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Top 139 Synth VST plugins 2020

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We have collected for you the top 139 VST plugins Synch according to PluginBoutique.

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  1. Hybrid 3
  2. Vacuum Pro
  3. Iris 2
  4. SynthMaster Player
  5. The Riser
  6. Sektor
  7. Carbon Electra
  8. SubLab
  9. Loom Classic
  10. Vengeance Sound VPS Avenger Synth
  11. Serum Xfer Wavetable Synth
  12. Babylon
  13. VirtualCZ + FREE Sunshine State Expansion
  14. Loom II
  15. Lounge Lizard Session
  16. WIGGLE
  17. TAL-U-NO-LX Synth
  18. Vacuum Vintage
  19. LuSH-101
  20. KV331 SynthMaster Semi-Modular Synth
  21. miniBIT
  22. Reveal Sound Spire Synth
  23. Harmor
  24. Aparillo
  25. KV331 SynthMaster One Wavetable Synth
  26. Diversion
  27. U-he Diva Virtual Analogue Synth
  28. Factory
  29. Pigments 2
  30. Rob Papen Go2 Synth
  31. RYM2612 Iconic FM Synthesizer
  32. TAL-BassLine-101
  33. Audio Damage Quanta Granular Synth
  34. Chromaphone 2
  35. Repro-1
  36. Circle2
  37. Voltage Modular Core + Electro Drums
  38. Lounge Lizard EP-4
  39. Toxic Biohazard
  40. Mini V
  41. Zebra2
  42. Monoment Bass
  43. Phase Plant + Toolbox FREE
  44. Zone
  45. Synplant
  46. Hive 2
  47. Strum GS-2
  48. SynthMaster Everything Bundle
  49. Blue II
  50. Predator 2
  51. Parallels
  52. Analog Lab
  53. MPowerSynth
  54. Torsion
  55. Jup-8 V
  56. Sawer
  57. Bazille
  58. RAW
  59. ACE
  60. Prophet V
  61. SubBoomBass 2
  62. Poizone
  63. Modular V
  64. PolyM
  65. Bolt
  66. Blade
  67. Buchla Easel V
  68. SEM V
  69. FabFilter One
  70. PolyKB III
  71. Vecto
  72. Cherry Audio Year One Collection
  73. Solina Redux
  74. Concept
  75. Sytrus
  76. Continua
  77. Curve 2
  78. 808 Studio 2
  79. Solina V
  80. String Studio VS-3
  81. B.I.T.
  82. Morphine
  83. FabFilter Twin 2
  84. XILS 4
  85. Vox Continental V
  86. Synclavier V
  87. Matrix 12 V
  88. Harmless
  89. Syn’X 2
  90. Wurli V
  91. CZ V
  92. Quad
  93. Piano V2
  94. B-3 V
  95. XILS 3
  96. Union
  97. Twist
  98. Voltage Nucleus
  99. Wobble
  100. Ultra Analog Session
  101. Strum Session
  102. Addiction Synth
  103. ImPerfect
  104. Saturn 5
  105. kHs One
  106. Darkstar
  107. Bass Station
  108. Cyclop
  109. Softube Modular Synth
  110. Phoscyon
  111. Voltage Modular Ignite
  112. Obscurium
  113. Photosounder
  114. CFA Sound MonoGrizzly 2
  115. Hand Clapper
  116. Modular Add-On: Intellijel Rubicon
  117. Guitarist
  118. Sakura
  119. Alternator
  120. CS-80 V
  121. ARP2600 V
  122. Strobe2
  123. Rhythm Guitar – RG
  124. Unique
  125. Drumaxx
  126. Stratum
  127. Cypher2
  128. Bassynth
  129. DX7 V
  130. Ogun
  131. Symptohm
  132. Ultra Analog VA-3
  133. Synthi V
  134. Infinity Synth
  135. Clavinet V
  136. Farfisa V
  137. Stage-73 V
  138. Reveal Sound Spire+ Bundle
  139. XILS 505

1. Hybrid 3

by AIR Music Technology

Hybrid 3 Main Image

The Next Generation in Synthesis

Hybrid 3.0 is the next generation in synthesis. This high-definition virtual synthesizer combines the coveted warmth of analog synths with a full range of futuristic digital manipulation capabilities. The result is the best of both worlds — a virtual instrument with a comprehensive set of precisely adjustable parameters that can sound like a synth you remember or something no one has ever heard before.

1200+ Built-In Sounds

Hybrid 3.0 comes with over 1,200 inspirational presets designed to jumpstart the creative process. Over 200 new patches, designed by the acclaimed AIR sound designers, include everything from wobbles, synth pads, arpeggios, poly synths, basses, leads, sequences, and much more. Hybrid veterans will be pleased to find that the familiar Hybrid 2.0 presets have been completely reworked, allowing users to experience their favorite sounds with all the sonic improvements of Hybrid 3.0. If you’re prone to tweaking, Hybrid 3.0 is loaded with a comprehensive set of user-adjustable parameters that let you create unique sounds and fine-tune them to taste. With support for two simultaneous parts (i.e. a powerful combination of two separate, 3-oscillator synthesizers), you can layer, split, or spread sounds to produce deep, complex, and wide patches. Plus, the simple patch browser makes it easy to find the preset you’re looking for and allows you to load two presets simultaneously, one into each part, for experimenting with rich timbres and playing multi-patch sounds.

