Updated: Jan 09, 2019
The best FREE realistic instrument plugins to make music with. There are SO MANY free instruments out there, it can make it hard to find ones that are worth your time. I pulled together 5 of the best I could find.
Keep reading until the end, the last one is going to really surprise you.
As far as acoustic guitars go, AGM Lite II is a really high-quality plugin for being free. I was kind of surprised it wasn't a paid instrument with its professional Interface and an abundance of options to play with.
Another feature packed into this is the strummer, which will let you quickly make strum effects.
You can also play the score from the tab by going to the tab option and pressing play. You can even load in your own guitar tabs (score sheets).
KEYZONE Classic is a versatile piano plugin, especially when you throw some subtle reverb on it. With 5 different pianos included, you can use this plugin in many situations.
This plugin also comes with the ability to control different parameters, as well as note velocity on the keyboard itself.
DSK Overture includes 4 slots to load up different instruments and instrument groups (as combos). These can all be routed to different MIDI channels and in the piano roll, you'll need to set what channel each note triggers.
This plugin is, however, very CPU intensive, so you'll probably only be able to use one, maybe two instances of this plugin per project.
To get around this, I recommend bouncing the MIDI tracks you use with this to WAV or other audio file formats and simply remove the plugin once all of the tracks are bounced.
Now, with DSK ChoirZ is pretty good, and you'll probably find a more realistic choir out there if you put some money into it.
But, it's one of the only plugins I could find that has a good sounding choir that doesn't cost money.
This is the grand finale, the moment you've all been waiting for. This behemoth contains an array of different orchestral sounds ranging from strings and brass to percussion and piano. Many of these allow for different articulations too.
If you go into this plugin with attention to detail, you can really get some good results out of it.
Now, these are definitely not all of the free realistic instrument plugins out there. Be sure to explore and do your own research too. I hope you enjoyed the list, as always, thanks for reading!
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I can't seem to figure out how to install Ample Guitar M Lite II... It asks for a password for the encrypted file. Am I being stupid?
You may have accidentally downloaded the paid version, go to the free downloads page where you'll find the one I mentioned in the video/blog, as well as Cloudrum and Ample Bass.
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hey, appreciate this post. however, i downloaded the vsco2 but i only got the vst file and not an installer like for my other vsts. how do i install the plug in correctly?
To install the plugin, you just need to move the .dll and the instruments folder into the place where your DAW looks for plugins. This is probably the "VSTplugins" or "Steinberg" folder in "Local Disk (C:) > Program Files (with or without x86).
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