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

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KVRist
57 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)

Update9 / December 23th, 2020:
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Drums TOP5:
1. AVL Drumkit Wave Samples** + SFZ or Drum Sampler
2. NTonyx SF Bank* + SFZ Soundfontplayer (Bank 128: Room, Power, Pop, TR-909)
3. MT Power Drum Kit 2
4. Drumatic 3
5. Sitala Drum Sampler

* DL Link for NTonyx 32MB GM Stereo Soundfontbank -> http://ntonyx.com/sf_f.htm
** DL Link for AVL Drumkit ->http://www.bandshed.net/avldrumkits/

Honorable: Proteus VX /Acoustic1 Preset, DSK DrumZ Akoustik, Ritmix Drum Machine, BPB Cassette Drums, SR-202 Drum Sampler, Drum Pro

Bass TOP5:
1. NTonyx SF Bank + SFZ (Presets: Fingered Bass, Synth Bass2, Fretless Bs., Picked Bs.)*
2. TAL Bassline (+Presets / Env Sub Bass) + OldSkoolVerb/Deep Reverb
3. Steinberg Model E (11: Snap Bass) + OrilRiver Reverb
4. Ample Bass P Lite 2
5. VB-1

* + OldSkoolVerb/DeepReverb + SHB-1 BassAmp

Honorable: 4Front Bass, Dexed (+Presets), DS-404 Sampler (Fingered Bass Preset)

Synthesizer (+Pads) TOP10:
..1. PG-8X (+JX8P Original Bank Presets/Strings1 or Choir)
..2. Poly 2106 (Preset: Carpet Pad Magic)
..3. Oxe FM Synth
..4. Podolski
..5. Cobalt (Warm Pad)
..6. Efemme (Warm Pad)
..7. Tyrell N6
..8. OB-Xd
..9. Synth1 (+Presets)
10. SuperTron (Analog Strings1)

Honorable: TAL Noisemaker (+Presets), Dexed (+Presets), Superwave P8, SQ8L (+Presets), Mono/Fury, Xhip, TAL-U-No-62 (+Presets), Ragnarok, MinimogueVA

Piano TOP5:
1. Keyzone Classic
2. Piano One
3. 4Front Piano
4. Quite Piano
5. Steinway (HQ Orchestral SF Bank)

E-Piano (classic) TOP5:
1. EP-Station (TOP40 Ballad Preset) [DL on VSTPlanet.com]
2. EP 2008
3. 4Front E-Piano
4. Lazy Snake
5. Ticky Clav 2

Honorable: DSK Elektrik KeyZ (Preset: Dreamy Wurly), 4Front Rhode, Sweetcase Electric-Piano

Synth Strings TOP5:
1. PG-8X (+Strings Presets)
2. Orpheus Strings (Presets: Cinema Strings + Dark Strings)
3. Proteus VX (+Strings Presets)
4. Spitfire
5. Nils K1v (+Strings Presets)

Honorable: SuperTron (Analog Strings1), Cheeze Machine1+2, Esline, Nabla, Deputy Mark II, String Theory

Acoustic Strings: VSCO2 Orchestra, DSK Strings

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

Acoustic Guitar TOP3:
1. Ample Guitar M-Lite
2. DSK Dynamic Guitars
3. Revitar 2

Honorable: Nils K1v, DSK Akoustik GuitarZ, Proteus VX, Independence Free

Classical Guitar TOP3:
1. Spicy Guitar*
2. Classic GTr Lite (Igal+Std. Preset + OldSchoolVerb)
3. Protrax Classical Guitar/Soundfont + SFZ (+ Reverb + Guitar Amp)

* (+OldSkoolVerb or Orilriver Reverb + SoftAmp PSA or HyBrit Amp for more realistic & natural classical guitar-sound!!!)

