Tested VSTs

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Here is a list of VST's that have been found to work with LMMS. There is no guarantee that they will definitely work with your system though. Think of it as a guide. Please feel free to add any that you find to work also (or not). It is generally good practise to test a VST you haven't used before on a blank project, this way you won't lose any work you've done if it fails to load and causes LMMS to lock-up.

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Commercial Synths

Plugin name (Version) Plugin type Company linux.png windows.png mac.png Remarks, information Homepage
Blue Synthesizer
Rob Papen yes.png ? ?

This synth delivers FM Synthesis, Phase Distortion Synthesis, Wave Shaping Synthesis and Subtractive Synthesis in one creative combination.

DirectWave Sampler Image-Line yes.png ? ? http://www.image-line.com/documents/directwave.html
Garritan Personal Orchestra Virtual Orchestra Garritan ? yes.png ? http://www.garritan.com
Massive Synthesizer Native Instruments yes.png ? ? http://www.native-instruments.com/products/producer/massive/
Morphine Synthesizer
Image-Line yes.png ? ? http://www.image-line.com/documents/morphine.html
PoiZone Subtractive Synthesizer Image-Line yes.png yes.png ? http://www.image-line.com/documents/poizone.html
SimSynth Live Synthesizer
(Virtual Analogue)
Image-Line yes.png ? ?

Following issues on Linux:

  • Takes a while to load
  • Various UI glitches
  • Not very stable
Superior Drummer (2.0) Drums Toontrack ? yes.png ? http://www.toontrack.com/
Sytrus Synthesizer
(Hybrid FM)
Image-Line yes.png yes.png ? Sytrus Hybrid Synthesizer - subtractive but addictive. A disruptive innovation in software synthesis, nothing else compares to the diversity Sytrus packs. FM, RM & Subtractive synthesis - have it all. http://www.image-line.com/documents/sytrus.html
WASP Synthesizer
(Virtual Analogue)
Image-Line 69454140.png yes.png ? http://www.image-line.com/documents/wasp.html
Wavestation Synthesizer
KORG yes.png ? ? http://www.korg.com/service/downloadinfo.asp?DID=719
(1.4 & 1.5)
Cakewalk yes.png yes.png ? Powerful analog-style Synthesizer http://www.cakewalk.com/products/Z3TA/


Plugin name (Version) Plugin type Developer linux.png windows.png mac.png Remarks, information Homepage
DSK AcoustiKGruitarZ Acoustic Guitar DSK yes.png yes.png ? http://www.dskmusic.com
DSK ElectriKGruitarZ Electric Guitar DSK yes.png yes.png ? Takes ~15 seconds to load http://www.dskmusic.com
DVS Guitar Electric Guitar DreamVortex yes.png yes.png ? http://www.dreamvortex.co.uk/instruments


Plugin name (version) Plugin type Developer linux.png windows.png mac.png Remarks, information Homepage
DSK Harmonica (beta) Harmonica DSK yes.png yes.png ? Very primitive http://www.dskmusic.com


Plugin name Plugin type Developer linux.png windows.png mac.png Remarks, information Homepage
JazzBaby Piano yes.png yes.png ? http://smatni.tripod.com/safwanmatnivstplugins/ http://download.dontcrack.com/safwan_matni/Jazz%20Baby.rar (direct)
LazySnake Electric Piano Andreas Ersson ? yes.png ? http://www.bostreammail.net/ers/lazysnake.html
MDA Piano Piano MDA yes.png yes.png ? Pretty common piano sound http://mda.smartelectronix.com/synths.htm
MicroOrgan MkIII Organ GTG yes.png yes.png ? Drawbar organ with percussion, key click, vibrato and unison. MIDI channel must be set to "All". http://www.gtgsynths.com
MrRay73 (1.0) Electric Piano yes.png yes.png ? Fender Rhodes electric piano synthesizer (no samples). Very good sound. This is the old version, but it's free. Click on "MrRay seventy three" to hide the donations message and get to the controls. http://www.genuinesoundware.com/?a=downloads (archive)


