Microphone array post productions (eg. Eigenmike®)

 


I'm not sure if Renoise can handle high channel counts per track, but the VSTs should work at least with Ardour.

 


You need to compile this VST pack from source.

Here is how to do it on Debian-like systems:

 

1. download and unzip the VST Audio Plug-Ins SDK from here: https://www.steinber...developers.html

2. install build dependencies


sudo apt-get install git cmake-curses-gui build-essential libasound2-dev libfreetype6-dev libgl1-mesa-dev libx11-dev libxext-dev libxinerama-dev libxcursor-dev freeglut3-dev libxmu-dev libxi-dev libsoxr-dev libfftw3-dev libxrandr-dev libjack-jackd2-dev

3. clone the repository


git clone https://github.com/kronihias/mcfx.git

4. copy everything in place and create build location


mkdir mcfx/vstsdk2.4
mv "VST3 SDK" mcfx/vstsdk2.4/
mkdir mcfx/BUILD

5. create Makefile


cd mcfx/BUILD
cmake ..
ccmake ..

6. adjust parameters in ccmake GUI, then press 'c' to configure, then 'g' to generate the Makefile

7. compile and install the plugins


make
mkdir ~/.vst
mv mcfx_* ~/.vst/

9. clean everything up


rm -rf ~/mcfx
sudo apt-get purge git cmake-curses-gui build-essential libasound2-dev libfreetype6-dev libgl1-mesa-dev libx11-dev libxext-dev libxinerama-dev libxcursor-dev freeglut3-dev libxmu-dev libxi-dev libsoxr-dev libfftw3-dev libxrandr-dev libjack-jackd2-dev

Some example presets for the convolver can be downloaded here http://www.matthiask...ner.com/?p=1910 (search for "presets").

 

Nick Dowell
 
amsynth VSTi (free) Homepage Download
 


amsynth is an easy-to-use software synth with a classic subtractive synthesizer topology.

 

- Dual oscillators (sine / saw / square / noise) with hard sync

- 12/24 dB/oct resonant filter (low-pass / high-pass / band-pass / notch)

- Mono / poly / legato keyboard modes

- Dual ADSR envelope generators (filter & amplitude)

- LFO which can modulate the oscillators, filter, and amplitude

- Distortion and reverb

 

Unfortunately this VSTi seems to be buggy on my system and causes Renoise to hang or crash after using it.

 

amsynth can be installed via Debian repositories, but it does not contain the VST.

Here is how to compile it yourself, so you get the VST version:

 

1. install dependencies


sudo apt-get install build-essential intltool libgtk2.0-dev libgtkmm-2.4-dev libjack-jackd2-dev libasound2-dev liblash-compat-dev libsndfile1-dev

2. download amsynth source code from https://amsynth.github.io/ and extract it

3. go to amsynth directory and compile it


./configure
make
sudo make install

4. clean up 


rm -rf ~/amsynth-*
sudo apt-get purge build-essential intltool libgtk2.0-dev libgtkmm-2.4-dev libjack-jackd2-dev libasound2-dev liblash-compat-dev libsndfile1-dev

Semantic Audio
 
SAFE Plugins VST bundle (free) Homepage Download
 


The SAFE Plug-ins are cross-platform DAW audio effects. The plug-ins allow you to semantically annotate your sounds in the mix, whilst giving you access to a wealth of semantically meaningful pre-sets.

 
Wavosaur
 
Speek VSTi (free) Homepage Download
 

VST Speek is a free vocal synthesis VST plugin for recreating the old skool robotic text to speech we all love. Choose a preset, type any text and let’s speak!

 
Extent Of The Jam
 
Digits VSTi (free) Homepage Download
 

Digits is a phase distortion synthesizer inspired by Casio's CZ series but takes that form of synthesis to the limit. Create warm pads, glitchy sounds, dirty basses, filthy sweeps, screaming leads, and anything in-between.

 

The Linux VSTi comes without the graphical interface, all parameters are presented as sliders instead.

 
Inear Display
 
Danaides VST (free) Homepage Download
 

Sequenced Sound Mangler

 
Bowecho VST (free) Homepage Download
 

Quad Modular Delay

 
Martin Zuther
 
K-Meter VST (free) Homepage Download
 
 

Implementation of a K-System meter according to Bob Katz’ specifications.

K-Meter supports mono, stereo and 5.1 surround sound signals. All meters have been thoroughly validated. The average meter reads either RMS levels or ITU BS.1770-1 loudness weighted levels.


 
traKmeter VST (free) Homepage Download
 

Loudness meter for correctly setting up tracking and mixing levels (gain staging).

 
Open Source Audio Research
 
Protoplug VST and VSTi (free) Homepage Download
 

Protoplug is a VST/AU plugin that lets you load and edit Lua scripts as audio effects and instruments. The scripts can process audio and MIDI, display their own interface, and use external libraries. Transform any music software into a live coding environment!

