Best VST Effects

Here’s our updated roundup for Best VST Effects that are offered free.

Izotope Vinyl. Free.

Here’s an essential tool for getting a bit closer to that old vinyl sound. iZotope Vinyl is the ultimate lo-fi weapon, which a combination of filtering, modeling and resampling to recreate and damn near authentic vinyl simulation. If you close your eyes you could almost think there’s vinyl record playing on a turntable next to you. Best thing: You get it free! All you have to do is to create an Account at the iZotope Website, buy Izotope Vinyl and checkout for free. Available as Audio Unit, AAX (64-bit only) and AAX Audio Suite, RTAS and Audio Suite, VST 2, VST 3.

Metric Halo Thump. Free.

Thump is a unique audio processor that allows you to synthesize low frequency audio to add low end to a track or generate another sound entirely. Thump looks at the pitch and dynamics of its audio input and uses this information to control its oscillators. You can add low end to drums, augment a bass or even create synthetic drones. Thump is ideal for beefing up a kick drum, add low end to percussive tracks, re-create classic drum synth sounds, and more. You can use Thump’s envelope driven, percussive sub-harmonic synth for the following things (among others): Build low-octave support for bass drum, tom, snare, and other percussive tracks. Create kettle drum sounds from regular drum tracks. Re-create the sounds of classic drum synths like the TR-808.

Black Rooster Audio Canary. Free.

Canary works in a similar way to Metric Halo’s Thump in that it tracks the incoming signal and imparts its own tone to the mix in order to reinforce your drum sounds. You can tune the tone to the desired pitch, adjust the attack and sustain, and do a bit of filtering. You can, of course, dial in the dry/wet mix. On its own, the sound is nothing special, but with a bit of care, you can indeed bolster almost any sort of drums and percussion. Definitely one of the best VST effects that you get for free in my books.

MeldaProduction MOscilloscope & MChannelMatrix. Free.

MeldaProduction’s Moscilloscope is a powerful oscilloscope equipped with a pitch detector, which saves your time, because it just works. MChannelMatrix is a simple but powerful utility, which lets you mix and reroute the channels from main input and side-chain. It lets you swap left & right, take left from the side-chain, audition right in both and much more…

Klevgränd Svep. Free.

Svep is a stereo modulation filter effect suitable for any sound. All parameters are easily editable in one screen and the clean and responsive user interface encourages creativity. Tweak it to produce anything from old-school phasers to subtle choruses.

Dotec Audio DeePanpot. Free.

A simple, single-slider affair that allows for true panning of a stereo signal, as opposed to simply adjusting the balance between left and right channels. Think about it: a stereo signal is normally manipulated using a balance control, which simply adjusts the levels of either left or right channels, but doesn’t actually simulate moving the signal further to one side or another. DeePanpot draws upon a psychoacoustic phenomenon called the Haas (or Precedence) Effect to do exactly that. Honestly, we didn’t even know we needed such a thing until we tried it, and we’re sure you’ll feel the same way.

Alex Hilton A1TriggerGate. Free.

Gates have long been used as creative effects, particularly for controlling one signal using the amplitude of another. Alex Hilton’s A1TriggerGate is a humdinger of a gate plugin.

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