Mastering Eq Vst Plugin

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These days, most DAWs come with a host of built-in free VST plugins. These are generally designed to give you a good set of starting tools to make the most of your DAW. However, most DAW designers are very good at building DAWs and not as good at building VSTs. Whilst there are always a few stand out tools that every DAW user couldn’t live without, it’s quite common to find a large array of third-party plugins in professional studios. I know myself that over 95% of the plugins I use on a regular basis are third-party.Now I’m sure you’re thinking that it’s all good and well having third-party VSTs if you’ve got the money. This is where I step in. Today we’re going to take a look at 13 free VST plugins for windows that give the high-end gear a serious run for their money.

Free VST Reverbs

First off, let’s take a look at reverbs. This is probably one of the most abundant freeware plugin types on the market. However, there are some real duds out there. I’ve got two great bits of kit here that will really help bring some depth to your mixes.

epicVerb by Variety of Sound

The first of these is epicVerb. Designed for maximum flexibility, this algorithmic reverb does it all. From small, ambient spaces to luscious halls, you’ve got full control. With a built-in EQ and modulation controls, there aren’t many spaces you can’t recreate with this thing.

RoomMachine 844 by Silverspike

Another interesting reverb plugin is RoomMachine 844. This plugin appears to be modeled on a convolution premise in that it is designed to simulate speakers and microphones in a real space. However, as they are digital, we can assume it is still using algorithms to do the calculations and not impulse responses. However, it still has a unique premise. You are able to use the positions section to place to virtual loudspeakers and then dictate their stereo width and distance from the microphones. This lets you simulate real spaces that suit what you are trying to achieve. The controls are simple and you certainly won’t get as many unique tones out of this one but it’s still a fantastic free VST.

Time for Some EQ

There are a variety of different EQs types out there and every DAW comes with at least. This is typically a standard parametric EQ with fairly limited capabilities. As such, I can imagine that you might be wanting of a few more choices when using EQ.

Luftikus by IJKB

Some of my favourite EQs to work on are also some of the simplest ones you can get. I’ve always loved mixing with hardware EQ and really using my ears to sculpt the tone of my signals. As such, fixed band EQs whilst limiting, give me fantastic results. Unlike parametric EQs, you have to work with the fixed bands and as such, be far more careful with your choices. Using your ears, you make minor adjustments and keep things musical, not clinical.Now, unfortunately, these types of EQs usually come at a cost. They are typically emulations of famous hardware and as such, yield similar prices. I’m talking about things like APIs and Pultecs. That was until I came across Luftikus.This multi-band fixed EQ comes with four half octave bells, one half octave high shelf and another high shelf with adjustable fixed frequency points. It’s generally very gentle and you will have to really crank the knobs to get it to do much. However, this is kind of what makes it great. It’s one of those tools that’s handy when you’re trying to be subtle, especially with subtractive EQ. Bus EQing and master channel EQing come to mind here.It also has three switches built into the bottom. One enables ‘mastering’ mode. This changes the EQ knobs from being adjustable by 0.1dB to being adjustable by 1dB. This means that each step on the knob will have a significantly more noticeable effect as it jumps. Very handy for final adjustments and mastering. We’ve also got an ‘analogue’ switch to emulate an analogue sound. Finally, there is a ‘keep gain’ switch designed to adjust the overall level of the signal as you make changes. This is really handy when you need to A/B the plugin.

Electri-Q (posihfopit edition) by Aixcoustic Creations

Now, if you’re more in the market for control over your EQ, you might like what I have next. Electri-Q (posihfopit edition)is a powerful, low phase parametric EQ with the capability to handle up to 64 bands. It also comes with a variety of filter types and the ability to switch between clean digital EQ and transformer modeled analogue EQ that’s a touch more colourful.Whilst most DAWS typically offer their own parametric EQ, this offers you a little bit more. With it’s added controls, expanded band allowance, and low phase calculations, it becomes a powerful tool for mixing and mastering. It’s not the prettiest of things to look at but then who really cares?

The Best Free Compressor VSTs

Compression is always a tricky one for beginners. Just like with EQ, most DAWs only come with one standard compressor that often has a one glove fits all approach. For anyone who understands compression, you’ll know that no single compressor is perfect for everything. Below are a couple of really great tools that I guarantee will operate far better than any built-in DAW compressor.

