Free VST Plugins can make a huge difference in anyone’s studio.
Seriously, when you get free VST plugins you can easily emulate the best studios without paying thousands of dollars.
But the thing is, it can be a bit hard to find the best free vst plugins!
For that reason, we put together a huge list of our favorite free VST plugins – from synths, to reverbs, compressors, and more!
And the cool part is, we picked some free vst plugins that compare to premium plugins you would buy from some of the biggest companies.
This way you can take your sound to the next level without paying a cent.
So, without further ado, here is 100 of the Best Free VST Plugins in 2017!
Free VST Plugins for Synths
Tyrell N6 by u-he
Based on a design similar to Roland’s classic Juno 60, this synth has a few modules and novel features that were added by u-he.
Podolski by u-he
Podolski is a simple, CPU-efficient virtual analogue synthesizer.
Essentially, the synth is a cut down version of FilterscapeVA with just one oscillator, one filter, one envelope, and two LFOs, it also features a Zebra-style arpeggiator/sequencer plus chorus and delay effects.
Helm Synth by Matt Tytel
Helm Synth is an incredibly good looking synthesizer developed by Matt Tytel. You can study and change the source code and redistribute exact or modified copies of Helm.
Emulation of the famous OB-X, OB-Xa, and OB-8 synths in FREE VST plugin formats.
T.Rex Bass by Max Project [Windows only]
T. Rex Bass is a bass synthesizer with a built-in arpeggiator and a step LFO. It features effect modules that let you control the reverb, delay and and an equalizer.
T.Rex ArgenSynth by Max Project [Windows only]
The T.Rex ArgenSynth is a simple subtractive synth plugin.
Dexed is a multi platform, multi format plugin FM synth that is closely modeled on the Yamaha DX7.
Tau Bassline by Muon Software
Updated and upgraded for its 10th Anniversary, this exclusive 303 emulator plugin is only available for download directly from Muon’s Software facebook page.
Synth1 is a virtual analog classic subtractive synthesizer with 2 oscillators, 2 LFO’s, a filter section, an arpeggiator, an EQ, and a couple of time based effects.
Make sure to use a web browser like Google Chrome that can translate websites in other languages, as the website is in Japanese and it might get tricky to download.
TAL-BassLine by Togu Audio
This plugin isn’t supported by Togu anymore, but you can still download 32 and 64-bit installers for windows, and 32-bit for Mac.
TAL-BassLine is a virtual analog bass synthesizer especially made for bass, acid sounds, and effects. It’s based on a robust core and has the usual controls of analogue hardware synthesizers.
Tunefish Synth by Brain Control
Tunefish is a tiny virtual analog synthesizer. It is developed to fit into about 10kb of compressed machine code while still producing an audio quality that can compete with commercial synthesizers.
Model E by Steinberg
Model E is a classic analog synth with ultra-low CPU load.
TAL-Elek7tro by Togu Audio
TAL-Elek7ro is a virtual analog synth with some special features like oscillator hard-sync and frequency modulation. It also has improved alias free oscillators, new developed fast envelopes, and LFO’s.
This synth is useful for a wide range of sounds from percussions to deep bass sounds.
Sinnah is a synth based on a single complex oscillator that includes five waveshapes with increasing spectral complexity, harmonic levels for all waveshapes, noise levels, and a delay matrix.
Ample Bass P Lite II by Ample Sound
Ample Bass P Lite II aims to bring the Fender Precision Bass sound to your studio in a free VST plugin format.
Ample Guitar M Lite II by Ample Sound
Ample Guitar M Lite II aims to bring the Martin D-41 Acoustic Guitar sound to your studio in a free VST plugin format.
Free Alpha 3 by LinPlug
FreeAlpha is the little brother of Alpha, sharing the same engine but with less features. It’s been around since mid 2000 and it’s free of charge.
JuceOPLVSTi by Plainweave Software
The OPL2 is a simple 2-operator digital FM sound chip from the late 80s, used in PC sound cards like the Adlib and original Sound Blaster.
