This page provides info and links relating to FREE Virtual organs, synths and effects for musicians who create and record using a VST host. All of the virtual instruments and FX you'll find via this site are created exclusively in house.
THE NEW ENSEMBLETRON
New for 2016 (well, I'm sneaking it out just before Xmas '15), the Ensembletron is an analogue-type string machine with bags of character and a special three-stage Ensemble section for rich, spatial stereo animation. You can customise between '70s vintage lo-fi and an '80s-style hi-fi, but you'll always get the characteristic Ensembletron personality. You can download this FREEWARE VSTi now from the Ensembletron String Synth page.
THE CLASSIC H
A brief preview of the Classic H VST organ – the two-manual tonewheel impersonator with selectable key-splits, which is now available for download here at Planet Botch. As you’ll hear if you click the SoundCloud stream below, it’s definitely got that sound. Other than a Latin preset beat sample I took from my old Yamaha PS-1, and some added outboard reverb and limiter, the recording is all Classic H…
Click Here to go to the Classic-H download page
If you're interested in a very quick crash course on setting Hammond type drawbars for your own sounds, see Setting Hammond Drawbars - The Easy Way.
The free Stomp King VST effects currently number eight units.
RELEASED IN FEBRUARY 2012 - THE SKANKSTA...
The Skanksta is essentially a modified Vox Continental II with variable key-splitting and built in rotary speaker. It has a light and bright sound and is particularly suited to ska and other strongly rhythmic musics.
Here's the link to the Skanksta's download page
MUTINY POLYSYNTH, STILL AVAILABLE FOR FREE DOWNLOAD...
FreeST's polysynth - The Mutiny - is still available for free download. This is a retro-style VSTi with all its controls easily accessible on the front panel, no complicated concepts, and no hidden parameters. It represents a return to the days before keyboardists were required to spend months learning to program a synth. If you're looking for high quality analogue-type sounds and simply want to load up and play, you may find that the FreeST Mutiny is what you've been looking for.
Here's the link to the FreeST Mutiny download page.
RO-TUBE REPLACES REAL ROTOR
The REAL ROTOR VST rotary speaker is still available as a separate effect. However, those looking for the best VST rotary speaker freeware are now advised to try the Stomp King SK-6 Ro-Tube as a first resort. The SK-6 is much more simple to use, addresses issues found in the Rear Rotor, and has a more impressive sound. Don't be put off by its 'pedal' format - the Ro-Tube is a major improvement on the Real Rotor.
OTHER FREE.S.T. ORGANS...
The FreeST virtual organs are supplied as VST plug-ins only, and are downloaded as simple, ready-to-use .dll files. After downloading the .dll file, place it in your VST host’s VstPlugins folder. Most VST hosts will then detect the instrument automatically. If you normally have to add your VSTis manually, please use the same process to add these.
The FreeST virtual organs create their sounds in the traditional way, with each drawbar or voicing fader having its own dedicated, independently working oscillator. This sound production system places comparatively heavy demands on the computer’s CPU, so you should be aware that these VSTis will use more system resources than average. This, however, should not present any problem with a relatively modern PC (models from the past five years or so). Please also note that these VSTis can take a few moments to load into the host application.
Please bear in mind that these VSTis are freeware, produced by a hobbyist rather than a business, and they are in no way guaranteed bug-free. Every effort has been taken to make these virtual instruments as usable as possible for a wide range of PC owners, but in some circumstances they may not perform as intended, and they are employed at the user’s own risk. No responsibility can be taken for mishaps which may occur through the adoption or use of any FreeST VSTi. In choosing to download the files, you absolve Planet Botch of all responsibility.
Here are the links to the organs...
The Skanksta (ska-orientated organ with selectable key-splits)
The GutterSnipe (rock organ with unusual ten-drawbar system and overdrive)
The Rawgan (versatile combo organ / analogue synth hybrid with assignable drawbar tones)
The VSTV2 (Classic 1960s organ)
The VSTX3 (Korg CX3-style analogue tonewheel simulator with added 'outboard' rotary & chorus)
The Nash (late '70s / early '80s-style home organ with drawbars and effects)