Amplitube vs Guitar Rig – a detailed comparison

amplitube

As any guitar player knows, Guitar Rig and Amplitube are undoubtedly two of the most famous and popular guitar emulators available right now. They’re the best at what they do, but which one is actually better?

We have updated our article in light of the recent Amplitube 5 release, available on IK Multimedia’s website. Comparing to Amplitube 4, this one has been upgraded user experience department, being by far much more user friendly. It now suports Retina-displays and the GUI is fully-scalable. Also, in the new department you now have the option to do parallel effects, with the addition of the dry/wet control and a lot more devices to play with.

For those interested in an upgrade path from Amplitube 4 to 5, here is a sheet from IK Multimedia, explaining the differences and also listing the contents of the Amplitube 5 package.

And if you are interested in a music production laptop as well, we have an updated comparison article right here for you.

Today we’re going to talk at length about the differences and similarities between Amplitube and Guitar Rig, their pros and cons, features, specs, and ultimately decide which platform offers bigger and better benefits, so let’s begin with the most recent price, avaialble by clicking these buttons:

To be fair, we will compare Amplitube 5 to the “PRO” version of Guitar Rig – because the free version is in a league of it’s own. Sadly there is no free entry point to Amplitube, so we have to have an apples-to-apples comparison.

Guitar Rig 6 Amps

For the lack of better words, the selection of amps, cabinets, and effects stacked into the Guitar rig is absolutely incredible. Of course, its eclecticism and versatility mainly depends on which package you’ve opted for, but even the factory Guitar Rig 6 Player is better-rounded than the vast majority if boutique guitar emulators.

You’ll be able to choose between some of the iconic amps, such as Hot Plex, Citrus, Tweed Delight, Jazz Amp, Hot Solo+, and many others, although the bulk of these presets are reserved for Guitar Rig 6 Pro users.

The newest additions (in comparison to the Guitar Rig 5 Pro) are the Chicago, Bass Invader, and the Fire Breather amps, all of which bring brand-new and highly unique features to the table.

Overall, Guitar Rig offers surprisingly authentic, great-sounding amps.

Amplitube 5 Amps

Amplitube’s selection of amps is perfect for literally all kinds of music styles and subgenres. The Standard Amplitube 5 package has 34 devices while the MAX version has a whopping 107 items.

You’ll be able to use five British Stack amps, including Brit 8000 and Brit 9000, the Red Pig, Brit Valve, the Brit Silver, two American Tube amps, as well as a solid-state Bass preamp. The standard edition of Amplitube 5

If you want the full list of devices available, IK Multimedia has created this sheet, which also compares Amplitube 5 with the previous version.

These amps work wonders regardless of whether you’re looking for a poppy sound, a fuzzed jazzy tone, or a heavily distorted metal timbre. However, Guitar Rig’s selection of amps is just slightly broader.

Guitar Rig 6 Cabinets

Guitar Rig 6 offers matched cabinets for their amps, which is generally pretty great. Furthermore, you’ll be able to make great use of the Control room cabinets & mics features if you’ve upgraded to Guitar Rig 6 Pro.

However, the downside here is that you won’t be able to mix and match ‘unmatched’ cabinets like you would with Amplitube.

Amplitube Cabinets

As far as cabinets go, Amplitube 5 offers 27 models, while the MAX version comes equipped with a HUGE ARRAY of 101, including six 4 by 12s (matching the amps), one 1 by 12 Open Vintage cab, a 2 by 12 Closed Vintage cab, and a 1 by 15 Bass Vintage cabinet.

While Guitar Rig had the upper hand in terms of the amp selection, Amplitube does a bit better job in the realm of cabinets, offering more than twice as many models and presets.

In a nutshell, this is more than you’ll need to capture the sonic essence of the recognizable sounds of guitar heroes with ease.

Guitar Rig 6 Effects

There are almost more guitar effects aboard the Guitar Rig 6 platform than can be counted, starting with five delays (Twin, Delay Man, Psyche Delay, Quad Delay and Tape Echo), 12 Distortions (Fuzz, MeZone, Sledgehammer, Gain & Treble boosters, Cat, Demon, Skreamer and more), 10 Dynamic effects, 5 EQs, 7 filters, 8 modulation effects, 3 Pitch effects, 9 reverbs, and three ‘Special’ effects (Resochord, Ring Modulator and Grain Delay).

Barely a dozen of these effects are available as factory presets, though, which means that more than half of aforementioned guitar effect models are only available with the Guitar Rig 6 Pro package.

Amplitube Effects

The Amplitube simulator offers 10 different stompbox models, including choruses, flangers, delays, wahs, diode overdrives, volume pedals, graphic equalizers, compressors, tremolos, and acoustic simulators. With the new Amplitube 5 version you can run them in paralel with the dry/wet setting.

All of these effects are taken from actual analogue effect pedals and sound as original and authentic as can be. The same list of items contains an inventory of all the stomp effects contained.

The good and the bad of Guitar Rig 6

Basically, Guitar Rig 6 is free to download, which is a massive benefit in itself. However, the factory presets selection is modest, to say the very least, which means that it’s a pretty basic software with relatively poor versatility if you don’t upgrade to the ‘Pro’ version at some point.

Let’s discuss the positives and negatives of Guitar Rig 6 PRO:

Pros:

  • Decently affordable upgrade to Guitar Rig 6 free
  • Exceptional range of guitar amps
  • Quality analogue bass amp
  • Authentic sounding tools, models and presets
  • Unparalleled selection of effects
  • Decently easy to use, even by beginners

Cons:

  • The basic (free) package is not overly versatile
  • Difficult to mix and match cabinets
  • Almost no effect pedals and stompboxes to speak of in the free package

The good and the bad of Amplitube

Amplitube is decently approachable guitar software that packs a hefty selection of stompboxes, amplifiers, cabinets, speakers, microphones, effects, and rack units. With the new update to Amplitube 5, the user interface is extremely well built, scalable and looks great on Apple devices.

Obviously, it’s more expensive than the (free) Guitar Rig 6, but it is well worth the buck considering how beginner-friendly and eclectic it is. Some of the highlighted advantages and disadvantages of Amplitube are:

Pros:

  • Highly intuitive interface
  • Excellent selection of stompbox effects, amplifiers, cabinets and microphones
  • Several rack effects and speakers
  • Onboard tuners
  • Constantly expanding roster of amps and effects
  • Great for beginners and seasoned veterans alike

Cons:

  • Not available for free, although demo can be downloaded free of charge

Conclusion

The specs, features, and UI were some of the most notable parameters we took into consideration when comparing the performance of Amplitube and Guitar Rig.

Even though these guitar simulator programs are completely different, they actually do have a lot in common. Both programs are laden with a myriad of top-quality amps and effects, and both actually sound extraordinarily great.

Be it as it may, Guitar Rig tends to do a bit better only because there is a free version to which Amplitube cannot compete.

Without cutting Amplitube’s worth short, it’s amazing software that has enormous potential to usurp Guitar Rig’s throne in near future.

Moog and Korg Make Apps Free for Stuck-at-Home Musicians

Despite the depressing circumstances, the coronavirus quarantine is not all bad news, specially for music producers.

This is the chance to finally start working on that project you’ve been postponing for ages or to dig into that new skill you’ve been meaning to learn.

And luckily, the music production industry is helping.

To help aleviate the boredom, Moog and Korg have made their synth apps completely free!

Here is a list of freely available apps from the brands:

KORG Kaossilator- Android

KORG Kaossilator- Apple

Minimoog Model D- Apple

FabFilter Plugins Review

Over the past couple of decades, music recording, mixing, and mastering processes have seen some drastic changes.

What was once possible only through professional studio work is now accessible in the comfort of one’s home.

All you need is a decent audio interface, a good computer, your instrument(s), a microphone, and you’re good to go.

Of course, you’ll need quality software as well, but this is where things get tricky – the standards have risen so high over the past few years or so.

In order to make your music sound good, you’ll have to use the good stuff. This is why we always look into the most interesting plugins for recording, mixing, and mastering.

With all this said, there are some interesting plugins we’ve decided to take a closer look at. These are made by FabFilter, a company mostly focusing on great mixing plugins.

At the same time, we can also find great effects and virtual instruments in their collection, like the Saturn saturation/distortion, Twin 2 Synth, or Timeless 2 delay.

There are two particular things we’re interested in here. The first one is the company’s Mastering Bundle, while the second one is their Pro-R reverb.

We’ll look more into what all these plugins have to offer and how well they perform. Ultimately, we hope to help you see whether they’re any good for your needs and help you make a decision in case you’re thinking about whether to purchase them or not.

