Looks like 2014 is over! After I made a brief summary of Best 2014 DAWs launched/updated this year, in this post I want to present a list of 10 best free plugins launched in 2014.
Whether is about instruments or effects, these plugins attracted a lot of attention on official product pages, music production forums and social networks. Enjoy!
Best Free VST/AU Plugins Released in 2014
Free Oberheim OB-X Emulation VSTi Plugin Released By 2DaT, Obxd is emulation of famous ob-x, ob-xa and ob8 synths.
OBXD plugin is available via KVR Audio for free download in 32-bit and 64-bit VSTi plugin format for Windows.
Dexed – Free FM Synthesizer VSTi Plugin Released By Digital Suburban is a freeware Yamaha DX7 inspired FM synthesizer. Dexed features a very complex preset library, 1047 DX7 presets organized into 32 sound banks with 32 presets in each bank.
This free vst instrument is available in 32-bit and 64-bit VST plugin format for Windows.
Also if you want more presets, here you can download over 780 presets that can be loaded in Dexed: Yamaha DX7 Free Presets
Scylla by de la Mancha is a freeware VST instrument that combines sample playback with subtractive synthesis to produce a wide variety of sonic possibilities. Scylla was co-developed with Singing Crane is available at delamancha.com in 32-bit VST format for Windows.
4. TDR Kotelnikov
DR Kotelnikov by Tokyo Dawn Labs is a freeware mastering compressor in VST/AU/AAX plugin formats for both Windows and Mac. Kotelnikov has the ability to manipulate the dynamic range by dramatic amounts, while carefully preserving the original tone, timbre and punch of a musical signal.
Download: TDR Kotelnikov
Multiply by Acon Digital is a free and versatile chorus effect with a unique twist. Each simulated voice is processed with a phase randomizing filter so that unpleasant comb filter effects are avoided. Multiply is also the winner of KVR Developer Challenge 2014.
Multiply is available for both Windows (PC) and OS X (Macintosh). Both 32 and 64 bit versions are available, and the plug-in formats VST, AAX and Audio Units (OS X only) are supported.
Nova-67P by vladg/sound is a parallel parametric equalizer plugin combined with a compressor. The compressor can optionally operate in frequency dependent and split-band modes. In this case the plugin operates as a parallel dynamic equalizer.
Such as Multiply above, this free plugin was submitted as an entry in KVR Developer Challenge 2014 and wins the second place, so definetly worth a look.
Nova-67P is available for free download in 32-bit & 64-bit VST/AU plugin format for Windows and Mac OS X.
7. Tunefish 4
Tunefish 4 by Brain Control is a freeware analog synthesier developed to fit into about 10 kB of compressed machine code while still producing an audio quality that can compete with commercial synthesizers.
Tunefish 4 is available for free download at Brain Control website in 32-bit & 64-bit VSTi/AUi plugin format for both Windows and Mac systems.
Download: Tunefish 4
SlickEQ was developed by TDR (Tokyo Dawn Labs) in collaboration with VoS (Variety of Sound) and is a free semi-parametric mixing/mastering equalizer designed for ease of use, musical flexibility and impeccable sound. The plugin also features four separate output stages (“Linear”, “Silky”, “Mellow” and “Deep”).
SlickEQ is available for free at TDR website in 32-bit and 64-bit VST, AU plugin formats for both Windows and MAC.
9. Amplio 2
Amplio 2 by VST Zone is free VST effect plugin that can be used to enhance boring and dull sound. It’s three band Equalizer with adjustable bands and additional multiband effect modules. Plugin was originally designed to enhance drum patterns, but version 2 is powerfull enough to be used on any type of sound.
Amplio 2 is available for free download in 32-bit VST plugin format for Windows.
Download: Amplio 2
10. MT Power Drum Kit 2
MT Power Drum Kit 2 by Manda Audio is a free acoustic drum module in VST/AU plugin formats for Windows and Mac OS X. First released as a commercial plugin now Manda Audio offer this great plugin as a freeware.
MT Power Drum Kit 2 is available for free download via Manda Audio.
Download: MT Power Drum Kit 2
Hope this list to be helpful for any of you and I also want to thanks all developers for this great job and for their generosity! If you like this plugins list, please share this page with your friends.
UPDATE: Check out Best Free VST Synth Plugins of 2015