Top Synth Free VST Plugins
Top Synth Free VST Plugins

Top 10+ Synth Free VST Plugins 2022

We have created for you a rating of the Best 10 Synth Free VST Plugins as the most downloaded and according to the excellent reviews of musicians

VST list navigation:

  1. Odin 2
  2. Pendulate
  3. Voltage Modular Nucleus 2
  4. Surrealistic MG-1 Plus Synthesizer
  5. TAL-Bassline
  6. Twisted Energy
  7. SynthMaster Player FREE
  8. Tunefish
  9. TAL-Elek7ro
  10. TAL-NoiseMaker

1. Odin 2

by: TheWaveWarden

 
Odin 2
 

Ever dreamt of a kickass synthesizer which is available on every platform? With a deep synthesis engine, endless modulation capabilities and it is literally for free? Look no further, Odin’s got you covered!

The sound of this 24-voice polyphonic beast will take you from your studio right to Valhalla. Earth-shattering basses, exquisite leads or mad FX, Odin’s got them all! Use the classic sound of analogue waveforms – or draw your own. High-quality emulations of legendary analogue filters like the Moog-ladder or the Korg-35 further shape your signal. Round your sound off with four onboard FX, or get crazy with modulation. There’s much to discover in Odin 2.

System Requirements

  • Windows: Vista or higher
  • Mac: macOS 10.11 or higher

2. Pendulate

by: Eventide

 
Pendulate
 

A Chaotic Synth by Newfangled Audio

Bored of the same old synth sounds? Newfangled Audio’s Pendulate is refreshingly different. Pendulate is a chaotic monosynth that uses a brand new double-pendulum-oscillator to create previously unheard sounds – biting basses, searing leads, and gritty textures. It can smoothly fade from a sine wave to total chaos, with an expanse of territory to explore in between.

Unleash Chaos

When designing the Pendulate oscillator Newfangled Audio took great care to bring out these underlying patterns. The result is an oscillator that can smoothly fade from a sine wave to total chaos, with an expanse of territory to explore in between.

Create the Chaos

Pendulate’s chaotic oscillator is based on the physics of a double pendulum. What initially looks like randomness contains underlying patterns, interconnectedness, constant feedback loops, repetition, self-similarity, fractals, and self-organization. 

Control the Chaos

Pendulate’s chaotic oscillator is matched with a wavefolder and low pass gate inspired by the ideas of legendary synthesizer designer, Don Buchla. These three modules, oscillator, wavefolder and gate, combine to make everything from warm basses to searing leads.

Modulate the Chaos

Every parameter in Pendulate’s three modules can be modulated by Pendulate’s Envelope Generator, LFO, or by MIDI and MPE sources. The innovative modulation interface allows you to easily and quickly patch any combination of sources to any destination, creating sounds that are sure to make you move with them.

Technology Behind Pendulate

Pendulate is based on a new oscillator concept, which started because Newfangled Audio was curious to know what a double pendulum would sound like if translated to audio. A double pendulum is a simple mechanical system which is chaotic, which means what it does in the future is hard to predict from what it’s done in the past. The initial system didn’t sound very musical, but after a lot of tweaking it sounds really great, really interesting, and that’s what you hear today.

Features

  • Novel chaotic oscillator based on the double pendulum makes sounds you’ve never heard before, but will want to hear again.
  • Wavefolder based on the one in the Buchla 259 Complex Waveform Generator, adding MIX and CUTOFF.
  • Low Pass Gate based on the Buchla 292 adds controls for POLES and RESONANCE.
  • Innovative modulation UI allows modulation over every control from the main page, allowing up to 169 simultaneous modulation routings.
  • MPE support allows amazing control from innovative new controllers.
  • Envelope and LFO each have multiple outputs generated at once like a modular synth should.
  • Modulation! Every mod output to every control means up to 221 modulation points in an intuitive single pane.
  • Animations! The Double Pendulum, Wavefolder, and Low Pass Gate modules each have animations to show how each module responds to your input, and to modulation.
  • Three unique colour schemes to customize your look.
  • 136 Presets including artist presets from Matt Lange and Matthew Wang.
  • Support for new tunings via MTS-ESP. (This is a new tuning standard from ODDSound being implemented across the industry with backing from Aphex Twin.)
  • Master pitch modulation to the Pitch Bend knob. (This allows for vibrato which was an oversight that it wasn’t in 1.0.  It also allows for pitch envelopes and arpeggio style sequences when using the Sequencer.)
  • Modulation to the LFOs, Envelopes, and S+H module. (This is a power user feature, but it really opens up the modulation system. Modelled after modular synths)
  • LOOP mode for Envelopes, turning them into LFOs. (Functionally bringing Pendulate from 1 to 2 LFOs)
  • Modulatable Output Level control to the LFOs and Sample and Hold modules. The bipolar switch allows them to be bipolar outputs. (More flexibility in modulation programming)