FabFilter Mastering Bundle Review

FabFilter Mastering Bundle at a glance

Maker: FabFilter
Includes: Pro-L 2, Pro-MB, Pro-Q 3, and Pro-C 2
Supports: VST, VST3, Audio Units, AAX Native and AudioSuite formats (all both 64-bit and 32-bit)
Our Rating: 4.8/5
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FabFilter has a few bundles to offer, one of them being the Mastering Bundle. This one consists of four different plugins: Pro-L 2, Pro-MB, Pro-Q 3, and Pro-C 2.

The price of the bundle is definitely worth it as the total value of these four individual plugins is significantly higher.

So let’s start with the Pro-L 2.

This is a peak limiter, designed to deal with unwanted loud dynamic bursts.

It’s made with eight different limiting algorithms, all dealing with different issues.

For instance, the plugin has a mode that irons out all the distortion that happens during digital to analog conversion.

It also deals with different volume bursts, and even comes in handy if you’re working with surround formats. It’s somewhat advanced, but it clearly helps a lot in the mixing and mastering process.

Pro-MB is a very potent compressor and expander.

It can deal both with individual tracks and entire mixes. Although a non-master compressor, it’s very versatile and capable of some very advanced stuff.

Its main strength comes with the possibility to compress with different intensities over the audible spectrum.

Then we have the Pro-Q 3, which is a state-of-the-art equalizer plugin.

Although it might be a bit complicated to use, some of its features put it up there among the best EQ plugins on the market.

It’s very good at helping you single out those “bad” frequencies in your audio files, and the “Dynamic EQ” mode helps you keep every track and an instrument in their respective sonic territories.

It’s a dream come true for many music producers and mixing engineers out there.

Lastly, we have the Pro-C 2 which is a professional compressor plugin.

The reinvented version of the original plugin allows easy tweaking thanks to its meticulously designed graphical interface.

The word “intuitive” is the first thing that comes to mind, as this compressor is really accessible.

While Pro-MB is both a compressor and expander (or a noise gate), the Pro-C 2 focuses solely on compression.

This is why it may allow more detailed control over the dynamic output. Nonetheless, having both of these in the bundle is definitely a good thing.

But even though the overall price is reduced compared to four individual plugins, the Mastering Bundle is not exactly cheap.

However, this is intended mostly for professional studios or semi-professional and experienced home recording enthusiasts.

And seeing the quality and what all these plugins are able to do, one thing’s for sure – it’s definitely worth the price.

On the other hand, if you’re just building your home studio and are looking to have something to enhance your hobby, then we’d advise you to look for something simpler and cheaper.

FabFilter Pro-R Reverb Review

FabFilter Pro-R Reverb at a glance

Maker: FabFilter
Supports: VST, VST3, Audio Units, AAX Native and AudioSuite formats (all both 64-bit and 32-bit), as well as RTAS (32-bit only).)
Our Rating: 4.9/5
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With such a great arsenal of quality products, there’s no surprise to see a very advanced reverb in FabFilter’s collection. For this particular effect, they developed their Pro-R plugin.

At the very first glance, it’s pretty obvious that the Pro-R is a plugin that’s very easy to use.

In fact, some would even argue that there’s a lack of controls. Not that it’s not versatile or too simple, it’s just that a few additional parameters to tweak definitely wouldn’t hurt.

Right in the middle, we can see the unified “Space” knob.

This approach is fairly simple, yet it gives some great results.

Other than that, we have controls for brightness, distance, character, decay rate, mix/blend, and stereo width.

With the stereo width control, you can create both fully stereo image at 50%, or a double mono at 100%.

But what we consider to be the best thing about Pro-R is the very realistic representation of space with the “Space” control.

Small room reverb actually sounds like you’re in a small room, and a large one really sounds spacious. It’s not like you’d expect anything less from FabFilter.

Of course, once again, we have a not exactly cheap piece of software on our hands. Don’t get us wrong – the price is most definitely justified.

The only thing that we need to point out here is that this is a fully professional plugin.

While you’re allowed and able to use it as an independent music-making enthusiast, you’ll first need to be aware of its cost. Either way, if you need a good reverb plugin, there’s hardly any reason why you should look further than FabFilter’s Pro-R.

Minimal System Group Dreamscape Review

Whatever is the instrument that you play, whether you sing, or whether you prefer to make synths and other virtual instruments in your DAW – you can’t make music with a completely dry sound.

Well, you technically can, and nobody is stopping you, but there’s hardly any chance you’ll make it sound appealing and enjoyable.

This is why the use of atmospheric effects has been an important part of every mix since way back in the 1950s. To this day, musicians of any genre are still using delay and reverb effects to give that new dimension and feel of “spaciousness” to whatever they’re making.

But these effects became more complex as time went by. For instance, any type of a reverb – whether it’s a rack-mounted unit or a pedal – had more features and parameter controls that would add a different “flavor” in real-time or to recorded audio tracks. Eventually, we got an abundance of great plugins that would serve this purpose, mostly in the studio for recording and mixing.

There’s one particular reverb plugin that we’re interested in here, and it’s called DreamScape.

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This plugin was conceived, designed, and created by a company called Minimal Systems Group. Featuring some very detailed and advanced control, this plugin was released back in 2013 and is still in use today.

The idea with such a plugin was to decrease the CPU usage and bring more of that analog “warmth” in the output, which is something that’s becoming increasingly popular these days.

Since there are plenty of interesting features in this one, we decided to look into DreamScape and examine it closer.

So if you’re looking for a new reverb plugin for your own work, or are generally interested in reverbs, come right in and check this one out.

Features

It does not take more than a glance at it to realise that DreamScape is a plugin with very detailed parameter controls.

It’s intended as a fully custom effect with its special atmosphere generator.

There are some pretty unusual analog modelling characteristic controls on it, intended for making those rich and lush atmospherics effects. Everything is enhanced with the company’s specially designed reflection algorithm.

For the purpose of creating detailed effects, the DreamScape plugin is divided into two main sections. We have the added filter and modulation section, in addition to the main part of the plugin dedicated to basic and advanced reverb parameter controls.

In the main part, we can find a total of 12 virtual knobs and four virtual switches on it.

First off, we have the essential reverb parameters, like pre-delay, reflections, room size, and the inevitable mix/blend control.

Now, there are a few other interesting parameters here, concerning the room shapes and dimensions. For instance, there are two knobs labeled as “low floor” and “high ceiling” that further help shape the room feel.

In addition, we can also find other advanced controls, like the amplitude curve, time curve, as well as reverb start and reverb stop. And since this is a stereo reverb plugin, there’s a control determining the stereo “width” of the effect.

The filter and modulation section gives some interesting controls, as well as the possibility to tweak left and right channels individually.

This section can add somewhat of an “unconventional” tone to the standard reverb. You’ll be able to get some experimental and even synth-like tones using this section.

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Performance

Overall, the DreamScape reverb plugin gives an abundance of options. You can use it for pretty much any instrument or vocal track.

In addition, you can use it with or without the filter/modulation section. The graphic interface is pretty intuitive and easy to get by with, so there’s hardly any chance that you’ll have issues with using the plugin.

As promised by Minimal System Group, the plugin does indeed have a low CPU usage.

However, there’s a huge drawback with the fact that this is a 32-bit plugin. You can use it on a 64-bit system, but you’ll need to use the jBridge software in order to make it work. Not exactly the most practical solution for just another reverb plugin.

While the reverb itself can be used in some conventional ways, any additional advanced parameter tweaking goes into experimental territories.

For an average producer, this will be a huge letdown, as the resulting tones are something that would be appealing to those who love meddling with weird and unusual reverbs and feedbacks.

Like we already mentioned, using the filter and modulation section, you get some vintage synth-oriented overtones. And, to be perfectly honest, this can be somewhat annoying. We’d rather have a lush and spacious reverb, rather than an experimental platform for wacky sounds that have no practical value in modern music.

Conclusion

To put it simply, DreamScape is a good reverb that won’t break your wallet.

It scores well in terms of versatility, and its intuitive design, as well as the experimental-friendly environment, deserve a nod. It’s a good entry level reverb with some advanced features and a good price. On occasion, you’ll be able to find some super cheap deals on it, going well below the $10 mark.

We have a very low CPU usage, which is all great. The intuitive graphic interface and easy-to-use controls are something that everyone loves.

If you want a serious advanced level spacious and lush reverb plugin, we’d rather advise you go with something else. In case you feel experimental and would really love to play around with a few unusual analog-like reverb presets, then wait for the price to drop and get DreamSpace.

Imprint by W.A Productions Review

In this day and age, there are plenty of ways that you can enhance the sound of basically any type of recording.

Yes, you first need to have quality input, so getting quality mics, instruments, cables, and mixers is a must.

