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##UPDATED## 25 Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins

25 FREE MASTERING AND MIXING VST PLUG-INS


This thread is a joint effort between Legion and SteveStrummerUK - we hope it proves helpful.




There is some very expensive and sophisticated hardware and software out there that these plug-ins cannot possible come close to in terms of quality.

In my limited experience though, what they can do though is give a helping hand with a mix. Also, and perhaps more importantly, by seeing how the controls are set when the various presets are selected, we can maybe start to learn a little more of the various processes that are going on and begin to understand more about mixing and the challenging subject of mastering.

We've attempted to show a preset on each screenshot, and wherever possible, we've snapped the VST in action, so you get to see all the pretty lights!

Click on the product name to go direct to the download page.




1. ANTRESS MODERN 'CHANNEL'



This has a limiter, compressor and equalizer, plus an Analog setting to warm up the sound. The presets are aimed more at individual instruments but with some tweaking the unit can be quite useful.



2. ANTRESS MODERN 'DEEP PURPLE'



This has a default flat setting, plus 7 [un-named] presets.



3. VOXENGO 'OVERTONE GEQ'



Very nice stereo EQ VST which can subtly widen and separate a mix by applying slightly different EQ settings at identical frequencies to the left and right channels. This has a few presets to get you going.



4. PUSHTEC '5 1A LEFTOVER LASAGNE'



Loads of presets, mainly for instruments but there are 12 specific mix options.



5. BOOSTY 'RESCUE'



Nice unit with an analog option, plus controls for 'punch' and 'width'. The presets are quite limited for mastering but there are some useful set ups to be had with a bit of experimentation.



6. SWEETBOY 'T-SLEDGE'



This is a fantastic piece of kit - there are loads of mastering and mixing presets and for my money, the best unit here.



7. TESSLA 'SE 1.1'



Nice saturation VST - I've just updated from my original but haven't had much of a play yet - if it's anything like the previous version, this is a nice bit of kit indeed.


8. TESSLA PRO



Updated version of the SE 1.1 - has a 'Pro' tag but it's still free!



9. TLS 'SATURATED DRIVER'



Emulated tube saturation with some very good presets - with a little experimentation, this is a very capable unit.



10. ELOGOXA 'X-CITA'



In my opinion, second only to the T-Sledge, this cracking little tool only has three controls - 'exiters' for low and high contours and an output level. It has a few presets, but it's so simple to experiment with, these act only as starting points. I've also tried this in conjunction with the T-Sledge for some very nice results - I found the X-Cita placed after the T-Sledge in the chain gave the best sounds.



11. C3 'MULTI BAND COMPRESSOR'



I haven't had this very long so I'll edit in a report when I've had chance to give it a bit of use - there do seem to be some decent mastering presets in there though.



12. BLOCKFISH



Great compressor with characteristics.



13. KJAERHUS CLASSIC SERIES


Classic Compressor pictured

Really good vintage style auto-filter, chorus, flanger, phaser, compressor, eq, delay, reverb and limiter



14. TAL-TUBE



Tube saturator with additional amplifier mode.



15. LMC-1



SSL's own free replication of the original listen mic compressor.



16. GVST GCOMP



RMS/Peak and soft knee compressor. Also check out GClip, a clipper with free soft knee setting.



17. ELECTRI-Q (Posihfopit)



Flexible graphic parametric EQ. Also don't forget to check the Electri-Q manual out about different filter types and how they work.



18. JB FEROX



Tape Saturation plugin. JB also has lots of other great plugins, amongst them a psychoacoustic compressor...



19. STARDUST



Channel/mastering processor.



20. BASSLANE



Tightens bass stereofield without affecting other freq's.



21. YOUWASHOCK



Multiband limiter based on four Maximus presets, pretty much the same as FL Studio Soundgooderizer.



22. WOW & FLUTTER



Speed imperfection emulator.



23. COLORTONE FREE



Analog signal path emulator.



24. NEBULA 3 FREE



Vintage gear emulator multi-fx containg compressors, eq's, saturation etc... CPU hog, but really great sound!



25. LinearPhaseGraphicEQ 2



Great mastering EQ VST - thanks to Daniel Rumley [rumleymusic] for the link.







