Most digital audio workstations(DAWs) come packed with plug-ins to cover your most basic needs for effects, drum machines and synths. It could take a lifetime to explore the possibilities in these stock plug-ins but the truth is that some of them will never do exactly what you want. That’s alright. You have many options.
Many plug-in developers offer free virtual studio technology(VST) plug-ins that you can download for free. There are 27 plug-ins listed over at Music Radar, which run the gamut from synthesizers to compressors.
The internet is now awash with free VST plug-ins – you’ll find instruments, effects and others that defy categorisation. However, while it’s great to have so many to choose from, this weight of numbers means that it’s difficult to work out what’s worth having and what you should steer clear of. Of course, you won’t lose out financially by downloading a dud or two, but to save you a lot of time, effort and potential disappointment, we’ve compiled a list of the best free VST (and Audio Units) plug-ins in the world today.
Having more plug-ins in your toolbox will help you to get the sounds you are after in your recordings.
My favorite is the ThrillseekerLA, which helps you to achieve natural sounding compression and the warm sound that is most commonly associated with analog gear of the past. With so many people recording in a purely digital environment, ThrillseekerLA helps your recordings to stand out from the pack.
You should put your family and friends on notice though. Once you’ve acquired some of these new toys, you might find yourself locked in the studio, tinkering with sounds.