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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby onesecondglance » Thu Jan 31, 2008 1:28 pm

to make up for my misdirected earlier post...

natural studios ns_kit is good... and comes as an unexpiring free version:

here's the link. the free stuff is in the forum.

you can get it as a soundfont or as separate wave files, should you be in a cut-'n-paste kinda mood. there's also a scratchy, lo-fi kit on there and a decent piano.

also, you can get a stripped down version of Independence from yellow tools by registering on their website:

(register for the user area, then go to "Downloads" on the menu on the left)

takes ages to download but that's only because you get over 2gb of samples for free. useable as a standalone or VST and the quality is pretty sweet.
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby danf » Fri Feb 15, 2008 3:43 pm

I see that there haven't been any free RTAS plugins mentioned here, probably because there aren't that many of them around anyway... although the izotope vinyl comes in both VST and RTAS formats. Here's a list of a few free or usable demo version RTAS plugins.
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby magicdog » Fri Feb 15, 2008 5:43 pm

jalapeno wrote:

Free Amp 2 - great VST Guitar Effects processor, includes a Guitar Synth.

This has been updated and moved to here:

It is now V3 but my Cubase SX 2.2 doesn't like it... :?
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby Jim Taylor » Fri Mar 28, 2008 8:10 am


i don't think anyone's put this link, it does have some of the stuff already mentioned but hey, it's all in one place here
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby gazfactory » Mon Mar 31, 2008 2:55 pm

the last article written by Craig anderton about Customising Sonar's SFZ Files reminds me that some years ago, i have made a SFZ editor which is here :
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Re: free sample player recommendation

Postby rasputin » Mon Apr 07, 2008 8:32 pm

My apologies if this ancient post has already been answered, but one that comes to mind is sfz
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby Collyn » Tue Apr 22, 2008 10:09 am

Just for completeness I should mention the great sampler Shortcircuit - it makes a great free drum sampler...

"...high-quality resampling, an innovative selection of filters/effects and an interface tuned towards creative sample mangling"

Wish this had happened before I bought Battery..
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby dickiefunk » Sat May 03, 2008 1:59 pm

Some superb new Free Compressors (poss. current best of the freeware) :-



Feed Forward, Feed Back, Feed Multi


Pushtec (absolutely love this one)


Also check out Bootsies Rescue and Tessla SE


Tessla SE

Stereoizer Plugins

Up Stereo

Voxengo Stereo Touch


G-Snap (great for tuning vocals)

G-Tune (most accurate of the freeware tuners)

I also find my other go to freeware fx are :-

Reverbs - SIR, Freeverb Too
Compressors - Kjaerhus Classic Compressor, Camel Phat, Camel Crusher, ReaComp, Jeroen Breebaart PC-2, TLS 2095
De-Esser - SpitFish
EQ's - Electri-Q Posihfopit edition, Voxengo Overtone EQ, ReaEq
Gates - GVST G-Gate, Floorfish
Guitar Amps - FreeAmp 3.5, Guitar Suite, Voxengo Boogex, AradAz Amp, Juicy 77
Limiters - Buzz Maxi3, Jeroen Breebaart Barricade, W1 Limiter, TLS Pocket Limiter


CLAS, BaxxPander, X-Cita, Flux BitterSweet, RubberFilter, SupaPhaser, Stereoizer PRo, Mr Donald (leslie sim), Voxengo Span Spectrum Analyzer.

Oh and Wavosaur (audio editor).
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Batch Unzip

Postby Prophet X » Fri Jun 20, 2008 9:18 pm

Chopsy wrote:I used ISO Recorder to make a bootable ISO CD.

That's one of my favourites & something similar should've been built into Windows.

I also like UnzipThemAll, which does batch unzips & unrars.

Although questionably free (on a coverdisk), I was trying out the GenesisCM VSTi last night. For trance/Virus/Tiesto-type sounds - wow! :)
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby maggotspawn » Tue Jul 29, 2008 6:56 pm

A couple of cool apps that I couldn't do without.
CCLeaner, cleans up garbage files and has a good registry cleaner.
Revo Uninstaller, it's main use is uninstalling programs. Gets all the crap that the Windows uninstaller misses, plus has some useful utilities. These 2 utilities work with Vista as well as XP. I also like to prowl around, lots of great freeware... :headbang:
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby WADEAL » Mon Aug 25, 2008 7:33 pm

I don't think that anyone has mentioned Ambience yet.

This is a really great reverb plugin.

You get a "nag screen" on the freeware version that you have to keep clickin on, but that can be removed by making a payment.


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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby Martin Walker » Tue Aug 26, 2008 12:09 pm

...and to save anyone asking, I've just tracked down a link for Ambience: :beamup:

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Vera - VERify Archive utility

Postby Phil Tipping » Tue Sep 16, 2008 3:59 pm

Vera is a simple but useful tool for verifying your archives and other file transfers. It's probably not alone on the market, but it's easy to use and is just a single executable file with nothing to 'install', so no changes to any system files or the registry....and it's free!
Details, screenshots & download from the Freebies section of

The current version is limited to 4GB files and may not be the fastest of checkers, but it's in regular use here after a couple of scary moments backing up my music files when I found there was nothing in Windows to easily check binary files in a hierarchic archive/copy.

One incident was a failing CD/DVD burner which started to take longer and longer burning files, and some of these turned out to be corrupted. Once I'd realised this I started using the burner's built-in verify option, but this gave no indication of which files had failed, and also wouldn't verify existing DVDs which were now suspect.

The other incident started out as a straightforward Windows copy of hundreds of WAV files to some external USB discs for use on another PC. The process took several overnight runs to complete and all appeared ok. It turned into a nightmare much later when tiny clicks in some of the tracks were eventually traced back to the original copies being corrupted. Searching the internet showed this to be a 'known problem' with some USB devices - unbelievable :madas:

Hope you find it useful.
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby sdalek » Fri Sep 19, 2008 8:54 am

Hi- not sure if anyone has mentioned this one yet, but I really rather like the E-phonic tape delay. I've used it for a few things and it seems to make a track sit nicely in a mix.
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Re: Vera - VERify Archive utility

Postby Phil Tipping » Tue Sep 30, 2008 8:16 am

New version 2 available; 4GB limit removed :)
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