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Postby futures_untold » Wed Jul 30, 2008 6:13 am

Start with the Freeware Studio

Freeware Studio Pack

Also below you will find a list of sites dedicated to providing free music software. They are listed in order of useability and the amount of free plugins they list. http://www.gersic.com/plugins truly excels in listing every new freeware plugin released.

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Amazing Free Audio Software Site!
http://www.gersic.com/plugins/index.php?daCat=-6

Some Other Good Sites to Browse Through (If you really need too...)
http://www.hitsquad.com/smm/freeware/
http://www.dontcrack.com/freeware/
http://www.audiomastermind.com/browse-free_vst_plugins-5886988-1.html
http://www.sadglad.com/freevstplugins6.html
http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/audio/ (Mac only)

Some Alright Sites (These sites simply repeat the ones listed above, yet are more difficult to navigate and feature fewer links...)
http://freemusicsoftware.org/
http://www.vstplanet.com/Instruments/VST_Synthesizers.htm
http://www.free-plugin-list.com/
http://www.sonicspot.com/index.html
http://www.vstcentral.com/plugins.aspx
http://www.audioracle.com/freetrials.php

Some Desperate Sites (Poorly laid out and pretty boring. Only dig through these if you're a audioware junkie!)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_audio_software
http://noolmusic.com/links.shtml

Threads Concerning Free VST's (Lists individual plugins and plenty of plugin developers... Provides links to many of the plugins that can be found more easily above).
http://www.dubstepforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=24153&highlight=
http://www.dubstepforum.com/free-vst-uberlist-t139352.html
http://www.kvraudio.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9780

Other Music Related Software
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Postby tempest » Wed Jul 30, 2008 6:46 am

Big ups bro! doing the production board a favour with your recent posting mate :)
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Postby blizzardmusic » Wed Jul 30, 2008 1:21 pm

this should be stickied or put into the production bible...

this is a big thread!

give yourself 2000 points lol
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If you like jungle / drum and bass you'll like the above! ;)

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Postby drwurst » Wed Jul 30, 2008 3:37 pm

tempest wrote:Big ups bro! doing the production board a favour with your recent posting mate :)

as said before some kind of sticky for sthg like this would be useful...
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Postby tems » Wed Jul 30, 2008 5:00 pm

Proper to the ever helpful Futures Untold :D
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Postby alexterry » Wed Jul 30, 2008 7:36 pm

im moving back on to fl 7 from reason 4
this is a huge help:) big up man
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Postby dirtycash » Thu Jul 31, 2008 11:01 am

awesome list..would be nice to know what is pc/mac before having to click through all the links
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Postby futures_untold » Thu Jul 31, 2008 9:36 pm

dirtycash wrote:awesome list..would be nice to know what is pc/mac before having to click through all the links


Most of them are for pc tbh, but each site will have Mac navigation controls easily visible if they do host Mac software. Try the top 5 links first, as they really are the best featured freeware sites and I know a ouple of them do host Mac freebies :)
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Postby elbe » Fri Aug 01, 2008 1:53 am

just finished installing my new Freeware studio setup, I will post the list once in a bit but I wanna say one thing now...Computer Music Magazine...if you dun kno then get to kno, that is all......for now.
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Postby tsunami » Mon Aug 04, 2008 12:54 pm

Im looking for a good copy of Toxic III 1.4 VST. It seems every copy i have found is a demo copy. It has that white noise that comes in the background like a tide. I have searched some of the sites above but still found demo copies. Can anyone point to the right direction?

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Postby futures_untold » Mon Aug 04, 2008 1:55 pm

Tsunami wrote:Im looking for a good copy of Toxic III 1.4 VST. Can anyone point to the right direction?


This isn't a warez site, this is a thread about freeware! :wink: You will find the definition of freeware explained here. ---> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freeware

The links above will help you find 10 freeware synths that can do what Toxic III can do, and probably with a better GUI to boot!

I recommend you check out the free synths by Angular Momentum here. ---> http://www.amvst.com/index.php. Many different synthesis types are covered and they have nice GUI's!

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If you must have Toxic III, before posting questions about warez again on Dubstepforum, re-read the forum rules regarding respecting other peoples copyright in Section 1. ---> http://www.dubstepforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=14565

Then go straight to the Image-Line website and buy it! ---> http://www.image-line.com/documents/toxiciii.html

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Postby tsunami » Mon Aug 04, 2008 2:23 pm

futures_untold wrote:
Tsunami wrote:Im looking for a good copy of Toxic III 1.4 VST. Can anyone point to the right direction?


This isn't a warez site, this is a thread about freeware! :wink: You will find the definition of freeware explained here. ---> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freeware

The links above will help you find 10 freeware synths that can do what Toxic III can do, and probably with a better GUI to boot!

I recommend you check out the free synths by Angular Momentum here. ---> http://www.amvst.com/index.php. Many different synthesis types are covered and they have nice GUI's!

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If you must have Toxic III, before posting questions about warez again on Dubstepforum, re-read the forum rules regarding respecting other peoples copyright in Section 1. ---> http://www.dubstepforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=14565

Then go straight to the Image-Line website and buy it! ---> http://www.image-line.com/documents/toxiciii.html

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sorry about the question, rules will be read. Apologies.
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Postby futures_untold » Mon Aug 04, 2008 2:49 pm

Tsunami wrote:sorry about the question, rules will be read. Apologies.