System Requirements

Windows

  • Windows 8 and later (32 / 64-bit) (Windows 11 supported)
  • AAX, VST2, VST3 (32 / 64-bit)

Mac

  • macOS 10.12 and later (64-bit only) (macOS 12 Monterey and M1 Apple Silicon supported)
  • AAX, AU, VST2, VST3 (64-bit)
  • Please Note: AAX format is only compatible with Intel Macs (until Avid adds native M1 Apple Silicon support).

Important Notes:

  • Eventide tests their desktop plugins in Ableton Live, Cubase, FL Studio, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, and Studio One (However, their plugins should work with any compatible host.)
  • No iLok dongle is required to run this software – only a FREE iLok account/Manager is required for authorisation.

3. Voltage Modular Nucleus 2

by: Cherry Audio

 
Voltage Modular Nucleus 2
 

VOLTAGE NUCLEUS

This collection of 22 modules and 176 presets is the ultimate introduction to modular synthesis. This package includes all of the fundamentals of subtractive analogue synthesis, including oscillators, filters, envelope generators, amplifiers, and mixers, plus a sequencer, arpeggiator, and a full suite of useful utility modules and powerful effects modules. With Voltage Nucleus, you can discover the thrill of patching modules together in new and endlessly creative ways and explore all of the capabilities of Voltage Modular.

Introducing Voltage Modular 2.0

Cherry Audio is thrilled to announce the highly anticipated release of Voltage Modular 2.0! This truly massive new release is completely FREE for all Voltage Modular users and brings innovative new features, workflow improvements, and new sonic possibilities to the realm of software modular synthesis. Voltage Modular 2.0 is the most feature-rich, sonically flexible software modular platform in the world.

Voltage Modular 2.0 blows away all patching limitations and introduces groundbreaking new ways to build complex patches with fewer cables. Unlimited cables per jack allow for endless modulation possibilities. The new Busses feature offers an ingenious new way to build complex patches and eliminate messy cables. Variations take modular synthesis in unprecedented new directions, with unlimited variations available per patch. Play variations individually, or use triggers or CV to move through variations in endless ways. The IO panel now includes an integrated Recording section, generating pristine 32-bit floating-point audio files, sourced from the IO Panel main left and right outputs. Workflow improvements are everywhere in Voltage Modular 2.0, from custom module categories and search terms to optional auto-alignment of modules in cabinets.

What is Voltage Modular?

Unparalleled Workflow

Designed from the ground up to address the shortcomings of other virtual modular synth instruments. Featuring six-way pop-up mults on all inputs and outputs, super easy repositioning of modules or groups of modules, cables that can be moved and rerouted at all times, and control panels designed to be easy-to-read and operate with extensive visual feedback, including cable signal flow indicators, Voltage Modular offers a clean, polished, virtual modular interface like no other.

Fantastic Sound Quality

All audio processing in Voltage Modular uses high-quality 64-bit double-precision math, and all module processes are zero- latency and operate on individual samples for true modular performance. This translates to fantastic sounding audio-rate frequency and amplitude modulation, oscillator sync, insane delay feedback, and more.

Infinitely Expandable

The innovative module browser allows users to purchase and automatically install modules and sound presets directly from within Voltage Modular for immediate expandability.

Included Modules:

  • Amplifier | Utility | Cherry Audio
  • Arpeggiator | Controller | Cherry Audio
  • Attenuverter | Utility | Cherry Audio
  • Bend Limiter | Utility | Cherry Audio
  • Delay | Effect | Cherry Audio
  • Distortion | Effect | Cherry Audio
  • Dual VU Meter | Utility | Cherry Audio
  • Eight-Step Sequencer | Controller | Cherry Audio
  • Envelope Generator | Controller | Cherry Audio
  • Filter | Processor | Cherry Audio
  • Glide | Utility | Cherry Audio
  • Mini LFO | Source | Cherry Audio
  • Mod Wheel Assistant | Source | Cherry Audio
  • Multiple | Utility | Cherry Audio
  • Noise Generator | Source | Cherry Audio
  • Oscillator | Source | Cherry Audio
  • Oscilloscope | Utility | Cherry Audio
  • Ring Modulator | Utility | Cherry Audio
  • Sample and Hold | Processor | Cherry Audio
  • Six-Input Mixer | Utility | Cherry Audio
  • Spring Reverb | Effect | Cherry Audio
  • Sync Divider | Utility | Cherry Audio
  • Voltage Modular Nucleus Presets | Presets | Cherry Audio

