Finding the perfect VST plugin to use for your own music production is often difficult as there's such a vast amount of choices to choose from. Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins are often referred to as the tools you need in order to build your perfect sound, and shape it with audio effects.
To celebrate some of the best free VST plugins for 2018, we have began to compile a mix of the best VST Effects, Drum VSTs, Synth VSTs, Vocal Plugins, and Bass VSTs. Simply scroll down for some of the best free VST plugins.
Best Free VST Plugins 2018
by W.A. Production
The ComBear is an extremely powerful and dynamic Parallel Compression effect plugin that mimics that of Dada Life's famous Sausage Fattener. “ComBear is a plugin that will change the EDM scene forever. If you want to jump the to the top of the game, you need to get your hands on this beast. Be like the professionals and make your tracks sound top tier,” writes PluginBoutique.
ComBear works with AU, VST, and VST3, and is available on both Mac and PC.
OSL Chorus Free Chorus Plugin
by Oblivion Soundlab
The OSL Chorus plugin is based on the chorus effect module found on the Roland Juno 60 hardware synthesizer.
This effect plugin is available for free on both 32 or 64-bit hosts on both Windows and Mac.
PHASIS Phase Plugin
by Native Instruments
PHASIS is a free phaser effect plugin by Native Instruments. The PHASIS plugin adds movement, soul, and creative magic to any signal.
Download PHASIS for free until January 30th here.
VK-1 Viking Synthesizer Plugin
The VK-1 Viking FREE Synthesizer Plugin was originally launched to be a replica of the Moog Voyager in the form of a rack extension for Propellerhead Reason. With three adjustable wave oscillators, the VK-1 Viking Synthesizer is a must for all DAWs on PC and Mac.
Read more about Blamsoft's VK-1 Viking Free Synthesizer here.
Rivera VST Plugin
by NuSpace Audio
NuSpace Audio released the Rivera VST Plugin as a free plugin for a hybrid reverb effect available for Windows. Riviera is a hybrid algorithmic-convolution reverb plugin for modeling specular acoustic reflections in N-dimensional orthotopes.
Learn more about the Rivera plugin here.
The Model E is a 3 oscillator bass station and noise generator. With its filter modulation and key tracking, the Model E is a must for many producers.
Learn more about the Model E here.
The Freq Echo is perfect for dub and all of your psychedelic needs. The low cut and high cut controls allow for the feedback path, allowing for finer control over the echo decay.
Learn more about the Valhalla Freq Echo here.
by Mx Project
The T.Rex 606 is a compact VST drum and was modelled after the iconic Roland TR-606 drum machine. With its vintage and modern GUI design and 7 classic sounds, the T.Rex is a favorite amongst many of today's producer.
Learn more about the T.Rex here.
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