Effects VSTs

There is nothing better than free right? Check out this list of free Effects VST’s to add to your production. Wanted to say thanks to the source of this research, LANDR.


Acon Digital Multiply is an expressive digital chorus that includes a phase randomizing filter on each voice. The result is an incredibly natural chorus tone. Click here to download.

Acustica Tan is a VST compressor based on Acustica’s unique and comprehensive modelling technology. Tan has a fat VCA compression sound and additional control for modulating the shape of the attack curve. Click here to download.

Adam Monroe Tremolo is a simple but effective tremolo with stereo panning and wet/dry mixer built in. Click here to download.

ADHD Audio Tools Levelling Tool is an LA-2A style optical levelling amplifier with a warm analog sound. It sounds great on vocals or other compression duties. Click here to download.

Alex Hilton A1 Trigger Gate is a plugin for creating rhythmic gating effects. It’s comprehensive options make it perfect for creating patterned stuttering. Click here to download.

Aegean Music Doppler Dome is a stereo effect based on its namesake, the Doppler effect. Expect a creative, flexible and fun auto-panner, spatializer, pitch shifter and modulator all in one. Click here to download.

Auburn Couture Free is a free transient shaper plugin for level independent dynamics processing. Transient shaping can be a great alternative to compression. Click here to download.

Auburn Graillon Free is a versatile pitch tracking and correction plugin with the power to transpose or robitify vocals. Click here to download.

Audio Damage Fuzz Plus 3 is an authentic model of a vintage fuzz pedal with tone-shaping filter and self-feedback. Click here to download.

Audio Damage Rough Rider 2 is a nice warm compressor that’s great for adding pump to rhythmic material. Click here to download.

Beatskillz MAX1 is an “intelligent” automatic compressor with program dependent attack and release times. Try MAX1 if you’re looking for an extremely easy to use compressor. Click here to download.

Bee-Happy 550 is a freeware API-style console EQ. It’s a great plugin to get you started with API style EQ. Click here to download.

Flux BitterSweet v3 is a freeware transient shaper with a simple control scheme and great sound. Click here to download.

Black Rooster VHL-3C is a faithful emulation of the low and high filters of a renowned vintage EQ. These smooth, gentle, analog style filters are great for taming excess high and low energy with style. Click here to download.

Blindfold EQ is a freeware EQ plugin that has 4 bands (LowShelf, LowMid, HighMid, HighShelf), but each knob is blind. There are no indicators or numbers to show frequency values, gain values or Q values. Click here to download.

Blue Cat’s Chorus is a capable chorus that can go from a light shimmer to sound mangling modulation. Click here to download.

Blue Cat’s Flanger is a vintage BBD style flanger for those 70s and 80s jet-plane-taking-off sounds. Its stereo spread slider allows it to get truly wide and immersive. Click here to download.

Blue Cat’s Phaser is an analog style phaser with impressive digital capabilities. With up to 32 possible phaser stages Blue Cat’s Phaser can go from subtle vintage throb to futuristic whoosh. Click here to download.

Blue Cat’s Triple EQ is a simple three band, semi-parametric EQ that can be controlled with a single mouse click. Triple EQ works like a single shapeable filter for your DAW. Click here to download.

Bob Perry Gate is a smooth, great sounding gate plugin with three distinct algorithms and sidechaining. Click here to download.

Cable Guys Pancake 2 is a versatile auto-panner plugin that can sync to your DAW clock, MIDI or modulation curves that you draw in yourself. Click here to download.

Creative Intent Temper is a saturation plugin that creates unique digital distortion effects using a rich saturation stage and a unique phase distortion effect. Click here to download.

E-phonic Tape Delay is a free delay plugin that emulates the warm and warbly sound of tape delay. Click here to download.

Eareckon FR-COMP 87 is a high quality analog-style compressor using the same engine as their award winning ANALOG87 series. Click here to download.

Eareckon FR-EQUA 87 is a high quality analog-style equalizer using the same engine as their award winning ANALOG87 series. Click here to download.

Eareckon FR-GATE 87 is a high quality analog-style gate using the same engine as their award winning ANALOG87 series. Click here to download.

Eareckon FR-LIMIT 87 is a high quality analog-style limiter using the same engine as their award winning ANALOG87 series. Click here to download.

Eugene Yakshin Ribs is a unique granular effect that stores incoming audio in its buffer and processes it as granular micro samples. Click here to download.

Fine Cut Bodies La Petite Excite is an exciter effect that can add energy to the high and low extremes of your tracks. Click here to download.

Glitchmachines Hysteresis a free glitch delay for creating robotic artifacts and “musical malfunctions.” It can create everything from reverse delays to raw granulation. Click here to download.

Glitchmachines Fracture is another free glitchy processor for introducing stutters and other nonlinearities into your audio. Hit the randomize button to add a layer of unpredictability to your glitch-outs. Click here to download.

HOFA SYSTEM Basic is a suite of plugins with limited functionality to get you started with the offerings from HOFA. Simplified versions of some of their best plugins are included. Click here to download.