MJUC JR by Klanghelm

In a previous article, I addressed the different circuit types that you can typically find in compressors. One of the lesser knowns of these is the Vari-Mu. Often used in mastering, Vari-Mu (or variable-gain) is a tube based compression type. The original design is owned and trademarked by Manley and costs so much, you’d need to remortgage your studio. However, there are plenty of software alternatives out there. Obviously, these don’t use tubes so you’re not going to get that true vari-mu sound. However, the concept for the compression type holds true and there are even free versions on the market.The MJUC JR by Klanghelm is a great example of this. It has a simple and straightforward design just like a vari-mu should. We get one knob for the amount of compression and another for makeup gain. We also have a control for the recovery time and slew rate giving us control over different content types. Stacked up against the Waves Puigchild this thing performs pretty well. It works great as a glue compressor, however, I find it a little over aggressive for the circuit type.

Molot by vladg/sound

Another great compression plugin to have to hand is Molot. On the surface, this looks like a fairly typical optical compressor. However, once you chuck onto a channel it really comes into its own. This thing is far from transparent and offers a staggering amount of power. You’ve got the addition of a high-pass filter as well a limiter, mid scoop bell EQ, and multiple stereo image modes. For me, this is reminiscent of the Fairchild in its design but more like an 1176 in its sound. It’s something you’ll probably have to learn to use and then only implement when you know you need it. But when you need it, it’ll work wonders!Having a variety of compressors in your arsenal is imperative. Knowing how and when to use them is even more important still. Many DAWs come with one stock ‘one glove fits all’ compressor which is really no help. Grab these great free VST plugins to make sure you’ve got choices in your tool belt.

Moving on to Mastering Tools

Besides the typical things such as EQ and compression, mastering tends to deal with the subject of width and loudness. Here a few freebies that can help get your tracks into that commercial realm without costing you a penny.

YouLean Loudness Meter

Being able to measure loudness and dynamic range accurately is one of the most important things a mastering engineer has to do. You can easily pay hundreds on histogram tools with fully customizable features. Or, you can grab the Youlean Loudness Meterfor absolutely nothing.A truly marvellous tool that does everything that you need a LUFS loudness meter to do. Easy to understand short-term and integrated loudness metering with a dynamic range readout and a true peak detector. It also provides measurements in mono and stereo and has a detailed and adjustable histogram. Seriously, you couldn’t ask for much more out of something like this, especially when it’s completely free.If you don’t already have some form of loudness metering software, this is a great place to start. I routinely chuck this on my master channel even when I’m doing production or mixing work. It’s a really easy way to make sure you’re not clipping and a fabulous tool for identifying dynamic contrast in your work. Equally, it’s very handy when it comes to examining reference tracks. If you’re one for commercial loudness and being competitive in the market, this plugin is going to set your mind at ease in a heartbeat.

TT Dynamic Range Meter

Another great little tool to grab is the TT Dynamic Range Meter. Far simpler than the loudness meter above but it does a great job at measuring dynamic range and peak levels. For a low CPU quick mix checker, it’s definitely worth having. Especially before sending your material off for mastering.

Ozone Imager by Izotope

Another notable mention for freebies is the Ozone Imager. A slightly simpler version of the one that comes with the paid suite, this little gem is a great mastering tool for stereo width. It’s not something that I’m a huge advocate of because of the phase issues that these things can cause. However, used subtly for a little bit of separation, it can yield great results. It has a beautiful, simple design with a fader for width and another for the amount of stereoization. The vectorscope is a lovely thing to watch and really easily helps to show you exactly what’s going on under the hood. Grab this while it’s going free and get to work on widening your mixes. Just remember to check the mono mix afterward!

A Great Set of Free VST Plugins for Beginners

Now this tenth plugin is a little more than just a single tool. As I mentioned early on, many DAWs come with plenty of built-in tools. However, sometimes they are a little lacking or you’re simply missing a few of the essentials. If this sounds like the problem you’re having, I suggest you check out Dead Duck Software.With a plain but appealing GUI, Dead Duck provides 24 free VST plugins for all your production and mixing needs. From a full channel strip to a ring modulator, this plugin bundle encompasses a really great set of tools. You’ve probably got alternatives for a lot of them already but where you don’t, they make a really strong addition. The simple design makes them great for beginners and they won’t let you down in what they can do.Even if you’re thinking that you’ve got all the basic tools already, there is one real stand out here. The Utility plugin. This is something that lives on my master bus by default nowadays. Being able to quickly flick between your stereo, mono, and mid/side mix is super helpful. Also, it’s great for checking out the separate sides of your mix independently as well as their phase. Do yourself a favour and have a play around with some of these. I’m certain you’ll find something worth keeping in your toolbox.

