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  1. Video: A Heart-Breaking Solo with Autoharp and iPad, by Jekka
    24 Jul 2014, 11:50 am

    The iPad as folk instrument - alongside an earlier iteration, the Autoharp. In a heartbreakingly lovely video, Jekka of Moscow goes acoustic with Samplr. Continue → The post Video: A Heart-Breaking. […]


  2. Roland Drum and Bass Machines as Abstract Art, Suspended in Space
    24 Jul 2014, 11:01 am

    Art from archetypes — so much of what we make is built from the pieces of something that came before. It’s doubly true both in electronic dance music and the machines built to make it. From techno. […]


  3. IK releases SampleTank 3 - Sound and Groove Workstation for Mac and Win
    24 Jul 2014, 10:24 am

    IK Multimedia has announced that SampleTank 3, the sound and groove workstation for Mac OS X and Windows, is now shipping. SampleTank 3 features a 33 GB sound library (containing over 4,000 instrumen. […]


  4. Blue Cat's PatchWork 1.4 Released - MIDI and Parallel Chain Improvements
    24 Jul 2014, 7:55 am

    Blue Cat Audio have released an update for Blue Cat's PatchWork, adding new features and compatibility improvements to their "universal plug-ins patch bay" plug-in. Blue Cat's PatchWork 1.4 now inclu. […]


  5. Waves releases StudioRack and updates MultiRack to v9.7
    24 Jul 2014, 5:54 am

    Waves has updated MultiRack to v9.7 and announced the release of StudioRack. MultiRack SoundGrid and MultiRack Native v9.7 bring many new advances and improved stability and are compatible with the n. […]


  6. J74 updates "Progressive" Max for Live device to v2.0 - adds new techniques for chord progression editing and for musical analysis
    24 Jul 2014, 4:15 am

    J74 has updated the Max for Live device Progressive to version 2.0. The new version provides new functionality for chord progression editing, MIDI clip editing (humanize velocity and timing) and for. […]


  7. Holderness Media releases Caramel for iPad - Crunch and Crusher Effect Processor
    24 Jul 2014, 3:30 am

    Holderness Media has released Caramel, a stereo distortion, bitcrusher and fattener effect processor for iPad. Designed for use with the Audiobus app as well as USB audio interfaces, Caramel lets you. […]


  8. KX77FREE updates Kx-Modulad, Kx-Synth-x16, Kx-PolyMod and Kx-PolyM-CSE
    24 Jul 2014, 2:57 am

    KX77FREE has released major updates for several free VST intrumnent plug-in for Windows:Kx-Modulad v3.0, Kx-Synth-x16 v5.0, Kx-PolyMod v1.57 and Kx-PolyM-CSE v1.1d. Kx-Modulad v3.0: News: Filters, Ri. […]


  9. KVRDC14: New Prizes From XLN Audio
    24 Jul 2014, 1:37 am

    As mentioned yesterday, and Monday, we are in the final two weeks of the KVR Developer Challenge 2014. Developers, it's time to get your submissions in... Thanks to seven new donations received s [Re. […]


  10. Flux:: releases Ircam Tools Spat v3 - incl. AAX
    23 Jul 2014, 8:50 am

    Flux:: has announced that Ircam Tools Spat is now available in v3 for 32- and 64-bit Windows and Mac OS X in AU, VST and AAX Native plug-in formats. Ircam Tools Spat is an advanced and sophisti [Read. […]



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Select a category on the right to view the Free VSTi’s.

Note: these VSTi’s (VST instruments) have been tested on Windows - please check the inidividual plugin’s websites for information on using them on non-Windows operating systems.

A VSTi is a Virtual Studio Technology instrument, and is usually downloaded as a .dll file.  The .dll file can then be loaded into a VSTi host and played, most often with midi.

Glossary

Bass - real (electric, upright) bass sounds, or synthesized bass sounds
Brass - trumpets, trombones, tubas, etc…
Drums - plugins which contain real drum sounds or synthetic drum sounds
Emulator - replications of classic synthesizers
Exotic Instruments - unusual instruments from around the world
Percussion - marimbas, bells, bongo drums, steel drums, etc… (now featuring a cowbell!)
Piano - pianos and electric pianos
Sound FX - blips, bloops, whooshes, and etcetera
Strings - guitars, violins, cellos, synth strings, etc…
Synth
– fm (frequency modulation) - a simple waveform is modulated with another frequency to produce a more complex tone
— modular - a modular synth consists of individual components (modules) which can be chained together in various ways
subtractive - harmonics are subtracted from an audio signal using a filter in order to alter the tone
additive - harmonics are added to an audio signal, usually to replicate the sound of an instrument
wavetable - short recorded clips of an instrument are looped and altered to produce realistic sounds
Vox - emulations of voices and choirs
Woodwind - flutes, saxophones, etc…

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