VST Platinum – 1,700 plug-ins for just $39?

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Recently I came across a website called VST Platinum (no I’m not going to link to it), where former Sony BMG sound engineer Greg Hoffman is trying to sell you a collection of Over 1700 Hi Quality VST Plugins, And 4000 Cutting-Edge Sound Effects.

VST Platinum

After reading a few paragraphs on this website, scrolling down to the testimonials and checking some of the screenshots of the VST plug-ins I concluded that this $1,838.00 value package that’s being sold for $39 is a complete scam.

Obviously, they’re selling stuff that’s available for free online (screenshots on the website include freeware plug-ins by GTG Synths and Odo Synths).

I noticed some things on the VST Platinum website seemed a bit “off”.

  • Some of the testimonial images have title tags that show “Karaoke Star DVD Testimonial”.
  • It keeps saying there’s a 100% money back guarantuee and that the offer may expire 3 days from now, but every day you check the site you’ll notice that expiration date is 3 days from the current date.
  • Somewhere in the bottom it says: You’ll get the 2 CD set in your mailbox within 12 days and be on your way to obtaining the most comprehensive lionel trains repair, restoration, parts list and catalog guide. Guaranteed..

Their contact page links to some kind of online support help desk, where I submitted a ticket with a request for a list of the plug-ins. No answer yet…

Okay, so if you are still doubting, don’t be fooled.

I checked the Karaoke SuperStar DVD website, which is basically the same as the VST Platinum one, except Greg Hoffman is now Rachel Patterson. Just like Frank Keenan’s Lionel Trains site, which funnily enough talks about VST plug-ins in some of the text.

I googled around a bit to find an address that seems to house a lot of these junk websites: 2021 Midwest Road (Suite 200 and possibly others) Oak Brook IL 60523.

I guess this would be some kind of call center since it seems to house tons of companies. You can see the building on Google Maps.

Now all of this could very well be legit in some kind of twisted way, but the same address also comes up with some scam alerts, so I figured I should report it here anyway.

I would hope you would never fall for the offers of these type of sketchy looking sites, but for those who do get tempted by the idea of getting thousands of dollars worth of plug-ins for just $39… it’s too good to be true. Don’t fall for it!

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Magniz
Magniz
Thanks for the alert. As you said this all might be legit and in best case simply a collection of free stuff bundled onto one DVD. Speaking from experience you should all be alerted if you come across a website where you have to scroll down forever to reach the footer. I’ve seen many of these site, all in the same style and selling thousands-of-something. You actually get a product delivered but mostly it’s just free stuff collected from various sources. Just recently I came across another site looking identical and selling 1000 kick drums as a download for 10… Read more »
Erick McNerney
Erick McNerney
This reminds me of Crysonic, but Crysonic is actually legitimate (in a shady sort of way) I bought from crysonic and actually got the products and serials (though it took him forever to send the serials). This (VST Platinum) is much worse. If it’s a “finder’s” fee for mostly free plugins, why say the total value is “1800 USD”? Is that the worth of the “not-for-free” cracked/warez plugins? Even after all of these years this guy is still up (at least the site is still running I mean). How? Maybe because the biggest victim is the little guy, providing the… Read more »
Jon
Jon

I thought this was a total scam. I started seeing it a few weeks ago, the copy is so vague about what you actually get, so I was pretty skeptical.

Ronny can you put HUGE letters saying this is a scam.

tb
tb
it’s just a marketing site, with a script that changes so it’s always 3 days hence. not a big deal in the marketing world. and the address is probably just a fulfillment house that ships his products and has other clients they ship for. a lot of these sites are just clones of one another with different text. and they give each other testimonials. not a big deal. not a scam. if you’re not selling informational products online, you may not understand how it all works. and 40 bucks is not that much money to have a lot of freebies… Read more »
lordkook
lordkook

ugh. i’m surprised someone would go to the trouble of doing this whole thing on an actual, stand-alone website. these kind of “OMG AMAZ1NG VST COLLECTION!11!” cds are all over Ebay, and it’s vexing enough to see people getting away with it there.

