Essential Free Effect Plug-Ins for Electronic Producers

There's no reason why select free effect plug-ins can't be every bit as important in your arsenal of music trickery. With so many free plug-ins to choose from Noah Pred recommends 3 for EDM producers.  

With the advent of virtual studio technology, plug-ins have become an essential component of digital music production '" but you don't have to break the bank to enhance your DAW with third-party effects. Here's a round-up of the best free plug-ins available for both Mac and Windows platforms.

Effect Bundles

If you're looking for a suite of easy-to-use effects, there are two go-to options.

The MDA bundle has been around for as long as I can remember, and it's still available from the fine folks at Smart Electronix (http://mda.smartelectronix.com). Featuring a range of simple, CPU-efficient plug-ins that utilize your host's default GUI, the package includes everything from basic dynamics, de-essing and limiting to more exotic options such as a talkbox, a multi-band distortion unit, a rising tone generator and a pitch-tracking oscillator.'

Noah Pred is a Canadian record producer, sound designer, technologist, DJ, and Ableton Certified Trainer living in Berlin, Germany. Releasing dozens of records and touring extensively since the '90s, he currently teaches a wide variety of techniques for stage and studio at the BIMM Institute. For more information, please visit: http://... Read More

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