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If you have already build your home recording studio, it’s time to look in the market for the best free VST plugins to start music production with the help of virtual instruments and audio effects.
Drum machines and synthesizers are in every recording studio and surely give a better feeling than making music with your keyboard and mouse.
However, VST plugins are now at the top of the list of most music producers around the world.
Think of them as really affordable ways to make your home studio sound like you use really expensive professional equipment.
A cool free VST plugin is a great way to start making and editing music in your favorite DAW such as Ableton Live, Cubase, or FL studio.
In fact, all plugins available in the market will run on every major music production software out there.
This free VST instrument plugin is available to download at kvraudio.com.
Dexed FM is the ideal free plugin to create lush, melodic pad sounds.
It’s a multi-platform, synth emulation of the Yamaha DX7, and it captures the synth’s classic FM sound as well as a paid virtual instrument.
The 6 operators are all easily located on one single interface.
It also offers 144 DAW automatable DX7 parameters to create your own daydreaming melodies.
Dexed FM can be used for making bright keys and bold plucked sounds.
It fully supports MIDI and DX7 input and output Sysex messages which means that you can use a real DX7 or TX7 as a patch editor.
It is available for MAC, WIN, or Linux users and you can download it for free at Amazona.de official website.
Tyrell N6 u-he is developed by the German online magazine Amazona.de.
It was originally intended to be an affordable hardware synth inspired by Roland’s Juno-60, instead is a great free digital replica of this legendary instrument.
Tyrell N6 features 2 oscillators, noise, ring modulator, 2 LFOs with 8 waveforms, host-sync and over 580 presets for you to start with.
You can create any type of sound for your EDM or hip-hop productions.
TAL-Elek7ro is a virtual analog synth with some special features like hard sync oscillators (saw, rectangle, triangle, sine), effects, and LFOs.
It is available only for Windows, while NoiseMaker is for Mac users only.
Both are available to download at tal-software.com, along with a few more great free and commercial plugin instruments such as TAL Bassline, TAL Sampler, and many more.
TAL NoiseMaker is an improved version of Elek7ro and has a completely new synth engine and a lot of improvements in sound and usability.
The synth plugin offers 3 Oscillators with up to 6 voices.
It also includes a filter section with a reverb, chorus, and a crusher effect.
Both virtual instruments by TAL software are very popular for EDM, Trap, and House music production.
You can download it for free at amplesound.net, and a trial version of their premium Guitar G/M and Bass P plugins.
Both free VST plugins are great to cover your basic bass and guitar needs.
The sound quality is more realistic than any other free bass/guitar plugins out there and you can easily adjust all the parameters and settings on a user-friendly interface.
Ample Guitar M Lite II aims to bring the Martin D-41 Acoustic Guitar sound to your studio, while Bass P II is trying to imitate the Fender Precision Bass.
You will also find elements, in both plugins, such as Sustain, Hammer On & Pull Off, Legato Slide, Palm Mute, Accent, Natural Harmonic, and many more.
Compose, record, and edit your bassline on a simple and totally free instrument plugin.
The bundle guitar plugins are WIN and MAC compatible so you won’t have a problem running them in any DAW out there.
You can import a midi track and just draw your chords, lines, arpeggios, or you can use a midi controller and route any parameter.
You can download it at the official website of acoustica.com.
Nightlife is a virtual synthesizer by Acoustica.
It offers three oscillators with editable waveforms, dual filters, and five modulation sequencers.
As well, four LFOs and fifteen filter types (including lowpass, bandpass, highpass, and more), all on one user-friendly interface.
In this virtual instrument, you will be able to produce deep basses, soft pads, arpeggiated patterns, and more.
Ideal for any kind of electronic music, but especially for dance, EDM, trap, and trance music genres.
Nightlife includes up to 140 evocative preset patches to get started and experiment to make your own sounds.
It is however available only for Windows users and not for MacOS.
Xfer OTT is a Mac and Windows compatible sound effect plugin and you can download it for free at xferrecords.com.
The Xfer OTT is a free multiband compressor plugin, used by many electronic music producers and will work perfectly in your free VST effect library.
A very useful compressor plugin for sound design and to increase the volume of your tracks.
It is ideal to edit your vocals, guitars, or synths, giving depth and character.
Xfer OTT display gives you the opportunity to work with Low, Mid, and High frequencies to adjust, reduce or pump up the frequencies you want.
Available to download, for MAC and Windows environment, as well as a user manual, and video tutorials, at tokyodawn.net.
TDR VOS SlickEQ is a mixing/mastering equalizer designed for ease of use, musical flexibility, and flawless sound.
It features a modern user interface with four filter bands arranged in a Low/Mid/High parametric EQ layout that offers extreme usability.
Four interesting presets (British, American, German, and Soviet) and Five output stages (Linear, Silky, Mellow, Deep, and Toasted) making it a useful audio plugin for those who want something a little different than the usual EQ plugin.
Both are MAC and WIN compatible, and you won’t regret downloading them as these are VST effect plugins that will actually use.
Available to download for free at tal-software.com.
TAL-Filter-2 is a host synced filter module that will give your tracks a nice vintage analog sounding.
It offers 4 different TAL-NoiseMaker filter types and volume editing possibilities you cannot afford to miss especially when it’s free.
TAL Reverb-IIis a great free reverb effect that will work to create an ambient and atmospheric vibe to your sounds.
Both are available to download among other free plugins at vladgsounds.wordpress.com.
The Vadg Molot is a feature compressor, ideal to use for loud and punchy instruments, such as drum sounds.
It is a bit aggressive but adds a lot of coloring to the sound.
In the same interface, you can find Slick EQ and a mastering equalizer with soft saturation modes.
If you cannot afford a paid compressor plugin, then the Vladg Limiter N.6 offers a lot of options.