Best Free Bitcrusher VST/AU Plugins!

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Free bitcrusher VST plugins!

Today’s edition of BPB Freeware Studio features a list of the best free bitcrusher VST/AU plugins for Windows and Mac.

A bitcrusher is essentially a very straightforward type of effect – it simply reduces the bit depth of the audio signal, which leads to audible degradation.

However, I’ve found that there’s a big difference in sound between various bitcrusher plugins, probably due to different algorithms being used. Also, some plugins come with neat extra features like sample rate reduction, smoothing, modulation, and various other goodies. Thus, I’ve decided to make a big list of all useful freeware bitcrushers I know of and let you choose your own favorites from the bunch. There’s some well known stuff in the list, but also some gems I’m sure you’ve never heard of!

Follow the links for screenshots & download info:

If you’re looking for a cheap commercial bitcrusher plugin, I highly recommend the brilliant Super Angry Distortion by Rancorsoft LLC.

So, for some unexplained reason, my favorite bitcrusher seems to be CMT Bitcrusher. It’s not really better than all the other plugins the list, nor is it special in any particular way, but I somehow always reach for it first when I want a bitcrushed sound. Most of the time it works perfectly. Note that an updated version of CMT Bitcrusher is available in this thread on KVF Forums (many thanks to chuck death for providing info on this and Float Crush!).

CMT Bitcrusher by CMT.

CMT Bitcrusher by CMT.

If you want a more subtle effect, TimeMachine is a good choice. It was designed as an emulation of those famous vintage samplers like the E-mu SP-1200 and such. In fact, it works very well for this, try using it on drums and notice how it adds harmonics and makes the samples sound slightly more punchy. Of course, you can always push it harder and use it to bitcrush the hell out of things.

TB TimeMachine by ToneBoosters.

TB TimeMachine by ToneBoosters.

Ok, but how about a  multiband bitcrusher? If you like that idea, check out Multiband Bitcrusher I and thrummaschine, both of which are 3-band bitcrushers with some pretty neat extra features up the sleeve.

thrummaschine by de la Mancha.

thrummaschine by de la Mancha.

Finally, a little known gem is the D-BD/SR-D2 developed by Anton Savov (aka antto). It’s a great bitcrusher unit with useful extra features like filters, band compreesion, white noise, etc. I also dig the pixel-perfect GUI.

D-BD/SR-D2 by antto.

D-BD/SR-D2 by antto.

As I said, all the plugins in the list have something unique about them, so I encourage you to check them all out and keep the ones you like. It would be cool if you could leave a comment saying which ones you liked the most. Also, if I’ve missed mentioning a good freeware bitcrusher, feel free to leave a link in the comments section!

And that’s pretty much all for today. Have fun bitcrushing, spread the word about this article and thanks for reading BPB!

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About Author

Tomislav is a musician and a blogger. He writes about free and affordable music production tools on a daily basis here at Bedroom Producers Blog.


27 Comments

      • bedroom producers blog on

        thanks tico-tico, much appreciated! :]

        can we expect to see more plugins from you in the future?

        • Nope, sorry. Programming is just a hobby for me and I can’t spend much time on it. Anyway we already have a lot of good free plugs. And your blog is a good info source about them. Thanks Tomislav!

          • bedroom producers blog on

            ahh, bummer. either way, thanks for making CMT bitcrusher! it’s one of those simple and perfect plugins that you just have to love.

    • bedroom producers blog on

      thanks for the great suggestions man! i’ll add both float crush and the updated CMT Bitcrusher to the list.

  1. Nice read, thank you.

    My personal favorite is still the E-phonic Lofi. It’s the oldest bitcrushing plugin I have, and I used it a long time before I learned what a bitcrusher actually does. Its controls are intuitive and I like the dark blue GUI. Right when you start it up the sound mangling (a combination of downsampling and waveshaping) you get is very sexy. Use this one in subtle doses on high frequency percussion (hihats etc) and you won’t be disappointed. I highly recommend it!

  2. No, I’m using bit-crushers and with them I make such an earth-shaking, ass-kicking beat that everyone on the dance-floor is throwing their clothes away…so everybody can have a crush on somebody… :-)

    (Don’t believe everything in this world…)

  3. the link for “LoFi PLUS by Subtek”
    sends us to a “console DEMO” page …
    (or did i miss something reading while translating
    from english to french…)

    • bedroom producers blog on

      yes, Console is an old VST suite feturing several plugins, including the freeware LoFi PLUS. apparently it’s the only way to download LoFi PLUS nowadays, i’ve searched everywhere!

      i’ll try contacting the dev somehow to ask about hosting the DLL file on BPB, but chances for finding him are slim i think.

  4. Hi, does anybody know where to download D-BD/SR-D2 by antto? The download link on the list avobe is dead, or could someone send me a copy of the plugin?
    Thank you

    • Bedroom Producers Blog on

      well, the sound at the end of that song sounds more like a simple pulse wave to me. try magical 8-bit plug by YMCK, it’s a nintendo sound chip emulation. should give you a similar sound with some slight tweaking.

  5. Im having a probelm running CMT bitcrusher on LMMS. For some reason it doesnt do….anything. It just kind of sits there….

    • Bedroom Producers Blog on

      Yeah, I’ve noticed it today. Still, thanks for the report!

      I can’t really stop other people from copying content from BPB. All I can do is put my heart and soul into BPB as I always do and make it stay better from the rest.

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