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VIRTUAL INSTRUMENTS
VSTi

Virtual instruments are plugins that reproduce the sound of existing instruments (piano, drums, violin, hardware synthesizers, etc.), or even produce sounds created from scratch (beatbox, soft synths...). Some VSTi are very simple, with few settings and few sounds, others are very complex with dozens of settings, rich sound banks and a lot of disk space needed. The offer is huge, with either free or retail VSTi. You can find almost anything, from classical instruments to the most exotic ones. New instruments are released all the time, and there are so many of them that it's hard to choose. Most DAWs come with at least some virtual instruments. It's certainly the most complete instrumental world, as the only limit to creating new sounds is your imagination.

As it's absolutely impossible to make a list of all existing virtual synths, I will give you a link to an excellent site where lots of free VSTi are presented, with download links, descriptions and also some sound samples: Burnie's site.

Synthetizers - Soundfonts - Drums

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SYNTHESIZERS

I regularly use the synths provided with my DAW Sonar, like Dimension Pro, Rapture, and also other free or retail VSTi, like Miroslav Philharmonik for orchestrail instruments, or Z3TA+2 for modern sounds.

Dimension Pro

Rapture

Miroslav Philharmonik

Z3TA+2

I also like these two free synths, Microtrance and Kairatune:

Microtrance
Download Microtrance (microtrance.zip - 838 KB)

Kairatune
Kairatune's website

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SOUNDFONTS

Soundfont is a method created by the company E-mu, which allows to stock WAV samples in a file, and organize them in the form of MIDI instruments, in order to use them with a VSTi.

I remember that, originally, you had to own a Creative Labs soundcard to use Soundfonts. Nowadays, these sound cards are pretty rare, but plugins allow you to use Soundfont-compatible sound banks with any DAW. There are many Soundfont sound banks, in the SF2 format, and their sound quality varies from mediocre to excellent. It all depends on how they were created. You can find some on this page, as well as links to other sites who offer Soundfonts.

You can find all sorts of instruments, like bass sounds, guitars, pianos, saxophones, accordions, drums, bells, xylophones, violins, vocals, flutes, etc.

Phenome is a free VSTi in which you can load and use Soundfonts.
As the official website seems to be gone, here is the file to download: Phenome ("VSTi - Phenome (soundfonts).zip" file - 3.69 MB). PC only.
Phenome
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DRUMS

You can find MIDI sound banks, audio drums loops of varying quality, or software that generate electronic drum sounds, but for Rock music, you need good acoustic drums sounds. There are excellent VST plugins, but quality comes to a price.

FXpansion BFD 3

(official website)

I use BFD3, which offers sounds of excellent quality, as well as numerous options to actually forge the drum sound you like. The interface is clear and complete. A very good choice.

BFD 3 is indeed excellent, but it requires a rather powerful computer with a lot of RAM memory, because it's very demanding. it's also not easy to master, and if you don't intend to take some time to learn how to use it, the result may not be up to your expectancies. It doesn't sound great right away, you need to edit the settings but on the other hand, you have control over every parameter and the result can be impressive and sound just like real drums.

FXpansion BFD 3
FXpansion BFD 3

Toontrack

Superior Drummer and EZ Drummer

(official website)
Toontrack EZdrummer
They both come from the old Drumkit From Hell sound bank. Superior Drummer is very complete, and EZ Drummer is less expensive and easier to user, yet not as customizable.

XNL Audio Addictive Drums

(official website)
XNL Audio Addictive Drums
Simpler and more immediately satisfying than BFD or Superior Drummer, Addictive Drums offers settings and presets that will easily match your mix without tweaking. Control over the sound is not very extensive, though. This software is now included in Sonar X3 Producer.


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quemoi
04/10/2021, 23h26

Salut,

Je signale que les fichiers mp3 sur la page du tuto "mixage des guitares solos" sont en fait les fichiers des guitares rythmiques.
Merci pour ce tuto, et le reste du site. :)



Crowned Warrior
04/05/2021, 22h25

Hi,

I wanted to thank you for these instructions!

I tried this today and did a few iterations of trying to capture my cab. It worked pretty well. The sound of the IR is pretty close to my cab.

If I spend some more effort to set things up better, I will get a better result.

But without your instructions, this wouldn't have even happened. So thanks again!

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Glad to be of help! Enjoy your IRs!
Grebz



Gratte26
04/05/2021, 20h26

Ce site semble être une petite pépite tant il regorge de conseils et d'infos pratiques. Merci à son auteur.

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Et merci de votre visite !
Grebz



Mastercodeon
03/25/2021, 08h07

First off id just like to say that this entire site is an absolute GEM for vst guitar amp sims, ive been using plugins like lepou's le456 and LeCab and many others you host here on this site since i was 13 way back in 2013, ive always used fl studio and as such i am using 12 64 bit with an i5 and 8gb of ram hp laptop. Here soon i will be upgrading to the latest version of fl, with an i7, 12gb of ram lenovo laptop, all my setups are running windows 10. im getting a usb interface for my guitar tomorrow so im finding all the plugins im going to need, and this site by far has literally everything i need for amp sims. I have never even found a copy of the Revolution Z plugin, the sites been dead since i was a kid. I wish you and this entire site the best of luck, wishes and prosperity, i would love to see this site last for the years to come, so much of this software is really hard to find, amazing archive :)

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Thanks a lot for your kind words, I'm glad the site allowed you to find what you were looking for. Cheers and keep on making music!
Grebz



Trainko
03/12/2021, 19h30

Merci pour ce site que je viens tout juste de découvrir et qui regroupe pas mal de recherches que j'ai pu effectuer depuis un lonnnng moment…..
Je débute en MAO et je pense que je viens de trouver la perle qui va me faire progresser rapidement dans le domaine !
Des belles heures devant moi ;)
Un grand bravo et merci beaucoup :)

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Merci à vous de venir sur mon vieux site tout moche ! Si au moins les infos qui s'y trouvent permettent d'aider, je suis ravi !
Bonne continuation !
Grebz

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