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#447615 - 12/28/17 07:44 AM [Recording, Mixing, Performance and Production] Bedroom Producer’s Blog top 50 list of freeware from 2017
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Some interesting looking reverbs in there that caught my attention. Lots of virtual analog synths and granular synths as well. Couldn’t find a direct link to share from my phone.

I have some downloading to do!

Don’t let the freeware tag fool you. Several of the offerings used to be payware; like Waves Tube Saturator which used to be $149.

I’m a reverbaholic so I will be grabbing the verbs from the list at minimum.

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#447617 - 12/28/17 07:50 AM [Recording, Mixing, Performance and Production] Re: Bedroom Producer’s Blog top 50 list of freeware from 2017 [Re: rockstar_not]
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Everyone, please be vigilant downloading free software to prevent malware. The software may be fine, but it may be wrapped up in a sneaky presentation that gets you to download something else with it, or something else entirely. Check the URL carefully when downloading, and keep your virus checker on.

This is not intended as any criticism of Scott - rockstar-not. He knows his stuff and would not steer you wrong. I'm talking about other sites and freeware in general. Just be careful out there.

I think this is the link: https://bedroomproducersblog.com/2017/12/28/free-vst-plugins-2017/

As an example, I just downloaded Tube Saturator Vintage. I had to overlook several big buttons marked DOWNLOAD and find the little link in the text to the Waves site, where it can be downloaded free.
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#447628 - 12/28/17 08:50 AM [Recording, Mixing, Performance and Production] Re: Bedroom Producer’s Blog top 50 list of freeware from 2017 [Re: Matt Finley]
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Matt provided the correct link.

BTW, his comment about bypassing several 'download' buttons, applies to any website you visit that is advertisement supported like the BDP website.

I'm using the latest version of Firefox and it does a great job stripping advertisements out of websites.

It didn't eliminate all of them from this BDP site, but I guess I know what I'm looking for in the links directly related to the plugins.

To get to the Tube Saturator plugin, I had to bypass two advertisements which had nothing to do with any of the plugins listed (Tube Saturator Vintage was the 15th or so plugin down the page).

I can live with that level of content/advertisement ratio, but perhaps that's too much for you. If so, steer clear of the link.

I suppose it should be noted to make sure you are using up to date virus scanning software and anti-malware software as well.

I use Microsoft Security Essentials, along with Firefox's ad blocking, and we use NetNanny as a way to manage content. It seems to be a fairly robust, albeit not perfect, combined way to keep malware to a minimum.

For the record, since the early 2000's most of my music production at home has been done with freeware, or plugins that I have won in KVRAudio monthly song contests. I won those contests using mostly freeware; including my DAW.

Sometimes even the payware can flag malware. One of the pieces of software I have paid for is JamStix, and one of the files in the JamStix bundle from years ago must have had some type of code that matched a virus. It would always pop-up on scan, and I had communication with the developer and ended up trusting his word that the particular file in question - he knew which one it was - was not laden with a virus. I had quarantined the file, and then after communication with him, unquarantined it.

I guess the bottom line is to know how to surf the net, and download safely, no matter what type of software you are thinking of - but in particular from links that are funded through advertising.

As for me not steering anyone wrong - I cannot vouch for the safety of any of the plugins on the bedroom producer's blog. Download at your own risk!

I'm off to get the reverbs!

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#447631 - 12/28/17 08:55 AM [Recording, Mixing, Performance and Production] Re: Bedroom Producer’s Blog top 50 list of freeware from 2017 [Re: rockstar_not]
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One other way to steer clear of the linked adverts is to simply visit each developer's page individually for any of the plugins in the list of 50 that appear interesting to you.

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#447634 - 12/28/17 09:08 AM [Recording, Mixing, Performance and Production] Re: Bedroom Producer’s Blog top 50 list of freeware from 2017 [Re: rockstar_not]
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Yep, sometimes it's hard to know exactly which one is the correct download link. And even then, you sometimes get a choice of mirror sites, where you get to play the "which link is it?" game again.
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#447637 - 12/28/17 09:12 AM [Recording, Mixing, Performance and Production] Re: Bedroom Producer’s Blog top 50 list of freeware from 2017 [Re: rockstar_not]
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Although it took some effort, I was able to find my way to the product's actual site, and do the correct download. I snagged a nice VU meter as well as a tube saturator.

Thanks for these links!
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#447686 - 12/28/17 01:06 PM [Recording, Mixing, Performance and Production] Re: Bedroom Producer’s Blog top 50 list of freeware from 2017 [Re: rockstar_not]
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I also use the Adblock Plus plugin on my Microsoft and Firefox browsers from a tip here on the forums. Blocks a lot of crap as well.
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#447694 - 12/28/17 01:36 PM [Recording, Mixing, Performance and Production] Re: Bedroom Producer’s Blog top 50 list of freeware from 2017 [Re: rockstar_not]
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You do realize some of them have mouths to feed? /s
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