Free VST plugins

Start producing music straight away with free VST plugins and samples in KOMPLETE START.

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Access over 2,000 sounds and more than 6GB of content, including the best VST plugin instruments, audio effects, and other free resources for music production, to inspire your music-making.


A selection of 7 VST synths, complete with over 500 free, professionally designed presets for any genre.

Sampled instruments

9 free pro-grade sample-based VST instruments, including vintage synths, acoustic instruments, drums, and more.


A free tube compressor and powerful multi-effects rack with 13 included VST effects for drums, vocals, synths, and more. GUITAR RIG 7 PLAYER is ideal for guitar effects.


Find, play, and tweak all your sounds, instruments, and effects from one powerful plugin.


Over 2,000 free loops and samples from our popular Expansions range, perfect for inspiring new ideas in any genre.


A sample player that runs all NI KONTAKT instruments, and hundreds of NKS compatible instruments from other companies.


A powerful platform that runs all REAKTOR-based synths and effects from NI and other creators.

What are VST plugins?

Virtual Studio Technology (VST) is a technology and plugin format standard, typically used within digital audio workstations (DAWs), that combines effects and software synthesizers to simulate the sound of hardware recording gear, like physical instruments and samplers.

Native Instruments offers a variety of free VST plugins that everyone—from beginners to pro music producers—can use to start creating and shaping sounds.

How can Native Instruments VST plugins help you create?

VST plugins emulate real instruments and effects without the need for a single physical tool, helping you to stay in your creative flow.

Our KOMPLETE START bundle includes unlimited access to a range of free VST instruments, synths, effects, loops, and samples. Our REAKTOR 6 PLAYER, KONTAKT 7 PLAYER, and KOMPLETE KONTROL plugins and software make it as simple as possible for you to produce and create music.

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What can you use VST plugins for?

There are two main categories: instruments for generating new sounds, and effects for shaping sounds.

Chaining multiple VST plugins together is a typical way to start crafting a sound you can call your own. Feeding a VST plugin instrument into a chosen effect allows you to create unique compositions. This method is commonly used in digital productions, since many recording tools come in VST plugin formats. Furthermore, running multiple VST plugins at the same time is easy – simply load them in your DAW and start playing.

KOMPLETE START offers one of the best free VST plugin bundles with over 2,000 sounds and 6GB of content. Download and enjoy unlimited access to our instrument plugins.

Experiment with different sounds and techniques to find what works best for you. Your creativity will know no bounds.

Free VST instruments plugins

Emulate the sound of real instruments and synthesizers with our free KOMPLETE START bundle. Access a large selection of drums and percussion, basses, acoustic instruments, synths, pads, atmospheres, and more – plus the best VST plugin instruments, such as electric piano VSTs, effects, and other free resources to help you create fresh sounds.


What are the best free synth VST plugins to easily add unique sounds to your musical masterpiece?

Our seven different synthesizers included in our free synth VST plugin bundle will load in the REAKTOR 6 PLAYER or KOMPLETE KONTROL, while emulations of iconic analog synths can be found in the included KONTAKT Factory Selection 2. Together they offer all you need to produce a unique sound, from deep basses and soaring leads to atmospheric textures and pads.

Polyphonic VST plugins create more than one note at a time, and are perfect for building complex melodies, chords, and harmonies with. Monophonic VST plugins perform one note at a time, and are more commonly used for basslines.

Sample Instruments

The KOMPLETE START bundle also includes a range of sampled instruments, including streamlined versions of popular Play Series instruments such as ANALOG DREAMS, ETHEREAL EARTH, and HYBRID KEYS.

Our free piano VST plugin includes electric piano, grand piano, vintage organs, and more. From the rich, classical tones of the grand piano to the funky sounds of an electric keyboard, you can find an excellent range of piano VST plugins using our free download.

Ignite your creativity with a selection of sampled instruments, including free VST instruments from around the world. Bagpipes and reed instruments, as well as a curated collection of Expansions with over 1000 loops and samples, provide a diverse range of sounds to help spark new ideas.

All of our sampled instruments run on our free KONTAKT 7 PLAYER software, which also runs pro-grade instruments from other developers.


Lay down the perfect parts then sculpt them further with our VST effect plugins. You can chain these effects after instruments, or apply them to existing audio tracks and buses, such as vocals, guitars, and drums.

Our free VST plugin bundle includes a free tube compressor and guitar amp simulation, featuring a powerful multi-effects rack with 13 included effects.


Our free SUPERCHARGER compressor effect is based on our full version. Designed for versatility, our tube compressor offers a one-knob design for easy control.

Guitar amp simulation

GUITAR RIG PLAYER is a free guitar amp VST plugin that includes 13 different effects and 50 unique presets.

How to use free VST plugins

Simply download and install your software and it will automatically integrate seamlessly into your workstation.

Follow the installation steps below to get started today:

Step 1: Connect a digital keyboard to your computer. Make sure any software you’re using is installed.

Step 2: Download the following products from Native Access: ANALOG DREAMS, Expansions Selection, GUITAR RIG 7 PLAYER, HYBRID KEYS, KOMPLETE KONTROL, KONTAKT 7 PLAYER, and SUPERCHARGER.

Step 3: Run KOMPLETE KONTROL software on its own, not as a plugin in any host (e.g., Ableton Live, Logic, or Cubase), to set up the library. This may take a few moments. If the KOMPLETE KONTROL application doesn’t load, go to our Support section.

Step 4: Keep up to date. Create a Native ID account for one-stop help and updates.

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With the help of 14 of today’s top artists, Native Instruments has curated a donation-based charity sound pack to support the many artists, independent venues, and members of our community affected by COVID-19 . This pack of VST plugins includes unique synth presets, samples, and loops and is free to download.

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Explore our extensive library of sounds with more than 40 free VST trial demo versions that you can download. All synthesizers and effects are available as demo versions as well.

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