Analog Obsession has re-released all of their VST plugins as donationware, with no minimum payment required. Users can support the developer via Patreon (subscriptions starting at $5 per month).
At the moment, the developer is offering over thirty donationware products that can be downloaded for free. The plugins are available for download directly from Analog Obsession’s website, with no registration required. You don’t need to activate the plugins after installation, either. To support the developer, users can sign up for a $5 monthly subscription plan. The subscription is optional (the plugins will work without it) and can be canceled at any time.
Also, this doesn’t mean that the plugins are discontinued. Analog Obsession stated that they will continue developing plugins. It’s not clear working on new plugins and provide support for the existing ones.
Analog Obsession specializes in developing analog-style compressors, equalizers, and creative saturation tools. The company has recently expanded its product range with a series of hardware-inspired guitar stompbox plugins. A while ago, the lead developer offered to sell Analog Obsession, but it seems that he gave up on the idea and decided to go donationware.
As for the quality of the Analog Obsession software, I am (personally) not the biggest fan. Take that with a grain of salt, though. I haven’t tested Analog Obsession’s newer releases (yet) due to the fact that I was disappointed by their early plugins. The sound quality was never the problem, but I had encountered various performance and GUI-related issues.
That said, I have seen some good feedback about Analog Obsession’s more recent products and it’s safe to assume that there are some hidden gems among those thirty plugins. I have also noticed that many of the plugins have been updated in the meanwhile, presumably fixing some of those early bugs.
Also, several BPB readers have suggested that Analog Obsession should be listed in our article about free compressor VST plugins. If you use Analog Obsession plugins regularly, please leave a comment and let me know which one of their compressors is your favorite.
UPDATE #1 (February 24th, 2020): Be sure to re-download all Analog Obsession plugins from their Patreon page (linked below), instead of the ones on their website. These are new and updated installers that the developer provided because he suspects that some of their old installer files were compromised in an attack. Thanks to our readers heavymetalmixer and INSPECTORGADGET for sharing the info in the comments.
UPDATE #2 (February 25th, 2020):
The plugins are no longer free to download. The developer has now moved their website to Patreon and you will need to support them on Patreon if you wish to download any of the installers.
UPDATE #3 (February 25th, 2020): OK, false alarm. The plugins are free to download once again from the Patreon page. The developer was updating and reuploading the software, which is why it wasn’t available for free download previously.
More info: Analog Obsession (hosted on Patreon, optional $5 monthly subscription)