Plugin name (version) Plugin type Developer linux.png windows.png mac.png Remarks, information Homepage
DSK ThoR Synthesizer DSK 69454140.png yes.png ? Error message on Linux. Very cool UFO-type echoed sound http://www.dskmusic.com
Crystal Synthesizer GreenOak yes.png yes.png ? (generic crossbreeding) http://www.greenoak.com/crystal/
Rain Rain Simulator xoxos yes.png ? ? http://www.xoxos.net/vst/vst.html#nature
AquesTone Synthesizer
yes.png yes.png ? http://www.a-quest.com/aquestone/index_en.html
ARCDEV Mainliner X2 Mono Synth yes.png yes.png ? specialising in sinister detuned d'n'b basslines http://www.arcanedevice.com/
Drakqs Synthesizer
yes.png yes.png ? http://www.vst4free.com/free_vst.php?id=371
HERCS Abakos Synthesizer yes.png yes.png ? http://www.hercsmusicsystems.com/old_index.html
ORCA Synthesizer
(Virtual Analog)
FXpansion yes.png ? ? Based on detailed and accurate models of analogue synthesizer circuits and components, ORCA excels at deep, squelchy basses and thick unison leads. http://www.fxpansion.com
Rhythm 2 - The Legendary Soviet Synth Synthesizer
yes.png ? ? Based on the EMI Ritm 2 which is an one-voice keyboard synthesizer designed for solo, ensembles and orchestral playing musical compositions of any genre. It can be used both for educational needs and creating different musical effects. http://vst.smtp.ru/
RTICUL8R Synthesizer Krakli yes.png ? ? Best played with a velocity sensitive keyboard, it can turn its hand to natural sounding or totally synthetic tones. http://krakli.com/krakli-free-synths/
Squelch Mono Synth yes.png ? ? Monophonic Squelch Generator.

Squelch is designed to easily and quickly implement those all-too-popular acidic psytrance squiggles.

Synth1 (1.0.7) Synthesizer yes.png yes.png ? Synth1 is a virtual analogue synth. It features 2xosc, 2xlfo, arpeggiator, effects, equalizer, unison mode & writable patch banks. All versions of synth1 http://www.geocities.jp/daichi1969/softsynth/
NoiseMaker (2.5) Synthesizer TAL yes.png yes.png ? TAL-NoiseMaker is an improved version of TAL-Elek7ro and has a completely new synth engine and a lot of improvements in sound and usability. The synth also includes a small effect section with a reverb, chorus and a simple bit crusher effect.

A display shows the knob and slider values. This allows more control over the synth. A ringmodulator and a syncable triangle are also part of this synth. TAL-NoiseMaker includes new filter types as the self resonating 6dB low pass and a notch filter. Its improved amplitude ADSR is very suitable for slow pads as for really fast envelopes. 128 factory presets included.

U-No-62 Synthesizer
TAL ? yes.png ? U-No-62 is an improved and completely refactored version of U-No-60. http://kunz.corrupt.ch/?Products:VST_TAL-U-No-62
GTG 44 S Synthesizer GTG yes.png ? ? Analog modeling synth. MIDI Channel must be set to "---". http://www.gtgsynths.com
GTG FM4 Synthesizer
GTG yes.png ? ? 4-operator FM synth. Good pads, keys. MIDI Channel must be set to "All". http://www.gtgsynths.com
GTG MX 2008 Synthesizer GTG yes.png ? ? 3-osc analog-style synth with 3 LFOs (only one is host-syncable), delay and chorus effects. MIDI channel must be set to "--". http://www.gtgsynths.com
GTG NK 1001 Mono-Synth GTG yes.png ? ? Analog modeling monophonic synth. Very warm sound. MIDI channel must be set to "All". I recommend setting Key Trig to "Last". http://www.gtgsynths.com
GTG Strings String Synthesizer GTG yes.png ? ? String Synthesizer with unique filter section. MIDI channel must be set to "All". http://www.gtgsynths.com
ErsDrums Drum Synthesizer Andreas Ersson ? yes.png ? ErsDrums is a VST 2.3 compatible drum machine.

All sounds are calculated in "real time", no samples are used.

