Free: Steven Slate Drums SSD5-Free

Good quality, free drum kit VSTIs are few and far between. We’ve covered a couple in these pages, but none compare to the thoroughly excellent free SSD5 demo from Steven Slate Drums. It’s a full working kit, free of limitations, except one: the free version comes with just one kit, instead of the myriad instruments…

FREE: MyDrumset VST

The maker of this drum VST, Bjarte Ludvigsen, insists it’s nothing special. “The recording of the drums was done very quickly,” he says, “with only me on everything from drumming to engineering. As you can imagine that is not a perfect way to record a drum kit…the drums weren’t tuned, one of the cymbals had…

FREE: Tapeotronic Mellotron VST

Mellotrons are cool and this emulation is one of the coolest I’ve come across. Here’s how it works. You’ve got a flute sound, strings sound and a chorus (the singers not the effect). There’s a big knob on the right hand side that you use to blend them together. Sounds simple right? It is, but…

FREE: Hydrogen Drum Machine

Here’s a free open source drum machine. According to the hype, it offers “professional yet simple and intuitive pattern-based drum programming”. Essentially, Hydrogen is a sample-based machine that’s capable of a lot. You can import/export drum kits (and download drum kits from the Hydrogen site) or assemble your own from your sample collection (a whopping…

FREE: Tranzitorg Electric Organ

Woah Nelly! This is badass! “TRANZISTORG is an electronic organ belonging to the family of transistors. This instrument has a panel of rather varied sounds, which could as well accompany the burned voice of Screamin Jay Hawkins or the priest of a Palatine chapel. An instrument which will not leave you indifferent…” (Modules are programmed…

FREE: DSK Virtual Instrument Plugins

Oh boy, where to start with the huge selection from DSK? Actually, let’s start with the negative: Some of DSK’s stuff isn’t the best available. Orchestral sounds can be a little shallow sounding, some stuff is a little crude and some stuff just doesn’t sound good. Having said that, the range from DSK is, generally,…