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Mark Bliss
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Free VSTi virtual instrument recommendation list

Postby Mark Bliss » Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:47 pm

Some good resources for free virtual synths, samplers, etc.

Plug in Boutique: https://www.pluginboutique.com/categories/1-Instruments?free=true

KVR http://http://kvraudio.com/plugins/windows/vst-plugins/vst3-plugins/instruments/free/most-popular

Bedroom Producers Blog https://bedroomproducersblog.com/free-vst-plugins/

VST4Free: http://www.vst4free.com/index.php?m=VSTi

Some of the popular paid sampler programs are available as free introductory versions with limited instrument samples, but often still offer some great sounds for free.

You might be interested in Sampletank CS Free for example (64 bit only I believe.)
http://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/sampletankcs/

Another popular platform is Kontakt free player:
https://www.native-instruments.com/en/products/komplete/samplers/kontakt-5-player/
(Full disclosure, the interface isnt for everyone. Personally I find it very unintuitive and frustrating.)

I'll leave the virtual synth recomendations to others.
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Re: Free VSTi virtual instrument recommendation list

Postby Starship Krupa » Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:56 am

Last year, Dead Duck Software took the 4 instruments from the old mda plug-ins line and updated them to have good-looking skins. Since mdaEpiano was long my favorite Rhodes VSTi, I was very happy when they did this.

I've still not found a Rhodes-alike that I prefer, at any price. And this is free!

http://www.kvraudio.com/product/dead-duck-free-instruments-bundle-by-dead-duck-software
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Re: Free VSTi virtual instrument recommendation list

Postby mixyguy2 » Tue Mar 13, 2018 6:46 pm

Ample Guitar. Simple but a good sound.
DSK Guitar. Similar.

I'd un-recommend DSK Brass, however. Poor sound.

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Re: Free VSTi virtual instrument recommendation list

Postby dpaterson » Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:07 am

I figured I'd post something worthwhile (for a change) in this section so here goes:

MT Power Drum Kit 2

https://www.powerdrumkit.com/

This from Acoustica's very own website (Mixcraft Resource Links which may be overlooked to a large degree).

They are totally unprocessed, everything is (can be) 100% manually controlled, and very easy to use. With some iZotope Ozone 8 "magic" applied to the various pieces of kit I get the same, maybe even better in some cases, sound as I do with BFD3 and Addictive Drums (believe it or not) (at least on my PA system anyway). Was so impressed I actually made a donation!!! LOL!!!

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Re: Free VSTi virtual instrument recommendation list

Postby Rolling Estonian » Sat Jul 14, 2018 1:06 pm

dpaterson wrote:MT Power Drum Kit 2


MT showed me that I needed EZDrummer2, you'll be blown away even with the simplest of kits. Not free, but worth every penny.

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Re: Free VSTi virtual instrument recommendation list

Postby mixyguy2 » Sun Jul 22, 2018 9:07 pm

Respectfully agree to disagree; I used both and didn't feel EZ was superior enough to merit the purchase. Unless you're doing some serious drum solos or whatever and just need some drums in the background, MT is more than enough IMO.

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Re: Free VSTi virtual instrument recommendation list

Postby Starship Krupa » Thu Jul 26, 2018 12:05 am

Meldaproduction's MDrummerSmall may still be found with a bit of poking around and it's got some good-sounding kits in it.

My perennial favorite freebie Sennheiser DrumMic'a is still available to those who can make it through the registration process.
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