25 free VSTs all Music Producers and Engineers Should Know.

Handpicked for you by a multi platinum mixing engineer in Hollywood.

by David “Rainman” Banta

Multi Platinum 2 time Billboard #1 selling mixing engineer/producer

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1) Ichiro Toda SYNTH 1

Synth1 is a software synthesizer. Functionally it is modelled on the Clavia Nord Lead 2 Red Synth.


  • 2 Oscillators, FM modulation, ring modulation, sync, modulation envelope.

  • 4 types of filters, distortion.

  • 2 LFOs (synchronized with host).

  • Arpeggiator (synchronized with host).

  • Tempo delay (synchronized with host), stereo chorus/flanger.

  • Legato mode, portamento.

  • 16 notes polyphony.

  • 128 presets.

  • Thoroughly optimized for light CPU load using SSE instructions, etc.

  • Automation.



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2) CamelCrusher

CamelCrusher is a free ‘colouring’ multi-effect plugin. It offers two characteristically different distortion sounds which can be blended together to create a wide variety of tones and textures. Great for guitars, drums and plenty more!

There’s also a warm, smooth analogue-style low-pass filter with buckets of resonance. Assign a MIDI controller and start tweaking!

Finally, let’s not forget the easiest-to-use compressor you’ll find anywhere. It can ‘phatten’ up your sound as quickly as you can turn up the ‘Amount’ knob! Find out more in the manual.

Best of all, CamelCrusher is available free of charge!



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3) Amplitube 3 free

My favorite amp sim



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4) Zebralette Free

Zebralette is just one of Zebra2’s oscillators packed into a simple, easy-to-learn framework – but you have everything you need to make some pretty amazing sounds. Sounds that can be directly loaded into Zebra2 later. And should you eventually decide to upgrade to Zebra2, you will already know everything there is to know about the oscillators – which is quite an advantage!

Zebralette has two LFOs (one per voice, one global), a multi-stage envelope and three on-board effects (chorus, EQ, delay). Not forgetting Zebra2’s famous dual spectral effects, which include several squelchy filter algorithms.



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5) Glitch free

A short introduction from the creator:

Glitch features a pattern-based effects sequencer that takes the incoming audio, breaks it down into user-defined slices, and then applies different effects to each slice. The sounds it generates range from quite subtle to extremely bizarre, depending on how much you tweak the controls. Effects can either be programmed by hand to create specific desired patterns; chosen pseudo-randomly based on each effect’s probability level, with a user-defined seed value that optionally allows the same sequence of “random” effects to be chosen each time; or combined into a mixture of both methods to suite your own tastes.




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6) Voxengo Span analyzer

SPAN is a real-time “fast Fourier transform” audio spectrum analyzer plug-in for professional music and audio production applications.  For the most part it was derived from Voxengo GlissEQ dynamic parametric equalizer and reproduces its spectrum analysis functionality.

SPAN provides you with a very flexible “mode” system which you can use to setup your spectrum analyzer preferences.  You may specify Fourier block size in samples, FFT window overlap percentage, spectrum’s visual slope.  Beside that you can choose to display secondary spectrum of a desired type (e.g. real-time maximum, all-time maximum).  Spectrum can be smoothed out visually for an easier examination.

SPAN supports multi-channel analysis and can be set to display spectrums from two different channels or channel groups at the same time.  Spectrum’s color can be chosen to taste.

SPAN also features output level metering with adjustable ballistics and integration time, K-system metering (including calibration K-system metering).  SPAN displays level metering statistics, headroom estimation and clipping detection.  Correlation metering is available as well.



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7) Lepau guitar plug ins



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8) u-he tyrell n6

TYRELL The N6 is not some additional synth plug-in, but a sound generator, which was jointly developed with readers and, ultimately, programmed by Urs Heckmann (mastermind of U-He).


  • Classic, familiar user interface with extras.

  • Smooth overdrive in the oscillator mixer.

