Free/Donation ware Plug-ins recommendations

Hey peeps - Thought i’d start a thread for free vst/au plugins.

Here are some FREE, recession busting vst plugs (all Mac Intel au compatible btw). These are some of my personal faves - no chaff here. Though tools don’t maketh the musician, many of these are unique for what they do and I hope they can help tickle ur creative juices. Please post up ur own favourites/feedback etc - if u really really like em u can donate to the developers as these guys are stars who do it 4 luv - bit like the SA team.:wink:






Quality drums. Heavy 808 styles. Super crisp percussion for Hip Hop, Tribal, Tech etc. Comes with tons of drag and drop MIDI loops.


[b] - This website is for sale! - mopis Resources and Information.

High-quality software synthesizer that combines traditional subtractive synthesis with reconstructive synthesis. Mopis can analyze your audio sample (eg. ur voice) and create an oscillator that mimics the sample’s properties. You can then play the sample back and bend it to your will. Check audio re-synthesis examples - great for minimal techno vox, fx etc.

[b]HYPERCYCLIC (Funky ARP)[/b]

hypercyclic is an LFO-driven MIDI arpeggiator, gate effect and step sequencer for mangling MIDI input chords. Won 2nd place in the Developer Challenge '07.


[b]FXpansion - Home

Nice freebee from fxpansion with thick bass and the simplest GUI ever- Deadmaus has used this. Register to use.

GREENOAK CRYSTAL (Oldy but a Goody)


Semi-modular software synthesizer featuring subtractive synthesis and FM synthesis, wave sequencing, granular synthesis, program morphing, MIDI learn, and imports soundfonts.



Heavy free compressor capable of new york compression. Nice on drums.


Phat analogue sounding dual compressor with sidechain.



Lots of the most popular free plugins here, including C3 Multiband comp (Waves emulation), Crayon filter and s(M)exoscope (useful for checking peaks and dynamics of your mix). Explained at:


Cult classics - Live cut (Mdsp) and supatrigga (Bram) for cut up madness - plus cyanide 2 , Buffer overdrive + mda
and destroy fx ranges.



QUIKQUAK UPSTEREO (Wide Stereo Enhancer)


Different vibe to logic’s stereo spreaders.

[i]CAMEL CRUSHER (Dirty Distorter)

Logic Pro - Apple

From the makers of Camels Phat N Space.

[b]IZOTOPE VINYL (Snap Crackle n Pop)[/b]

Ubiquitous vinyl analogue distortion.

KingDubby Delay Audio Unit [/i]


Does wot it says on the tin.

SONALKSIS FREE G (Signal Control Utility)


Helps prevent overheating your input signal volume in a chain.


FREE VST Plugins, AU, and AAX Plugin Downloads - Voxengo

Highly useful free channel plugins from top notch company.

P.S. Computer Music Magazine- Free plugins (check 4 ur platform)


Very good initiative, mate… since i saw the new Nerve VSTi price, i was about to cry because i can’t afford any good VST with my little teacher’s salary. Your topic is a breeze of fresh air… :slight_smile:

I will add these :

  • Bram and Sean’s Smartelectronix - s(M)exoscope (Windows & Mac OS)

    Description from the Tom Cosm website : I’m not that great at mastering with my ears, in fact I’m pretty useless. I spend a lot of time looking and watching, so I need all the tools I can get when it comes to analysing sound. This little guy sits over my master and shows me the waveform. I can adjust settings so a particular single wavelength sits in the middle… imagine playing a sine wave and seeing one wavelength of that waveform in front of you… as you adjust something, say frequency modulate it with another sine wave, you can see how this is shaping each individual oscillation. Very handy indeed! Best of all? It’s free! however make sure you donate a few bucks if you use it.

  • Michael Norris - Soundmagic Spectral (Mac OS)

    Description from the Tom Cosm website : This is more a set of tools than an individual VST. The crazy sounds you can get out of these things are insane. Don’t let the simple GUI fool you, these are very powerful. Just be careful as you can set parameters too high in this one, put a safety limiter over your output when experimenting.

    Description from the official website : SoundMagic Spectral is a FREEWARE suite of 23 Audio Unit plug-ins that implement real-time spectral processing of sound. This groundbreaking set of effects give you unprecedented control and creativity in the processing of audio, whether from static audio files or live audio streams. SoundMagic Spectral builds on the work of the OS 9 software known as SoundMagic DSP, and takes it to even more exotic sonic realms.

    I hope to see many more useful VSTs in this topic… actually, i’m looking for a good drum machine with a few kits to create techno / house progressive beats. :slight_smile:

I’ll add this one which is coming from the “Looking for Moog VST’s” topic… :slight_smile:

  • MiniMogueVA (Windows)

    Description from the official website : Based on the most popular analog monosynth of all time! This amazing softsynth sounds very close to the original Minimoog, yet has tons of additional features not present on the original Mini (as well as the Minimoog Voyager!), including 5-note polyphony, an Arpeggiator and 16-note Step Sequencer, dedicated Release knobs for the two Contour Generators (envelopes), Tuning of Osc 1, Fine Tuning sliders for Osc2 and Osc3, Aftertouch control, adjustable filter Velocity curve, 3 independent Overdrive sliders (one per oscillator), Global Overdrive with hi and lowpass cutoff, Oscillator Sync, Chorus, an independent LFO that includes oscillator drift and stereo panning, and a fully programmable Digital Delay! Like the original Mini, you can turn Osc3 into an LFO with dedicated modulation for the Osc Pitch and the Filter. There is no dedicated Noise Generator as on the original Mini, but pink and white noise are selectable on Osc 3. All controls are mapped to MIDI CC#'s, and you can override the default settings by using the MIDI Learn feature. Use as a simple stand-alone synth (.exe file included), or copy the DLL into your favorite DAW or sequencer’s plugin folder.

nice one lads

rough rider sounds pretty cool but can it be used for sidechaining?

theres no obvious side chain button?

I have to say this site is class for freebies