The biggest goal I set for myself growing up was to become a professional musician. I wanted to play in a band, tour the world, have thousands of people coming to my shows and sing along to the songs I wrote in my bedroom. A lot of things have changed for me since I was a day dreaming kid but I have been able to become a professional musician. Most of the time I feel like I just shoved my way into the music business, but instead of focusing on entertainment music, I focused on commercial music. I create music for television, radio, video games, ads, film, and really anything else in between. It is very different from being in a rocking band touring the world but it allows me to pursue my love for music and at the same time make a living.
A big chunk of my income comes from licensing my music through my business Musco Sound, and through varies publishers and music libraries. I highly suggest licensing as an option for any musician that wants to earn money with their music, and I've written several posts about what licensing is, how to license your music, and where to license your music. Make sure to check those posts, if you are interested in making money licensing your music.
- How to Submit Music to Stock Music Libraries
- How to Sell, Market, and License Royalty Free Stock Music
- Best Sites to License and Sell Stock Music
- Best Sites to Buy Stock Music 2013
E-MU Proteus VX
This is a serious must have VST. What I like about it is that there are tons of amazing presets to experiment with. As you get better at working with Proteus you can create your own sounds, but having a large variety of presets makes the learning process fun and productive. Most of the presets sound amazing, and I guess the biggest criticism is you might spend so much time playing around with it, you might not get around to making any music. I have a download link below and I highly recommend trying it.
*I had a problem with getting Proteus to export correctly in Fl Studio 10 but here is how to fix it: How to Get Proteus to Work in FL Studio
|Rez by Ugo|
|Synth1 by Toda|
|daHornet by DASHSignature|
This is a really cool plug-in and kind of sounds like its name. It makes a really cool buzz saw type sound and has potential for a lot of uses, especially in electronic music. It's based on a plug-in that used to cost money and is something to check it out. Again this might not be a vst you use in ever track but every once in a while it gives some variety and can get the creative juices flowing.
Orchestral Strings One
|Sound Magic Orchestral Strings One|
Sound Magic, makers of Piano One, has done it again offering another free amazing plug-in. This one has great quality strings for an unbeatable price, free. When it comes to adding quality strings to your music Orchestral Strings will soon be your go to plug-in.
|Crystal by Greenoaks|
Crystal is one of my new favorite vst's. It has a lot of really cool sounding presets to mess around with and it really is a plugin to have in your arsenal. There is a lot of control over the sounds so if you take the time to learn how to use it, I am sure you will be able to make some awesome leads that are totally unique.
T-Force Alpha Plus
|T-Force Alpha Plus|
This is an amazing EDM synth that has a great variety of sounds. The tones and melodies this synth can create work awesome for trance leads, rhythms, or subtle pads.
This is another cool VST with an amazing amount of quality sounds. It is really a most have and I highly recommend trying it out. This plugin works great for lead melodies, pads, bass, and everything else in between.
TT Dynamic Range Meter
|TT Dynamic Range Meter|
This is a great free meter that helps monitor the levels of your music. Not only does this meter come complete with real time dynamic range information but it also has a very helpful correlation meter and mono switch to detect any phase issues you might have with your mix.
I also wanted to share some resources to help you find some of the best free vst’s that are currently available. Trust me, there are a ton of them. I found a great group of forum posts on Audio Jungle where musicians are actively sharing the best free vst instruments, effects, and sample libraries. It’s an amazing resource for actively updated free plugins. Here are the forums:
- Audio Tuts+: 11 Totally Free VST Synthesizers that Sound Great.
- Bedroom Producers Blog: Free VST Plugins
- Zeros and Ones: Joy of Six: The Best Free 64-bit Plugins
Finally, I want to point you in the right direction on where to find and download legit free vst plugins. There are a lot of sites out there offering free downloads, but some of those places can be a little sketchy. The one I use all the time is KVR Audio. It is free to register, safe to use, and you can find everything VST related there. It is an amazing resource worth checking out.
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