Are you looking for high quality VST plugins which you can download and use for free? You’re certainly in the right place! On this page, you’ll find the core part of BPB – a constantly updated directory of essential freeware VST instruments and effects for Windows and Mac (formerly known as BPB Freeware Studio). Welcome and enjoy your stay!
Alternatively, you can browse through all the freeware tools (including freeware plugins, host applications, free audio editors, etc.) which have been featured in our News section so far, by visiting the Free Software Archive on BPB. The archive features all the software tools which were featured on BPB, ever since the launch back in 2009!
We’ve also started a series of articles covering the best freeware releases from each year. Our article which features the best VST plugins from 2013 has been a huge success and we’re currently gathering data for this year’s free plugin round-up.
Scroll below to see our directory of the finest free music making software. This is easily the only list you’ll ever need in order to find the best freeware instruments and effects for your DAW. Pick the desired category from the list below to reach the article. Please feel free to leave comments with your own suggestions if you think that any part of our plugin directory should be improved.
Free VST Plugin Directory
Part 1: Best Free VST Host Applications
A selection of free audio editors and applications which can host VST plugins. This section includes DAWs, sequencers, trackers, live hosts and mastering tools:
- Audio Editing Software – Audio editing programs which can host VST plugins.
- Free Mastering Software – Mastering tools in VST plugin format.
- VST Hosts – Directory of VST plugin hosts for music production and live performance.
Part 2: Best Freeware VST Effects
A selection of freeware effects in VST/AU plugin formats:
- Auto-Tune (Pitch Correction) – Free alternatives to Auto-Tune by Antares.
- Bitcrusher – An extensive collection of freeware bitcrushers.
- Chorus – A selection of the best free chorus effects.
- Compressor (Bus/Channel) – Compressor effects for bus and channel use.
- Compressor (Multiband) – A collection of multi-band compressor effects.
- Compressor (Sidechain) – A collection of compressor effects with side-chain input.
- Delay/Echo – Add depth to your mix with these great freeware delay effects.
- Distortion (coming soon)
- EQ (Graphic) – Free graphic equalizers in VST plugin format.
- EQ (Linear-Phase) – Linear-phase equalizers in VST plugin format.
- EQ (Parametric) – Standard parametric equalizers for mixing and mastering purposes.
- Filter – A collection of filtering effects.
- Flanger (coming soon)
- Gate (Noise Gate) – Freeware VST plugins for removing noise from recordings.
- Granulator – A collection of granular effects to really mess up your audio.
- Guitar Amp – Large collection of virtual guitar amplifiers in VST plugin format.
- Guitar Cab (coming soon)
- Limiter – Free limiter effects for mastering and mixing (although that’s mostly a no-no).
- Phaser – The best freeware phaser plugins in the world. Swoooosh!
- Reverb (Algorithmic) – Reverb plugins which rely on mathematical algorithms to simulate space.
- Reverb (Convolution) (coming soon)
- Saturation (Console/Tape/Tube) – Get a warmer sound using free saturation tools.
- Stereo Enhancer – Enhance the stereo separation in your mix with these freeware effects.
- Transient Shaper – Make the drums more prominent in a mix with these free transient shapers.
- Vocoder – Become the next Daft Punk with these free vocoder VST plugins.
Part 3: Best Freeware VST Instruments
A selection of freeware instruments in VSTi/AU plugin format:
- Drum Machine/Synth – Instruments for synthesizing and sequencing drum sounds.
- Organ – A collection of free organ instruments in VSTi plugin format.
- Piano (Acoustic) (coming soon)
- Piano (Electric) – Virtual instruments which emulate electric pianos.
- Sampler – The best freeware sampler instruments, with SFZ and SF2 format support.
- Sound Module/Workstation – A round-up of virtual instruments which function as romplers.
- SoundFont Player – If you’re feeling old school, load your vintage SF2 files with these free plugins.
- String Machine – A collection of string ensemble instruments. Jean Michel Jarre will love these!
- Synthesizer (Emulation) – Plugins which emulate hardware analogue and digital synthesizers.
- Synthesizer (FM) – Synthesizers based on frequency modulation.
- Synthesizer (Modular) (coming soon)
- Synthesizer (Subtractive/VA) – Synthesizers based on subtractive synthesis.
Part 4: Best Freeware VST Utilities
Other useful free VST/AU plugins:
- Arpeggiator – A collection of freeware arpeggiators in VST plugin format.
- Oscilloscope – Free oscilloscope tools.
- Spectrum Analyzer – Visualize your mix with these freeware spectrum analyzers.
- Step Sequencer – Sequence your virtual instruments with these freeware step sequencers.
Free VST Developer Archive
An archive of freeware VST plugins which are not supported anymore. The plugins are hosted on BPB with permission of their developers.
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