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Favorite free VST plug-ins
Old 29th November 2005
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Favorite free VST plug-ins

I was wondering what free VST plug-ins people had found that were actually worth downloading.
Old 29th November 2005
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Digital FishPhones SpitFish (de-esser). I'd pay for it in a heartbeat.
Old 29th November 2005
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Check out the Free RTAS thread on this board. Someone posted a huge list of free VST stuff.

*EDIT*

Here you go.

iZotope Vinyl
http://izotope.com/products/audio/vinyl/

Pluggo Junior
http://www.synthesisters.com/download/pluggojr352.dmg

but really you should invest the $80 in the VST to RTAS adapter, as these are ALL the free plugs you can get as VST that have been tested to work fine with the adapter......

posted from Simon666's list on OSXAudio.com


+decimate - http://www.soundhack.com/

ambience reverb (donateware) - http://www.smartelectronix.com/~magnus/

analogue delay - (donateware) http://www.smartelectronix.com/~mdsp/

Bitviewer (donateware)
Download OSX VST from : http://www.apulsoft.ch/freeports/index.php
Donations to Tobybear at http://www.tobybear.de/

blockfish - http://www.digitalfishphones.com/

bs-spectrum - http://homepage.mac.com/bismark/products.html

C3 Multiband Compressor 1.2 (donateware)
Download OSX VST from : http://www.apulsoft.ch/freeports/index.php
Donate to Slim Slow Slider at : http://www.ismusic.ne.jp/slim_slow_slider/vst/

Camelphatfree - http://www.camelaudio.com/

CM Fuzz (Computer music magazine / Camel)
Available from Computer Music Issue #90

CowDelay (donateware) - http://www.apulsoft.ch/freeports/index.php
Donate to Tobybear : http://www.tobybear.de/

CrayonFilter - http://www.betabugsaudio.com/plugs.html

Cyanide (donateware) - http://www.smartelectronix.com/~bram/

Decimator (donateware) - http://www.apulsoft.ch/freeports/index.php
Donate to Tobybear : http://www.tobybear.de/

Delayifier - http://www.greenoak.com/vst.html

Dfx buffer ovverride - http://destroyfx.smartelectronix.com/ (all DFX are donateware)
Dfx EQ Sync
Dfx geometer
Dfx monomaker
Dfx polarizer
Dfx rezsynth
Dfx scrubby
Dfx skidder
Dfx transverb

DX Reverb Light - http://www.anwida.com/

Emigrator - http://www.gerzonic.net/?prod=5&rub=2

Filterizer (donateware) - http://www.analogindustries.com/mt/software.html
(except doesn't recieve MIDI signal)

Floorfish - http://www.digitalfishphones.com/

FM Crusher (from 'Future Music' issue 165)

Fre(a)koscope 0.8 public beta
http://mdsp.smartelectronix.com/ffttools/

Frohmage (but generally use RTAS version) - http://www.ohmforce.com/HomePage.do

FuzzPlus2
http://www.audiodamage.com/l33t/pro...2&products_id=3
- but you need to be on at least OS 10.3.9 to use this

H20 - (donateware) - http://www.smartelectronix.com/~bram/

Inspector (but generally use RTAS version) - http://www.elementalaudio.com/

KT Drumtrigger - (donateware) - (previously crashed Protools) - http://koen.smartelectronix.com/

KT granulator 1.2 - (donateware) - http://koen.smartelectronix.com/

LFX-1310 (Luxonix)
http://luxonix.com/home/en/products.html?id=lfx1310

Linear Phase Graphical Equaliser 2.1 (donateware)
Download OSX VST from : http://www.apulsoft.ch/freeports/index.php
Donations to SlimSlowSlider at http://www.ismusic.ne.jp/slim_slow_slider/vst/

LMC-1 Plugin (SSL compressor)
http://www.solid-state-logic.com/re...lmc1plugin.html

Madshifta – (donateware) http://www.smartelectronix.com/~bram/

Minion - http://www.devine-machine.com/minion/

Monstachorus - http://www.betabugsaudio.com/plugs.php

More Feedback Machine - http://www.u-he.com/mfm/mfm02.html

Multidelay 0.0.4 - http://arne.knup.de/software/multidelay.php (Panther only)

ndc trem+ (from http://www.niallmoody.com/ndcplugs/ndctrem_plus.htm )

NWEQ - http://www.wwaym.com/nweq.html

NyquistEq (donateware) - http://magnus.smartelectronix.com/

Oh My God - (Computer Music magazine) - http://www.muon-software.com/

Pitch scraper - http://www.interq.or.jp/jazz/kuniox/

Plogue Rebuilder - http://www.plogue.com/index.php?opt...id=15&Itemid=33

Prosoniq North Pole (but generally use RTAS version) - http://www.prosoniq.net/

PSP Vintage meter (but generally use RTAS version) - http://www.pspaudioware.com/