This basic foundational factor just cannot be enhanced in any meaningful way. However, with an abundance of great products, including great DAWs and very useful plugins, a lot of them free, with detailed parameter controls, the bar is set quite high.

You not only have to use so many different tools, but you need to know how to implement them in practice.

For instance, aside from compression, EQs, saturation, and other effects that come in handy for mixing, it wouldn’t be bad to use tools like transient shapers- This technique is now essential in modern music production.

This is exactly why we decided to look more into one of these transient shaper plugins. The one we’ll be discussing here is made by W.A. Production and it’s called Imprint.

There are a few interesting key features about it that could potentially make it a great choice for any modern producer.

What’s more, the plugin is relatively cheap, which is one of the main reasons it caught our attention in the first place.

Here’s a quick glance at this plugin:

Imprint by W.A Production- At a glance

Maker: W.A Production
Plugin Type: Transient Shaper
Main Features: 3 band transient shaper, 20+ presets, width / smooth / attack / releas controls, output level and master gain control
Our Rating: 4.8/5
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Transient shaping

Before we get into it, let’s first clear things out for those who are not familiar with transient shaping.

After all, you don’t hear about it that often.

This concept has to do with the beginning of the sound sample and its attack.

In some cases, we need a stronger and more pronounced attack, like with kick drums. In some other cases, we want something smoother and softer.

Transient shaping plugins come in handy for creating better tones for samples where you need a stronger and more defined attack.

Things are not that simple though, as you can’t just add a strong attack to a certain sample and thing that everything is going to be alright.

With transient shaping, you bring all the much-needed nuances of these tones. Essentially, with these plugins, you’re able to bring life to tones that need more attack, especially components like bass drums.

Features

Imprint brings a few features that allow detailed transient design.

First off, it allows you to work with three frequency ranges, along with the adjustable crossover points.

Of course, these three frequency ranges are flexible and customizable. Thanks to the very clear graphic interface, setting up these ranges is made easy.

What you do here is add equalization while also tweaking the attack curve.

Each of the three frequency bands is adjusted with a simple control below it.

The amount is determined by percentage and you’re essentially creating a ratio of these three custom set ranges.

On the side, there’s also the gain control, which boosts the overall output of the plugin. You can also completely bypass any of these three frequency ranges individually.

The more functionality comes with the option to open advanced settings for each of these three bands.

Just click on the arrow below, and you’ll get settings for attack, release, width, and smoothness. With width control, you can set the width of the peaks that you want to target and alter, while the smooth control can smoothen out the peak shapes.

Right above the gain control, you can see the overall output with dB meters. This way, you’ll also be in total control if there’s any potential clipping involved.

The main part of the display, and its largest portion, shows the realtime output waveform. This comes as a useful feature where you can see any odd shapes that need correction.

For a quick look at this plugin, check out the video below:

Performance

The most important thing to note is that the interface is fairly easy to use. It features a pretty straightforward and intuitive design that makes it so simple.

The most common use is with samples with a strong attack that needs more definition, mostly drum components and certain synth basses.

However, it works fairly well with various types of synths or pads with at least a somewhat pronounced attack.

But the interesting part comes when you try to apply it to an entire drum track, even if it’s one separate audio file. It manages to “sharpen up” the overall tone as if you processed each component individually.

Like we already mentioned in the features section, the graphic interface makes it fairly easy to use. It’s turned on and off by clicking on the Imprint logo at the bottom left.

The frequency bands are extremely easy to control. All you need to do is just drag their edges left and right to set the width and to drag them up and down to set the output volume of each frequency, according to your preferences.

Also, the waveform can help you in determining the amount and whether each frequency range is causing any clipping.

The option to bypass these individual frequencies is pretty useful.

You can customize it to pronounce only the highs, mids, or lows for the selected track that you’re processing. Those additional controls for each band that we mentioned are where it gets really interesting. These features allow some serious tone shaping and very detailed controls for controlling attack and release.

Those additional controls for each band that we mentioned are where it gets really interesting. These features allow some serious tone shaping and very detailed controls for controlling attack and release.

Basically, anything from subtle and smooth up to sharp and intense tweaking is possible through the very simplified graphic interface.

Conclusion

W.A. Production refers to this plugin as very “advanced” control of one track’s attack. What’s rather interesting is that the plugin itself is not exactly advanced but rather simple. Nonetheless, with some patience and experience, you’ll be able to do very detailed tweaking of each custom set frequency range.

In the end, the price of the plugin is pretty affordable. Which is not a surprise as the Imprint is fairly simple to use. However, we would argue that it’s worth every penny and wouldn’t complain if it was 50% more expensive. It’s safe to say that this is a good purchase for any home or professional studio.

400+ Best Free VSTs by Category [2021]

Yes, you read that right! 400 VST plugin tools completely free of charge (Audiounit versions for Mac OS are also available).

EDITOR’S NOTE: Our list for best FREE VSTs is continually updated, so make sure you bookmark this page for future reference and share it with your friends.

We’ve spent countless days digging through the web to find the very best free plugins – both VST and AU/Audio Unit. We found more than 400 free VSTs of all types, including one VST whose sole purpose is to crash your DAW.

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We did our best to group these plugins by category, but some VSTs were simply impossible to classify. This list includes effects too, but if you’re looking for a list of the best vst SYNTHS, you can find it here.

But enough talk, without further ado, here is our list:

Best Free Amp Simulator VST

Traditionally used to emulate that vintage guitar sound that is unique to some old school amps, amp simulators can also be used with other instruments to achieve a unique sound.

Interested in more AMP SIMULATION? Then check out our list of BEST AMP SIMULATORS ON THE MARKET.

Below are our favorite free amp sim vsts. Blue Cat’s and Voxengo’s free amp simulators are some of the highlights.

VST NAme
VST Type
Download Link
Black Rooster Cypress TT-15 Amp Simulator DOWNLOAD
Blue Cat’s Free Amp Amp Simulator DOWNLOAD
LePou Amp Suite Amp Simulator DOWNLOAD
Nick Crow 8505 Amp Simulator DOWNLOAD
Boogex Amp Simulator DOWNLOAD
Plugin Alliance  bx_rockrack V3 Player Amp Simulator DOWNLOAD
Shattered Glass Audio Ace Amp Amp Simulator DOWNLOAD
Ignite Amps Emissary Amp Simulator DOWNLOAD
U-he Protoverb Amp Simulator DOWNLOAD
Voxengo Boogex Amp Simulator DOWNLOAD
Voxengo Tube Amp Amp Simulator DOWNLOAD
ADHD Audio Tools Levelling Tool Level Amp DOWNLOAD

Best Free Autopanner VST

Manually changing the pan knobs is so last year. These plugins are free and will add some cool effects to your mix effortlessly.

Also you should check our list of BEST Rent-to-own VST plugins here in case you want to get a lot of VSTs but are strapped for cash.

Our favorite?
Well, PanCake is pretty cool.

VST NAme
VST Type
Download Link
Cable Guys Pancake 2 Autopanner DOWNLOAD
Melda MAutopan Autopanner DOWNLOAD

Best Free Bass Instrument VST

Bass VSTs nowadays can be anything from 808s to Upright Jazz.

Below, in no particular order, you’ll find a huge variety of bass sounds. Some come with interfaces, others don’t.

VST NAme
VST Type
Download Link
Ample Bass P Lite Bass Instrument DOWNLOAD
Ample Sound Ample Bass P LITE II Bass Instrument DOWNLOAD
Steinberg Model E Bass Instrument DOWNLOAD
Twin Bass Bass Instrument DOWNLOAD


Best Free Bitcrusher VST

Bitcrushers are all the trend right now. And to be honest, they’re not that hard to program.

If you want to dive straight into world class VST SYNTHS (not free), here is our own list of BEST SYNTH PLUGINS right here.

Also, our list of BEST FM SYNTH Plugins is handy.

The plugins outlined below will give you some really good glitchy lo-fi sounds- for free, of course.

VST NAme
VST Type
Download Link
Xfer DeltaModulator Bitcrusher DOWNLOAD
Tritik KrushBitcrusher DOWNLOAD
TAL-Bitcrusher Bitcrusher DOWNLOAD
MDA Degrade Bitcrusher DOWNLOAD
Bittest Bitcrusher DOWNLOAD

Best Free VST Bundle

This section contains no one type of VST. Instead it aggregates all bundles.