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    RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2008/05/21 02:10:10 (permalink)
    Thanks for this Steve! I'll have to check some of these out.



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    RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2008/05/21 03:01:28 (permalink)
    I've been using the blue series as well as just the old cakewalk fx1 and 2 bundles and have been pretty happy with them. How much of a step up are these from the old directx stuff? Also, do the graphics work with the vst wrapper as well because with most of the effects I've tried you only get the basic slider type interface after it's been wrapped? Thanks!
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    RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2008/05/21 03:06:24 (permalink)

    It's not long since I got the Blue stuff Cyrus, is there a mastering/mixing plug in there?

    The screenshots of the VST's were taken in use in my GT3, the interfaces you see are exactly what you get after the VST adapter has wrapped them.

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    RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2008/05/21 07:15:10 (permalink)
    I don't use blue for mastering but then again I don't think that waht I do qualifies as such. Right now I only run an eq then the FX2 tape sim with either med or light saturation at 30ips. I do any compression on individual tracks as needed, usually bass and sometimes vox. I'm in the middle of downloading all these programs so I have something to play with this weekend!!



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    RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2008/05/21 15:39:50 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: SteveStrummerUK


    It's not long since I got the Blue stuff Cyrus, is there a mastering/mixing plug in there?

    The screenshots of the VST's were taken in use in my GT3, the interfaces you see are exactly what you get after the VST adapter has wrapped them.

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    I really like their Blue Stereo. I use it a lot! And sometimes I use the Blue EQ, but I don't use their compressor or limiter at all.



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    RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2008/05/21 16:01:59 (permalink)

    Actually Z, until you mentioned the High Pass filter in one of the Blue VST's in the other thread, I'd never heard of them.

    For free stuff, it's a very impressive collection.

    T.H.A.N.K.S. for the tip off mate.

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    RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2008/05/21 19:13:58 (permalink)
    I used to use that one too a bunch, when I was using my onboard soundcard, but I don't need it hardly at all anymore, but it still worked good. And yes, for free these things are really pretty cool.
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    RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2008/05/27 18:12:04 (permalink)
    Good links Steve. I like the TLS-Saturated Driver, that one (on the 'warmer' setting) usually finds it's way to the Master Bus on my stuff.



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    RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2008/05/27 18:27:14 (permalink)

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    Good links Steve. I like the TLS-Saturated Driver, that one (on the 'warmer' setting) usually finds it's way to the Master Bus on my stuff.


    Hi James, I've had it a while but never really got to run it through its paces - I only did so for this article really and I find it very subtle, but very effective, if that makes sense!

    BTW James, I followed up your advice on the Caroline guitar settings - I backed off the distortion stage on the rhythm guitars and ran them through the PSP Vintage Warmer [thanks Doc!!] on the 'Snare drum' setting of all things and it sounds much thicker and less 'fizzy'.

    As soon as I've done an updated scratch track, I'll leave the link in my sig.

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    Wow, some actually useful info from Steve!
    I wonder which one JamzOr uses to compress the crap out of the free mastering he does.
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    Wow, some actually useful info from Steve!
    I wonder which one JamzOr uses to compress the crap out of the free mastering he does.



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    Not Godsmacked?


    But really so how does it feel to be completely astounded?

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    But really so how does it feel to be completely astounded?



    Completely lost for words Doc - I got a compliment from his Trollness!



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    Did I just read a compliment from Pete? Thanks for all this Steve I will try them out.

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    Did I just read a compliment from Pete? Thanks for all this Steve I will try them out.



    Yup - a compliment from Pete - he must have been sober


    Grant, as James mentions, the TLS Saturated Driver is a very nice bit of kit, well worth a try.

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    Sobriety implies a previous state of inebriation. Which I don't think existed in the first place.

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    ORIGINAL: Doc_Hollingsworth

    Sobriety implies a previous state of inebriation. Which I don't think existed in the first place.



    Wise words Doc, if that IS your real name....



    .... your sobriety in writing this post shall never be brought into question.








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    moocher! Right, you'd take a free Guinness where ever you can get it! Actually you'd take anybody's Guinness. Now where are the three kegs you owe me, Strummy?