Hotto Spring Reverb is a free physically modelled spring reverb for your DAW. Click here to download.

Ignite Amps PTeq-X is fantastic freeware emulation of legendary Pultec EQP-1A tube EQ. It’s warm sound and gentle curves are great for broad tonal sculpting. Click here to download.

iZotope Vinyl is an instant lo-fi generator that can take your tracks back in time to the sound of the earliest forms of recording media. Click here to download.

iZotope Vocal Doubler can create a natural double tracked vocal sound with human-like variation and controllable stereo separation. Click here to download.

Klanghelm DC1A is an analog modelled compressor with two simple controls and a warm, vintage sound. The little brother of the acclaimed DC8C. Click here to download.

Klanghelm IVGI is an excellent analog saturation plugin that can go from subtle harmonic enhancement to heavy colouration. One of the best freeware saturators available!. Click here to download.

Klanghelm MJUC Jr. is a another two-knob wonder modelled on classic variable-mu tube compression. Click here to download.

Native Instruments Komplete Start is an impressive free bundle of plugins with a huge library of VST synths, effects and sampled instruments. Click here to download.

lkjb Luftikus is an analog EQ modelled on the popular Maag EQ4 and featuring the unique 20 and 40 kHz “air bands” for boosting frequencies above the audible range. Click here to download.

LVC Audio ClipShifter is a waveshaping plugin that functions like clipping-style limiter. From maximizing levels to creating all kinds of distortion, ClipShifter is a unique and useful tool. Click here to download.

Melda MAutopan is a classic autopanner with adjustable shape, automatic DAW sync and more. Click here to download.

Melda MAutoPitch is a simple automatic pitch correction plugin for vocals or monophonic instruments. MAutoPitch can also create formant shifting and robotic voice effects. Click here to download.

Melda MBandPass is a filter plugin with high and low pass filters capable of extreme slopes. Using it’s two modulators it can be follow a simple LFO, react to input levels, MIDI notes or incoming pitches. Click here to download.

Melda MBitFun is a unique distortion tool that works by converting the audio to a limited resolution and applying unique processing to each bit. Click here to download.

Melda MComb is a powerful multi-comb filter for shaping sound. Using it’s two modulators it can be follow a simple LFO, react to input levels, MIDI notes or incoming pitches. Click here to download.

Melda MCompressor is a versatile compressor with an adjustable compression shape. Click here to download.

Melda MConvolutionEZ is an impressively easy to use convolution reverb for modelling realistic spaces. Click here to download.

MDSP Smart Elecontronix Livecut Beat Chopper a live beat-slicer and sample chopper for manipulating chunks of audio in the style of early jungle or drum and bass. Click here to download.

Melda MEqualizer is a powerful 6-band equalizer with 7 different filter types, built-in tube saturation and for simulating a vintage tone. Click here to download.

Melda MFlanger is an analog style flanger with tube-style saturation and top quality sound. Click here to download.

Melda MFreqShifter is an interesting frequency shifter plugin that doesn’t preserve harmonic relationships, allowing it to do everything from mild stereo effects to extreme processing. Click here to download.

Metric Halo MH Thump is a subharmonic synthesiser plugin for adding extra low end to your sources with a unique program dependent detector. Click here to download.

Melda MPhaser is an advanced phaser effect with adjustable oscillator shape, onboard saturation and up to 100 filters. Click here to download.

Melda MRing Modulator is an easy-to-use ring modulator with a simple interface for creating interesting ring modulated textures. Click here to download.

Melda MSaturator is a smooth, tube-like saturation device with natural and pleasing sound. Click here to download.

Melda MTremolo can cover all your amplitude modulation needs with its editable waveform, adjustable shape and DAW synchronization. Click here to download.

Melda MVibrato is easy to dial in and sounds for great for everything from subtle warble to seasick lurch. Click here to download.

Melda MWaveFolder is an analog-inspired distortion with unique character that can completely mangle your audio at extreme settings. Click here to download.

Melda MWaveShaper takes traditional wave-shaping to a new level by letting you construct your own shape instead of using predefined patterns. Click here to download.

Musical Entropy Spaceship Delay is a multimode delay plugin that can be used for adding a variety of time based effects to any aspect of your mix. Bonus: engage the freeze function and you’ve got yourself a looper. Click here to download.

PechenegFX Pecheneg Tremolo is a simple but effective tremolo with just enough controls to get you started with great trem sounds right away. Click here to download.

Plugin Alliance Brainworx bx_cleansweep gives you high-end analog low and high pass filters for free. These incredible sounding filters are the perfect tools for cleaning up issues at the extreme ends of your mix. Click here to download.

Plugin Alliance Brainworx bx_subfilter is a handy tool for dealing with low frequency sources like bass and kick drum. It’s simple controls make it easy to sculpt low-end punchiness and filtering. Click here to download.

Plugin Alliance Elysia Niveau Filter is an awesome sounding tilt-style EQ for balancing your frequencies smoothly and transparently. Click here to download.