VST NAme
VST Type
Download Link
Blue Cat Audio Bundle DOWNLOAD
MFreeFXBundle Bundle DOWNLOAD
Blue Cat’s Freeware Plug-ins Pack II Bundle DOWNLOAD
Native Instruments Komplete Start Bundle DOWNLOAD
Snap Heap Bundle DOWNLOAD

Best Free Chorus VST

VST Name
VST Type
Download Link
Acon Digital Multiply Chorus DOWNLOAD
Blue Cat’s Chorus Chorus DOWNLOAD
Mercuriall Chorus WS-1 Chorus DOWNLOAD
Multiply Chorus DOWNLOAD
TAL-Chorus-LX Chorus DOWNLOAD
Xfer Dimension Expander Chorus DOWNLOAD


Best Free Compressor VST

A compressor is a must have plugin for any producer or engineer.

Fortunately, some of the free plugins we’ve listed below are pretty much at the same level of the state of the art paid plugins made by waves and others.

Our favorites are the Density mkIII and the Klanghelm MJUC Jr.

VST Name
VST Type
Download Link
Acustica Tan Compressor DOWNLOAD
Audio Damage Rough Rider 2 Compressor DOWNLOAD
FXPansion DCAM FREECOMP Compressor DOWNLOAD
Beatskillz MAX1 Compressor DOWNLOAD
DC1A Compressor DOWNLOAD
Density mkIII Compressor DOWNLOAD
Eareckon FR-COMP 87 Compressor DOWNLOAD
Feedback Compressor II Compressor DOWNLOAD
Klanghelm MJUC Jr. Compressor DOWNLOAD
Melda MCompressor Compressor DOWNLOAD
ReaXcomp Compressor DOWNLOAD
Stereo Bus Compressor Compressor DOWNLOAD
ThrillseekerLA Compressor DOWNLOAD
UltraComp Compressor DOWNLOAD
Vladg Molot Compressor Compressor DOWNLOAD
Xfer OTT Compressor DOWNLOAD

Best Free Delay and Echo VST

Another essential plugin to have in your library.

Once again, the free options are almost as good as the paid ones. Voxengo Tempo Delay 2.0. is the pick of the litter for us.

Voxengo Tempo Delay 2.0.

Maker: Voxengo
Features: Filter section, Tremolo section, Delay signal panning, Stereo processing, 64-bit floating point processing, Preset manager, Undo/redo history, A/B comparisons, Contextual hint messages, All sample rates support, Zero processing latency,
Our Rating: 4.6/5
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VST Name
VST Type
Download Link
Delay Studio KVR12 Delay DOWNLOAD
E-phonic Tape Delay Delay DOWNLOAD
Delay Studio Delay DOWNLOAD
Latency Delay Delay DOWNLOAD
Musical Entropy Spaceship Delay Delay DOWNLOAD
Delay Studio Delay DOWNLOAD
PPD Echobox Echo DOWNLOAD
Puremagnetik Driftmaker Delay DOWNLOAD
TAL-DUB-III Delay DOWNLOAD
Tempo Delay Delay DOWNLOAD
Valhalla Freq Echo Echo DOWNLOAD
Voxengo Latency Delay Delay DOWNLOAD
Voxengo Tempo Delay 2 Delay DOWNLOAD
Voxengo Latency Delay Delay DOWNLOAD
Voxengo Tempo Delay Delay DOWNLOAD

Best Free Distortion VST

VST Name
VST Type
Download Link
Melda MBitFun Distortion DOWNLOAD
Melda MWaveFolder Distortion DOWNLOAD
Temper Distortion DOWNLOAD

Best Free Drum VST

My mother always told me “march to the beat of your own drum”, but I guess she was wrong, because I found a bunch of really good free drum vsts.

You should also check out this cool drum plugin by Loopcloud here.

Amongst them, is the T.REX 606, a classic sound that could have easily cost hundreds of dollars, but for some reason is free:

Roland T.REX 606

Maker: Max Project
Features: 7 samples, Master volume, Reverb.
Our Rating: 4.5/5
DOWNLOAD
VST Name
VST Type
Download Link
Alan Vista Cymbalistic Drum Kit Instrument DOWNLOAD
Alan Vista Royotoms Drum Kit Instrument DOWNLOAD
Alexis D-Four Drum Sampler DOWNLOAD
AREX 2011 Drum Kit Instrument DOWNLOAD
Ample Cloudrum Drum Kit Instrument DOWNLOAD
AudioSpillage MiniSpillage Drum Synth Instrument DOWNLOAD
BeatSkillz Beat Factory Drums Drum Kit Instrument DOWNLOAD
Decomposer Sitala Drum Kit Instrument DOWNLOAD
Drumatic 3 Drum Kit Instrument DOWNLOAD
Dub Turbo DrumTroop Drum Kit Instrument DOWNLOAD
Elektronic Sound Lab SL Drums 3 Drum Kit Instrument DOWNLOAD
Melda MDrummer Small Drum Kit Instrument DOWNLOAD
Mix Project T.Rex 606 Drum Kit Instrument DOWNLOAD
MT Power Drumkit Drum Kit Instrument DOWNLOAD
MT Power Drumkit 2 Drum Kit Instrument DOWNLOAD
Real Drum Samples Line of Legends Drum Kit Instrument DOWNLOAD
Sean Pandy Drums Multi Drum Kit Instrument DOWNLOAD
SimpleRecorder DjinnDrum Drum Kit Instrument DOWNLOAD
Steven Slate Drums SSD5 Free Drum Kit Instrument DOWNLOAD
Studio Linked Drum Pro Drum Kit Instrument DOWNLOAD
Teragon Kick Maker Drum Kit Instrument DOWNLOAD

Best Free Dynamic Processor VST

Are you processing your own voice? Then why not check out this list of BEST MICROPHONE ARMS AND STANDS listed on Amazon.

VST Name
VST Type
Download Link
The Monster Extreme Dynamic Processor Dynamic Processor DOWNLOAD

Best Free EQ VST

We all need some balance in our lifes. And so do our mixes, that’s why you should definitively download a free EQ plugin.
Our favorite here is TDR Nova by Tokyo Dawn Records.

Tokyo Dawn Records- TDR Nova

Maker: Tokyo Dawn Records
Features: Parametric equalization, Dynamic equalization, Frequency selective compression, Multi-band compression, Wideband compression.
Our Rating: 4.7/5
DOWNLOAD
VST Name
VST Type
Download Link
Bee-Happy 550 EQ DOWNLOAD
Black Rooster VHL-3C EQ DOWNLOAD
Blue Cat’s Triple EQ EQ DOWNLOAD
Eareckon FR-EQUA 87 EQ DOWNLOAD
GEQ Graphic EQ EQ DOWNLOAD
Ignite Amps PTeq-X EQ DOWNLOAD
Melda MEqualizer EQ DOWNLOAD
MEQ EQUALIZER EQ DOWNLOAD
N6 Paragraphic Equalizer EQ DOWNLOAD
Plugin Alliance Elysia Niveau Filter EQ DOWNLOAD
Plugin Alliance SPL Free Ranger EQ DOWNLOAD
TDR Nova EQ DOWNLOAD
TDR Slick EQ EQ DOWNLOAD
Voxengo Overtone GEQ EQ DOWNLOAD

Best Free Filter VST

VST Name
VST Type
Download Link
Filter Bank Filter DOWNLOAD
Melda MBandPass Filter DOWNLOAD
Plugin Alliance Brainworx bx_cleansweep Filter DOWNLOAD
Bark of Dog filter DOWNLOAD
TAL-Filter Filter DOWNLOAD
TAL-Filter-2 Filter DOWNLOAD
u-he Triple Cheese Filter DOWNLOAD
Voxengo Overtone GEQ EQ DOWNLOAD

Best Free Flanger VST

VST Name
VST Type
Download Link
Blue Cat’s Flanger Flanger DOWNLOAD
Melda MFlanger Flanger DOWNLOAD

Best Free Frequency Analyzer VST

Voxengo SPAN

Maker: Voxengo
Features: Stereo, mid-side, surround spectrum analyzer, Stereo correlation meter, RMS, true peak level and clipping detector, EBU R128 LUFS/LU metering, Preset manager.
Our Rating: 4.7/5
DOWNLOAD
VST Name
VST Type
Download Link
Blue Cat’s FreqAnalyst Frequency Analyser DOWNLOAD
SPAN Frequency Analyser DOWNLOAD

Best Free Fuzz Pedal VST

VST Name
VST Type
Download Link
Audio Damage Fuzz Plus 3 Fuzz Pedal DOWNLOAD

Best Free Gate VST

VST Name
VST Type
Download Link
Bob Perry Gate Gate DOWNLOAD
Eareckon FR-GATE 87 Gate DOWNLOAD

Best Free Glitch VST

VST Name
VST Type
Download Link
Glitchmachines Fracture Glitch DOWNLOAD
Glitchmachines Hysteresis Glitch DOWNLOAD


Best Free Granular Effect VST

VST Name
VST Type
Download Link
Eugene Yakshin Ribs Granular Effect DOWNLOAD

Best Free Guitar VST

VST Name
VST Type
Download Link
Ample Guitar M Lite II Guitar Instrument DOWNLOAD
DSK Dynamic Guitars Guitar Instrument DOWNLOAD
Native Instruments Guitar Rig Player Guitar Instrument DOWNLOAD


Best Free Instrument Tuner VST

VST Name
VST Type
Download Link
Algae Software Tune it! Instrument Tuner DOWNLOAD

Best Free Limiter VST

VST Name
VST Type
Download Link
Eareckon FR-LIMIT 87 Limiter DOWNLOAD
Diablo Lite Soft Limiter DOWNLOAD
George Yohng W1 Limiter Limiter DOWNLOAD
Limiter №6 Limiter DOWNLOAD
LVC Audio ClipShifter Limiter DOWNLOAD
Melda MAGC Limiter DOWNLOAD

Best Free Mastering VST

VST Name
VST Type
Download Link
AAMS (Auto Audio Mastering System) Mastering DOWNLOAD
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You should also check out our article on online mastering services here.

