Free VST Plugins are one of the most exciting things about mixing.
In the past it was impossible to imagine that so many quality tools could be available at no cost.
Today there are more great free plugins than ever before, but the freeware scene is always changing.
How can you know which free VSTs are worth installing?
We scoured the internet for the absolute best of the best free VST plugins available.
How to use this guide
There are a staggering 200 free plugins listed on this page.
To make sense of it all, we divided them into categories: Synth VSTs, Drum VSTs, Guitar VSTs, VST Effects and Utility VSTs.
Use the table of contents to see the lists of VSTs by category.
Best Free Synth VSTs
Versilian Studios Chamber Orchestra 2 Community Edition is a sampled chamber orchestra that throws typical orchestral sampling traditions to the wind. VSCO 2 focuses on the unique sound of real people playing real instruments in real spaces.
Best Free Drum VSTs
Best Free Guitar VSTs
Best Free VSTs Effects
Best Free VST Utilities
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