System Requirements

Voltage Modular is cross-platform for Windows and OSX in AU, VST, VST3, and Pro Tools AAX formats, and also runs standalone on both platforms. User patches and cabinets are freely exchangeable across platforms.

Mac

  • OS X 10.9 or above
  • 64-bit required
  • Quad-core computer with 8GB of RAM recommended

Windows

  • Windows 7 or above
  • 64-bit required
  • Quad-core computer with 8GB of RAM recommended

4. Surrealistic MG-1 Plus Synthesizer

by: Cherry Audio

 
Surrealistic MG-1 Plus Synthesizer
 

Fat Analogue Tones

The Fat and Funky Sound of the Electronics Super Store Legend, now FREE! The fun and funky Surrealistic MG-1 Plus Synthesizer is a super authentic recreation of the Realistic MG-1 synthesizer sold in Radio Shack stores in the 80s. The Surrealistic MG-1 Plus delivers fat analogue tone in spades, along with a unique polyphonic oscillator section, “bell tone” ring modulation, glide, auto-repeat note triggering, oscillator sync, and a number of improvements that tremendously expand its capabilities. Best of all, it’s absolutely FREE!

Features

  • Ultra-accurate analogue modelling
  • Dual oscillator monophonic plus polyphonic oscillator bank
  • Super fat 24db “ladder” filter
  • Over 140 presets
  • “Bell tone” ring modulation
  • Tempo-syncable LFO
  • Expanded octave ranges
  • Multiple note priority modes including legato and retrigger
  • All controls MIDI-assignable
  • Full DAW automation of all controls
  • Surrealistic MG-1 Plus is available in AU, VST, VST3, AAX, and Standalone formats.

System Requirements

macOS

  • macOS 10.9 or above
  • 64-bit only
  • Quad-core computer with 8GB of RAM recommended

Windows

  • Windows 7 or above
  • 64-bit only
  • Quad-core computer with 8GB of RAM recommended

5. TAL-Bassline

by: TAL

 
TAL-Bassline
 

TAL-BassLine is a virtual analog bass synthesizer especially made for bass, acid sounds and effects. It’s based on a robust core and has the usual controls of analogue hardware synthesizers.

A unique -18dB low pass filter with a lot of asymmetric and random components introduce a warm and analogue sound. Very fast, non linear envelopes are also a part of this synth.

Features

  • Bandlinited oscillators (saw, pulse).
  • Sub-oscillator: square -1 oct., square -2 oct., pulse -1 oct, pulse -2 oct.
  • -18 dB/octave low-pass filter (resonant/self-oscillating).
  • LFO (frequency: 0,1 .. 30 Hz, waveforms: sin, tri, saw, rec, noise).
  • Very fast nonlinear envelope (A: 1.5ms..4s, D: 2ms..10s, S: 0..100%, R: 2ms..10s).
  • Simple Arpeggiator (up, down, one octave mode).
  • 2x Unisono Mode.
  • Panic button.
  • MIDI automation for all sliders and pots.
  • Precise fader control while holding down the “Shift” button.
  • Supports all sample-rates.
  • 2x oversampling.
  • 23 presets.
  • Tutorial and installation guide.
  • ~2.5% CPU (Intel Core 2 CPU 6700, 44.1KHz, 24Bit, buffer-size 1024 Samples)

Available Interfaces:

  • Windows Plug-In – VST 32bit/64bit installer
  • OSX Plug-In – Audio Unit (32bit), VST (32bit/) installer

Note: Pop up windows must be allowed in your browser for the download link to be triggered.


6. Twisted Energy

by: Minimal System Group

 
Twisted Energy
 

Important Note: This product is only compatible with Windows operating systems.

Twisted Energy is an analogue modelled 3 oscillator synth with extensive modulation properties designed for modern day music production. The synth is designed to make it easy to create dark techno basses, modulating atmospheres/pads, scorching lead sounds, and gated/arpeggiated sequences.

