So, after covering the best free parametric EQs a few weeks ago, now it’s time to find and list the best freeware graphic equalizers in VST plugin format. I don’t use graphic EQs too often, so creating this list was a bit harder than usual.
To provide you with more choices, I’ve included my favorite freeware graphic equalizers, and also the ones I’ve noticed being mentioned more often on music production forums like KVR and Gearslutz. As always, you’re welcome to suggest your favorite free graphic eq in the comments section below, in case I’ve missed it.
Follow the links for screenshots & download info:
10EQ by Phoenixinflight (Windows)
- 30-Band Graphic EQ by Mildon Studios (Windows)
- Aqualizer by RJProjectst (Windows)
- Classic EQ by Kjaerhus (Windows)
- CS12M by Terry West (Windows)
- EQ18 by David Ross (Windows)
- EQ22 by RoughDraftAudio (Windows)
- Eq31 by Habib (Windows)
- Free Ranger by SPL (Mac, Windows)
- KarmaFX Equalizer by KarmaFX (Windows)
- Linear Phase Graphic EQ by slim slow slider (Windows)
- Marvel GEQ by Voxengo (Mac, Windows)
Marvel GEQ is my favorite freeware graphic equalizer, offering nice sound coloration, several different modes (including M/S), and great stability.
Classic EQ is another one I must recommend, it’s a nice lightweight graphic EQ, and can also be used for creating some nice stereo effects.
Free Ranger offers only four bands (40Hz, 150Hz, 1.8kHz, and 16kHz), but I’ve read some nice comments about it, so you can’t go wrong if you download and test it in your setup.
EQ22 is also often praised on forums, it’s a rather old plugin but people seem to like it’s sound alot.
CS12m offers HP and LP filters together with the twelve EQ bands, which makes it usable as an all-in-one channel equalizer for those who like using graphic EQs.
Aqualizer was featured in Music Tech Magazine (although being featured on BPB is way cooler, right?) and it’s source code is also available for download, so it may be interesting for those of you who are into programming.
10EQ is a nice graphic equalizer based on API 560. Many thanks to bpb reader oscar for reminding me of it!
Can’t say much about other plugins in the list, as I haven’t tested all of them yet. If you’ve tried some of the other plugins, you’re welcome to leave your impressions/suggestions in the comments section below. Happy mixing!
i like to use easyq, simple to use but its interface is a bit basic
just want to recommend Classic EQ by Kjaerhus (it’s in the list)
have had it for years and never used, but was impressed as soon as i put it across the entire mix, very musical and subtle, a great tool for broad tone correction
An updated version of this list would be awesome. Most of these don’t have 64-bit versions, making this list terribly unhelpful in 2017.
Will do, all lists will be updated for 2017 in the upcoming months.
Does anyone know an EQ similar to classic EQ? I use it for my vocals cause of the 200hz cut it does on them. I legit cant find that sound for a mac plugin. PLEASE HELP!
OK So your missing the best free graphic EQ. Red Rock sound’s EQ560 is a great free version of the API 560. Works GREAT on kick drums!!
You’re missing Red Rock Sounds excellent EQ560. Its a clean (as opposed to saturated) version of the API 560. Works GREAT on kick drum.