Top Free VST Plugins For Ableton Live

12 Free VST Plugins For Ableton Live

Let’s be honest, we all love free stuff, especially free VST plugins for Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Cubase, Bitwig Studio or any other DAW! Tell me one electronic music producer doesn’t!

That’s why I’ve written up this review of my top choices for free plugins that you may want to check out and download to use in your music.

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This list is in no order and may be expanded to include other plugins over time. Let me know in the comments if you know any other great free plugins at the bottom of this post!

1. SampleTank FREE

Windows, Mac OS X Free VST Plugins Ableton Live It’s insane that something as good as SampleTank could be free. It comes with a wide range of virtual instruments, from basses to drums, guitars, synths, organs, ensemble strings and orchestral sections, vocals and much more! You can upgrade to SampleTank 2L or 2.5 XL if you’re impressed with the quality of the sounds you hear in the free version.

SampleTank FREE Sounds

  • Sample based sounds (parent): 58
  • Preset sounds (child): 146
  • Combi sounds (combi): 0
  • Total sounds: 204
  • Total size: 579 MB

Download SampleTank FREE here  

2. Flux BitterSweet v3

Windows, Mac OS X bittersweet v3BitterSweet from Flux is a free transient shaper plugin. It works well for adding more ‘punch’ to your drums, especially your kicks, snares and toms. The extra punch comes when you turn the dial to the ‘bitter’ setting. You can soften the punch of a sound when you turn the dial towards the ‘sweet’ setting. It is available as a 32-bit and 64-bit plugin.   Features:

  • Output Gain, controlling the gain at the end of the processing.
  • Bypass routes the incoming signal direct to the output for a true smooth transition between processed and clean signal.
  • Three different transient processing modes:
  • Main, using a regular stereo signal scheme for the processing.
  • Center, processing the Mid channel only, very efficient for snare and kick drums.
  • Stereo, processing the Side channel only, very efficient for panned rhythmic/transient instruments.

    Download BitterSweet here  

3. Glitch 2

Windows, Mac OS X, Linux glitch2 vstGlitch is an audio effect plugin for Windows (VST), Mac (VST and AU) and Linux (VST), available in both 32-bit and 64-bit formats. Featuring a new and improved sequencer which can play multiple effects simultaneously, with the ability to trigger unique scenes from every note on your keyboard, Glitch can be as gentle or as brutal as you like. Add the occasional splash of re-trigger or stretcher to single hits within your drum loop, or fill the entire sequencer with random effect blocks for a totally chaotic trip down the digital rabbit hole… the choice is yours! Features:


  • Each program consists of 128 scenes that can be triggered via MIDI notes. Each scene has its own unique sequencer pattern, timing, and effect settings, allowing you to create tons of unique variations for every moment in your song, all ready to go at the press of a key!
  • Multi-lane sequencer allows many effects to be played simultaneously, to create interesting layered sounds.
  • Improved sequencer timing controls to better match your groove and song structure.
  • Intuitive pattern editor with drag’n’drop. Draw, erase, resize, split and join blocks with ease.


  • 9 cheeky little effect modules designed to slice, dice, chop, screw, twist, turn and mangle your sounds into radical new forms.
  • Tempo-synced effects can easily be dialled in to precise musical timings such as 16th notes, 8th note triplets, and so on.
  • Filter, mix, pan and volume controls on each module, to help shape and fine-tune the output.

    Download Glitch Demo Version Here  

4. Zebralette

Windows, Mac OS X Ableton Free VST PluginsZebralette by U-He is just one of its big brother Zebra2’s oscillators packed into a simple, easy-to-learn framework – but you have everything you need to make some pretty amazing sounds. Sounds that can be directly loaded into Zebra2 later. And should you eventually decide to upgrade to Zebra2, you will already know everything there is to know about the oscillators. Zebralette has two LFOs (one per voice, one global), a multi-stage envelope and three on-board effects (chorus, EQ, delay). Not forgetting Zebra2’s famous dual spectral effects, which include several squelchy filter algorithms. Download Zebralette Here  

 5. Camel Crusher

Windows, Mac OS X Camel CrusherCamelCrusher is a free ‘colouring’ multi-effect plugin. It offers two characteristically different distortion sounds which can be blended together to create a wide variety of tones and textures. Great for guitars, drums and plenty more! There’s also a warm, smooth analogue-style low-pass filter with buckets of resonance. Assign a MIDI controller and start tweaking! Finally, let’s not forget the easiest-to-use compressor you’ll find anywhere. It can ‘phatten’ up your sound as quickly as you can turn up the ‘Amount’ knob! Features:

  • Two different distortion types.
  • Warm, analogue-modelled resonant low-pass filter.
  • High quality, easy-to-use compressor, with ‘Phat’ mode.
  • Powerful ‘MIDI Learn’ function.
  • A collection of useful Preset patches to get you started.
  • Randomize for instant inspiration.

Download Camel Crusher Here