A Few Additional Mentions in the Free VST World

Amongst the typical tools listed above, there are also a variety of specialist tools that can come in handy in certain situations. The ones I’ve sourced below for you are particularly useful because they aren’t commonly available in the typical DAW.

Vinyl by Izotope

The first of these is a plugin by the name of Vinyl. Known as “The Ultimate Lo-fi Weapon”, Vinyl is a multi-parameter plugin designed to simulate the grit and noise of old analogue formats. This is one of those plugins that you can strap onto your master channel and use to dial in a bit of noise and ambience. It’s designed to give your tracks a little bit of character and edge. Now, this won’t be for everyone. I know plenty of people love a clean, modern sound and are thankful that gear has moved on from the noisy old bits of kit we had to use before. However, if you’re all about a bit of retro and lo-fidelity, then you are going to love this free plugin.You’ve got controls for mechanical noise, electrical noise, dust, scratch, and warp. Not only this but you can dial in the amounts of each that you want as well as adjusting the whole plugin to replicate a different part of history. From the 1930’s to the 2000’s, Vinyl is capable of emulating an incredibly authentic sound for any genre at its high point. This is going to be especially great for those of you looking to get a really gritty 90s sound.

Bark of Dog by Boz Digital Labs

One of the most common things I find I have to do when mixing and mastering my client’s works is dealing with the low end. I’m often met with comments like “the tracking went well but we couldn’t get much low end from the kick“. Learning to position microphones and get the sound you want is a skill in itself. As much as it’s good to get it right at the time, some things can be improved in the mixing stage. Enter bass enhancement plugins.As a big fan of Waves, I’ve always opted for using things like Renaissance bass for my low-end reinforcement. However, I was recently let on to a free VST plugin by the name of Bark of Dogthat does the exact same thing that my Waves plugin can do. Naturally, I was curious to see whether a free plugin could keep up with the likes of Waves.Whilst the GUI isn’t as pleasing to the eye, the plugins actually have an almost identical setup. Frequency selection, input gain, and output gain. Where the Bark of Dog plugin has an edge is that it also allows you to control the wet/dry mix of the plugin. I see this as fairly redundant as I typically just dial in the amount of gain that I want. If I need less, I’ll dial less in as opposed to varying the wet/dry. However, it’s still an extra tool that Waves doesn’t provide.In use, these plugins perform at an exceptionally parallel level. There are very minute tonal differences between the two but I found that the Waves plugin was slightly better at dealing with sonically dense tracks. However, for a free plugin, Bark of Dog is 100% worth downloading if you’re working on a budget. Try it out on full mixes and on individual channels and I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what it can do.

CamelCrusher by Camelaudio

For those of us mixing in the box, distortion and saturation plugins have always been a tricky one. If you’re lucky enough to have some decent outboard then you’re probably alright. Unfortunately, those of us working in the digital realm haven’t got as many options. This is even truer when it comes to free VST plugins. However, there is one that’s always served me well in a pinch. CamelCrusher not only offers fantastic distortion tones but it comes with a handy filter and compressor section to help you sculpt the results.Offering tube distortion as well as mechanical distortion, CamelCrusher gives you multiple tone options for no money. The low pass filter isn’t anything special. It’s another great way to control your distortion without the need for further plugins. Again, the compressor is pretty simple and applies some soft-limiting to smooth out dynamic range. The phat mode button essentially applies smoother results. I find that it seems to almost always work better when turned on. I wouldn’t use this compressor as a first choice but it’s a handy little tool for smoothing out the effects of the distortion if it’s a bit too aggressive.

TL;DR

There is a multitude of free VST plugins out there that really are worth having. More so than that, some of them can honestly compete with the big names like Waves and Slate. This list doesn’t encompass everything out there but it’s a good place to start. To summarise we’ve got: epicVerb and RoomMachine844 reverbs; Lufitkus fixed EQ and Electri-Q low phase parametric EQ; Klanghelms MJUC JR vari-mu compressor and vladgs Molot; The Youlean Loudness Meter, TT Dynamic Range meter, and Izotopes Ozone Imager; the entire DeadDuck VST package; and Izotope Vinyl, Bark of Dog, and CamelCrusher. So, what are you waiting for? Go get downloading and start to have a play around!PreviousStereo Microphone Techniques: 5 Ways to Record in Stereo
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You may face several scenarios while mixing and mastering which may include the use of an equalizer, having a transparent display to analyze what you are adding or subtracting with the EQ, multiple EQ bands, and proper CPU usage is what to look for in an EQ.