High-Definition Oscillators

With three versatile oscillators and a sub oscillator per part, Hybrid 3.0 is capable of stacking multiple oscillators together for huge pads, leads, basses, and more. Two multifunctional oscillators can recreate the classic subtractive-synthesis waveforms for a dose of analog nostalgia. In addition, these oscillators feature algorithms for digital wavetables. As a result, users can choose from nine different modes, including the Multi-Square waveform, Saw Sync, Saw Cross Modulation (which modulates the pitch of a saw wave with the output of a triangle wave for complex tones), Saw Multi (a stack of seven saws in unison), Square Sync, Square Cross Modulation, Square Pulse Width Modulation (PWM), and Wavetable. Hybrid 3.0 offers 100 wavetables with up to 64 single-cycle waveforms each. A third oscillator includes saw, square, or triangle waves, plus a noise generator and a sub oscillator for deep bass effects.

Dual Filtering and Saturation Modes

Hybrid 3.0 features two multi-mode filters that can run in series or in parallel. In addition, the filters can be assigned one per channel to the stereo outputs, or set so that Oscillator 1 feeds Filter 1, with the remaining Oscillators being routed to Filter 2. Both of the filters offer your choice of DCF (Digitally Controlled Filter) or VCF models. The vintage Voltage Controlled Filter (VCF) makes it easier than ever to achieve those fat, retro synth sounds of the ’70s and ’80s. This sound filter brings the legendary soft and fat warmth of classic analog synth hardware filters to Hybrid 3.0.

Use the revolutionary multimode filters to control the tone color of a part by removing or accenting certain frequencies. Choose from an extensive collection of 23 modes. Then dial in the filter cut-off, velocity, and key tracking. Use the resonance dial to change the tone from a nasal sound to a ringing tone by emphasizing frequencies around the cut-off and generating self-oscillation. A blend of the third oscillator and noise generator can serve as an audio modulation source for filter cut-off, producing distinctive electronic audio effects.

To add some serious edge, adjust the filter saturation. Hybrid 3.0 offers the original Overdrive filter, which creates a soft tube-like clipping and includes five additional filter saturation modes: Distort, which creates a harder, brighter clipping; Hard Clip, which creates a very hard and bright transistor-like clipping; Rectify, which creates a gentle distortion that retains the character of the input signal; Bit Crush, which creates deliberate aliasing by reducing the bit depth; and Resample, which creates deliberate aliasing by reducing the sample rate.

LFOs

Hybrid 3.0 includes four LFOs per part: two monophonic, one polyphonic, and one special Pump LFO. Use the LFOs to modulate pitch, loudness, or cut-off to produce vibrato, tremolo, or electronic sweeps. Choose from eight modulation types, ranging from sine and triangle waves to random, “drift,” and sample-and-hold modulation. Change the depth, rate, phase, and sync mode to quickly and dramatically alter the sound.

Pump is a special type of envelope that simulates studio side-chaining to create the pumping-and-breathing effect. In the case of Hybrid 3.0, this rhythmic effect can be applied to much more than the overall mix. The Pump LFO can be routed to create a rhythmic effect on a variety of specific parameters, such as pitch or filter settings.

Envelope Editors

Use the four envelope editors to easily sculpt the filter, amplitude, and any two other modulation envelopes. Adjust velocity, attack, decay, and key tracking, and then type in the envelope rate.

Hype Algorithm

New to Hybrid 3.0 is Hype, a quick way of enhancing the low- or high- end of any patch. Beef up wobbles, basses, and kick-drum sounds with deep, sub-bass by adjusting the Hype Low parameter, or turn up Hype High to polish off the high end with shimmer and sparkle; the latter sounds great on pads, strings, brass, and percussive sounds.

Doubling

Hybrid 3.0 offers a new way of making your patches sound enormous. Two Doubling knobs, one for each part, are built into the Common tab for additional widening and thickening. Turn up the Doubling knobs to full for a dramatic response or mix it in subtly for a slight thickening effect.

Performance-Oriented Features

Whether you use it in the studio or in a live situation, Hybrid 3.0 is built to perform. Use the step sequencers for arpeggiation or phrase generation. Set the modulation matrix to easily map modulations from sources to destinations. And set up “morph” groups to modify sounds on the fly, from the interface or a MIDI controller.

Step Sequencers

Hybrid 3.0’s onboard 16-step sequencers have been revamped for more programming and sequencing flexibility. Now, steps can be linked together to vary sequencer rhythm, manipulate note dynamics, and create advanced modulation patterns. Like before, both step sequencers can function as a composition tool or an extra modulation source, making it easy to create patches that move and evolve. You can set note values, velocity, and modulation, and then pick from nine playback options to use the sequencer as a step sequence, arpeggiator, or MIDI phrase generator. Plus, you can even import your own MIDI phrases for complete customization.

Modulation Matrices

Hybrid 3.0 also offers flexible and easy-to-use modulation matrices with 16 assignable modulation sources and more than 20 destinations each. Assign modulations to an oscillator or filter. Hybrid 3.0 allows multiple assignments of sources and destinations, all with adjustable intensities.

Morph Groups

With Hybrid 3.0, you can assign any rotary control or fader on the plugin’s interface to one of the four “morph” groups. Assign pan, filter, or amplifier envelopes to a morph group to alter sounds from your controller while recording or playing live. Each morph group can control several parameters simultaneously. You, in turn, can control morph groups from the dials on the interface or from a MIDI controller.

Effects

Hybrid 3.0 provides two insert effect sends per part, each with more than 40 effect types, so you can quickly change the sound of a part. A separate master effects section lets you select reverb, delay, and chorus effects to enhance — or warp — any of the sounds at the patch level. Easily adjust effect parameters and sync effects to a chosen tempo.

