Been a while since I last posted but I’ve been reading a lot lately.
Whilst I was reading my computer music magazine I came across this cool bit of news.
Cakewalk are now offering their classic synth and effects vst plugins for download.
Cakewalk SFZ+ Professional
“rgc:audio’s revolutionary SoundFont player sample-playback engine, packed in a professional VST/DXi instrument.
Outstanding sound quality, stereo built-in effects, adjustable CPU/quality settings to adjust it to your hardware, fully multitimbral operation, multiple stereo outputs, several loading modes including direct-from-disk streaming and a beautiful interface make sfz+ the perfect choice for SoundFont users and professional composers.”
Square 1 Synth
“The warmness and classic sound of the vintage analog synthesizers, combined with the fidelity and precision of a VST instrument.
A simple synthesizer, oriented to the serious music enthusiast. High quality sound with a warm and easy layout, perfect to learn synth programming: all controls in one panel for instant access, clear and distinctive sections. The built-in effects add depth to the sound and convenience to the sound programming.”
Also available are Cakewalks Audio FX 1 and 2
Cakewalk Audio FX 1
“Cakewalk Audio FX 1 is a series of four dynamic real-time audio processing plug-ins including Compressor/Gate, Limiter, Expander/Gate, and Dynamics Processor. Audio FX 1 plug-ins use 32-bit, floating-point processing, providing you with fast, precise, mono and stereo audio effects. Audio FX 1 can be used as real-time effects during playback, or used to render audio tracks as off-line edits. So you get maximum editing flexibility whether you’re mixing tracks at home or in the studio.”
“Created by precise measurement and analysis, Audio FX 2 uses advanced processing algorithms to apply the classic sound and warmth of several different vintage guitar amplifiers and analog tape decks to your digital audio. Best of all, these plug-ins allow you to get all of the good things associated with vintage gear, such as their distinctive sound and warmth, without the problems and undesired effects that older equipment often have.”
ARPESST:Free Synth/Arpegiator VST Instrument from UntidyMusic.
This is the 2nd of our untidymusic free VST plugins , basically a it’s a messed up synthesisizer.
Wasn’t sure what to call this, I’ve named it ARPESST due to the fact it uses an arppegiator.
Initially it was to be based around the proteus /1 but definitelty not even close to that.
Although it has a curious sound.
DELAY, LFO, FMLFO, ADSR, CLIPPER, SOFT DISTORTION andMOOG Filters.
Controls are random really, it works on two ADSR controlled Oscillators going into one one signal, each Oscillator goes through a moog, a clipper, a distortion and is controlled by an LFO.
Get some weird John Carpenter style moog sounds using the Arp and the Delay.
The ‘TWIST’ control really hurts the ears, but can also create those weirder vibes/effects if needed.
Created some presets but ultimately it’s down to the user to create their own.
It works in Reaper and Sonar and seems to have a relatively low CPU usage.
Hope someone enjoys it anyways.
Download it for free here.
C64 emulation VSTi synth created to emulate the sounds of the commodore 64.
Relatively easy to use SID chip emulation.
Comes with lot’s of presets for you judge for yourself.
Unknown64: Free Commodore 64 Sound Emulation VST plugin Synth
Download for free here
Free VST Synthesizer Instrument,
Messhas Orion Synth,
Created using synthedit this freeware synthesizer plugin is simple and easy to use.
- 8 voice polyphonic
- 2 oscillators with sine, saw, ramp, triangle and pulse wave, white and pink noise
- Oscillator sync
- Pulse width and PWM
- ADSR for each oscillator
- 2 lfo’s with sample and hold, rate sync and delay and release
- A separate filter section for each oscillator, with ADSR
- Effect section with stereo delay and Flanger
- Ring modulator
- Mono mode
- Full MIDI control and automation
- Great analog sound
Download for free here
Umbra VSTi Synth – Free VST Instrument,
Superb Pads created with this free synth available to download here
Umbra is basically a Waveset of 128 complex waveforms as SF2 plus a specially designed VSTi Synthesizer / SF2 (Soundfont) player. The Umbra waveset consists of complex waveforms which
are best suited for dark ambient, soundscapes, athmospheres, textures and rather experimental sounds. The Umbra waveset can be used also with STS-26 and ProtoPlasm21 and other sf2 compatible apps. As of STS-26 and ProtoPlasm 21 it is recommeded not to load it into all slots as sound might get too fat then.
