What are your favorite free synth VSTs?

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What are your favorite free synth VSTs?

Post by dwhermann2003 » Fri Nov 18, 2011 2:54 am

I am a relative newbie to the softsynth scene and have chosen to go the free route before committing untold fortunes on softsynths that I am still concerned will never live up to hardware.

That being said, I have found two sources for really great synths:

1) Togu Audio Line

2) GTG Synths (thanks Mik! I find myself regularly using your synths in my work)

Other than the occasional gems such as Synth1 and the Artemis by B Serrano, are there any other truly inspired groups creating free VSTs?

Thanks,

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Re: What are your favorite free synth VSTs?

Post by astroidmist » Fri Nov 18, 2011 8:17 am

I like the Kore Player freebies, but the geniuses at Native-Instruments totally discontinued it even though they were selling good soundpacks for it.

Some other good ones:

SQ8L
Alieno
Triangle II
Azeta66
TAL synths

Short Circuit and HighLife samplers

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Re: What are your favorite free synth VSTs?

Post by garranimal » Fri Nov 18, 2011 5:45 pm

Plugs I sometimes mess around with:
Superwave P8 - for that Supersaw JP-8000 sound.
I can vouch for the Tal Uno stuff they sound pretty good.

Plugs I have used in my recordings:
Algo Music String Synthesizer - for vintage string machine sounds.
Mr. Ray 73 - absolutely superb Rhodes Electric Piano sounds. It fills the bill so well I sold my Rhodes 73 to reclaim studio space.

Some free effects plugs I really like and use a lot:
Slim Slow Slider Side Chain Compressor
Dblue Glitch

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Re: What are your favorite free synth VSTs?

Post by optimus prime » Fri Nov 18, 2011 8:15 pm

I really like Augur, the free Prophet VS emulation, great for pads of course: http://www.vstcafe.com/2009/05/smart-el ... augur.html

mda stuff: synths and effects ePiano is my favorite, very simple and great sounding.

Drumatic 3, awesome drum synth: http://www.e-phonic.com/plugins/drumatic3.php

All of this stuff is really old, it's strange more free quality plugins haven't popped up more recently.

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Re: What are your favorite free synth VSTs?

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Re: What are your favorite free synth VSTs?

Post by tekkentool » Fri Nov 18, 2011 11:43 pm

OXE FM and FMMF are pretty good for FM.

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Re: What are your favorite free synth VSTs?

Post by D-Collector » Sat Nov 19, 2011 6:37 pm

I'll add my vote for Drumatic, and also the "SD-2100" vst which is an SP-1200 emulation. You should find it by googling, if not I can put it up.

Also, go here for some more cool free drum and synth plugins:
http://marvinpavilion.ojaru.jp/en/sound/vst.html
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Re: What are your favorite free synth VSTs?

Post by nvbrkr » Sat Nov 19, 2011 10:28 pm

Hexter (for Linux /*NIX only, I believe)
PPG Wavesim
Polyiblit

Not a synth, but the free learjeff Rhodes soundfont is the best thing since free sliced bread.

I have to check out that Prophet VS emulation.

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Re: What are your favorite free synth VSTs?

Post by Miles Powerhouse » Sat Nov 19, 2011 11:33 pm

ZynAddSubFX. It's one of the most powerful (in terms of methods of sound synthesis) synths I've ever come across, hardware or software. PM, FM, Ringmod, 8 Voices, Waveshaping, all on the Additive Synthesizer part alone!

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Re: What are your favorite free synth VSTs?

Post by stephen » Sun Nov 20, 2011 12:19 am

Ahhh the mighty Zynaddsubfx (or Yoshimi if you prefer!) Not really VST in linuxland, but Zyn/Yoshimi-->JACK-->Renoise... nice.
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Re: What are your favorite free synth VSTs?

Post by astroidmist » Mon Nov 21, 2011 11:14 am

Yeah I like ZynAddSubFX too. I left it off the list since it seems really buggy on my XP SP3 system.

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Re: What are your favorite free synth VSTs?

Post by thestreets » Fri Feb 15, 2013 11:46 pm

Bump.

This thread hasn't been updated in awhile, anybody have any additions to add? I'm trying to find some stuff right now, I'll post if I find anything good.

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Re: What are your favorite free synth VSTs?

Post by tekkentool » Sun Feb 17, 2013 6:49 am

What? no synth1?

Everyone in this thread disgusts me, especially past-me.



get funky :lol:

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Re: What are your favorite free synth VSTs?

Post by vladimotor » Sun Feb 17, 2013 2:21 pm

How about Zebralette and Tyrell6?! Also Synth1 and GTG synths.

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Re: What are your favorite free synth VSTs?

Post by cgren72 » Sun Feb 17, 2013 8:06 pm

+1 Tyrell nexus 6. it is very useful

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