Seamless DAW Integration

Hybrid 3.0 is available in VST and AAX plugin formats for both 32- and 64-bit operating systems and in AU for 64-bit operating systems. With its rich set of analog and digital sounds and a large array of adjustable parameters, Hybrid 3.0 gives musicians, arrangers, composers, and sound designers the qualities and character of a unique hardware synthesizer with the convenience and flexibility of an integrated plugin.

Features:

  • Six-oscillator subtractive and wavetable virtual synthesizer with 1200+ inspiring presets.
  • Includes 200+ all-new sounds and 1000+ refreshed patches from Hybrid 2.0.
  • Comprised of two simultaneous parts, each loaded with 3 oscillators and a sub-oscillator, filters, LFOs, envelopes, and effects for creating complex patches.
  • All-new Doubling controls for quickly thickening and widening patches.
  • Revamped step sequencers allow you to link steps together for rhythmic variation, syncopation, and advanced modulation patterns.
  • All-new Oscillator Restart for punchy bass sounds, runs, and sequences.
  • Dual series or parallel filters with vintage Voltage Controlled Filter modes for retro synth sounds.
  • Flexible modulation options with 8 LFOs including Pump for the pumping-and-breathing effect.
  • Comprehensive editing parameters for the ultimate in sound tweakability.
  • Sample-accurate synthesis for super-fast envelopes and high-definition sound.
  • Performance-driven features, including modulation matrices and multiple step sequencers for maximum playability.
  • Available in VST and AAX plugin formats for both 32- and 64-bit operating systems and in AU for 64-bit operating systems.

Expansion Packs (sold separately)

System Requirements

Mac: 

  • Mac OS X 10.8.5-10.14 (10.15 Catalina not yet supported); Core Duo Processor (Core i5 or i7 Recommended)

PC:

  • Windows 10, 8 or Windows 7 Service Pack 1; Minimum Dual Core 2GHz (Intel Core i5 or i7 Recommended)

Formats:

VST (32 bit and 64 bit) qualified for:

  • Ableton Live, Cubase, Arsenal

AU (64 bit only) qualified for:

  • Logic Pro X

AAX qualified for:

  • ProTools 10.3 (32 bit), ProTools 11.x (64 bit)

Please Note: 

  • Minimum RAM 4GB (8GB or more recommended)
  • 200MB free hard drive space required (Download and Installation)
  • Internet Access required (Download and Authorization)
  • FREE iLok account & Licence Manager is required to authorise this software (a physical USB iLok is not required).

Important notes: 

  • FREE iLok account & Licence Manager is required to authorise this software (a physical USB iLok is not required).​
  • This software is not yet compatible with macOS 10.15 Catalina.
  • An internet connection is required to authorise this software.

2. Vacuum Pro

by AIR Music Technology

Vacuum Pro Main Image

Analog Just Got Warmer

Vacuum Pro is a polyphonic analog synthesizer with vacuum tube circuit modeling that perfectly captures the crunchy, warm sound of the analog era. With four analog oscillators, multiple filters and envelopes, and built-in audio effects, Vacuum Pro lets you dive deep into subtractive synthesis to recreate those sought-after analog sounds from the 70s and 80s. Tweak the switches, knobs, and dials to program anything from basses, leads, pads, or unique sound effects. For even more warmth, Vacuum Pro has six virtual vacuum tube circuits that add crunch and grit at every stage of the signal path. Analog just got a whole lot warmer.

Vintage Vibes

Vacuum Pro is a powerful combination of two separate synthesizer parts that can be stacked, split, and layered to produce big, wide, and fat analog sounds. Each Vacuum Pro part starts with two wide-range, vacuum tube oscillators that can be synched, detuned, and set to various octave levels. Plus, Quad Detune controls per oscillator make it easy to quickly dial in lush sounds. For an even bigger sound, the built-in Doubling effect instantly widens and thickens up your patch.

Shape your sound with two vacuum tube filters that include a traditional low-pass filter and a selectable high-pass/band-pass filter. Vacuum Pro also has four envelope generators, matrix-assignable modulation, and a tempo sync’d LFO. The mixer offers a drive circuit and a tone-warping ring modulator. For authentic analog behavior, the Age controls let you manipulate the drift of and add dust to your sounds.

Programming Powerhouse

Vacuum Pro comes complete with 350+ tweakable patches created by acclaimed sound designers Richard Devine and Mark Ovenden. You can load these patches separately into each Vacuum Pro part to combine and experiment with multi-timbral sounds. For instant sound inspiration, Vacuum Pro features Smart Sound Randomization, which randomly generates new settings for either part or both. Define which modules you want to lock at their current settings, which will be randomized, and then let Smart Sound dial in a patch for you.

Global Control

Vacuum Pro’s Smart page condenses all the individual parameter controls into eight macro knobs that enable you to quickly shape the sound of your patch without extensive tweaking. Macro knobs such as Punch, Emphasis, and Complexity add an intuitive workflow for perfecting your programming. Switch back and forth between the micro and macro modes to quickly edit or create your own custom sounds.

Extra Effects

In addition to its authentic analog sound, Vacuum Pro includes a host of creative tools that are characteristic of classic analog synthesizers. An onboard arpeggiator, which can be tempo sync’d to your DAW, offers a quick way to build melodic runs and short sequences. A built-in chorus/phaser and delay effects give life and motion to your Vacuum Pro patches. Onscreen pitch bend and modulation wheels add extra expression to any performance, and all parameters are MIDI-mappable for performance ease and automated control.

Features:

  • A four-oscillator polyphonic analog synthesizer with vacuum tube circuit modeling.
  • Super-wide, fat, and organic analog sound captures the character of classic synthesizers.
  • Two individual synthesizer parts for huge, stacked sounds.
  • 350+ tweakable patches programmed by legendary sound designers.
  • Smart Sound Randomizer dials in settings to user-defined parameters.
  • 8 Smart Knobs for easy programming and macro control over key parameters.
  • Economy mode reduces the load on the host processor with minimal impact on the sound.
  • 64-bit plugin: VST, AU, RTAS, and AAX formats.