This VST instrument allows you to program an emulated OPL2 chip.
Synister is arguably one of the best looking free synthesizers out there. This 3 oscillator synthesizer is incredibly easy to use as well.
Speek by Wavosaur
This plugin for recreates the sound of the Commodore 64 Software Automatic Mouth vocal synthesis software.
Trilobite Free by Darwin Arts
This is a limited version for those who want to try Trilobite before purchasing the complete version, nonetheless this version can be enough for many users.
Trilobite is a modular synthesizer which features full visual patch editing, extensive parametric control, and an innovative patch breeding system to carry your creativity into unexplored territory!
Sforzando by Plogue
Sforzando is a highly SFZ 2.0 compliant sample player. Advanced sample hobbyists now have a powerful tool to experiment and share instruments without relying on proprietary formats.
Alter/Ego by Plogue
Alter/Ego is based on the award winning technology featured in chipspeech, but instead of targeting vintage voice technology, it focuses on more modern singing synthesis algorithms and research.
Triple Cheese Synth by u-he
Triple Cheese is a unique-sounding freeware synthesizer plugin.
This synth doesn’t use any of the classic synthesis techniques – subtractive, FM, or additive – but various forms of comb filtering instead.
The three cheese modules in a row either generate their own signal, or process the output of the previous module.
Symptohm by Ohmforce
Do you need a synth with a lot of good sounds to use without too much knob-tweaking complexity?
Try Symptohm: Melohman in a free Performer Edition. You get access to all of its mother’s factory presets and some other customizing possibilities.
Livecut by Smartelectronix
Livecut is a live beat-slicer. Instead of manipulating equal chunks of audio like most beatslicer do, it works on the notion of audio cuts. The length and number of repetitions depend on the context and the cutting procedure.
Thai Chromatic Gongs by Alan Vista
Thai Gongs is a sampled traditional chromatic gong set from Thailand.
Chinese Gongs by Alan Vista
This gong set features 3 Tamtam gongs (40, 28, and 20 inches) and a Wind gong (20 inches) organized in 3 different velocity layers.
Harsh Digital Nose by Piz
Harsh Digital Nose a synthesizer that converts two images into two oscillator waveforms and then mixes them in various horrible ways.
You can drag and drop images or draw them on the plugin in real time.
Hadron Particle Synthesizer by Partikkel Audio
The Hadron Particle Synthesizer is an open source synthesizer, sampler, and effect module.
Cobalt by Leslie Sanford
Cobalt is a synthesizer inspired by many of the hybrid synths of the 80s.
Free VST Plugins for Drum Machines, Drum Kits, and Synthesized Drums
DRUM PRO by Studio Linked
20 drum kits that spread over 12 pads with built-in effects.
LM-1 Linndrum Drum Machines by Jun’s factory, Simple Recorder and MH Music
Three different free VST plugins that recreate the famous Linndrum LM-1 drum machine in the same place.
T.Rex 606 by Max Project [Windows only]
The T-Rex 606 is a rompler of the classic 606 drum machine by Roland.
It has 7 of its classic sounds and a simple reverb.
Beat Factory Drums by Beat Skillz
Beat Factory Drums comes with 12 pads with samples from an original MPC 2500, created with high-end outboard gear.
Real Drum Samples by Line of Legends
Line of Legends features high quality drum samples from the eponymous free sample pack released by RealDrumSamples.com.
Sean Pandy Drums is a drum rompler plugin with a Kick, Snare, 4 Toms – and a Sub Blower that will do exactly as its name suggests.
Vintage Drum Elements by Sample Science
Vintage Drum Elements is a virtual drum machine featuring the sound of the Yamaha RX5.
DrumTroop by Dub Turbo
DrumTROOP is just a straight out of the box weapon of mass production. No fussing around with too many on board options.
Every kit has been meticulously crafted into their respective genre/sub-genre.
Kick Maker by Teragon Audio
KickMaker is a synthesizer designed specifically to create good kick drum sounds.
It uses four independent oscillators and a wide range of effects, allowing one to create perfectly customized beats.
