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Free VST Plugins

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:

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.

If you’re a software developer interested in hosting your VST plugins on Bedroom Producers Blog’s server, feel free to get in touch!

What Is A VST Plugin?

In case you’ve never used VST plugins before, here’s a brief introduction. The acronym VST stands for Virtual Studio Technology. It is a special kind of software interface which allows the user to load 3rd party audio effects and virtual instruments as plugins inside a VST compatible DAW program (Digital Audio Workstation). The technology was first introduced by Steinberg back in 1996 and has made a huge impact on the way we make music today.

So, a VST plugin is basically a virtual effect or a virtual instrument intended for use in a host program which supports Virtual Studio Technology. It allows us to expand our software studio with plugins, the same way we would use hardware effects and instruments in a real studio. There are literally thousands of VSTs out there available for free download and use, as well as several quite powerful freeware host applications which can be used to create music with virtual instruments and effects.

Building Your Plugin Collection

Your computer is the central part of your digital music studio. Assuming that you’re happy with your hardware setup, the next task is to install a collection of software which will allow you to record and produce music in the best way possible. Choosing the right audio software and learning how to use it should be your highest priority!

Step 1: The DAW

The first step when building your software studio is to choose the right DAW for you. Whether you decide to use free software or a commercial program is up to you (and your budget), but I suggest you to try the demo versions of all VST hosts which you find interesting before making the final decision. The most important thing to keep in mind when choosing your DAW is the workflow. Do you find the application intuitive? Does the user interface seem logical to you? Does the application offer all of the functionality you’ll need during your music production endeavors?

If you’re looking for free software, take a look at the free DAWs article in the directory section above. You’ll find a nice selection of freeware VST hosts, although the program which stands out among the crowd is Podium Free by Zynewave. It is the finest freeware host application in the world today, in my opinion. The only significant limitation of this DAW is that it doesn’t support multi-core processing of data. Otherwise, it’s a great program to use as the core of your virtual studio.

If we take both the price and functionality into account, the smartest choice is still Reaper by Cockos. A bit hard to understand at first, but an incredible program overall. Make sure that you’ve read the manual and took the time to set up the user interface according to your needs before getting into serious music production with Reaper. You’ll be far more productive once you get to fully understand this great VST host!

Step 2: Choosing the right VST plugins

Once you’ve picked your DAW, you’re all set to start building your collection of VST plugins. Be careful, though! The biggest mistake people make when discovering VST technology and the world of freeware plugins is downloading hundreds of freeware plugins and installing them on their computer without any real testing. This is extremely bad for your workflow and productivity! Imagine all the clutter and chaos in a real world studio with hundreds of hardware instruments and effects which no one ever uses. You don’t need such a mess in your virtual studio!

Instead, be patient when choosing your virtual instruments and effects. This page is a great place to start, as I’ve tried to list only the best freeware VST plugins in each category.

What you really need is a streamlined collection of audio software which will cover all of your music production needs. Take the time to examine the plugins on offer and pick only the ones you really need. Limit yourself to no more than three virtual compressors, equalizers, synthesizers, etc. Install only the tools which best suit your workflow and learn how to use them. Read the manuals, watch the video tutorials and spend some time experimenting with your software tools.

Also, keep your plugins up to date. Developers often release updated versions of their freeware plugins, which include important bug fixes and additional features. Keep an eye on the News section on BPB to stay informed about the latest updates of popular freeware tools. Consider signing up to our email newsletter (check out the signup form in the right sidebar) to receive the latest freeware news straight to your Inbox.

If you’re looking for more free plugins for your DAW, check out the free plugin collection on GERSIC.COM, as well as the huge database over at KVR Audio.

Support BPB!

I hope that our directory of freeware VSTs will help you find the best freeware tools for your software studio. Feel free to take part in this project by leaving your own suggestions and other feedback in the comments section below, or on any of the linked pages.

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Thanks for reading BPB!

Written by Tomislav Zlatic.

78 Responses to “Free VST Plugins”


  • its cool that you have free VST plugins that is always a good thing.

  • Thank you, I owe you so much!

  • Far and away the BEST free VST library on the web! Also enjoy the blog links. Keep up the good work- there are more of us out there than you know.

  • Hey BPB, you should also do one about multi-effect plugins!

  • I absolutely love your Best Free Plug-ins series, very helpful. Although, unless I’m just not seeing it, I think you left Best Free Granulator off the list!