Wollo Drone Synthesizer Wollo yes.png yes.png ? Analog modeling synth. http://www.wollo.com/vst.htm
DSK SixSenze Synthesizer DSK 69454140.png yes.png ? Layering Synthesizer. Great pads and keys. After waiting 10 minutes for it to load I gave up. http://rekkerd.org/dsk-vsti/
PolyIblit Synthesizer
(Virtual Analog)
Andreas Ersson yes.png yes.png ? Analog-style synth with two multimode filters. Lots and lots of filter types. 4 LFOs and 4 Envelopes, routable in semi-modular fashion. Badly in need of a unison mode or chorus effect. Great for fat leads, keys, arps and basses but lousy for pads. http://www.bostreammail.net/ers/polyiblit.html
Cheeze Machine String Synthesizer BigTick yes.png ? ? Emulates the classic string ensemble sound, made popular by such classic synths as the Crumar Performer or the Arp Solina. Generates sound by feeding a simple, saw-like waveform, into a chorus ensemble emulator, a 6-stages phaser, and a reverb. http://bigtick.pastnotecut.org/index.php?action=PROD&pcode=110
GalactiX Synthesizer
smartelectronix yes.png yes.png ? Subtractive virtual VST Synth http://www.smartelectronix.com/~alex/
Virtual Juno 6 Synthesizer
yes.png yes.png ? Juno 6 is an VST based virtual Analogue Synthesizer for Windows written in C++, that emulates the sound technics of the original Roland Juno 6/60 Synthesizer. The project itself is based on the ultramaster juno 6 linux sources **when adjusting faders sometimes they can run away to max, but they can easily be adjusted back down to desired setting** http://juno6.gruftie.com/index2.html
DelayLama Synthesizer
yes.png yes.png ? Virtual Singing Monk http://www.audionerdz.com/
Gargoyle Synthesizer Krakli yes.png yes.png ? http://krakli.com/krakli-free-synths/
DAO Synthesizer ? yes.png ? http://www.kvraudio.com/get/388.html
Hotelsinus Reese Bassline Synthesizer
? yes.png ? http://www.kvraudio.com/get/3120.html
EVM Bassline (1.3) Synthesizer
EVM ? yes.png ? http://evm.110mb.com/free.htm
Drumatic 3 Drum Synthesizer e-phonic ? yes.png
? Made with SynthEdit http://www.e-phonic.com/plugins/drumatic3.php
SyncModular Modular Synthesizer Dr Sync ? 69454140.png
? you can't close the GUI (LMMS 0.4.9)
crashing while opening project
Superwave P8 Synthesizer Chris Gill yes.png yes.png ? sometimes doesn't want to attach into LMMS window; after loading VeSTige preset, controls look OK in GUI but in reality they are at default values http://home.btconnect.com/christopherg/
Mini DiZi Flute Kong Audio yes.png
(as of 0.4.8)
? ? Chinese Flute http://chineekong.com/free.htm
Mini ErHu String Kong Audio yes.png
(as of 0.4.8)
? ? Chinese two-stringed bowed musical instrument. http://chineekong.com/free.htm
DVS Megabass Continuous sound Bass Synth DreamVortex yes.png yes.png ?

Great continual tone from this bass synth

Transcender SE Sweet atmospheric synth DreamVortex yes.png ? ? Full, and dreamy Synth http://www.dreamvortex.co.uk/instruments
Phat Bass Synth Bass DreamVortex yes.png ? ? Works well, and is full of bass http://www.dreamvortex.co.uk/instruments
Nanotron Awesome Old School string synth DreamVortex yes.png ? ? Incredible vintage sound. Very profressional sounding, and enjoyable. http://www.dreamvortex.co.uk/instruments
Dream Sequencer Techno, trance type Synth DreamVortex yes.png ? ? Very nice and enjoyable sequencer!! http://www.dreamvortex.co.uk/instruments
Sample plugin
(for adding your own)
yes.png yes.png
(as of 0.4.x)
69454140.png some exceptions and other interesting stuff http://lmms.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php?title=Tested_VSTs

VST Pads

VST plugin name Plugin type Developer linux.png windows.png mac.png Remarks, information Homepage
DSK Etheral Padz 2 Pad syntheziser DSK ? yes.png ?
  • Loading takes -very- long and LMMS will often crash
  • Pagefile bloates

VST Effects

Plugin name Plugin type linux.png windows.png mac.png Remarks, information Homepage
TLs Pocket Limiter (1.2) Limiter yes.png ? 69454140.png Handy Limiter http://rekkerd.org/tbt-releases-tls-pocket-limiter-v12/
Omnisone - Spatial Processor (1.0.5) spatial image processor VST plugin yes.png ? 69454140.png Omnisone is a free spatial image processor VST plugin, with control of the side signal level, means to enhance the ambiance, and to re-pan both input signals individually, even outside the loudspeaker base http://www.jeroenbreebaart.com/downloads/omnisone/omnisone.zip
PC-2 Pschoacoustic Compressor (1.0.1) compressor yes.png ? 69454140.png Conventional compressors are based on peak or rms-level estimation to compute their time-variant gain or attenuation. This property of most compressors often causes undesirable intermodulation distortion and pumping/breathing artefacts.