MT Power DrumKit 2 by Manda Audio
Free Drum Kit created for Pop, Rock, Metal, and Fusion – very similar to Native Instruments Studio Drummer.
Free VST Plugins for Time Based Effects & Modulation
Dimension Expander by Xfer Records
This plugin is a spatial expander modeled after chorusing effects from the 80’s.
OldSkool Verb by Voxengo
This plugin implements a kind of classic stereo reverb algorithm which is technically simple yet optimal.
It also produces a very clear spatial image that blends well with the mix.
Pancake 2 by Cableguys
PanCake is a free plugin for most flexible panning modulations.
Protoverb by u-he
Protoverb is an experimental reverb based on the idea of a room simulator.
Most algorithmic reverbs try to avoid resonances or model the reflections of sound from a room’s walls.
Protoverb does the opposite.
Sonic results range from subtle chorusing and double tracking to barberpole phasing and flanging to endless glissandos and runaway echos.
Pecheneg Tremolo by Pecheneg FX
The Pecheneg VST plugin is a tremolo effect, which has the possibility to adjust the shape of the tremolo modulating curve and to synchronize the frequency with a host, or set it manually.
TAL Chorus-LX by Togu Audio
TAL-Chorus-LX is a standalone version of the chorus implemented in the TAL-U-NO-LX.
T. Rex Delay by Max Project [Windows only]
T. Rex Delay is a simple and intuitive tempo-synced delay effect plugin with an integrated filter unit.
T. Rex Delay Mini by Max Project [Windows only]
T. Rex delay mini is a simple delay with a vintage analogue GUI design.
Multiply by Acon Digital
Acon Digital Multiply is a free and versatile chorus effect with a unique twist.
Each simulated voice is processed with a phase randomizing filter so that unpleasant comb filter effects are avoided.
A1 Trigger Gate by A1AUDIO
If you are looking for the right groove or just an interesting rhythmic pattern, this free vst plugin will provide you with some random patterns that you might not would’ve been able to come up with otherwise.
Hysteresis by Glitch Machines
Hysteresis is a free vst plugin geared towards creating robotic artifacts and abstract musical malfunctions.
Fracture by Glitchmachines
Fracture is a free buffer effect plugin geared toward creating robotic artifacts and abstract musical malfunctions.
Atom Dynamic Filter by Sine Vibes
Atom is a filter with focus on dynamic, tempo-synchronised modulation.
Sanford Reverb by Leslie Sanford
The Sanford Reverb is a versatile reverb capable of simulating many kinds of spaces.
Sanford Delay by Leslie Sanford
The Sanford Delay is a VST stereo delay effect.
It’s an easy to use delay that gets the job done quickly and efficiently.
TAL-DUB-X by Togu Audio.
AL-Dub-X is no emulation of a specific hardware delay effect and it has its own special sound. Don’t expect one of the very clean digital delays.
CREV-01 by Bc.Lab
The CREV-01 convolution reverb has advanced controls including pre-delay, frequency shaping, stereo balance, width, decay damping, and gate amongst others.
Space 360 by cytoSonic
Behind its no-nonsense interface there is a complex implementation of three distinct, yet interdependent algorithms for direct reflections, early reflections, and late reflections.
Free VST Plugins For Saturation & Distortion
8bit shaper by Xfer Records
This free plugin processes the incoming audio signal and reduces it to 8-bits.
Revival by Slate Digital [Requires an iLok 2]
Revival is a new type of Sonic Enhancer.
Borrowing aspects of tubes, tape, transformers, and world-class analog filters, it can be used on individual tracks – for adding air to pop vocals or fatness to drums, for instance – but it is also amazing during the mastering stage to bring out details in full mixes.
Tube/Valve Overdrive by Voxengo
Tube Amp is an audio effect that applies asymmetric tube triode overdrive usually found in single-tube microphone pre-amp boxes.
Delta Modulator by Xfer Records
Unlike traditional bit-crushers, Delta Modulator uses delta modulation, resulting in a sound similar to what you’d hear in Nintendo NES gaming console’s sampling channel.
