Best 10 Free EQ VST/AU Plugins that Sound Great!

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…

TDR Nova EQ by Tokyo Dawn Records

Works on Windows and 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.

Features

  • Parametric equalization
  • Dynamic equalization
  • Frequency selective compression
  • Multi-band compression
  • Wideband compression

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.

ReaEQ by Cockos

Works on 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.

Features

  • Unlimited band IIR based equalizer
  • Support for any number of many types of filters (shelfs, bands, LPF, HPF, notch, bandpass, allpass)
  • Frequency response and phase response display
  • Display of approximate note+octave for frequencies
  • Per-band bypass control
  • Full-view of graph optional for precise editing
  • Mouse modifiers/mousewheel usable for editing bandwidth of points in graph

You can download it here.

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

MEqualizer by Melda Production

Works on Windows and 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…

Features

  • 6-band EQ
  • Multiparameters
  • spectrum analyzer and sonogram
  • Integrated tube saturation

I don’t think you can go wrong with any of the free Melda Production Plugins.

You can download it here.

SonEQ by Sonimus

Works on Windows and 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.

Features

  • 3 band Equalizer, Low, Mid, High.
  • 2 Musical Filters, High-Pass Low-Pass.
  • Preamp stage with bass booster.
  • 64-bit floating point precision.
  • Up to 192kHz sample rates supported

You can download it here.

Marvel GEQ by Voxengo

Works on Windows and 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.

Features

  • 16-band graphic equalizing
  • Freehand drawing mode
  • Linear-phase equalizing
  • +/- 12 dB gain range per band
  • Stereo and multi-channel processing
  • Internal channel routing
  • Channel grouping
  • Mid/side processing
  • 64-bit floating point processing

You can download it here.

Triple EQ by Blue Cat

Works on Windows and 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.

Features

  • True WYSIWYG 3 bands semi-parametric equalizer / shapeable filter.
  • Dual Mode: independent left and right or mid and side channels control.
  • Multiple channels linking modes.
  • +-40 dB range for each band.
  • Automatic gain compensation.
  • No latency.
  • Real time display of the frequency response with precise measurement and zooming capabilities.
  • On-graph filter shape control.

You can download it here.

Nova-67P EQ by vladg/sound

Works on Windows and 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.

Features

  • 5 bands parallel equalizer with auto-gain.
  • Optional high-pass and low-pass filters.
  • Full-band frequency dependent and/or split-band compression.
  • Side-chain filtering and pre-emphasis.
  • Third-octave real-time spectrum analysis.
  • External side-chain support.
  • 64-bit internal processing.

You can download it here.

SlickEQ by Tokyo Dawn Labs and Variety of Sound

Works on Windows and 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.

Features

  • Intuitive, yet flexible semi parametric EQ layout
  • Modern user interface with outstanding usability and ergonomics
  • Carefully designed 64bit “delta” multi-rate structure
  • Three EQ bands with additional 18dB/Oct high-pass filter
  • Four distinct EQ models: “American”, “British”, “German” and “Soviet” with optional non-linearity
  • …and more.

You can download it here.

Pushtec 5+1A EQ by Leftover Lasagne

Works on 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.

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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