System Requirements

Mac: 

  • Mac OS X 10.8.5-10.14 (10.15 Catalina not yet supported); Core Duo Processor (Core i5 or i7 Recommended)

PC: 

  • Windows 10, 8 or Windows 7 Service Pack 1; Minimum Dual Core 2GHz (Intel Core i5 or i7 Recommended)

Formats:

VST (32 bit and 64 bit) qualified for:

  • Ableton Live, Cubase, Arsenal

AU (64 bit only) qualified for:

  • Logic Pro X

AAX qualified for:

  • ProTools 11.x (64 bit)

RTAS qualified for:

  • 32-bit ProTools

Please Note:

  • Minimum RAM 4GB (8GB or more recommended)
  • 1GB free hard drive space required (Download and Installation)
  • Internet Access Required (Download and Authorization)
  • FREE iLok account & Licence Manager is required to authorise this software (a physical USB iLok is not required).

Important notes: 

  • Important note: this software is not yet compatible with macOS 10.15 Catalina.
  • FREE iLok account & Licence Manager is required to authorise this software (a physical USB iLok is not required).

3. Iris 2

by iZotope

Iris 2 User Interface

Explore a World of Sound

Iris 2: The World is Your Instrument

Create and discover musical sounds that have never been heard before. An inspiring sample-based synthesizer, Iris 2 is immediately playable—combining the power of a sampler, the flexibility of a modular synth, and the fun of spectral filtering. 

Get started fast by selecting from hundreds of expertly crafted Bass, Keys, Leads, Pads, and Rhythmic patches. Then customize or build your own patches with an 11 GB factory library of intriguing audio samples, a modern modulation system, classic filters, evocative effects, and more. Explore a new world of musical possibilities with Iris 2.

Key Highlights

  • Explore a World of Sound: Load one of hundreds of fresh and inspiring patches, and easily experiment with the most relevant parameters via Macro controls. 
  • Build your Own Synth: Invent sounds that are completely your own by layering up to four different samples from a built-in collection of analog oscillator waveforms, an 11 GB sample library, or your own personal audio files. 
  • Design your Own Filters: Get the best-sounding and most unique filters by drawing, selecting, and isolating sonic components from each sample layer using iZotope’s award-winning spectral filtering technology. 
  • Shape your Own Sound: Develop expressive, dynamic, and evolving musical sounds with the powerful and flexible new modulation system. Access every control from one window, or reveal only what you need with a dynamic new user interface.

An Epic Library of Patches and Sounds

Expand your sound palette with hundreds of exclusive musical patches from world-class sound designers and 11 GB of audio samples. Get inspired by the sounds, then explore new sonic territory. It’s easy to create or discover something totally new, just by tweaking a few controls.

Iris 2’s deep collection of patches will inspire you to create never-before-heard compositions and intricate, evolving soundscapes. Patch categories include Bass, Keys, Leads, Pads, and Rhythmic. Audio sample categories include Abstract, Environments, Instruments, Objects, Synthesizers, Toys, and Voice.

Note: The Trial version includes only 45 patches and a small sampling of the Sample Libraries. The remaining content will be available for download in your account once you install and authorize your purchase of Iris 2.

What is Iris 2?

Iris is an innovative, sample-based synthesizer that empowers you to create musical sounds like never before. Start by layering up to four distinctive audio samples, then use the spectrogram display and selection tools to spotlight the most interesting spectral characteristics.

Still hungry for more? Add attitude, dimension, and depth to your creation by applying iZotopeʼs world-class effects: chorus, reverb, delay, distortions, filters, and more. Or modulate more than one hundred parameters through a simple, single-click-and-drop assignment system.

SoundsInspiring New Patches: Get started quickly with hundreds of compelling new patches by world-class sound designers, in categories like Leads, Keys, Bass, Rhythmic, and more.

11 GB Sample Library: Explore 11 GB of audio samples, all provided as 24-bit .WAV files for use in any sampler.

OSC WAVs: Generate sounds from dozens of classic analog oscillator samples or oscillator waveforms (OSC WAVs), now available in all four sample pools.

Your Own Sound Library: Import your own audio files to craft truly one-of-a-kind sounds.

Unique Spectral Filtering Tools

Tweak your sounds deeply with Iris 2ʼs diverse and intuitive spectral selection tools. Iris 2 makes it fun to experiment and manipulate your selections even further, with additional controls for zooming, inverting, and more.

  • Spectrogram Display: Visualize the frequency content of your audio and discover sonic details a traditional waveform doesn’t show you.
  • Spectral Filter: Draw your own unique filter shapes and isolate specific frequencies to discover new sonic possibilities in your sample library.
  • Selection Tools: Use a lasso for free-hand drawing of any size or shape, an adjustable brush for more fluid selections, and a magic wand for intelligent selection of harmonic regions.

Flexible, New Modulation System

Bring movement and expression to your sound with dynamic tremolo effects, expressive vibratos, and radical filter sweeps, all easily synced to your host tempo. Apply up to five adjustable-curve ADSR envelopes as well as five LFOs with dozens of morphing wavetable options.