The powerful subtractive capabilities this synth can create a vast amount of sounds and invites creativity Combine this with a slick hi-tech interface providing a logical flow when creating sounds, and a large range of parameters to experiment with and you have a very capable addition to your sonic arsenal.

Features:

  • 3 analogue modelled oscillators each with 5 waveforms (Sine, Triangle, Saw, Square, Noise).
  • Visual feedback for each oscillator in the main display showing level, shape of wave, and how each oscillators wave is being effected.
  • 2 Filters each with 4 modes (Low Pass, High Pass, Band Pass, Band Reject).
  • Envelope Generator for each oscillator (Linked to Envelope Generator Matrix).
  • Envelope Generator Matrix allows each oscillators EG to control and effect selected elements of the synth such as Filter Cutoff and Resonance, and amplitude. The Matrix makes it possible to really customise your sound.
  • Master envelope generator.
  • 3 LFO’s (One per oscillator) all linked into the LFO Matrix. Each LFO has 4 waveforms (Sine, Saw, Triangle, Square).
  • LFO Matrix allows each LFO to control multiple parameters of the synth including Amplitude, Fine Tune, PWM, Cutoff and Resonance for both filters.
  • Reverb effect.
  • Delay effect with tempo sync.
  • Overdrive control to warm up the sound.
  • 16 step gate sequencer.
  • Slick GUI Design to make working with the synth easy and logical.
  • 20 Presets.
  • Very low CPU usage.
  • Regular updates.

System Requirements

  • PC running a Windows operating system. VST compatible DAW or VST hosting software.
  • This plugin is 32bit but can be run on 64bit systems using jBridge.
  • This plugin also operates within the 64bit versions of Cubase, Nuendo, Bitwig Studio, Reaper, Tracktion, Renoise, FL Studio, Sonar, Mixcraft and Samplitude using their inbuilt bridging.
  • It is recommended that you always try out the demo before purchases to ensure that the plugin is compatible with your system.

Host Compatibility

  • Minimal System Group plugins run on Windows based PC’s using a suitable VST host or DAW. Our plugins have been fully tested within Ableton Live, Adobe Audition, Cakewalk Sonar, FL Studio, Energy XT, Presonus Studio One, Renoise, and Cubase.

Please Note: This plugin is 32bit but can be run on 64bit systems using jBridge.


7. SynthMaster Player FREE

by: KV331 Audio

 
SynthMaster Player FREE
 

SynthMaster Player is a simplified version of SynthMaster with limited editing capabilities. It is targeted towards users who prefer to use presets rather than designing their own sounds. This FREE version comes with 500 factory presets. Users can edit the 12 easy parameters or the bypass states of layer/global effects assigned for each preset by the sound designer.

System Requirements

SynthMaster comes in the following formats:

VST Instrument & Effect

  • Windows 7 and above
  • Mac OS X 10.9 and above
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 2.0 Ghz, Intel SSE3 instruction set CPU
  • VST Host supporting VST 2.4 plugins

AU Instrument & Effect

  • Mac OS X 10.9 and above
  • 2 GB RAM,
  • 2.0 Ghz, Intel SSE3 instruction set CPU
  • AU Host application

AAX Instrument

  • Windows 7 and above
  • Mac OS X 10.9 and above
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 2.0 Ghz, Intel SSE3 instruction set CPU
  • ProTools 11 and above

8. Tunefish

by: Brain Control

 
Tunefish
 

Tunefish v4 was developed as a smaller replacement of Tunefish v3 with roughly the same power. It was developed for our intro “Turtles all the way down” which forced us to rethink how to most effectively produce music in very tight machine code. This is how we’ve come up with creating a very small additive/wavetable synthesizer that can produce a broad range of different sounds without many parameters or machinecode.

The synth is free and comes without any warranties. 

