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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby chazz » Sun Dec 03, 2006 6:22 pm

Synthfont is one of my favorites since its both a VST plugin and selfstanding. Dont forget
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby jalapeno » Tue Dec 12, 2006 2:48 pm

Free Amp 2 - great VST Guitar Effects processor, includes a Guitar Synth.
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby Darling Sister » Fri Jan 05, 2007 11:42 am

Great audio-editor with VST-support. Still in beta, but pretty good already.
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby Mysteryman » Sun Jan 07, 2007 7:35 am

Here is an extensive list of free soft synths and commercially available soft synths.

And another list of free VST effects available also.

Enjoy ;)
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby tea for two » Sat Jan 27, 2007 1:30 pm

n-Track Studio 5.0.3 Build 2205 - FREE

Audio & MIDI, 24bit & 16bit. Supports DXi & VST plugins.

"n-Track Studio is a multitrack recorder for Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP.
A complete recording studio in your PC: all you need is a card and some free space on your hard disk.
The program supports simultaneous recording from multiple 16 and 24 bit soundcards,
and real-time audio effects can be applied non-destructively to each track,
allowing the user to listen immediately to the result of a change in the parameters of an effect:
up to 25 combinations of effects per track are allowed.

Built-in effects include Reverb, AutoVol, Echo, Pitch Shift, Chorus and Track EQ.
The program can use third party DirectX and VST plug-ins
to process in real-time audio signals in a number of different ways.
Effect can also be used to process the recorded signal in real-time so that the computer can act as a multi-effects device.
The program uses 24 bit (32 bit floats) resolution for mixing and effects processing.
Various wave files formats are supported, mono & stereo tracks are can coexist in the same song
and wave editing operations can be performed from within the program.
MIDI tracks can be imported end exported to regular MIDI files,
and edited using the built in piano-roll based MIDI editing.
All the audio tracks are saved as standard wave files and mixed "on the fly" during playback.
Volume and pan evolution can be programmed by drawing on the timeline window.
When all the tracks have been recorded and all the settings are correct,
it's possible to mix-down all the tracks to a single wave file for recording it to a compact disk using a CD recorder
or for distributing it through the Internet (using the built-in mp3 encoder)."
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby crofter » Mon Jan 29, 2007 10:09 am

These are very good, i don't know how the bloke has the time, new ones almost daily.
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby Scythian » Mon Jan 29, 2007 4:24 pm

Naughty naughty !!

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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby mqbernardo » Mon Jan 29, 2007 7:49 pm

Just some that come to mind:

- xoxos plugins
- smartelectronix (there´s something for everyone, but some are donationware, so i don´t know if it qualifies for this thred)
- slim slow slider (great EQs and compressors)
- posihfopit EQ
- the betabugs stuff
- oatmeal synth
- SKnote Grainz and voices synth
- Angular momentum stuff
- Cable guy´s curve
- Darryl Tam´s DtBlkFx
- the strange beauty with St3pan0va
- mutagene filters
- concrete FX has some nice freebies

Back to you, Martin :smirk:

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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby Sarge » Fri Feb 02, 2007 12:25 pm

Very good media converter SUPER ©
Does what it says on the tin.
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby BasilRathbone » Thu Mar 22, 2007 2:07 pm

Anyone ever found a decent freeware sample player? Preferably one for multisampled instruments rather than drums. I've been using one called DS-404 from Computer Music magazine but it's incredibly fiddly.
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby Tskales » Thu Mar 29, 2007 6:37 pm

Tux Guitar

Think Guitar Pro, but it's free. Use it to compose your songs, unless you like it scribbled on paper :P

It plays both Guitar Pro files and Power Tab files.

An excellent way of arranging your guitar based music.
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby Casimir's Blake » Mon Apr 02, 2007 12:48 am


Freeware Soundforge-style 2-track editor with VST effect and ASIO support.

If I didn't already have Soundforge 8, I'd be using this!
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby Guss » Wed Apr 04, 2007 1:43 am

Spear AMAZING time streching software if you like experimental stuff or just need to do something more detailed . Similar to audiosculpt etc on the Mac but better !

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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby hegiian » Sat May 05, 2007 6:25 pm

Leumas Heath wrote:Reaper - Rapid Environment for Audio Prototyping and Efficient Recording
Developed by Cockos Inc. (Justin Frankel ex.Nullsoft legend)

Wow, just downloaded reaper and I am blown away by both it's power and it's simplicity. I paid £1300 for Nuendo3 and now wish I hadn't. You MUST try this, and the licence is practically a give away for the non-commercial version.
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby Martin Walker » Tue May 08, 2007 3:32 pm

Remember that Reaper isn't free though, so strictly speaking is shouldn't be included here ;)

I agree that it's extremely capable and remarkable value though.

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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby Chopsy » Tue May 08, 2007 5:34 pm

I needed a partition editor for my new build pc and came across an excellent one called Gparted (live cd)

I used ISO Recorder to make a bootable ISO CD.

It's easy to use and more than does the job.
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby demented » Fri Jun 15, 2007 9:34 am

this is what you are all looking for i think. there is top shelf FREE software for just about any audio application you will ever require here.
some of it can be had from windows, but sod that when this is an operating system designed from the ground up for low latency audio where you don't have to tell it in 6 million different menus that this is your priority.. sorry if anyone thinks this is the wrong forum for this but just scope out the free software! much joy.
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby hz37 » Mon Jul 02, 2007 12:24 pm

Freeware program to do stutter editing on a single bar of 44.1 kHz stereo 16 bit material. Easy install, totally free, lots of fun and realtime editing:

Have fun!

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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby john_r_proctor » Fri Jul 20, 2007 9:05 pm

For really unique and original synths I would recommend:



Scanned Synth Mini


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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby Stew H » Mon Jul 23, 2007 11:33 pm

Why oh why has nobody mentioned the wonderful It's easier to locate stuff than KVR or Free Vst. Go on take a look, it sees to be updated more frequently.

On the Compressor side of things any one seen the rather snazzy looking Antress Modern Plugins, some of which show more than a passing resemblence to some infamous big names.

On the orchestral side of things you must check out DSK Brass and DSK Stringz. How they are free is beyond me. The strings one is mind blowing for free.

(they can be found on
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