The 8 Best Free Plugins in 2023

The 8 Best Free Plugins in 2023

Stock plugins are good, but third-party plugins can be even better, especially to create interesting and unique effects. Here are our 8 favorite free effect plugins we use all the time.

Here are our picks for 2023’s best plugins you can get for nothing:

  • OTT
  • Ozone Imager 2
  • Supercharger
  • Magic Switch
  • Wider
  • Tape Cassette 2
  • Fresh Air
  • Vocal Doubler

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Having great effect plugins in your plugin-arsenal is essential to getting the best sound possible. While your DAW comes with a whole suite of fantastic effect plugins, third-party effect plugins can often sound better, be more efficient, or do things your stock effect plugins can’t.

The great thing about free effect plugins is that they are precisely that. Free. So you can try out as many as you want until you find the perfect ones for your needs. We’ll share our 8 favorite free effect plugins that we use all the time in our productions and when designing our samples.

We also ensured that they are all available in the VST, AU, and AAX formats, so these will work in all major DAWs like FL Studio, Ableton Live, Logic Pro X, Cubase, and many others.

1. OTT by Xfer Records

OTT stands for Over The Top. It’s a multiband compressor that can bring out subtle dynamic and transient shifts to greatly improve your mix (when used correctly). Ableton Live users already know the glory of OTT as it’s included as a stock plugin. Steve Duda created this to give everyone else a taste of the plugin that’s part of the secret sauce for everyone from Skrillex to David Guetta.

This plugin is a must for any EDM Producer.  It uses a combination of upwards and downwards compression, which makes it different from a regular multiband compressor.

Whether you want to glue some bass layers together, add power to your synths, or bring out your drums, this plugin can do it all. Just be careful with it and use it sparingly because otherwise, it can kill your sound.

2. Ozone Imager 2 by iZotope

Ozone Imager 2 is a free stereo imaging plugin that does an incredible job of making your sounds bigger and more spacious. It’s super easy to use with simple controls. The “Width” control determines how wide you want the sound to be. If you have a mono signal, you can enable the “Stereoize” control and pick between two different stereo modes to add width to a mono sound.

The best part is that Ozone Imager 2 uses mono-compatible stereo algorithms. Most stock imager effect plugins do not do that, making this one the perfect alternative. Additionally, it has a fantastic vectorscope meter, allowing you to visualize your stereo field.

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3. Supercharger by Native Instruments

Supercharger is a highly easy-to-use and effective compressor plugin inspired by the harmonic-rich sound of pure tube compression. It’s perfect for giving your sound some extra punch and presence.

The best part about Supercharger is that it doesn’t require complex parameter tweaking. You simply dial in the amount of compression with the big “Compressor” knob. In addition, you can enable the “Dirt” or “Punch” mode for a different tone and extra dirty or gritty sound. It even comes with a “Mix” knob, making it perfect for parallel compression.

4. Magic Switch by Baby Audio

A simple but incredibly effective plugin that can add a lot of life to any sound. It’s one of those effect plugins that do one thing, and it does it perfectly. Magic Switch is essentially a chorus plugin inspired by the classic Juno chorus. It simply sounds fantastic, no matter what you put it on. Vocals, guitars, synths, you name it.

It’s also straightforward to use. You just throw it in your processing chain and dial in the amount of chorus with the mix slider. That’s it.

5. Wider by Polyverse

Infected Mushroom has a whole line of interesting tools for musicians. The psytrance band created Wider as a new solution for enhancing the stereo field. The magic of this VST is that it beautifully enhances any audio signal no matter if it’s mono or stereo. And, it does so without affecting the phase. Even dialed up to 200 percent, the sound quality remains intact.

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6. Tape Cassette 2 by Caelum Audio

This fantastic free tape emulation plugin gives your sounds a pleasant vintage vibe. It’s based on a classic cassette deck and has all the features you would expect, like noise, wow & flutter, and saturation.

The Tape Cassette 2 plugin also has excellent presets to get you started. The best part is that the noise is sampled from an actual cassette player giving your sound the perfect texture. So whether you want a really dirty and old sound or add just some light character and warmth, this one is the plugin to go with.

7. Fresh Air by Slate Digital

Rather than a simple EQ boost, this plugin uses a mixture of vintage exciters and dynamic processing to add life to your high-end. It works great on single instruments and vocals, but also on bus channels and the master channel.

It’s also one of those effect plugins that are just extremely easy to use. You have two knobs to play with. A “Mid Air” knob that adds some clarity to your high-end above 2kHz and a “High Air” knob for that extra sizzle above 6kHz.

8. Vocal Doubler by iZotope

iZotope has several free VST plugins. Another excellent freebie from the plugin company is Vocal Doubler, featuring iZotope’s fantastic and gorgeous interactive UI. Vocal Doubler is an intuitive and simple tool to achieve a natural-sounding doubled vocal effect. It’s meant to add a new level of richness and depth to vocals, but also works as an effect on non-vocal sounds.

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