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October 7, 2010 6:15 PM   Subscribe

What are the best (free?) VST plug-ins for Ableton Live on OS X 10.6.4?

After making music using Live on a PC for years, I finally took the plunge and got a mac. It's been a positive change!

...except that my vast library of heavily-used VST synths and effects are suddenly incompatible with my new computer (including my beloved Triangle II.)

I've looked and looked, and maybe not surprisingly, cannot find all that many free VST plugins for OSX.

So, are there any that you would particularly recommend? Specifically, I'm looking for synths in particular, although drum machines are good too. And what the hell, if there are any effect plug-ins that really jump out at you, sure, those will work. Also, free would be nice --- although, if there is a particular synth that is the best thing you've ever heard and could not imagine making music without, I'm sure I could be persuaded to lose a few bucks.

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posted by alligatorman at 8:25 PM on October 7, 2010 [1 favorite]

I highly recommend everything from Audio Damage. Not free, but generally $30-$50 per plugin and well worth it. They have a drum machine (Tattoo) and a bizarre synth (Axon) but mostly effects.
posted by mmoncur at 8:57 PM on October 7, 2010

Just thinking about effects:

Stillwell. Uncrippled demos and cheap prices and great compressors.
The DigitalFishPhones pack are pretty great.
posted by Erroneous at 10:11 AM on October 8, 2010

Best answer: You may want to look for AU's instead of VST's which are an apple standard for VST-type plugins.
posted by empath at 8:29 AM on October 9, 2010

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