  • Filter output can be fed back into the mixer.

  • Unison modes with voice-specific modulation source.

  • Envelopes can be looped or triggered via LFO.

  • Envelopes retrigger like classic hardware.



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9) Tal Noisemaker

TAL-NoiseMaker is an improved version of TAL-Elek7ro and has a completely new synth engine and a lot of improvements in sound and usability. The synth also includes a small effect section with a reverb, chorus and a simple bit crusher effect.

A display shows the knob and slider values. This allows more control over the synth. A ringmodulator and a syncable triangle are also part of this synth. TAL-NoiseMaker includes new filter types as the self resonating 6dB low pass and a notch filter. Its improved amplitude ADSR is very suitable for slow pads as for really fast envelopes. 128 factory presets included, 80 made by Frank “Xenox” Neumann / Particular – Sound.




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10) Emu prodeus vx

E-MU celebrates and is pleased to announce that we will be providing the full version of our Proteus VX Software Sound Module software which includes the enhanced v2.0.1 Proteus X Composer Bank. (a special E-MU tweaked version of the Composer bank) that can be used in all versions of our Proteus X or Emulator X software. Proteus VX is not copy protected or card locked like other versions of our instrument and sampling software, and can be used either as a VSTi or in stand alone mode.



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11) Tone bytes bleep

Bleep’ — is a free VSTi synthesizer plug-in for Windows which inspired by the sound of MOS Technology SID. At the same time Bleep’ is not emulator of this chipset but only partially similar to its architecture.

Main features:

  • 3 oscillators with four waveforms: sawtooth, triangle, pulse (with PW) and noise

  • Each oscillator has own detuner, ADSR envelope and multimode LP/BP/HP filter

  • Multimode LFO synced with BPM and with Random mode

  • Modulator Envelope Generator

  • Pseudo arpeggiator

  • Overall multimode filter

  • Adjustable degrader

  • Built-in preset manager with ability to patch name editing



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12) Green Oak – Crystal Vst Synthesizer

Crystal is a semi-modular software synthesizer featuring both subtractive synthesis and frequency modulation (FM) synthesis. It offers abundant modulation control with over 90 parameters which may be modulated, multi-stage envelopes with graphical editors, extensive tempo sync of envelopes/lforates/delay times, built-in effects for chorus/flanging/comb filtering/echoes, and a band splitter for effects processing by frequency band. Not only that, Crystal has wave sequencing, granular synthesis, program morphing, MIDI learn, and imports soundfonts. The musical applications for Crystal are literally boundless.



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13) ohm force frohmage



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14) Rough Rider by Audio Damage

Rough Rider is a modern compressor with a bit of “vintage” style bite and a uniquely warm sound. Perfect for adding compression effects to your drum buss, it also sounds great with synth bass, clean guitar, and backing vocals. Definitely not an all-purpose compressor, Rough Rider is at its best when used to add pump to rhythmic tracks. Of course, you can use it however you’d like. The Compressor Police aren’t gonna come to your house and give you a citation. Slap it on a track and crank some knobs.

The front panel layout is done the same as many hardware compressors, so it will be immediately obvious how to use it. A brief overview of the controls:

Ratio: The ratio knob is logarithmic in operation. Completely anti-clockwise is 1:1, and completely clockwise is 1:1000. The 12 o’clock position is 1:10, so everything to the left of center is single digits, and everything to the right is “atom bomb squish,” essentially.

Attack and Release: We left off the actual time values, so you’re gonna have to use your ears, like the he-men did it in times of myth.

Meter: That honking big dial in the middle of the UI is the gain reduction meter. It basically shows how much compression is occurring.

Sensitivity: usually called “threshold” now, but we think “sensitivity” always made more sense. Turn to the right, you get more compression, essentially. Turn it all the way to the right, and you’ve got a distortion box, the sound of which is tuned by Ratio, Attack, and Release.

Makeup: 30 dB of gain to compensate for the attenuation caused by the compressor.

