Updated: Mar 30, 2021
Mixing and Mastering plugins can get quite expensive. But, here are some amazing FREE mixing and mastering plugins that you should definitely try!
Youlean loudness meter is one of the best free mastering plugins available in the market! It helps to get the correct loudness level and measure the dynamics of the song. You may ask, why should I use a separate loudness meter? It's because it's hard for untrained ears to accurately figure out the correct loudness of the master. Sometimes, even it's hard for professionals to do this. Youlean loudness meter helps us to determine the perceived loudness of the song accurately. It analyses the master displays the loudness in LUFS. You can also use it to compare your master with professionally recorded reference tracks! Learn more about Youlean Loudness Meter on their website here.
SPAN is a free real-time audio spectrum analyzer. You can use it to check if your mix/master has enough low, mid, and high frequencies. Also, you can use it to compare your mix with reference tracks. It can be also used to measure the true peak of the song. Learn more about SPAN on Voxengo's website here.
3. NOVA by TDR
TDR Nova is a free dynamic equalizer and a multiband compressor. It is great for both mixing and mastering! You can use it on individual tracks as well as the master channel. Its user interface is awesome and easy to understand. It is one of the best free equalizers available in the market. Learn more about NOVA on TDR's website here.
MFreeFx Bundle is one of the best free third-party effects plugin bundles. You get almost every effect you may need while producing and mixing music in this bundle. This one is useful for those producers who don't already have great stock effect plugins. I would not recommend using this if you already have great stock plugins. However, there are some plugins in this bundle that are exceptional and you should definitely try them! Learn more about this bundle here.
Kotelnikov is a Mastering Compressor from Tokyo Dawn Records. It's a great compressor both for Mastering and Bus compression. Its interface is easy to understand and user-friendly. Learn more about Kotelnikov here.
SlickEQ is an awesome Mixing/Mastering EQ. It has some amazing presets. Also, it has four different EQ models: American, German, British, and Soviet. It sounds amazing and perfect for everyone. You can use it to make your music sound like you want! Learn more about SlickEQ here.
This is one of my favorite free plugins! Released this year, Fresh Air is an exciter from Slate Digital. It acts as an exciter for mid and high frequencies. It can be used on vocals, buses, or even on the master channel according to your taste. Its easy-to-use user interface is awesome. With just two knobs, you can add excitement to your track in a few seconds. Learn more about Fresh Air here.
Stereo Tools is a Stereo imaging plugin from FLux. It's very hard to find a great stereo imaging plugin for free. Stereo Tools offers accurate stereo imaging with some additional features like panning, adjusting stereo width, etc. Learn more about Stereo Tools here.
mvMeter is a multivariable meter including RMS, EBUR128, VU, and PPM measurement. mvMeter2 is the successor of mvMeter and adds single/dual meter display, the adjustable reference level for all meter modes, adjustable meter delay, and preset management. Learn more about mvMeter2 here.