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Sound Magic Piano One
But if you just want to learn about VST Instruments specifically, keep reading.
Spitfire BBC Symphony Orchestra
The better your recordings sound, the better your final mix will be. Which is why VST (Virtual Studio Technology) instruments can level up your songs immediately.
Let’s take a look at 19 incredible VSTs you might want to grab! So the first thing I want to talk about is Spitfire LABS.
This is one of my all-time favorite instruments, and I use it on 99% of songs.
LABS is an entire collection of free sample instruments put out by Spitfire Audio.
Dream Vortex Studio DVS Saxophone
Each of these instruments could sell for 50 to 100 dollars and no one would bat an eye, it’s really high quality stuff.
Synth1 is an extremely popular free software synthesizer modelled after the Clavia Nord Lead 2, developed by Daichi Laboratory. Available in VST and Audio Unit for Windows and macOS
Soft Piano is my personal favorite. It’s got a beautiful, mellow tone. There are also some free string libraries.
There’s also a drum kit that fits a niche that a lot of other drum instruments don’t. There are a lot of studio drum samples that sound really processed and slot well into a pop or metal track. But for more intimate stuff, this LABS drum set works nicely because it sounds less produced. There’s a wurlitzer, a charango, tons of amazing sounds that you can do a lot with. If you make music on your computer, you should get it. It’s really that good. LABS is available for Mac and PC. Next up is Komplete Start from Native Instruments. Komplete Start is also a collection of instruments rather than just one VST.
But it’s all free and worth checking out. You’ll get 7 synths, 9 sample instruments, and a couple of FX. The synths and samples alone are reason enough to download this one. There are some drum kits, vintage synths, a digital modular synth, and more. You’ll also get the KONTAKT 6 and REAKTOR 6 players. KONTAKT is a sampler that’s used by tons of developers to house sample libraries. And REAKTOR 6 is a synth engine. They’re both incredible tools with lots of resources out there. For example, the REAKTOR Community has tons of different synths and effects you can download for free to experiment with new sounds.
Komplete Start is available on Mac and PC. Sound Magic’s Piano One samples a Yamaha C7 grand piano. It’s got a very trebley sound. So while the Soft Piano from LABS is great for really moody, dark stuff, this one will be great for brighter tones. The velocity settings can be a little finicky. If you want a light and subdued piano sound, you may have some trouble. But if you’re looking for grandeur, Piano One has that in spades. It’s a beautiful VST for Mac and Windows. I really recommend you check it out! Next up is Dexed. Dexed is a clone of the Yamaha DX7, an FM synthesizer that defined the sound of the ‘80s. In fact, it’s such a faithful recreation you can actually load real DX7 patches into Dexed. Ever wanted that vintage electric piano sound from Whitney Houston and Prince songs? Or that synth bass from “Take on Me”? With 3,000 presets (wow!), Dexed will keep you busy for a while. Those presets can be tricky to load though, so watch this video if you can’t find them.
Native Instruments Komplete Start
Why spend thousands on fancy instruments if you don’t have to? You can make incredible music without spending a penny. These 19 FREE VST instruments in 2021 all deserve a place in your DAW. With sound quality on par with premium offerings, it’s a wonder they’re all free of charge! But if you just wa. Dexed is available for Mac and PC. Spitfire is back on the list again with their BBC Symphony Orchestra library.
This is a super high-quality orchestra library. And at least for the time being you can get it for free. All you have to do is take a short survey and they’ll send it your way. These are some absolutely gorgeous sounds. There aren’t as many articulations as a paid library would have, but there’s still plenty to work with.
I’m particularly fond of the strings and woodwinds. They have a rich, full tone that many paid libraries would be jealous of. BBC Symphony Orchestra is available on Mac and PC. Surge by Vember Audio is here for all your synthesizer needs. Surge used to be a premium synth, but not too long ago, Vember made it open source. The interface looks a little dated, but don’t let that fool you. This is still a really powerful synth with enough features to keep you content for years. It’s a hybrid synth allowing subtractive synthesis as well as wavetable and FM. It’s really a sound design powerhouse! With 1,010 preset patches, 183 wavetables, and tons of effects, it’ll be a long time before you get bored of Surge.
Best Free VST Plugins
Surge is available on Mac, PC, and Linux. Need a solid electric bass for your track? Ample Bass P Lite II is an incredible electric bass instrument. The sound quality is top notch. And Ample Bass has realistic details you’d hear in real recordings, like hammer-ons and and slides.
Ample Sound Ample Bass P Lite II
As a bassist myself, it sounds better than a lot of paid bass plugins I’ve heard. Ample Bass P Lite II is available for PC and Mac. If you want some old-school synth sounds, TyrellN6 is here for you.
It was made by u-he and released by an online magazine called Amazona Deutschland. TyrellN6 is an analog synth emulation.
It has tons of bass, leads, keys, and effects ready to go, right out of the gate. It has an intuitive interface and plenty of effects. So TyrellN6 is a great addition to any synth fan’s arsenal. TyrellN6 is available for Mac, PC, and Linux. Next up is Sennheiser’s DrumMic’a. There are tons of drum VSTs out there. But DrumMic’a’s extra features set it apart.
DrumMica lets you actually change which microphones you’re using on each part of the kit. This is an incredible amount of control in a free plugin. It also comes with a transient shaper, adjustable snare bleed, and many more in-depth features.
Plus the drums just sound good right out of the gate. What more could you want? DrumMic’a is available for Mac and PC. VCV Rack is an open source modular synth. It’s got tons of modules. Including some popular recent creations.
By default, VCV Rack is a standalone program. You can’t use it as a plugin in your DAW.