Free VST Plugins

A handselected overview of the best free VST plugins available

Ultimate List of Free VST Plugins

If you’re looking for high quality free VST plugins you came to the right place! This list contains tons of free VST plugins that might be useful to you!

Free VST FM Synthesizers:

Dexed is a multi-platform, multi format plugin synth that is closely modeled on the Yamaha DX7. Under the hood it uses music-synthesizer-for-android for the synth engine and JUCE as a plugin wrapper. (Linux, Mac, Windows)

Oxe FM Synth is a Multitimbral open source VST 2.4 instrument plugin for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.(Windows)

Here’s a crazy 8 oscillator hybrid digital synthesizer with a flexible modulation capabilities. (Mac)

Listed as one of the best Freeware FM synths around by Computer Music Magazine (Windows)

VOPM is an emulation of the Yamaha YM2151 (OPM) 4 operator FM sound chip. (Linux, Mac, Windows)

Free VST Subtractive Synthesizers:

Abakos is a free 2 osc analog synth plug-in developed by HERCs Music Systems. (Windows)

ASynth is a six voice virtual analog synthesizer featuring two oscillators and three circuit modelled filters. (Windows)

Atlantis is a unique synthesizer VSTi. It has nearly unlimited possibilities for creating new and exciting sounds! (Windows)

A virtual analog Audio Units (AU) synthesizer plugin that features a polyphonic stereo subtractive AltiVec/SSE optimized DSP engine with a flexible modulation patchbay. (Mac)

BrainStormer is a freeware virtual analog synthesizer. (Windows)

Charlatan is a polyphonic, subtractive virtual analog (VA) synthesizer plugin with focus on sound quality and easy usability. (Windows)

Crystal is a semi-modular software synthesizer featuring both subtractive synthesis and frequency modulation (FM) synthesis. (Mac, Windows)

Daedalus, a free (donationware) polyphonic synthesizer VST instrument for Windows with special attention paid to MIDI controls such as Pitch Bend, Modulation Wheel, Velocity and Aftertouch. (Windows)

MauSynth is a polyphonic analog-modeling subtractive synthesizer VST plugin by Pekka Kauppila. You can create all sorts of awesome sounds with it. (Windows)

Nitrox is an analog type syntheziser with three oscillators, two stereo filters and a fully equipped stereo effects bank. (Windows)

3 oscillators per voice (Generated using BLITs (Band Limited Impulse Train) which gives oscillators with very low aliasing). (Windows)

If you’re looking for great leads, pads and strings, then check out this beast of a synth. (Windows)

TAL-NoiseMaker is an improved version of TAL-Elek7ro and has a completely new synth engine and a lot of improvements in sound and usability. The synth also includes a small effect section with a reverb, chorus and a simple bit crusher effect. (Linux, Mac, Windows)

The U-NO-60 vst plugin is a polyphonic virtual analogue synth with a unique filter sound. An original JUNO 60 is used as reference for the oscillators and filters. (Mac, Windows)

The blooo is a VST™2.4 polyphonic software synthesizer plug-in for Microsoft Windows® (both 32 and 64 bit) based on the classic subtractive synthesis architecture. (Windows)

Substance is a virtual analog software synthesizer (VSTi) emphasizing simplicity, flexibility, and sound quality.(Windows)

A low-cost HARDWARE analogue synth. (Mac, Windows)

Voyager is a four oscillator subtractive synth. (Windows)

Xhip was originally designed as a basic synthesizer used inside a tracker (“acid tracker”) around 1999. Before that it had existed in pieces as small tools for generating samples to be used in more common trackers. (Windows)

ZynAddSubFX is a fully featured open source software synthesizer capable of making a countless number of instruments. (Linux, Mac, Windows)

Free VST Drums:

An all-round powerful electronic kick drum generator by Hinton & Fairchild (Windows)

DigiDrum Pro by Audiosonic is exactly what it sounds like it would be; a rock solid drum VST! (Windows)

It’s not a 606 or 808. But it can be pretty damn close to the 606 and 808. (Windows)

The plugin is a virtual analog drum and percussion synthesizer with 128 User drum kit patches and comes with 16 preset drum kits. (Windows)

It’s exactly what you need in your life – a software emulation of the Roland TR-808. (Windows)

Free VST Pianos:

This is a vintage piano module with a characteristic recognisable sound and a gentle overdrive. (Windows & Mac)

Glue Reeds is as simple plugin with almost zero controls, but with a great warm sound that you’ll learn to love.

A decently clean piano VST with just the right amount of adjustments for the sound you want. (Windows)

MrRay SeventyThree is a Rhodes Mark I emulation.

MrTramp2 is the sequel of GSi’s previous plugin “MrTramp”, a physical modeling simulation of the soulful Wurlitzer(TM) 200A Electric Piano.

Free VST String Machienes:

The Nabla is a VST™2.4 software instrument for Microsoft Windows® simulating the KORG Delta DL-50 Strings Synthesizer from 1979 (Windows)

Designed to emulate the compliment StringZ2, S3 is unashamedly synthetic, with loads of modulation and movement in the sound. (Windows)

Emulation (no samples here!) of those string synthesizers of the late 70’s made famous by ARP and Solina. It features a full ADSR envelope generator, a small effect section with a phaser, a delay and of course the ‘ensemble’ effect. (Windows)

The deputy Mark II is a VST™2.4 software instrument for Microsoft Windows® (both 32 and 64 bit) in the tradition of classic string machines and early “polyphonic” synthesizers, written in native C++ code for high performance. (Windows)