Active: From the front panel, this is simply an off/on switch, but if you automate it, strange things happen…

MIDI Learn: Like all of our products, the VST version has MIDI Learn. Download any manual from the current product line for an explanation of how this works, as it is common among all our VST products.

Rough Rider is available as a VST effect for Windows, and an AU or VST for OSX. The OSX versions are Universal Binaries, and require OSX



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15) Density mkII compressor

Density mkII – the smooth and versatile stereo bus dynamic processor is now available for Win32 / VST compatible systems. See Downloads section for license agreement and download link and have some fun with it!



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16) Sound Magic Piano One
The Sound of Piano One comes from the Yamaha C7 concert grand, a true workhorse in the professional piano world, appearing on famous concert stages, in international competitions and in prestigious music events throughout the world.

By utilizing the Sound Magic Hybrid Modeling Engine, Piano One offers both the Realistic Sound of Sampling and the Playability of Modeling. Hybrid Modeling provides an instantaneous feeling – no delay – and a truer and richer sound than canbe created with either sampling or modeling alone. What’s more, Piano One utilizes only 160MB, which is quite a small footprint, making Piano One usable even on older PCs. There is no waiting time when loading and the CPU usage is so small that it’s virtually unnoticeable.

Like other great pianos from Sound Magic. Piano One is equipped with a full featured Add-on system which enables you to enhance Piano One with over

20 different add-ons from the Sound Magic Online Add-on Store. Add-ons add different special features to Piano One. They can make your life a little easier, letting you quickly and precisely modify your sound, your style and much, much more. These add-ons are all precision designed with a particular purpose or for a particular style of music.It’s also possible to choose a completely different piano sound when you simply feel you need a new color or a new style.

Piano One is also designed to can be extendable or upgradable in future. If you are a serious musician, you need to consider better sounds and features. Sound Magic also provides this opportunity. When you feel the sound is not enough for you to use, then you can choose other pianos inside Piano One. What’s more, there are instructions inside Piano One to help you to choose.

Okay. We admit it. We’re giving this incredible piano away in hopes of luring you in, of getting you interested in our other products. Yes, surprising as it may sound, we actually would like you to BUY something from us so we can keep the virtual doors open and keep on developing cool new products like our great new multi-processor The One and our other amazing pianos like below.



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17) Variety of sound thrillseekerla

Bringing mojo back – Thrillseeker XTC is a contemporary exciter build around a true parallel analog style equalizer design. Thrillseeker XTC is all about adding weight, vibe and attitude back to the sound. It delivers all the character of an analog signal path and provides what digital processing usually is hard pushed to, including a rich low-end experience and that vibrant ‘expensive’ top-end.



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18) UVI Workstation

UVI Workstation is a completely free multi-timbral instrument that provides unlimited parts, integrated effects, live performance features, and a smooth real-time workflow. With the newest version, we’ve added powerful new features that help make your music production experience more efficient and enjoyable.



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19) Ambience Demo Version by MAGNUS SmartElectronix

Ambience is a free reverb



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20) YellowTools Independence Free

Independence Free combines virtual instrument technology, premium sound libraries and theIndependence Sampler Workstation into one unique software solution.

  • Based on the powerful Independence Audio Engine.

  • Audio import support for up to 25 audio files. Load your own sounds into Independence Free and create your own instruments.

  • VST effect plug-in import: you can load 3rd party VST effect plug-ins into Independence Free.

  • VST, AU, RTAS and Standalone available for Mac and Windows.

  • Virtual keyboard, Time-Stretching & Pitch Shifting, E-License Instruments compatibility as well as all other features that are found in Independence.

  • No time or memory restrictions.

  • Commercial use allowed.

  • For Mac OS X 10.6 (Universal Binary), Windows XP, Windows Vista & Windows 7 (32 & 64-bit).

