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Making Music on the Cheap- Freeware and Really Cheap Stuff


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  • #22535
    Avatar of graphite412
    graphite412
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    Because a number of people on here want to get into EDM production but don’t have the cash, I decided to make a list of quality vsts, programs, and audio applications. I want to only include quality programs because places like KVR, have 1000s of free apps and vsts, but it takes forever to find really great quality stuff.

    So here we go with the list. I’ll try to add stuff to it as time progresses.

    #35361
    Avatar of graphite412
    graphite412
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    Freeware or supercheap

    DAWS-

    Reaper- great DAW $40.
    Renoise- Great DAW/tracker about $70
    Fl Studio- Express Version $50

    paulstretch- great for making ambient sounds. This is a stand alone program with preview features. It slows down audio to extreme rates. Check out youtube for Justin Bieber’s tracks slowed down to 800%, they start to sound like ambient epics!!! Windows only.
    http://hypermammut.sourceforge.net/paulstretch/
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BnbMCA_mYI

    flux- Has two great quality freeware plugins
    bittersweet II and Stereo Tools- Bittersweet is a transient designer and Stereo Tools is a mid-side volume control. Stereo Tools is great for enhancing the stereo width of a sound, just don’t overuse it.

    Liquidsonics- Reverberate LE, Filtrate LE. Reverberate LE is a free convolution vst and Filtrate LE is a free linear phase EQ. These are high quality.
    http://www.liquidsonics.com/software_reverberate_le.htm
    http://www.liquidsonics.com/software_filtrate_le.htm

    Places to find free reverb impulses in .wav formats. These can be uploaded to many popular DAW convolution reverb plugins as well as third party plugins.
    http://www.rhythminmind.net
    http://www.echochamber.ch

    Superwave P8- great sounding synth for being free. I personally think it sounds just as good as some of the $100 synths!
    http://www.superwavesynths.co.uk/product_p8.htm

    Elektrostudio analog pack- 10 vintage emulations. Great for some of those cheesy old synth sounds. Would be great for making vintage nostalgia.
    http://elektrostudio.ovh.org/index2.php

    Humanoid Sound Systems- Scanned synth- a donationware plugin. Pay what you will. Great for dubstep/glitch/dnb/idm. It is more of a niche plugin.
    http://www.humanoidsounds.co.uk/

    #35362
    Avatar of graphite412
    graphite412
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    KT Granulator- a granulation plugin- great for glitchy effects or pitch shifting or making weird sounds.
    http://koen.smartelectronix.com/KTGranulator/

    Audio Damage Rough Rider- great for making over compressed sounds and squashing things.
    http://www.audiodamage.com/downloads/product.php?pid=ADF002

    Sheppi- a Spacial Enhancer. Great for making a track sound wider. It is also nice for taking a mono track and giving it a stereo width.
    http://dallashodgson.info/articles/OpenAmbienceProject/

    Voxengo Span- probably the best free audio analizer. Recommended for DAW’s with crappy metering (i.e. Logic pro and Cubase)
    http://www.voxengo.com/product/span/

    Voxengo Recorder- records the output of your daw. Great for making sounds in real time!!!
    http://www.voxengo.com/product/recorder/

    Voxengo Stereo Touch- a mid-side stereo effects processor. Make a sound, sound wider,
    http://www.voxengo.com/product/stereotouch/

    Glitch- Great for making weird glitch sounds. Great for glitch hop or IDM. Does weird effects.
    http://illformed.org/plugins/glitch/

    ExpDigita Delta Series- Has filtering, multiband distortion, phasion, delays, and spatialisation. The multiband distortion would be perfect for making things crunchier. Uses for the multiband distortion include electro bases, hardstyle “tok” noises, and making flat samples sound punchier!
    http://www.expdigital.co.uk/

    reaplugins- These plugins are great for being free. The compressor is the cleanest free compressor that I’ve ever heard. It allows frequency specific compression for dessing and also a dry/wet option for parallel procession! The eq has unlimited parametric bands!
    http://www.reaper.fm/reaplugs/index.php

    #35363
    Avatar of djdunamis
    djdunamis
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    Kjaerhus Audio

    http://www.kvraudio.com/get.php?mode=results&st=d&c=278

    cool free effect plug-ins.

    #35364
    Avatar of frogb0tter
    frogb0tter
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    graph you are the man x infinity

    I plan to check out alllll this stuff. Best thread evar.

    If I get a chance to add to it I will. Freeware FTW.

    #35366
    Avatar of Taylorfranklyn
    Anonymous

    http://www.tweakbench.com has tons of free stuff!

    They have some great 8 bit synths and some awesome filters! tons of vst’s on that site.

    #35365
    Avatar of djdunamis
    djdunamis
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    @graphite412 wrote:

    DAWS-

    Reaper- great DAW $40.
    Renoise- Great DAW/tracker about $70
    Fl Studio- Express Version $50

    I would skip and go straight to FL Studio unless Trackers tickle your fancy. I don’t use it but I support it because it is a good program. The I saw a video on the new version coming out and its good.