Best Free Orchestral VST

VST Name
VST Type
Download Link
Alan Vista Chau Gongs Orchestral Percussion Instrument DOWNLOAD
Versilian Studios Chamber Orchestra 2 Community Edition Orchestral Synth DOWNLOAD

Best Free Oscilloscope VST

VST Name
VST Type
Download Link
Melda MOscilloscope Oscilloscope DOWNLOAD
Melda MStereoScope Oscilloscope DOWNLOAD

Best Free Overdrive Pedal VST

VST Name
VST Type
Download Link
Mercuriall Greed Smasher Overdrive Pedal DOWNLOAD

Best Free Phase Distortion VST

VST Name
VST Type
Download Link
Extent of the Jam Digits 2 Phase Distortion DOWNLOAD

Best Free Phaser VST

VST Name
VST Type
Download Link
Blue Cat’s Phaser Phaser DOWNLOAD
Melda MFreeformPhase Phaser DOWNLOAD
Melda MPhaser Phaser DOWNLOAD
SupaPhaser Phaser DOWNLOAD

Best Free Piano Instrument VST

VST Name
VST Type
Download Link
DSK The Grand Piano Instrument DOWNLOAD
Keyzone Classic Piano Instrument DOWNLOAD
Piano One Piano Instrument DOWNLOAD
Sound Magic Piano One Piano Instrument DOWNLOAD

Best Free Pitch Correction VST

VST Name
VST Type
Download Link
Auburn Graillon Free Pitch Correction DOWNLOAD
Melda MAutoPitch Pitch Correction DOWNLOAD

Best Free Audio Player VST

VST Name
VST Type
Download Link
Applied Acoustics Systems AAS Player Player DOWNLOAD

Best Free Reverb VST

Valhalla Supermassive

Maker: Valhalla
Features: Galactic sound, Pitch warping, Modulation, Shelving eq, Presets that sound great out of the box.
Our Rating: 4.7/5
DOWNLOAD
VST Name
VST Type
Download Link
Ambience Reverb DOWNLOAD
epicVerb Reverb DOWNLOAD
Valhalla Supermassive Reverb DOWNLOAD
Melda MConvolutionEZ Reverb DOWNLOAD
OldSkoolVerb Reverb DOWNLOAD
Smartelectronix Ambience Reverb DOWNLOAD
TAL-Reverb 2 & 3 Reverb DOWNLOAD
TAL-Reverb-4 Reverb DOWNLOAD

Best Free Saturation VST

VST Name
VST Type
Download Link
Creative Intent Temper Saturation DOWNLOAD
Klanghelm IVGI Saturation DOWNLOAD
Melda MSaturator Saturation DOWNLOAD
Softube Saturation Knob Saturation DOWNLOAD
Wave Arts Tube Saturator Vintage Saturation DOWNLOAD

Best Free String Synth VST

VST NAme
VST Type
Download Link
2getheraudio Cheeze Machine String Synth DOWNLOAD

Best Free Saxophone VST

VST Name
VST Type
Download Link
DSK Saxophones Saxophone Instrument DOWNLOAD

Best Free Spectral Analyzer VST

VST Name
VST Type
Download Link
Melda MAnalyzer Spectral Analyser DOWNLOAD
Voxengo AnSpec Spectrum Analyser DOWNLOAD
Voxengo SPAN Spectrum Analyser DOWNLOAD

Best Free Stereo Width Control VST

VST Name
VST Type
Download Link
A1StereoControl Stereo Width Control DOWNLOAD
Polyverse Wider Stereo Width Control DOWNLOAD
Aegean Music Doppler Dome Stereo Effect DOWNLOAD

Best Free Stompbox VST

VST Name
VST Type
Download Link
Ignite Amps ProF.E.T. Stompbox DOWNLOAD

Best FREE Synth Instrument VST

Welcome to the most popular category of this article.

A good synth can make or break a song, and you’d be surprise how far a free synth can go.

A great example is Synth1 by Daichi Labs. Artists such as Noisia have confessed to using it extensively and it sounds just amazing. Check for yourself:

Synth1

Maker: Ichiro Toda
Features: 2 Oscillators, FM modulation, ring modulation, sync, modulation envelope. 4 types of filters, distortion. 2 LFOs (synchronized with host). Arpeggiator (synchronized with host). Tempo delay (synchronized with host), stereo chorus/flanger. Legato mode, portamento. 16 notes polyphony. 128 presets.
Our Rating: 4.8/5
DOWNLOAD
VST Name
VST Type
Download Link
2getheraudio Cheeze Machine String Synth DOWNLOAD
Lyra 8 Organismic Synthesizer Atmospheric Synth DOWNLOAD
Ample Sound Cloudrum Synth Instrument DOWNLOAD
Charlatan Synth Instrument DOWNLOAD
Audjoo Helix Synth Instrument DOWNLOAD
DCO-6 Synth Instrument DOWNLOAD
BIGROOMKIXSYNTH Synth Instrument DOWNLOAD
Blamsoft VK-1 Synth Instrument DOWNLOAD
Bruce Sutherland JuceOPLVSTi Synth Instrument DOWNLOAD
Dead Duck Deducktion Synth Instrument DOWNLOAD
Dexed Synth Instrument DOWNLOAD
Full Bucket FB-3300 Synth Instrument DOWNLOAD
Full Bucket ModulAir Synth Instrument DOWNLOAD
Ichiro Toda Synth1 Synth Instrument DOWNLOAD
Matt Tytel Helm Synth Instrument DOWNLOAD
Metric Halo MH Thump Synth Instrument DOWNLOAD
MPT Deep House Synth Synth Instrument DOWNLOAD
Muon Tau Bassline Synth Instrument DOWNLOAD
NUSofting Sinnah Synth Instrument DOWNLOAD
Plogue Alter/Ego Voice Synth DOWNLOAD
Seaweed Audio Fathom Mono Synth Instrument DOWNLOAD
Soca Labs PAPU Synth Instrument DOWNLOAD
Synister SYNISTER Synth Instrument DOWNLOAD
Synth1 Synth Instrument DOWNLOAD
SynthMaster Player Free Synth Instrument DOWNLOAD
TAL Vocoder Vocal Synth Vocoder DOWNLOAD
Tunefish 4 Synth Instrument DOWNLOAD
Tyrell N6 Synth Instrument DOWNLOAD
Vember Audio Surge Synth Instrument DOWNLOAD
Wavosaur VST Speek Synth Instrument DOWNLOAD

Best Text Editor

VST Name
VST Type
Download Link
Melda MNotepad Text Editor DOWNLOAD

Best Transient Shaper

VST Name
VST Type
Download Link
Auburn Couture Free Transient Shapper DOWNLOAD
Flux BitterSweet v3 Transient Shapper DOWNLOAD
Diablo Lite Transient Shapper DOWNLOAD

Best Tremolo

VST Name
VST Type
Download Link
Adam Monroe Tremolo Tremolo DOWNLOAD
PechenegFX Tremolo Tremolo DOWNLOAD

Best Trigger Gate

VST Name
VST Type
Download Link
A1TriggerGate Trigger Gate DOWNLOAD

Best FREE Tuner VST

VST Name
VST Type
Download Link
Melda MTuner Tuner DOWNLOAD

Best Uncategorized Plugins

These are plugins that we could not categorized or still haven’t had the time to use and assign a category.