  • Over 100 Modulatable Parameters: Sculpt your signature sound using up to five LFOs, five Envelopes, MIDI Expression Controllers, and Macro Controls.
  • Envelopes: Advanced ADSR envelopes let you creatively experiment with your amplitude through adjustable curves, draggable nodes, invert mode, and modulation of all four parameters.
  • LFO: Morph and Visualize Shape Changes with Real-Time Animation. Our LFOs contain 20 different wavetable types, each with multiple shapes and a modulatable control to move between them.
  • MIDI Controllers and Macro Controls: Attach MIDI expression controls like key tracking, velocity, aftertouch, and the mod wheel, and save assignments with your patches. Create Macro controls to control multiple parameters with a single knob in perfect proportions.

Enhanced Effects and Filters

Iris 2 features some of the best of iZotope’s award-winning signal processing technology, available in Send or Master signal chains that save with every patch.

  • Distortion: Add grit and saturation to your sound with six distortion filters like Tube, Clipping, and Aliasing, taken straight from iZotope’s award-winning Trash 2.
  • Chorus: Supply a subtle widening or radical flanging with a spacious chorus effect, inspired by a classic ’80s synth chorus with modern flexibility and controls.
  • Stereo Delay: Enjoy lush, crystal-clean decays with a tempo-syncable stereo delay. A bonus analog-modeled overdrive algorithm crunches and darkens your delayed signal like a classic tape echo or bucket-brigade pedal.
  • Reverb: Expand your sense of space with a meticulously modeled Plate Reverb tailored specifically for synths, great for everything from subtle ambience to cavernous pads.
  • Filters: Add a smooth, sweeping sound with 17 different filter flavors, including classic analog Low-Pass and High-Pass filters as well as exotic Vocal Formant, Band Pass, and Peak filters from Trash 2.

Intuitive Workflow

We’ve optimized Iris 2 to be an instrument that helps inspire creativity and introduce new possibilities into your musical process. Each knob, button, panel, feature, and workflow has been reviewed with input from dozens of artists and users.

  • Redesigned Interface: Find the right tool at the right time with a completely redesigned interface. Choose from a comprehensive all-in-one view, or hide/undock modules for a more streamlined view.
  • Macro Controls: Quickly access and assign macro controls for easy customization of your sound. You can control them via the Patch Browser as well as an undockable window that can always be open.
  • Visualizations: See the effects of modulation and filters in real time for every modulated parameter. Visualize your spectral content with a spectrum analyzer from our award-winning Insight metering suite, included right in the master section.
  • Intelligent Zero Crossing: Loop sample selections seamlessly using our new Intelligent Zero Crossing technology.

What’s New in Iris?

Flexible New Modulation System

Iris 2’s modulation system was completely rebuilt from the ground up. Now, over 100 parameters can be modulated—using up to five LFOs, five Envelopes, MIDI Expression Controllers, and Macro Controls—with a simple, single-click-and-drop assignment system.

Fresh and Inspiring Patches

An epic library of content is included with your Iris 2 purchase. The Iris 2 Sound Library includes hundreds of exciting new patches by world-class sound designers, plus an 11 GB sample library. Chock-full of 24-bit .WAV files for use in any sampler, the sample library includes reorganized and remastered samples from the original Iris+8 library, as well as 3 GB of brand new samples for Iris 2.

Sample Pools that can Load a Sample and Classic Oscillator Waveforms

Enjoy increased flexibility with four sample pools that allow you to load any sample. Additionally, dozens of classic analog oscillator waveforms (OSC WAVs) are now available in all four sample pools, quickly accessible right from the empty spectrogram. 

Completely Redesigned Interface and Experience

Get inspired by a wealth of creative tools at your fingertips. Each knob, button, panel, feature, and workflow has been reviewed with input from dozens of artists and users to introduce new possibilities into your musical process.

Extensive Visualizations and Metering

Quickly identify the effects of your spectral filtering and processing. Every modulated parameter meters the effects of modulation in real time, and a version of the spectrum analyzer from our award-winning Insight metering suite is included right in the master section.

Enhanced Effects and Filters

The very best of iZotope’s award-winning signal processing technology is built right in, including distortion and filters from Trash 2, a crystal-clean new delay, and modulatable controls of nearly every parameter within the Multi-mode Master Filter and four effects processors.

System Requirements

Operating Systems:

  • Mac: OS X 10.8.5 (Mountain Lion) – macOS 10.15 (Catalina) (64-bit only)
  • PC: Windows XP (32-bit Service Pack 3) – Windows 10

Plugin Formats:

  • AU
  • VST
  • VST3
  • AAX
  • RTAS

Supported Hosts:

  • Ableton Live 9–10, Cubase 9.5, Digital Performer 9, FL Studio 12, Logic Pro X, Nuendo 8, Pro Tools 10–12, Reaper 5, Reason 10, Studio One 3–4

Note: Iris 2 runs as a plug-in or as a standalone application.

Installing the Full Iris 2 Sound Library:

The Trial version includes only 45 patches and a small sampling of the epic library of great-sounding content. The remaining patches and 11 GB of samples are available to you after you purchase Iris 2.

To Access the Full Iris 2 Sound Library After Purchase:

1. First, use your unique serial number to authorize your installation of Iris 2.

2. Then log in to your iZotope account, where you’ll now have access to the Iris 2 Sound Library downloads.

3. Download the installers from your account and install them on your computer.


4. SynthMaster Player

by KV331 Audio

SynthMaster Player

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 paid version comes with 1750 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.

