#1
I thought some of you might find this list useful. These are some of the VST's that I use and after experimenting with a TON of free VST's on the net, these are the ones that I've found to be the best:

SimulAnalog Guitar Suite: JCM900/Fender Twin 69 models with a few effects. The Twin is pretty good and the JCM900 model is just AMAZING. The Tube Screamer model is also quite exceptional:

http://www.simulanalog.org/guitarsuite.htm

ANWIDASOFT DX Reverb Light: Wonderful reverb. I use it for a more lush, larger than life reverb, but it's very good for a more tight sound too:

http://www.anwida.com/product.asp?pid=7

Kjaerhus Audio Classic Series: Very nice, solid effects series. Unfortunately, I think Kjaerhus Audio is dead, but you can find these plug-ins all over the net. I'd suggest doing a search at:

http://www.kvraudio.com

GSnap Pitch Correction/Autotune: Cool for subtle autotunage.

http://www.gvst.co.uk/gsnap.htm (GVST also has several other nice free VSTs at http://www.gvst.co.uk/downloads.htm)

The Fish Fillets SPITFISH de-esser: Very easy to use de-esser. They also offer BLOCKFISH (a compressor) and FLOORFISH (gate/expander), but SPITFISH is, in my opinion, the best plug-in they offer:

http://www.digitalfishphones.com/main.php?item=2&subItem=5

GlaceVerb: Another very nice reverb VST. I use it almost as much as the DX Light listed above:

http://www.dasample.com/

LePou Plug-ins: Guitar amp models. My favorites are the Le456 (ENGL Powerball model I believe) and the LeXtac (a GREAT model of the Bogner Ecstasy). LeCab is also very useful as a cab impulse loader. You can find all of Poulin's plug-ins here:

http://lepouplugins.blogspot.com/

Cockos ReaComp: One of the best free compressors I've used, especially when you take CPU usage into consderation:

http://www.kvraudio.com/get/2670.html

KarmaFX EQ: 31-band EQ. You can find it along with several other EQ's (including the Classic EQ from Kjaerhus Audio) here:

http://freevst.prozone.sk/free-vst-eq-effect/index.php?select=q&sort=name

Bionic Delay: Sweet delay VST with some cool features. Tinker with it a bit and you can achieve some out of this world sounds. The page also includes several other VST's from Interruptor:

http://www.interruptor.ch/vst_overview.shtml

Crazy Diamonds: This one's a VSTi that gets some incredible vintage string sounds:

http://www.kvraudio.com/get/193.html

ADT (artificial double tracking): Very useful, especially for vocals:

http://www.kvraudio.com/get/3549.html

The Anvil: A 3-channel tube preamp simulator for guitar brought to you by Ignite Amps.

http://www.igniteamps.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=47&Itemid=55&lang=en

SliCeR: Cool step sequencer (or "super-tremolo" as they call it). Produces some interesting sounds. I've used it on a couple of guitar intros, but it's also a nice effect for drums:

http://www.gogma.com/diverse/

BTE Audio: TS' Secret and Juicy77. TSS is a tube screamer model that's pretty good (not quite as good as the SimulAnalog TS in my opinion, but still useful) and Juicy77 is a nice amp simulator. Juicy77 is very nice for high-gain bluesy rock. They're both at the bottom of the page:

http://www.bteaudio.com/products/index.html

Xcita: A good analog-style aural exciter. It's inspired by/based on the BBE Sonic Maximizer models. There's also the BAXXPANDER (a vintage bass expander) on the page that's worth the download:

http://www.uv.es/ruizcan/p_vst.htm

VocEQPro: Another EQ, but this one specializes as a vocal EQ. There's a few other EQ's on the page. VocEQPro is at the bottom:

http://www.terrywest.nl/equalizers.html

Like I said, these are just a few of the ones that I use a lot. I'll probably add to this list later. Hope you find something useful

ADDED:

TAL plugins: A variety of good plugins. Seems to me to be a great place for anyone that uses a Linux/Mac OS:

http://kunz.corrupt.ch/

TSE Audio: Some very nice amp/effect guitar plugins. The X50 is a cool 5150 model and their TSE808 is a pretty good tube screamer model. Check em out:

http://www.theserinaexperiment.net/website/software.htm
Last edited by GenericGenocide at Nov 3, 2011,
#2
TAL plugins should definitely be on the list. I use TAL plugins over a couple commercial plugin suites I bought a while back. If I was t on my phone I'd like it. Also TSE for guitar needs.
#3
I've never used TAL's plugins. I browsed their site once and it seemed like a good place for anyone that uses Linux or Mac though. TSE is good, I used to love their 808... Until I found the SA Tube Screamer I'll add both of them though. Thanks for the input
#4
Thanks a TON man. I'll def be checking some of these out after work heh
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#5
Unfortunatly the link for Crazy Diamonds download isn't working. Sad Day
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#7
Quote by FireHawk
TAL plugins should definitely be on the list. I use TAL plugins over a couple commercial plugin suites I bought a while back. If I was t on my phone I'd like it. Also TSE for guitar needs.


I love TAL. +1
#8
I have a question. So if I wanted to use the TSE 808 vst (stombox right?), does that mean I still need to download a "head" and "cab" vst as well? I'm really a noob with the whole software vst thing but I'm trying to learn and get the hang of it
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#9
Quote by EncoreBlade
I have a question. So if I wanted to use the TSE 808 vst (stombox right?), does that mean I still need to download a "head" and "cab" vst as well? I'm really a noob with the whole software vst thing but I'm trying to learn and get the hang of it

Depends on your situation are your recording guitar straight into an interface? If so then yes you do.

BTW the best TSE plugin is the B.O.D. why it get no love? lol
#11
Tried the first few of that list and they are quite nice. I'll be trying the rest later.
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#13
Quote by FireHawk
Depends on your situation are your recording guitar straight into an interface? If so then yes you do.

BTW the best TSE plugin is the B.O.D. why it get no love? lol


Yea I'll be recording straight into the interface. So if I am going to be using a VST to get the distorted sound, does that mean I have to play into the interface on a clean channel? Or will I be able to hear what the VST sounds like in real time, as if I'm treating the computer as my amp and hearing it playback while I record?
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Quote by EncoreBlade
Yea I'll be recording straight into the interface. So if I am going to be using a VST to get the distorted sound, does that mean I have to play into the interface on a clean channel? Or will I be able to hear what the VST sounds like in real time, as if I'm treating the computer as my amp and hearing it playback while I record?


Some systems are able to let you hear the effects in real time while recording but I avoid this out of habit. I started off with some pretty lame hardware and trying to hear live effects ate too much RAM which in turn caused a lot of latency problems. If you've got a top-notch computer, go for it. If not, record dry (I mean dry as in hearing nothing but your guitar) and post-edit the effects.

When you record, just record normally. Plug in to your interface and DAW and hit record. Add the effects to your tracks afterwards. Most interfaces are using a "clean" channel by nature so to speak. As long as the interface doesn't clip while you're recording, you'll get a good clean sound. But in short, yes, if you're using VST/modeling effects, always record the guitar just as it sounds. The VSTs will do the heavy lifting and shape the sound around the initial recording, no problem.


And as for a good synth, check here:

http://www.vstplanet.com/Instruments/VST_Synthesizers.htm

I'd suggest one in particular but I use a vintage Genie for all of my synth needs . There's a ton on that page though and most of them are small, so it shouldn't take long to find one you really like. Just try em out and delete what ya don't like. Hope that helps