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This week, we’ve done nothing but pummel you with loads of gear you want. So, while you’re saving up thousands … sorry, tens of thousands of dollars for new analog gear from the 1970s, you might not be in the mood to ante up for a compressor or bass line synth.

If you also couldn’t be bothered to carefully scour my article on how the purchasing of software is about to change forever, let me spoil some of the fine print for you:

Collaboration tool Splice just quietly launched the biggest, best-organized database of free plug-ins I’ve ever seen.

Here it is:

https://splice.com/plugins/free_plugins

Now, the fact that it’s on Splice is actually important. That online site of collaborators has also amassed a huge pile of data about what people actually use. So if community members have uploaded a project using these plug-ins, the site knows. That associates projects with the plug-ins, and tells you which you’d actually use. It also means you can use this as a jumping-off point for collaboration – and a source of tools for which neither of you have to pay. (Hello, poor people collaborations, I’m with you!)

It’s not just Big Data working out what matters, though. Splice have also done some serious curating here, so everything is neatly organized and has big, bright screenshots. It seems they’ll also feature especially good stuff. Some downloads require Splice login (but then that also means you get them right away); others whisk you off to the developer’s site.

It’s the biggest, nicest, least-random, no-dead-links, most-actually-useful guide to free plug-ins I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen a few.

My guess is that this could entice people to the Splice store, too, when they do want to invest in software. In other words, if you’re trying to build a popular store, you might want some free options to help you do it. (And I will say, even though there are lots of free plug-ins that can be a great deal of fun and spark some creativity, I also have no doubt many other plug-ins are worth paying for.)

So, have a look. And please, shout out in comments any good ones you find.

  • jkant
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  • Interesting! Our previous resource was this: http://www.kvraudio.com/q.php?search=1&q=&pr%5B%5D=f

  • Interesting! Our previous resource was this: http://www.kvraudio.com/q.php?search=1&q=&pr%5B%5D=f

  • Interesting! Our previous resource was this: http://www.kvraudio.com/q.php?search=1&q=&pr%5B%5D=f

  • Foosnark

    “everything is neatly organized”

    Unless you see something different when logged in, it’s a big list in seemingly random order, without categories, tags, or a search feature.

    And if it does get a lot better when logged in, it hasn’t communicated that to me in a way that would entice me to sign up.

    • Johnny G

      Foosnark – the plugins are organized by actual user popularity, tracked in real time. Pretty neat!

      • Hans Schnakenhals

        That is one way of organizing, can’t really change that way, doesn’t top kvr for me, can’t filter by os e.g., which makes it useless to me.

  • Foosnark

    “everything is neatly organized”

    Unless you see something different when logged in, it’s a big list in seemingly random order, without categories, tags, or a search feature.

    And if it does get a lot better when logged in, it hasn’t communicated that to me in a way that would entice me to sign up.

    • Johnny G

      Foosnark – the plugins are organized by actual user popularity, tracked in real time. Pretty neat!

      • Hans Schnakenhals

        That is one way of organizing, can’t really change that way, doesn’t top kvr for me, can’t filter by os e.g., which makes it useless to me.

  • Foosnark

    “everything is neatly organized”

    Unless you see something different when logged in, it’s a big list in seemingly random order, without categories, tags, or a search feature.

    And if it does get a lot better when logged in, it hasn’t communicated that to me in a way that would entice me to sign up.

    • Johnny G

      Foosnark – the plugins are organized by actual user popularity, tracked in real time. Pretty neat!

      • Hans Schnakenhals

        That is one way of organizing, can’t really change that way, doesn’t top kvr for me, can’t filter by os e.g., which makes it useless to me.

  • lokey

    amusing to see camel crusher front and centre…

  • lokey

    amusing to see camel crusher front and centre…

  • lokey

    amusing to see camel crusher front and centre…

  • mark

    Don’t be so quick to praise the site…none of the “get it now” links seem to work, and many of the links to manufactures pages don’t work either.

    • Team Splice

      Can you shoot an email to support@splice.com with anything that isn’t working for you? We will look into this right away. The music creation experience around plugins will only continue to improve and we’ll be updating the site with many more free plugins in addition to ones available for purchase.

    • Ah, that wasn’t happening for me – yes, please do report it to them, as they seem committed to fixing it!

  • mark

    Don’t be so quick to praise the site…none of the “get it now” links seem to work, and many of the links to manufactures pages don’t work either.

