Welcome to Equipboard's database of free VST plugins. We're building the largest list of freeware plugins on the web, constantly updated, complete with user reviews, download links, which free VST plugins are most popular with pros and the Equipboard community.
You'll find plugins in VST, AU, FL, and RTAS formats for both PC/Windows and Mac. We broke the plugins up by category to make finding the ones you want easier - compressors, limiters, reverbs, EQs, distortion plugins, and many more.
Most of the free plugins in this list will require a DAW to host them. Here are some of the most popular DAWs: Ableton Live, Apple Logic Pro, Steinberg Cubase, Avid Pro Tools, Image-Line FL Studio, or PreSonus StudioOne.
Steve Dude developed this very handy tool by special demand. This fx plugin works just like the dimension expander effect from Native Instruments Massive. Which in essence is two very short delays with different different delay times which are modulated very fast. This creates... read more
This compressor is perfect for when you need to compress the crap out of something, but as the name suggests, it's pretty all-or-nothing. Pro tip: slap it on a piano to make it sound twinkly like the piano in Skrillex's song First of the Year (Equinox). read more
This freeware compressor is easy to use and sounds great! I like to use it on my kick drum and drums bus to tighten everything up a bit. read more
This is, considering it's simplicity, a pretty complex plugin. It can act as a barberpole phaser, flanger, and, of course, a delay. It's fun to program and automate, and has the ability to transform a drum track into what sounds like a complicated percussive soundscape like so... read more
this is the blandest of the 3 TAL Dubs. But its a functional stereo delay that responds fine to time tweaks and syncs to midi clock if you like that. Nice to keep it as an option sicne it sounds pretty neutral no matter what and is way less of a CPU hit than echo boy read more
does anyone dislike baxandall EQ? well I like it.... for big broad changes to make space in a mix by cutting the top and bottom and recentering the mid focus this EQ is a real winner. The curves and control interactions feel very right to me. It serves some of the purpose of a... read more
Even against pay sub-bass generators I feel like thump is one of the best. The volume and pitch envelopes are so useful and the inclusion of 2 independent bands? genious! its just a great plugin for managing your ultra low end in musical way. If you have this and the waves max... read more
this is a solid freeware bundle of bread and butter effects.... standout is the bit crusher for me, I like the shelving fitlers in it, pretty nice though gets extreme a lot more quickly than many similar plugins.... the real loser is the 'tube' plugin. Ugh. I can never get it ... read more
Creative modulation tool: Create complex pan modulations with ease. Unique waveform drawing capabilities: Construct your own modulation curves in a very intuitive manner. Waveforms can be easily drawn using soft or hard control points, thus producing gentle transitions or sha... read more
this is a good, meat and potatoes vocoder based around 70s phone company and military hardware like Kraftwerk used... pan one signal hard right and the other left, pop this on a stereo subgroup and pop those hard panned channels into it. Start tweaking until your dub-step cove... read more
what can I say? I dodged synth1 for years but finallyinstalled it because I needed some versatile VST power with a low CPU hit for dozens of instances doing draft seuqences for songs that are getting really dense arrangements.... between this and sforzando for Emu soundfonts ... read more
Honestly, I don't think there's a better piano plugin this. I prefer this free(!) plugin to the piano sounds that come with reFX Nexus, which is $250. I know that's personal preference, and you may prefer Nexus' piano sounds, but I still think this is the best piano plugin out... read more