Best Free VST/AU/AAX Plugins for Mac and PC (2016 edition)





It’s time again to update ourselves on the current state of free VST, AU and AAX plugins for Windows and Mac.

This is not an attempt to list all available free plugins. Rather, I’ve hand picked the best of the best free plugins for you.

All of the listed plugins work on both PC and Mac computers.

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The Best Free VST / AU Plugins 2015

Best Free VST/AU Plugins 2015

 

A couple of years back I did a large review of the best free VST / AU plugins around at the time (in my opinion). It’s time to revise, because a lot has happened since then.

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TDR VOS SlickEQ – The Free EQ Plugin Setting New Standards

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Today is a great day for free plugins. Tokyo Dawn Labs has just released their latest VST/AU plugin called “TDR VOS SlickEQ”. I’m lucky to have been involved with the beta testing of this plugin (yes I am very happily biased with Tokyo Dawn since about 15 years now..those who know, know). So I’ve been putting the EQ to work lately. It’s a winner.

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The 25 Best Free VST / AU Plugins for PC and Mac in 2013 – Part 3




Please note: There is an updated version of this post. Some of the plugins are different so you may still want to browse this older post as well.
You can find the newer post here:

The Best Free VST / AU Plugins 2015

This the third and final part of my big free VST / AU plugin review. We truly have some great stuff lined up! In case you’re wondering, all of these plugins are compatible with both Mac and PC platforms. Continue Reading

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The 25 Best Free VST / AU Plugins for PC and Mac in 2013 – Part 2





Please note: There is an updated version of this post. Some of the plugins are different so you may still want to browse this older post as well.
You can find the newer post here:

The Best Free VST / AU Plugins 2015

We continue reviewing the best free audio plugins around (in my humble opinion). These plugins are all compatible with Mac and PC platforms. Continue Reading

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The 25 Best Free VST / AU Plugins for PC and Mac in 2013 – Part 1




Please note: There is an updated version of this post. Some of the plugins are different so you may still want to browse this older post as well.
You can find the newer post here:

The Best Free VST / AU Plugins 2015

 

There are a lot of great free plugins out there. However, I’ve always been put off by how difficult it is to spot the good ones from the masses of mediocrity.

So I decided to do something about it. For the past year I’ve been on a mission. I’ve been scouting the internet, lurking on forums, talking to people… And downloading tons of free plug-ins.

Most importantly I’ve been test driving everything on real projects to see how the plugins perform. It’s been a ton of work and I’m not easy to please… But starting today I’m happy to present you the results:

My view on the absolute best of the best of free VST/AU plugins out there at the moment.
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Free Plugin Tip: Sonimus SonEQ

If you’re after a great, free analogue-style EQ, look no further. Sonimus SonEQ has got your back!Continue Reading

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Free Plugin Tip: Flux Bittersweet II

Let me introduce one of my secret weapons. It’s a free plugin I absolutely love: the Flux Bittersweet II transient designer.Continue Reading