Scanning your computer for VST plug-ins is a two-stage process: first, you need to tell ACID where your plug-ins are installed, and then you can scan those folders for plug-ins.
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You don’t need to scan for DirectX or ReWire plug-ins. These plug-ins are registered with Windows and are detected automatically.
From the View menu, choose Plug-In Manager if the window isn’t already visible.
Click the Configure VST button at the top of the Plug-In Manager window. The Plug-In Configuration dialog is displayed. The dialog displays a list of folders where ACID looks for VST plug-ins.
Indicate where your plug-ins are installed:
If you want to add a new folder, click the Add button and then browse to the folder where your plug-in is installed.
If you want to edit an existing folder path, select a folder in the Search Folder column, click the Edit button, and then browse to the folder where your plug-in is installed.
If you want to remove an existing folder, select a folder in the Search Folder column and click the Remove button.
Click the Scan button to start scanning your folders for plug-ins.
Displays all your DirectX and VST audio plug-ins.
You can drag plug-ins to tracks or Mixing Console channel strips to add effects to your project.
Select the All folder to display all audio plug-ins.
The Audio FX folder also contains additional folders you can use to organize and categorize your plug-ins. Please see “Organize plug-ins with folders” in this help topic for more information.
Displays your ReWire device (client) applications.
Select the All folder to display all ReWire clients.
The Ignored folder contains plug-ins that you want to prevent ACID from using without uninstalling the plug-in. You can right-click a plug-in and choose Ignore from the shortcut menu or drag it to the Ignored folder.
The ReWire Devices folder also contains a Favorites folder you can use to keep your most-often-used ReWire clients handy. You can right-click a plug-in and chooseAdd to Favoritesfrom the shortcut menu or drag it to theFavoritesfolder.
To create custom folders for organizing your plug-ins, you can right-click a folder and choose New Folder from the shortcut menu.
Displays all your software synthesizers, including the DLS soft synth and VST instrument (VSTi) plug-ins.
Select the All folder to display all soft synths.
The Soft Synths folder also contains subfolders you can use to organize and categorize your plug-ins by instrument type and vendor. Please see “Organize plug-ins with folders” in this help topic for more information.
Displays the current folder. You can choose a folder from this drop-down list or click a folder in the tree view to navigate the Plug-In Manager.
Displays all of the folder that you can use to organize your plug-in.
Displays the contents of the selected folder.
Opens the folder one level above the selected folder.
Refreshes the contents of the active folder.
Adds a new folder where you can drag plug-ins.
Deletes a user-created folder or removes the selected plug-in from a user-created folder. When you delete a folder, only the folder is deleted. The plug-ins remain on your system.
Only user-created folders can be deleted.
Click the down arrow next to the Views button and choose a command from the menu to change the way the plug-ins are displayed.
The Audio FX, ReWireDevices, and Soft Synths folders contain subfolders to help you organize your plug-ins. Several folders are displayed by default, and you can add your own folders. Each plug-in can be assigned to multiple folders, but audio plug-ins and soft synths can be assigned to only one category.
If you want to create a folder to group your plug-ins, select a folder and click the New Folder button on the toolbar (or right-click a folder and choose New Folder from the shortcut menu). To add a plug-in to a folder, perform either of the following actions:
Drag the plug-in from the right-hand pane to a folder.
Right-click a plug-in in the right-hand pane, choose Folder Assignments from the shortcut menu, and then choose a folder from the menu. All user-created group folders are displayed in the menu, and a check mark is displayed next to each folder the plug-in is associated with.
The Folder Assignments menu is available only after you’ve created folders for your plug-ins.
Subfolders act as filters on parent-level folders: if you create a folder named Dynamics and add the Wave Hammer and Wave Hammer – Surround plug-ins to that folder, you’ll see both plug-ins when you select the Dynamics folder.
Next, create subfolders named Stereo and 5.1 Surround and drag Wave Hammer to the Stereo folder and Wave Hammer – Surround to the 5.1 Surround folder.
When you select the Dynamics folder, no plug-ins are displayed�the contents are filtered by the Stereo and 5.1 Surround folders.
When you select the Stereo folder, only the Wave Hammer plug-in is displayed.
When you select the 5.1 Surround folder, only the Wave Hammer – Surround plug-in is displayed.
