Best Free VST Plugins, Free Instruments, Synths & Vocal Effects For Hip Hop Music Production
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We finally reached the VST peak and as usual, this article will discover only the best virtual plugins that you can find on the internet. And guess what? Yes, completely free of charge. But as sloppiness also isn`t our feature, you will get a fine section distribution sorted by the type of the plugin depending on the final need of use.
VST’s For Synths & Mixing
There will be best VSTs for Mixing, best virtual synths, we will try to find also the best one that will give that super-quality Master sound for your final production touch, so you can really get a good use of it all. And as you know, we are all about Hip Hop, so home producers or not, prepare for your “must have” dose of “Best Free VSTs” for Hip Hop Music Production. Here we go!
Starting From The Bottom
For Hip Hop, a nice fat bottom is everything. And I`m not talking about them hood sisters in the dance videos. Without a tight low end, your production fades away easily. Besides having a crucial kick to lead the tempo and give a strong steps towards your hit, a high-quality bass line in sync with it is a must. Here are top free VSTs bass synths.
U-he TYRELL N6 – V3.0 REV 389
Although a bit old school, Tyrell N6 still keeps that good high standard sound with great pack of bass line samples in its library that will blow your mind away. Available for PC and MAC in both 32 and 64-bit versions. Check out the video review below:
Steinberg`s Model-E synth bass is a classical analog one with ultra-low CPU use. It features 3 oscillators, one noise generator, 6 waveforms per oscillator, 2 envelope generators, 2 and 4-pole LPFs and so much more. Check the video preview and if you like it, click in the link below to download:
From Togu Audio Line comes incredible TAL-Elek7ro, virtual analog synth with 2 oscilators, 1 sub-oscillator, 1 noise oscillator, low-pass resonance filter, mono and poly mode, 2 LFOs and more. Just so you can play and construct your way into your own symphony by creating anything from percussions to deep basses. Here is the video review and the download link below:
LinPlug – FreeAlpha
A smaller version of actual Alpha from Lin Plug, FreeAlpha gives just enough for its free giveaway. Just enough bass for your quality Hip Hop ideas. Preview it here:
Your Daily Pill Of Free Effects
Now as for the effect plugins, free market is a lot wider and it`s only logical, because there are tons of effect that you can use. And given the wide number of companies that makes them, you surely won`t be lacking in this apartment at all. Here are some of the best Effect VSTs for Hip Hop production.
GSnap (Auto-Tune Effect)
One of the most used effects in Hip Hop now days is of course the notorious auto-tune one, and most of you will be more than happy to own a decent free plugin that does exactly what you need and don`t bugs at all. That`s exactly the story with GSnap right here. GVST created this easy-to-use app, but if you unfamiliar with auto-tune or not there yet with basic knowledge, watch the video tutorial first and then grab it in the download link below.
Klanghelm DC1A (Dynamic Processor)
This free mixing effect has only too knobs and enables an easy access of your mixdown shaping. This vintage baby will undoubtedly help you squash that amount of sound you need without getting too messy. One of the cool functions is “Deep” that works as a side-chain High-Pass filter, once enabled will keep your low end almost intact while you work your way up in the mix. Here`s the tutorial:
And the download link.
Klanghelm IVGI (Distortion And Saturation)
Another one from Klanghelm, subtle distorter and saturator, that you can use maybe the best on your drums, percussions especially. But basically you could apply it everywhere, get those vocals fixed, your bass stabilized ect. Watch how Dj Ave use it in his Trap project:
Download it here.
Tokyo Dawn Records VOS SlickEQ (Mixing Equalizer)
Another great vintage EQ to use, but it will most help with matching those drums. Watch the video preview:
Vladg/sound Nova-67P (Multiband Compressor And Sidechainer)
This great tool for shaping them drums and a must-have free VST plugin. Get your kick on that sidechain to dynamically control the bass and get that pump. Here`s the video:
Brainworx BX Cleansweep (High-Pass Filter)
You know that your fat Hip Hop end depends on a good clean up of unwanted lows from other instruments. This freebee works just fine. A High-Pass filtering to sweep those unwanted sonics. His manufacturer is Plugin Alliance so there`s no need to ponder on any doubtful thoughts. Watch it in use:
Flux Bittersweet (Transient Manager)
Another cool one button sweep processor to shape up your drums, bring the transients up or make them less present, or to carve your bass guitar in. As drums are a bit more on a hot roll call here, here`s the video tutorial for it:
TAL-Chorus-LX (Chorus Effect)
From Togu Audio Line comes a free VST for a Chorus effect, that you can use on your vocals or guitar shaping. Watch it on vocal editing here:
More interesting free Chorus VSTs can be found in the next video below:
Sonimus SonEQ (Mixing EQ)
This magic EQ will save you a lot of money. When mixing drums comes into action and you need to try out some other stuff besides your usual VSTs, Sonmimus SonEQ is your perfect pitch. Khm, peak. I mean pick. 😉 Watch it in action in the video below:
MeldaProduction MfreqShifter (Creative Effect Plugin)
My favorite Melda Production company made another fine VST plugin and this time it dwells on a frequency shifting mode. MfreqShifter is a great free tool for your creative ideas. Here`s a thorough and versatile video tutorial:
More Free Compression
Bunch of free compressor VSTs is out there to be tested, take your mouse and click away to choose what`s best for your needs. Here is the list:
- Endorphin (dual-band stereo compressor)
- Fl4TT3RY 2 (Bus Compressor)
- jsCompShaper (Compressor)
- Thrillseeker LA (Digital Stereo Leveling Amplifier)
- TDR Feedback Compressor (Dynamic Range Copressor)
- GComp 2 (Dynamic Processor)
- 5ORCERY (Multiband Compressor)
- GMulti (Multiband Compressor)
- OTT (Multiband Compressor)
- ReaXcomp (Multiband Compressor)
- T-SLEDGE (Multiband Compressor)
- Compressive Pro (Sidechain Compressor)
- Density MkII (Sidechain Compressor)
Ready For Some Limiting Actions?
