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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby Matt Houghton » Fri Jul 12, 2013 3:48 pm

Matt Houghton wrote: Tokyo Dawn Labs Feedback Compressor II is in beta for both Mac & PC now. Bit of a resource hog, so more suited to mastering or occasional use in a mix - not something for every channel! - but it offers things most other dynamics plug-ins (whatever the price) don't and sounds superb.

The latest version of this one is much less resource-intensive now.

Also to add to the list (if I haven't missed them in this thread) are Vladg's Molot compressor and Limiter No6. They're both superb — alongside the Tokyo Dawn Labs one, these are probably the best freeware dynamics plug-ins I know of, and much better than many (and arguably most...) commercial plug-ins. Learning to get the best from them can take a while — but there's a button on the bottom to give you English instead of Russian labels, which helps.

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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby Bluesman979 » Fri Jul 12, 2013 4:06 pm

Analogue X do a few useful free tools..

Including Vocal remover, Audio Arpeggiator, HDD-time remaining, a delay calculator etc etc

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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby Marjeda » Sun Jul 14, 2013 5:23 pm

OneWorld wrote:
Marjeda wrote:I haven't spent much time with it myself really.

I've just switched over from using Ableton Live onto Cockos Reaper and needed a sampler and came across this.

All I've really done is load a few vocal samples and had a quick play, so don't really have anything much to contribute just yet.

But from the little I've used it, it seems to do the same sort of functions that I was using Ableton's 'Sampler' for.

And the website says that a future update will bring alongside the freeware version a professional version that will provide a few more extra features, but that takes it into 'Budgetware' rather than freeware but I think I'll be happy to pay a little bit for something I'm making use of.

Came across what?

The freeware sampler I put a link to a few posts up.

Anyways here's another couple of freeware plugins that I've tried and work well for me as they're pretty simple.
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby bins » Wed Mar 19, 2014 10:35 am

I really like the FireBird 2 synth: sounds great and you can get some really varied sounds.

Great round up list of 2013 VST's here (Firebird comes in at No. 3):

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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby bigcat1969 » Sun Oct 05, 2014 1:07 am

Hope its OK to mention here, list of free instruments. ... -type.html
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby Martin Walker » Sun Oct 05, 2014 8:36 pm

Hi Joe,

I don't see why not - it's a good list too! 8-)

You might want to change the entry from Alchemy to Alchemy Player though (only the Player version is 'free' ;) )

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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby Zack Burnet » Sat Nov 01, 2014 7:48 am

I have used Dr Drum Beat Maker !
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby Martin Walker » Mon Nov 03, 2014 5:50 pm

Zack Burnet wrote:I have used Dr Drum Beat Maker !

So you have, but you've posted a link to your blog, and if you subsequently make your way to the DrDrum website itself, you'll find that it's currently only $29.95, and therefore not freeware.


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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby John_Meekins » Sun Jun 21, 2015 4:35 am

Free PC Software:

Musink Lite


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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby tea for two » Sat Dec 19, 2015 6:51 am

8 pages : 170 synths

Page 1
Mono synths for leads and bass lines
String synths for pads
Page 2
Analogue sounding poly synths 
Page 3
Synths with techno/trance sounds
Synths for soundesign/ambient/atmosphere
Page 4
Cold and metallic sounding synths
FM synths
Hybrid synths that are not in other categories
Wavetable synths
Phase distorsion synths
Phase modulation synths
Phase morphing synths
Physical modeling synths
Page 5
Step sequencers
Synths for noise
Absurd machines
Page 6
Emulations of acoustic and electric instruments :
- Electronic organ
- Electric piano
- Theremin
Sample based emulations :
- Acoustic piano
- Mellotron
- Traditional instruments
- Various intruments
Page 7
- Elektrostudio
Page 8
Commercial virtual instrument bargains
- Synthesizers
- Soundbanks
- Virtual drummers and bassists
- The CM studio

[i]" This list of freeware... is the result of many and long researches, after testing around one thousand intruments.
You will probably think that some instruments, that you like to use in your music, are missing, but there is a reason for that : the only criterion of this list is the musical quality, the beauty of sound. ....

this list is the result of my own choice, necessarily subjective, and open to criticism, like anyone's list... But it remains a unique list, because I hope that the level of quality is high..."[i]
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby sig-ex » Fri Feb 12, 2016 9:27 pm

I've relied constantly on these. They're really good and reliable for what they do and are fairly updated.

Best free music notation software in my opinion.

Minimal but advanced/dedicated MIDI editor. (Windows only)

Plogue sforzando
Enables you to play many nice SFZ sample libs. Free alternative to Cakewalk's SFZ plug-ins.

Been using this for over a decade. Very well known & no need to explain :D.

Supplement audio editor to Audacity. (Windows only)

So you don't have to change the volume when your media player changes track. Not as updated, but doesn't have to be because it has a very well defined function. (Windows only)
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby OneWorld » Sat Mar 26, 2016 4:28 pm

Does anyone know how to get the activation key from MT Power Drumkit 2. It is now free but I have installed it, clicked the 'activate' button but it keeps returning with Invalid, as if it is not going to the activation link and thus not pulling down the required key
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby alexis » Tue Aug 09, 2016 1:46 pm

Melda has a bunch of useful free plugs, thirty of them at last count!

(If the link doesn't work, can just go to the main site and migrate from there).
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby Kostas_99 » Tue Oct 04, 2016 8:32 pm

Check out free Softube Saturation plugin - one knob + one lever, but still good!

For a limited time, Sie-Q from Soundtoys is free (offer ends October 13).

Some NI Reaktor synths are free - highly recommended. Even if it's Carbon 2 it's still great. Loving sound it can make.

Aand... Steinberg VB-1. A bass guitar. Never thought I would use it - seems so old but sounds good, and works. deep bass.
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby JamesKitcher » Fri Nov 10, 2017 6:14 pm

One I discovered recently... ... mager.html

I've tried a lot of stereo imaging plugins and they usually cause more harm than good; often collapsing to mono or 'adding stereo depth' results in artifacts or poor quality. This one is excellent however, and it's freeeeee.
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