The holiday season is here, and so are the free VST plugins! Developers and sound design labels keep spoiling us with fabulous Christmas gifts each year, and 2021 isn’t an exception. The article below lists all the best Christmas 2021 freebies for music producers.
The article will be updated every day, so come back soon for more freebies. Also, feel free to share any tips and suggestions in the comments section below.
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Plugin Boutique offers DJ Swivel Spread, Pulsar Smasher, denise My Crush
Plugin Boutique offers a free bonus plugin with any paid purchase. You can choose between DJ Swivel Spread, Pulsar Smasher, and denise My Crush. If you’re buying multiple plugins from Plugin Boutique this month, purchase them separately to collect all the freebies.
The offer ends on January 3rd, 2022.
More info: Plugin Boutique
SampleRadar Advent Calendar
SampleRadar offers a new free sample pack every day until December 25th, 2021.
“For a true sample collector, nothing beats the feeling of crate digging. No, we don’t mean sampling endless YouTube videos or MP3s on your computer, but getting off your behind, hunting down a dusty record shop, wiping off an old, forgotten record, dropping the needle onto it, and hearing a crackly old sound that could be the basis for a whole track.”
Their free sound libraries are a goldmine of audio loops and samples for music producers. From jazzy loops to retro video game sounds and modular synth samples, you’ll undoubtedly discover a few gems for your collection.
More info: SampleRadar
Abletunes released the Foundation: Keys sound collection for Ableton Live.
“Unlike other piano libraries that are designed for more “classic” arrangements and require lots of processing to fit today’s Pop and Dance music, FOUNDATION: KEYS offers an expertly curated selection of ready to use piano racks that allow you to focus on the music and keep the creative flow.”
The library includes 25 multi-sampled instrument racks for contemporary music styles. It’s a 2 GB download designed to deliver modern-sounding pop and dance piano and synth sounds.
The racks are equipped with macro controls that allow the user to tweak and morph the sounds.
More info: Abletunes
Goldbaby TekDrum vs AnalogHeat
Goldbaby released a free sample pack called TekDrum vs AnalogHeat. It features the sounds of the PatchBlocks Tek Drum captured through the Elektron Analog Heat.
If you’re looking for crunchy analog drum sounds, this one’s a must-download. Goldbaby delivers some of the best drum sample packs on the market. Be sure to check out his Free Packs page for more drum sample goodness.
If you want to upgrade to a premium library, use coupon code 21XMAS40 during checkout to apply a 40% OFF discount to your order.
More info: Goldbaby
Ghosthack Advent Calendar
Ghosthack releases new freebies every day until December 24th.
Visit his Advent Calendar to access all the freebies released to date. You’ll find a variety of sound effects, production loops, 808 samples, and more.
More info: Ghosthack
Accusonus Christmas Free Pack
Accusonus released Christmas Free Pack, a free collection of Christmas sound effects from SFX Cellar.
You can preview the sounds on the promo page and download the ones that you find interesting. All sounds are Christmas-themed, ranging from Santa Claus voices to sleighbell loops.
If you’re working on some Christmas tunes, this collection will certainly come in handy.
More info: Accusonus
Arturia Tape MELLO-FI
Arturia released Tape MELLO-FI, a lo-fi tape effect based on the Mellotron-V virtual instrument. It’s free to download until December 31st.
Tape MELLO-FI comes with a surprisingly versatile feature set, including pitch instability, filtering, saturation, stereo enhancement, and more. The plugin sounds authentic, and it’s a must-have if you’re making lo-fi music.
Visit our news article to learn more about the plugin.
More info: Tape MELLO-FI
Acustica Audio Eminence
Eminence is Acustica Audio’s gift to all music producers. It’s a vintage-style console plugin with a preamp, 3-band EQ, and a compressor.
“As per our tradition, every year for Xmas we like to surprise our faithful users with a gift for their loyalty and support. This year is no exception, so please give a warm welcome to Eminence, a ‘vintage’ tool to add “mojo” to your music and give you that old-school sound!”
If you want to make your DAW sound more vintage, grab this analog-style upgrade for free.
More info: Eminence
Signature Artist Kicks
Signature Artist Kicks is a free collection of bass drum samples by Echo Sound Works.
The library contains 90 kick drum samples, inspired by Echo Sound Works’ favorite music producers. The collection is useful if need modern-sounding kick drums that will fit contemporary electronic music projects.
Download: Signature Artist Kicks
Rast Sound Didgeridoo
Rast Sound released Didgeridoo, a free sound library for Native Instruments Kontakt (full version required).
“Aboriginal instrument Didgeridoo is now available as a free Christmas gift for a limited time.”
It’s a limited-time freebie offer, so hurry up and grab your free copy if you’re interested.
Download: Rast Sound Didgeridoo
LABS Christmas is a free expansion pack for the LABS virtual instrument by Spitfire Audio.
It’s the perfect addition to your collection of Christmas sounds. The library features sleigh bells, a glockenspiel, and even some Christmas-inspired vocal recordings.
Download: LABS Christmas
Sounds Cheatsheet Guide
Here’s something a bit different. W.A. Production celebrates Christmas with a free collection of sound design tips in PDF format.
“The Sounds Cheatsheet Guide from W. A. Production contains all of our sound-specific cheatsheets designed to help you learn about the various characteristics found in different instruments. Use this book as a reference to improve your sounds! Fix your boxy snare, add presence to your vocal, brighten up your piano, and much more, all by following the guidelines in this FREE eBook.”
You can download the document by entering your email address on the promo page.
Download: Sounds Cheatsheet Guide
More freebies coming soon! Check our News section for freebies that aren’t listed here and feel free to post tips and suggestions in the comments section below.