VST Name
VST Type
Download Link
AquesTone 2 DOWNLOAD
Bark of Dog DOWNLOAD
BitterSweet DOWNLOAD
Blue Cat’s Freeware Plug-ins Pack II DOWNLOAD
Boogex DOWNLOAD
BuzMaxi3 DOWNLOAD
bx_solo DOWNLOAD
bx_subfilter DOWNLOAD
Clip Shifter DOWNLOAD
Correlometer DOWNLOAD
dbVU DOWNLOAD
DC1A DOWNLOAD
Dexed DOWNLOAD
discoDSP OB-Xd DOWNLOAD
dominion DOWNLOAD
Doppler Dome DOWNLOAD
Double MS DOWNLOAD
dpMeter 4 DOWNLOAD
Fine Cut Bodies La Petite Excite DOWNLOAD
Flux Stereo Tool v3 DOWNLOAD
Forbice DOWNLOAD
Free Ranger DOWNLOAD
Grind Machine DOWNLOAD
HOFA SYSTEM Basic DOWNLOAD
http://www.airwindows.com/ DOWNLOAD
https://sonic.supermaailma.net/plugins DOWNLOAD
Ignite Amps NadIR DOWNLOAD
Ignite Amps SHB-1 DOWNLOAD
IK Multimedia Syntronik FREE DOWNLOAD
ISOL8 DOWNLOAD
IVGI DOWNLOAD
iZotope Vinyl DOWNLOAD
iZotope Vocal Doubler DOWNLOAD
Kjaerhus Audio Classic Series DOWNLOAD
Klanghelm DC1A DOWNLOAD
KOMPLETE Start DOWNLOAD
Kx-Polym-CSE DOWNLOAD
LePou LeCab 2.0 DOWNLOAD
Leveling Tool DOWNLOAD
Lisp DOWNLOAD
lkjb Luftikus DOWNLOAD
LMC-1 Windows Mac DOWNLOAD
LoudMax DOWNLOAD
Luftikus DOWNLOAD
Marvel GEQ DOWNLOAD
MAX 1 DOWNLOAD
MDSP Smart Elecontronix Livecut Beat Chopper DOWNLOAD
Melda MChannelMatrix DOWNLOAD
Melda MComb DOWNLOAD
Melda MFreqShifter DOWNLOAD
Melda MLoudnessAnalyzer DOWNLOAD
Melda MNoiseGenerator DOWNLOAD
Melda MRing Modulator DOWNLOAD
Melda MTremolo DOWNLOAD
Melda MUtility DOWNLOAD
Melda MVibrato DOWNLOAD
Melda MWaveShaper DOWNLOAD
Mercuriall Cab DOWNLOAD
Mercuriall Tubes Creamer 808 DOWNLOAD
MHorse DOWNLOAD
Midside Matrix DOWNLOAD
Minimojo DOWNLOAD
MJUC jr. DOWNLOAD
ML PG8X DOWNLOAD
Molot DOWNLOAD
Mono/Fury DOWNLOAD
MrRay73 DOWNLOAD
MrTramp2 DOWNLOAD
MS Controller DOWNLOAD
MSED DOWNLOAD
MultiInspectorFree DOWNLOAD
mvMeter2 DOWNLOAD
Nabla DOWNLOAD
niveau filter DOWNLOAD
Nova-67P DOWNLOAD
OBXD DOWNLOAD
Ohm Force SymptOhm PE DOWNLOAD
One Small Clue Grace DOWNLOAD
OrilRiver DOWNLOAD
Overtone GEQ DOWNLOAD
Ozone Imager DOWNLOAD
PanCake 2 DOWNLOAD
Panipulator DOWNLOAD
Phutura DOWNLOAD
PitchedDelay DOWNLOAD
Pitchproof DOWNLOAD
Plogue Sforzando DOWNLOAD
Plugin Alliance Brainworx Bx_solo DOWNLOAD
Plugin Alliance Brainworx bx_subfilter DOWNLOAD
preFIX DOWNLOAD
Proximity DOWNLOAD
PTEq-1a DOWNLOAD
Puremagnetik Expanse DOWNLOAD
QRange DOWNLOAD
R2R DOWNLOAD
ReFine DOWNLOAD
Retro Boy DOWNLOAD
Retro Delay DOWNLOAD
REVIBER DOWNLOAD
Revival DOWNLOAD
Rough Rider & FuzzPlus DOWNLOAD
S.L.A.X DOWNLOAD
S3O DOWNLOAD
Saturation Knob DOWNLOAD
Saturation Knob DOWNLOAD
Scratch it! DOWNLOAD
SCS Channel DOWNLOAD
SEQ Classic EQ DOWNLOAD
Shattered Glass Audio SGA1566 DOWNLOAD
Shattered Glass Code Red Free DOWNLOAD
SIM3X DOWNLOAD
SlickEQ DOWNLOAD
SlickHDR DOWNLOAD
Sound Delay DOWNLOAD
SPAN DOWNLOAD
SPAN DOWNLOAD
Spitfire Audio LABS DOWNLOAD
SQ8L DOWNLOAD
SSD5 DOWNLOAD
SSL X-Orcism Windows Mac DOWNLOAD
Stereo Touch DOWNLOAD
sTilt DOWNLOAD
Supercharger DOWNLOAD
SuperSpread DOWNLOAD
T-RackS 5 Custom Shop DOWNLOAD
TAL-Dub’s DOWNLOAD
TAL-Effects DOWNLOAD
TAL-NoiseMaker DOWNLOAD
TAL-Tube DOWNLOAD
TAL-Vocoder DOWNLOAD
TAN DOWNLOAD
TDR Kotelnikov DOWNLOAD
TDR Nova DOWNLOAD
TDR Proximity DOWNLOAD
TEQ Tilt EQ DOWNLOAD
The deputy Mark II DOWNLOAD
the fish fillets DOWNLOAD
Thomas Mundt Loudmax DOWNLOAD
Thrillseeker XTC DOWNLOAD
TinyQ DOWNLOAD
Transpire DOWNLOAD
Tube Amp DOWNLOAD
Tube Amp DOWNLOAD
Tune DOWNLOAD
Tunefish 4 DOWNLOAD
TX16Wx DOWNLOAD
TX16Wx Sampler DOWNLOAD
u-he Tyrell N6 DOWNLOAD
u-he Zebralette DOWNLOAD
U-NO-60 DOWNLOAD
UVI Workstation DOWNLOAD
VCV rack DOWNLOAD
Venom VB-303 DOWNLOAD
Vinyl DOWNLOAD
Vocal Doubler DOWNLOAD
Voxengo Correlometer DOWNLOAD
Voxengo MSED DOWNLOAD
VS Upright DOWNLOAD
Width Knob DOWNLOAD
Wind Chimes DOWNLOAD
XaKT DOWNLOAD
Xenakios PaulXStretch DOWNLOAD
Youlean Loudness Meter DOWNLOAD
Zebralette DOWNLOAD

Final Thoughts

And that’s it folks! If you’ve got any suggestions, please leave them in the comments below, or contact us. And remember, stay tuned on this article as there are constant updates!

Best Rent-to-own VST Plugins [2021]

Looking for a summarised list of best rent-to-own VST plugins? Check the table below, with our selection of the best rent-to-own services. Also please note that this list is constantly updated so bookmark it for later reference. Rent-to-own is like an umbrella term, but some service offer only a lease so you don’t actually get to own the product after a certain number of payments.

If you are on a mobile device, scroll left and right in the table to see all the entries, and up and down in the cells to see all the content.

Name Plugins Included Cost per month Our Rating
Editor’s Value Choice
Splice Rent-to-Own
49 plugins on offer. Including: Serum, Ozone 9, Arturia, Studio 1 Professional. Starts at 4.99$ per plugin.
Option for a free 3 day trial.
4.7/5
CHECK OFFER
Waves Subscription Over 200 waves plugins. to choose from.
You will NOT OWN them at the end, you have to keep paying to access them.
6.99$ for 16 plugins.
9.99$ for 42 plugins.
19.99$ for 60 plugins.
4.9/5
CHECK OFFER
Reason+ Subscription First month FREE!
Weekly sound packs
70+ instruments and effects
19.99$ 4.6/5
CHECK OFFER
Landr Rent-to-Own Lethal Synth
Auto-tune
9.99$ 4.1/5
CHECK OFFER

It’s really fascinating when you think how easy it is today to make your own home studio and be able to make solid music with it. What’s more, you can even set up a mobile studio with your laptop and an audio interface and take it anywhere with you to either record or just make your music. It’s something that opens up new possibilities and was unimaginable back in the old days.

What’s also great is that you can even rent different plugins by using some handy services today.

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In this brief guide, we will be taking a closer look and explaining how so-called “rent-to-own” plugin services work, as well as some great products that you can get on them.

Rent-to-own VST plugin system

The whole idea is to have a service and a system that will allow you to rent plugins for a certain monthly price. But, as the name of this concept would suggest, if you rent these plugins long enough to pay for their full price, the product (or, in some cases, a bundle of multiple products) is yours.

