Top 10 Free Mastering Plugins in 2022
So after hours of recording and tinkering, you’re finally happy with all the elements of your track – now what? Well, as many of you know, it gets even harder. Mixing and mastering is never quick and easy, but with time and practice you’ll find that it’s totally doable. Of course, you will need all the tools for the job. Plugins in this area can be expensive, but just because you’re working on a low (or non-existent) budget doesn’t mean you can’t complete your projects on your own. So here, in no particular order, are the best free mastering VST plugins in 2022 for music producers.
Top 10 Free Mastering VST Plugins
1. Youlean Sound Volume Meter
The free version of a plugin of the same name, the Youlean Loudness Meter gives you a very accurate measurement of the perceived loudness of your audio. Track the history of your edit intensity and identify any issues in your song; resize and scale the plug-in to your specifications and easily control the volume of your tracks.
2. Voxengo Marvel GEQ
Voxengo’s Marvel GEQ is a 16-band linear phase graphic equalizer with support for multi-channel operation. Simple, quick and easy EQ adjustments not only for entire songs, but also for complete tracks. Comes with a variety of color variations and customization options to let you work your way
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3. Melda Production Analyzer
MAnalyzer, from Melda Production, gives you a spectral analyzer and sonogram that measures the average, infinite average, temporary maximum and infinite maximum in remarkable quality for a free product. Use super-resolution to provide high resolution in all kinds of frequencies or deharmonize to find relative frequencies.
4. No6 Limiter by VladgSound
VladgSound’s simply and aptly named No6 Limiter offers flexible tuning, high-quality signal processing, support for mono/stereo and multiband modes, up to 4 times oversampling, five modules and true inter-sample peak limiting. Simple and efficient.
5. Voxengo SPAN
SPAN is Voxengo’s real-time “Fast Fourier Transform” audio spectrum analyzer. Flexible with a mode system that allows you to customize your spectrum analyzer preferences, SPAN provides simple and effective spectrum analysis free of charge.
6. Ferric TDS
Looking to access dynamic tape-style effects for your project? Look no further than the Ferric TDS, which gives crunch and presence to your synths or adds subtle compression to everything from guitars to drums. It’s a simple, easy-to-use way to give your tracks a vintage feel without breaking the bank on more expensive software.
7. Ozone Imager 2
Made by world-renowned plugin developers Izotope, Ozone Imager 2 is extraordinarily comprehensive for free software. Easily adjust the width of your track, “stereoize” it to automatically convert it from mono to stereo without a hitch, and view your width and alignment through three different vector meters.
Nova is a free downloadable parallel dynamic equalizer from TDR or Tokyo Dawn Records. This software does just about everything you would expect from an equalizer, capable of parametric equalization, dynamic equalization, frequency selective compression, multi-brand compression, and wideband compression. It also happens to be as polished, smooth and elegant as plugins that offer hundreds of others.
9. Stereo Flux V3 Tool
Described by the makers of Flux as the complete stereo imaging and analysis tool, Stereo Tool V3 could very well be just that. It offers ultra-precise control of input gain and individual panning for left and right channels, precise visual feedback, vector scope, PPM meters for inputs/outputs, phase correlation meter and inversion of left and right individual polarity, all absolutely free.
10. MT meter 2
A multivariable meter that performs RMS, EBUR128, VU and PPM measurements, MV Meter 2 expands on its already excellent predecessor by adding single/dual meter display, adjustable baseline for all meter modes, adjustable meter delay and customizable presets.
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