To remove a plug-in from a folder, perform either of the following actions:
Navigate to the folder, select the plug-in, and click the Delete button on the toolbar.
Right-click a plug-in in the right-hand pane, choose Folder Assignments from the shortcut menu, and then choose a folder from the menu to clear the check mark.
Viewing a plug-in’s folder assignments
You can see a plug-in’s folder assignments by right-clicking the plug-in and choosing Folder Assignments from the shortcut menu. A submenu displays all available folders:
Select a folder from the submenu to change a plug-in’s folder assignments, or choose Remove from All Folders to clear all folder assignments.
Displaying aYou can use folders and categories to organize plug-ins in the Mixing Console window.
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When you click the Insert FX button in the Mixing Console, plug-ins are grouped into submenus.
If you want to use folders and categories to organize plug-ins in the Mixing Console window, right-click a folder in the Plug-In Manager and choose Show in Insert FX Submenu from the shortcut menu.
If you want to remove a folder or category from the Mixing Console window, right-click a folder in the Plug-In Manager and choose Show in Insert FX Submenu from the shortcut menu to deselect the Show in Insert FX Submenucommand.
Categories help you organize your plug-ins by type. The Audio FX folder contains several default categories, and the Soft Synths folder contains an Instruments folder with default instrument categories. You can also create your own categories to help you organize your plug-ins.
Each plug-in can be assigned to only one category.
If you want to create a new category, select the Categories or Instruments folder and click the New Folder button on the toolbar. To add a plug-in to a category, perform either of the following actions:
Drag the plug-in from the right-hand pane to a category.
Right-click a plug-in in the right-hand pane, choose Set Category or Set Instrument from the shortcut menu, and then choose a category from the menu.
To change a plug-in’s category, perform either of the following actions:
Navigate to the folder, select the plug-in, and drag it to a different category folder.
Right-click a plug-in in the right-hand pane, choose Set Category or Set Instrument from the shortcut menu, and then choose a category from the menu.
If you want to edit a category, right-click its folder and choose Edit Audio FX Category or Edit Soft Synth Instrument Category from the shortcut menu. You can edit the category’s name (only for user-created categories), short name, and description.
If you want to change a plug-in’s name, right-click the plug-in in the Plug-In Manager window and choose Rename from the shortcut menu. You can then type a new name in the edit box.
To reset a plug-in’s default name, right-click the plug-in and choose Reset Default Name from the shortcut menu.
If you want to prevent ACID from using a plug-in, but you don’t want to uninstall the plug-in, you can ignore it: just right-click a plug-in and choose Ignore from the shortcut menu.
To re-enable an ignored plug-in, right-click a plug-in and choose Ignore from the shortcut menu to deselect the Ignore command.When viewing plug-ins in the Audio FX folders, the following icons are used to represent your plug-ins:
Represents a DirectX audio plug-in.
Represents a DirectX audio plug-in that supports automation.
Represents a VST audio plug-in.
Represents a locked VST plug-in.
When you use a VST plug-in in your project, ACID will lock it for the remainder of your ACID session. A lock is displayed to indicate that the plug-in cannot be removed until you close and restart the application.
To add plug-ins to your project, you can drag them from folders in the Plug-In Manager window to tracks or channel strips in the Mixing Console window.When viewing ReWire devices in the ReWire Devices folders, the following icons are used to represent your plug-ins:
Represents a ReWire device that is not currently in use.
Represents a ReWire device that is currently in use by a soft synth bus.
When you select a ReWire device, its outputs are displayed on the right side of the Plug-In Manager window. This icon represents an unused ReWire output.
Represents a ReWire output that is in use.
To add a ReWire device to your project, select a ReWire device in the left-hand pane to display its outputs in the right-hand pane. You can then right-click an output and chooseInsert Rewire Device Bus from the shortcut menu to add a soft synth bus to the Mixing Console window.When viewing soft synths in the Soft Synths folders, the following icons are used to represent your plug-ins:
Represents a soft synth.
Represents a locked VSTi plug-in.
When you use a VSTi plug-in in your project, ACID will lock it for the remainder of your ACID session. A lock is displayed to indicate that the plug-in cannot be removed until you close and restart the application.
To add a soft synth to your project, right-click a soft synth in the right-hand pane and chooseInsert Soft Synth from the shortcut menu. A soft synth bus is added to the Mixing Console window.
