Best FREE VST-Instruments suitable for PopRock (and Lovesong-) composing

VST, AU, AAX, etc. plug-in Virtual Instruments discussion
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Gabriel_West
KVRer
21 posts since 16 Nov, 2017 from Germany

Post Tue Jan 22, 2019 9:43 pm

Please tell us your favorites here... (As more tips we get, as more anyone can benefit of this topic)

Update5 / September 7th, 2019:
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Drums: MT Power Drum Kit 2, SFZ Soundfontplayer + NTonyx 32MB GM Stereo Bank (Presets: Pop Drums/Power Drums/TR-909) +OldSkoolVerb/Drum Room / DL Link for NTonyx Soundfontbank -> http://ntonyx.com/sf_f.htm

Bass: SFZ + NTonyx Bank (Presets: Fingered Bass, Synth Bass2, Fretless Bs.), Steinberg Model E, TAL Bassline (+Presets) +OldSkoolVerb/Deep Reverb, Dexed (+Presets), VB-1, 4Front Bass

Synthesizer: PG-8X (+JX8P Original Bank Presets/Strings), Poly 2106 (Preset: Carpet Pad Magic), Dexed (+Presets), OB-Xd, TAL Noisemaker (+Presets), Cobalt (Warm Pad), Efemme (Warm Pad), Superwave P8, Tyrell N6, SQ8L (+Presets), Mono/Fury, Xhip, Synth1 (+Presets), Oxe FM Synth,
TAL-U-No-62 (+Presets), Ragnarok

Piano: Keyzone Classic, Piano One, 4Front Piano, Independence Piano, Sampletank Piano

E-Piano (classic): EP-Station [DL on VSTPlanet.com], EP 2008, 4Front E-Piano, DSK Elektrik KeyZ (Preset: Dreamy Wurly), 4Front Rhode, Ticky Clav 2

Synth Strings: Orpheus Strings (Presets: Cinema Strings + Dark Strings), Esline, Nabla, Cheeze Machine2, Deputy Mark II

Acoustic Strings: VSCO2 Orchestra

E-Guitar: Independence Free (with Free 2 GB Library), Free Kontaktplayer, Sampletank, DSK Elektrik GuitarZ (+Ambience Reverb / for melody only)

Acoustic Guitar: Ample Guitar M-Lite, DSK Dynamic Guitars, DSK Akoustik GuitarZ, Proteus VX, Independence Free, Revitar 2

Classical Guitar: Spicy Guitar (+OldSkoolVerb or Orilriver Reverb / Preset: Cathedral1 for more realistic & natural classical guitar-sound!!!)

Sampler/Soundware: Independence Free (+2 GB Free Library), Complete Free, Kontakt Player 6, Sampletank 3 Free, Proteus VX, UVI Workstation

Percussion: SFZ + NTonyx 32MB GM Stereo Bank (Presets: TR-909, Power Drums, Pop Drums)

Vocals: [So far, I prefer Keyzone Classic to simulate the melody-voice] Alter Ego + Marie Ork Voice Bank

Soundfontplayer: SFZ, Sforzando
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Soundfontbanks: NTonyx 32 MB GM Stereo, SONiVOX, Pro Vitamin (DL Links -> http://www.synthzone.com/soundfont.htm)

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Effect Plugins:
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Reverb: OldSkoolVerb, Ambience, Oril River, Epic Verb, TAL-Reverb 4

Guitar Amp: Amplitube, Emissary

Bass Amp: SHB-1, SoftAmp FM25

Equalizer: Marvel GEQ, TDR Nova, SonEq

Chorus: TAL-Chorus LX

Compressor: DC1A, TDR Kotelnikov

Limiter: Limiter No6, LoudMax

Pitch Correction: GSnap

Delay/Echo: TAL-DUB-2 (or 3), ValhallaFreqEcho

Distortion: Boogex

Saturation: IVGI

Filter: Frohmage

Guitar Tuner: GTune

Analyser: SPAN

Loudness Analyser: Youlean Loudness Meter
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DAW: Zynewave Podium Free, Mulab, Cakewalk, Tracktion 7

Additional Audio Editors: Audacity

Audio Codec: Lame (To convert your saved .wav Files into .mp3 Files with Audacity!)

Audio Tools: ASIO4ALL (A S I O = Audio Stream Input/Output) <- highly recommanded (As better your soundcard, as more you will benefit of this tool!)

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HARDWARE (The only stuff here you probably won't get for free):
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Soundcard: ? <- For a good soundcard you should invest at least 150 Euros, if not more!

Speakers: ? <- Make sure your speakers have at least 2 x 20 Watt (50-100 Euros or more)

Recording Microphone (for Vocals): ? <- (100 Euros or more)
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Never underestimate the importance of a good hardware acoustic! Note, that with great acoustic,
you will have better intonation when singing to music, better ideas when composing, much better feeling for creating grooves and beats etc.

