Prohomemusic is ready to make your plugin collection task easy, so we took it upon ourselves to do the research for you. Gentlemen and ladies, we bring you the list of top best free EQ VST plugins with download links. Equalizers are very prominent tools in music production and mixing. In fact, they are the most important processors among all other mixing effects. If you already have a good musical arrangement and performance, you can craft an enjoyable mix simply using EQ and volume balance alone. Oftentimes, fifty percent of the plugins used in an average mixing session are EQs. As a newbie that is starting out and still learning the ropes of mixing, you don’t have to learn with premium costly tools. Aside from the stock plugins in your DAW, lots of freeware EQ plugins abound on the web most of which are even better than some paid ones. This article will list the top best of these free EQ VST/AU plugins with their download links. Plus brief notes on our favorite top ten recommended picks. So here they are:
Slick EQ by TDR/Variety Of Sound
Customary of of TDR, they often release their plugins for free and offer a ‘gentleman’s edition’ for sale with a few additional negligible features at a very fair price. Slick EQ is indeed the slickest among the free EQ plugins out there because it is just too good to be free. But then, so are the other TDR plugins. This plugin is a brainchild of three of the best DSP developers in the industry. A product of the collaboration of ideas by Fabien Schivre of Tokyo Dawn Records, Herbert Goldberg of Variety of Sound, and Vladislav Goncharov of Tokyo Dawn records/Vldag Sound (of Molot fame). So you know it is top notch. This plugin features four different EQ models tagged the American, British, German and Soviet models with different interface color and optional non-linearity. It also has four optional output stages which are labelled “Linear”, “Silky”, “Mellow” and “Deep”. Coupled with advanced saturation algorithms, highly effective auto gain control and useful oversampling features, SlickEQ is a must have for every DAW based music maker.
Webpage: TDR VOS SlickEQ
Windows & Mac
ReaEQ by Cockos
This plugin is made by Cockos, the makers of of the awesome DAW – REAPER which is getting really popular by the years. ReaEQ is the stock equalizer plugin that is bundled with the DAW, and REAPER users can attest to the fact that it is a very effective tool. In fact, all their stock plugins are good and very CPU efficient, and guess what? They are all put up for free download on their site for other DAW users as alternatives to their own stock plugins. ReaEQ is a six band parametric EQ with a simple and intuitive user interface with a readable spectral display. It is good for all the surgical cuts, boosts and filtering duties you will ever need to do.
Webpage: REAPER | ReaPlugs
Windows & Mac
BootEQ MKII by Variety Of Sound
As we always say, if you need the best of the best audio processing effects at no price, you can hardly get any better ones than the ones offered by VOS and TDR. These guys are a blessing to the pro audio community, and their philanthropic acts are highly appreciated. As seen in the UI, BootEQ MK2 is an analogue styled Vintage Tube Preamp Equalizer plugin. Though it is not particularly modelled after any particular hardware, but the UI is reminiscent of the SSL EQ292. The most lovable thing about this EQ is that it subtly adds some nice color to a sound that accumulates to become pleasing and desirable. The preamp section’s low filter in addition with the EQ’s low cut section are capable of delivering a tight and focused bass low end. However, the limitations to this plugin is that it is in VST format only and is only compatible with a 32bit SSE system VST host running at 44,1 or 48kHz sample rate. So if you work at higher sample rates, this plugin is not for you.
Webpage: Downloads – Variety Of Sound
Soneq by Sonimus
From Sonimus of Satson and Britson console emulation fame comes SonEQ, a highly praised free EQ plugin in the pro audio community. This plugin combines the features of various vintage EQ models into one, with an attractive and intuitive UI which is ‘foolproof-ingly’ labelled. SonEQ is a three band equalizer split into the three major segments of low, mid, and high bands. It spots two filters- highpass and lowpass at the bottom part of the panel, and has a preamp stage with integrated bass booster. Unlike BootEQ above, it is 64bit and can support sample rates up to 192kHz. The overall feel of the plugin can be described as warm and nice. These characters are delivered by its two separate saturation stages. first stage which is a tube emulation brings out transients and adds depth, punch and width to the sound. While the second stage smoothens the transients. The drive knob administers the saturation, the more you push, the more the color. Another gem worth having.
Webpage: SonEQ Free products plugin
Windows and Mac
T-Racks Classic Equalizer by IK Multimedia
IK multimedia’s T-Racks is a highly revered mastering bundle in the pro audio industry. The T-Racks Classic equalizer is one of the EQ plugins contained in the bundle. This plugin used to be a premium paid plugin until IK Multimedia decided to give it out for free. This is a high quality six-band parametric EQ, specially designed to achieve great results in audio mastering tasks. It can be used in Stereo or MS modes for better fine-tuning and precision. The M/S and L/R features were included because this plugin was one of the first processors ever created in the T-RackS series and it was conceived as a mastering EQ. However, it can also be used as a regular EQ on a mixer track. It is a transparent and colorless EQ effective for all basic equalization needs.
