Okay! The year is almost ending, as a music producer it been a very good year for me, I hope you had a good time too. Lot of best free vst plugins for music producers, not just free but professional grade free vst plugins were introduced throughout this year. Today the role of a music producer is to hunt for new samples and new plugins.
Fine! without any BS, here is my compilation of the best free vst plugins, note that there is no particular order of the list, this my opinion, your’s can be different, let me know, did I missed any releases, write it in the comment section. Let’s begin!
WA Production ComBear
ComBear is your next goto compressor for all music production purposes, it is a parallel compressor plugin. The parallel compression means in simple words, take the original audio track (individual or group or Bus), and mix that audio track with the compressed track. The ComBear make it very easy because of its mix knob. Just adjust this knob according to how much parallel compression you need.
The user interface is very minimal yet extremely powerful, with two big knobs for compression and mix, two sliders for input and makeup gain, visual representation, a funny bear face that changes its face as you increase or decrease the compress knob, and one on/off button for bypassing the plugin.
Free Download: ComBear
SoundBytes DDMf IIEQ Pro
SoundBytes and DDMF came up with the free version of IIEQ Pro, it is free and it sounds AMAZING. This free EQ has the functionality of analog eq and digital eq too and uses very low CPU, bands are limited to 6 bands, but who cares six bands are enough to make mixes sound professional.
You can solo each band to tweak or fix the specific frequency which makes this free eq stand out from the other free eq crowd. You can download the free version from the link given below.
Free EQ Download/More Info: SB Plugins/DDMf IIEQ Pro
Denis Tihanov OrilRiver
This is probably the best free vst reverb plugin released in 2017, the user interface will make any expensive reverb plugin shy, not only it looks good but it tastes good, I mean sound good. Features like EQ, adjustable Room size, diffusion, modulation, width and many other features make this free reverb vst plugin worth in your free vst plugins library. The KVR is hosting the download for this free reverb vst plugin, just go to the following link to download if haven’t downloaded already.
Free Reverb Download/More Info: OrilRiver
Plugin Alliance Brainworx bx_subfilter
This is a best free vst plugin from plugin alliance is very interesting, all this plugin do is add low-end weight to your drums which are very hard to do with traditional EQ plugin without muddying the mix.
The functionality is borrowed from the big brother the bx_subsynth. So in simple words use this free plugin to add instant low-end to the kick drums.
Free Download/More Info: bx_subfilter
Izotope Ozone Imager
Izotope released this free stereo imaging vst in September and quickly became popular in music producers from around the world, even on Mars, yup Marsians love free vst too. Just joking. Ozone imager is very useful for narrowing or widen the stereo field of any audio.
Very easy to use and amazing visual representations makes this free vst plugin worth using. I hope everyone had downloaded it and using on the regular basis if not this s the link.
Free Stereo Imager/More Info: Ozone Imager
Other Free Stereo Tools:
Wave Arts Tube Saturator Vintage
Everybody should like saturation, they add coloration (warmth) to your individual tracks or mix busses or mixes or master tracks. This free tube saturation vst plugin, Tube Saturator Vintage by Wave Arts does it so well, you will not need any other tube saturation plugin, but it uses CPU power.
I recommend you to use it on group or bus channels. I must tell you, you will not regret using it, try it on drums for that warmth or distortion. Here is the link if haven’t downloaded this best free vst plugin yet.
Free Tube Saturation Vst/More Info: Tube Saturator Vintage
ISOL8 (pronounced Isolate) is unique and best free vst plugin for monitoring your mixes, it was released earlier this month and easy to understand, very advanced and is very useful, in different stages of mixing. It has 5 frequency bands which can be solo, multiple monitoring modes (Stereo/Left/Right/Mid/Side) and so on.
Free Download/More Info: ISOL8
Other Mixing Utility Plugins:
- Venn Audio Utility
This free compressor/limiter vst plugin claims to be intelligent and have is an automatic compressor with variable release time and ratio settings. Using MAX1 by BeatSkillz makes very easy to control the peaks and increase the overall volume. It also have lots of presets included, makes it very good free compressor vst plugin.
Free Compressor Plugin/More Info: MAX1
Other Compressor/Limiter Plugins
- kiloHearts Limiter
Free delay plugin by kiloHearts is very simple to use and have lots of features, what is unique about this free delay plugin is its duck knob, it is useful for ducking delay effect. The ping pong feature can be turned off or on, a delay can be either synched or free with ms.
Free Download/More Info: Delay
Other Delay Plugins:
Venn Audio Free Clip
Venn Audio released soft-clipper/waveshaper in middle of this year. You can choose between a range of wave shapes to affect your track, from the subtle effect to the harsh distortion you can do anything with this little free plugin. I think you are already using this free vst plugin, if not download using the link shown below.
Free Soft-Clipper/More Info: FREECLIP
The showstopper of this list is Oscilloscope by SocaLabs, a simple free vst plugin to analyze the waveforms of your tracks and mixes, it is a stereo oscilloscope which means you get the better representation of the waveforms.
Free Download/More Info: Oscilloscope
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