It’s the same principle we see on the housing market when you rent a home for a while, see if it fits your needs, and decide if you want to keep paying for it until you pay off the full price. You can just cancel any time you want.

What’s really useful here is that you no longer need to deal with demos and all the annoying features that come with such them.

And you don’t have to buy a full version after 30 days only to realize that you don’t really like this product 3 months after paying the full license price. Is there a plugin you think will help you in your creative endeavors? Try and rent it for a few months and see what the full product with all of its features is like.

If you think you’ll need the plugin in the longterm, you can keep renting it until you pay off the full price. If you need it for some smaller tweaks and adjustments in a few of your songs, then rent it for a month or two.

It really is that simple.

NOTE: Waves had a rent to own service but it has been discontinued. Instead, they made it cheaper but removed the “own” part, so that you perpetually pay for the subscription.

There are usually no extra charges and you pay around the same price in the end as you would for the plugin on the creator’s website. The plugins you can purchase via these services can be effects, synths, or any other different products, sometimes even entire Digital Audio Workstations.

It’s especially useful if there’s a pricy plugin that you set your eyes on but can’t afford to pay the full price upfront. All of the best vst plugins, the ones used by the pros, are now available for anyone with a few extra dollars per month.

With all this in mind, we’ll now go into some of the rent-to-own plugin services that you can find online.

Splice Rent-to-own VST plugins

Splice is one of the most famous services of this kind. On there, you can also buy royalty-free samples, get your hands on some of the plugins in the rent-to-own section, or even buy DAWs. Splice can either be used in the browser or via their specialized desktop app.

This app allows you to open project files of a few different DAWs: Logic Pro, Ableton Live, GarageBand, or FL Studio.

It also comes as an extremely useful service for collaborative projects, serving as sort of a GitHub for musicians. The rented plugins can be used in individual DAWs or within the app.

Whether it’s plugins or any other services that they offer, you can purchase them with Splice credits. There are four pricing models for buying these credits, going from $7.99 per month up to $139.99 per year.

At the moment, there are 49 plugins and DAWs to choose from. The list includes Ozone 9 Advanced compressor and EQ, Serum synth, Punchbox distortion and synth, and others. Some of these made our best vst synth list.

Here are some of the plugins on offer at Splice rent-to-own VST plugins:

Plugin NamePlugin Maker
1. SerumXfer Records
2. Ozone 9 AdvancediZotope
3. VocalSynth 2iZotope
4. Nectar 3iZotope
5. Neutron 3 AdvancediZotope
6. V Collection 7Arturia
7. Studio One ProfessionalPreSonus
8. Ozone 9 + Neutron 3 AdvancediZotope
9. Decimort 2D16 Group
10. MOVEMENTOutput
11. PigmentsArturia
12. RX 7 StandardiZotope
13. PunchboxD16 Group
14. Neutron 3 StandardiZotope
15. Toraverb 2D16 Group
16. Devastor 2D16 Group
17. Ozone 9 StandardiZotope
18. Ozone 9 + Neutron 3 StandardiZotope
19. Circle²FutureAudioWorkshop
20. ZoneAudiaire
21. Regroover ProAccusonus
22. ParallelsSoftube
23. BeatformerAccusonus
24. D16 FX BundleD16 Group
25. NuxxAudiaire
26. TekturonD16 Group
27. AntresolD16 Group

Waves Subscription (NOT OWNED)

Waves.com is a service that sells an abundance of different plugins. There are over 200 plugins for any kind of studio work that you need: effects, synths, distortions, even specialized professional-level guitar plugins. Waves VST plugins are top class, trusted and recommended by almost everyone in the industry.

Even if the service does not end with a full ownership of plugins, it is still worth noting on the list.

These plugins and different software can be bought in bundles. There are three basic subscription models for bundles. Depending on the number of plugins that you want, they offer a Silver, Gold and Platinum package.

If you feel that first you want to try music production with free products and then move to rent professional VST plugins, we have an extensive list here.

Of course, you can just cancel any time before the subscription period ends and you’ll be charged for the last payment at the end of the billing cycle. What’s really great is that there are literally hundreds of plugins to choose from.

You can also buy different product bundles straight away if you don’t feel like taking the subscription.

Aside from these, Waves offer different educational courses, digital mixers, racks, and even some specialized hardware products.

Reason+ Subscription (NOT OWNED)

This one is new and interesting for most old-school producers like myself. Oh, Reason! We loved you, but now we don’t because we all love Ableton now. Reason was the… reason we started. It had all the flexible routing that we need, and the workflow that suited us best until something better appeared.

We now Reason is back, and with a vengeance. If you already own Reason software, you will get 50% off the first year, which is great. For 19.99 per month you get not only plugins, but also the Reason stand-alone DAW and Reason Rack. Reason Rack is a plugin host (VST/AU/AAX) that you can insert into your own DAW of choice to access the main contents of this pack, which are 70+ plugins plus a lot of sound packs. These sound pack are always new and interesting and are updated weekly.

The 70+ plugins contain all the stuff that Reason has ever made! Also, you will get access to everything that Reason will make in the future. The Reason+ companion app will automatically give you the recent updates, for both devices and sample libraries. And if you are not sure, you get the first month free of charge!

Landr Rent-to-own VST Plugins

With Landr, you can try out plugins and other products for 3 days completely free of charge. But the platform is also very well-known for its different trap beats and samples and also allows collaborative projects, kind of similar to the Splice model.

Their main plugin offer is a synth called Lethal. This is a very versatile synthesizer plugin with around 50 GB of different sounds (with all expansions included), presets, and samples.

The monthly rent-to-own price is $9.99 and you can stop it or cancel it at any time. Although it’s aimed for trap sounds, it comes really in handy for other genres as well. With Lethal, you can get any of the 24 different expansions, each specified for a certain style of music. These expansions, however, are charged separately.

On display is also a very nifty auto-tune effect.

Final Thoughts

Investing in a good set of plugins for your music production setup can really have an impact on your sound. It used to be the case that the premium VSTs such as the ones sold by waves were only available for the professional studios, but fortunately along with technical innovation, plugin companies have been investing in business model innovation.

The results are great for the bedroom producer. You can now go pro for only a few bucks a month. We hope this article has helped you choose a rent-to-own service. If you have any other suggestions, please leave them in the comment box below.

Splice Sounds Review [2020]- Everything You Need To Know

Music production software has come a long way.

It’s pretty amazing when you think about what an average music enthusiast with a simple home studio can do today compared to the musicians, engineers, and producers of the 1950s and the 1960s.

Technological advancements and networking completely changed the recording process, even allowing enthusiasts and amateurs to take their original music to a whole new level.

Thanks to some of the online services, musicians are now able to have a completely different approach to writing, recording, or mixing music. Probably the most advanced of these services at this point is Splice Sounds.

In this review, we will be taking a closer look at this platform that’s been around since late 2013.

How does Splice Sounds work?

Here’s the TooLong;Didn’tRead version: Splice.com is to musicians what GitHub is to programmers.

While it’s not exactly easy to compare music to programming, both of these platforms allow collaborative projects and are a great resource for their respective fields.

Splice has a few of its different services.

Splice Sounds

First off, there’s the “Sounds” section that (according to the website) has over two million royalty-free samples, along with numerous presets, loops, and different sound effects. The service is pretty straightforward as you can just load any of the bought samples to your DAW.

We’ve talked at some length about splice sounds in our looplcloud review, where we compared these two pieces of software. The TL;DR version is that the sample bank of splice sounds is superior, whilst we found the loopcloud interface and features a bit more advanced.

After getting your hands on desired samples, you can easily tweak them the way you want to.

How and why do music producers use Splice Sounds?

The main selling point of splice sounds is that it’s an easy way to clear your samples without having to individually go through each sample you find in your record collection.

The process of clearing samples is a hassle and splice sounds eliminates that.

Additionally, it has a really clean sample library interface, a bunch of handy keyboard shortcuts, and an easy drag and drop tool for all major DAWs.

You can check the current sample pack catalogue here.

At the time of writing this article, the most popular sample packs include Black Milk’s Drum Pack, Barely Alive’s Essential Sample Pack, and more…

This is any music producers wet dream: pay a small fee and get more than 3 000+ sample packs forever.

With their subscription model, you’ll also get access to a bunch of other features, which we’ve outlined below.

Splice Rent-to-own

For this, you can use the “Rent To Own” section with the monthly payment plan that features different plugins and DAWs. You can either rent these plugins or purchase them on Splice for the retail price.

What’s also great here is that if you rent the plugin for long enough to pay off the full price, you get the full license for the product.

Even if you’ve been renting it for a certain period, you can pay off the rest of the price anytime. Or, if you prefer, you can buy the full license straight away.

