Apologies for the title, but it’s been too long since I’ve had a pun on here – and after all, a good pun is its own reword. Anyway, to the topic at hand: I was working on Cubase recently, and felt the need to expand my sonic arsenal somewhat. Although Steinberg make a lot of very high-quality VST instruments and effects, they tend to be quite pricey. A good alternative is to have a look for free VST plugins, of which there are many. Of those many, here are a few…
Some Recommended Free VST Plugins…
If you’re new to the world of VST plugins, then you might want to start with a couple of these choice plugin morsels. This is a cheap (if you consider free to be cheap) and cheerful way to expand the capabilities of your DAW.
- SIR1 – A very pleasant reverb
- Crystal – A synth in the vein of NI’s Absynth
- LazySnake – Vintage Rhodes emulation
- Lallapallooza Lite 2 – Virtual Analogue Synth
- Superwave P8 – Trance and Dance Synth
- Elogoxa Plugins – A variety of plugins, including the Sun-Ra ambience generator
Even More Free VST Plugins
Ok, there are so many free VST plugins that I really can’t stop there. Although I may not have personally tested all the plugins featured in the lists below, I include them here for reference and discovery purposes.
Feel free to explore the world of free audio manipulation plugins here… but be warned – because VST is an open format, there is no guarantee that third-party plugins will work properly (or at all) with your particular hardware/software. If you find that your system becomes unstable after installing a plugin, it’s probably best to remove it rather than trying to fix it…