    • Bedroom Producers Blog

      omg, you’re right! i’m such a tool sometimes. :D

      thanks so much for pointing that out, i’ve fixed it now.

  • I’m compiling free tools for dubstep producers, and this has been a real help. I’m sure my readers would love this stuff! :)

  • i went to download all this plugins

  • NICE list. Thanks for this. Look forward to giving some of these things a atest run.

  • Mr. Mag - Hu5h Mon3y M3dia

    BPB, Thank you wholeheartedly for your true effort at providing everyone the best affordable resources to make magic in this music world. This is not just another comment, I’m inspired by the work you’ve put in with this site….Keep flying

  • Any chance you could do a Best Free Wavetable Synthesizer Plugin article? I don’t know of many though, so it might be a bit short.

    • Bedroom Producers Blog

      well, it’s on my to-do list. i’m barely managing to write the daily news articles, though. too many projects going on at the moment. i’ll update the BPB Freeware Studio articles as soon as i have more free time.

  • Ward S (ARack Audio)

    Make one about mastering suites!!

  • Greetings from Ukraine!

    Thanks for the great blog! I used to visit it oftenly.

    Really, nowadays every musician can afford himself all the technologies of computer-based music production for FREE. And he can do it without breaking any laws.

    Isn’t it great?

  • Our production studio have some sample kits made by us. How can we share it with the visitors of your blog?

  • Somehow I wish there would be a way to quickly download all these neat plugins you’ve recommended in one big zip package from a working link, would really save us a lot of time because I pretty much want them all, safe. xD ;) :p

  • Could you make a list of freeware bass, electric, and acoustic guitars…

  • lovin this site.. thanks for the plugins.

  • I’ll have some free loops for download so you can incorporate them into your own tracks.

  • I love freebies..
    its very helpful if you want to creat music without worrying or paying :)
    thanks

  • thanks for ur source and service…..

  • anyone could explain me how to install/add them to library and set them in to play them?

  • So when we getting an update on the ‘coming soon’ catagories?

  • Hey, how do you do to make these plug ins work ?

    Where should i put the files?

    Thank you very much!
    great work !

  • I am doing some research on this subject, check my page, thanks. Also please add some category for free convolution reverbs (waves and plugins).

  • Definitely a great list of VSTs. Many producers don’t know the importance of having good VST plugins. Check out Beat Access to sell your beats today!

    Larry

  • !!!!

    arr arrrarr says:

    When will you post that step sequencer article?!?! I keep coming back here to see if you post it, but no! Oh woe be unto me!

    • Bedroom Producers Blog

      hahahah!

      it will be published soon, i promise! it’s a matter of weeks, cap’n!

      • arrr raarrr raar arr

        The captain is still very, very unpleased. It has almost been months now. No christmas prezzies you, boy!

        (j/k of course, I’m really looking forward to the article.. Decent step sequencers are hard to find! Thanks for your excavation works so far.)

        • Bedroom Producers Blog

          ohh man, so sorry about that cap’n!

          there’s tons of work on this ship and them darn step sequencers are still on ye olde the to-do list. all i can say as a member of the crew is that we’re doing out best to finish this task at hand as soon as possible, cap’n! aye!

  • Can I trust this?? No viruses?

  • Got Instrumentals 4U

    Thanks I’ve been looking for an electric piano, great post to, oh by the way if anyone is looking for drumkits or wanting to listen to some of our production please visit our website.

    Thanks Bedroom Producers

  • Hi there! I could have sworn I’ve been to this blog before but after looking at some of the articles I realized it’s new to me.
    Anyhow, I’m certainly delighted I came across
    it and I’ll be book-marking it and checking back regularly!

  • For your future Multi-fx section you should include, dblue Glitch, truc2, SFX MAchine RT and Atonoise 2.

  • cicciodinonnapapera

    grazie mille :-)

  • If i get some success in my journey…
    i promise i would send you a lot of money..
    Thank you for everything..

  • Are you ever gonna do any free drum samplers? I am in desperate need of a multi-output drum sampler that I can drag my samples into.

  • Thanks! Much needed info

  • I have some VST that dont work, or are very old, and I also seem to have VST in various folders on my hard drive, from years of installing and upgrades.
    How do I clean them all up? Is there a utility that you can recommend that finds VST and organizes them and verifies them?

  • A great job, fantastic site! Would you happen to know any free holophonic or binaural VST?
    Thanks a lot!