    #35367
    Avatar of graphite412
    graphite412
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    the new version? Are you talking about Renoise 2.6? Renoise 2.6 does look like the business.

    By the way Reaper is a serious player in the DAW field now, and the cheapest option on a budget. I think all of the large music magazines features it in about every issue. It is like Pro Tools, but in my opinion it is better than LE or HD, both of which I have used.

    #35368
    Avatar of djdunamis
    djdunamis
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    @graphite412 wrote:

    the new version? Are you talking about Renoise 2.6? Renoise 2.6 does look like the business.

    By the way Reaper is a serious player in the DAW field now, and the cheapest option on a budget. I think all of the large music magazines features it in about every issue. It is like Pro Tools, but in my opinion it is better than LE or HD, both of which I have used.

    No I am talking about FL Studio.

    [youtube:3q24d15r]6PepWaoySiI[/youtube:3q24d15r]

    Reaper looks more like Logic than Pro Tools but all three are multi-track programs. PT HD software is the same as LE, just adds their audio processing cards so the PC doesn’t do all the work, whereas LE is all native. Pro Tools has better algorithms why it costs more. Way you can manipulate audio in it is nice. If Reaper can do the same, they’re selling themselves short and should charge more. There’s still differences between a cheap program and one that costs more. But really Pro Tools costs are with the interfaces. If program was ever sold by itself it would be like 200-250.

    just depends on how you want to work, Reaper or FL Studio.

    #35369
    Avatar of graphite412
    graphite412
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    I don’t know what better algorithms you could be talking about. Last I knew, Reaper had better dynamic range than Pro Tools HD and routing I know for sure is better. Reaper offers 64bit wav recording and rendering which offers like 384 dB of dynamic range. Pro Tools has only 48bit resolution max, which offers 288 dB of dynamic range. So Reaper would “sound” better technically but because we are in the analogue world we can only really get 32dB max resolution on playback or tracking. The only reason to have that high of bit resolution would be to do electronic music with high quality synths which would be able to have resolution to be on par with the bit depth. Anyway this is a different matter.

    Thing is with Pro Tools is it now comes bundled with some effects and instruments. In version 7 this wasn’t the case; well maybe it had like 3 plugins. It is also an industry standard in America for recording studios, but this really doesn’t matter because the recording studio industry will continue to as recording software and equipment becomes cheaper and cheaper. For edm and electronica this industry standard title does little for us because we are the artist not a recording studio trying to make money by creating projects that are highly compatible with other studios. The downside is that vst offers more plugins than rtas and tdm. Also you have to have their dedicated software. Reaper does not need hardware and can used ASIO For All so after $40 you can basically start going to town. Also you can put it on a number of computers with the license.

    Anyway I just had to show Reaper’s superiority over Pro Tools. lol
    :lol:
    WAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    #35370
    Avatar of djdunamis
    djdunamis
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    @graphite412 wrote:

    The downside is that vst offers more plugins than rtas and tdm. Also you have to have their dedicated software. Reaper does not need hardware and can used ASIO For All so after $40 you can basically start going to town. Also you can put it on a number of computers with the license.

    Anyway I just had to show Reaper’s superiority over Pro Tools. lol
    :lol:
    WAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You can use VST with Pro Tools, you just need a VST wrapper and it works fine. Though most commercial plug-ins come with RTAS versions as well. It’s when you start using all freeware and donateware that has problems.

    To be honest, I haven’t had a problem with PT and has worked fine for me. Only gripe is the program not working without the interface on the LE/M-Audio versions. That just limits you to what audio interface you can use. But since I need to repair mine soon, I’ll be deciding to stick with it or not.

    I’m currently setting up a Windows audio machine again, so I’ll be trying out Reaper soon to see what’s all the fuss about.

    #35371
    Avatar of graphite412
    graphite412
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    I know there are some guys who have customized their interface to be like Pro Tools and show how to go through the process on some of their youtube videos. You might check them out if you look to pick up reaper.

    #35372
    Avatar of Taylorfranklyn
    Anonymous

    http://www.tweakbench.com

    some really sweet vst’s in there
    my fave is grumblebum
    they also have some sweet 8bit stuff

    #35373
    Avatar of djomegarush
    djomegarush
    Member

    Just got the FL10 upgrade. New playlist is throwing me off. It should be familiar since it seems to be lining up with other DAWs like Acid, Cubase, ect. Use to the older style of playlist. I can work in Acid / Cubase fun. Just looks funny in Fruity loops. I like it. Just feels out of place.

    #35377
    Avatar of sauce
    sauce
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    I am going to throw Ardour in there, as it is a full-featured audio suite, and is *FREE*:

    http://ardour.org/

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