The intuitive user interface, the unique file management system, the ultra fast streaming integration, multi-core processor support and the Auto-RAM-Cleaner will enable you to store and use an unlimited number of instruments in seconds.

You can even use Independence Free for commercial music productions without any restrictions, furthermore you can save all of your projects, layer sets, layers and presets. Independence Free is not linked to the Authorization Key, which means that you needn’t buy any extra components.

Independence Free comes with a 2 GB sound library full of carefully selected, high quality Independence Premium Sample Library instruments.

The following instruments are included:

  • Acoustic & Electronic Drum Kits.

  • Acoustic & Electric Basses.

  • Acoustic & Electric Guitars.

  • Electric Pianos.

  • Synthesizers.

  • Ethno & Tonal Percussion.

  • World Percussion.

  • Pipe Organ.

  • Arpeggiator.

  • Groove Instruments.

  • Arranger.

  • Step Sequenzer.



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21) Simulanalog guitar suite

It is a suite of vst plugin with amplifiers and analog processors for guitarists, actually containing the simulation* of:

– Boss DS-1 (Distortion stompbox)

– Boss SD-1 (Super Overdrive stompbox)

– Tube Screamer (Overdrive stompbox)

– Oberheim PS-1 (Phaser stompbox)

– Univox Univibe (Modulations stompbox)

– Fender Twin 1969 (Guitar amplifier)

– Marshall JCM900 Dual Reverb (Guitar amplifier)



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22) Martinic combo model v/f


  • 4-octave C-to-C keyboard.

  • Harmonic range 7 polyphonic octaves.

  • 4 footage drawbars: 16′, 8′, 4′, mixture.

  • 2 voice drawbars: Flute, Reed.

  • Monophonic bass voice.

  • Vibrato unit with adjustable speed and depth.

  • Swell (volume) pedal.

  • Adjustable tuning per note.

  • Scala scale file support.

  • Fully modelled (no samples inside).

  • Model includes oscillators, dividers, crosstalk, noise, filters, key contacts and key click.

  • Velocity-sensitive key contact attack and release.

  • Reverb unit.

  • Speaker cabinet simulation.*

  • Fully automatable.

  • 32 presets included.



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23) Ignite amps the anvil

The practice of live guitar and bass recording on PC, has spread enormously in recent years, as well as the development of simulation softwares, emulating amplifiers, stomp-boxes of various sorts and rack effects.

At Ignite Amps, we decided to keep pace with technology, developing in-house highly detailed digital simulations of tubeand solid-state electronic circuits that can process the sound in real time and provide the most realistic possibleresults, using really advanced mathematical algorithms based on analog modeling.

Our simulation softwares are free and available as plug-ins to be used in most modern digital audio workstations (DAWs)for playing, testing, recording and mixing purposes.



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24) Nusofting dahornet

A Classic VA



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25) Quikquak upstereo

UpStereo is a simple, useful tool –  it makes your mixes bigger, in stereo width and loudness.

Using three basic basic systems:

1. A fixed frequency EQ designed to lift the highest audio frequencies, and boost the bass.

2. A stereo width unit, for expanding stereo sounds so they appear wider and fatter. At extreme levels other characteristics are also brought out of the sound, so this can also be used as a tonal control for individual instruments.  This also has a mono setting, useful for squashing up those aggressive samples that take over the mix.

3. A Loud switch that raises the waveform to the limits in a smooth curve. This saturation gives the mix a more perceived loudness, without clipping.

There’s also an option for overdriving this effect, distorting the waveform towards the maximum, and can be used to create a raw punch to the sound.

These stages create an overall loudness effect on the final output, so a gain control is included to keep the limits in check.

The main ‘bubble’ display on the plug-in is really a basic meter, when one of the stereo halves flash red, then the output is being clipped. Try and keep the levels so the red flashes only occasionally, this enables the loudness control to work at its maximum.

Colour and light changes are achieved my dragging the central meter-ball, using ctrl or shift to flow through colours. Maximum right/up drag returns the colour to white.



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