Over 420 free effect racks for free VST plugins… WHAT

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Due to an increasing upcoming workload, we’ve decided to release the freeVST racks all at once, instead of in monthly batches as originally planned. That’s over four-hundred and twenty individual racks now available! Talk about an expanded toolkit.

These are “default/template” audio effect racks for many different plugins which are available publicly for free in 64-bit. You simply load any of these Ableton racks, and it loads its corresponding plugin (assuming it’s installed). Each rack includes help text which will be shown when hovering over macro controls.

Most of the plugins we have racks available for have 32-bit and mac versions as well; however, some are 64-bit or windows-only. Mac-only and AU plugin racks are planned in the future. FreeVST racks here will be updated occasionally to reflect developer updates. If you know of a free vst developer we missed or encounter any issues, please leave a comment.

ABLETON LIVE 9.6 required (Intro, Suite, or Standard).
Yes, you can even use all of these racks with Live 9 Intro!


1. Choose a developer and go to their site and download their stuff. Remember, it never hurts to toss out a “thank you” or donate a few bucks to encourage continued development.

2.Install the VST plugins by placing them in your VST folder as set in Ableton’s preferences. You need to have a plugin installed on your system for its Ableton Live rack to load it!

3. Download racks using the links and passwords below.

4.Install the racks into your user library. Following the performodule “Organize Like a Boss” guide and placing them in category folders is highly recommended!

Done. Now whenever you want to load up one of these plugins, just drop its rack in from the browser under “Audio Effects > Audio Effect Rack > Category”. You can hotswap between different plugins and manipulate the 8 labeled macro controls instantly using any MIDI controller which has Blue Hand Instant Mapping enabled.

NOTE: It is NOT recommended to install any of these racks before their corresponding VST is installed and tested on your system. Otherwise, you may end up with racks in your browser which just open up blank. If you happen to find that a particular VST doesn’t work on your system, please do not install the rack for that device. It is also for this reason that the racks are provided on an individual basis, instead of in packs.


The Links

(mac or windows ▼)

Semantic Audio

From the website:
Semantic Audio Feature Extraction: The SAFE Project is motivated by the lack of statistically-defined transferable semantic terms in music production and the requirement for more intuitive control of low-level parameters. One of the main outcomes of the project is a suite of DAW plug-ins that allow you to both save and load semantic terms from within the audio production workflow. This means you can now control your audio effect plug-ins using terms that normal human beings can understand! Just type a term (such as warm, bright, etc…) into the text-box, and if we have it on our server, your parameters will be moved around to represent this. Similarly, if you achieve an effect that can be explained in semantic terms, input it into the box and hit save. As the plug-ins are based on the music production community, the more users that input terms, the more representative the effects become for everyone else!
DAW Plug-ins are free and available to download here. The plug-ins allow you to save and load parameter settings semantically,  meaning you can type things like warm, fuzzy and bright into the text box and the computer will try and figure out what you .
The plug-ins will run on Windows and Mac across a large number of DAWs, providing they support either VST or Audio Units.”



Blue Cat

From the website:
All Blue Cat Audio freeware audio plug-ins gathered together in a single package: this bundle contains a wide range of premium modulation effects, a single and dual-channel equalizer, a unique midi-controllable gain suite, as well as a professional spectrum analyzer.
This is the ideal package to get started with your favorite Digital Audio Workstation. All plug-ins are entirely free.
All plug-ins are available for Mac and PC, in VST, RTAS, AAX, Audio Unit and DirectX plug-in formats, for both 32 and 64-bit architectures.”




From the website:
This series is based on the ANALOG87 series which features a set of 6 high quality analog-style VST and AU effects for Windows and Mac OSX.
Instead of just providing a limited demo of the ANALOG87 series, eaReckon would like to offer fully working free plugins using the same engine.
These plugins are not only easy to use, they sound good too. Even though some of the controls of the ANALOG 87 versions have been stripped out, you will find they will have a useful place in your virtual rack.
All you need to do to get these free plugins is to create a free user account. After that, you will get direct access to the files in your products registration page.
When you create your free user account, you are automatically granted the right to post in the forum.
Should you want to be informed about new products and updates, please feel free to “like” the facebook page and/or subscribe to the newsletterBecause of eaReckon’s strict privacy policy, this registration process can be worry free while allowing Philippe to inform you about important news.
I hope you will enjoy these free plugins as we on the team do. Feel free to spread the news!”