Features

  • Cross-platform VST, AU and AAX: SynthMaster Player runs as a VST, AAX instrument on both Windows and Mac OSX, and as an Audio Unit instrument on Mac OSX.
  • 1750​ Factory Presets: SynthMaster Player comes with 1750 factory presets from a world-class team of sound designers: Arksun, Aelyx Design, Aiyn Zahev, Bluffmunkey, BigTone, Frank ‘Xenox’ Neumann, Gercek Dorman, Michael Kastrup, Nori Ubukata, Rob Lee, Umit ‘Insigna’ Uy, Ufuk Kevser, Teoman Pasinlioglu, Vandalism, Vorpal Sound and Brian ‘Xenos’ Lee.
  • Easy Parameters: Each preset in SynthMaster Player has 8 easy knobs and 2 XY pads assigned by the sound designer. Users can edit these parameters to modify the preset’s timbre. The easy parameters can be linked to MIDI controllers using the easy to use ‘Midi Learn’ feature.
  • Microtuning: SynthMaster Player supports Scala tuning, so tuning can be set either for each preset or globally by loading from a Scala tuning file.
  • Preset Browser: SynthMaster Player features a comprehensive preset browser with separate search criteria for instrument type, preset attributes, music style or preset author.
  • Multiple Skins: SynthMaster Player comes with 2 different skins in different colour variations. Using the user interface editor (included in SynthMaster/SynthMaster DEMO), users can not only customize the existing skins but also can create their own custom interfaces as well.

System Requirements

SynthMaster Player comes in the following formats:

VST Instrument & Effect

  • Windows 7 and above
  • Mac OS X 10.6 and above
  • 2 GB RAM, 2 GHz CPU
  • VST Host supporting VST 2.4 plugins

AU Instrument & Effect

  • Mac OS X 10.6 and above
  • 2 GB RAM, 2 GHz CPU
  • AU Host application

RTAS Instrument

  • Windows 7 and above
  • MacOSX 10.6 and above
  • 2 GB RAM, 2 GHz CPU
  • ProTools 9 / ProTools 10

AAX Instrument

  • Windows 7 and above
  • Mac OS X 10.6 and above
  • 2 GB RAM, 2 GHz CPU
  • ProTools 10.3.6 and above
  • ProTools 11 and above

5. The Riser

by AIR Music Technology

The Riser

Stops Hearts. Tops Charts.

The Riser is an all-new instrument for designing musical transitions of epic proportions. A powerful, synth-based instrument, The Riser features all of the tools you need to compose heart-stopping transitions in one intuitive user-interface. In seconds, you can construct rises, falls, swells, fades, and more, based on our coveted sound synthesis technology. For instant inspiration, The Riser includes 300 pro-grade presets that you can edit, deconstruct, copy, mangle, and implement into your tracks.

Transitions add suspense, hype, drama, and movement to your music. Cymbal swells and reversed instruments were go-to transitions for years, until the DAW pioneered fast and flexible audio editing, paving the way for complex sound effects. When combined with synths and other audio shaping tools, transitions completed their metamorphosis from science to art. Until now, this process has convoluted and time-intensive, taking attention away from the overall project itself. The composer spent more time trying to get plugins, virtual sample players, hardware effects, sound modules, and other gear to play nice with each other – and that was before hitting “record”.

A 3-for-All

Featuring the most powerful and musical virtual synthesis available, The Riser can be used to create classic transitions or effects never-before-heard by human ears. The core of The Riser’s mojo are three continuously variable oscillators; sweep, noise and chord. Each oscillator features a dedicated Filter send and graphical parameter depiction. 

Sweep – featuring volume, frequency and oscillator shape – dictates the direction and progression of the transition. Create rises, falls, stops, and swells with audible and visible feedback.

Providing volume, shape, and pitch controls, the Noise oscillator infuses texture into your transition. Start shaping to add grit, bite, hiss, punch, and more to the effect.

The Riser’s Chord oscillator introduces you to an uncharted creative continent. Use it to match The Riser’s sonic structure to your song’s key (or a contrasting one) and blend it to taste; it can be as musical as you want.

Three Low Frequency Oscillators (LFOs) provide additional modulation to your transition. A tempo-sync’d LFO works in harmony with the native song tempo in your DAW to increase the transition’s complexity. The second LFO is free-running, meaning it has not ties to the native tempo. Third, the Pumper effect modulates the synthesis with dynamics control in tandem with track tempo. This pulsating effect adds punch and movement to the transition, and features various time divisions and depth controls for adapting to or accentuating your track.

For those looking for turn-key transitions, our team of sound designers have constructed 300 fully editable presets across various types, bringing modern, useable transitions to your project.

Wide Compatibility

The Riser offers unequalled flexibility with your current production/composition setup. Available for Mac or PC and in AU, VST and AAX formats, it can operate as an instrument in nearly any DAW such as Logic Pro X, Cubase, Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Sonar, Digital Performer, Reaper and more. It does not require specialty sample players or proprietary software in order to be used in your DAW project – simply call it up when you need it, and use it. Further, you can map your favorite keyboard or controller to the virtual knobs and faders within your The Riser or most DAWs, offering seamless operation with your composition style.

Get Effected

We put the essential effects for transition design into The Riser, for fast access to studio-grade audio manipulation heaven. A tempo-sync’d delay with time-division can slap or drench your transition with the subtlety of a feather – or sledgehammer. To add space to your patch, mix in one of 4 reverb types, all of which are completely adjustable to complement your track. To really grab the listener, we incorporated Panning and Width controls, letting you master stereo positioning and intimacy. The Filter section features over 20 types, ranging from low-pass, high-pass, band-pass, multi-pole/pass combos, band reject, and phase shift. When used in concert with The Riser’s LFOs and variable oscillators, you get standout results with signature flair.

Invert Your Thinking

Experimentation is the key to inspiration, and The Riser gives you a few additional tricks to unlock new sounds. A randomizer will randomly select values for the main parameters to give you that create spark. The Invert mode will reverse the transition, letting you hear it with the direction switched. Rises become falls, swells become fades, and more. Tap the Swap button and those inversions will override your current setup, making it easy to create complementary patches and save them as presets along the way.