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    Great thread Steve. I've often wondered about a couple of these, Thanks!
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    RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2008/06/03 17:14:26 (permalink)

    Thanks Vernon - kind words.

    I was only trying to sort out what was and wasn't worth keeping in my ever expanding VST list when I had the idea to share these.

    Hopefully, I'll add a few more categories of free VST's when I get the time.

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    Wow..Steve, you got moved..so the Mods do go to GT now and again!



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    Wow..Steve, you got moved..so the Mods do go to GT now and again!


    LOL - I said the same thing to Doc earlier on James!!

    I reckon he must have got lost looking for somewhere far more important - still, it got moved for the right reason I guess - only problem is there's two of 'em in here now!

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    Wow..Steve, you got moved..so the Mods do go to GT now and again!

    Yes and they deleted one of my threads!



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    Outstanding list Steve. To bad the mods did not pin it.

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    ORIGINAL: pistolpete

    Wow, some actually useful info from Steve!
    I wonder which one JamzOr uses to compress the crap out of the free mastering he does.


    trying really hard to make friends today i guess huh pete? lol.
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    Outstanding list Steve. To bad the mods did not pin it.

    Thanks
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    Thanks for the kind words Shad.

    BTW, I haven't forgotten getting you involved on HOTMK - I just haven't got around to arranging the bits and bobs into a coherent song yet. I'll let you know when I finally get there if you're still up for it.



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    Wow, some actually useful info from Steve!
    I wonder which one JamzOr uses to compress the crap out of the free mastering he does.


    trying really hard to make friends today i guess huh pete? lol.

    LOL - it took me two or three hours to put the post together Josh - that's probably three times how long it's taken the pisstol man to rattle up his 800 odd posts of puerile drivel. I still appreciate him though, he makes me feel functional!

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    RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2008/06/05 16:23:21 (permalink)
    Some more...


    11. Blockfish



    Great compressor with characteristics.



    12. Kjaerhus Classic Series


    Classic Compressor pictured

    Really good vintage style auto-filter, chorus, flanger, phaser, compressor, eq, delay, reverb and limiter



    13. TAL-Tube



    Tube saturator with additional amplifier mode.



    14. MB Spatty



    Mid side gain to adjust stereowidth



    15. LMC-1



    SSL's own free replication of the original listen mic compressor.



    16. GVST GComp



    RMS/Peak and soft knee compressor. Also check out GClip, a clipper with free soft knee setting.



    17. Electri-Q (Posihfopit)



    Flexible graphic parametric EQ. Also don't forget to check the Electri-Q manual out about different filter types and how they work.



    18. JB Ferox



    Tape Saturation plugin. JB also has lots of other great plugins, amongst them a psychoacoustic compressor...



    19. Stardust



    Channel/mastering processor.



    20. Basslane



    Tightens bass stereofield without affecting other freq's.



    21. YouWaShock



    Multiband limiter based on four Maximus presets, pretty much the same as FL Studio Soundgooderizer.



    22. Wow & Flutter



    Speed imperfection emulator.



    23. Colortone Free



    Analog signal path emulator.



    24. Nebula 3 Free



    Vintage gear emulator multi-fx containg compressors, eq's, saturation etc... CPU hog, but really great sound!


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    Other nice effect plugs are off course interruptor's different delays, Izotope's Vinyl and the Tapestop plugin as well as GVST's GRevDly
    (a reverse delay) and the different guitar amp-emulators like Studio Devil Britich Valve Custom, Fretted Synth's Free Amp 3, Cortex and the Simulanalog Guitar Suite.

    I would definitely recommend the Voxengo Overtone GEQ, Pushtec, Rescue, Tessla and TLS Saturated Driver Steve mentioned as well.

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    RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2008/06/05 16:29:27 (permalink)

    Hi there Legion.

    There's some great stuff here - I've linked your post direct from mine.

    Many thanks for your time and research.

    Best wishes

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    RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2008/06/05 16:39:44 (permalink)
    Ha ha, being poor means one has to searsh for the gems in the jungle of free stuff I got really inspired by your post and as I saw some of my favourite plugs mentioned I thought I could add some more to the list. This thread is definitely a great initiative!

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