Vst Instrument Plugins

Native Instruments offers an extensive selection of the best instruments and VST plugins, ranging from classical to futuristic.

With a catalog of thousands of high quality sounds and effects that can be endlessly mixed and combined, our VST plugins are perfect for composers, producers, and recording artists.

No matter what sound you’re seeking, the Native Instruments VST portfolio will enhance and elevate any musical creation. Virtual Studio Technology (VST) is a plug-in standard that simplifies digital music creation and production.

This technology allows for a range of realistic-sounding musical instruments and effects that integrate easily into a digital audio workstation (DAW).

VST plugins allow musicians and recording engineers to access thousands of sounds that otherwise might be difficult and expensive to obtain.

VST virtual instruments include pianos, guitars, synthesizers, drums, strings, brass, woodwinds, and more.

Synths, sample Instruments, effects, and samplers Our intuitive and easy-to-use synth VST product catalog includes wavetable, modular, granular, monophonic, and polyphonic synthesizers.

Whether you’re looking for rich, cinematic sounds or unique textures and effects, our extensive selection of synthesizers will help bring your project to life.

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  1. Using VST samplers is a quick and efficient way to add drum tracks or other instruments to your music without having to spend hours adding all the elements manually.
  2. One of the best things about VST plugins is the ability to mix different sounds and effects together.
  3. There are almost endless combinations you can use to create innovative and beautiful-sounding productions.
  4. Our extensive range of effect VST plugin packs includes Bundles, Dynamics, EQ/Filter, Guitar Amps & FX, Creative Effects, and Reverb/Delay.Piano Obtaining a real piano can be difficult and expensive.
  5. Native Instruments’ range of VST plugin instruments makes it easier to add the beautiful sound of acoustic piano or electric keys to your tracks.
  6. With a broad library of piano sounds brimming with extraordinary textures and tones, our catalog of Piano VST plugins is sure to inspire your next creation.GuitarGuitar VST plugin instruments can be used to create authentic-sounding rock and pop music quickly and easily.
  7. Whether you’re looking for acoustic or electric guitar sounds, the Native Instruments VST plugin portfolio covers a broad range – from country twang to hardcore heavy metal and everything in between.
  8. Our catalog includes vintage, acoustic, and electric guitars with options for either picked or strummed patterns and excellent performance control.Bass Bass guitars are a critical component of rhythm in many genres, and bring a balanced tone to musical compositions.
  9. That’s why we offer a versatile selection of VST Bass instruments to provide the perfect sounds for a wide range of genres.
  10. With nearly limitless options for VST plugins, it can be difficult to find the exact solutions for the sound you’re seeking.
  11. That’s why our products are organized into different categories and instruments – so whether you’re looking for something specific like Strings, Drums, a full orchestra, cinematic sounds, or specific regional sounds from our Spotlight collection, our extensive selection of VST plugins will have you making beautiful music in no time at all.

Our plug-ins are designed with creators in mind. Aside from boasting industry-leading sound quality, they work seamlessly with a wide range of operating systems.


We’re also committed to making our user experience as easy and effective as possible, and we offer support in case any problems arise when you’re downloading or installing our products.

Feedback from our customers is always appreciated as we constantly strive to bring you the best VST instruments we possibly can.

Our VST plugin instruments are a great option for anyone looking to create music. Feel free to reach out to us for further guidance on how to make the most of our VST plugin packs.

DISCOVER OUR VST PLUGINS. VST is a registered trademark of Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH. Every sound engineer, music producer, composer, and beatmaker needs access to powerful tools to be able to enhance and bring their music to life.

These days, recording is mostly done “in the box,” with VST plugins. And in recent times, even the free ones are starting to sound better and are quite versatile besides.

There are different categories of VST plugins you’re going to need to build out your library to handle the many things you want to be able to do.


So, whether you need to build from scratch, supplement, or augment your toolkit, you’ve come to the right place.

In this guide, we look at the best free VST plugins of all time – essential instruments and effects. Effects like EQ, reverb, delay, chorus, compression, de-essers, distortion, and others are essential for individual tracks, as well as your overall mix.

Without these, you’re going to be quite limited in what you can do to your tracks (volume and pan, maybe?), and unless you’re 100% happy with what you’ve captured, you’re going to be severely limited in achieving a different result.

In this section, we’re going to be looking at several plugins in the categories already mentioned. In addition to mixing and mastering, these can come in quite handy for shaping the tone and sound of individual tracks.

EQ is a must-have when it comes to mixing and mastering alike, and Blue Cat’s Triple EQ is considered one of the best free options available.

This is a three-band semi-parametric equalizer.

It can be controlled with a single filter, with a customizable shape.


Features also include dual mode (independent left and right or mid and side channels control), multiple channels linking modes, +-40 dB range per band, automatic gain compensation, no latency, real-time display of frequency response, and on-graph filter shape control.

Overall, Blue Cat’s Triple EQ is quite simple, and unlike some EQ VSTs, the effect is quite noticeable, letting you mold sounds to your heart’s content.

Download: Blue Cat Audio. Reverb is essential to most mixes, and unless you’re happy with your DAW’s built-in reverb (which in some cases can be quite good), you’ll probably want to supplement your plugin library.

The OrilRiver reverb comes highly recommended by certain users. This is an algorithmic stereo reverb with 12 variations of early reflections, five variations of reverb tail, and three-band equalizer for wet signal.

Which means this – you can even shape the tone of your tracks with this plugin.

With OrilRiver, you can add a natural sounding high-quality reverb to your tracks. I don’t think any producer should be embarrassed adding this plugin to their toolkit.

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OrilRiver is compatible with Windows and Mac.

