Best 12 Free EQ VST/AU Plugins that Sound Great!

Last Updated on August 17, 2020 by Facundo

Every DAW comes with at least one EQ/Equalization plugin…

However, just having one might not cut it, especially since every EQ plugin offers different features.

In this list I’m going to list the best 10 Free Equalization plugins which should make a great addition to your arsenal.

Let’s get straight into it…

1. TDR Nova EQ by Tokyo Dawn Records (Windows, Mac)

Nova is a parallel dynamic EQ even though it looks a lot like your traditional parametric EQ.

Its four bands also include a full-featured dynamic section each, which means that the EQ can cover a huge variety of applications…

This means that the Nova EQ’s capabilities extend far beyond what almost any other EQ can offer.

Having said that, one would imagine that the Nova EQ would be very complex and hard to use, but in reality, its interface and layout are very intuitive.

The interface provides an easy WYSIWYG drag and drop display paired with a classic “knob” interface which allows for quick and smooth access to the various parameters that Nova EQ offers.

Not only this, but also comes with additional high-pass and low-pass filter sections.

All in all, Nova EQ is very easy to recommend since it could easily be a premium plugin… but it’s actually free!

You can download it here.

Related: Here’s a list of the best Free Compression Plugins available.

2. ReaEQ by Cockos (Windows Only)

ReaEQ is part of the ReaPlugs VST FX Suite by Cockos.

Cockos is the company that created Reaper, one of the best DAWs out there… and a pretty affordable one too.

This bundle not only includes the EQ but also a Compressor, Delay, Noise Reduction plugin, Gate and more…

All of these plugins are excellent, not just the EQ… so make sure to download this plugin suite since it’s awesome.

The ReaEQ plugin is an infinite Impulse response EQ that is capable of unlimited bands.

The filter options are vast… from shelf, low-pass and High-pass filter, to band-pass and all-pass.

What I like so much about this plugin is that, just like with NOVA EQ, it feels as if it should be a premium one… but it’s free.

You can download it here.

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3. MEqualizer by Melda Production (Windows, Mac)

Melda Productions is a well-known company that creates high-quality plugins, some of which are free.

MEqualizer is a great 6-band EQ that’s very easy to use and features 7 filter types for each band, integrated tube saturation, and harmonics control.

This plugin also includes a spectrum analyzer for advanced visualization.

Sadly, you can’t just download it on its own since it’s part of the MFreeFXBundle…

The good news is that you will have access to over 20 free high-quality plugins which are included in this bundle like;

MCompressor, MFlanger, MAutoPitch, MAutoPan, and many more…

You can download it here.

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4. SonEQ by Sonimus (Windows, Mac)

SonEQ is free equalizer plugin that takes parts from some vintage gear and combines them in one free plugin.

SonEQ has 3 bands, bass, middle and treble and provides some good control over them.

Also, SonEQ has a pre-amp section whith a bass boost which can be used to add warmth.

High-pass and Low-pass filters can also be found on this EQ.

SonEQ basically combines all the best qualities of the classic hardware EQs and combines them all into one plugin.

Even though it’s super easy to use, and when compared to other EQs on this list it might seem a little on the simpler side, it’s surprisingly capable of generating some fantastic sounds.

If you want to add some smooth saturation and warmth to your mixes, SonEQ should definitely be considered.

You can download it here.

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5. Marvel GEQ by Voxengo (Windows, Mac)

Marvel GEQ is a linear-phase 16-band graphic EQ which supports up to 8 input/output channels for professional streaming and sound and music production applications.

The beauty of the Marvel GEQ plugin is that it allows for some extremely quick EQ adjustments, both to single audio tracks as well as entire mixes.

It’s very intuitive to use since you only have the 16-bands and that’s it…

Lastly, if you don’t like the color of the plugin, you can change it to other variants which are included.

You can download it here.

Interested in free Synth vst plugins? Here’s an entire post on that topic.

6. Triple EQ by Blue Cat (Windows, Mac)

The free Triple EQ is a 3-band semi parametric EQ and is a very versatile plugin since it features a wide range of gain (+/-40dB per band) and bandwidth (.01 to 5octave).

This allows you to create any filter shape.

