Getting started in music production can often feel like an expensive endeavour. There's always another piece of gear to buy or the latest plugin available that promises to enhance your production toolset.
While it's true that premium plugins can elevate and enhance a great recording, there are also many superb free plugins available, spanning a wide range of sonic options and utilities.
Below is our pick of the very best free plugins currently available to download for zilch; nothing... nada. Some of them are so good, you'll wonder how they're even free in the first place.
Spitfire - Labs
The Spitfire Labs series is an ever-growing collection of software instruments that will transform your sonic pallet; from organic textures to atmospheric piano and string instruments, Labs offers something for every type of production.
There's a lot to get your teeth into that will help keep get the creative juices flowing. And, because the library is built for musicians by musicians, you can expect a continual stream of fresh inspiration each time a new instrument hits the library.
Every producer or composer should add Spitfire Labs to their plugin arsenal if only to see just how good free virtual instruments can sound.
Full Headliner feature on how to compose with Spitfire Labs, here.
Available as: VST2, VST3, AAX and AU