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All these VSTs you get for free on KVR Audio or VST4Free.com !!
(Best commercial VSTi's suitable for LoveSongs/PopRock: Omnisphere 2, Diva)

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Note: To make it possible to run 32-bit plugins in 64-bit hosts you need a 32-bit to 64-bit Adapter Tool. The best alternative currently known therefore is: JBridge (Not free at all, but only for 15 Euro's it should be worth the investement)

My style of composing: Sentimental & melodic Lovesongs (composed with a real Classical Guitar), PopRock, Softrock, PopBallads, 90's Eurodance & 90's/80's Pop!

Now let's share our experiences & knowledge we made about free VSTi's that especially are suiting well for PopRock compositions! :roll:

So, what are your favorites? ..
Last edited by Gabriel_West on Wed Sep 11, 2019 4:59 am, edited 26 times in total.
Good thing in music is: Your knowledge of music theory is getting better with the years by lerning..bad thing: Your singing voice is getting worser with the years. So if you've composed lovesongs at your younger ages, dont wait too long with the recording

SoundPorn
KVRian
900 posts since 24 Jul, 2018

Re: Best FREE VST-Instruments suitable for PopRock (and Lovesong-) composing

Post Tue Jan 22, 2019 10:57 pm

Just off the top of my head for nearly all them options the Free Spirefire Labs has a better free alternative in it.

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Gabriel_West
KVRer
21 posts since 16 Nov, 2017 from Germany

Re: Best FREE VST-Instruments suitable for PopRock (and Lovesong-) composing

Post Fri Jan 25, 2019 11:47 pm

Spirefire or Spitfire? Cannot even find Spirefire on KVR, if you're refering to Spitfire, then KVR its own states seems to rank it not very high, dude. (Pls no ad attempts for own products, anyone, including you, should benefit from the results of this topic in the near future, thx) :-)
Good thing in music is: Your knowledge of music theory is getting better with the years by lerning..bad thing: Your singing voice is getting worser with the years. So if you've composed lovesongs at your younger ages, dont wait too long with the recording

SoundPorn
KVRian
900 posts since 24 Jul, 2018

Re: Best FREE VST-Instruments suitable for PopRock (and Lovesong-) composing

Post Sat Jan 26, 2019 12:34 am

Spitfire my bad I typed that from my phone at work. I wanted to type something quick just to ensure I got updates to responses on the thread. And I have zero association with Spitfire outside of being a subscriber to Christian Hensons Youtube channel lol. And I'm talking about they're Free LABS player which includes some ridiculously good instruments such as a Soft Felt Piano, An E Piano, chamber strings, Accoustic Drums, Charango Guitar, even a small choir set from the Olifur Arnolds collection.

https://www.spitfireaudio.com/labs/

Gabriel_West wrote:
Fri Jan 25, 2019 11:47 pm
Spirefire or Spitfire? Cannot even find Spirefire on KVR, if you're refering to Spitfire, then KVR its own states seems to rank it not very high, dude. (Pls no ad attempts for own products, anyone, including you, should benefit from the results of this topic in the near future, thx) :-)

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Saffran
KVRist
235 posts since 20 Oct, 2018

Re: Best FREE VST-Instruments suitable for PopRock (and Lovesong-) composing

Post Sat Jan 26, 2019 12:44 am

SoundPorn wrote:
Tue Jan 22, 2019 10:57 pm
Just off the top of my head for nearly all them options the Free Spirefire Labs has a better free alternative in it.
Tried it, (spitfire). uninstalled it.
I found it useless with that extremely long attack times.
You couldn't hear any sound first. The choir took like 3 seconds to rise in volume to a hearable level.
No settings in the vst or central changed that.

I'm still a noob so i want more time to find a favourite vst.

tatanka
KVRian
1151 posts since 13 Jan, 2014

Re: Best FREE VST-Instruments suitable for PopRock (and Lovesong-) composing

Post Sat Jan 26, 2019 2:45 am

I think this:

https://www.native-instruments.com/de/p ... ete-start/

should be a good starting point but you have to wait till end of february.

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discoDSP
KVRAF
4331 posts since 18 Jul, 2002

Re: Best FREE VST-Instruments suitable for PopRock (and Lovesong-) composing

Post Sat Jan 26, 2019 3:50 am

Can't go wrong with the freebie OB-Xd for any synth stuff https://www.discodsp.com/obxd/

SoundPorn
KVRian
900 posts since 24 Jul, 2018

Re: Best FREE VST-Instruments suitable for PopRock (and Lovesong-) composing

Post Sat Jan 26, 2019 4:54 am

Yes the choir has a stupid long attack time, so it's more of a pad. Choirs are nearly impossible to find free in a VST the only I know of really is the Big Cat VSOC Choirs. However it's really hard to find good electric pianos that aren't synthesized, and the felt piano ur not gonna find anywhere else period,the guy who started Spitfire prepared it personally. And also hard to find are strings that sound that good wihout spending like $100 on a Kontakt library. And the guitar in there sounds amazing with a delay and a different reverb.
Oh and accustic drums too. Again the optinos are very limited unless you're spending money. THe accustic drums in the Labs have that old dusty 70s vibe.

