If you are going to pursue music production, you are going to need solid synths, sample libraries and various other plugin's. There are thousands upon thousands of these VST's out there and some of them can be extremely expensive.
So I’ve compiled a list of some of the best free vst plugins, resources to find free vst’s, and websites to download legit free plug-ins.
E-MU Proteus VX
This is a serious must have VST. What I like about it is that there are tons of cool presets to experiment with and the quality of the sounds are pretty good. As you get better at working with Proteus you can create your own sounds and customize them to your music. I have a download link below and I highly recommend trying it.
*I had a problem with getting Proteus to export correctly in Fl Studio 10 but here is how to fix it: How to Get Proteus to Work in FL Studio
|Piano One by Sound Magic|
|Rez by Ugo|
This is a really cool synthesizer, and creates some amazing and unique sounds. It is not one of those vst’s you can use for every project but it really does an awesome job if you're looking for something different.
|Synth1 by Ichiro Toda|
Synth1 is another one of those free plugin's that I use all the time. You can create a lot of cool sounds with it or use the presets. Some people say it's completely over-rated but I like it.
|daHornet by DASHSignature|
This is a really cool plug-in for saws, especially if you add some distortion. It's based on a plug-in that used to cost money. It's not one I use all the time but it does make an appearance every once in a while.
Orchestral Strings One
|Sound Magic Orchestral Strings One|
Strings are often very expensive. This one does a pretty good job, but you have to work on it a little work on the sound. The controls help get it there, but you'll have to eq to get it sounding good.
|Crystal by Greenoaks|
Crystal is pretty cool. The sounds you get from it are unique and interesting. It's kind of confusing at first how it works, but once you figure it out, it's pretty fun to use.
T-Force Alpha Plus
|T-Force Alpha Plus|
I really like this synth for electronic music. The leads sound great but you can also get really nice pads and rhythms.
|Firebird2 by Tone2|
This is a plugin I used to use pretty frequently, but kind of stopped using. I really like the plucky sounds you can create with it when you take advantage of the arp settings.
TT Dynamic Range Meter
|TT Dynamic Range Meter|
This is a great free meter that helps monitor the your dynamic range. It also has a very helpful correlation meter and mono switch to detect any phase issues you might have with your mix.
I also wanted to share some resources to help you find some of the best free vst’s.
Free VST Forums:
Additional Free VST Resources:
- Audio Tuts+: 11 Totally Free VST Synthesizers that Sound Great.
- Bedroom Producers Blog: Free VST Plugins
- Zeros and Ones: Joy of Six: The Best Free 64-bit Plugins
Finally, I want to point you in the right direction on where to find and download legit free vst plugins. The one I use all the time is KVR Audio. It is free to register, safe to use, and you can find everything VST related there. It's a great resource, you should check it out.
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