Ignite Amps

From the website:
The practice of live guitar and bass recording on PC, has spread enormously in recent years, as well as the development of simulation softwares, emulating amplifiers, stomp-boxes of various sorts and rack effects.
At Ignite Amps, we decided to keep pace with technology, developing in-house highly detailed digital simulations of tubeand solid-state electronic circuits that can process the sound in real time and provide the most realistic possible results,using really advanced mathematical algorithms based on analog modeling.
Our simulation softwares are free and available as plug-ins to be used in most modern digital audio workstations (DAWs)for playing, testing, recording and mixing purposes.”




From the website:
“The Kilohearts Snapin framework is the easiest, most creative, sound design workflow you have ever come across. This free bundle contains Snap Heap, a basic snapin host plugin, alongside 5 useful snapins.
Wha Wha What’s it all about?
Managing effects is something that’s possible in pretty much every digital audio workstation out there, but managing effect chains can be cumbersome and tedious. With Snap Heap managing complex effect systems is super simple and nothing stands between your creativity and the speaker cones.
Fast lane to success
Snap Heap is based around up to 4 routable lanes of modular “snapin” effects. Each lane can contain any number of snapins, and have individual gain, panning and dry/wet mixing. You can also move things around easily using a state of the art technology from the future of 1984 called “drag and drop”.
While adding four filters a frequency shifter and a stereo width modifier can be interesting in itself, adding four filters with sweeping cutoff retriggered by audio threshold, a frequency shifter bound to the MIDI note and stereo width scaled by the input RMS can be… Well, probably strange. But it may be amazing, and trying it out is just a couple of clicks away. Try it!
Sometimes you want effects to run in series, and sometimes you want them to run in parallel. In Snap Heap, switching between the two is as easy as the push of a button. Clicking the route button between two lanes links them together in parallel mode, running the same audio through both before mixing them together. Want all four lanes to go in parallel, or have two parallel with pre and post FX, or just about anything else? The choice is yours!
When you’re tweaking a specific effect in the chain, the other effects involved can sometimes make it hard to properly hear what’s going on. Mute or solo effect lanes, to quickly home in on what you’re doing. Snap Heap will take care of sorting out the routing so you hear just what you want to hear.
Don’t worry about latency. No matter how you route things or what effects you add, Snap Heap makes sure everything is as in sync as they can be to make sure all modulation aligns properly and to avoid phasing issues.
Snapins are regular old VST/AU plugins that you can use for a multitude of purposes. They come in a bunch of different flavors and we create more all the time. The thing is that they also work as modular effect pieces that you can combine in our snapin host plugins, as you can see above. Nifty!”




From the website:
“Klanghelm is a Berlin, Germany-based software company that specializes in creating audio plugins and standalone audio applications. Klanghelm plugins support both Windows and Mac platforms and both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems. All plugins are coded in C++.
Klanghelm is currently a one-man-show, with some helping hands and minds here and there. My name is Tony Frenzel.
Since sitting in my baby buggy with my first ghetto-blaster, listening to The Rubettes’ “Sugar Baby Love”, I’ve been passionate about everything music-related. I can’t remember when I first tried to disassemble that damn thing to see how it works. The ghetto-blaster, not the buggy. I was in bands, toured the country up and down, recorded in studios, wrote with celebrities, and published songs. I sang, I played guitar, drums, keys, bass, whatever. I produced other bands, did live-sound for others, wrote for others – the whole gamut. And I have a programming background. I started in the 80s with BASIC and Pascal. A few years ago, I added C++ to my roster, because if you want to seriously code cross-platform audio software, there’s no way around C++. I’ve always wanted to build stuff. Unfortunately, I suck at soldering. And this was the moment when DSP came through the door. A few years ago, I took my knowledge of electronics to DSP coding. With all the horsepower current computers provide, it’s finally possible to create great, sophisticated audio plugins which hardly tax the CPU. The nearly endless possibilities of DSP fascinate me everyday. What a great journey (and challenge) DSP is. And what an elegant way for me to combine the two things in life I know a thing or two of: music and coding.
I only create plugins I need / want for myself, something I am missing. I am not trying to fill a market niche or something. I want to code decent sounding stuff that’s easy to use and, most of all, a joy to use. I am not interested in emulating existing analog gear in the digital realm. I want to build stuff that’s missing in the analog world. I want to code stuff that stands on its own feet sound-wise, being different, not worse than the best existing gear (analog and digital).
I hope you enjoy the plugins offered here as much as I enjoy creating them.”




