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Best Free Compressor VST/AU Plugins

There are many freeware compressors, but in this post I  gathered some of the best and most popular free compressor plugins that can be downloaded for free in VST or AU plugin formats for both Windows and Mac systems. I posted for each a brief description, for more details check the official web-pages, link available for each compressor plugin listed. Enjoy!

sixtyfive by de la mancha

sixtyfive de la mancha free vst compressor
sixtyfive is a vintage-style, RMS Compressor, inspired by the dbx® 165A, a classic 1970’s compressor found in many studios, but it also adds a couple of new twists.

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D2 by de la mancha

D2 Free Compressor VST Plugin
D2 is an all-rounder compressor with an easy to use interface for quickly dialling in some common settings. D2 can be heavy or subtle, razor quick or gentle, clean or dirty and is happy as an insert or buss compressor. More Details:

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TDR Feedback Compressor by TDL

Free Feedback Compressor Plugin
A carefully designed dynamic range compressor. The processor is dedicated to sum/bus compression and is the result of an intensive study about the musical behavior of the feed-back compressor topology. More Details:

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Rough Rider by Audio Damage

Rough Rider Free Compressor
Rough Rider is a modern compressor with a bit of “vintage” style bite and a uniquely warm sound. Perfect for adding compression effects to your drum buss, it also sounds great with synth bass, clean guitar, and backing vocals. Definitely not an all-purpose compressor, Rough Rider is at its best when used to add pump to rhythmic tracks. More Details:

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ThrillseekerLA by Variety of Sound

ThrillseekerLA Free VST Plugin
ThrillseekerLA – digital stereo leveling amplifier with truly analog qualities. More Details:

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Density mkIII by Variety of Sound

Density mkIII Free Compressor

With Density mkIII not only transients are managed in a musical and mastering grade fashion – it also renders a three-dimensional audio image, which truly supports perceived depth and dimension. More Details:

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DCAM FreeComp by FXpansion

DCAM FreeComp VST
FXpansion is proud to present DCAM FreeComp, a free circuit-modelled compression plugin in VST, AU or RTAS formats. DCAM FreeComp is a realistic model of a classic console bus compressor design, designed to gel subgroups and entire mixes together while enhancing punch and definition. More Details:

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Other compressor plugins that deserves your attention, also free:

DC1A by Klanghelm

FL4TT3RY 2 by Platinum Ears

jsCompShaper by Electric-Snow

Molot by vladg/sound

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