But with that said every piece of software and hardware alike creates and outputs a slightly different sound meaning they all have unique timbres and uses. Alongside that, there are some rather expensive plugins we may see online, which aren’t out of our reaches but we don’t know what we need until we need it right? Well, this is why its best to try some free EQ’s first to see what it is you like within an EQ and what it maybe you are looking for.

We become ever so comfortable with our stock plugins, they do the simple tasks for us (sometimes), they don’t run our computer into the ground, and they for sure are pretty basic. Well, this is the issue most people come to, they want a better EQ, or they want a change of visuals.

EQ History – ‘The first EQ was first used by John Volkman working at RCA in the 1920s”

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  1. DDMF Colour EQ info & download
  2. SPL Free Ranger info & download
  3. Analog Obsession STEQ v2 info & download
  4. TDR Nova Parallel Dynamic Equalizer info & download
  5. Cockos ReaEQ info & download
  6. Blue Cat’s Triple EQ info & download
  7. Analog Obsession Merica info & download
  8. TinyQ lkjb info & download
  9. Sonimus SonEQ info & download
  10. Ignite Amps PTEq-X info & download
  11. Leftover Lasagne Pushtec 5+1A EQ info & download
  12. lkjb QRange info & download
  13. TDR Slick EQ info & download
  14. Manda Audio 7Q info & download
  15. Mellowmuse EQ1A info & download
  16. Voxengo Marvel GEQ info & download
  17. Kuassa BASIQ info & download

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Specifications:

  • 64-bit processing
  • Low-CPU Usage
  • Customizable GUI
  • Great warm sound
  • 5 Bands
  • Resizable Window

Features & When To Use:

Colour EQ is a 64-bit EQ plugin that offers 5 ”super parametric” bands to manipulate the frequency range. This is exceedingly handy when wanting to use more than one band in one instance; the intuitive gain knobs on the five bands allow for perfect mixing of these bands when mixing and mastering.

Using the two different types of curves, Colour EQ offers a warm sound that you just wouldn’t get from your stock EQ.

Having a bright visual display helps you to craft and mould your bands to preference.

A great way to use this plugin is when you are not getting enough warmth in your low, mid/mids, Colour EQ will add a great sense of warmth throughout the selected bands. Another cool way to use this plugin is to use two different setups with two different curve types; you can use modified versions of the EQ for selected times in your mixdowns to add the feeling of a change in energy in a breakdown or drop.

Colour EQ is a great tool to have in your arsenal for mixing and mastering, plus you may find many uses in your day-to-day production.

Compatibility:

Windows VST (32/64 bit), Windows/Mac RTAS, and Mac VST/AU format (Intel, OSX 10.5 and higher)

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Specifications:

  • Four useful bands
  • Volume knob
  • Great sound
  • Four buttons to switch between EQ settings

Features & When To Use:

With a sleek, minimalistic design Free Ranger is a powerful EQ.

With a mid-band (150Hz – 7kHz), fixed high (10kHz), low shelf (80Hz) SPL have kept things very simple so anyone can EQ with ease.

Free Ranger gives the feel of the world-renowned API 560 EQ but offers this all for free!

Free Ranger is a bodybuilder for your sounds while mixing and a gentle touch when mastering, this plugin makes EQing fun, quick and easy.

You may find yourself using the four different EQ settings and incorporate them into your mixdowns. Using them to create different feels and vibes can give your masters that final touch you’ve been looking for.

This is a must-have!

Compatibility:

macOS 10.9 through 10.15, Windows 7-10

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Specifications:

  • mid-band (150Hz – 7kHz)
  • fixed high (10kHz)
  • low shelf (80Hz)
  • Optical compressor knob
  • Added preamp

Features & When To Use:

Simplicity is key with EQ work in the mix or master, and this plugin keeps that in mind through and through.

With a very easy to use GUI STEQ 2 has a powerful but simple way of delivering a small form factor EQ to your DAW.

This EQ gives off old school retro vibe, precise, clean, and adds a lot of detail to the mid-range.

STEQ 2 is excellent for tonal rebalancing due to the broadness of the three bands creating a pure blend between the frequency ranges.

Using this to add punch to claps and snares is also a good use. But be careful when adding to full bus groups.

