Regardless of whatever else happened, 2017 was a good year for free music and audio goodies. We covered a lot of free stuff in 2017, so much so that when looking over it all for a “Best of” round-up I decided not to limited it to some arbitrary number of Top 3, 5, 10, etc. but to simply include links to all of the most worthy candidates of synthesizer and effect plug-ins, DJ software, DAWs, Live Packs, loop packs, and whatever else.
I’m starting out with my favorite individual giveaways of the year, followed by an alphabetical list of the most prolific individual givers of 2017. Please enjoy this bounty now, because we’ve got another big year for small spenders coming up in 2018.
Best Individual Freebies of 2017:
Mixxx 2.0 - full-featured, open-source DJ software
Green Oak Crystal VST Soft Synth
Magix Music Maker DAW free version for Windows
Martin Lüder PG-8x 2.0 - Roland JC8P with PG-800 programmer emulation
Brain Control Tunefish 4.1 Synthesizer
Impact Soundworks Super Audio Boy Kontakt Instrument
Korg Gadget LE for Mac
izotope Ozone Imager Stereo Widening Plug-in
Futucraft Kairatune virtual instrument
Most Prolific Givers, 2017:
Ableton’s Blog: Sample-based Ableton Live Packs, Ableton Live Instruments, Drum Racks, and Effect Devices
AfroDJmac: Tons of Ableton Live Packs with Instrument, Drum and Effect Devices
Function Loops - samples and presets
Ghosthack - samples and presets
Isotonik Studios - Highly inventive controller mappings and devices largely for Ableton Live and Max for Live
Sample Science - various plug-ins and sound packs
Wave Alchemy - generous free samplers to their larger commercial sound collections.