In this list you’ll find the absolute top 5 of free sidechain plugins for both Windows & Mac. The list includes plugins from big names (TAL, MeldaProduction) and less known developers. They mostly give you access to LFO-Tool style effects, so they’re also perfect for all kinds of volume modulation. Let’s get started!
1. TAL-Filter-2 (Mac/Win)
TAL-Filter-2 is a host synced filter module with different filter types, panorama and volume modulation possibilities. This can be used for tremolo or trance gate effects. Panorama modulation maybe is useful to pan your percussion, hats or sound effects in the stereo room for more interesting rythms and sounds.
2. Sidechainer2 RDG Audio (Mac/Win)
This unique plug-in also allows users to sculpt custom curves and shapes and comes equipped with dozens of presets to achieve desired results quickly. Customizable point + tension curve editor. Time with Triplet, Dotted and Straight features.
3. SideKick VST (Win only)
A free FX plugin to automate the volume of your sounds. Ideal for that sidechain effect or Trance Gates.
4. SimpleSide (Mac/Win)
SimpleSide is completely free volume curve LFO utility. It’s quite powerful and very simple to use.
5. MCompressor (Mac/Win)
MCompressor provides refined compression. It features an adjustable compression shape, giving you the power to create dynamic sound effects, and a range of up-sampling options for a crystal clear sound.