There are many free VST 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-based digital audio workstations.
You will find for each free plugin a brief description, for more details check the official web pages, the link is available for each compressor plugin listed. Enjoy!
Sixtyfive by de la Mancha
sixtyfive is a vintage-style, RMS FREE Compressor VST, inspired by the dbx® 165A, a classic 1970’s compressor found in many studios, but it also adds a couple of new twists.
Free Download: sixtyfive
D2 by de la mancha
D2 is an all-rounder-free compressor with an easy-to-use interface for quickly dialing in some common settings. D2 can be heavy or subtle, razor quick or gentle, clean or dirty, and is happy as an insert or bus compressor. More Details:
Free Download: D2
Infinity by Frederick Alonso
Infinity by Frederick Alonso is a great free compressor VST that brings the analog-style mastering compressor and tube saturation effect in 32-bit VST plugin format for any Windows-based digital audio workstations (DAW).
Update 2020: This product is not available anymore!
TDR Feedback Compressor by TDL
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:
Free Download: TDR Feedback Compressor
Rough Rider by Audio Damage
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 bus, 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 a pump to rhythmic tracks.
Free Download: Rough Rider
ThrillseekerLA by Variety of Sound
ThrillseekerLA is a digital stereo leveling amplifier with truly analog qualities. You can download it for free and try it on your mixes for free.
Free Download: ThrillseekerLA
Density mkIII by Variety of Sound
With Density mkIII not only transients are managed in a musical and mastering-grade fashion – but it also renders a three-dimensional audio image, which truly supports perceived depth and dimension. More Details:
Free Download: Density mkIII
DCAM FreeComp by FXpansion
FXpansion is proud to present DCAM FreeComp, a free circuit-modeled 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:
Free Download: DCAM FreeComp
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