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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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MESSAGES

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Manouzot
08/07/2018, 21h58

Salut !
Tout d'abord UN GRAND MERCI pour ton site et tes plugins. Sincèrement, c'est top !
Je suis sur Mac : j'ai téléchargé ignite_amps_nadir_1_0_2_mac et les amp Mac AU.
Bien mis dans le répertoire de mes plugins et components et aucun n'apparaît dans Logic Pro X ?
Quelqu'un sait pourquoi ?
Merci pour l'aide



patvan
06/27/2018, 12h50

Hi, I just stumbled on your website. Very impressed I must say. I'm planning to buy TSE X50 also. I'm currently owning a squire Strat and was wondering how I would get a warm jazz tone out of the guitar. Any idea what settings on the TSE X50 could work ? A tone like here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkW8gKsZiVk

Cheers,
Patrick



Siko
04/11/2018, 10h39

Bravo Xavier, juste un petit mot de soutien, je suis impressionné par ton site et tes compos, très motivant pour un "jeune" débutant comme moi, je ne manquerais pas de revenir pour en écouter plus et profiter de ton expérience.
Bonne continuation et merci.

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Merci à toi, ça fait plaisir !
Grebz



Nicklaus
03/03/2018, 14h10

Salut,

Je viens de prendre connaissance de ton site, c'est pas mal du tout, je voulais me mettre aux IR depuis un bout de temps, et là j'aurais quelques questions.

J'ai énormément de matériel de musique et j'aimerais tout centraliser dans un Helix.
Pour ça il faudrait que je puisse séparer chaque élément de mon rack et de mes pédales de manière indépendante, est-ce possible?
J'imagine que oui, il suffit simplement d'avoir une différence entre l'entrée et la sortie des appareils, comme les tutos que tu proposes.

Par contre j'aimerais pouvoir faire une IR de mon ampli de puissance et là je bloque un peu.
En effet, si je veux sortir le son de mon ampli de puissance il faut obligatoirement que je passe par un baffle et là ça va colorer mon son. Existe-t-il un moyen de récupérer juste un fichier IR de mon ampli de puissance un Mesa Boogie fifty-fifty.
Et pouvoir aussi récupérer un IR de mon baffle seul.

En fait ce que vous je voudrais faire dans le Helix c'est pouvoir charger plusieurs IR de chaque élément de mon rack, un pour le preamp, un pour l'ampli de puissance, un pour le baffle...

Si tu as des idées pour faire quelque chose, je serais ravi d'avoir tes conseils, merci d'avance



Mouss Kerr
01/31/2018, 19h08

Bonjour,
Félicitations pour ton site. J'essaie de télécharger les simulateurs d'amplis gratuits sans succès. Je m'y prends certainement mal car je débute. Mon matériel : PC I5 64 bits. DAW Reason 9.5. J'ai créé un dossier VST ajouté dans préférences ... Avancé. J'y ai transféré le fichier DLL mais impossible de l'ouvrir sous Reason. Merci par avance

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