In addition to plugins, Splice has its list of DAWs that can be bought through the platform.

Here is a list of plugins and DAWs available through the platform:

Plugin Name Plugin Maker
1. Serum Xfer Records
2. Ozone 9 Advanced iZotope
3. VocalSynth 2 iZotope
4. Nectar 3 iZotope
5. Neutron 3 Advanced iZotope
6. V Collection 7 Arturia
7. Studio One Professional PreSonus
8. Ozone 9 + Neutron 3 Advanced iZotope
9. Decimort 2 D16 Group
10. MOVEMENT Output
11. Pigments Arturia
12. RX 7 Standard iZotope
13. Punchbox D16 Group
14. Neutron 3 Standard iZotope
15. Toraverb 2 D16 Group
16. Devastor 2 D16 Group
17. Ozone 9 Standard iZotope
18. Ozone 9 + Neutron 3 Standard iZotope
19. Circle² FutureAudioWorkshop
20. Zone Audiaire
21. Regroover Pro Accusonus
22. Parallels Softube
23. Beatformer Accusonus
24. D16 FX Bundle D16 Group
25. Nuxx Audiaire
26. Tekturon D16 Group
27. Antresol D16 Group

For more details and reviews on rent-to-own programs, check out this article.

Tip: You can rent any plugin for 3 days for free, so if you’re really curious about a certain plugin, go ahead and try it and cancel the subscription before the 3 days have passed.

Splice Studio- Your Cloud Music Backup

The “Studio” section of the service is what you would compare to the classic GitHub principle.

There is a decent number of DAWs that you can use with Splice and upload your project on the cloud either as a backup or for collaborative work.

For Windows, you can use FL Studio (at least 11), Ableton Live (at least 8.1), and Studio One (at least 4). As for the OSX: FL Studio (at least 20), Garage Band (at least 10), Logic Pro X, Ableton Live (at least 8.1), and Studio One (at least 4).

Of course, all this works with a specially designated Splice Studio app that works with your DAW and backs up the project on the cloud.

The whole thing requires some getting used to, but once you get a hang of it, the tool will become pretty useful for any kind of collaborative projects or backing up.

Whichever of the DAWs listed above you use, there will be a full explanation on how to back up the projects or just set them up for private collaborative use.

In case you’re using Ableton Live, GarageBand, Logic Pro, or FL Studio projects, you’ll be able to open this file through the Splice app.

Either way, the app will serve you as a sort of a specialized storage cloud service for your music projects.

Similar to platforms like Dropbox or Google Drive, only with unlimited space. Also, you’ll be able to browse all the Splice Sounds or plugins through the app.

Another of Splice’s strong points is that you’ll be able to backtrack all of the saved versions of a collaborative project. Whenever you post a new version of a project, you can access any of the older ones, including all of its files and presets.

You can also access and monitor some of the public projects and listen to the works on Splice through the browser or the app.

How much does Splice Sounds cost?

There are four payment options when you subscribe to the website. For buying or renting plugins, you use the websites dedicated credits that you pay monthly or annually. The packages are:

  1. $7.99 / month for which you get 100 credits per month
  2. $13.99 / month for which you get 300 credits per month
  3. $79.99 / year for which you get 100 credits per month for a whole year
  4. $139.99 /year for which you get 300 credits per month for a whole year

Credits can be used to buy plugins, samples, and more.

You can also opt to buy/rent individual plugins. For the full price list click on the button below:

Final thoughts- Is it worth it?

First off, the whole idea behind Splice.com is pretty innovative.

Just imagine what possibilities open up with a cloud-base project collaboration service. Also, you have a whole abundance of royalty-free samples and loops that you can use while creating your original music.

And there’s something for everyone’s tastes and desires. Whether it’s a full package of drum samples or an individual melody or just a simple effect ñ you’ll be able to find just about anything that you need in the Splice’s vast library.

In case you’re wondering whether Splice Sounds is worth it, we would say that it is. One of the biggest advantages of Splice.com that we would like to point out is that it’s fairly easy to use once you get a hang of it.

Of course, it all depends on the kind of music you’re making and what your general creative process looks like.

If you’re an independent solo acoustic artist, then you probably wouldn’t find much use within Splice, aside from a few plugins or an occasional sample.

But if your line of work is any kind of electronic or ambient music, any kind of video content creation for YouTube and other platforms, or anything that would require dedicated audio production, samples, and collaborative work ñ then our answer is yes.

Loopcloud Review- The Sample Manager of the Future

Brighton-based sound design record label Loopmasters has been operating successfully in the music samples market for over 1 decade.

Recently, they have released Loopcloud 4.0, a music program that allows users to organize, browse, and edit their sound libraries while also having access to Loopmasters’ 3.5 million-samples collection.

We’ve decided to give this software a try to see if it can improve our sampling workflow.

But before we go into the review, please click the button below if you’re curious about what this software actually looks like:

Loopcloud Features

Loopcloud

Maker: Loopmasters
Our Rating: 4.7/5
Features:


– Free plugins and samples included in each plan
– Cloud-based sample management
– Intelligent tagging, bpm, and scale mapping
– In platform sample editing
– Drag and Drop samples into DAW – Free plugins, such as a drum sequencer.


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Loopcloud’s interface is quite simple. The sounds are be displayed and a player is included so you can preview them.

Additionally, you have access to an editor that will allow you to change the original samples using a different set of audio tools.

You can edit the pitch, cut, paste, copy, and even mute certain selections. There are also some pattern presets you can use to radically transform your sounds with the click of a button.

This means you can have your samples song-ready even before making changes and corrections in your DAW. 

After playing with the software for a little, we have realized that the modus operandi that better fitted our workflow was to have Loopcloud’s stand-alone version open while simultaneously working in a DAW.

After choosing and editing the samples, it’s easy to simply select the sound and drag it directly into the session. It works particularly well with Ableton Live.

Loopcloud will give you access to an ever-growing database of over 25,000 royalty-free samples that you can use in your productions right away.

To install Loopcloud, you need to be registered on the Loopmasters website. The software’s demo version is free, but if you wish to continue using the program you need to sign-up to a subscription plan.

The monthly prices range from €6.99 to €19.99, depending on the number of points you wish to receive. The cheapest plan – Artist – will grant you 100 points that can be used to buy samples from Loopmasters.

Loopcloud vs. Splice

Loopcloud is not the only sample organizer software in the market, with Splice‘s inventive sample program, called Sounds, being its best-known competitor.

Splice Sounds

Maker: Splice
Our Rating: 4.8/5
Features:


– Millions of samples, loops, FX, and presets
– Cloud-based sample management
– In platform sample editing
– Drag and Drop samples into DAW


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Software: Loopcloud is better. Their interface can be slow sometimes, especially if you’re working with a low-powered laptop, but unlike Splice’s software, Loopcloud will organize every single sample in your computer, and it will automatically generate tags that fit each of your sounds.

There are BPM and scale mapping, of course, but there are also some more interesting and intelligent auto-tags, such as ‘Loops’ and ’16th Triplets’.

With Splice, you can only organize and browse through the sounds you got/bought from Splice.

Samples: Loopmasters collection doesn’t lack quality but it’s short on variety. In the Loopmasters sample library, there’s a clear approximation to EDM production and a bigger emphasis on loops.

Splice, on the other hand, offers a great level of sound variety and a huge depth of unique and high-quality short sounds.

If you’re not the kind of producer that likes to have to extract a kick from a loop every time you want to make a downbeat, then maybe Splice’s impressive one-shot collection’s better for you.

Price: Loopmasters used to be non-subscription based, but its commercial approach changed into a subscription plan just like Splice’s with version 4.0, so there’s no difference between the two at this point.

Final Thoughts

If you’re an artist producing 10-20 tracks per month on a highly demanded studio, buying a Loopcloud subscription will be great for you!

You will have permanent access to every type of high-quality samples you can think of, and you will be feeling especially happy in case you’re producing tracks within the electronic dance music genres.

However, if you’re just a beginner producer or an artist with a regular 20 tracks per year output, you should probably look for less expensive ways of sorting out your sample library.

The Internet is filled with royalty-free samples that can be downloaded for nothing, and the built-in browser organizers of DAW’s like Ableton Live and FL Studio (FruityLoops) are getting better and better with every new version.

Try to focus on the samples you already have, and in case you feel like you don’t have enough, download/buy one or two sample packs that you really like instead of investing monthly in new samples you will probably never use.

Unless you have the recurrent demand for about 100 new samples every month, maybe it’s better to save a Loopcloud subscription for later in your career.

However, please keep in mind Loopcloud’s an amazing piece of software, and we consider it to be the best sample organizer/browser in the market. We’re not big fans of the new paid subscription plan but we’re impressed by how intuitive and easy to use the program is.