If you are completely new to VST plugins -here is a short description of what they are, and what to do with them:
VST is an open and free audio plugin standard created by Steinberg
in 1996, that allows any third party developer to create their own VST software plugins for free or commercial use.
VST instruments (VSTi's) generate audio signals (make sound). VST effects process audio signals (change the sound).
VST audio instruments and effects can't run independently on a computer.
Instead they must be executed from within a VST host application.
All you need is the VST host application.
Basically a VST host application is an audio software program that can execute/ run VST plugins.
There are many both commercial and free ones to choose from. If you're just looking for a simple and effective
host to play your VST instruments and effects in, we recommend the
by Hermann Seib.
You can also visit our
free software studio / sequencer
section to find the best free professional Digital Audio Workstations (DAW) to produce music in.
Exactly how to install VST's differs from VST plugin to plugin, but usually it is very simple:
Just unpack the (.dll) files in the right directory, and the host will find the plug-ins automatically for you.
You will, most likely, have to setup your audio- and/or MIDI connections within the VST host
-especially the MIDI-setup for your controller keyboard (if you have one) can sometimes be a bit tricky. Trial and error is often the way to go...
On Best-Free-VST.com we are trying to cut through the numbers and present only the very best free VST plugins within each category.
You may agree with us in our choices. Or, more likely, you may not :)
Should you need more ammunition for your sonic arsenal than you can find here, we recommend:
They list just about all the VST plugins known to man...
Important! Mac and Linux users, look