Updated: Apr 09, 2020

Top 10 FREE VST Effects Plugins

Top 10 FREE VST Effects Plugins

Top 10 FREE Plugins 2019. Some come as VST, AU, and even AAX. These are the best free effects plugins for your DAW.

Whether you use FL Studio, Ableton Live, Logic Pro or any Digital Audio Workstation, you'll want to try out these plug-ins.

Sometimes the best sounds don't come from the initial samples themselves but actually the effects added to them.

These 10 VST effects range from compressors and sequencers to reverb and distortion.

Chart of the Best Free VST Effects Plugins

This table includes all of the free vst effects plugins that are in the article below.

Plugin Name Available Plugin Formats Supported OS
Rough Rider 3 VST, AU, & AAX Windows, Mac, Linux
Glitch VST (32-bit only) Windows
Freq Echo VST, AU, & AAX Windows, Mac, Linux
Hysteresis VST & AU Windows & Mac
Fracture VST & AU Windows & Mac
Ambience VST & AU Windows & Mac
Ozone Imager VST, AU, & AAX Windows & Mac
Krush VST, AU, & AAX Windows & Mac
Tremolo VST & AU Windows & Mac
TAL-Chorus-LX VST, AU, & AAX Windows, Mac, Linux

1. Rough Rider 3

Rough Rider (One of the Best Free VST Effect Plugins)

Rough Rider is a compressor that has a little bit of a vintage vibe to it, giving whatever you throw it onto a warm sound. Its interface is easy to look at, as well as understand and use.

Get it here: Rough Rider Effect Plugin (FREE Download)

2. Glitch

Glitch (One of the Best Free VST Effect Plugins)

This next one is kind of like a multi-tool for those glitchy sound effects. Glitch is essentially a sequencer that comes with 9 effects that can be added in via color codes.

Get it here: Glitch Effect Plugin (FREE Download)

3. Freq Echo

Freq Echo (One of the Best Free VST Effect Plugins)

Freq Echo is a Frequency Shifter combined with an Analog Echo Emulation that's able to produce chorus effects, double tracking, phasing, flanging and even more. With its minimalistic interface, you won't need to freak out about how to use the thing either.

Get it here: FreqEcho Effect Plugin (FREE Download)

4. Hysteresis

Hysteresis (One of the Best Free VST Effect Plugins)

A delay effect with stutter, low pass filter and modulation all in one. This is another effect for those electronic musicians and sound designers who want to add a glitchy feel to their productions.

Get it here: Hysteresis Effect Plugin (FREE Download)

5. Fracture

Fracture (One of the Best Free VST Effect Plugins)

Fracture is a plugin with a buffer effect, filter, 3 LFOs, and a delay. All of these can be rearranged in the effect chain to drastically change the output of the patch.

Get it here: Fracture Effect Plugin (FREE Download)

6. Ambience

Ambience (One of the Best Free VST Effect Plugins)

Ambience is a reverb effect with a ton of parameters to change, as well as a bunch of presets. This plugin is said to compete with the best commercial reverb plugins.

Although that may only be an opinion, this effect definitely gives you a lot of quality to work with.

Get it here: Ambience Effect Plugin (FREE Download)

7. Ozone Imager

Ozone Imager (One of the Best Free VST Effect Plugins)

Understanding the dynamic range of what you're creating can help shed light on what aspects of your mix need tweaking.

Using Ozone Imager, you can visualize and change the stereo image of your sounds, essentially allowing you to widen or narrow down your mix.

Get it here: Ozone Imager Effect Plugin (FREE Download)

8. Krush

Krush (One of the Best Free VST Effect Plugins)

Krush is a bit-crusher with the ability to reduce bit depth and sample rate. It has a built-in filter and Its interface is clean and easy to navigate.

If you already have a bit crusher, you still might want to check it out. It's certainly capable of more than just that.

Get it here: Krush Effect Plugin (FREE Download)

9. Tremolo

Tremolo (One of the Best Free VST Effect Plugins)

Adding tremolo to your composition can help make it more lively and interesting. Not to mention it can offer a unique approach to sound design.

This plugin is a great way to modify the way your notes sound and can even be synced with the host tempo to align the rhythm.

Get it here: Tremolo Effect Plugin (FREE Download)

10. TAL-Chorus-LX

TAL Chorus-LX (One of the Best Free VST Effect Plugins)

This chorus effect by TAL is a simple plugin capable of widening and adding depth to your music. It has to different modes you can select so getting lost in features isn't an issue, yet there's enough in this plugin to do its job well.

Get it here: Chorus-LX Effect Plugin (FREE Download)

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With those gems revealed to you, you're bound to find at least one that will inspire your next sound.

I hope you enjoyed these top 10 free effect plugins and if you did, let us know what one you liked best. If you didn't, let us know what one we missed. As always, thanks for reading!.

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