Updated: May 13

There are so many free mixing plugins online that it can be easy to get trapped in the idea that you always need something more. We're big believers in using what you have available and not wasting time searching the internet looking for new plugins. That's why it's important to find the plugins that work and learn their ins and outs.


So, without further ado, here are our Top 5 Best Free Plugins that we're still always using in 2021


1. TAL-Reverb-4


TAL Reverb 4


Sometimes when mixing you don’t want to play around with a whole bunch of settings until something sounds right, you just want to throw on an effect and have it sound great. TAL Reverb 4 is perfect for just that!


Its basic and straight forward display is incredibly easy to use, and it won’t take long to get the reverb sitting just the way you want. The wonderful warm and analog sounding tail works particularly amazing with vocals, helping them fit better into your mix.


You can download the free plugin here.



2. Auburn Sounds Graillon 2


Auburn Sounds Graillon 2


Whether you agree with it or not, autotune has become a staple in all modern music production. It’s the tool that you use in secret after the band goes home for the night so no ones feelings get hurt. It’s not just for T-Pain/electronic type effects though, sometimes a vocal just needs a little transparent nudge to find the right note, and that’s when Auburn Sounds Graillon 2 comes in.


Incredibly simple to use, you can choose the key you want the vocal to stay in. And with the ‘Smooth’ knob, you can control how noticeable or transparent the effect is.


The free version also comes with the pitch shift enabled plus a dry/wet setting, allowing for some creative harmony options. This plugin is a must have for anyone mixing vocalists.


You can download the free plugin here.


3. Luftikus


Luftikus


An EQ that almost always makes its way onto one of our mastering projects is Luftikus. Based on analogue hardware, this digital adaption is clean and easy to use. With four bands at 10, 40, 160 and 640Hz, plus a high shelf at 2.5kHZ, Luftikus is not the best for your surgical EQ needs, but rather when you need to effect large parts of the frequency spectrum.


Where it really shines though (and what makes it our favourite on this list) is with its ‘High Boost’ knob, which allows a boost at 2.5, 5, 10, 20 or 40kHz. Adding just a small amount of the 40kHz boost to your master or certain tracks can really bring out an air in the high end that is more felt than heard.


You can download the free plugin here.


4. Molot


Molot Compressor

If you’ve received a mix back from us and asked us how we got the low end so ‘thick’, chances are we’ve already told you about the free Molot compressor from VladgSound.


If you’re looking for a transparent compressor, this might not be for you. Molot can add colour and grit to your sound through saturation and added harmonics. Because of its high CPU usage, it’s best utilised on a mixing bus or even on your mastering channel. The option to ignore frequencies up 260Hz also make it particular well suited for tightening up electronic music without sacrificing any of the punch down below.


You can download the free plugin here.


5. Youlean Loudness Meter


Youlean Loudness Meter


People on the internet love to say the loudness wars are over, and we love to believe it, but unfortunately it seems it’s something that’s here to stay. The art of getting loudness out of a track without crushing the dynamics is an art form that takes years of dedication to master, but if you don’t have the years to practice, then Youlean Loudness Meter is the next best thing.


In the free version you are able to see your tracks LUFS as both Short Term and Integrated readouts. It will also show you (much more importantly) the dynamic range, so you can better make sure you are not over compressing your track.


You can download the free plugin here.

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