No developer info. Mysterious!



LVC Audio

No developer info. Mysterious!




From the website:
MFreeEffectsBundle contains a set of audio effects, which are completely free. Their features are limited, compared to our commercial plugins, but still extraordinary when compared to most plugins on the market. You can extend the free plugins features by purchasing a licence.



Nick Crowe Lab

No developer info. Mysterious!



Plugin Alliance

From the website:
Once you hear what our products can do for your music, you’re going to want more and more of them. We’re so confident of this that we’re offering, totally free, a collection of awesome sounding and extremely useful plugins from Brainworx, elysia and SPL. From the Brainworx bx_cleansweep V2, which features the same filters found on the flagship bx_digital V2, to the elysia niveau filter, a simple but extremely musical tone shaper, these plugins all share technology with their more famous older brothers. Download them today to see just how good free can sound!”



Tokyo Dawn / Variety of Sound

From the website (TDR):
High quality audio processors made with love. Compatible with VST, Audio-Unit and AAX audio plugin hosts. Runs on Windows and Mac OS.”
From the website (VOS):
As a computer scientist and musician, I’m enjoying designing DSP algorithms and plug-in concepts. It’s a pleasure for me to share my efforts with other people without having to worry about commercial interests. In each of my effects there is a special technical design, workflow or concept combination I haven’t found in existing tools. Many developers these days just stick to old concepts, but you will never see a straight copy of existing gear from me. I always add some innovation, or find a way to evolve and take it to a new level.”



Togu Audio Line

From the website:
TAL – Togu Audio Line is a small company founded around the year 2000 and located in switzerland. We create high quality instruments and effects with a user friendly interface for reasonable pricing. Our commercial vintage synth emulations are known to be very accurate and authentic. TAL software is in use by popular producers, musicians and mentioned in different interviews.
We are not a marketing driven company and we also do not spend a lot of time into a secure copy protection systems. Our main focus is on the product itself.”



TSE Audio

From the website:
“TSE AUDIO is a developer of high end software for digital audio workstations.”




From the website:
Free VST plugins and AudioUnit plugins by Voxengo, with direct download links. “Free” in our case does not assume “inferior”.  Our free plugins are based on the same technological base as our paid plugins.  We give away several plugins for free as a mean to promote our web site and our paid plugins, and to make you a little bit happier using a high-quality software for free.”



(windows only ▼)


From the website:
“My name is Alexander Petrov-Savchenko and this is my personal website dedicated to the software audio effects. Currently I’m employed as a software engineer in a large international company, but in my spare time I do my own research in the digital audio field. My interest in digital signal processing began back in my university days and was a natural extension of my hobbies – music, electric guitar, programming and my math background. Prior to exploring the digital sound domain, I’ve been making custom guitar stompboxes, so faithful modeling of analogue equipment is one of my primary goals.
I’ve been researching different DSP techniques and their applications to musical effects for quite a while, but I have never publicly released any of my works. This changed when I’ve discovered that KVR Audio forum is holding a so-called developer challenge – an open competition of audio software developers with community-driven prize fund and voting system. I decided to enter the contest with the algorithm I’ve been working on at the time, so the SoftAmp 3OD VST plug-in was born. I didn’t win anything, but I’ve received an invaluable experience and a ton of very positive feedback. That was the turning point for me and now I’m set to release all the stuff I make. Everything on this site is available for free and the plan is to keep it like this.
If you like my software and would like to support the development, you can use the donation link on the right. I would use this money to pay for a better site hosting, easier to maintain for me and faster for you.
Apart from music and programming, I enjoy playing World of Warcraft and travelling around the world. I was born and currently live in Saint-Petersburg, the second largest city in Russia with my wife and my dog.”