The key to any instruments especially when you're starting out is understanding how to process them and knowing what a compressor, delay and reverb will do to a sound, because ur rarely ever gonna find the sounds you want in ur head right out the box of a VSTi without tweaking some.
Saffran wrote:
Sat Jan 26, 2019 12:44 am
SoundPorn wrote:
Tue Jan 22, 2019 10:57 pm
Just off the top of my head for nearly all them options the Free Spirefire Labs has a better free alternative in it.
Tried it, (spitfire). uninstalled it.
I found it useless with that extremely long attack times.
You couldn't hear any sound first. The choir took like 3 seconds to rise in volume to a hearable level.
No settings in the vst or central changed that.

I'm still a noob so i want more time to find a favourite vst.

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donkey tugger
Boss Lovin' DR
6074 posts since 15 Mar, 2002 from the grimness of yorkshire

Re: Best FREE VST-Instruments suitable for PopRock (and Lovesong-) composing

Post Sat Jan 26, 2019 4:59 am

There's also the free Amplesound Precision bass - great for a freebie;

https://www.amplesound.net/en/download.asp

Etienne1973
KVRian
512 posts since 8 Feb, 2013 from Switzerland

Re: Best FREE VST-Instruments suitable for PopRock (and Lovesong-) composing

Post Sat Jan 26, 2019 5:10 am

More synth like choirs. Windows only. If only 32bit I'm not sure.

Free DSK ChoirZ

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layzer
KVRAF
6592 posts since 11 Jun, 2006

Re: Best FREE VST-Instruments suitable for PopRock (and Lovesong-) composing

Post Sat Jan 26, 2019 4:25 pm

Synth1, charlatan, deducktion, sq8l, oxe, Nabla
HW SYNTHS [KORG T2EX - AKAI AX80 - YAMAHA SY77 - ENSONIQ VFX]
HW MODULES [OBi M1000 - ROLAND MKS-50 - ROLAND JV880 - KURZ 1000PX]
SW [CHARLATAN - OBXD - OXE - ELEKTRO - MICROTERA - M1 - SURGE - RMiV]
DAW [ENERGY XT2/1U RACK WINXP / MAUDIO 1010LT PCI]

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VELLTONE MUSIC
KVRian
738 posts since 19 Sep, 2017 from Galaxy far away

Re: Best FREE VST-Instruments suitable for PopRock (and Lovesong-) composing

Post Sat Jan 26, 2019 6:04 pm

Modern pop is very EDM oriented,depend how 'PRO' you want to be your sound,i've tried almost all and my preferences was : Synth1+Firebird+TForce alpha+TAL Noisemaker+Podolski
Free stuff from me here:
https://velltone.wixsite.com/velltone/freebirdz

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Gabriel_West
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21 posts since 16 Nov, 2017 from Germany

Re: Best FREE VST-Instruments suitable for PopRock (and Lovesong-) composing

Post Tue Jan 29, 2019 12:09 am

[update2] Thx all of you guys for sharing your tips, a few of your mentioned plugins have been added now in my list above !!! Looking forward now for more suggestions! :-)
Good thing in music is: Your knowledge of music theory is getting better with the years by lerning..bad thing: Your singing voice is getting worser with the years. So if you've composed lovesongs at your younger ages, dont wait too long with the recording

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Gabriel_West
KVRer
21 posts since 16 Nov, 2017 from Germany

Re: Best FREE VST-Instruments suitable for PopRock (and Lovesong-) composing

Post Thu Jan 31, 2019 12:29 pm

This remix version will demonstrate why most of the best Free-Bass VSTi's are still of worser quality than these basses from the above mentioned NTonyx 32MB Stereo Bank -> viewtopic.php?f=14&t=519114
Good thing in music is: Your knowledge of music theory is getting better with the years by lerning..bad thing: Your singing voice is getting worser with the years. So if you've composed lovesongs at your younger ages, dont wait too long with the recording

NLS
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17 posts since 14 Feb, 2019

Re: Best FREE VST-Instruments suitable for PopRock (and Lovesong-) composing

Post Sat Feb 16, 2019 3:15 am

tatanka wrote:
Sat Jan 26, 2019 2:45 am
I think this:

https://www.native-instruments.com/de/p ... ete-start/

should be a good starting point but you have to wait till end of february.
Do you know when it's releasing it's mid February already?

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