Free VST instruments.
I have been working on some VST instruments for my own use and thought It would be a good idea to make, 'the tried and tested', available for everyone to download COMPLETELY FREE OF CHARGE. They are made with either Synthmaker CM or Maize Sampler.
My thinking behind all of these instruments is simplicity and keeping it light on resources. If I just need a nice sounding piano or simple mono lead, then I don't want to open a synth that uses unnecessary computing power.
The windows versions of these plugins are used by me regularly with no problems but I cannot take responsibility for anyone elses system, so use at your own risk.
Copy and past the .dll files or extract the .rar files into your vst directory and away you go. Nothing is installed so if you don't like it, just delete it.
More to follow
I will add to this list as and when I complete and test to a satisfactory standard, any further instruments. Please remember these are given to you for free and as is. If you want to pass them on then please link back to this page, I ask nothing more.
Solo violin instrument for Kontakt 5 and up
Here is a post christmas, 2014, addition to my free virtual instruments. I have switched to using Kontakt as it gives me and the user more scope to sculpt the sound to our own preferences.
I have made very small inroads into the world of Kontakt scripting in order to bring more effects and tools closer to the surface and hopefully speed up the workflow around the instrument. The front page hosts an arpeggiator and all associated controls. Page 2 gives access to various midi cc commands as well as hosting the four effects pages for a 3 band eq, stereo width tool, convolution reverb and a compressor. I have these set up to my default preference but obviously the controls are there for anyone to tweak as much as they like
I hope that this is of use to you as much as it is to me. I highly recommend it be used as a solo violin along side Section Strings, below.Download Violin STR v1.0
When I heard that a friend of mine had a string quartet in his recording studio, I was straight on the phone asking if he would record a batch of samples for me.
This instrument is the first to be finished and tested. I have used samples from the cello and viola to cover the 5 octaves required to populate, fully, a 61 note keyboard.
In addition to the normal ADSR, I have included controls for gain, pan and a built in reverb. I wanted to allow some extra expressive adjustment, hence the LFO rate and depth controls giving a little more control over the mod wheel behavior, as well as a drop down menu allowing the choice of three different velocity curves, 'strong', 'normal' and 'weak'
There are both 32 and 64 bit vst versions in the one zip file, these are for windows only.
Keep your eyes open for more in this series.Download Section Strings x32/64
Way Piano is a multi sampled Steinway piano that I made up from three different SF2 files.
I extracted the samples from said files and with a little processing and glueing together I made myself a nice sounding piano that would be quick and easy to use.
Although very much an instrument for one purpose, I have included the ADSR amp envelope controls alongside a volume, pan and reverb control, allowing a little more sound shaping possibilities.
There are both 32 and 64 bit windows versions available as well as an AU version for Mac, although I must say that I haven't been able to test the Mac version. If anyone does try it and has problems please let me know.Download Way Piano x86 Download Way Piano x64 Download Way Piano Mac
Mono Blue is a very simple mono synth that is ideal for basses and leads.
It has two oscillators, a multi band filter with envelope controls, amp envelope controls, a filter cutoff modulator with various modulation types and built in delay.
This synth was built using the free version of Synthmaker that comes with Computer Music Magazine with the sole purpose of having something light on resources and straight forward to use. I was fed up loading a cpu guzzling monster just to use it for a simple sine bass part.
There is only a 32 bit windows version available and to be honest probably will never be taken any further than it is now.Download Mono Blue