Well...after MANY, MANY attempts, I FINALLY got to download the Independence Free software and library. Whew...it took almost 2 weeks to be able to "log" onto their website, another 2 days to actually "create an account", and FINALLY...1.5 days to actually download everything.
The good news is...the download was a success, ALL the software and complete library downloaded without any complications. The installation was fairly straight forward, just follow the install directions and copy the sound library into the "image files" folder. I had no problem launching it in "stand alone" version however, trying to get my sequencer software to identify it and open it was another issue. First of all, the ".dll" file for the plugin doesn't specify any VST, VSTi, RTAS etc. within it's naming; the file simply says: Independence free.dll 2.0.0 so, I had to manually do a search within my sequencer program to locate it and load it into its plugin folder. It loads fine in "Reaper" but, I'm still unable to load it into Fruity Loops; I'm still working with that. In the meantime, All the sample library loads with no conflicts or issues however, trying to "export" or save anything rendered, either in stand alone or as a plugin, hasn't worked as of yet. I just might be missing something simple, or over looked how to save or export. Anyone been able to export or save within their sequencer or as a stand alone?
Other than that, alot of the instruments sound pretty exceptional; especially the world percussion, the acoustic drum kits, acoustic & electric guitar, and the synths, only to name a few. I've fiddled around with it a bit. I'm sure once they get their library in order and start adding more sample instruments, it will sound much better.
So, to sum it up...I think Independence is worth it, as far as a free library goes with 1.6 Gigs of samples that can find many uses and possibilities. The only negative(s) I have found are the hassle of the website, locating the plugin for your sequencer and saving or exporting your rendering. So, if your looking for something "different" to add to your library, go to their site and keep trying; eventually, you'll get in, and get the download.
Well, just as I suspected, I overlooked something simple. For some reason, the VST plugin for Independence Free, when installed into the "standard" VST plugin folder, where ALL my VST's are kept on my HD, my sequencer program didn't scan that folder for updated VST's. It simply was a matter of just copying the VST plugin for Independence and pasting it into my sequencer program under it's own "specific" VST folder and tada! My sequencer recgonized it right away and loaded it! Exporting, saving, even "recording" works just perfect.
So, if anyone else runs into this problem, just copy the VST for Independence Free and paste it into your VST folder of your prefered sequencer, that "should" solve the problem. Also, my prefered sequencer is Fruity Loops so I can't speak for "other" sequencers, if this will work for them. If anyone else has any questions about Independence, I can try to answer them but, bear in mind, I'm just in the process of fiddling around with it myself.