Free instrument links

This is a list of all the free digital music instruments I could find along with some free digital audio workstations.

Cakewalk is a top 10 DAW and it is free. You can get it here. Note that you have to create a Bandlab account or link it to Google or Facebook to use Cakewalk. There are some free youtube videos on how to use this and since it is a variant of Sonar, you can watch Sonar videos too.

There is another passable DAW called Tracktion which is free. Here is Version 6.

There are three instrument formats on the this list VSTi, SFZ and SF2. VSTs or VSTis simply load into your DAW and don’t need special software to play. SFZ and SF2 files may require a player if your DAW doesn’t have built in support.

A note of thanks to VST4Free, he hosts many of my VSTs and others you will find here.

For SFZ format use Sforzando

For SF2 use DSK SF2

Multi Instrument Plugins & Collections

Sample Science Player (VST)

Kontakt 5 Player (VST) Or the Komplete Players (VST) including Guitar Rig and Reaktor

Sampletank 3 Custom Shop (VST)

Proteus VX (VST)

Free Sounds for ARIA Engine Volume 1 (SFZ) Works with Sforzando

Musyng Kite Soundfont (SF2) 

Entire Orchestras

Virtual Playing Orchestra (SFZ)

VSCO 2 Community Orchestra (SFZ)

VSCO2 Community Orchestra (VSTi)

VSCO 1 Orchestra (VSTi)

Sonatina Symphonic Orchestra (SFZ)

Sonatina Symphonic Orchestra (VSTi)

DSK Overture (VSTi)

DSK Virtuoso (VSTi)

Note the Orchestras listed above contain Strings, Brass, Woodwinds and Percussion.

Strings

Labs Strings (VSTi)

DSK Strings (VSTi)

Sustain Strings SFZ Lite (SFZ) (requires email)

Orchestral Strings One (VSTi)

LDK1609 Violin (VSTi)

D. Smolken’s multi-sampled double bass  (SFZ)

Karoryfer x bigcat Cello (SFZ)

Meatbass (SFZ)

Cellofan (VSTi)

Solo Cello (SFZ)

Double Bass Pizz (SFZ)

Warm Strings (SFZ)

M-theory (VSTi)

Brass

Iowa Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba (VSTi)

DSK Brass (VSTi)

NoiseCrux Multisampled Brass Ensemble (SFZ)

Mihai Sorohan Muted Trumpet (SF2) 

Woodwinds

Iowa Flute, Bass Flute (VSTi)

RECsoprano (VSTi)

Ixox Flute (SF2)

Choirs

Sonatina Choir (VSTi)

NST Vocal (VSTi)

DSK ChoirZ (VSTi)

Organs / Church Bells

S30 (VSTi)

Combo Model F (VSTi)

Orgue de Salon (SF2) (a house organ)

AZR3 (VSTi)

Supertone (VSTi)

The Ghent Carillon (SF2)

Harpsichords

The Blanchet 1720 (SF2)

The Small Italian (SF2)

Pianos

Ivy Audio Piano in 162  (SFZ) – Steinway – Must register

Estate Grand LE (SFZ) Kawai – Must register.

Sampletank 3 Custom Shop (VST) includes a lovely Steinway

Piano One (VSTi) Yamaha C7

Salamander Piano (SFZ) Choose Acoustic Grand and scroll down

Salamander Piano (VSTi) Yamaha C5

Keyzone Classic (VSTi)

Skerratt London (VSTi)

Iowa Piano (VSTi) – Steinway

City Piano (VSTi) – Baldwin

Shrine Piano (SFZ) – Kawai

Upright Piano (SFZ)

Labs Soft Piano (VSTi)

CV Piano (VSTi) Kawia

VS1 Upright (VSTi)  Upright

4Front Piano (VSTi) Upright

DSK AkoustiK KeyZ (VSTi)

Jazz Baby (VSTi) Upright

Upright Piano (pre 1900) (SF2) Upright – Must register

Prova (VSTi) Upright

HS Classic Grand (SF2, Sampletank, Refill)

MDA Piano (VSTi) 

E-Pianos

HamOrg (SFZ)

Rocksichord (VSTi, free Kontakt Player) – Need to sign up

DPiano – E (VSTi)

MDA E-Piano (VSTi)

4Front E-Piano (VSTi)