This EQ from Analog Obsession is an excellent tool to keep at your disposal when thinking about doing some tasks during your mix, or why not change up those stock plugins for free.

Compatibility

WiN, OSX AU VST, VST3

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Specifications:

Great for:

  • Parametric equalization
  • Dynamic equalization
  • Frequency selective compression
  • Multi-band compression
  • Wideband compression
  • Features & When To Use:

    Nova is a parallel dynamic EQ; each band has a dedicated, dynamic section giving the user full flexibility.

    Giving the option to drag and move bands in the visual GUI individually or group, this provides a natural form factor way to get results.

    Using the multiband compression built into Nova your be able to manipulate your EQ even further, this will be displayed in the visual GUI with real-time feedback of the compression process. (subtly decrease the threshold to hear the difference)

    In mix and mastering, you can use Nova to visually see where you may have audio issues to fix and makes it very easy to apply these changes with the drag and change feature.

    The dynamic EQ is a handy tool to have in practice when mixing down full compositions – use it to bring down or up frequencies only when they reach a specific volume.

    Nova is a heavyweight EQ with a lot under the hood all for free!

    Compatibility:

    Win XP SP2 or above, Mac OS X 10.7 or above.

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    Specifications:

    • Low CPU & RAM
    • Fast and highly configurable
    • Portable – copy & run
    • Resizeable GUI

    Features & When To Use:

    ReaEQ may look basic, but under the hood, there is a lot to offer.

    Being able to have as many bands as you wish is a massive bonus, you also have the ability to change all of these bands to one of the following (shelves, bands, LPF, HPF, notch, bandpass, allpass).

    With a stripped-back GUI, it keeps you focused on the task at hand, not over complicating things but giving you the power of an audio god at your fingertips.

    With a tremendous real-time visual display, this gives you the eyes and ear focus that you need when EQ in the mix.

    Phasing is a big issue when mixing, ReaEQ gives you a ‘Show Phase’ button which will show you in your display what frequencies are being affected by the band.

    When mastering you may wish to keep all bands in one EQ patch, with ReaEQ you can do this.

    Stripped back and powerful ReaEQ is a favorite among many producers across a wide range of genres.

    Compatibility:

    WIN 32, WIN 64

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    Specifications:

    • Semi-parametric EQ
    • +/- 40dB Range per band
    • MIDI control and automation support
    • Real-time display
    • All sample rates supported

    Features & When To Use:

    The Triple EQ is a three-band semi-parametric equaliser.

    With a simple and easy to read visual display of the frequencies in real-time, you will have a clear display of the EQ in front of your eyes.

    Alongside the huge +/- 40 dB range, Triple EQ has a bandwidth of .01 to 5 Octaves!

    An exciting feature with Triple EQ is that you can link two bands together using the ‘Link Channels’ feature. This will allow you to use them in unison; combine this with the automaton support to create quick and easy modulation. This is a great way to change an EQ while in the mix with complex automation.

    Using the linking feature to create movement and progression within your mixdowns makes Triple EQ a threat.

    Fully customisable shapes make this a different tool when deep in the mix or master, you will find many uses for the dynamic bands you can create—having dynamic bands that you are able to manipulate helps when visually your EQ and how it may affect the whole frequency range.

    Check this one out for a small form factor powerful EQ!

    Compatibility:

    Windows 7 to 10, Mac OS 10.7 or newer.

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    Specifications:

    • Low & High Band – Shelf
    • Mid Band – Proportional Q Peak
    • HP & LP Filter – Constant
    • Low CPU usage

    Features & When To Use:

    We have another FREE plugin from Analog Obsession!

    This time is bringing you Merica an emulation of the API 550A console equaliser.

    A simple three-band EQ delivers a lot of power to your mixes and masters. Selectively choose which frequency your band boosts or cuts with the option to the right of the knobs.

    All bands kept simple and easy to get to grips with.

    Meica also has a nifty and very much needed output knob, there will be no issues with clipping in the digital domain when mastering with this plugin.

    A larger than appearing sound Merica is an excellent EQ plugin to use when in the mixdowns and masters.

    Given that the EQ it emulates is an industry-standard plugin this small form, powerful, easy to use, and was coded by one man! Merica is a must grab for all audio creatives looking to upgrade their stock EQ plugins.

    Compatibility:

    VST Win, VST3 Win, VST Mac, VST3 Mac, AU Mac

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    Specifications:

    • Four bands (20 Hz to 20 kHz)
    • Small form factor (ability to make larger if wanted)
    • High & Low cuts range is 6 and 48 dB/octave
    • Included frequency analyser

    Features & When To Use:

    TinyQ is a small form factor EQ.

