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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2006 9:41 am    Post subject: Favorite Free VST plug-ins and where to find them Reply with quote

Just getting started mixing the band's EP, on Cubase, and need some good plugins, the ones that come with just won't cut it completely. This is my first time mixing something in the box, and we want a good product, knowing that it won't be 100% professional.

I'm looking for free plugins now because budget is very limited.

Any suggestions?

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2006 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's a thread around here somewhere with lots more, but here are my favorites:

Kjaerhus Classic Series: http://www.kjaerhusaudio.com/classic-series.php - just about all of them are great and get used regularly; the Classic Master Limiter is the best free limiter I've tried
Digital Fishphones: http://www.digitalfishphones.com/main.php?item=2&subItem=1 - again, several very useful plugs. The spitfish is a great de-esser and the blockfish is one of my favorite compressors
SIR: http://www.knufinke.de/sir/index_en.html - great sounding convolution reverb
Ambience: http://www.smartelectronix.com/~magnus/ - another great reverb
GlaceVerb: http://www.dasample.com/index.php?show=glaceverb - perfect for big, ambient, spacey reverbs
Guitar Suite: http://www.simulanalog.org/guitarsuite.htm - the JCM900 plug is great for adding extra oomph to guitar parts (esp DI'd)
BetaBugs: http://www.betabugsaudio.com/plugs.php - some fun toys here; particularly like the WideBug
SSL LMC-1: http://www.solid-state-logic.com/resources/lmc1plugin.html - trashy compressor; great for snare drum
mda Combo: http://www.kvraudio.com/get/777.html - neat little speaker simulator; the other mda effects are a mixed bag; some good, some not
TremoLlama: http://rekliner.com/?PageID=12 - easily programmable tremolo

That should get you started. Plenty of other freebies available at kvr and the steinberg site (especially vsti's). Good luck.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2006 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll second the fishphones plug. I really like the Blockfish.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2006 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice... there were a couple in there I didn't have that look pretty good.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2006 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Blockfish compressor sounds really good, but doesn't behave well in Cubase. At least, that was my experience. I used it, though, and suffered the trade-off, as it beat the pants off the one that comes with Cubase SX.

SIR reverb is great and the simulanalog guitar suite. Seconding the nominations for those.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 2006 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank's !!! Useful links here and it's free Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey
Im pretty new to mixing and recording as a whole. Once you download these plug ins, how do you use them with your program?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2007 1:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

alifelessplagued wrote:
Hey
Im pretty new to mixing and recording as a whole. Once you download these plug ins, how do you use them with your program?
thans


If they have installers, just follow the instructions

If not, drop the *.dll's in the folder you have specified in your app to look for vst plugins

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Kjaerhus stuff is really nice! I'm glad I found the link! Thanks!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe we ought to sticky this thread? And don't forget the KVR Audio site ( http://www.kvraudio.com/ ), which is one heck of a repository of free and pay plugins: there's something there for everyone...
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2007 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

pipelineaudio wrote:
alifelessplagued wrote:
Hey
Im pretty new to mixing and recording as a whole. Once you download these plug ins, how do you use them with your program?
thans


If they have installers, just follow the instructions

If not, drop the *.dll's in the folder you have specified in your app to look for vst plugins


Oh, and if you use more than one audio program (I know I do), make one default VST plugin folder and specify it in the programs you use.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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if you don't have it yet get this one! it's a classic..

I saw this MTV special and they showed Timbaland in front of his computer and this plug was open on his monitor.. so with all his millions of dollars he still chose to use a free one for that certain sound.. that's gotta say something right there..

Jay Z mumbled something like 'this session's been blessed by the Dali Lama'

he meant Delay Lama

http://www.kvraudio.com/get/226.html

http://www.audionerdz.com/

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PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2008 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Virtual Guitar Amplifier & Mastering Loudness Maximizer VST Plugins

http://www.aradaz.co.cc

I hope you'd like it...

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PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2008 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2010 1:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

some of my personal favorites. .

audio damage eos [ http://www.audiodamage.com/effects/product.php?pid=AD023 ] - incredible sounding algorithmic reverb

audio damage kombinat [ http://www.audiodamage.com/effects/product.php?pid=AD019 ] - multi band distortion

audio damage replicant [ http://www.audiodamage.com/effects/product.php?pid=AD013 ] - probability-based beat mangler

fabfilter pro-c [ http://www.fabfilter.com/products/pro-c.php ] - high quality software compressor

fabfilter volcano 2 [ http://www.fabfilter.com/products/volcano.php ] - high quality versatile filter

dfx geometer [ http://destroyfx.smartelectronix.com/ ] waveform geometry distortion

dfx buffer override [ http://destroyfx.smartelectronix.com/ ] stuttery buffer mangling

and Reaktor 5 for making my own. .
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool. How do you get the Audio Damage stuff for free?

I'll second the Kjaerhus classic series, and the Digital Fishphones stuff. Good stuff.

Anyone tried Anwida Soft DX Reverb Light? I like it.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

while you might find some torrents of their older plugins floating around, they are very good about protecting their software from pirates. i really would advise you not to pirate from them as they are a small company that develop groundbreaking plugins that go above and beyond the competition, and then sell them at a steal of a price considering the market - ranging from $30 to $75 depending on the plugin. they're reasonable and worth every cent.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My point was not to try to actually get them for free. I was attempting to be a smartass, noting the topic of this thread... "favorite FREE VST plugins.." Apparently my attempts were completely unrecognized.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ah yes i forgot we're talking about freeware. my bad.

the dfx smartelectronix stuff is free however. some of the best free stuff around.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 03, 2010 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does anyone know of a free VST that can remove pops and cracks?
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