Features

  • Improved UI compared to TF3 which will visualize all modulations
  • Uses an additive synthesis based wavetable generator
  • The Noise generator can produce any frequency of noise with any bandwidth
  • Lowpass, Highpass, Bandpass and an improved Notch filter are available
  • 2 ADSRs and 2 LFOs that can be linked to pretty much any important knob using a modulation matrix
  • Supported effects are Flanger, Chorus, Distortion, Delay, Reverb, EQ and Formant
  • The effects stack allows for any permutation of up to 10 effects

System Requirements

  • Windows: Built for 32/64bit Windows (Windows XP minimum)
  • Mac: Built as universal binary for MacOSX 10.6
  • Linux: Built for 32/64bit on Ubuntu 13.10
  • Formats: Available on Windows and Linux as VST (32 and 64 bit) and on Mac as Audio Unit or VST

9. TAL-Elek7ro

by: TAL

 
TAL-Elek7ro
 

TAL-Elek7ro is a virtual analog synth with some special features like oscillator hardsync and frequncy modulation. Including improved alias free oscillators, new developed fast envelopes and lfo’s with a wide range from 0.1Hz up to 400 Hz. A free routable envelope with attack and decay is available too. This synth is useful for a wide range of sounds from percusion to deep bass sounds. 

Features

  • 2 oscillators with hardsync, PW and FM (saw, pulse, triangle, sine).
  • 1 sub oscillator (saw, rectangle).
  • 1 noise oscillator.
  • 18dB or 12dB non linear analog modelled low pass resonance filter.
  • Mono mode, including portamento.Poly mode, up to 6 voices (not cpu optimized for poly mode).
  • 2 free routable Lfo’s (0.1Hz – 400Hz, sine, triangle, saw, rectangle, s&h, noise).
  • Filter and amplifier ADSR-envelope.
  • Free routable AD-envelope.
  • Mod-wheel and Pitch-Wheel support.
  • Midi Learn for all pots.
  • Velocity to filter contour intensity.
  • Panic button.

Available Interfaces

  • Windows Plug-In – VST 32bit/64bit installer
  • OSX Plug-In – Audio Unit (32bit/64bit), VST (32bit/) installer

Note: Pop up windows must be allowed in your browser for the download link to be triggered.


10. TAL-NoiseMaker

by: TAL

 
TAL-NoiseMaker
 

TAL-NoiseMaker is an improved version of TAL-Elek7ro and has a completely new synth engine and a lot of improvements in sound and usability. The synth also includes a small effect section with a reverb, chorus and a simple bit crusher effect.

A display shows the knob and slider values. This allows more control over the synth. A ringmodulator and a syncable triangle are also part of this synth. TAL-NoiseMaker includes new filter types as the self resonating 6dB low pass and a notch filter. Its improved amplitude ADSR is very suitable for slow pads as for really fast envelopes. 128 factory presets included, 80 made by Frank “Xenox” Neumann / Particular – Sound.

Features:

  • 3 Oscillators
  • Osc 1, +- 24 semitones, fine tune, phase control (saw, pulse, noise)
  • Osc 2, +- 24 semitones, fine tune, phase control (saw, rectangle, triangle, sine)
  • Sub Osc (rectangle)
  • Osc 1 PM for pulse waveform
  • Osc 2 FM controled by Osc 1
  • Osc 1 & Osc 2 sync to sub osc (saw, pulse, rectangle, triangle(bipolar sync)
  • Adjustable master tune and transpose
  • Up to 6 voices
  • Portamento in mono and poly mode (off, auto, on)
  • Ringmod modulates Osc 1 with Osc 2
  • Self resonating 4x oversampled filters (24 dB LP, 18 dB LP, 12 dB LP, 6 dB LP, 12 dB HP, 12 dB BP, Notch)
  • Filter ADSR (negative and positive)
  • Volume ADSR
  • Routable ADSR, modulates Filter, Osc 1, Osc 2, PW, FM (negative and positive)
  • 2 LFO’s with different running modes: free, sync to host, triggered by note
  • Modulates filter, osc 1, osc 2, fm, pw, lfo rate, panorama and volume
  • Sine, triangle, saw square, s&h, noise
  • Positive and negative modulation
  • Phase control
  • Adjustable Velocity dependent control over volume filtercontour and cutoff
  • Adjustable Pitch Wheel control over Cutoff and Pitch
  • One pole HP filter
  • Detune, detunes notes randomly
  • Juno chorus with different modes
  • A built in reverb
  • A built in delay
  • Adjustable filter drive
  • Bitcrusher, affects osc 1 and osc 2. Its a pre the filter stage effect
  • Midi learn for all knobs
  • Panic button
  • Easy to use, no hidden panels
  • 256 great presets (Presets by Frank “Xenox” Neumann / Particular – Sound, The Unshushable Coktor, Alexandra Sendy, TAL, Patrick Kunz)

System Requirements

PC:

  • Windows 7 or higher (32 / 64 bit)

Mac:

  • OSX: OSX 10.6 or higher (32 / 64 bit).

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