The three filters are linked together so that when you change the center frequency or the bandwidth, the parameters of the three filters are modified accordingly: you can control the entire equalizer characteristics with a single mouse click.

The graph shows the frequency response of the plug-in, so that you can exactly know how your signal is processed.

Triple EQ also offers a dual channels version, with independent left/right or mid/side equalization capabilities, and these channels can even be linked together allowing you to transform this plugin into a frequency-dependent panner.

Lastly, you can control the whole plugin through MIDI or automation.

You can download it here.

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7. Nova-67P EQ by vladg/sound (Windows, Mac)

Nova-67P is a parallel parametric equalizer plugin combined with a compressor which can optionally operate in frequency dependent and split-band modes.

In this case the plugin operates as a parallel dynamic equalizer.

The interface isn’t as visually appealing as some other plugins on this list…

But it’s definitely a very powerful plugin.

You can download it here.

Looking for free Delay VSTs? Here’s a post I wrote about the best ones.

8. SlickEQ by Tokyo Dawn Labs and Variety of Sound (Windows, Mac)

SlickEQ is a collaborative project by Variety of Sound and Tokyo Dawn Labs.

It’s a plugin designed mainly for mixing and mastering that focuses on ease of use and musical flexibility.

Three (and a half) filter-bands arranged in a classic Low/Mid/High semi-parametric layout offer fast and intuitive access to four distinct EQ modes, each representing a set of distinct EQ curves and behaviors.

Included is an automatic gain compensation tool which will adjust the perceived loudness during EQ operations.

One cool feature is the SlickEQ allows you to exclusively process either the stereo sum or stereo difference (i.e. “stereo width”) without additional sum/difference encoding.

It offers an output stage with 4 different saturation models which are meant to add warmth and subtle textures.

Now, you can also get the SlickEQ Gentlemen’s Edition, which is the premium version of this plugin, that comes with some extra EQ and saturation models, plus some extra features like a Low-Pass filter and a tilt EQ.

You can download it here.

9. Pushtec 5+1A EQ by Leftover Lasagne (Windows Only)

Even though I don’t like the interface of the Pushtec 5+1A, I have to admit that it works quite well!

It’s a free 6-band mid-range EQ plugin which comes with a decent number of presets.

I found it a bit confusing at first, but I think that this is only because I’m not used to the layout.

Note: It also comes with a Winamp plugin version.

You can download it here.

10. ParisEQ by Matt Craig (Windows Only)

The Paris VST EQ is a very simple and straight forward 4-band stereo parametric VST equalizer plugin that features the same algorithm as the E-mu/Ensoniq Paris system.

It offers the same musicality and quirkiness as the original including soft-limiting, grungy distortion ability, and resonant behavior under certain conditions.

Previously only accessible to those who owned the Paris custom DSP hardware, this unique EQ is now available to all PC DAW users.

You can download it here.

11. Mellowmuse EQ1A (Windows, Mac)

EQ1A is a super simple yet smooth analog style equalizer, with minimal sound coloration.

It features a high pass filter with variable Q, frequency sweepable low and high shelf filters, and sweepable low and high peak filters with variable Q.

A bypass switch is available for each filter section for increased flexibility.

If you are a beginner who wants to learn the basics of EQ, then the EQ1A might be a good plugin to get you started.

You can download it here.

12. lkjb TinyQ (Windows, Mac)

Yes, the name is a mouthful, but if you’re looking for simplicity, then TinyQ is for you.

It features 4 EQ bands from 20 Hz to 20 kHz, two of them switchable between peak and shelf, as well as hi- and lo-cut with orders between 6 and 48 dB/octave.

It even comes with an analyzer, but this one is disabled by default, since the whole idea behind this plugin is to reduce CPU usage.

All in all, a pretty lightweight yet powerful Tiny EQ.

You can download it here.

How to learn EQ?

There is absolutely nothing wrong with just going by ear, in fact that’s how lots of people learned.

However, if you want to fast-track your progress and learn EQ as efficiently as possible, here’s a link to an online course which is pretty damn awesome… It’s also affordable too.

Make sure to check it out!

Conclusion

All of the free EQ plugins on this list are great.

I absolutely love ReaEQ and all of the plugins that come included in that effects bundle…

But no matter which one you choose you should be getting great results.

I hope this information was useful!

Have a wonderful day!

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