From the View menu, choose Plug-In Manager to toggle the display of the Plug-In Manager window.
This window organizes your DirectX and VST plug-ins (VST effects and instruments), and ReWire devices.
You can use this window to access effects and effects packages that can be applied to tracks, busses, assignable effects chains, and soft synth busses. You can also rename and reorganize plug-ins.
For information about adding effects to your project, click here.
To add an effect quickly, drag a plug-in from the Plug-In Manager window to a track, bus, assignable effects chain, or soft synth bus.
What do you want to do?
Scan your computer for plug-ins
Organize plug-ins with folders
Classify audio plug-ins and soft synths with categories
Rename a plug-in
Ignore a plug-in
Use audio plug-ins
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But we all know what that one special ingredient is… The most important part of arranging and writing songs. It’s the soul of any good track:
But there’s thousands of free VSTs out there. Which ones are good for bass? No sweat. We found all the best ones so you don’t have to dig.
Here’s our 10 favourite free bass VST plugins that will give you bigger, better bass.
Steinberg – Model E
The Model E is a useful 3 oscillator bass station capable of pumping out some nice lines.
The super simple controls make all your options easy to see and tweak. Plus the lower CPU usage means easy breezy basslines in no time.
TAL – Elek7ro
When it comes to free VSTs no one beats TAL. All their free plugins work great and are super useful. I’m a huge fan of their plugins and you should be too.
The Elek7ro is no exception to their history of producing high quality tools. This synth-plug is good for pretty much everything. Including making some nice full basses for your tracks.
It even comes with a super helpful user guide for getting the most out of Elek7ro.
Plogue – Sforzando TableWarp2
The TableWarp2 is part of Plogue’s Sforzando bundle. It’s a versatile synth that gives you tons of classic sounds…
Including some superb mid-low range basses perfect for beefing up your tracks.
NUsofting – Sinnah
The Sinnah is great. It can create cool noisy tones with its 3 channel delay matrix and feedback sculpting.
It also has a pretty solid onboard EQ which really helps bring out the magic in each tone. So you can get tons of control over the bass sounds you create.
TAL – Bassline
I’ve already talked about the TAL-Bassline in an older Free Plugins article. But I had to put it on this list because it’s so good. The Bassline is basically built for better bass.
This plug has a warm analog sound and ‘robust core‘ for all your bass and acid needs. Plus, the TAL Bassline user guide will have your walls rattling in no time.
u-he – TyrellN6
U-he is another major source for some very superb free plugins. The TyrellN6 is a powerful overall plugin that will give you all varieties of nice analog synth sounds.
That means wicked basses too. It also has some nice triggering features that are super fun to play around with and a nice, clean interface for easy tweakage.
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Ample Sound – Ample Bass P Lite II
The Ample Bass P Lite II is a nice electric bass plug perfect for some groovier and more rock-centric bass sounds.
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Ample Bass also comes with some nice ‘articulations’ including palm mute, slap and legato slide for those little accents that makes bass pop.
LinPlug – FreeAlpha
This plugin is the free version of LinPlug’s Alpha. But just because it’s the free version doesn’t mean it’s not good. In fact, it’s great!
FreeAlpha‘s 2 oscillators are perfect for all sorts of nice basses and the built-in presets are superb starting points for all types of bass and more.
Bruce Sutherland – JUCEoplvsti
If you ever dreamed of making all those incredible sounds that lived on old DOS games then this plugin is your hot ticket.
JuceOPLVSTI is modelled on the Yamaha OPL sound chip found in some old PC computers.
Juce’s interface is a lot like a video game and is super easy to use to get some superb basses, leads and pretty much any other sound you need from an FM synth.
Synister – Synister
Synister is one of the best looking and easiest to use synth plugins I’ve ever seen. This 3 oscillator synth is perfect for making all types of basslines.
The interface is simple, organized and easy to follow. The effects, envelopes, oscillators, LFOs and filters all have their own drop down menus for an easy workflow. And it even has a built in step sequencer!
The bassline bottomline
A good bassline can make or break a track. Finding the best one for your track can be tricky.
These bass VSTs will give you everything you need to find the right one (Hot tip: Turn your monitors way up while you’re experimenting if you wanna meet the neighbours).
Put these in your DAW, start experimenting and take a trip to the international bass station.
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