After your basic compression adds, another type of squeeze is of most importance for your actual mixdown. But as usual attention stands, it`s crucial to be very careful with these as pushing your mix too hard may cause exactly the opposite, the most unwanted effect. That`s why it is also very important to choose the right VST. Here are some good free examples:
Limiter No6 by Vladislav Goncharov
Word spreads it`s the no.1 limiter among them freebees, wired with 5 channels of signal limiting, it will comb your mix with as much preciseness as you need. From transparent RMS compressor, to peak limiter, high-frequency limiter, clipper and a final true peak limiter, No.6 will give that gentle touch to your track and enable you to reach the desired loudness with out ever clipping. Here`s the video test:
Wanna get loud quick and stay good friends with quality? Then get one of the most used free VSTs, LoudMax from LOUD. This little baby provides a subtle changes to your sound without damaging the original signal, providing you a quick fix when needed. Watch it in the video below:
Free, easy and of a great end performance. Limited-Z is another good free VST choice, a free version of actual Limited Max original that will provide the necessary actions and give expected results even in its limited edition. Limit away!
Third best free limiter is George Yohng`s W1. Available for Windows only, this compressor was made on the impressions of L1 Ultramaximizer by Waves. The final version which is promised to include the limiting meters and a graph but even without it, it will secure you a smooth limiting curves just as your taste likes it.
More Free Limiters
Couple of more free limiters to complete your library are collected below, so, research them before you try, or download right away and see how they fit your skills. All of them showed impressive results on a free VST level, so I thing you won`t be disappointed. Here they are:
Welcome To The Sampling Laboratory
And now, many producer`s most wanted tool, a sampling VST plugins. Some can`t imagine their workflow without this ones, but for some like my self, although living it, sampling is my second love behind arranging my own stuff from the bottom.
On the other way, if you want to spread your creativity and create your own sound sampling library, you must have at least one good sampler. And when it`s picked out for you at no charge, you cannot allow your self to miss it. Here they are.
Vember Audio Shortcircuit
28 filter types, playback mode and a couple of more cool features, this sampler fits just fine for your producer needs but it`s only made in 32-bit version and for Windows only, Check out the vocal sampling preview below:
Sonic Charge Cyclone
Old-school sampler is straight fire! And again with awesome Dj Ave check out how you can turn your samples into a high-quality production sounds:
Another decent sampler created to give that vintage feel of the classic Yamaha TX16W hardware sampler machine. Peep the quick review here:
What Else Is There To Sample Use
Here is the rest of them free VSTs for sampling that you can check out and test for your self:
Next in line, you simply can`t imagine your Hip Hop producer life without, is the golden hand of Drum Machine VST. As there is a pretty long list of them and not all are suitable for our sphere of workflow, no matter the free price, here are couple of best picks for your top-notch execution:
- DigiDrum Pro by Audio Sonic (great sounds)
- Roland TR 808 Drum Machine Vst
- SL Drums 3
Through Space And Time (Delay And Reverb VSTs)
As we are closing to the end of this long road, as I wanted to really research from bottom to top to find the best of the best free VSTs for Hip Hop production, there are couple of more categories left that must be noted. First and foremost, after we are done with the arrangement and couple of compression touches, it`s time to give our projects some free quality space and time. Here are best Delay and Reverb VSTs for Hip Hop:
Modeled on the Boss DM-100 Delay Machine, ET-301 gives a nice feedback and sparkle to your track, whether it`s a vocal or instrumental one. Check the short video below:
E-Phonic`s Retro Delay
With huge amount of features and a dedicated limiter, the Retro Delay will twist your waves whatever you like. Check the intro video here:
e-Phonic Tape Delay V02
Another good VST from e-Phonic, Tape Delay V02 is great free add to your delay library. Watch it in action here:
Wat Kat (Delay)
One of the most used free delay VST that`s easy on your CPU, very light and also peace of cake in use. Give it a look and try below:
Mo` Verb (Reverb VST)
Reverberator with early and late reflections, wall reflection filter, stereo imager, gate and 40+ presets. What more can you want out of free VST. Find it in this video show casting the best Reverb free plugins:
TAL Reverb 3
TAL gives us another free VST treat in Reverb section as well. TAL Reverb 3, very easy to use plugin that you can check out in work in the video below:
Tila 2 (Room Reverb)
Unfortunately I couln`t find an adequate video link for Tila2, but I`ve heard a good user critiques and I`m downloading it for my self to try it out. It does use some of your CPU, but I think it`s nothing drastic. If you can trust me, then click the download button below:
The Rest Of The EQrew
In this closing-to-the-end section I will only leave couple of more downloadable links of the various types of best free EQ VSTs to fill in your hard drives. Here it is:
- Colour EQ
- Dust Equalizer
- Easy Q
- N6 Paragraphic Equalizer
- NCL Phase EQ
- Paris EQ
- Slick EQ
Last Counting Scrubs
For the end, even though there is so much left to say and show, you cannot deny that this is more than enough free virtual gadgeting for one day, right? There are still couple of more VST categories left to mention ( more Filters, Noise Gates, Phasers, Saturation plugins and couple of Transient Shapers and Enhancer/Expanders). But, we`ll leave that for a whole another article if you like this one.
Hope this will give you some sort of perspective and learning curve for your better mixes of tomorrow. Keep up with us and contact for any article you would like us to write and whatever you would like to read about scanned thoroughly by yours one and only.