Below you will find our list of the best free VST plugins for Windows and MAC (AU) released this year (2017), all are available for download free of charge.
You will find many useful plugins, tools and plugin effects released by popular companies or some new debuts.
Let’s start with:
PHASIS FREE Phaser Plugin
by Native Instruments
PHASIS is a free phaser effect plugin released these holidays by Native Instruments, the well known audio company. This plugin offers timeless phasing sounds adding soul, movement adding some magic to any sound. You can change the spacing of the phaser’s notches to get some great vocal effects using its Spread control.
Phasis is available for free ion VST, AU, AAX plugin format via Native Instruments Website.
Download Link: Phasis
SynthTrack FREE Rhythmic VST Effect
SynthTrack plugin is a free rhythmic effect VST plugin that uses your track audio as the source where you can then apply Filter/Amp ADSR and LFO effects triggered by a 16 step sequencer.
This plugin is great to create chopping effects, rhythmic gated pad sounds and so more. SynthTrack plugin also includes 26 presets from the factory.
Read More: SynthTrack Effect Plugin
VK-1 Viking FREE Synthesizer Plugin
Initially launched as a virtual replica of the Moog Voyager in the form of a rack extension for Propellerhead Reason, VK-1 Viking Synthesizer is now also available as a VST plug-in for all DAWs on PC and Mac.
It features Three adjustable wave oscillators, Infinitely adjustable waveform controller, Noise oscillator for three types of noise, Two modulation buses and one LFO, Transistor ladder filter and 228 presets.
Read More: VK-1 Viking Synthesizer
mvMeter FREE Metering VST Plugin
MvMeter is free multivariable metering plugin capable to simulate the behavior of conventional level meters such as VU or PPM meters offering several measurement methods such as Peak, RMS, EBU R128.
Read More: mvMeter Metering Plugin
Ozone Imager FREE Stereo Plugin
Ozone Imager is an FREE stereo imaging effect plug-in part of iZotope’s Ozone 8 mastering plugin.
This plugin can narrow or widen your stereo image with simple controls, stunning visuals, and incredible sound. Ozone Imager is available for Windows and MAC ion VST2, VST3, AudioUnit, RTAS plugin format for both Windows and PC.
Download Link: Ozone Imager
MScontrol FREE Mid/Side Plugin
by Tek’it Audio
MScontrol is a professional Mid/Side control plug-in available in VST and AU for Windows and MAC users.
With this utility free plugin, you can encode or decode the Mid/Side stereo signal featuring an “Onboard” mode and Mid-Side gaind and panning control.
It supports any sample rate with zero processing latency and comes with 16 pre-made presets for instant use.
Read More: MScontrol Utility Plugin
Rivera FREE VST Plugin
by NuSpace Audio
Riviera free plugin is a hybrid algorithmic-convolution reverb effect available for Windows.
Using Riviera you can easily add some spacing effects to your sounds using its algorithmic calculation in conjunction with impulse response technology. In addition, you can control the delay, stretch, and linearity.
Read More: Riviera Reverb Plugin
OSL Chorus Free Chorus Plugin
by Oblivion Soundlab
OSL Chorus is based on the chorus effect module of Roland Juno 60 hardware synthesizer. You can apply the Juno’s effect to any of you favorite software synthesizer.
This effect plugin is available for free and works with any 32 or 64-bit hosts (Windows & MAC).
Read More: OSL Chorus Effect Plugin
N6 Paragraphic FREE Equalizer Plugin
by RAZ Audio
If you’re looking for an equalizer, well, RazAudio offers the N6 free plug-in for anyone looking for an easy-to-use equalizer plugin.
The N6 free EQ plugin is a high precision EQ tool offering standard curve shapes with ±18 dB per band, various shapes like low / high pass, peak, low / high self, zero latency and more cool features.
Download Link: N6 FREE EQ Plug-in
Also see: Best Free EQ Plugins
MAX-1 FREE Auto-Compressor Plugin
MAX-1 by BeatSkillz is a free auto-compressor plugin which also can work as a maximizer effect inside your mix. This plugin is simple to use and does its job very well in any situation.
MAX-1 is available for Windows and MAC in VST, AU, AAX 64-bit/32-bit plugin formats.
Read More: MAX-1 Free Compressor Plugin
Spectrum FREE Plugin
Spectrum is great analyzer plugin developed by Benjamin Schulz. Featuring controllers for block size, refresh rate, max/min dB and an intuitive graph, Spectrum is a great tool to inspect the frequency of your mix.
Read More: Spectrum Free Analyzer Plugin
Loudness FREE Meter Plugin
Loudness Meter free plugin gives you complete details for loudness control.It is known that “Loudness” is a very important aspect for any music producer. Using this plug-in, you’ll be sure that your music will sound as good on any online platform such as Soundcloud, Spotify, Youtube and so on.
Read More: Youlean Loudness Meter Plugin
FB-3100 FREE Synth Plugin
by Full Bucket Music
FB-3100 free synthesizer plugin emulates the sound of Korg’s PS-3100 polyphonic analog synthesizer.
It features two-pole lowpass filters, band-limited oscillators, resonators section, two modulation generators, sample and hold controls, additional ‘paraphonic’ Envelope, MIDI learn and much more.
FB-3100 is available for free for Windows and MAC.
Read More: FB-3100 Free Synth Plugin
FB-3200 FREE Synthesizer Plugin
by Full Bucket Music
FB-3200 by Full Bucket Music is another free synth software that emulates the sound of Korg PS-3200 vintage analog synthesizer from 1978, available in VST and AU plugin for PC and Mac.
This plugin is very close to the original sound of the 70’s synthesizer including all the controls from the original unit.
It features Band-limited oscillators, classic lowpass filters, Equalizer section, Two Modulation Generators, Sample & Hold, Paraphonic Envelope Generator, MIDI learn and more.
Download Link: FB-3200 Free Synthesizer Plugin
FreeMod FREE VST Effect
FreeMod is the first Audiority free plugin. It’s a free phase free modulation effect capable to twist your sound in unimaginable ways. The modulation source of this plugin is an LFO with 11 different waveforms and a modulating oscillator with 10 waveforms.
FreeMod is available for both Windows and MAC hosted DAWs, being provided in VST, AAX, AU format (32-bit or 64-bit).
Read More: FreeMod Free Effect Plugin
Unlimited FREE Stereo Limiter Plugin
by Sonic Anomaly
Unlimited is a free plugin to control the loudness of your mix with 5.1 support. Unlimited free limiter plugin is great to monitor the signal loudness on the output and makes the right adjustments on your final mix without overload your CPU.
Read More: Unlimited Free Limiter Plugin
HOFA SYSTEM Basic FREE Effect Plugin
by HOFA SYSTEM
HOFA SYSTEM Basic is the free version of the HOFA SYSTEM commercial plugin.
HOFA SYSTEM Basic is a modular effect that lets you add a chain of effects as you want.
It offers 21 modules like the full version but not all the functions.
Read More: HOFA SYSTEM Basic Free Plugin
This is our list of the best free plugins this year. There are definitely many more, so we leave the comments section open to any reader who has any recommendation to complete the list.