HUGE list of my favorite FREE VST plugins and synths.
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Instruments Anything from u-he and Native Instruments will be excellent quality. Here are some of their free offerings: Tyrell http://u-he.com/cms/tyrelln6 Zebralette (a single-osc version of Zebra) http://u-he.com/cms/zebralette Kontakt Player (sampler w/ 50 instruments) http://native-instruments.com/pr... Reaktor Player (w/ 3 synths) http://native-instruments.com/pr... Mikro Prism (simplified version of Prism) http://native-instruments.com/pr... A synth from one of Omnisphere's developers. He makes an iOS version as well: Crystal http://greenoak.com/crystal/inde... A few quality virtual analogue synths: NoiseMaker http://kunz.corrupt.ch/products/... Charlatan http://blaukraut.info Olga (not technically free, but the demo is unlimited) http://stillwellaudio.com/plugin... Like Kontakt Player (above), these are simplified versions of otherwise commercial samplers: Independence Free (w/ 2GB sound library) http://pro.magix.com/independenc... SampleTank Free (w/ 22 instruments) http://ikmultimedia.com/products... UVI Workstation (w/ 243MB sound library) http://uvi.net/software/uvi-work... A couple simplified versions of otherwise commercial synths: Symptohm PE http://ohmforce.com/ViewProduct.... Autogun http://image-line.com/plugins/sy... Effects Native Instruments have a free version of their excellent multi-effect plugin: Guitar Rig Player http://native-instruments.com/pr... Variety Of Sound, a.k.a. Bootsy makes some of the finest free effects available: BootEQ (Equalizer) epicVerb (Reverb) NastyDLA (Delay) NastyVCS (Console Strip) Density (Bus Compressor) Download them here: http://varietyofsound.wordpress.... Stillwell/Schwa also make tons of great effects, and (as with Olga, above) while they aren't technically free, the demos are unlimited: http://stillwellaudio.com There are loads more freeware plugins out there. KVR Audio has a comprehensive database and very active community forum that's worth exploring: http://kvraudio.com