Windows & Mac
Marvel GEQ by Voxengo
When it comes to price to utility ratio, Voxengo is one of the plugin developing companies that offer great products for affordable prices. They also offer some quality plugins for free, part of which is Marvel GEQ. Marvel GEQ is a linear-phase 16-band graphic equalizer plugin which supports multi-channel operation. This feature makes it possible for it to internally support up to 8 input/output channels, though usability of this depends on the DAW or audio host application it is used in. Albeit the fact that it is a graphic type equalizer, Marvel GEQ is suitable for mastering because of its transparency and how much subtle adjustments that can be made across its 16 channels. Additionally, it can be used in Stereo, mid-side, and 5.1 surround modes. The user interface is scale adjustable within current project without the need reload the host DAW. Voxengo Marvel GEQ is available in AAX, AU and VST, and VST3 formats.
Webpage: Voxengo Marvel GEQ
Windows & Mac
MEqualizer by MeldaProduction
Meldaproduction’s MfreeFXbundle contains lots of goodies, one of which is the MEqualizer. MEqualizer is an easy to use EQ that its layout is immediately intuitive even to newbies. It is a 6-band equalizer with 9 filter types for each band. It has other cool features like integrated tube saturation , harmonics control, and an advanced visualization which includes a spectrum analyzer and sonogram. The UI is stylable, resizable, and GPU accelerated, so all the visualizations do not task your computer. It also has an automatic gain compensation and is capable of mid-side processing. Plus you can upgrade this for life every time an upgrade comes up. A nice free plugin worth having. Available in VST, VST3, AU and AAX formats and supports both 32 and 64bits computers.
Webpage: MEqualizer | MeldaProduction
Windows & Mac
Luftikus by IKJB
Luftikus is an analog modelled EQ with fixed half-octave bands. It is a six band EQ which includes a 2.5 kHz shelf and an additional high frequency boost ranging from 2.5 kHz up to 20kHz and above. The plugin made some improvements to the hardware by allowing deeper cuts and it adds a volume preservation algorithm which can be toggled on/of with the ‘keep-gain’ switch. This feature helps preserve initial overall gain after cuts and boosts to avoid drastic volume changes. It also includes an ‘analog’ switch for toggling on/off the analogue type saturation, plus the ‘mastering’ button which is obviously useful while using the EQ for mastering purpose. Luftikus’ beautiful and colorful user interface makes it appealing to work with. It does a good job when it comes to essential equalizing tasks.
Webpage: lkjb Plugins
Windows & Mac
Pushtec 5+1A by Leftover Lasagne
Pushtec 5+1A is a freebie EQ gem which was born out of KVR Developers Challenge of 2006. It was originally coded by Leonardo Lasagne, with a little help from Christian Budde. Pushtec 5+1A is a 6 band midrange and program EQ that is based on a circuit replication of two of the most regarded vintage analog EQs. It combines the features of a superb program EQ with a rare midrange EQ to deliver a very flexible versatile tool for mixing and mastering tasks. This plugin improves on the flaws of the modelled hardwares by eliminating their shortcomings, while still delivering the feel and character of vintage sonics. The online popularity of this plugin, in spite of the fact that the developer has no specific official site to present it on, speaks volume of how the news of its goodness has spread like wildfire.
Web link: KVR: Pushtec 5+1A by Leftover Lasagne
PTEq-X by Ignite Amps
Yet another vintage hardware emulating EQ. This one is a color-box EQ, something like a pack of crayon due to its different flavors of saturation. This is because the maker tried to capture every character on the signal paths of the modelled EQs. Though this EQ might look like a Pultec modelled plugin at first glance, it is not entirely so. As seen on the segmented UI, it actually combines the features of three legendary vintage EQ models namely; the PEQ1A, MQ5, and H3C. The EQ showcases Ignite Amp’s proprietary 3rd generation triode stage analog modeling for 4 different tube types. The three different equalization modules have perfect analog curve response even at highest frequencies. The design also included selectable frequencies for the PEQ1A model, which is an improvement to the original hardware design. It spots switchable tube stage modeling for better CPU usage management, and is usable in both mono and stereo applications.
Web Link: KVR: PTEq-X by Ignite Amps
Windows & Mac
Those are prohomemusic’s favorite top 10 best free EQ VST plugin selection, hope you will find some you’ll love among them. However there are still several other EQs that are equally good or even better than some on the list. I guess the best opinion one could ever form in this type of situation is best based on every individual’s personal conviction after some level of assessment. All the same, here is an extended list of other free EQ plugins:
- Equilibre by AudioTeknikk
- EasyQ by rs-met
- AQ1 by Audiocation Audio Akademie
- Dust Equalizer by Signaldust
- Baxter EQ by Variety of Sound
- ColourEQ by DDMF
- Electri-Q (posihfopit edition) by Aixcoustic Creation
- Free Queue by VESCO FX
- Triple EQ by Blue Cat Audio
- Q3D by Volko Audio
- SplineEQ by Photosounder
- EQ1A by Mellowmuse
- Overtone GEQ by Voxengo
- Basiq by Kuassa
- NyquistEQ by Magnus
- Free Ranger by SPL
That is it about free EQ plugins y’all. If there is any good free EQ you know that should make the list, let us know in the comment section below. In case you are a newbie yet to really grasp what EQs are really meant for and how to use them, you should read explaining the simple use of EQ in music mixing and audio engineering for an insight. Also check a list of the top best free compressor VST plugins too. Peace!
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