Music production might be an expensive profession, even with virtual programs and synthesizers. Working with Virtual Studio Technology (VST), plug-ins are a basic and highly recommended tools, but many of the best VSTs out there are very expensive for someone starting out in the fascinating world of music production. That is why we want to introduce you to some of the best free music production plugins.
So, ¿What are the best free plugins for music production?
If you are looking to expand your Virtual Instrument Library (VSTi), improve your mixes, experiment with original effects or VST MIDI effect plug-ins, you can do it for free.
We have put together the top 10 free VST plugins that can help you take your music to the next level. Since they are free, you can try them all and see how they sound.
CAMEL CRUSHER by Camel Audio
If you need the best free distortion plugin, look no further. Camel Crusher is the best plugin to enhance an instrument, voice or even percussion, with a quality compressor and a wonderfully sounding low-pass filter.
This VST features two types of distortion that, when mixed together, color your sound in ways you couldn’t imagine. CamelCrusher gives your synths deepth, brings your guitars more life, and generally helps sounds stand out in the mix.
PIANO ONE by Sound Magic
Piano One is a free instrument library for Sound Magic’s Neo Piano. Although the note duration is restricted to 18 seconds and some advanced features like tweak resonance are excluded, you can easily achieve some amazing piano sounds despite the above limitations.
ZEBRALETTE by u-he
Another stunning creation of u-he, one of the most reputable companies in the music production industry.
Zebralette is a synthesizer that offers some unique sound design capabilities. Like oscillator waveform editing and multi-stage envelope generation.
In a way it’s like a lite version of Zebra2, one of the flagships of u-he, although Zebralette definitely stands out on its own as one of the most comprehensive free virtual synthesizers.
Ample Guitar M Lite by Ample Sound
Ample Sound is known for its quality virtual instruments that harness the powers of physical modeling. They’ve several very interesting free offers for you to take a look at.
Their free Ample Guitar M Lite acoustic guitar plugin is one of them. The instrument takes into account factors such as strumming style, harmonics, and hammer blows/starts, beating out native guitar instruments found in any music editing software.
The best music production free plugins for FL Studio, Cubase, Logic Pro, Ableton or Pro Tools will help you take your music to another level
PanCake2 by Cableguys
The main feature of this plugin is to create panning effects that go far beyond the capabilities that your music production software can have on its own.
This VST comes with a ton of presets, but you can also draw your own pan mod curves manually. That flexibility makes it one of the best free plugins you can add to your collection.
TDR NOVA by Tokyo Dawn Records
TDR Nova is a parametric equalizer. You can use it to dynamically process a single track or your entire mix to fine tune things to your liking.
There is a paid version of TDR Nova that adds two additional frequency bands and various other settings, but the free version is fully functional and one of the best free equalizers to date.
TAL-CHORUS-LX by TAL Software
With the features of the iconic retro synth that fueled most of the biggest hits of the 80s, Roland Juno-60, this free chorus effect brings it back.
Not much to say about it. It sounds great and is very intuitive.
With just three knobs and two buttons, it efficiently manages volume and stereo image, with a choice of two types of chorus effects.
ValhallaFreqEcho by Valhalla DSP
FreqEcho was the first Valhalla plugin and we have to say that we love it. It combines low and high pass filters with a unique, full-bodied tone changer.
From subtle chorus and doubling effects, phase and flanger effects, to endless glissandos and echoes.
Synth1 by Daichi Laboratory
This virtual analog synthesizer was inspired by the Clavia Nord Lead 2 synthesizer. It’s one of the most versatile synthesizers you will find, and is a great option if you are looking to start making music with a powerful virtual synthesizer without spending a lot of money.
It includes a ton of presets, and there are plenty of additional free sound banks available as well.
If you can’t afford to buy Sylenth1, this plugin is definitely a good alternative.
EpicVerb by Variety of Sound
EpicVerb is as epic as its name implies and joins our list of the best free plugins out there.
Whether you’re looking for a small room ambience, or looking to add epic and dramatic room reverberations to a sound, this plugin won’t disappoint you.
EpicVerb has everything you want a reverb to have: Pre-delay, reverb time, and a quick dial to select reverb or ambient mode (this one has a shorter reverb tail). Many more reverb options, including hall, plate, room 1 and 2, reflex and echo. It also includes a dedicated equalizer.
It sounds great and it’s free, one of the best free reverbs you can find.
OTT by Xfer Records
OTT is a multi-band compressor designed by Xfer Records.
It has an aggressive compression style very popular in electronic music productions.
Adjust depth, time, input gain, and output gain. Play with highs, mids and lows. Adjust the compression ratios to your liking. All these functions make it a must-have for your collection of plugins.