Free Plugins for Logic Pro
On this dedicated page on the Logic Pro Expert website you’ll find an extensive, super-duper and easy-to-browse list of free plugins for Logic Pro, developed by a wide range of audio plugin developers both indy and commercial. For most of Logic Pro Expert’s readers, this will be a far better alternative to browsing the Free Plugins category archive page – which already has proven to be an excellent place to find freebie audio plugins throughout these past few years.
Find Free Plugins for Logic Pro – On All Devices
Every article posted on Logic Pro Expert that belongs to the freebie plugin category will automatically appear on this page as well. This makes finding free audio plugins for Logic Pro very easy, regardless of the device you happen to be reading this page on. Articles on this page will be organized in chronological order: the most recently published ones can be found at the top of this page. Easy.
32-bit and 64-bit Audio Units
Every audio plugin you’ll find here is in the Audio Unit plugin format, though many are available in other audio plugin formats as well (VST, AAX), so you can run them in other Digital Audio Workstations such as Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Steinberg Cubase, or Presonus Studio One. Most of these plugins come in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the Audio Unit format, so they can be used in both Logic Pro 9 and Logic Pro X, and Garageband of course.
Plugins for Metering, Loudness, Correlation, Clipping, Transients, Saturation and more
The audio plugins range from metering tools, loudness and correlation measurement tools, plugins for clipping audio, shaping transients, panning and EQ, distortion and saturation, and other effects. Some free Audio Unit software instruments may also show up on this page.
It’s that time of the year again (already, huh) when Soundtoys releases Little things that go a long way.
I never heard of this one. Thanks to Björn Arlt at Full Bucket Music, you can pick up a free copy of the FB-3300, a soft synth based on the rare KORG PS-3300 polyphonic analog synthesizer from the late seventies.
We all should hit the pub more often! Russ Hughes, the founder of Pro Tools Expert, sat in one the other day and wondered “wouldn’t it be great if you could keep the settings of your (audio) hardware in the sessions?”.
Even though Logic Pro X offers a shredload of plugins that can make great guitar tones (or can be used creatively for distorted vocals for example), there’s a whole other world of third-party guitar amp simulator plugins to explore. Here’s an overview of some of the best free guitar amp plugins for Mac to get you started.
Audiothing has released Filterjam, a free multi-band resonant filter plugin that you can use to add brightness or depth to synths, completely mangle audio sources, and make ring modulation-type sounds and effects.
Vintage tones, man!
Soundtoys’ first-ever equalizer plugin, the Sie-Q, is free through October 13th (reg. $129).
iZotope has released Neutrino, a free plug-in that lets you add clarity to your mix in just a few steps. It can subtly refine vocals, instruments, bass and drums.
Boz Digital Labs have recently released a free plugin: Width Knob.
Slate Digital have introduced a free plugin. It’s called The Monster Extreme Dynamic Processor, and it emulates the classic “all buttons in” extreme compression sound of vintage FET limiter hardware.
Extent of the Jam has released Digits 2.0, a free software instrument based on the Casio CZ series of phase distortion synthesizers from the mid-1980s.
U-He today unleashed a new ‘Researchware’ plug-in named RePro-Alpha. It’s a stripped down version of the Sequential Circuits Pro-One they’re currently modeling.
MiGiC by Bituosity (free, currently still in Beta) is an Audio Unit plugin that allows you to easily convert guitar to MIDI without any external hardware. Update: MiGiC has now reached beta 5 which adds features such as harmonized chords, and a user interface that is even easier to use.
Don’t Crack for a limited time have set free Bus Driver, a free Vintage Optical Compressor with Tube Saturation.
Tokio Dawn Labs have set free TDR Nova, a parallel dynamic EQ plugin with four dynamic EQ bands and additional high-pass and low-pass filter sections. Its bigger brother – called TDR Nova, the “Gentleman’s Edition” – costs 40 Euros.
Metric Halo has set free Thump, a free plugin that allows you to synthesize low frequency audio to add low end to a track or generate another sound entirely.