IVGI by Klanghelm
IVGI can deliver very soft and subtle saturation that feels like home on the master buss, but it is equally capable of very dense and dirty distortion effects to spice up single tracks.
Guitar Gadgets by Music Entropy
Guitar Gadgets is a compilation of “false” analog guitar pedal simulations, made to be used mainly with electric guitars and guitar amp simulations, but which may be sound interesting in any situation.
Saturation Knob by Softube
The free plugin Saturation Knob is a modeled output distortion that can be used anywhere you need some grit.
Use it to fatten up bass lines, add some harmonics, and shimmer to vocals, or simply destroy your drum loop.
Thump 2 by Metric Halo
Thump is ideal for beefing up a kick drum, add low end to percussive tracks, recreate classic drum synth sounds, and more.
With its bit crushing and downsampling algorithms, Krush combines the crispy taste of the digital realm with the warmth of its drive stage and analog modeled resonant filters.
A modulation section allows you to quickly add extra life to the sound by modulating any parameter.
SGA 1566 by Shattered Glass Audio
SGA1566 is loosely based on a single channel vintage tube preamplifier.
Ace Amp by Shattered Glass Audio
Ace is a faithful digital emulation of a legendary 1950s, American, all tube, tweed, 5W amp.
Greed Smasher by Mercuriall
Greed Smasher is a stompbox modeled after the Ibanez TS-808 with drive, tone, level, input gain, mod switch, mono/stereo, and quality switch controls.
FuzzPlus 3 by Audio Damage
FuzzPlus 3 is a vintage fuzz pedal model that includes a filter, self-feedback, and a modern procedural user interface.
Frohmage by Ohm Force
Far from being cheesy, as its unique interface suggests at first sight, Frohmage delivers warmth, dirt, and much more at a professional audio quality.
La Petite Excite is a small exciter plugin and it can lead you into a brighter future when used wisely.
Clipshifter by LVC-Audio
ClipShifter is a wave-shaping audio plugin that functions like a clipping-style limiter.
Free VST Plugins for Compression & Limiting
OTT by Xfer Records
This free plugin by Xfer Records is an updwards/downwards compressor (OTT) with depth, time, input gain, and output gain controls.
EDM and Dubstep producers will find this plugin incredibly useful.
MJUC jr. by Klanghelm
MJUC jr. is a mix of the Mk1 and Mk2 of its big brother, the MJUC.
It combines very natural, dense compression characteristics of the early 1960’s with a more forward sounding approach and more harmonics.
DC1A by Klanghelm
The DC1A looks like a one trick pony. But don’t get fooled by its lack of additional controls.
You may be surprised on how well it works with different input signals. The DC1A is heavily program dependent and so is the saturation.
Molot Compressor by Vladg
Are you looking for a free VST compressor that adds coloration to your signal?
Then this is the plugin that you have been looking for.
Kotelnikov by Tokyo Dawn Records
TDR Kotelnikov is a wideband dynamics processor combining high fidelity dynamic range control with deep musical flexibility.
Brickwall Loudness Maximizer Plugin with a clean transparent sound.
It is designed to retain the original character of the music as much as possible even at high compression levels.
Limiter Nº6 by Vladg
The Limiter Nº6 comes with 5 modules: RMS compressor, peak limiter, high-frequency limiter, clipper, and a true peak limiter with a very high-quality signal processing to use for mastering purposes.
Free VST Plugins for EQ
The MQ57 EQ is a parametric equalizer designed for mastering.
Marvel GEQ by Voxengo
Marvel GEQ is a linear-phase 16-band graphic equalizer plugin with multi-channel operation support for professional music production applications.
TDR Nova by Tokyo Dawn Records
NOVA is a parallel dynamic equalizer and it comes with a similar layout to a parametric equalizer.
Each band also includes a full featured dynamics section allowing the processor to cover an impressively wide range of applications.
Ochre by Acustica
Ochre is an EQ with 3 parametric bands, individually switchable.