Umbra VSTi Synthesizer /SF2 Player features:
2 Oscillators with 128 waveforms as external SF2 (24 of these waveforms in free version)
6 LFO and 1 Sample&Hold incl. 1 dedicated pitch mod LFO
1 24db LowPass filter with resonance and EG (ADSR)
1 Amp EG (ADSR)
1 Delay bpm synced and modulateble by selectable source
LKO function for Delay (LastKeyOff unleashes full delay amount)
LoBoost & Saturator
Pan modulateble by selectable LFO and option to switch between normal Pan and Delay to opposite direction
4 Lazy buttons
8 voices or maybe 10
Free Download it here
Abyss Sub-Bass Synthesizer – free vst plugin by Johnny Beaver@ LowerRythym
‘Abyss is a very simple synthesizer effect intended to
be inserted on your bass drum channel. While allowing the
original signal to come through untouched, it adds a secondary
layer of tunable, low end bass synth. This is a very easy way to
add controlled low end to your bass drum without obliterating it
with an equalizer.‘
‘Although Abyss can be used in a versatile fashion, it
was designed with synthetic drums in mind. As of right now you
can’t manually adjust the input threshold, so drum samples with
improperly cut tails will hold the threshold open longer than
it might need to be.’
Apparently this will probably be fixed in a future version.
FRQ : Synth output frequency (40Hz – 320Hz).
WAVE : Waveform selector (Sine, Saw, Ramp, Triangle, Pulse)
CUT : Lowpass filter cutoff.
ATT : Envelope attack.
REL : Envelope release.
VOL : Volume of synth
Novaflash: Oxytocin Synthesizer – Free VST Instrument,
Really complicated synth instrument plugin,
LFO, VC0, Distortion, Ring Modulator, Delay, Reverb, Chorus etc.
Looks like a lot of work but if you’re looking for a freebie VST synth plugin that you can sink your teeth into then this could be exactly what you’re looking for.
If you’re a newbie and don’t know what an LFO is leave it well alone, or maybe learn about them up to you.
Give it a try, can’t hurt.
Download for free here
polyIblit is a VST 2.3 compatible software synthesizer for PC.
The oscillator waveforms are generated using BLITs (Band Limited Impulse Train)
which gives oscillators with very low aliasing.
32 voices (CPU dependent)
3 oscillators per voice
Sine, Triangle, Sawtooth and Pulse waveforms
Pulse Width/Slope Modulation
Two LP/BP/HP filters
Four LFOs with tempo sync
Speed and amplitude modulation of LFOs
Four ADSR envelope generators that can be triggered
by Note On, LFOs, Control Change or portamento.
Midi automation and Midi learn
Crystal – Free VST soft synth and rompler plugin
Crystal is a really cool soft synth created by Green Oak.
It’s been around for a good few years now and never ceases to impress.
It’s developed over the years integrating Soundfonts, wave sequencing and hard oscillation sync.
As with most soft synths it does take a bit of getting used to but it’s worth it.
There are lot’s of variants in making sounds/patches – there are four voice pages as above – each with it’s own tweakable parameters including the usual filters, oscillators and amps.
To add that little bit more choice in tweakage is the mixing page.
You can also set a partnership up between two seperate patches – this is called the breed function and cuteley they’ve called this mother and father.
Anyway give it a go and download it – but as always remember to support your software -find a way to donate if you use it.
Crystals developers do not seek payment from users but if you want to show your appreciation.
‘Crystal is a labor of love, so I don’t accept payments from Crystal users. However, if you feel you’d like to express your thanks in a financial way, here’s a worthy organization that could put your check or international money order to good use (enclose a note to let them know you heard about them from Green Oak.):‘
LiveWell San Diego
4425 Bannock Ave.
San Diego, CA 92117
What They say -
‘Crystal is a semi-modular software synthesizer featuring both subtractive synthesis and frequency modulation (FM) synthesis. It offers abundant modulation control with over 90 parameters which may be modulated, multi-stage envelopes with graphical editors, extensive tempo sync of envelopes/lforates/delay times, built-in effects for chorus/flanging/comb filtering/echoes, and a band splitter for effects processing by frequency band. Not only that, Crystal has wave sequencing, granular synthesis, program morphing, MIDI learn, and imports soundfonts. The musical applications for Crystal are literally boundless.’ - Greenoak
LFO – low-frequency oscillation is an audio signal usually below 20 Hz which creates a pulsating rhythm rather than an audible tone.
LFO refers to an audio technique specifically used in the production of electronic music.
The abbreviation refers to low-frequency oscillators themselves.
Low-frequency oscillation was first came to the fore in the modular synthesizers of the 60s and 70s.
Often the LFO effect was accidental because of the number number of configurations that could be ‘patched’ by the synthesizer operator.
LFOs have since appeared in some form on almost every type of synthesizer.
LFO’s have been used to create effects in the studio environment namely on guitar with the Tremelo effect.
Electronic musicians have used the LFO for a variety of different applications.
LFOs have been used to add simple vibrato or tremolo to a melody, or for more complex applications such as triggering gate envelopes, or controlling the rate of arpeggiation.
GalactiX – subtractive virtual VST Synth.
- 16 voice polyphonic
- up to 8 instances per VST host
- 6 high quality oscillators with no-interpolation algorithm
- detune and phase per oscillator
- two filters: VCO with velocity sensitivity and master key follow filter
- midi control for parameters
- master effects: chorus and reverb
- 18 factory presets + sound bank from rgcAudio