 
ZamAudio
 
zam-plugins VST bundle (free) Homepage Download
 

zam-plugins is a collection of LV2/LADSPA/VST/JACK audio plugins for sound processing developed in-house at ZamAudio. The default settings and almost every slider is calibrated to standard ranges.

 

The plugins are available in the Debian repository, no need to manually compile them.

 
Vladimir Sadovnikov
 
Linux Studio Plugins VST and VSTi bundle (free) Homepage Download
 

LSP (Linux Studio Plugins) is a collection of open-source plugins currently compatible with LADSPA, LV2 and LinuxVST formats.

The basic idea is to fill the lack of good and useful plugins under the GNU/Linux platform.

 

The file lsp-plugins-vst-core.so needs to be in $HOME/.vst/
The plugins won't work if the file is anywhere else, incl. any sub directory.

 

Florian Bihler

 

Plugin for God's Cab IRs VST (free) Homepage Download

 

Simulation of a miked guitar cabinet based on the free God's Cab impulse responses (by Wilkinson Audio).
 
Plugin for Kalthallen Cabs Free IRs VST (free) Homepage Download
 
Simulation of a miked guitar cabinet based on Kalthallen Cabs Free impulse responses (by Kalthallen).

 

Plugin for GuitarHack's IRs VST (free) Homepage Download

 

Simulation of a miked guitar cabinet based on a subset ("JJ Powertube Impulses") of GuitarHack's impulse responses.
 
 
INSTA LOOPER VST (free) Homepage Download
 
INSTA LOOPER is a simple looper with four integrated FX!
Easy to use and efficient, add this tool in your live sets for live FX performances, or simply edit motions on your DAW to get glitch effects, end of measures effects and more.

 

Teragon Audio

 

BeatCounter VST (free) Homepage Download

 

BeatCounter is a simple plugin designed to facilitate beatmatching software and turntables. It displays the current tempo in beats per minute (BPM), and an accumulated average over the last few seconds. BeatCounter is the perfect tool for DJ’s that want to integrate computer effects with turntables or a live band.

 

ChaosChimp VST (free) Homepage Download

 

ChaosChimp is an audio effect plugin designed to cause problems for your sequencer. Seriously! It’s inspired by Netflix’s ChaosMonkey, which was built under the philosophy that instead of hoping bad things never happen, they should be forced to happen often so that one is better prepared for them.

 

ExtraNotes VST (free) Homepage Download

 

ExtraNotes is a simple plugin for keeping text or image notes alongside an arrangement. Formerly called “AUNotes”, ExtraNotes now supports Mac OSX, Windows, and Linux with 64-bit versions on all platforms (whereas AUNotes was an AudioUnit plugin for Mac OSX only).

 

NotNotchFilter VST (free) Homepage Download

 

NotNotchFilter is a performance-oriented filter designed to replace the mid-EQ found in a standard 3-band DJ mixer. The key advantage of this filter is that it cleanly cuts out single voices or instruments in a track, whereas a standard 3-band filter dampens them. This is because NotNotchFilter, as the name suggests, is not actually a notch filter. Rather, it is a combination of a hipass and lopass filter which work on opposite sides of the target frequency.

 

mucoder

 

tonespace VSTi (free) Homepage Download

 

what is tonespace?
- a chord generator and visualizer
- displays chords and scales on a grid, making it easy to understand their structure
- displays chords on a piano keyboard, making it easy to play them
- supports 39 chord types, 25 chord voicings/inversions, 21 scales, 18 keys, and 50 different grids
- accepts easy, single-note MIDI input for triggering or viewing chords
- can output chords over MIDI to your favorite synth
- acts either as a VST or Audio Unit plugin for your DAW, or as a standalone application
 
hypercyclic VSTi (free) Homepage Download
 
what is hypercyclic?
- an LFO-driven MIDI arpeggiator, gate effect and step sequencer
- for mangling sustained MIDI input chords
- the output of which can then drive other MIDI instruments
- acts either as a VST or Audio Unit plugin for your DAW, or as a standalone application
- the original hypercyclic won 2nd place in the KVRAudio.com Developer Challenge ‘07
- the sweetspot for hypercyclic is the narrow border between chaos and regularity. Or, in other words, how to induce a certain pleasant randomness and syncopation, yet forcing everything to align again on the bar or beat boundaries

 

Michael Ourednik

 

Argotlunar VST (free) Homepage Download

 

Argotlunar is a tool for creating surreal transformations of audio streams. Specifically, it is a real-time delay-line granulator. It disintegrates an audio stream into short samples (grains). Each grain can have random settings of amplitude, panning, duration, delay, pitch, glissando, filter and envelope. The output of all grains is mixed together into a stream which can be fed back into the main input.


