A while back, I posted up some samples and got some thank yous. Figured it was time I go on the hunt for VSTs. I may even upload some of the free ones I use -- can't seem to find them anywhere. Bulleted are a few to start with, and centered below the divider are some of my favorite places to go digging for more. Check it!
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- Analyzers - Voxengo Span
Extremely useful for seeking out undesired low frequencies and visualizing what measures you need to take to EQ your tracks into balance. Love this plugin.
The interface might be ugly, but it's possible to emulate many classic rock star's sounds, including Jimmi Hendrix.
Got a lot of free compressors there, great for side-chaining.
- Basses - Rez
One of my personal favorites. Unfortunately, I believe Rez 2.0 has been discontinued. However, Rez 3 is quite nice. Multi-purpose lead here, but its basses are a strong point.
- Drums - Black Noh Snare
Probably the most versatile snare I've ever played with. Top and bottom mic, sub knob. What snare do you know of that has a SUB setting? Probably none. The velocity is a bit touchy, but I did use it in this track extensively in a layered snare. Worked fantastic.
- FM Synthesis - De La Mancha FMMF
A little quirky, but FM synths generally are. I do like to play with this one.
- Glitchers - Disturbance
Like any of the Ugo VSTs, it can be a little weird to work with, but this little powerhouse can whip up some great, gritty results. 10/10 would recommend.
- Modelers - M-Theory and Dualism
Descended from String Theory, developed by Ugo. String theory was a personal favorite of mine for arpeggios, atmospheric string sounds, metallic screeches, distorted guitar leads, and even orchestral bits. I've got a feeling this one will be a catch all for me once I figure it out. Someone try it and let me know if it plays nice, eh?
Downloads for Abakos, Adonis, and Texture, which are great for pads, basses, and fx. Abakos, of course, is my favorite, but it's hard to work with the wonky chording of some of its presets. I always try and play with that one first when I use it.
Hope you found something to catch your ear. Until next time!
1/30/2017, added Black Noh Snare entry. Introducing demos.
Alphabetized categories. Touched formatting lightly.
Will add updates from @Mich's comment with more demos.