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Ultimate List of FREE Effect Plug-ins

VST stands for Virtual Studio Technology. It is a software interface that integrates software audio synthesizer and effect plugins with audio editors and recording systems. VST and similar technologies use digital signal processing to simulate traditional recording studio hardware in software.

We have categorized the plug-ins according to their main function just so you can browse through the list easily and find that one perfect instrument plug-in that has been holding you back in your music production process.

Free Compressor Plugins

1. ComBear

ComBear is an EXTREMELY powerful and incredibly dynamic Parallel Compression effect plugin that brings an amazing sound and feel to Drums, Synth, Vocals and anything else you can thank of! This plugin is going to change the game and sound the EDM Industry.

2. OTT

A free re-creation of a popular aggressive multiband upwards/downwards compressor set-up used by many dubstep and electro producers

3. Rough Rider 2

A modern compressor with a bit of "vintage" style bite and a uniquely warm sound

4. MjMultibandCompressor

Four band compressor with its own sound

5. MjCompressor

Single band compressor with a very transparent sound, due to responding with varying speed as appropriate for the input frequency content

Free Reverb Plugins

1. Ambience

A reverb that rivals the quality of the best commercial reverbs

2. OldSkoolVerb

Implements a kind of “classic” stereo reverb algorithm which is technically simple yet optimal

3. TAL Reverb 2

A super diffuse and lush reverb effect with a fast build up time. Ideal for ambient reverb sound

Free Distortion/Saturation Plugins

1. FuzzPlus 3

Featuring the same much-loved vintage fuzz pedal model, plus a new filter, self-feedback, and a modern procedural user interface

2. Boogex

Free Guitar amplifier AAX, AU, and VST plugin with a variety of sound shaping features as well as cabinet modeling, gate and reverb modules

3. Delta Modulator

Unlike traditional bitcrushers, it uses delta modulation, resulting in a sound similar to what you'd hear in Nintendo NES gaming console's sampling channel

4. 8-Bit Shaper

Xfer Records 8-Bit Shaper processes the incoming audio signal and reduces it to 8-bits

5. TAL-Tube

A saturation plugin that have the characteristic of tubes and an additional amplifier mode

Free EQ Plugins

<strong >1. NyquistEq

Parametric graphic equalizer with excellent response all the way up to Nyquist

2. Marvel GEQ

Marvel GEQ is a free linear-phase 16-band graphic equalizer AAX, AU and VST plugin that offers you a mastering-grade sound quality

3. Luftikus

Analog modeled EQ Improved for deeper cuts Mastering and analog modes "Keep Gain" mode to avoid overal gain changes Low CPU-usage

4. bx_cleansweep V2

A filter out any unwanted hi-end and lo-end, and the result is a clean and tight mix.

5. Plugin Alliance SPL Free Ranger

Based upon the Full Ranger-EQ from SPL’s EQ Rangers serie

Free Delay Plugin

1. Tempo Delay

Delay plugin based on tempo, incorporating filter and tremolo sections with separate controls for each channel

2. Sound Delay

Free auxiliary multi-channel signal delaying AAX, AU and VST plugin with precise millisecond and sample delay specification.

3. ValhallaFreqEcho

Bode-style frequency shifter + analog echo emulation = skull melting chaos

4. Fracture

FREE buffer effect plugin geared toward creating robotic artifacts and abstract musical malfunctions

Free Limiter Plugin

1. LoudMax64

A Look-Ahead Brickwall Loudness Maximizer Plugin with a clean transparent sound

2. ClipShifter

A wave-shaping audio plugin that functions like a clipping-style limiter

3. Voxengo Elephant

A mastering limiter AAX, AU and VST plugin for professional music production applications

4. W1 Limiter

W1 Limiter is a clone of Waves L1, with identical output, as well as an approximation of Waves L2

Free Mid/Side Processing Plugin


Free Professional audio AAX, AU and VST plugin for mid-side processing which is able to encode (split) and decode mid-side signal from/to stereo signal, and display stereo information

2. Stereo Touch

Can be used for adding stereo width to audio tracks and samples.

3. A1StereoControl

Expand or limit the STEREO WIDTH of your tracks using only one single knob

Free Utilities Plugin


Offers you a lot of options for visual look customization. Features statistics, correlation meter and K-level metering

2. Beyerdynamic – Virtual Studio

Virtual studio n virtually simulates real speaker systems (such as stereo or 5.1) in various environments (recording studio, concert halls, etc.) on your headphones

3. Blue Cat’s Audio Gain Suite

A free suite of gain utilities which let you control the volume of one or several audio tracks in real time

4. s(M)exoscope

This great plugin can be used to visually monitor audio waveforms

5. PSP VintageMeter

PSP VintageMeter provides professional VU and PPM metering for mono and stereo tracks

6. Voxengo AnSpec

AnSpec is an analog-style third-octave spectrum analyzer plug-in for professional music production applications

That's about it... :) Have a great day!

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