Frontier from D16 Group opens our list of best VST/AU plugins of 2016. It’s a brand new self-adaptive limiter plugin that will fit in any studio situation. Find more details here: Frontier 2. The best free VST saturators of 2016! LIMITING – volume control (limiter). Description and free download link here: FerricTDS — See also: 5. D16 Group’s free limiter plugin, named Frontier, can be applied to any stage of dynamic processing. The input control is configurable so the user can apply the tool to a single track, channel, or bus. Frontier free plug-in is designed to handle high amplitude peaks and provide transparent results when mixing or mastering.
Hello Composers! Mike here, with a quick guide on the Best Limiter VST Plugins. =)
Modern music production requires you to not only be aware of the dynamic range and average loudness level.
You must also have maximum control over the peak output level, so that it does never exceed a certain threshold, or even worse…clip!
The champion effect for this is the Limiter. Sometimes it is called a brickwall limiter, simply because it will never let the audio waveform above a certain level.
It can even be called a maximizer, if you intend to push the average level of your music up. Regardless, a high quality limiter plugin is essential to have in your music production arsenal.
But which Limiter VST Plugin (or plugin bundle) should you choose? Well, here is my complete list of recommendations for you (in no particular order):
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We searched, tested and compiled a list that covers some of the best Free Reverb plugins for both Windows and MAC OS (with few exceptions). Do not confuse this list with a top, their position in the list is purely random.
Reverb plugins reproduce the ambience of an imaginary room or space and they have many musically useful characteristics. Usually, the reverb effect is often used, but in small amounts because if it’s used in excess, the end result will sound rather strange, and you do not want that in your final mix.
Ambience (by Smartelectronix)
Ambience free reverb plugin is so good that rivals many commercial plugins. Ambience includes some unusual functions such as a “Gater” and a useful Hold function. It comes with a great collection of useful presets (Dry, Wet, Time, Size, Pre-Delay, and Width). Functions like “Quality” allows you to trade off reverb quality for CPU usage and the “Variation” button creates a new variant of the same room.
This great free reverb plugin effect definitely worth your attention!
Compatibility: VST, AU (32-bit/64-bit), Windows and MAC OS.
More Details/Free Download: Ambience
Tal-Reverb-4 (by TAL)
TAL-Reverb-4 developed by TAL is the latest free reverb plugin, extracted from the TAL-Sampler, now available as a standalone effect plugin.
With TAL-Reverb-4, you can create modulated vintage reverb sound or very diffuse sound, and works on almost every audio material. It’s very easy to use and support only stereo channels.
Compatibility: VST, AU, AAX (32 / 64 bit), Windows and MAC OS.
More Details/Free Download: TAL-Reverb-4
epicVerb by (Variety Of Sound)
epicVerb by Variety Of Sound is a digital reverberation simulator featuring two different reverberation modes and 6 different stereo early reflection models. epicVerb use advanced algorithms which support way more dense and three-dimensional reverberation processing.
epicVerb is available only as a Windows VST 32-bit plugin.
More Details/Free Download: epicVerb
OldSkoolVerb (by Voxengo)
OldSkoolVerb is a freeware algorithmic reverberation plugin available in VST and AU format for any Windows or MAC music production application. OldSkoolVerb implements a very optimal “classic” stereo reverb algorithm resulting a very clear spatial image that blends well with the mix.
All controls and parameters are very comprehensive and easy to use to achieve various reverbs, from plate reverbs and room reverbs to hall reverb sound.
Compatibility: VST, AU, RTAS (32-bit/64-bit), Windows and MAC OS. RTAS format can be used only with FXpansion’s VST-RTAS adapter.
More Details/Free Download: OldSkoolVerb
Lisc-Verb by Saltline
Lisc-Verb is a great free reverb effect plugin for creating space, from simple ambience to more advanced worldly effects. Lisc-Verb is very flexibility in controlling the input signal and to combine reverb and delay signal to create space and depth effects. More features included: Dry signal routing and Dry signal to effect, Direct to output (effect mix/gain), State variable filter and more.
Compatibility: VST (32-bit), only for Windows.
More Details/Free Download: Lisc-Verb
Mo’ Verb (by Cyberworm)
Mo’ Verb is a free reverberator plugin, based on original algorithms and simulates digital and spring reverbs. Mo’ Verb features an optimized design for maximum smoothness of reverb sounds, a filter for “wall reflection”, independent Early and Late reflection EQs. It also includes a built-in stereo imager, a gate and a goniometer and over 40 presets to use.
You can freely download and use it, and if you like the plugin you can make a donation on the official web page to support the developer.
Mo’ Verb is available in VST format only for Windows.
More Details/Free Download: Mo’ Verb
KR-Reverb FS by KResearch
KR-Reverb FS developed by KResearch is based on their Reverb processor found on the commercial KR-Space’s reverberation module. KR-Reverb FS is an easy to use effect plugin to adjust the equalization and damping controls to optimal levels and get a warm reverb sound, perfectly suitable for a wide range of applications.
Compatibility: VST, AU, AAX (32-bit/64-bit), Windows and MAC OS.
More Details/Free Download: KR-Reverb FS
MuVerb (by MuTools)
MuVerb free plugin effect developed by MuTools, is a versatile nice standalone Reverb from Mu-Lab application, available only for Windows users. MuVerb features some useful controls such as Decay, Damping, Wet/Dry, PreDly, Amp, Speed, and two filters Filter F and Filter Q.
Unfortunately, this reverb plugin is not available for Mac, but Windows users can download and use the MuVerb plugin from the link below. Also, an audio demo is available on the official page.
More Details/Free Download: MuVerb
DRX8R (by 7air Media)
As the developer says, DX Reverb Light is the “ultimate free” reverb plugin for PC and MAC. This plugin reverb offers extreme flexibility and astonishing quality of sound. You can use DX Reverb Light to simulate a wide range of room sizes, from small rooms with sudden attacks to large spaces like a concert hall spaces with more spread attack.
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Compatibility: VST and DirectX (32-bit/64-bit) format, Windows and MAC OS.
More Details/Free Download: DX Reverb Light
For beginners (do not be ashamed, we all were like you), here is how you can install plugins on your computer:
Most of these freeware plugins are quite easily to install on Windows systems. Just unzip the .zip/.rar file and copy the .dll file or entire folder to your main “VST Plugins” folder (most often it can be found in Program Files). On MAC computers, the installation process is also very simple, locate on your Macintosh HDD/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components and copy/paste (drag) the .dmg file there. After you’ve done this, open your music software (DAW) and refresh the effects plugins list, if the new plugin does not appear automatically.
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We hope you enjoyed our list, and if you want to recommend other useful freeware Reverb plugins, please use the comments section below.