tb
tb
Ronnie, What’s not to get? I work for myself from home. It’s pretty awesome. Thanks for the plug. Anyway it’s all speculation about what’s on the VST Disc unless someone actually ORDERS it. Otherwise a review of it is just pointless. It’s like saying “I heard from someone that I know that the new record by so and so is really bad so here’s my review saying it’s really bad…although I have not actually heard it myself. I’m just guessing” That is what I don’t get. Again, you’re just assuming what’s on there and if he has distribution rights. If… Read more »
digital lofi
digital lofi
Yeah, these “make a million bucks on the internet” scams are all over the US. They usually prey on people who are not to savvy with the interwebs. So, TM, I only have to glance at your site to know you’re a snake oil salesman. And this is the same kind of scheme or in that same mindset. One step above Nigerian email scams really. People trying to make money without actually doing anything, leeching on google and the wealth of free information on the internet. I don’t have to order this disk to see that these charlatans don’t have… Read more »
Aaron
Aaron

Yeah looks dodgy,cashing in on others hard work. Hopefully most audio heads are saavy enough to steer clear of this marketing crap.

The fact that the guy greg doesn’t list whats on the dvd is more than enough reason to suspect it, and obviously he doesn’t want 100’s of pi**ed-off freeware developers contacting him.

tb
tb
Diagital Lofi– Sure man. Whatever you say. I can tell you know everything already so what can I say? Enjoy your 20s while they last. It’s the period in life when you know everything. At 30 you’ll realize you know nothing. Or at least nothing worthwhile. And I never said make a million bucks. Where does it say that? $100K isn’t that much. But thanks for twisting my words into what isn’t there. I actually do help people make money and get paid for it. And it feels great. What do you contribute? Oh and thanks again for the plug.… Read more »
digital lofi
digital lofi
Ha ha! First, I’m in my 40s. So, yeah, fail. I’m more jaded than you can possibly imagine. I’ve also worked on the web for a long, long time (well, in internet years). So, while I don’t know everything, and never claimed to, I’ve seen a lot. And if you’d bothered to, you know, read my site you’d see that it’s been retired, which would explain the wordpress errors. (Tho’ thanks for the heads up on those.) I fired puffermedia in the meantime. ;-) Those jokers never do anything right. Hits and visits are a fool’s errand, my friend, if… Read more »
Mik Sybrandt
Mik Sybrandt

Bewarned, you are paying for free plugins that you could have just downloaded yourself. Of course it`s nice to have all these free plugins on one dvd. But this guy never got a permission to distribute my plugins this way.
Anyway, it`s up to you if you want to pay for freeware plugins.

Mik,GTG Synths.

louie
louie

Mik,
Actually, I came across the comments & feel
they would typically be justified. However, in addition to many freeware VST’s, there are many – many useful plug-ins from Waves,
Korg, Cubase, N.I. and they are full versions.

I don’t believe at all this was scamish!

louie

Ssds
Ssds

Are you brain dead? The inclusion of Waves, Korg, Cubase, and N.I is even more reason to believe that this is a scam.

Nice try.

Mik Sybrandt
Mik Sybrandt

Sure.
All I am saying is this guy never got a permission from me to put my plugins on his cd. And I had to mail him several times, and finally threaten him with legal actions before he removed my material.
I am sure his cd is usefull for many people. But he just needs to learn a little about distribution rules.

Cheers.

Mik

Mik Sybrandt
Mik Sybrandt

Well, there you go. I am not surprised ;-)

Aaron
Aaron

Most unfortunate is the fact that a lot of folk are buying the dvd, the only reason I say this is cause that website has been advertising the dvd on adwords and still is to this day.

They’re operating a buisness on very shakey foundations, and when things get ugly they’ll be hit hard.

DJ D
DJ D

Fucking scumbag, I hope he gets burned, BAD. Whatever about people downloading cracked versions of stuff, but for someone to try and SELL cracked software. The scumbag should be locked up.

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