From the website:
This site contains several free VST effects and instruments for Windows. For the main part they are designed to be simple, light-weight and efficient, although some are more ambitious and some more experimental.
Please follow the links above to find out about and download the plug-ins. I will also try to explain a little of how each effect works and what its uses might be.
For general information about the installation and use of GVST plug-ins, please refer to the basics section.
If you find these plug-ins useful, then please consider making a donation to help support and encourage future developments.”



From the website:
Signaldust is yet another one man project for digital audio signal processing and musical sound synthesis. My focus is on high-quality processing with original ideas, manually fine-tuned algorithms and in many cases carefully adjusted doses of non-linearities and noise where they enhance the subjective perception of sound.
I usually try to make things slightly different from the standard approaches, and often that means doing something other than the simplest thing. I will usually sacrifice faster processing for better sound. That means internal oversampling and 64-bit processing where they are required to prevent digital artifacts. As such, my work targets fairly modern computers.
Notice that better doesn’t always mean cleaner as far as I’m concerned. While I’m not a friend of harsh distortion and noise, I often spend a crazy amount of time trying to find the most interesting types of imperfections and grit. There are enough clean plugins. When my plugins are noisy, drifty or otherwise inexact, those properties are usually there by design.
Since this is mostly a hobby project, development cycles can be slow at times. New plugins are normally released only once I’m perfectly happy with the sonic qualities. With maintenance and support though, I try my best to run a more professional level of service.




From the website:
Dustin Ralston from Sleepy-Time DSP has recently announced that he has stopped further development of VST plugins. This was sad news for me, because his freeware VST plugins were among the most useful out there, beautifully designed and optimized for fast performance.
In agreement with Dustin, I’ve created an archive of Sleepy-Time DSP plugins below. They are still available for free download from the official website and the download links on BPB will serve as backup mirrors.
If you appreciate Dustin’s work on these fantastic freeware tools, you can still leave a donation in his Tip Jar. I would like to personally thank Dustin for all the fantastic freeware releases so far and here’s hoping that we will see more VST plugins from him in the future!
The freeware tools listed below are available in 32-bit and 64-bit VST plugin format for Windows based digital audio workstations.”




From the website:
Want to use some of the comprehensive FX plug-ins that REAPER provides, but stuck in another host? Haven’t made the switch yet? Fear not — you can download ReaPlugs, a package of FX that includes many of the plug-ins that come with REAPER, for free!”




From the website:
Realtime user-editable effect processor.
64-bit internal audio processing, MIDI support, full PDC support, multichannel I/O support, graphics display support.

Hundreds of included effects, including: delays, compressors, limiters, convolution, distortion, spectral noise editors, analyzers, loop samplers, creative effects.
Create new effects from scratch, or modify existing effects to meet your needs.
JSFX editor and debugger included, opens automatically when you edit a plug-in.”


Please note: Warning! ReaJS effects do NOT compensate for latency automatically in Ableton Live. Please keep in mind that effects chains including any ReaJS effects will be delayed by different amounts and might cause latency issues! Pay attention to phase coherence, etc.
Also, sidechain routing does not seem to function for these effects.



From the website:
“These effect plugins were originally created for use with Xhip.
Originally Xhip was to have embedded effects. It was later decided that external plugins would be more versatile and easier to manage when used for other tasks.”



And for fun, here’s the view outside my new studio space:

PLEASE DO NOT COPY & RE-POST THESE LINKS. OR I WILL GAZE UPON THEE WITH A SCORNFUL FACE OF SHAME. Feel free to link to this blog post, if you’d like to share the glory of the free VST racks.

5 thoughts on “Over 420 free effect racks for free VST plugins… WHAT

  1. Pingback: ALL Free VST Effect Racks for Immediate Release as of Now — PerforModule – productivemonkey

  2. Nice one these should come in handy, It also is a brief overview of the absolutely great quality freeware plug-ins that are available and which keep on growing. Cheers and all the best

    • Thanks for the comment! I’m planning on updating these soon, since lots of these plugins have been updated since and i’ve also run across some developers of sweet freebies i’ve neglected.

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