Best Free Distortion Plugins For PC & Mac (2018)!

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Semantic Audio SAFEDistortion

SAFEDistortion is a free distortion/overdrive plugin for PC & Mac

Semantic Audio SAFEDistortion Free Distortion

It will run on Windows and Mac across a large number of DAWs, providing they support either VST or Audio Units.

Available here: Semantic Audio

Tek’it Audio Winkl

Winkl is a free foldback distortion for VST2, VST3 and Audio Unit plug-in formats. It’s not a subtle distortion, this is well suited for bass and leads, made to make scream your sounds.

Tek'it Audio Winkl Free Distortion


  • 2 types of Foldback distortion.
  • Drive and Output Gain controls.
  • Bypass switch.
  • x16 Oversampling.
  • 64-bit internal processing.
  • Full MIDI automation support.
  • Works in mono or stereo.
  • Zero-latency.

Available here: Tek’it Audio

Auburn Sounds GFM Distort

GFM Distort is a bread-and-butter distortion that will find itself at home on every track. Thanks to its 16x oversampling, GFM Distort is practically devoid of aliasing. Use it on drums, guitar and acid leads to get warmed up! While GFM Distort is proudly digital, its quirkiness, builtin instability and lowpass post-filter all combine to give an unmistakable 90s feeling.

GFM Distort

Available here: GFM Distort

TSE Audio TSE808

TSE808 is a digital emulation of a famous tubescreamer pedal.. It’s become very common to use a tubescreamer in front of the guitar amp in metal to tighten up the low end and get some extra boost on leads.

TSE Audio TSE808 free distortion


  • Quality switch – (Anti-aliasing).
  • Stereo / Dual mode.
  • Input, Drive, Tone, Volume controls.

Available here: TSE Audio

Soundhack ++chebyshev

++chebyshev is a distortion unit which uses various low-order chebyshev polynomials to add even or odd harmonic distortion.

soundhack ++chebyshev free distortion

More information here: Soundhack

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