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Best Free VST Effects for Reason 9.5

Best Free VST Effects

There are a lot of amazing free VST effects out there, but in my experience, these are the best 5 free VST effects. 

They all bring something fun to the table, are easy to use, sound great - and most of all they are free!​ So start downloading today!

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1. Audiothing Filterjam

Audiothing's filter jam is just a great sounding filter, and one of the best free VSTs. It's got 4 different modes, and does amazing things as a multi-band resonant filter. It's very intuitive to use, and can get tones from subtle brightening, to all out freaky. ​

2. TAL Chorus LX

TAL's Chorus LX is modeled on the chorus section of one of the most classic synths of all time, the Juno. It only has a couple of buttons and knobs, but it instantly get smooth, silky chorusing effects in seconds. And it sounds good on everything from guitars, to vocals. Try it out and I'm sure you'll agree that it's one of the best free VSTs.​

3. Tritik - Krush

Tritik's Krush is an incredible powerful bitcrusher with a swiss army knife of usable destruction. But it goes far beyond mere bit crushing. It also features exciting lfo based modulation to give life to your crushing and includes low and high pass filters that can also be modulated by the lfo. It's amazing that this much sonic destruction is free.​

​4. URSA DSP - Lagrange

URSA DSP's Lagrange granular delays is weird. I don't really know how to describe it. It sure doesn't sound like your typical delays. But that's just where the fun starts. Throw it on and start experimenting with far out sounds. ​

5. Valhalla FREQ

Valhalla DSP's FREQ Echo is a freak. It's easy to turn it on and get simple repeats. But where this shines as one of the best free VSTs is when you start playing around with its "Shift" knob. All of a sudden your sounds get twisted and turned in amazing - musical - ways. You can throw this on anything from dub to rock and come away impressed with the results. ​

Are Reason Rack Extensions Dead?

Will Reason VST Support Kill Rack Extensions?

Now that Propellerhead Software has announced that Reason 9.5 will support VSTs, will Rack Extensions survive?

Absolutely.

Having used the Reason 9.5 beta, I can tell you that Rack Extensions are still as great as they've always been. In many ways they feel like the core of Reason, with VSTs there in a supporting role​. 

Rack Extensions are fast, clean, and easy to use within Reason.

Update: it looks like major developers like Rob Pappen are still going to be supporting Rack Extensions, so I don't see them going anywhere. If anything, it will put more pressure on Propellerheads to improve the format!

What do you think?​