Reversinator - http://www.niallmoody.com/ndcplugs/reversinator.htm

Robobear - http://www.tobybear.de

Room Machine - http://www.silverspike.com/Home/home.html

Rubytube - http://www.silverspike.com/Home/home.html

S(m)exoscope (donateware) - http://www.smartelectronix.com/~bram/

Spectrafier - http://www.greenoak.com/vst.html

Spitfish - http://www.digitalfishphones.com/

Supaphaser (donateware) - http://www.smartelectronix.com/~bram/

Supatrigga (donateware) - http://www.smartelectronix.com/~bram/

Tunifier - http://www.greenoak.com/vst.html
Old 29th November 2005
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C_F_H_13,
thats great and all but he's not asking for all the freeware, only for people's favorite picks.


anyways, here are mine:

Yohng's W1 Limiter. its a Waves L1 clone, extremely useful and FREE.
www.yohng.com
PC + MAC VST

Digitalfishphones' Fish Fillets Blockfish Compressor
www.digitalfishphones.com

Bram's SupaTrigga freaky deaky rearranger/slicer thingie
http://bram.smartelectronix.com/

AudioDamage FuzzPlus2
www.audiodamage.com

Urs Heckman's More Feedback Machine
http://www.u-he.com/mfm/mfm11.html

Tritone Digital's ColorTone FREE signal path convolver
www.tritonedigital.com

those are basically the only freebies i bother with.
Old 29th November 2005
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check out the refined audiometrics freebie, that's about the only one I've heard that's pretty good.
Old 29th November 2005
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i'm starting to see a pattern here... this is what's in my plugin folder:

tritone colortone free and phasetone
all the digital fishphones stuff
mda plugs (especially mda test tone)
bram's madshifta
mdsp analog delay
bismark bs-spectrum

Old 29th November 2005
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http://www.slapmeister.com/slapclap.aspx

this is by far the best free vst plugin ever made !
Old 29th November 2005
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Old 27th July 2017
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Debated whether I should bump this old thread or start a new one, but I hate duplicate threads and some of this might still be applicable, so......
Old 27th July 2017
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i'm starting to see a pattern here... this is what's in my plugin folder:


all the digital fishphones stuff
I've been using the Blockfish comp as soon as they were released. Great stuff, all of them.


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mda plugs (especially mda test tone)
And for me especially MDA's Subsynth. I use it on nearly everything to this day and cannot find a replacement. I just wish it had a GUI for some eye candy.
Old 27th July 2017
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People here are posting some really old free plugs here. They may want to revisit KVR and some other free plugin sites an try out some new plugs. Theres a bunch of new ones out there that will blow your socks off.

There are some old standby's I still use to this day like:

The Classic plugins by Kjaerhus, specifically the chorus is one of my favorites for vocals and guitar.

MJUC jr. by Klanghelm is excellent variable-tube compressor that is as close to a piece of hardware as you can get. Sounds excellent on the master buss before mixing down but it can also sound good on individual tracks too. I use this one on mastering buss every so often to give the mix a softer plush feel. Download Free Variable-tube compressor plug-in: MJUC jr by Klanghelm

Modern makes an entire suite of plugins. I've tried many of them and haven't found a bad one in the batch. They are low resource and you can download 32 or 64 bit versions. The ones I have been using allot are the Modern Flash Verb which is a short plate reverb, excellent for vocals and drums, The modern limiter is excellent fro getting guitars up front when they sound a bit wimpy. The Modern exciter is excellent on drums or mastering buss when your mix is needing presence. The EQ and compressor are excellent too. I haven't experimented with the others much. There's a couple of guitar amp type units I don't have allot of need for.
https://www.kvraudio.com/product/mod...ins_by_antress

For reverbs, abstract chamber is excellent. Reminds me of a nice Lexicon or Alesis verb. I use it mainly on guitars, but works well on vocals too. Download Free Modulated reverb plug-in: Abstract Chamber by Signaldust

If you like/need allot of control in verbs Epic Verb is hard to beat. I've used this on everything but it takes time to tweak it. I like this one better then my Waves Reverb even. Download Free Digital reverb plug-in: epicVerb by Variety Of Sound

For bass guitar I love this one. The bass must sound good first. This one is simply a preamp plugins but you get this one set properly with the right amount of drive it will make your teeth rattle. Its especially good on a bass that had to be compressed to even up the sound and has gotten mushy. It will make the bass sound solid. Watch the volume on this one it has allot of reserve.

