Recommended Freeware Vst-plugins

(charlylinch) #21

I suppose those are for windows?
I couldn’t find it on the site.

(gentleclockdivider) #22

Everything by this guy

This guy his filter algoritms are used in commercioal filters like basement arts frantic …

(sauli) #23


Freeware compressor with editable compression curve.

(netrunner) #24

I often use Reaplugs from Reaper.
VERY usefully things


Intro & VS1 -

All from - especially - Analog Warfare

polyIblit (something like 3xOSC but it’s semi-modular!) & LazySnake (good electric piano!)

(gentleclockdivider) #25

best amongst best …also by antti he’s a real master of coding those zero’s and one’s

(sauli) #26

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.

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.…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.

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

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

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.
I suggest you get it from here:
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.

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.
Old version (better in my opinion)…/

Oxe FM Synth

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

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.…st/stringz2.png

Krakli Gargoyle…st/gargoyle.png

Other synths:

Antti@Smartelectronix Asynth - Two osc vintage synth with great filters.

Native Instruments Kore Player - Rompler/synth combination with limited programming capabilities, but includes some great sounds like standing jazz bass.

E-phonic Drumatic 3 - Easy to use, but great sounding drum synth.

Krakli S3 series - Synthetic string sounds and much more.

Majken Chimera - Noise-based synthesis. Great for pads and windlike effects.,en/

Rick Jelliffe Neumixturtrautonium - Virtual trautonium. Very hard to program and one of the ugliest interfaces ever, but sounds amazing.

Simple-media Spook Keys - Another virtual theremin. Volume and pitch can be controlled with midi CC’s.

Vember Audio Shortcircuit - Sampler. Loads REX2 files.

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.

Ugo Rez - Harsh sounding single oscillator synth.

Xoxos sounds of nature - Nature-themed effect synths.

(netrunner) #27

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.


  • 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.

IT has also a few nice skins

(looza) #28

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: - 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.

(teknocide) #29

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)

(carthage) #30

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

(delphi) #31

A brand new software house that releases some nice freebies:

MDrummer Small

MDrummer Small, MEqualizer, MAnalyzer and MWaveShaper worth a try for sure!

(carmazine) #32

Have anybody mentioned the G-series?

(vV) #33



(netrunner) #34

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

(sauli) #35

New skin for Arguru Voyager!

Yes, sort of off topic, but someone should really give this guy a medal:
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.

(danoise) #36

Try looking here:

(s-n-s) #37

i can recommend the mobius looper

dont know if its still beieng “developed” though

but its quite a beast

(CLombardo) #38

If your looking for an incredible list of free plug ins,
check out’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)

(vV) #39

They also seem to share a deal of nice quality samples…:…-samples-224397
Look for the phrase “sampleradar” and download your desired pack…

(vincentvc) #40

Collection of ‘the best’ free VSTi’s.