RDG Audio love to put their "free sample players" up here because they show up on KVR in the free listing, but after you go to their site, you will see that it is only the player that is free. You don't get any actual sounds without forking over money.
I don't understand why they feel the need to do this. The actual free products of theirs that I have downloaded were of high quality and I have no reason to doubt that their pay products are worthy of consideration on their own terms.
It's not as if people who are interested in free instrument plug-ins are going to be fooled by it. My suspicion is they'll just be as annoyed as I was when they find out the deception.
I would give zero stars because the "player" is useless, but KVR's lowest rating is a single star.
I have to give this a "1" rating, which may seem kind of harsh for a "free" VSTi. However, I think that this has earned it by failing to even reach the lowest bar that an instrument can reach: it makes no sound at all.
Apparently the developer had a flash of marketing genius and realized that plug-ins that were marketed as "Free" got more traffic and views on KVR, so they split this keyboard sitar into two parts, the "Player," which they let you download freely, and the "Expansion Pack," which contains the soundware, for which you must pay them $49. This is not "expansion" in the sense that the Player does something without it and the Expansion Pack lets you do more, the Expansion Pack only lets you use the instrument at all. Without it the Player just sits there on the screen with a banner telling you to buy the Expansion Pack.
I can only wonder what percentage of people, having been lured in by interest in a free sitar VSTi, and then going to the trouble of downloading what they think is a lite or demo one, then finding out it is neither, will then want to shell out 50 bucks for a full-priced one from the same site. My guess is that it would be a very small percentage, but then nobody is said to have gone broke overestimating the stupidity of the public.
This free bundle is just insanely great. What MeldaProduction is giving away for free is hundreds of dollars worth of processing.
The compressor alone is a fantastic tool, it is the one that taught me the most about how to set up a compressor to do what I want it to.
The analyzers are essential tools in my studio as is the equalizer.
I don't use all of them, but some of them I use on every single project I create.
With the $50 registration, you get among other things, upsampling, which is a worthwhile feature. Also, it helps out the developer, who is doing the recording world a great favor by putting these out for free.
The pitch corrector, for heaven's sake, is great to have, and it will do the Cher/T-Pain as well as more subtle correction.
They are all so feature rich that I have used some of them for years without realizing their full potential.