Modern producers heavily rely on computer and software gear when it comes to creating music. Regardless if you're an experienced "geek" or just a bedroom producer when you come across a good and free VST plugin your day will become a lot better. And since we don't support piracy (we do feel really generous today), we've decided to create a list of 4 free plugins that you should already have.
Digits 2 - Extent Of The Jam
We'll start our list with Digits 2 synthesizer which is produced by Extent of the jam. This superb instrument has a terrific 80's influenced source inspired by Casio's CZ series. Whether you're creating warm pads, glitchy sounds, dirty basses, filthy sweeps, screaming leads, and anything in-between, Digits 2 will do the job like a pro. Designers definitely decided to work on sound instead of design, but the minimalistic look will enable you to create your desired sounds from scratch in no time. If you haven't studied synthesis yet, a list of 70+ presets will definitely do it for you. This synth supports both 32 as well as the 64-bit version for Mac and PC. Find more info HERE.
PTEq-X - Ignite Amps
Our second choice is a PTEq-X produced by Ignite Amps. You're probably already familiar with famous Pultec equalisers and PTEq-X is a digital emulation of 3 famous vintage passive program EQ. The Pultec was originally built with two separate units: one for the high and low frequencies and the other one for mid-range. Once you set up your desirable frequency, you can either boost or attenuate it. PTEq-X is meant to be used as a studio equalizer for tracking, mixing and mastering inside hosts capable of VST or AU Plug-Ins support. You can get your copy HERE.
Track Control - DMG Audio
DMG Audio is one of the leading manufacturers that develops software gear for mixing, mastering and post-production. The company is famous for some of their products such as EQuality, EQuilibrium, Limitless and many others. Their VST Track Control is a perfect tool with multiple features that will help you mostly during the mixing stage. It features M/S conversion, phase inversion, stereo width control, channel delay adjustments and classical channel-strip highlights such as trim, gain and filter. This freebie can be used in several different ways as insert and in some cases even on buses. It's one of those plugins that will come in handy and you'll surely use it a lot. Get it HERE.
Spaceship Delay - Musical Entropy
Our last choice in this list is a Spaceship Delay that comes from Musical Entropy. This decision might be a little bit subjective since we're simply abusing delay's in general, especially this one. It's a delay audio effect featuring classic modern and vintage sounding delays, with the multiple characteristics such as different modes, modulation section, attack control, advanced filtering, "freeze" mode and many others. Spaceship Delay can be used as a standard one for mixing different elements, adding some depth to drums, pads, synth sounds and on the other side, it can also be utilised in a more creative way (freeze switch works as a looper and enables very long delay sizes). The VST also holds a bunch of presets which will help you find the starting point before you begin tweaking it around and tearing apart. Check out more about it HERE.
These are just some of the free VST plugins that are available and have a high-quality standard. It doesn't always need to be an expensive piece of gear to get the results that you've wanted. Thanks for reading this article and let us know which ones do you prefer.
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