Download: KVR Audio Software. The moment I heard OldSkoolVerb I fell in love with it. I’d tried a few reverb VSTs to that point, but most of them were quite basic or mediocre sounding.

OldSkoolVerb comes with a lot of great presets (bright studio, warm hall, drum room, etc.) that help you get up and running fast.

Most of the time, I just start with a preset I like and tweak a little until I’m happy with the sound.

In most cases, you will probably want to turn down the out gain on the reverb, though, because the presets can be quite intense.

A lot of reverb can be nice, but sometimes too much is too much!

There are several reverbs on this list, and they’re all worth trying, but you probably won’t find me without this one. Download: Voxengo. I didn’t even know about stereo-widening/vocal doubling effects until my producer told me about them a couple of years ago.


I was already sold on Voxengo’s OldSkoolVerb, so when I found out they had Stereo Touch, I was quick to download it and test it out.

Unsurprisingly, I was quite impressed with the results. It’s capable of making your vocals stand out in a mix without boosting their volume.

Again, there are several presets built in (vocal space, surround, stage, etc.), and they offer a great starting point for the sounds you’re looking to create.

And while the tendency will be to add this effect to vocals, it can work quite nicely on guitar too! Download: Voxengo.

Valhalla Super Massive is kind of like a hybrid delay and reverb plugin. Which means you can get quite a bit of utility out of it.

Its user interface and design? But sometimes that’s all you need. It comes with controls for mix, width, delay, warp, feedback, density, mod rate and depth, and EQ high and low.

It comes with a lot of presets, so if you aren’t sure where to start, you’ll appreciate that feature.

Super Massive offers a great sounding delay and reverb, and as a creative tool for harmonic echoes, space sounds, and huge reverbs, it shines.

A good VST to keep your inspiration alive. Valhalla Super Massive is compatible with Windows and Mac.


Download: Valhalla DSP.

Klanghelm’s DC1A is a simple two-control compressor. It’s got controls for input, output, deep, relaxed, dual mono, and negative.

It also features a tasty, professional design. While it looks quite straightforward, its versatility might just surprise you.

It works on vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, drums, or keyboards – just about anything!

This compressor is quite possibly one of the most effective free ones I’ve seen. It makes it incredibly easy for you to alter the dynamics of your track without coloring it.

You don’t even need presets to operate this baby – just work the input and output dials until you’re happy with the results, and experiment with the additional controls for full effect.

DC1A is supported on Windows and Mac. Download: Klanghelm. While some will appreciate the simplicity of a compressor like the DC1A, others will want more control over the dynamics and sound of their tracks.


Tokyo Dawn Records’ VladG Molot compressor gives you superior control of your tone.

That said, if you’re new to compressors, you might want to skip this one, because it’s hard to tune your tracks to perfection with this baby.

The graphical user interface? I admit it’s a little intimidating even to me. Still, it is beautifully designed, in a vintage kind of way.

You’ve got controls for filter, attack, release, ratio, threshold, knee, makeup, dry mix, limiter, mid scoop, mode, upsampling, on/off, alpha/sigma, and input/GR.

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The VladG Molot, unlike certain compressors, will color the tone of your instruments.

You will need to experiment yourself to get a better sense of what that means.

The point is – if you’re looking for a compressor that’s more transparent, this isn’t it. VladG Molot is available for Windows and Mac through Tokyo Dawn Records.

Download: Tokyo Dawn Records. Chorus can add some shine and sparkle to your tracks. In effect, it adds voices (as if a choir) to the track, regardless of what it is.

Blue Cat’s Chorus is a vintage style single voice chorus effect that allows for a wide range of sounds, from light ensemble, all the way to a deep, destructive modulation effect.

Its main features include stereo spread control, sine or triangle LFO shapes, and in or out of phase mix control.


Included are multiple presets to help you get started.

Just as advertised, I find it to be a highly usable vintage style effect that can work on just about any instrument you want to add some energy to.

Blue Cat’s Chorus is compatible with Mac and Windows. Download: Blue Cat Audio.

We’ve covered a range of free de-esser effects on MIDINation before. SPITFISH is just one among half a dozen or so you may find especially effective.

A de-esser can help remove harsh vocal sounds, also known as sibilants – “s,” “z,” “sh,” “teh,” ch,” and so forth.


It’s a must-have, especially if you’re working with a variety of vocalists and clients.

In addition to removing unwanted noise and hiss, de-essers are also often used on mixes, to round off the corners and remove the harsher, high frequency sounds that can result from boosting those frequencies (it’s common practice to add some sparkle to vocal tracks).

The beautifully designed SPITFISH is simple, effective, and easy to use. It offers controls for sense, tune, depth, listen, bypass, stereo, and soft.

Be sure to add a de-esser to your toolkit. Most professionals find they use de-essers on 60 to 80% of the tracks they produce. Download: Sascha Eversmeier.


If you’re planning to make electronic music of any kind, or pop, hip-hop, and in some cases even rock, you need synthesizers.

Synths tend to be quite versatile, and with them you can create leads, pads, bass, drums, effects, and more.

So, whether you’re looking to add some atmosphere to your track, or want to play a blistering synth solo, having a few synth VSTs at the ready is best practice.

Break out that MIDI controller, because you’re probably going to be spending a lot of time having fun and experimenting with these. There’s not a whole lot we can say about the free, open source, award-winning hybrid synthesizer known as Surge that we haven’t already said.

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That’s because we’ve covered it in other guides, including the one on the best free synth VST plugins.

Surge is known for its quality sounds, its versatility, its customizability, and more.

It even comes with over 2,000 patches. If you want to get a better feel for it yourself, have a listen to samples on their website, or watch the video below.

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