Like You’ve Never Experienced Before

We understand the science behind the suspense and emotion that a great transition delivers. Until now, recreating the transition in your head has been a convoluted, manual process. The Riser puts intuitive sound-shaping tools right where you need them so you can design effects that keep the listener on the edge of their seat.

Features

  • Transition designer optimized for electronic music production, scoring, and remix work
  • 3 editable oscillators; sweep, noise, and chord
  • 3 LFOs; free-running, tempo-synced, and Pumper
  • 23 filter types including multi-pole and phase shift
  • 300 professionally designed, editable presets
  • Randomizer generates patches at the click of a button
  • Invert mode creates complementary patches by instantly changing transition direction
  • Easy MIDI-Learn Mode; just click and twist to assign parameters to your favorite MIDI controller hardware
  • Pumper effect creates pulsating movement
  • Configurable delay and reverb with wet/dry processing; 4 reverb types
  • Adjustable panning movements and master stereo width control
  • 64-bit AU; 32- and 64-bit VST/AAX; Mac or Windows

System Requirements

Mac: 

  • Mac OS X 10.8.5-10.14 (10.15 Catalina not yet supported); Core Duo Processor (Core i5 or i7 Recommended)
  • Installer Download Size: 140 MB (Mac)

PC:

  • Windows 10, 8 or Windows 7 Service Pack 1; Minimum Dual Core 2GHz (Intel Core i5 or i7 Recommended)
  • Installer Download Size: 250 MB 

Formats:

VST (32 bit and 64 bit) qualified for:

  • Ableton Live, Cubase, Arsenal

AU (64 bit only) qualified for:

  • Logic Pro X

AAX qualified for:

  • ProTools 10.3 (32 bit), ProTools 11.x (64 bit)

Please Note:

Important notes: 

  • FREE iLok account & Licence Manager is required to authorise this software (a physical USB iLok is not required).​
  • This software is not yet compatible with macOS 10.15 Catalina.
  • An internet connection is required to authorise this software.

6. Sektor

by Initial Audio

Sektor

Sektor is a polyphonic wavetable synth plugin with a highly intuitive user interface and a lot of customization features. Sektor was built to use a low amount of system resources while having a massive high-quality sound.

Advanced modulation features such as feature rich modulation Envelopes, ADSR´s and LFO´s can be routed to the synths parameters via drag and drop, or via the right-click menu of the knobs. The modulation matrix gives you even more access to features such as velocity, aftertouch and much more.

Shape each parameter of 16 voices per wavetable oscillator with OSC+. Create massive unison sounds and change the waveform, phase, pitch, stereo spread, level and detune of each individual unison voice.

Sektors built-in Heat Up 2 multisample engine let you combine the real sound of a modern rompler with Sektors advanced wavetable synthesis engine.

Sektor also comes with two effect racks including effects such as reverb, delay, distortion, chorus, phaser, trance gate, compressor, stereo shaper and a 4 band equalizer. The order of the effects can be rearranged via drag and drop.

Deeply Customizable

Sektor was made to be deeply customizable, offering many features to make it your own. Change the colours, backgrounds, skins and more. Create custom-made arps and sequences with the built-in sequencer, create your own skins, add your own samples, create your very own presets, expansion packs and much more. Offer your content to others or share it with your friends.

Ease of use

Sektor comes with a highly intuitive and unique interface design, making it very easy to use and understandable. Even if you are not very experienced in synthesis you can achieve great results and fast. Modern drag and drop features make the modulation matrix almost unnecessary. Sektor also gives permanent visual feedback, helping you to understand what is happening with each preset. Not sure what a control does? Hover over each control for a tooltip explaining the feature.

Craft your own sound

The Factory Library comes with over 750 unique presets which will suit a broad range of genres such as EDM, Hiphop, Trap, RnB, Dubstep, Drum N Bass and much more. With over 200 factory wavetables, 100 multi sampled instruments, over 250 single samples and dozens of Sequencer presets you will have plenty of content to craft your own unique sound.
Edit Wavetables and Waveforms with the built-in Wavetable Editor or create your own Wavetables from scratch.

Features

  • Wavetable Synth plugin
  • Over 750 Unique Factory Presets
  • Over 200 Unique Wavetables
  • Built in sampler engine with hundreds of samples. Also plays back Heat Up 2 Instruments.
  • Digital download after purchase incl. 3 Machine based Serial Keys
  • Lifetime free updates. Pay once and get all future updates for free.

System Requirements

PC:

  • Windows 7 or higher (64-bit only)
  • 4GB Ram
  • VST2 Compatible DAW such as FL Studio, Reaper, Reason, Cubase, Ableton Live, Bitwig, Machine, MPC Ren and many more 
  • Stand Alone App
  • Supports the new MPE Midi Standard (Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression)

Mac:

  • OSX 10.6 or later (64-bit only)
  • 4GB Ram
  • VST2 or AU compatible DAW such as Logic, FL Studio, Reaper, Reason, Cubase, Ableton Live, Bitwig, Machine, MPC Ren and many more​
  • Stand Alone App
  • Supports the new MPE Midi Standard (Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression)

7. Carbon Electra

by Plugin Boutique

Carbon Electra User Interface - Main Image

4 Oscillator Subtractive Synthesiser Featuring Informative Displays, Editable Step Sequencer, Vocal Filter, Multi Unison, Integrated Distortion and Analog Control

Plugin Boutique present Carbon Electra. Carbon Electra is a powerful and intuitive synth built by producers, for producers. It’s a four-oscillator subtractive synth with a modern feature set. It has been developed as an advanced learning tool whilst also being a powerful and easy-to-program synth. Being based on vintage analogue routing and featuring flexible modulation options including an editable stepper and note performer.