Sampler/Soundware TOP5:
1. Proteus VX
2. Kontakt Player 6 (+Free Kontakt Instr.)
3. Independence Free (+2 GB Free Library)
4. UVI Workstation
5. Nils K1v

Honorable: Complete Free, Halion Sonic SE, TX16Wx, DS-404

Vocals Simulation TOP5:
1. EP-Station (TOP40 Ballad Preset)
2. 4Front Piano
3. Keyzone Classic
4. Clavinova Pan Flute (HQ Orchestral SF Bank)
5. DSK Electric GuitarZ (+OrilRiver Reverb or Ambience Reverb)

Honorable: Alter Ego + Marie Ork Voice Bank, Delay Lama

Percussion: SFZ + NTonyx 32MB GM Stereo Bank (Presets: Power Drums, Pop Drums), MT Power Drum Kit 2 (HQ Toms)

Organs: Church Organ 2nd (!!), Combo Model F, Combo Model V, Organized Trio, Dirt Bag

Special Instruments (Other Ins.): DVS Saxophone, Etherealwinds Harp II, Syntar (Sita), Accordion (by Safwan Matni), DSK Brass, VSCO2 Flute

Soundfontplayer: SFZ, Sforzando
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Soundfontbanks: NTONYX 32 MB GM Stereo, SONiVOX, HQ Orchestral SF Bank (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, FreeVerb3

Guitar Amp: SoftAmp PSA, HyBrit, Emissary, Amplitube, Flextron

Bass Amp: SHB-1, TSE Bod, SoftAmp FM25

Equalizer: TDR Nova, Marvel GEQ, SonEq, 7Q

Chorus: TAL-Chorus LX, Multiply

Compressor: DC1A, TDR Kotelnikov, Density MKII

Limiter: Limiter No6, LoudMax, W1 Limiter

Pitch Correction: GSnap

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

Panorama/Imaging: PanCake

Distortion: Boogex, NRR-1

Saturation: IVGI

Filter: Frohmage

Guitar Tuner: GTune

Virtua Midi Keyboard: Quickeys, Midi Keyboard

Analyser: SPAN

Loudness Analyser: Youlean Loudness Meter
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DAW: Zynewave Podium Free, Cakewalk Sonar, Tracktion T7, LMMS

Notation Software: MuseScore (!!)

Additional Audio Editors: Audacity (To save your composed Wave Files as mp3 File*)

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

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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 100 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)

Hardware Synthesizer (or Midi Keyboard): ?
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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, Korg M1, Korg Wavestation, Roland JV-1080 (Get it on Roland's Cloud), Roland Juno 106, Roland D 50, Roland Jupiter 8 [and 6], Rol. SH-101, Complete, Kontakt Pl., Arturia Jupiter 8 (Altern. to Rolands Jupiter 8) (Best commercial DAW's suitable for LoveSongs/PopRock: [Windows ->] Cubase, Pro Tools, Mulab, FL Studio [Mac ->] Logic Pro, Garageband

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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 Fri Mar 12, 2021 6:06 pm, edited 69 times in total.
Without ROLAND's awesome Synths, the greatest music decades in the 80s and 90s wouldn't exist the way they do now. :phones: And yes, I'm a big fan of Roland!

KVRian
1079 posts since 24 Jul, 2018

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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KVRist

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57 posts since 16 Nov, 2017 from Germany

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) :-)
Without ROLAND's awesome Synths, the greatest music decades in the 80s and 90s wouldn't exist the way they do now. :phones: And yes, I'm a big fan of Roland!

KVRian
1079 posts since 24 Jul, 2018

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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KVRian
559 posts since 20 Oct, 2018

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.

KVRian
1414 posts since 13 Jan, 2014

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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KVRAF
5213 posts since 18 Jul, 2002

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/
Synthesizers • Bliss sampler • Effects • Soundware
https://www.discodsp.com/

KVRian
1079 posts since 24 Jul, 2018

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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Boss Lovin' DR
7852 posts since 15 Mar, 2002 from the grimness of yorkshire

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

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KVRian
1087 posts since 8 Feb, 2013 from Switzerland

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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KVRAF
7604 posts since 11 Jun, 2006

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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KVRian
1141 posts since 19 Sep, 2017 from Future

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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KVRist

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57 posts since 16 Nov, 2017 from Germany

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! :-)
Without ROLAND's awesome Synths, the greatest music decades in the 80s and 90s wouldn't exist the way they do now. :phones: And yes, I'm a big fan of Roland!

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KVRist

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57 posts since 16 Nov, 2017 from Germany

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
Without ROLAND's awesome Synths, the greatest music decades in the 80s and 90s wouldn't exist the way they do now. :phones: And yes, I'm a big fan of Roland!

NLS
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17 posts since 14 Feb, 2019

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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