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Get Native Instruments’ best VST plugin instruments, audio effects, and other free resources for music production.

Virtual instruments

Get a load of pro-grade sample-based free VST instruments, including vintage synths, acoustic instruments, drums, and much more.

Effects

Totally free professional effect plugins including audio processing, creative sound design, guitar amp simulation, and more.

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.

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 is Native Instruments’ best free VST plugin bundles with hundreds of sounds. 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.

Analog Dreams

A free vintage 70s and 80s synth VST, complete with creative effects and an intuitive, streamlined interface.

Ethereal Earth

Part of the Play Series of creative plugins, craft atmospheric soundscapes with this otherworldly free VST.

Yangqin

An authentic free VST that channels the sound of traditional Chinese hammered dulcimer, built with a range of intuitive parameter controls.

Hypha

Get an unusual VST full of adaptable hybrid sounds inspired by nature in this Kontakt instrument, ready for polyphonic aftertouch.

Irish Harp

Explore the warm, rich tones of a 34-string Irish harp with this popular VST instrument, ideal for soundtrack composition and creative productions.

Factory Selection 2

Dive into a huge range of free VST instruments split into Acoustic, Band, Beats, Synth, and Vintage categories, including drum kits, guitars, synths, keys, and more.

Free effects plugins

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.

Ozone 11 EQ

An exciting addition to our VST plugin bundle, control your sound with the Equalizer feature from iZotope's definitive mastering suite, Ozone 11.

Raum

Get a do-it-all free reverb plugin built to take your sound anywhere across the spectrum, from abstract echoes to space-travel sound design.

Supercharger

Add tube compression to your tracks with this intelligent VST plugin set in an easy to use interface.

Replika

An iconic delay effect VST plugin with intuitive controls with three high-fidelity algorithms for versatile sound.

Guitar Rig 7 Player

Guitar Rig 7 Player is a free guitar amp VST plugin like no other and comes with a selection of amps, cabs, delays, reverbs, stompboxes, and compressors.

Vinyl

Get the dust, scratches, warp, and mechanical noise of vinyl records with this popular lofi VST plugin.

Community Drive soundpacks

Music reflects the times. And during challenging times the music community often bands together to support one another. Native Instruments has released two Community Drive soundpacks to encourage and develop more opportunities for artists to collaborate on projects and work together.

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.

Girls Make Beats is a nonprofit organization, empowering girls to make their mark as music producers, DJs, and audio engineers. Native Instruments is committed to supporting Girls Make Beats in their quest to increase the female presence in the music space with our donation-based charity soundpack. Expand your compositions with a soundpack full of idiosyncratic vocals, synth presets, samples, and loops.

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Demos

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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