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Posted 15 January 2017 - 22:00

You also have VSTi and effects by discodsp and loomer 

 

Discovery(Pro), Vertigo, Bliss and fantastic free one, OBXD - http://www.discodsp.com/ (and they do have a 50% sale available now)

Shift v2, Sequent, String, Resound, Aspect and Manifold by http://www.loomer.co.uk/

 

Notable free ones I use are:

 

Helm: http://tytel.org/helm/

ZynAddSubFX: http://zynaddsubfx.sourceforge.net/

TALNoizeMaker - https://tal-software.../tal-noisemaker

Tunefish4 - https://www.tunefish-synth.com/

Dexed - https://asb2m10.github.io/dexed/


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Posted 15 January 2017 - 22:19

http://linux-sound.o...st-plugins.html

I suppose the ladspa and dssi sections are relevant as well - http://linux-sound.org/plugins.html


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Posted 15 January 2017 - 23:10

You also have VSTi and effects by discodsp and loomer 

 

Discovery(Pro), Vertigo, Bliss and fantastic free one, OBXD - http://www.discodsp.com/ (and they do have a 50% sale available now)

Shift v2, Sequent, String, Resound, Aspect and Manifold by http://www.loomer.co.uk/

 

Notable free ones I use are:

 

Helm: http://tytel.org/helm/

ZynAddSubFX: http://zynaddsubfx.sourceforge.net/

TALNoizeMaker - https://tal-software.../tal-noisemaker

Tunefish4 - https://www.tunefish-synth.com/

Dexed - https://asb2m10.github.io/dexed/

 

Cool, I'll add them to the list.

 

http://linux-sound.o...st-plugins.html

I suppose the ladspa and dssi sections are relevant as well - http://linux-sound.org/plugins.html

 

Nice link, I'll add stuff from there too.

Buuuuuut, if I start adding LADSPA and DSSI the list will never finish... maybe for a different thread?


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Posted 19 January 2017 - 02:01

Added discoDSP and Loomer VST(i) to original post.


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Posted 21 January 2017 - 20:43

Don't forget the TAL plugins you can also get via distrho. I use the noisemaker a lot.

 

Also I find you are mixing up the term "freeware" with "free software" which are two different beasts.

 

And the difference can be important to musicians. Freeware is often copyrighted still and locked to the state where it was abandoned. So when for a musician the old vst won't work anymore with a modern daw or linux, or have showstopper bugs, old music projects might suddenly be dead because of this.

 

Free software on the other hand was granted to the public with fully opened source code, it is also free of cost for many projects. The most interesting difference is that as long as some nerd with programming capabilities takes care of each project, it will never die, will be kept update when it comes to compatibility and fixing bugs. And might even get expanded and developed on. Or form from its source code one or another capability of another new project which might also be (forced to be) free because of the license. The whole distrho stuff is quasi free open source software and a nice example of this.



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Posted 21 January 2017 - 23:18

Don't forget the TAL plugins you can also get via distrho. I use the noisemaker a lot.

 

Added all missing Distrho VST(i) incl. TAL.

 

Also I find you are mixing up the term "freeware" with "free software" which are two different beasts.

 

You're right, I've changed "freeware" to "free" everywhere except the thread title, which I don't know how to change. I hope this sounds more neutral.


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Posted 22 January 2017 - 22:10

Added Matthias Kronlachner's suite of plugins for Ambisonics control (ambix + mcfx).

I'm not sure if Renoise can handle high channel counts per track, but the VSTs should work at least with Ardour.


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Posted 23 January 2017 - 23:22

Added Nick Dowell's amsynth + instructions for compiling.


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Posted 24 January 2017 - 19:58

This hands down beats anything that is free, once you get the hang of the quirky GUI you can make so many different sounds with FM and all kinds of awesome features. The unison is great and it does some very nice supersaw sounds and detailed pads or whatever, you can even half decently synthesize a large variety of instruments. If i could have only one synth...


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Posted 05 February 2017 - 14:54

Added:

- Semantic Audio "SAFE Plugins"

- Wavosaur "VST Speek"

- Extent Of The Jam "Digits"

- Inear Display "Danaides" and "Bowecho"

- Martin Zuther "K-Meter" and "traKmeter"

- Open Source Audio Research "Protoplug"

- ZamAudio "zam-plugins"

- Vladimir Sadovnikov "Linux Studio Plugins"

- Florian Bihler "Plugin for God's Cab IRs", "Plugin for Kalthallen Cabs Free IRs" and "Plugin for GuitarHack's IRs"
- Audio Blast "INSTA LOOPER"
- Teragon Audio "BeatCounter", "ChaosChimp", "ExtraNotes" and "NotNotchFilter"
- mucoder "tonespace" and "hypercyclic"
- Michael Ourednik "Argotlunar"

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