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Tr1Formation



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 2:25 am    Post subject: Freeware VST Instruments
Subject description: Are freeware VST Instruments worth it?
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Are freeware VST Instruments a good choice if you are on a limited budget?
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 4:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

yes they can be... try the Elektrostudio bundle -nice instruments and popular. Computer Music magazine had a suite of free plug in instruments available at one time too -you should also be able to track them down easily.
The thing to bear in mind though, is that many of the free VSts have been made by amateurs using synthedit, pluggo, reaktor and the like. Some can be pretty buggy, while others a bit CPU heavy because of unwieldy coding. There are many great sounding free VSTi's about though..
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 7:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

thanks a lot - will def check some out
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

abstraktor wrote:
VSts have been made by amateurs using synthedit, pluggo, reaktor and the like. Some can be pretty buggy, while others a bit CPU heavy because of unwieldy coding...


There are also some very good synths out there made with these programs as well. Don't discount the VSTi based on what it's made with (unless it's not compatible with your system). If it's free - download it and try it. At worst you wasted a little time.

www.kvraudio.com is a great place to start.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2011 11:25 am    Post subject: Better and better freeware Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I agree - don't discount something just because it's free. Folks ought to check out the One Synth Challenge some time, to see just how good freeware can sound. Also, in the hands of a talented dev like Novakill's Bones, Synthedit can do the job as well as anything. His creations offer deep programming options and sound great.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2011 10:44 am    Post subject: Re: Freeware VST Instruments
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Tr1Formation wrote:
Are freeware VST Instruments a good choice if you are on a limited budget?

Urs Heckman developed two fantastic freeware synths.

TyrellN6 - http://www.u-he.com/cms/tyrelln6

Zebralette - http://www.u-he.com/cms/zebralette - which is a scalled down version of Zebra2. I just released a free soundset for zebralette as well http://patchlab.modulatethis.com/outpost-airlock.html. There is also a huge patch archive here http://u-he.com/PatchLib/.

Greenoaks Crystal is also free and there are versions for computer + iPhone w/ patch sharing http://www.modulatethis.com/2010/12/experimenting-with-patch-sharing-with-crystal-vst-desktop-and-iphoneipad.html. I did a littel soundcloud clip comparing patches on windows vs iphone http://soundcloud.com/markmosher/green-oak-crystal-desktop-vs-iphone-4 .

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Flip Martian



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Big Tick Software released some of their older instruments as freeware last year, well worth searching out. Also a Japanese one called Synth One is WELL worth trying. Very powerful analogue style synth.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 12:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

+1 on marks recommendations for the free u-he plug-ins and synth1.

i also like this ensoniq sq80 emulation: http://www.buchty.net/ensoniq/and the sc prophet vs-like vsti augur: http://www.best-free-vst.com/download.php?p=Augur

if you learn to use these one - instead of downloading masses of vstis - you have most bases covered.

i also recommend the imo very music sounding kjaerhus classic vst effects bundle and the free ariesverb 0.4 alpha (delay, reverb, comb filter...). http://www.ariescode.com/forums.html

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Geir



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Hg fortune has some really great free synths also. And his pay synths aren't that expencive either.
http://www.hgf-synthesizer.com/
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