Others? Anything Voxengo makes is fabulous. Free VST Plugins, Free AAX and AU Plugin Download | Voxengo I own a bunch of them. They have some must have freebees too. Span is an excellent frequency analyzer and an important utility for testing your tracks.

Two of the best are Boogex, an guitar amp emulator. This one has saved my butt on more then one occasion. I've taken straight clean DI tracks and made them sound like miced stacks with this one (or anything in between) The mic/cab emulations are very good. The other is tempo delay. It actually sounds like a tape based reel to reel deck. Back in the day when you couldn't afford a Space echo you'd cross wire the playback and record heads on a reel too reel which caused the sound to loop off the tape. The Tempo delay does this in stereo and you can dial up full fidelity if needed. and you can change the delay timings on either channel.

I use this one exclusively for vocals when you need that big arena sound. I time the two channels slightly different to give the vocals a stereo spread and color the reflection as needed. Its got a chorus section like a lexicon does but honestly I haven't touched it. Less is more in my case and I can dial this one up to give me that three dimensional reflection I like. Multi-Feature Stereo Delay Effect Plugin [VST, AU, AAX] - Tempo Delay | Voxengo

I have many others I use on a regular basis but these are all high quality plugs that rival any high end plugs you'd buy and they all work well and are glitch free.
Old 28th July 2017
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That Antress guy is still around? I haven't heard that name in a while. I remember when he first released stuff he just slapped the GUI's on whatever anyone wanted (La2a, 1176 etc.) . Need a Manly Voxbox plugin? Just ask and he'd have it ready the next day. Did it sound even remotely like what you requested? Of course not, not even close.

Eventually some companies threatened to sue so he took everything down and disappeared for a while. When he re-appeared it seemed like he was taking coding more serious. Let's hope so this time around.
Old 28th July 2017
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Debated whether I should bump this old thread or start a new one, but I hate duplicate threads and some of this might still be applicable, so......


You did the right thing. Also interesting from a historic perspective (historian here) to see what people were using 12 years ago.
Old 28th July 2017
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Also interesting from a historic perspective (historian here) to see what people were using 12 years ago.
And what older plugins are still around and available. For anyone interested the MDA plugin pack came out around 1998-99 as VST PC only. They've since been upgraded to Mac (AU) and 64 bit on both platforms and are still free and available at the same address. They are also now Open Source.

http://mda.smartelectronix.com/effects.htm
Old 28th July 2017
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The Antress plugins give me a headache just by looking at them, can't imagine working with them. Same with Voxengo. Anyway:

LePou amp sims, particularly LeXtac, HyBrit and Legion.
Ignite Amps amp sims, particularly for bass but generally great.
Pecheneg Tremolo and AutoSwellLight
TSE overdrives
Mercurial overdrives
Molot, Limiter No.6, MJUCjr, Rough Rider, Thrillseeker VBL, ReaComp for compression
TDR Nova and ReaEQ for eq
Blue Cat and OSL Choruses
Prime Studio Charly for analog summing
Old 28th July 2017
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Still use those kjaerhus classics too lol. Voxengo stuff as well.

Don't forget the Molot compressor/limiter stuff either.
Old 28th July 2017
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The Antress plugins give me a headache just by looking at them, can't imagine working with them. Same with Voxengo. Anyway:

LePou amp sims, particularly LeXtac, HyBrit and Legion.
Ignite Amps amp sims, particularly for bass but generally great.
Pecheneg Tremolo and AutoSwellLight
TSE overdrives
Mercurial overdrives
Molot, Limiter No.6, MJUCjr, Rough Rider, Thrillseeker VBL, ReaComp for compression
TDR Nova and ReaEQ for eq
Blue Cat and OSL Choruses
Prime Studio Charly for analog summing

I have most of those. Ignite makes a cab modeler which I use allot for beefing up Rhythm Guitar. I have the full boat of amp modelers but rarely if ever use them. I use hardware modeling instead. The guy who made the LePou PM'd me years ago and asked me to evaluate his amp modelers.

I told him, making the GUI to look like an amp may impress amateurs but round knobs suck for tweaking accurately. I suggested he forget the eye candy, (you don't mix with your eyes), and use long sliders with accurate tic marks so you can make accurate adjustments time after time. He never took me up on it but that would be my recommendation for any plugins.

I have TSE but there isn't much there to work with. Again, if you use software modeling it might be good as a sans amp emulator but I own actual hardware versions so I have no use for a software copy.

I had the Mercurial cab emulator running for a short time but I think it only came with a couple of cab impulses. I didn't have much luck linking the cab impulse bundle then had issues with Sonars plugin scanner failing to recognize it as a valid plugin. Maybe it was a demo version or something but I deleted it off my computer as I do anything I suspect as having imbedded malware.

