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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.

Plugins: Effects

TAL TAL-Chorus-LX

TAL TAL-Chorus-LX

Makes any sound 2x wider and 2x Fatter. I Promise - Oh, and Hey! It's Free!! read more

Acon Digital Multiply

Acon Digital Multiply

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Xfer Records OTT Multiband Compressor Plugin

Xfer Records OTT Multiband Compressor Plugin

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

Minimal System Group Stereo Buss Compressor

Minimal System Group Stereo Buss Compressor

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Valhalla DSP ValhallaFreqEcho

Valhalla DSP ValhallaFreqEcho

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

Tokyo Dawn Labs TDR Nova

Tokyo Dawn Labs TDR Nova

Damn fine Eq. That whole dynamics schpeal on bands is genius. Sort of a cheat code of timing horseshit without having to bust out compression (which may affect whole signal.) or multi band compression. Free version is functional as hell. Just 4 bands. Still enough for basic... read more

Variety Of Sound Boot EQ MKII

Variety Of Sound Boot EQ MKII

I like this eq, but its a shame is only 32bit. read more

Metric Halo Thump

Metric Halo Thump

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

Xfer Records 8-Bit Shaper

Xfer Records 8-Bit Shaper

It's basically working out as another compressor for me, but I still use it all the time read more

Xfer Records Dimension Expander

Xfer Records Dimension Expander

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

Blue Cat Audio Freeware Pack

Blue Cat Audio Freeware Pack

This is a must have suite of plugins that is free read more

TAL TAL-Effects

TAL TAL-Effects

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

Kjaerhus Audio Classic Master Limiter

Kjaerhus Audio Classic Master Limiter

My main limiter but it shall be replaced by the Fabfilter Pro L limiter read more

VladgSound Limiter No6

VladgSound Limiter No6

Used long, long ago but forgot about it because of the transition to ProTools Now rediscovering it (in Logic Pro X). Excited about the new reissue by TDR (aax) !!! read more

Cableguys PanCake 2

Cableguys PanCake 2

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

Smartelectronix Ambience

Smartelectronix Ambience

very nice for voices, add echoes and sizes of rooms, etc.. read more

ValhallaDSP Supermassive

ValhallaDSP Supermassive

This might be the best free plugin out there. Let's you morph a delay into a reverb, by splitting each delay repetition into many slightly offset delays, as the delay feeds back, the spread accumulates, slowly turning the repeating delays into a reverberation, giving the impre... read more

Variety Of Sound FerricTDS

Variety Of Sound FerricTDS

my favorite saturation plug-in, this amazing FREE plug-in really helps any weak sounds to get a body, and this on kicks and snares really makes it tight and punchy read more

Smartelectronix s(M)exoscope Plugin

Smartelectronix s(M)exoscope Plugin

This really helps me see the details in the shape of each sound in the mix when I solo instruments. I really like this to help shape kicks and other instruments. Amazing free plugin. read more

Voxengo SPAN

Voxengo SPAN

Such an amazing spectrum analyzer. Can't believe it's free! read more

Soundtoys Little MicroShift

Soundtoys Little MicroShift

Haven't had much time with this yet, but I love SoundToys stuff. read more

QuikQuak UpStereo

QuikQuak UpStereo

This plugin makes a HUGE effect on your mixes. By widening the stereo width and boosting the gain, while also limiting, You couldn't ask for much more from a free plugin. Good job QuikQuak read more

Flux Bittersweet v3

Flux Bittersweet v3

Though it's not my favorite plugin, it can do the job for you sometimes when you want to make a kick/snare sound sharper. But sometimes it will play around with your track and screw the whole thing up! But in my opinion it really is good at times! read more

TAL-Togu Audio Line TAL-Vocoder

TAL-Togu Audio Line TAL-Vocoder

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

Plugins: Instruments

FXpansion Geist Computer Music Edition

FXpansion Geist Computer Music Edition

I don't actually have the CM edition but i have the one which came with Beat EDM Inferno Bundle read more

Synth1 by Ichiro Toda Software Synthesizer

Synth1 by Ichiro Toda Software Synthesizer

It can look quite unappealing at first - that's okay, you can set your own background colour to make it much more bearable. After you get around the interface, you'll realize that this packs quite the punch for being free, and for the absurdly low CPU usage it has. It's a v... read more

Sound Magic Piano One

Sound Magic Piano One

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

DSK Music DSK Dynamic Guitars

DSK Music DSK Dynamic Guitars

i will try this for acoustic. Hope get the better sound. Thankyou equipboard for providing this plug in read more

Audacity

Audacity

This is a really simple, bare bones, FREE multitracking program with solid editing features... I have it, sometimes its nice to do simple work in a simple environment. Its also not much of a CPU or RAM hog for slow systems. read more

Plugins: Studio Tools

Mixxx

Mixxx

Its a top free Dj Software. You can connect the Midi Controller and some more normal things read more