    Giving the user a stripped-back interface TinyQ offers a solution to a simple job.

    Having too many settings can become overwhelming; TinyQ does what it says on the tin and doesn’t make your job any harder.

    Keeping things simple when mixing down whole groups is essential – finding yourself using CPU heavy EQ, or a stock plugin just might not cut it for you. TinyEQ is excellent for doing those necessary but straightforward EQ tasks!

    With the recent addition of built-in frequency analyzer, it makes EQ even easier when getting stuck into your mixes or masters.

    Create awesome sounding band curves.

    Great emphasis on keeping things simple goes a long way with TinyQ; the team has made a great EQ that does everything it needs to in one small package. With four bands plus high pass/low pass filters, you won’t be looking any further for your day to day EQ needs.

    Compatibility:

    Windows 7 or later, macOS 10.7 or later (both 64 bit)

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    • Three-band Equalizer, Low, Mid, High.
    • 2 Musical Filters, High-Pass Low-Pass.
    • Preamp stage with a bass booster.
    • 64-bit floating-point precision.
    • Up to 192kHz sample rates supported.
    Mastering Eq Vst Plugin

    Features & When To Use:

    SonEQ has 3 bands, low (20 Hz – 100 Hz), mid (150 Hz – 4 kHz), high (6 kHz – 15 kHz). Combined with a high pass and low pass filter, plus a ‘Mid-high Q’ this means when it’s on your band its narrow and when deactivated will cause it to be wider. This indicated by the red light.

    Giving the user a lot of ways to EQ but keeping things user-friendly is what SonEQ does best.

    Having the volume meter is very hand when mixing with any EQ, it gives the visual display of when things are getting a bit heated for your output.

    SonEQ also gives you the full control of your input and output levels. This comes in handy when you are mixing your tracks with heavy effects, causing the overall levels to become louder than 0.0dB; this is where adjusting both the input and output parameters will solve the issue.

    With this plugin being free for all to use we don’t see any reason why this shouldn’t be ready to deploy at the click of a finger, whether it’s beefing up the mix with the built-in bass boost preamp staging or adding a touch of colour to the highs this plugin has you covered.

    Compatibility:

    Mac OSX 10.6 or newer – Windows XP or newer

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    Specifications:

    • Three equalisation modules
    • Stereo/Mono switching
    • Four different tube types
    • Global input/output level control

    Features & When To Use:

    PTEq-X is a digital emulation of three famous vintage EQ.

    Equipped with three EQ modules comprised of mid-range (2kHZ – 7 kHz), low-frequency (20Hz – 150Hz), high-frequency (3kHz – 16kHz).

    Using the mid-range module, you can use the low, mid parameter (top left) to effect the lower mid frequencies. Alternatively use the high mid setting (top right) to cause-effect to these frequencies.

    Moving down the EQ, we have our second module, which is PEQ1A EQ (Low & High). This comes with a bunch of parameters to mould your EQ patches perfectly to your source.

    Finally, this is all topped off with the HL3C module; this is a low-cut accompanied by a high-cut.

    Mastering Eq Vst Plugins

    You can also use the ‘Oversampling’ feature to reduce aliasing.

    Use the “Tube” switch to apply or deactivate the tube amp.

    Using the input and output levels will give you the ability to control any nasty peaks brought in or out of the EQ.

    PTEq-X is a combination of some of the best analogue EQ’s to exist, plus its FREE!! We recommend this one for a great addition to your EQ arsenal.

    Compatibility:

    Windows 7 – 10 32 and 64 bit. OS X 10.7 64 bit

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    Specifications:

    • 6 Band mid-range EQ
    • Presets built-in
    • Algorithms based on famous analogue gear
    • Designed for mixing and mastering

    Features & When To Use:

    Pushtec 5+1A is a versatile mid-range program EQ that has mixing and mastering at its heart.

    This plugin offers six bands, all offering a fantastic sounding boost through all parameters.

    A vast selection of plugins makes it easy for users to start with something super effective and tweak to their liking.

    “B/W” stands for bandwidth, this allows you to tweak the selected band and adjust to your preference.

    A friendly and straightforward GUI keeps this EQ a smaller form factor but with a lot of power. Being designed for mixing and mastering be assured that this plugin delivers best when applied to a whole group or a master channel.