  • HDDigitizerMusic

    Thanks! I’ve been needing a few VST Plugins.

  • Hey, thanks for publishing all this information on the free VST’s that are available these days. It’s good to see a site that’s up to date with what’s going on. You must spend a lot of your time on this?

    It’s incredible to think just how much has changed over the last 10-15 or so years and what professional music creation software is available now (including VSTs) for nothing or next to nothing. Previously, I was looking at the Computer Music magazines to keep up to date with what was available but my local library stopped stocking them due to lack of interest and I can’t afford to buy them every month. Your site is now the “go to” place for me to get this information and reviews.

    Thanks and keep up the good work!

    • Bedroom Producers Blog

      Thanks for the kind words MrT. I’m just about to refresh all entries, so the lists will be completely up to date with new releases.

  • BPB is in my opinion the number 1 resource for finding the best free VST plugins available. There are many sites for VST’s, but not many where you get comprehensive lists of the best stuff. Then we get to choose from the best of the best, & it doesn’t get much better than that now does it!

    As someone who is just getting back into producing, I’m find this site invaluable.

    Keep up the good work!

  • Got this email. Thought you all might be interested. Looks really cool.

    Eventide is giving away this $250 channel strip for FREE until July 8th 2014.

    http://eventideplugins.elasticbeanstalk.com/ultrachannel.jsp

    UltraChannel™ is Eventide’s new 64-bit native channel strip plug-in for AU, VST, and AAX64 for Mac and PC featuring micro pitch functionality from our flagship H8000, stereo delays with variable feedback paths, plus two stages of compression, gating, and five bands of parametric EQ. UltraChannel is available as a free download through midnight July 8, 2014, after which it will cost $249.

  • How can I help get an Acoustic piano VST on this already excellent list?

    • Bedroom Producers Blog

      Hi squooshbug, sorry for the late reply! Do you have a list of freeware piano instruments which you’d like to share?

  • This site is the holy grail of home recording. Awesome work, man!

    • Bedroom Producers Blog

      Thank you! It really means A LOT to hear that BPB is helpful to people. Happy music making and thanks for reading BPB!

  • The use of the multiband compressor make this more effective without affecting the quality of the image, thanks for detailed information on all the Free VST.

  • Hey! Thanks for the article it’s very useful. I’m just curious will any of these plugins give my pc a virus? I was gonna get a mac but since I decided to get fl studio I’m sticking to pc. I just don’t want any viruses :/

    • Nothing here will give you a virus Brother…Not trying to sport other software companies and internet channels. You can get from FileHippo avast anti virus -free. And 7-zip. Sometimes these files come as a RAR file or even a encoded DVD or CD, so you will need a virtual cd rom. The great thing about your choice of OS system, using PC is there is so many resources and there are many very good tools here that can work in your DAW at pro levels. Some of this gear doesn’t run well in some DAW trackers, this is the main problem I have heard from FL users. Often a VST that is not compatible with FL, so they act funny when in your vstplugins folder at your C:/ drive. Many newer guys think its a virus, its just a conflict with the DAW that causes this. It’s at the cdos programming level of windows OS, the codes conflict with the codes of the DAW software to run that utility.

  • Here is a tip of the industry, many people in the electronic music industry want to brand utilities, vst and music software into a “Industry Standard”. I wish to make it very clear that on your end as a producer, what ever your are running in your DAW tracker that makes a song, it could be the kooky kazoo vst instrument made by a novice vst designer, a freeware, if you make a track that goes to a label…you know, make a record. Its all good. Because this industry standard only relates to the recording, the labels recording studio from their end of the mixing console, Whatever “YOU” are tracking from your DAW as your band is your talent and music. I wanted to clarify this so you can honor the thousands of VST designers out there and grace them with your talent. Let them know it too, send them mp3s of your songs using their software…they will so much love that even if you cant pay, they would be so honored you used their work in your tracks, but if you can pay something…kick a few for a beer.

  • Oh and one more thing, many of the VST software designers actually put together VST versions of top shelf synths and effects, like Korg, Moog and so on. You see, those companies gypt them out of the full royalties of designing the software. The true designer was ripped off while the corporation made the bank of the designers hard work. So many decided as a act of spite against this corporation screwing, they took those designs and just changed the GUI and gave it a different name…but is still the same pro level instruments, only you get it for free. Those designers know what they are doing, take it to level of public domain freeware as a royal piss off to the corps….yup, there is still anarchy in music today.

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