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Cheap and free VSTs (mostly for the full version of Kontakt)

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Since getting my NI Komplete Kontrol I've been having major GAS for VSTs. In my hunt I've found a couple of sites that pretty good for these.

http://vstbuzz.com/ - they have a weekly offer on one or two VSTs which is pretty good. Typically 50-90% off. They also have a bunch of cheap VSTs (I'm looking at Votox XS for €9.99) - http://vstbuzz.com/store/ and some really nice freebies here: http://vstbuzz.com/freebies/. Feroyn's Flute is what I used at the end of last month's comp challenge entry: https://soundcloud.com/mornats/drops

http://www.sampleism.com/ - they have some nice looking deals too but I've yet to check out the quality of what they offer on there. Worth a look though.

As stated in the title, most if not all of these will require the full version of Kontakt and won't work in the free Kontakt player. They have to pay a licence fee to use the free player so most of the cheap ones don't do that.

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Some unusual patches at £2.00 a go, from Spitfire Audio.
http://www.spitfireaudio.com/shop/ranges/spitfire-labs/

A nice list for stuff under $60.00.
(VI Control).
http://vi-control.net/community/threads/great-libraries-under-60.50220/

Also over at VI Control, seven pages of mainly Kontakt freebies.
http://vi-control.net/community/threads/important-all-vi-freebie-contributions-here.27876/

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This stood out for me with the £2 patches from Spitfire: http://www.spitfireaudio.com/editorial/features/labs-2015/ - really nice touch.

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A nice free one here.
Impact Soundworks "The Stroh Violin".
Check out the demos, it's quite unusual sounding.
http://impactsoundworks.com/products/orchestral/the-stroh-violin/

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Just grabbed that. Love the sound of it. It's quite unique isn't it? It'll stand out nicely in a mix.

I also went for Scary Strings, Hensons Frozen Strings and ThunderVox from the Spitfire Audio lab range. They give the money to charity so worth a punt without hearing them first.

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[quote name='Mornats' timestamp='1454867472' post='2973731']
Just grabbed that. Love the sound of it. It's quite unique isn't it? It'll stand out nicely in a mix.

I also went for Scary Strings, Hensons Frozen Strings and ThunderVox from the Spitfire Audio lab range. They give the money to charity so worth a punt without hearing them first.
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Ha,ha, I pretty much have all those. Although originally, quite a few were free.
But, even at a couple of quid a go (and for charity at that), well worth it.

Just a heads up, any one with the full version of Kontakt, will have the full library with it.
The Orchestral patches, although now old and limp sounding against the new libs,
do have plenty going for them. Just a little bit of work needed.
Mike Verta, has a demo with just the Kontakt VSL sounds.
http://mikeverta.com/wordpress/music/galaxy-quest-mock-up/


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They're real instruments that have been sampled to the point where you can play your own melodies using a midi keyboard and have them sound fairly similar to the real thing. Some are very well done and will adapt the sound based on the velocity of your playing.

I have to stop and carefully read the descriptions of some as it can be hard to tell if they're premade loops or proper sampled virtual instruments.

Download the free Kontakt Player from Native Instruments and have a bash. It comes with a small selection of virtual instruments. I'll dig out a thread on here where we've listed a bunch of other free ones.

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A free Sound FX Library for Kontakt.
Some really unusual sounds (small download).
https://www.audioimperia.com/products/deconstruct-produced-by-bryan-leach-freebie

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Found another site listing a whole host of free Kontakt (full version usually) virtual instruments: http://bigcatinstruments.blogspot.co.uk/

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[quote name='Mornats' timestamp='1455643471' post='2981056']
Found another site listing a whole host of free Kontakt (full version usually) virtual instruments: [url="http://bigcatinstruments.blogspot.co.uk/"]http://bigcatinstrum...blogspot.co.uk/[/url]
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Looks like Spitfire Audio are giving away a little freebie very soon (well for folks who donated in the £2.00 Labs section).
Check your inbox on Feb 23rd. :)

http://vi-control.net/community/threads/spitfire-audio-labs-a-big-thank-you.51814/#post-3938324

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Free Aphelion Cinematic tool kit.
Scroll down to the free version and click on the hard drive.
http://www.particular-sound.de/wordpress/sample-librarys/aphelion-sfx-library/

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Another freebie.
Wonky noisy tape Polymoog. :)
http://www.producerspot.com/wonky-noisy-tape-polymoog-free-kontakt-instrument-by-synth-magic

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Cheers! I grabbed the Aphelion Cinematic toolkit (free version... I've spent enough!) and I like some of the risers and whooshes in there.

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This just dropped into my inbox. Not had a chance to check them out yet.

http://blog.landr.com/8-free-vst-plugins-will-inspire-strange-ways/

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You need to check these guys out too.
http://www.wavesfactory.com/
Premium quality Kontakt libraries for essentially buttons.

As to VSTs, bit pricey-er but if you buy reverbs from http://valhalladsp.com you'll soon wonder how you lived without them.

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Valhalla room, is a great reverb.

Another cheap but quality company, is Embertone.
http://www.embertone.com


There are some freebies on their site as well.
http://www.embertone.com/instruments/arcane.php
Click on the free tab for a bunch of other stuff.



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Some Classical Brass and Woodwinds for Kontakt (Freebies).
Sound nice and would be good for layering as well.
http://alpineproject.wix.com/main

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[quote name='lowdown' timestamp='1456487955' post='2989494']
There are some freebies on their site as well.
[url="http://www.embertone.com/instruments/arcane.php"]http://www.embertone...ents/arcane.php[/url]
Click on the free tab for a bunch of other stuff.
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I used Arcane for the vocals on the end of this track: https://soundcloud.com/mornats/anyway - it sounds epic.

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Someone has put together a list of various free Kontakt libraries
on one site. A huge amount to try out and other formats and samples as well.
http://earmonk.com/free-sample-libraries/

Edited by lowdown

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Nice. Just installing Piano in 162 right now. Also, you can grab it from VSTbuzz: http://vstbuzz.com/freebies/piano-in-162/ (and also send a donation to the creator from there if you wish).

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A few days ago, I won an online competition and picked up this prize from Embertone....
If I get time (busy, so unlikely), I might give it a run in this month's writing challenge
http://www.embertone.com/instruments/leonidbass.php

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