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decent cheapish/free vsts for cubase?

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I'm using cubase sx-3, and it'd be nice to have a handfull of plugins and things for it, but I don't want to just swamp my computer with all the ones out there. So ideally I'd like to have one or two really good ones of each of these


Mellotron sim

Hammond organ sim




Modulations (Phaser, flanger, rotating speaker, chorus etc)



And maybe a distortion in case I can't use my amp (I hear that a demo of NI guitar rig can be downloaded free?)


Also, what are the better sounding midi drum programs? I heard one called Tape808 which sounds nice for regular drum machine sounds, but for realistic kit sounds?


Thanks :)

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The best place for tons of VSTs:


Forum post about free Mellotron stuff:


(although in terms of the Mellotron, nothing is going to beat this: http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_us/GForceMTron-main.html)

For a superb collection of free reverb, compressor, EQ and modulation plug-ins, go here and check out the free downloads. Kjaerhus designed the Vintage Channel in Cakewalk's Sonar.


Guitar amp VSTs:

Look for SimulAnalog, ReValver and a few others alongside Amplitube and Guitar Rig.

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The best/most used VSTs I have are


- ORGANized Trio (Hammond): http://www.soundfonts.it/?a=read&b=13

- Tapeworm (simple but free Mellotron): http://www.tweakbench.com/tapeworm

- Arcdev Et-200 (Gorgeous analog delay. I use it on literally everything. I wish I had solid version): http://www.kvraudio.com/get/1008.html

- S.I.R (free impulse reverb. Amazing, unbeatable, but a little different and to and more complicated than regular vst plugins etc.): http://www.knufinke.de/sir/

- Stringer (You didn't ask for it, but I love it too much not to recommend. Cheesy synth string synth. Has a mellotron setting): http://www.falkes.org/music/falkelab.php?id=C0_5_4

- Endorphin (Great free compressor, imho the best out): http://www.digitalfishphones.com/main.php?item=2&subItem=3


All these plus the kjaerhus stuff and you've got a pretty nice collection. They're all free btw.

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Kvr is the place to go.


For really good guitar amp/pedal vsti's check out simulanalog suite - http://www.simulanalog.org/GSuite.zip

- Boss DS-1 (Distortion stompbox)

- Boss SD-1 (Super Overdrive stompbox)

- Tube Screamer (Overdrive stompbox)

- Oberheim PS-1 (Phaser stompbox)

- Univox Univibe (Modulations stompbox)

- Fender Twin 1969 (Guitar amplifier)

- Marshall JCM900 Dual Reverb (Guitar amplifier)


are all included, they aren't skinned but dont let that put you off, they are excellent.

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