SonEQ by Sonimus
SonEQ is a digital equalizer that takes parts from some vintage gear and combines them into one.
SonEQ has 3 bands: bass, middle, and treble and it also comes with a pre-amp section.
TDR VOS SlickEQ by Tokyo Dawn Records
TDR VOS SlickEQ is a mixing/mastering equalizer designed for ease of use, musical flexibility and impeccable sound.
Nova-67P by Vladg
Nova-67P is a parallel parametric equalizer plugin combined with a compressor.
The compressor can optionally operate in frequency dependent and split-band modes. In this case the plugin operates as a parallel dynamic equalizer.
Luftikus by Ikjb
Luftikus is a digital adaptation of an analog EQ with fixed half-octave bands and additional high frequency boost.
As an improvement to the hardware it allows deeper cuts and supports a keep-gain mode where overall gain changes are avoided.
Baxter EQ by Variety of Sound [Windows only]
BaxterEQ – transparent mastering and mix buss shelving EQ.
Free VST Plugins For Vocal Production
Pitchproof by Aegian Music
Pitchproof is an audio free vst plugin that can shift the pitch of the input.
The effect is meant to combine old styles of pitch shifting with the quality you expect from modern plugins.
The result is this pitch pedal simulation that has most of what is great about guitar harmonizer pedals, and still preserves the signal’s integrity.
MAuto Pitch by Melda Production
MAutoPitch is a simple but great sounding automatic pitch correction plugin designed for vocals and other monophonic instruments.
Vocal King by Routenote
Vocal King is a plugin built to bring out the presence and clarity in your recorded vocals.
Proximity by Tokyo Dawn Records
The plugin is an easy to use distance “pan-pot” based on several psycho-acoustic models.
The idea is to give mixing engineer a reliable tool which allows him to manipulate the “depth” of several sound sources in a straightforward and convincing manner.
Duet by Martin Eastwood
Double-tracking/harmonizer effect developed to enhance vocals or instruments, such as guitars, by thickening the sound and adding a rich glossy sheen to your audio material.
TAL Vocoder by Togu Audio
TAL-Vocoder is a vintage vocoder emulation with 11 bands that emulates the sound of vocoders from the early 80’s.
Free VST Metering & Mixing Plugins
Panipulator by Boz Digital Labs
Panipulator is an essential tool for checking how your mixes will translate to different systems.
And the best of all – it’s available for free.
Mucoder Hypercyclic is a an LFO-driven MIDI arpeggiator, gate effect, and step sequencer for mangling sustained MIDI input chords.
SPAN by Voxengo
SPAN is a free real-time “fast Fourier transform” audio spectrum analyzer plugin for professional music and audio production applications.
mV Meter by TB Pro Audio
mvMeter is a multivariable meter including RMS, EBUR128, VU, and PPM measurement.
StereoTool V3 by Flux
StereoTool V3 offers ultra-precise control of input gain and individual pan for left and right channels and accurate visual feedback reflecting the signal.
LFX-1310 Multi Effector by Sonic Cat
LFX-1310 is one of the 100 free vst plugins that is a multi-effector including 24 types of algorithm and 3 serial slots.
This freeware is the stand-alone version of Effecting Module of Ravity-S & Ravity-R.
Every algorithm realizes the very effect you have on your mind, and is fully optimized for low CPU load.
Stereo-Widener by Voxengo
This professional audio plugin implements a classic technique of transforming a monophonic track into spacious stereophonic track by means of mid/side coding technique.
DJM Filter by Xfer Records
This simple but amazing plugin emulates a low/highpass filter like the ones found in all DJM-900 mixers.
Your DAW’s stock plugins are powerful, but sometimes they just aren’t enough.
Adding free vst plugins is a great way to build your plugin library – for no added cost!
To be quite honest, free vst plugins can have a huge impact on your sound – meaning you can attain a professional sound faster, and cheaper, than ever before!
You don’t ever need to spend immense amounts of money to use quality plugins.
If you know about any other incredible free VST plugins, let us know in the comment section below – we’ll keep updating this list!
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