Before I buy a new VST plugin I always try to download a trial and take it through some extensive testing first. If that is not possible I will read all the reviews I can find, watch YouTube videos, SoundCloud demos etc. before deciding to buy it. Amount the parameters that affect my choice to buy a VST or not is:
- Sound quality
- Features, e.g. number of oscillators, filters, effects, LFO's, arpeggiator, sequencer etc.
- Are the presets usefull? Are there any extensions available?
- Ease of use (sound design)
- Ease of installation/updating
The following pages contain the best VST instruments and effects I have tried - more will be added in the future.
Tip: If you are on a budget, keep your eyes open - often you can find nice discounts on high quality VST instruments.
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- Signup for newsletter anyway to get informed on upcoming discounts or sales
- Save your money for Black Friday or Winter sales
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