    Giving instant sparkle to a mix or a very much needed bass boost this FREE plugin has you covered!

    Compatibility:

    Win 7 or higher only

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    Specifications:

    • 12 bands
    • peak, shelf and cut filter
    • Cut filters (12, 24 and 48 dB/oct steepness)
    • Stereo/Left/Right/Mid/Side routing for each band
    • A global gain for loudness adjustments
    • Resizable GUI

    Features & When To Use:

    QRange is a very straight forward, user friendly, and effective EQ for mixing and mastering.

    Giving the user an intuitive click and drag feature makes EQ work easy and more controllable.

    With a choice of twelve bands, there is excellent room for doing additive plus subtractive EQ all in one plugin patch. Each band has. Selection of up to five different types (peak, low-shelf, high-shelf, low cut, and high cut).

    Built into the frequency spectrum, you have the power to change it to pre or post. ‘Pre’ will let you see what the frequency range looks likes before the EQ is applied, whereas ‘Post’ will allow you to see it after the EQ has taken effect.

    Offering the ability to users to save and load their own presets makes it easy to bring back some of your favourite patches while working on a mix or master.

    It has to be said lkjb QRange is a must-have FREE EQ plugin.

    Compatibility:

    Win 7 or higher, macOS 10.7 or higher

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    Specifications:

    • Semiparametric EQ layout
    • Three bands combined with 18dB/Oct high-pass filter
    • Four EQ models: “American”, “British”, “German” and “Soviet” with optional non-linearity
    • Five output stages: “Linear”, “Silky”, “Mellow”, “Deep” and “Toasted”
    • Saturation algorithms by VoS (“Stateful saturation”)

    Features & When To Use:

    TDR’s Slick EQ provides a recognizable analogue sound.

    Using three bands that bring together four different EQ models.

    Both low and high bands are coupled with a cut and bell feature allowing for comfortable band changing.

    Auto gain estimates the gain change caused by the current EQ settings; this makes it great to compare your EQ setting during the mix. There is also an ‘EQ Sat’ button; this will activate the saturator which is very intelligently paired to your EQ bands. This will add harmonics when boosting and remain passive when cutting.

    Being able to save your favourite EQ settings for a later mix or master can be done within the plugin. Coupled with a undo/redo button you never miss that sweet spot for your bands, alternatively set up two different EQs with the A/B switch.

    Slick EQ gives a very stripped back interface meaning you don’t get caught up with the visuals when doing equalising, providing a focus on what your hearing. This EQ shouldn’t be overlooked, with great coding, algorithms, settings, and excellent sounding types SlickEQ delivers more than you would expect from a FREE plugin.

    Compatibility:

    Win 32 bit VST2, VST3, Win 64bit VST2, VST3, AAX
    Mac VST2, VST3, AU, AAX 64 bit

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    Specifications:

    • Seven band EQ
    • Highpass/lowpass
    • Stereo/mono options
    • Left/right options
    • Output level

    Features & When To Use:

    Manda Audio brings us 7Q.

    7Q is an emulation of the beloved ‘Classic EQ’ which became discontinued, the team came together and brought the community back a redesigned version.

    7Q takes off all the fancy parts and gives you the bare basics; this is what gives this a place on our list. With 7Q giving you the ability to apply your EQ to the left or right or both channels, you can independently EQ both sides of the stereo field.

    Each band can be additive or subtractive. Keeping easy to use format is what this plugin does best; it doesn’t over-complicate the task at hand but assists your needs along the way wether mix or master.

    Low memory and CPU usage make it easy to have multiple instances in your projects without having your computer meltdown.

    7Q is a nifty EQ that is awesome for giving your sounds a little crisp boost before running into your other plugins within the chain.

    Compatibility:

    Win VST 32/64 bit, AAX 32/64 bit
    Mac VST, AU, AAX

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    Specifications:

    • HP: 10hz – 1khz / sweepable Q
    • Low Shelf: 30hz – 500hz
    • Low Mid: 70hz – 2khz / sweepable Q
    • High Mid: 500hz – 6k / sweepable Q
    • High Shelf: 1.5k – 18k
    • Phase switch
    • Output level
    • 64-bit internal processing
    • Formats: 64bit VST, VST3, AU and AAX
    • Version: 3.2
    • Legacy 32bit installers

    Features & When To Use:

    EQ1A is a FREE analog-style EQ with a clever algorithm giving you minimal phase coloration.

    This plugin has initially been paid to use the plugin, but the developers have decided to give it to us all for FREE!