Merlot is a clunker. I don't know why anyone would recommend it. Thrillseeker and Rough Rider a lackluster plugins too.

ReaComp is a Reaper plugin. I know I have it loaded but like many, it didn't do anything impressive. Its at best on par with the stock Sonars plugins.

I think I had issues running Nova in Sonar. The plugin scanner kept freezing when it got to that one so I deleted it off my drive.

I cant recommend Blue Cat plugins either. I had them installed maybe 15 years ago. It got flagged by my antivirus as having an imbedded virus/malware. I had a hell of a time getting it off my computer too.

You have to be sure you scan anything you download for free. The people who make theses plugins are code writers and its very easy for them to include Trojan's viruses, back doors, adware etc. I download plugins to a different computer where I can scan and detect issues before moving plugins to my main studio DAW.

I avoid recommending any plugin that even suggests having an issue. I know how long it takes to reload a DAW from scratch and getting everything up and running again. Takes me several weeks to get everything loaded and tweaked back to how I'm used to having it run.
Old 28th July 2017
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The Antress plugins give me a headache just by looking at them, can't imagine working with them. Same with Voxengo.
Big difference between those 2. Antress started out as a complete fraud while Alexi at Voxengo is a seriously talented coder who has been at this a long time.
Old 28th July 2017
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And both have terrible guis.
Old 28th July 2017
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And both have terrible guis.
So what. I use the tools that make a difference to me regardless of appearance.
Old 28th July 2017
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So what. I use the tools that make a difference to me regardless of appearance.
So you don't = everybody, that's "what." Some of us aren't as willing to tolerate crapass UIs, esp when there are so many plugins out there that do similar things to choose from, so that's good info to know. It's fine that you are given it appears to be a good plugin, but again diff strokes and all. Disappointed to hear that about Voxengo, have heard good stuff about them overall. I'll have to test drive it to know if I can live with it having a poor UI.
Old 28th July 2017
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acustica red
slate revival if you have an ilok
limiter no6 (i like the clipper in it a lot)
valhalla freq echo
tyrelln6 if you're looking for a good synth
soundtoys, they usually give away some free stuff, gotta subscribe to their newsletter to not miss it
softube saturation knob
elysia niveau filter
dexed, its a fm synth and you can load a **** ton of old school fm presets in it there are youtube videos about that
audio damage fuzzplus 3 (shout out to audio damage because that plugin looks amazing, better than a lot of paid ones)
Old 29th July 2017
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So you don't = everybody, that's "what."
I never said or even implied that I did represent anyone but myself. My only point was I personally find it foolish to avoid a plugin based on eye candy. One of my favorite plugins that I use on every mix is the free Subsynth plugin by MDA. It doesn't even have a GUI, just some sliders. Ugliest plugin I own and I tried every subsynth plugin out there but none do the job for me like this one. Should I avoid it because it's ugly? Of course not. I make the adjustments then hide it. done,
Old 29th July 2017
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I never said or even implied that I did represent anyone but myself. My only point was I personally find it foolish to avoid a plugin based on eye candy. One of my favorite plugins that I use on every mix is the free Subsynth plugin by MDA. It doesn't even have a GUI, just some sliders. Ugliest plugin I own and I tried every subsynth plugin out there but none do the job for me like this one. Should I avoid it because it's ugly? Of course not. I make the adjustments then hide it. done,
Thank you for mentioning the mda subsynth. I'm really excited to try it out.
Old 29th July 2017
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I never said or even implied that I did represent anyone but myself. My only point was I personally find it foolish to avoid a plugin based on eye candy. One of my favorite plugins that I use on every mix is the free Subsynth plugin by MDA. It doesn't even have a GUI, just some sliders. Ugliest plugin I own and I tried every subsynth plugin out there but none do the job for me like this one. Should I avoid it because it's ugly? Of course not. I make the adjustments then hide it. done,
A good UI isn't simply about "eye candy" but anyway...my point was you were pimping one as great based on (as you elaborated on) YOUR expectations/standards only...but other people's vary from yours and that's why (in this case, as an example) a crappy UI matters to some people and could make a diff on it being worth their while, and so worth mentioning as SC did, so his comment hardly merited a "so what." No big, just pointing out how diff things matter to diff degress to diff people.

We arrrrrre the worrrrrrrrrldddddddd........
Old 29th July 2017
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Quote:
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So what. I use the tools that make a difference to me regardless of appearance.
For me it's not about a plugin being "eye candy", it's about comfort of use. Plugins that have cluttered or ugly graphics simply distract my brain, make it harder and generally unpleasant to use. I know it sounds petty but it really makes a difference to me.

Just look at this ridiculous incoherent font and background.
Old 2nd August 2017
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Nice trhead ,many thx
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