This custom guitar amp builder offers their products in full circuit emulations in minimum latency C++. You can get clean/dirty channel heads, bass heads, stompboxes and even a very exacting-looking Pultec EQ simulation.
Softube’s one-knob saturation solution sounds REALLY nice, and can put nice edge, warmth or all out mangle any track. We’ve found it especially good for gritting up strings in busy arrangements.
u-he mean business when it comes to virtual analogue and make the most faithful recreations of the real thing around. They’ve also got some nice lite versions and quirky stuff going free, using the same great tech.
You might’ve have seen them a million and three times in your search for free plugs, but don’t dismiss NI’s free offerings. There’s some great things to start you out if here you’re lacking samples, sounds and basic processing.
Spitfire – wow. Who knew the most high-profile scoring sounds companies offered free stuff? Labs will net you free soundscapes and experimental sample libraries from artists and pros, new ones coming out regularly once you sign up.
You would have found this on Google anyway, but here it is again. Many, many great plug-ins in this line-up, probably including many listed here (confirming Splice’s expert choice of free plugs, of course)!
Sign up to this impressive online plug-in marketplace and get 6 very useful plugins, including 2 EQs, a LP/HP filter, a very nice sounding sub enhancement tool and an amp sim, all by veteran devs Brainworx.
This new synth going free relies on a new oscillator design, based on a double pendulum, allowing a rapid swing from order to chaos, sine to S&H. Check it out on Eventide’s site.
If you’ve been living under an Ableton Live Suite-shaped rock (like we’ve clearly been), you won’t have heard that Cakewalk’s Sonar, after being discontinued in 2017, has been relaunched as Cakewalk by Bandlab, and is FREE! It has to be the best free DAW out there, especially now that Reaper ain’t going for nothing no more.
A little less limited than most free versions of the big DAWs, Pro Tools First comes with some pretty sweet plug-ins, a powerful little synth, and 16 rather than the usual 8 tracks. Worth a try if you think you’ll be more of a Tool than someone with Reason. (Sorry, got a bit Fruity.)