4Front R-Piano (VSTi)

DSK RhodeZ (VSTi)

Mister Tramp 2 (VSTi)

Merlittzer (VSTi)

Acoustic Guitars

Flame Studios  (SF2) Ibanez Steel String, Seagull Steel String, Kay 5-String Banjo

Shinyguitar (SFZ) Archtop Guitar

Ample Sound Lite (VSTi)

DSK Dynamic Guitars (VSTi)

Natural Concert Guitar (VSTi)

Ultimate Guitar Kit 2  or here (SF2) from the guy who owns orange tree samples now

Spicy Guitar (VSTi)

Revitar 2 (VSTi) (Acoustic, Electric and Bass)

Oderions Guitar Steel Chords (SFZ)

Electric Guitars

Flame Studios (SF2) Eight Guitars

Cute Emily (SFZ)

DSK Electrik GuitarZ (VSTi)

DVS Guitar (VSTi)

NoiseCrux Peavey Predator electric guitar (SFZ)

Les Paul SG Custom (VSTi)

Suburban Guitarist (VSTi)

Bass Guitars

(note if bass guitar makes no sound, transpose midi 1 octave higher)

Pasta Bass (SFZ)

Flame Studios (SF2), FS Washburn Acoustic, FS Ibanez Electric, FS Yamaha Electric

Project16 Rick 4001 Bass (SFZ)

GrowlyBass (SFZ)

SwagBass (SFZ)

FashionBass (SFZ)

Ergo Electric Upright Bass (SFZ)

Ample Bass P Lite II (VSTi)

Steinberg VB-1 (VSTi)

DSK BassZ (VSTi)

4 Front Bass (VSTi)

Tubed Bass (SFZ)

Guitar / Bass Amps

NRR1 by Ignite Amps

PTEq-X by Ignite Amps

TPA-1 by Ignite Amps

Guitar Rig Free

Amplitube

Fretted Synth

Drum Kits

DrumMic’a (VSTi, free Kontakt Player) Amazing drumset with midi patterns, but you have to register in German. This site walks you through it. It’s a pain, but likely the best free instrument in existence.

SM Drums (SFZ & Others)

MT Power Drum Kit (VSTi) note requires free registration

Salamander Drumkit (SFZ) Download the samples. Then you add the sfz files as instructed.

Labs Drums (VSTi)

Free Jazz Funk Drum Sample Library (SFZ)

Open Source Drumkit (SFZ)

Easyrider and RuffRider (SFZ)

Pettinhouse Kits (SF)  

Electronic Drum Kits

Da Real 110 (SFZ)

EDX80 (VSTi)

GTG DPC 3 (VSTi)

ERS Drums (VSTi)

Impaktor (VSTi)

Pettinhouse Kits (SF)

DSK DrumZ MachineZ (VSTi)

DSK Synth Drums (VSTi)

Saxophones

Bear Sax (SFZ)

Iowa Alto Sax, Soprano Sax (VSTi)

DVS Saxophone (VSTi)

DSK SaxophoneZ (VSTi)

Bolder Instruments Mini Sax (SFZ)

Harmonicas

Bolder Instruments Harmonica (SFZ)

DSK Harmonica (VSTi)

World Instruments

DSK World StringZ (VSTi)

DSK Indian DreamZ (VSTi)

DSK Asian DreamZ (VSTi)

Gododze Phu (SFZ)

Diatonic Accordion (SF2)

FLukelele Ukelele (SFZ)

Varazuvi Indian Flute (VSTi)

Bolder Instruments Thumb Piano (SFZ)

Kettle Drum (VSTi)

Struck Idiophones

Alan ViSTa (VSTi) plus gongs and cymbals

PatchArena Marimba (SFZ)

Bowed Vibraphone (SFZ)

dmiHammer (VSTi)

Music Boxes, Toys and Oddities

Bolder Sounds DIY Music Box (SFZ)

Bolder Sounds Toy Piano (SFZ)

Baby Piano (VSTi)

The Grandfather’s Clock (SF2)

The Shepherd (VSTi)

Arpeggiator

BlueArp (VST)

Other Resources

Bedroom Producers Blog has a slew of free VSTs including Instruments, Effects and Utilities.

VST4Free is devoted to free VSTis and has many gems.

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