PC-2 features a 'psycho-acoustic relevance' mode. Instead of using a peak or rms-level estimation, this mode employes a perceptual loudness model to compute the loudness of the input signal. This perceptual loudness model is combined with advanced attack and release stages that model peripheral adaptation of the human auditory nerve. The result is a very transparent compression characteristic, even with very short attack and release times. On the other hand, the simple, classic compression behavior can be engaged too by simply switching off the complex loudness model.

Timemachine - Vintage Sampler (1.0.2) digititus creator yes.png ? 69454140.png The ultimate digititus creator! TimeMachine is a VST plugin that provides accurate reproduction of the characteristic sound of vintage samplers, such as the Commodore 64, or older Akai samplers. The (virtual) sampling rate can be varied, as well as the number of bits used for digital representation. furthermore, aliasing distortion can be generated individually for AD and DA conversion. http://www.jeroenbreebaart.com/downloads/timemachine/timemachine.zip
Leftover Lasagne Pushtec 5+1A 6-Band mid-range and program EQ yes.png ? 69454140.png 6 band mid-range and program EQ. The algorithm is based on a circuit schematic of two of the most sought-after vintage analogue EQ's http://www.kvraudio.com/developer_challenge/2006/PushTec1.2.zip
SEND (1.0.1) Spectrum Enhancer yes.png ? 69454140.png SEND combines resonating low and high-pass filters with non-linear elements that generate even or odd harmonics. http://www.jeroenbreebaart.com/downloads/send/send.zip
MDA Plugins various, see website yes.png
(as of 0.4.4)
yes.png ? Lots of versatile OpenSource effect plugins:
  • Bandisto - Multi-band distortion
  • BeatBox - Drum replacer
  • Combo - Amp & speaker simulator
  • De-ess - High frequency dynamics processor
  • Degrade - Sample quality reduction
  • Delay - Simple stereo delay with feedback tone control
  • Detune - Simple up/down pitch shifting thickener
  • Dither - Range of dither types including noise shaping
  • DubDelay - Delay with feedback saturation and time/pitch modulation
  • Dynamics - Compressor / Limiter / Gate
  • Envelope - Envelope follower / VCA
  • Image - Stereo image adjustment and M-S matrix
  • Leslie - Rotary speaker simulator
  • Limiter - Opto-electronic style limiter
  • Loudness - Equal loudness contours for bass EQ and mix correction
  • Multiband - Multi-band compressor with M-S processing modes
  • Overdrive - Soft distortion
  • Re-Psycho! - Drum loop pitch changer
  • RezFilter - Resonant filter with LFO and envelope follower
  • Round Panner - 3D panner
  • Shepard - Continuously rising/falling tone generator
  • Splitter - Frequency / level crossover for setting up dynamic processing
  • Stereo Simulator - Haas delay and comb filtering
  • Sub-Bass Synthesizer - Several low frequency enhancement methods
  • Talkbox - High resolution vocoder
  • TestTone - Signal generator with pink and white noise, impulses and sweeps
  • Thru-Zero Flanger - Classic tape-flanging simulation
  • Tracker - Pitch tracking oscillator, or pitch tracking EQ
  • Vocoder - Switchable 8 or 16 band vocoder
  • VocInput - Pitch tracking oscillator for generating vocoder carrier input
http://mda.smartelectronix.com/effects.htm http://sourceforge.net/projects/mda-vst/
Glitch Pattern-based Effect Sequencer yes.png yes.png
(as of 0.4.9)
69454140.png Windows (Lmms 0.4.8): it's loading and working, but out of sync...

Glitch chops up your audio in real-time and applies a variety of effects which can either be chosen at random, manually sequenced, or a mixture of both. The sounds it generates range from quite subtle to extremely bizarre, depending on how much you tweak the controls. **when trying to change paramters on the different effects it can max them out and then be unable to change back again**

CamelCrusher Distortion yes.png ? ? CamelCrusher is a free 'colouring' multi-effect plugin. It offers two characteristically different distortion sounds which can be blended together to create a wide variety of tones and textures. Great for guitars, drums and plenty more! http://www.camelaudio.com/camelcrusher.php
Sample plugin
(for adding your own)
? yes.png yes.png
(as of 0.4.x)
69454140.png some exceptions and other interesting stuff http://lmms.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php?title=Tested_VSTs

Templates for the compatibility table

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