Hey all, it’s a February update for the Best Free VSTs list. Lots of new modeled instruments and formats, and many Pianobook libraries on the list have been ported to Decent Sampler since December.
Detunized.com is down, so the Philippinian percussion instruments are unavailable. I left them on the list for now in case this is just a temporary maintenance thing.
- 11 new instruments: aeolian harp, bass drum, birch trumpet, carnyx, cheek pops, dulcitone, frog guiro, glass dish, organetta, sheng, tenor drum
- 2 new articulations: bowed bouzouki, bowed marimba
- 16 new format alternatives: bodhran (NKI, dspreset), body kit (SFZ), didgeridoo (NKI WinVST), electric bass slaps (VST AU), gyil (WinVST), hand bells (VST AU AAX), jew’s harp (NKI), music box (NKI ALP), pandeiro (VST AU), rainstick (WinVST), semi-acoustic guitar (dspreset), taiko (NKI), tibetan singing bowl (dspreset), toms (WinVST), toy marimba (dspreset), wooden stick (NKI)
- 2 new notes: Alpine Project’s license terms and info on getting Have Audio Ristretto instruments for free.
- 8+ fixed links: Pulpo Audio instruments, Arman Bohn Glass Armonica, Audio Ollie E-String, Cavaquinho Waves, NoiseCollector Kazoo SFZ, Karoryfer Weresax, Sample Modern Detuned Upright, Wavelet Audio Cold Sul Ponticello
- 5 instruments lost to the void: Faycel Sounds’ website is no longer available and the video for Quique Prieto’s Congas Acusticas has been deleted.
- 3 instruments moved: Xylophones: lithophone →bars hit with sticks: lithophone; wooden stick → found sounds: wooden kit; toy xylophone → toy glockenspiel