    EQ1A allows you to use broad bands to shape your sounds or outputs in a clean, crisp and phase-corrected way.

    Being able to save you presets within the plugin makes it very easy to pull back that EQ you made on the last mix. 4-band parametric equalizer with an additional HP filter with variable resonance gives a wide range of settings to play with while keeping everything simple and user friendly.

    EQ1A does what it says on the tin for FREE!

    Using this within mixing or mastering may help you when wanting to add a hefty highpass or when looking to give some warmth to your mid ranges.

    Mastering Eq Plugins

    It has to be said with a great look, and low CPU usage EQ1A is an excellent addition to your plugins.

    Compatibility:

    Win, Mac

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    Specifications:

    • 16-band graphic equalizing
    • +/- 12 dB gain range per band
    • Channel grouping
    • Preset manager
    • Contextual hint messages
    • Freehand drawing mode
    • Stereo and multi-channel processing
    • Mid/side processing
    • Undo/redo history
    • All sample rates support
    • Linear-phase equalizing
    • Internal channel routing
    • 64-bit floating-point processing

    Features & When To Use:

    Voxengo is notorious for doing some excellent free plugins.

    This addition is the Marvel GEQ, which is a fifteen band linear phase EQ.

    There is a routing tab that allows you to affect the signals mid/sides independently. (orange slides)

    Also giving full independence to the mid/side output level, becoming very useful when mixing and mastering.

    Bypass feature makes it simple to hear what your EQ is doing to your sound source. Alternatively, decide between two EQ setups with the A/B mode.

    For quick EQ drawing, you can hold ‘Ctrl or Cmd’ and click across the EQ drawing in your fader settings with the click of a mouse.

    Having a stripped back form factor with enough controls to complement your mixing tasks this plugin has to be our list today.

    Compatibility:

    VST Win, VST3 Win, VST Mac, VST3 Mac, AU Mac

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    Specifications:

    • Three-band EQ
    • High, mid, low
    • Presets tab
    • Output level
    • Very simple to use

    Mastering Eq Plugin

    Features & When To Use:

    BASIQ is a three-band EQ.

    It keeps in mind that EQ work for mixing and mastering doesn’t have to be a headache or over complicated.

    BASIQ is a design similar to the classic ‘Baxandall Equalizer’ which is knowns for its natural-sounding shelves and HiFi quality responses.

    Adding a smooth, gradual shimmer or warmth instead of a surgical sharpness is what BASIQ does best. Use on groups or a master chain to subtly but significantly add character with the turn of a knob.

    With some added presets you be able to get a quick change in tone with the click of a button.

    The small form factor makes this BASIQ a powerful tool to be used within the mix or master.

    Compatibility:

    Win, Mac, VST, AU, 64 bit

    With all of that said, grabbing all 17 plugins wouldn’t do you any harm, but we want to break down our top 3 picks!

    In our top spot, we have Colour EQ by DDMF.

    This plugin brings so many features that you would expect from pay to use plugins but all for FREE! Another fresh point is that the curves you can create with this cannot be done on other EQ plugins, giving Colour EQ a versatile approach.

    Low-CPU – Usage Customisable GUI – Great warm sound – 5 Bands

    Coming in second is Nova by TDR.

    Parametric, dynamic EQ, and multiband compression are all built into an excellent looking FREE plugin.

    Nova has a built-in dynamic EQ parameter when mixing, and mastering using a dynamic EQ is crucial sometimes. Having this all in one plugin for free is hugely commendable to the team who developed this plugin!

    Parametric equalization – Dynamic equalization – Frequency selective compression – Multi-band compression – Wideband compression

    And finally, our last top pick is ‘Triple’ by Blue Cat.

    This awesome plugin has so many features you just wouldn’t expect a FREE plugin to have.

    With a fresh interface and drag and click feature to make EQing even more natural Triple is a powerful EQ.

    Semi-parametric EQ – +/- 40dB Range per band – MIDI control and automation support – Real-time display

    Today we have covered a lot of great FREE EQs for mixing and mastering. Amazingly, we have developers putting out all of these plugins for producers/sound engineers to level out the playing field. As we have all seen these ‘not to name’ brands releasing rather expensive EQs that we just can’t fork out for, but with the way, music has progressed today in the digital domain it has become much more accessible for creatives to share their ideas and effects for free.

    With that said, they all have their benefits and downsides, but with them all being free, there is no reason you can’t pick them up and use these in your mixes or masters today!