Recommended Free VST Instruments
Here is a list of 5 free VSTi's that I use and think deserve more than a mention:
Muon Tau - for basslines this is a truly flexible, solid sounding plugin. Pop, Trance and anything electronic, this is a safe bet. It has a very useful Glissando function which allows you to slide between notes, great if used properly. You should be able to download it here: http://www.hitsquad.com/smm/programs/MuonTau/
mda Piano - for piano lovers everywhere, this is great. It's hard to believe that it's free! You can use pianos in all types of music, so you'd be a fool not to download it:
mda ePiano - the electric piano version of the aforementioned. I know that not everyone loves the electric piano sound, it sits right with certain types of music and not others, but for a totally free, faithful to the original sound you need this:
Aska Switch - I believe this is a Japanese synth. The Japanese know their stuff. It's simple to use and sounds great used for basslines, particularly for dance/ trance or anything else electro, there are no 'bells and whistles' with this what you see/hear is what you get and what you get is a lurvley solid bass machine, different to, but just as good as the Muon Tau. Download it from here:
Big Tick Cheeze Machine - this is for those lovely, smooth, string-like chord sounds and progressions. Ideal for all sorts of music and just the ticket for making laid-back, relaxing music and those mellow moments in trance etc. Here it is:
More recommended VSTs in another post.