7 Free Utility VST plugins

It’s time for a selection of free VST plugins that don’t produce any noise, nor have something to do with sounds.
Plugins for storing comments / any text in your DAW project, or for displaying RSS news in real time, showing the time of the day, etc.. they’re all here : here’s a list of utility plugins !

1. VSTNotes

VSTNotes

VSTNotes

download : direct link

This was a free plugin by ProXL, it’s Windows only & 32 bit : you can add any number of instances in your project and take some notes, the notes are saved with your project.
It works well, even in host that steals the key-press like Ableton.
You can choose a background color, mix any font/color/style.
Perfect for saving comments or lyrics or anything you want to type.

 

2. VSTNotepad

VSTNotepad

VSTNotepad

download : http://www.codefn42.com/vstnotepad/index.html

This is also a VST for saving text notes in your projects, but this one has a 64 bit version
Windows only.
It works well in all hosts i have tested.

 

3. BreakinNews VST

BreakingNews VST

BreakingNews VST

download : http://www.groovezing.com/en/download.php

This VST let you set a RSS flux and then displays the titles in a scrolling text.
By default it displays the latest news from a US network.
Clicking on a text opens a tab in your web browser with the article content.
It’s for Windows 32 bit.

 

4. Big Clock

Big Clock

Big Clock

download : http://thepiz.org/plugins/?p=Big%20Clock

A nice VST plugin for Windows : it displays the host transport time, is resizable and configurable.
you can also display the current time.

 

5. VSTClock

VSTClock

VSTClock

download : http://www.groovezing.com/en/download.php

This one displays the current time ! it’s resizable, you can also set a “digital display” instead of the analog clock.
Works for Windows, 32 bit.

 

6. TackyBrowser

TackyBrowser

 

download : archive

It’s a browser plugin, set a path and then you can drag and drop the files in your DAW (if your host supports it).
It’s free, 32 plugin bit for Windows.

 

7. ObliqueVST

ObliqueVST

ObliqueVST

download : direct from archive

The famous Brian Eno´s Oblique Strategies VST plugin !
It’s the plugin version of Brian Eno’s “Oblique Strategies” cards.
It’s 32 bit only and for Windows but you can download the source code if you want to adapt it to Mac OS X and/or 64 bit : source code on archive.org

8. CrunkBall VST

CrunkBall gives you answers

CrunkBall gives you answers

download : direct dl

A synthedit plugins absolutely essential : ask a question, then click on the “?” : the CrunkBall gives you nothing but the undisputed truth.

 

9. Bonus Tracks

Similar to VSTNotes & VSTNotepad you also have :
TrackPAD VST : for Windows & MAC OS X, i have only tested for Windows, it seems to work well!
ExtraNotes VST : For windows Mac & Linux : this one lets you load an image or type text , it has been very buggy for me (Ableton 32 & 64 bit), maybe you’ll be more lucky.
MNotePad : present in the MFreeEffectsBundle from Melda Production, i haven’t tested it, but it looks nice!

also from InsertPiz, the cpuram plugin : for displaying the RAM & CPU usage in your host.

If you feel like i forgot essential utility plugins, feel free to comment!
i didn’t include MIDI plugins (like virtual keyboard) or metering/analysis plugins.

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