Remember HOFA’s 4U Meter, Fader & MS-Pan plugin? I wrote about this one before in my free audio metering plugins article a while back. The plugin has recently been updated, it’s got a revised user interface and some handy new functionality – and yup, it’s still as gratis as it ever was.
Indy plugin developer Goodhertz have updated their range of plugins to version 1.1.3 – that includes the free Faraday Limiter plugin we wrote about earlier.
LUFSMeter is a free Loudness Metering plugin developed by audio engineer Samuel Gähwiler that enables you to deliver loudness calibrated content.
ClipShifter , from LVC Audio (already known for their free saturation plugin called PhreePhuzz) is a free audio plugin for wave-shaping audio that functions like a clipping-style limiter. The plugin provides user controls that can be useful in all mixing stages: from distorting basses and drums, to maximizing mix buses and adding warmth to overall mixes.
MeldaProduction’s suite of both paid and free audio plugins have been updated to version 8.04 recently, bringing improved performance on Mac OS X, and an improved preset window layout to name but a few improvements.
Free filter plugin: Atom is a filter with focus on dynamic, tempo-synchronised modulation. It features five different resonant filter types each with three slope settings – up to super-steep -48 dB/octave. But what makes it special is its two modulators which feature multiple waveforms and run at rates from 1/128 note to 16 bars.
The kind people at Audio Assault have some free plugins for Logic Pro users up for grabs: Grind Machine & Bass Grinder. Shred it!
Tokyo Dawn Labs – makers of the free Proximity plug-in we wrote about earlier – just made more of their studio tools available for free download. This time, it’s a free EQ plugin called SlickEQ, made in collaboration with Variety of Sound and Vladg/Sound.
Weekend! Or so you thought. Soundtoys is offering their Little Primaltap delay plug-in for free, inspired by the classic Lexicon Model 93 Prime Time digital delay from the seventies. Another free plugin for Logic Pro up for grabs!
Proximity could be called a panning tool, or simply a stereo tool, but perhaps we should just bluntly (dangerously?) call it the fader of the future. This free plugin for Logic Pro enables you to psychoacoustically position audio, and lets you manipulate the depth of sounds in a straightforward manner by combining several psychoacoustic phenomena that come into play when you’re mixing audio.
Bark of Dog does not auto-play sounds of dogs barking to keep looters out of your studio, it’s a simple resonant high-pass filter with a super simple interface, made by Boz Digital Labs.
Need some glitching buffer effects in your Logic Pro projects? Fracture, by GlitchMachines, is a free Audio Unit plugin for Logic Pro that may suit your needs. Fracture makes it possible to make glitchy articulations and musical mayhem from basically any sound you throw at it.
I’ve been searching for some free bit crushing audio unit plugins, that take bit crushing a little further than Logic Pro X’s stock Bitcrusher plugin does, especially regarding filtering and modulation.
This free saturation plugin was developed by Tony Frenzel from Klanghelm Audio Plugins, a Berlin based software company specialized in creating audio plugins and standalone audio applications. Currently, Klanghelm is a one man show. Tony Frenzel has rich roots in both music and coding, but sucked at soldering. That realization propelled him into being fascinated by DSP (Digital Signal Processing).
I’ve made a list of free 64 bit metering plugins for measuring level, loudness and correlation that could very well replace the metering tools that Logic Pro currently offers. This article was last updated on May 1st, 2016.
The list of free plugins for Logic Pro goes on. Here’s another 38 free Audio Unit plugins for your favorite DAW. Some are 32-bit, some 64-bit. Some are teasers, and some are made by dedicated freebie plugin developers with good ideas. Fire ‘m up!
In the jungle of third party Audio Unit plugins, ‘free’, as in zero-cost, doesn’t necessarily mean low quality. Nor does a less funky GUI. Here’s a list of free Audio Unit plugins worth taking for a spin in Logic Pro, or any DAW that supports Audio Units. There’s lots to choose from, happy tweaking!