best mastering plugins for music production

Best Mastering Plugins in 2021 for Music Producers

The final steps to deliver an end product are one of the most important things in music production. Balance the low-, mid-, and high end, gain-stage the total mix, mid/side treatments, and adjust the overall volume to get the most out of your production. This stage of music production is called mastering and is normally done by a professional mastering engineer as they are specially trained for this stage. Curious what kind of tools these mastering engineers are using? Here are the best mastering VST plugins in 2021 for music producers.

Best Mastering VST Plugins in 2021 for Music Producers


  1. iZotope Ozone 9
  2. SSL G-Master Buss Compressor 
  3. FabFilter Pro-L 2
  4. S1 Stereo Imager
  5. FabFilter Pro-MB

Best VST Plugins of 2021 – Read Here


1.iZotope Ozone 9

Grammy award-winning engineers and producers for Nirvana and U2 are participants and supporters of Izotope’s Ozone 9 mastering plugin. Use the built-in EQs, maximizers, exciters, match EQ, low-end focus, and many more features to take your track to the next level. Ozone 9 claims the #1 spot in our Best Mastering Plugins Charts.



2.SSL G-Master Buss Compressor 

This digital vst version of the renowned master buss compressor, SSL 4000 G console, is well known in the music industry for its ability to glue tracks together. Use it on piano’s to treat the dynamics, add punch to your drums, or use it on entire mixes to make your track more powerful. Check out this mastering vst plugin in action down below.



3.FabFilter Pro-L 2

Limiters form an integral part of the mastering process and FabFilter’s Pro-L 2 VST plugin is one of the best in the industry. Pro-L 2 has been utilised by many big artists like Skrillex, Afrojack, Martin Garrix, and David Guetta at the end of master chains, mixes, or individual sounds. Its waveform visualizer shows you every detail of the incoming signal and offers you the most important features to deliver a professional end product.



4.S1 Stereo Imager

This stereo enhancing plugin of Waves lets you treat the stereo field of any sound. Through its clear visualizer, you can put your sub easily to mono, spread your pads to the side, or add mid/side imaging. You can adjust the incoming gain, width, frequency, and outgoing gain. You can utilise this vst plugin for a variety of purposes including mastering. Check out S1 Stereo Imager in action down below.



5.FabFilter Pro-MB

This multi-band compressor of FabFilter contains a threshold, range, attack, release, output, ratio, knee, lookahead, and more features to adjust every single band in different ways. Treat your sounds more natural, broader, or more detailed. Multiband compressor vst plugins in your mastering chain can make ton of a difference if used appropriately.


Read the next article: Best Chorus VST Plugins in 2021 for Music Producers 

Image Credit: Waves



- DJ/Producer from the Netherlands. - Graduated from the Conservatory in Amsterdam. - Currently working as the technical writer at We Rave You

[email protected]