    • Team Splice

      Can you shoot an email to support@splice.com with anything that isn’t working for you? We will look into this right away. The music creation experience around plugins will only continue to improve and we’ll be updating the site with many more free plugins in addition to ones available for purchase.

    • Ah, that wasn’t happening for me – yes, please do report it to them, as they seem committed to fixing it!

  • mark

    Don’t be so quick to praise the site…none of the “get it now” links seem to work, and many of the links to manufactures pages don’t work either.

    • Team Splice

      Can you shoot an email to support@splice.com with anything that isn’t working for you? We will look into this right away. The music creation experience around plugins will only continue to improve and we’ll be updating the site with many more free plugins in addition to ones available for purchase.

    • Ah, that wasn’t happening for me – yes, please do report it to them, as they seem committed to fixing it!

  • Space Captain

    It really needs more immediate info regarding what OS’s the plugins will work under and whether they are 32 or 64 bit.

    • Team Splice

      We are working on updating compatibility info for plugins as soon as possible.

      • Space Captain

        Great!

  • Space Captain

    It really needs more immediate info regarding what OS’s the plugins will work under and whether they are 32 or 64 bit.

    • Team Splice

      We are working on updating compatibility info for plugins as soon as possible.

      • Space Captain

        Great!

  • Space Captain

    It really needs more immediate info regarding what OS’s the plugins will work under and whether they are 32 or 64 bit.

    • Team Splice

      We are working on updating compatibility info for plugins as soon as possible.

      • Space Captain

        Great!

  • jan s.

    Yeah, the only selling point seems to be the usage tracking, it looks nice, but then – no information about 32/64bit, demo versions titled as “free”, plugins that were free only for a limited time, plugins that were free but are not available anymore… If that is “big data” then we humans have nothing to be afraid of 🙂
    Nowhere near KVR.

    • The ability to sort by compatibility is a big one, so — well, Splice is listening, so worth suggesting that.

      Still, I find it easier to find the good stuff at the top here. Nothing against KVR, but it’s nice to have a new option.

  • jan s.

    Yeah, the only selling point seems to be the usage tracking, it looks nice, but then – no information about 32/64bit, demo versions titled as “free”, plugins that were free only for a limited time, plugins that were free but are not available anymore… If that is “big data” then we humans have nothing to be afraid of 🙂
    Nowhere near KVR.

    • The ability to sort by compatibility is a big one, so — well, Splice is listening, so worth suggesting that.

      Still, I find it easier to find the good stuff at the top here. Nothing against KVR, but it’s nice to have a new option.

  • jan s.

    Yeah, the only selling point seems to be the usage tracking, it looks nice, but then – no information about 32/64bit, demo versions titled as “free”, plugins that were free only for a limited time, plugins that were free but are not available anymore… If that is “big data” then we humans have nothing to be afraid of 🙂
    Nowhere near KVR.

    • The ability to sort by compatibility is a big one, so — well, Splice is listening, so worth suggesting that.

      Still, I find it easier to find the good stuff at the top here. Nothing against KVR, but it’s nice to have a new option.

  • Thomas Glendinning

    It’s quite interesting to see how predictable the music making masses are… Massive, Sylenth, Ozone and Sausage Fattener up at the top… Who would have guessed? 😛

  • Thomas Glendinning

    It’s quite interesting to see how predictable the music making masses are… Massive, Sylenth, Ozone and Sausage Fattener up at the top… Who would have guessed? 😛

  • Thomas Glendinning

    It’s quite interesting to see how predictable the music making masses are… Massive, Sylenth, Ozone and Sausage Fattener up at the top… Who would have guessed? 😛

  • Patrick Ijsselstein

    The “Automat” from Alphakanal, It’s not in the list, but it should be, on number 1

  • Patrick Ijsselstein

    The “Automat” from Alphakanal, It’s not in the list, but it should be, on number 1

  • Patrick Ijsselstein

    The “Automat” from Alphakanal, It’s not in the list, but it should be, on number 1

  • Owls And Stills

    i hate when big producers share their projects and there are like 50 plugins that you dont even own. i feel like if you’re going to share your projects you should use as little vsts as possible and more built in effects that come with ur DAW

  • Owls And Stills

    i hate when big producers share their projects and there are like 50 plugins that you dont even own. i feel like if you’re going to share your projects you should use as little vsts as possible and more built in effects that come with ur DAW

  • Owls And Stills

    i hate when big producers share their projects and there are like 50 plugins that you dont even own. i feel like if you’re going to share your projects you should use as little vsts as possible and more built in effects that come with ur DAW