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Best Free Must Have Plugins

Updated: Oct 1, 2020

Once you reach a certain level at mixing recording sessions or beats, it doesn’t take long to realize that the stock plugins in your DAW will only get you so far when looking for that professional sound. Finding the right third-party plugins can be time consuming, frustrating and VERY expensive! After researching, networking with engineers and experimenting with various plugins and suites, we’ve found 4 FREE must have plugins that will improve your mixes and enhance your workflow dramatically! These plugins are hidden gems in the audio industry that will help take your mix game to the next level!

Thump by Metric Halo

This is a pretty sweet plugin by Metric Halo that does exactly what the name says…add thump to your tracks! Thump is an audio processor that allows you to boost, shape and tame the low-end frequencies of your audio signals. This plugin is perfect for fixing kick drums that lack bottom and for boosting the low-end presence of your bass instruments to help fill out your mix.

Thump is also great for slightly boosting the low-end harmonics in vocal tracks to add warmth and tone. Properly processing the low-end frequencies in a mix can be very tricky. Understanding how to mix low-end frequencies is the difference between being a novice and a more advanced mix engineer. With Thump in your plugin arsenal, you will be able to tone and shape the bass frequencies for a fuller and more cohesive mix.