After making a list of the best freeware spectrums analyzers, the next logical step was to find and list the best freeware oscilloscope plugins in VST/AU format.
Follow the links for screenshots & download info:
- FREE Oscilloscope by Progress Audio (Windows)
- J-Scope by Kryptonaut (Windows)
- Open Scope by Synth School (Windows)
- Oszillos-Mega-Scope by betabugs (Windows, Mac)
- Signal Analyzer by Robin Schmidt (Windows)
- s(M)exoscope by Bram@Smartelectronix (Windows, Mac)
- Spectrum Analyzer & Oscilloscope by Hotto Engineering (Mac)
My favorite VST plugin in this category is Oszillos-Mega-Scope, without any doubt. It’s BPM-synced, supports multiple inputs, works both on Windows and Mac, has a resizeable GUI, it’s free… simply put, the perfect oscilloscope VST.
It’s very useful for visualising all sorts of compression tasks (the video below shows how Oszillos-Mega-Scope works in a sidechain compression setup in Ableton Live), phase alignment, detecting pops and glitches, etc. Also the fact that it’s BPM-synced makes it very easy to operate!
Of course, you should check out the other plugins on the list too, perhaps one of those will work better for you (s(M)exoscope is another very good one)!
And, as always, if you notice that I’ve missed listing a good oscilloscope VST, please suggest it in the comments section below.
This article is part of the bpb Freeware Studio series. Each article in the series features a selection of the best freeware VST instruments/effects, or other audio related software in a certain category. Feel free to suggest your own favorites in the comments section below. Enjoy!