Top 9 Plugins That Will Change Your Game

Jan.01 / 2011
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Top 9 Plugins That Will Change Your Game

Whether you’re in need of some fresh sounds, or just starting out your plugin collection, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve compiled a list of awesome tools from virtual instruments to image shaping tools for your VST. Best part is, they are all completely free.

What are you waiting for? Check out the list below and start downloading them today!

1. U-He – Tyrell N6

(Windows, macOS)

If you’re looking for a great analog synth plugin, the Tyrell N6 is a great place to start. This freeware is based on the classic Roland Juno 60 and comes loaded with 2 oscillators, 1 sub-oscillator, 1 noise generator, 2 LFOs and more.

Download link: https://www.u-he.com/cms/tyrelln6

2. Cloudrum by Ample Sound 

(Windows, macOS)

This eye-catching freeware is a sample-based plugin for anyone looking to spice up their track with the sound of steel drums. Cloudrum lets you choose from three octaves with easy access to fine tuning through their intricate tone controller. Comes with a built-in preset manager, plus a parallel mode for a wider sound.

Download link: http://www.amplesound.net/en/pro-pd.asp?id=27

3. SyndtSphere by Klevgrand

(Windows, macOS)

If you’ve ever used Klevdrand’s polyphonic Syndt synthesizer, you’ll feel right at home with their new SyndtSphere plugin. The new minimalist design makes it easy to “surf” between presets. There are more than 70 created states, making it incredibly easy to find that perfect sound without having to adjust a bunch of knobs. SyndtSphere works in both legato and polyphonic modes with portamento. SyndtSphere also offers a ping-pong-delay and some other neat tricks. Also available on iPhone and iPad.

Download link: https://klevgrand.se/products/syndtsphere/

4. iZotope Neutrino

(Windows, macOS)

This simple yet effective plugin is optimized to bring out the most of your vocals, drums, bass and instrument tracks. Neutrino will help you add clarity to your vocals, and make it easier to smooth them into your song. 

The isotope Neutrino uses a process they call “spectral shaping” that is built to smooth out rough resonant frequencies that can be caused by improper mic placement and room tones. If you frequent multi-band compressors, this is a great substitute. 

Download link: https://www.izotope.com/en/products/mix/neutrino.html

5. FreeFX

(Windows, macOS)

The Free FX Bundle is an incredible deal. The bundle comes with over 30 powerful plugins that won’t cost you a dime. If you like what it has to offer, there is an extension program that costs about $65 USD.

Download link: https://www.meldaproduction.com/MFreeFXBundle

6. BD-808 & BD-909

(Windows, macOS)

This is by far one of our favourite programs out there. If you can guess by the name, this freeware plugin was designed to emulate the ever-popular Roland TR-808 and TR-909 that took over electronic and dance music in the 80s.

The best part about this plugin is that it’s not sample-based, rather it is built as a virtual instrument that Synsonic Instruments based on “a detailed analysis of the original 808 bass drum circuit.” Unlike other electronic kick drum plugins, the BD series allows you to modify its pitch chromatically, essentially allowing you to treat it as you would a virtual bass.

Download link: http://synsonic-instruments.com/synsonic-bd-808/

7. Tritik Krush

(Windows, macOS)

If you are going for that lo-fi garage rock effect, look no further than the free Tritik Krush. This straightforward bit-crusher offers a crunchy drive stage and modelled resonant filters for that added kick. The fully customizable plugin lets you choose between free and tempo-synced modulators that can be adjusted for every parameter.

Download link: https://www.tritik.com/products/krush/

8. Mercuriall Tube Screamer 808 TSC

(Windows, macOS)

The Stompbox TSC is one of two awesome free guitar effect plugins Mercuriall has to offer. Based on the Ibanez TS-808 pedal, the TSC is a great virtual overdrive pedal that might become your go-to for beefing up your rock tracks.

Download link: https://mercuriall.com/cms/details_freestuff

9. FB-3300

(Windows, macOS)

We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention by Full Bucket Music’s mammoth VA synth, the 3300. This thing is packed with some serious features, and if you’re looking for a truly authentic analog synth sound, you won’t find anything closer than this free digital tool. Built to emulate the KORG PS-3300 (hence the name), this thing comes loaded with 48 resonant filters, voltage controlled oscillators, voice polyphony and envelopes. The FB-3300 also offers a MIDI patch manager with 62 factory presets if you want to use it that way too.

The only downside to the 3300 is it not all that user friendly. It can be a little overwhelming with all the options, but it’s worth digging into.

Download link: https://www.fullbucket.de/music/fb3300.html