No worries! ;)

I'm not exactly an angel when it comes to crackz & warez either. :oops: But after Waves started busting studios for using cracked software, I started becoming more interested in the freeware options available. (I now boycott Waves all together for having unfairly high prices).

Furthermore, I work with young people who are often interested in music production. I like to be able to give them a DVD with music production software and some samples on it, without the possibility of legal reprecussions. This gets them started in music and out of trouble on the streets!

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For all the commercial software I've -:cough:- demoed, I'm now saving up for a handful of payware programs that I feel are really above average and that offer value for money featurewise.

What's the point in paying for software if I've already got cracks I hear you ask?!

-Firstly it feels good, like I'm not a scroat and I can actually afford the expensive stuff. (A bit like buying a Ferrari or a bespoke suit from Saville Row).

-Secondly, as valued customers, we get product support and free updates. This beats trying to find the most recent H20/Air/Invasion crack which can be really unstable at times. :(
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Postby tsunami » Mon Aug 04, 2008 3:00 pm

I def hear what you are saying. I guess its ignorance on my part, i had no clue the difference between to 2 types. Im the same with records, as i still buy vinyl and i pref to pay to get into a venue as my appreciation of the hard it takes to put into an event. I found some of the freeware programs i did download were demos. So i will try the links you provided me and keep searching. Thanks again for your replies, now i know.
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Postby wub » Tue Aug 05, 2008 8:44 am

Sorry if any of these are reposts.....

1. dBlue Glitch - VST - Windows Only - Overview: Absolutely wicked plugin for doing glitched-work FAST. You can sequence out glitch-sequences in it, which is highly enjoyable. Great for LIVE-work.

2. Killa Pluggies 2006 Collection - VST - (Windows Only?) - Overview: A SOLID set of very standard/backbone/core-type plugins. Plugins are: Phaser, Chorus, Flanger, Autopan, Distort, and Detune. The GUI is a touch cheeze, and they seem to be slightly heavy on the CPU (for what they are) -- but hey, they're damn fine in my opinion.

3. Gargoyle
Overview - Evil bastard 3xOsc synth capable of producing some absolutely evil sounds out of it, good for atmospheric bubblings

4. Dub Siren
Overview - Single Osc dual LFO synth, good for making acidic style squelchings and general other siren influenced madness.

5. ReeseMX
Overview - bassline generator

6. BlockFish
Overview - Powerful compression VSTi, once you get to grips with it's simple to follow GUI, adds character to depth to nearly every sound your produce

7. Saturated Driver
Overview - Something between a limiter and compressor used to shape peaks.

8. Crazy Ivan
Overview - Straight up balls to the wall chaos. Manipulate sounds so they're not remotely recognizable...it's a drunk, wobbling, slurring vst.

9. SupaTrigga
Overview - Good for stutters..not as programmable as glitch..but I like the output a bit more. It is a bit of a cpu whore.

10. Delay Lama
Overview - super-cheeze GUI VSTi of a chanting monk, but has a really effin' cool unique sound. Just one patch, but still sooooo nifty.

11. CamelCrusher
FX plug in - great for thickening up drums and adding a bit of dirt to bass and synth lines.

12. Kjaerhus Classic Series
Especially the Compressor and Reverb. No gimmicks, no bells or whistles or any kind of showing off in the coding, just good high-quality back-to-basics plugins.

13. Antress Modern
You'll be hard pushed to find these. They're legal in the sense that they're free to install and use, but illegal in the sense that Antress ripped off a lot of companies, notably Solid State Logic, by stealing their DSP algorithms and interfaces for these plugins. If you can find them, you will never, ever find a better set of free EQ plugs.

14. LiveCut
It is a live beat-slicer but instead of manipulating equal chunks of audio like most beatslicer do, it works on the notion of audio cuts whose length and number of repetition depends on the context and the cutting procedure. cuts are organized in blocks which then form a phrase. see Image below. And each phrase can be ended by a roll or fill.

15. TAL-BassLine
Togu Audio Line releases TAL-BassLine, a virtal analog bass synthesizer especially made for bass, acid sounds and effects. It’s based on a robust core and has the usual controls of analogue hardware synthesizers.

16. Crystal
Crystal is a semi-modular software synthesizer featuring both subtractive synthesis and frequency modulation (FM) synthesis.

17. SPAN
SPAN is a real-time FFT spectrum analyzer plug-in. For the most part it was derived from GlissEQ and CurveEQ professional equalizers and it reproduces their spectrum analysis functionality.

18. PSP VintageMeter
PSP VintageMeter (free plug-in VST, RTAS, MAS, AudioUnit for MAC and VST, RTAS and DirectX for PC hosts) provides professional VU and PPM metering for mono and stereo tracks. All parameters like integration times and reference levels are widely adjustable to make this free plug-in suitable for any application.

19. PlugSound Free
Plugsound Free includes 64MB of specially programmed sounds from the 6 Plugsound volumes.
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Postby james fox » Tue Aug 05, 2008 9:52 am

http://www.ronnypries.de/gear/bootsydensity-compressor/

have posted this before but it's wicked on sub bass and drum buses
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Postby futures_untold » Thu Oct 09, 2008 1:05 pm

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Postby k_k » Mon Nov 03, 2008 7:37 pm

http://www.freesoundeditor.com/VSTSyntheng.htm This has quite a few useful synths and effects enjoy :D
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