Often with music production, external plugins and software instruments can get quite expensive. There is a vast number of synths, vocoders, compressors, etc. on the market but I’ve decided to list my top 5 essential plugins that are FREE!
Spitfire audio makes some incredible virtual instruments that sound extremely realistic although they can be more on the expensive side. However, they have released a virtual instrument collection called LABS that is completely free to download and new sounds and instruments get uploaded regularly. LABS is super easy to use and there is a huge range of different instruments available and they are compatible with any DAW so I recommend checking them out.
On the topic of virtual instruments, Native have released their own package called Komplete Start. They have over 2000 sounds and you get everything from drums and synths to unique sounds and textures. It’s a really great deal if you’re just starting out or even just want some more instruments and sounds on your roster
Valhalla makes some incredible reverbs and delays but did you know they also offer some free stuff? The Valhalla Space Modulator, Freq Echo, and SuperMassive can be downloaded instantly from their website and they are super easy to use. Each with its own unique quality sound you can definitely add this to any track to add space and depth to your mix.
Now if you’re into beat making or even producing electronic or hip hop music this is the plug-in for you. It’s really easy to use and comes with some remarkable pre-set sounds. You can make an entire track just from this one plugin as it contains drums, keys, guitars and more.
The final free plug-in is from Slate digital and it’s called Fresh Air. Now Slate says that this is a high-frequency processor and it really does give your track a bit of air and lift in the higher frequencies. I like to use it on vocals it can sound very nice. It has a great way of just opening up the sound so definitely give it a try.
Hopefully, you will find at least one if not all of these plugins useful. Happy producing!