Plugin Alliance SPL Free Ranger is an analog-modelled graphic EQ with boost/cut points at the most important frequencies for musical EQing. Click here to download.

Puremagnetik Driftmaker is a delay disintegration device with exceptional dimension and character, perfect for when you’re looking to invoke something extra from your track. Click here to download.

Shattered Glass Audio SGA1566 is a digital emulation of a classic single channel all-tube mic preamplifier. SGA1566 is perfect for analog colouration and distortion. Click here to download.

Shattered Glass Code Red 3 accurately emulates the legendary EMI REDD console channel used by the Beatles at Abbey Road. Click here to download.

Smartelectronix Ambience was one of the first quality free reverb plugins on the scene and it continues to be a great option for ambient algorithmic reverb. Click here to download.

Softube Saturation knob is an incredibly simple one-knob plugin for adding analog output stage warmth and colouration. Click here to download.

Flux Stereo Tool v3 is a precision tool for monitoring and controlling the stereo information of a signal. Use it to analyze and correct stereo issues on stereo channels or your entire mix. Click here to download.

T-RackS 5 Custom Shop is a great way to get started with some of the best presets from IK Multimedia’s respected T-Racks platform. Click here to download.

TAL Chorus LX is an emulation of the unique chorus circuit found on the Roland Juno-60 synthesizer. Click here to download.

TAL Filter II is a versatile filter plugin with many different types of oversampled filters available. It can be synced to the host tempo to create all kinds of rhythmic effects. Click here to download.

TAL Reverb 2 is a super diffuse and lush reverb effect that’s ideal for ambient reverb tones. Click here to download.

TAL Reverb 4 is a high quality plate reverb with a vintage 80s character and the signature TAL diffusion. Click here to download.

TAL Vocoder is a vintage vocoder emulation with 11 bands that emulates the sound of vocoders from the early 80s. Click here to download.

TDR Kotelnikov is a high quality and musical sounding dynamics processor worthy of professional applications. This unique processor doesn’t emulate existing processor, it’s its own thing! Click here to download.

TDR Nova is an insanely high quality dynamic equalizer available for free. TDR Nova can handle parametric EQ, dynamic EQ, multiband compression and more—it’s a must have! Click here to download.

TDR Proximity allows you to simulate changing the distance of a microphone to the source. Ever wished you could dial in a bit more proximity effect? That’s exactly what TDR Proximity is for! Click here to download.

TDR Slick EQ is another highly musical audio tool from TDR. This 3 band EQ is designed for useability and tone with 4 fantastic sounding subtle saturation options at the output stage. Another classic free plugin. Click here to download.

Thomas Mundt Loudmax is a freeware brickwall lookahead limiter designed to retain the source material’s original character as much as possible. Click here to download.

Tritik Krush is a freeware bit crusher and downsampler with analog modeled resonant filters and syncable modulation options for all your creative bit crushing needs. Click here to download.

U-he Protoverb is a natural sounding room simulator plugin that builds up resonances to model the body of air in a room. Click here to download.

Valhalla FreqEcho is a simple but flexible delay plugin capable of creating some truly otherworldly sounds using only modulation and pitch shifting. Click here to download.

Vladg Molot Compressor is an analog style compressor plugin that doesn’t shy away from obvious colouration and distortion. Molot is great option when clean just won’t do. Click here to download.

Voxengo Tempo Delay is a stereo delay plugin with deep DAW synchronization for creating rhythmic delays and unique panning, filter and tremolo effects. Click here to download.

Voxengo Overtone GEQ is a 7-band harmonic graphic EQ with tube-style character that’s great for processing buses or entire mixes. Click here to download.

Voxengo Old Skool Reverb is a plate style algorithmic reverb that uses a tried and true stereo reverb algorithm that sits well in a mix. Click here to download.

Voxengo Tube Amp is a simple tube style distortion that emulates the triode tubes generally found in tube mic preamps. Click here to download.

George Yohng W1 Limiter is a clone of the popular Waves L1 limiter that performs just as well as the original. W1 is a great choice for general limiter tasks. Click here to download.

Wave Arts Tube Saturator Vintage is a free reissue of the original Tube Saturator plugin that used circuit simulation to model a tube preamp. The new version sounds just as good and is much easier on your CPU. Click here to download.

Xenakios PaulXStretch is the innovative time stretching plugin best known for its use in the “slowed down 800%” viral videos. Turn everything into whalesong! Click here to download.

Xfer 8BitShaper is a bit reduction and waveshaping plugin that’s great for creatively destroying anything you run into it. Click here to download.

Xfer DeltaModulator is a unique bitcrusher plugin that uses delta modulation in its downsampling process to create a sound similar to the Nintendo NES’s sampling channel. Click here to download.

Xfer Dimension Expander is a four voice chorus with extended delay times and two out of phase voices based on a chorus/spatial expander device from the 80s. Click here to download.

Xfer OTT is a free version of the aggressive multiband upwards/downwards compression technique favoured by dubstep and EDM producers. Click here to download.