The graphical displays act as a comprehensive information tool as well as an accurate guide to each parameter change. Best of all, it sounds incredible. 

Features

  • Powerful synth engine that is easy to learn and use with no hidden menus
  • 4 Analog style sync-able oscillators with adjustable pulse width, frequency modulation, oscillator unison and multiple wave types including pitch-able noise
  • Ability to run the amp section “too hot” into the built-in optional limiter at the main output, creating a modern hyper-compressed sound
  • Super flexible unison control ranging from subtle warmth to massive super saw or super square sound
  • Multiple stereo width parameters allowing high precision control of the stereo field
  • Ability to faithfully recreate classic analog sequences and acid lines with a modern twist by using note sequencer, editable nodes and unique filter modes
  • Create aggressive tones with the all-new distortion modes and oscillator unison

Informative Physics Based Graphics Displays with Comprehensive Info Pane

6 Filter Types (with different modes) Including Powerful Vocal Filter with Filter Drive and various saturation types

Simple, Incredibly Usable and Useful FX Section, Like Having a Bunch of Great Guitar Pedals

Editable Step Sequencer Can be Assigned to Note (allowing rests, ties and slides), Pitch, Volume and Cut-Off with Various Wave Types & Edit Mode Allowing Node Creation and Line Curve

Over 800 Factory Presets Covering Sequences, Acid, Chords, Motions, Bass, Leads, Keys, Pads & Effects

Onboard Artists Presets By:

  • Mike Huckaby
  • Kosheen
  • Freemasons
  • Carl Cox 
  • DJ Pierre
  • D Product
  • Rob Lee
  • Dom Kane
  • Timo Garcia…and more!

New Features in Version 1.5

  • New sequencer function for step envelope: Includes an extended 28 semitone range and rests with support for pitch sweeps, legato glide and envelope re-trigger. Create analog style note recordings with a modern twist.
  • All new classic analog style filter modes: Sallen-Key 12dB Low Pass Filter, 6dB Band Pass Filter and 6dB High Pass Filter and Soft OTA 24dB Low Pass Filter. New filter modes allow a wider range of tones from smooth crunchiness to screaming self-oscillation.
  • True filter bypass: It is also now possible to bypass (disable) the filter for raw oscillator timbres.
  • New Distortion mode: Provides brighter, harsher and in-your-face distortion without overdrive muddiness.
  • Oscillator 1 FM modulation switch: Easily create classic FM sounds.
  • Step Envelope Menu: Step Envelope context menu (right-click on Step Envelope text) with copy, paste and other features eases graph editing and makes it possible to easily copy data between presets.
  • Over one hundred and fifty new presets: Exclusive to Carbon Electra 1.5 – new presets using all the new features and including ACID, SEQUENCE, LEAD AND FX banks
  • Mousewheel functionality implemented on MacOS

Review Quotes:

  • ‘A very powerful synth with a character of its own, the envelope step sequencer is one of the most clever additions I’ve seen.’ Producer Spot
  • ‘A digital beast perfectly easy to approach, yet complex for your sound design needs. A focused instrument geared for the modern producer.’ Ask Audio Mag
  • ‘Carbon Electra has a sonic richness, the raw oscillators are fat, buzzy and especially delicious in the lower octaves. The precision and clarity of modern VA synthesizers with the wild aggressive nature of an analogue beast.’ Bedroom Producers Blog
  • ‘The synth’s sounds definitely cut through mixes. Basses really bring the bottom end of mixes to life and some of the leads and incidental effects add angles to tracks I can only dream of.’ MusicTech
  • ‘An easy to use synth with stunning visuals and incredible sound.’ Computer Music Academy
  • ‘Directly from a future: a modern aggressive sound with best step sequencer ever and lots of presets from star producers.’ Sound Bytes Mag
  • ‘Carbon Electra steps up the game. This synth is a goldmine. Lush pads, wicked bass and leads that melt your brain.’ Nine to Five
  • ‘Carbon Electra is a great sounding, versatile, powerful and easy-to-use synth with a massive library of presets that will be an asset to anyone aiming to create interesting electronic music — it’s great for novices and pros alike.’ DJ Mag
  • ‘Carbon Electra does a great job on combining analogue features and modern graphical tools within one interface. Programmers should be able to create a wide range of vintage-style noises with it.’ Sound On Sound

Carbon Electra Expansion Packs Available!

There is a great collection of bespoke, genre inspired Expansion Packs specifically designed and available for Carbon Electra!

System Requirements

Mac

  • OS X 10.7 or later: OS X 10.13 is recommended (64-bit only)

Formats:

  • AU – Audio Units (64-bit)
  • VST 2.4 (64-bit)

Windows

  • Windows 7 SP1 (Direct2D) or newer

Formats:

  • VST 2.4 (64-bit)

Important notes:

  • The Mac version of this software is 64-bit only and will not function on 32-bit systems.
  • Carbon Electra is not available in AAX format. It is compatible with most major VST and AU DAW platforms and is available for both PC and Mac computers.  

8. SubLab

by Future Audio Workshop

SubLab

The Hardest Hitting Sub-Bass Every Time

A new class of synthesizer designed for hip-hop, future bass and trap genres. Create powerful 808 style sub-bass that sounds punchy on every speaker, every time.

Get all the tools you need to sample, layer, widen and distort any kick into a uniquely powerful sub in one plug-in. SubLab’s innovative yet simple mix workflow includes X-Sub™, our psychoacoustic sub-bass oscillator. This newly invented oscillator works as a sub-bass maximizer to achieve consistent, accurate and deep subs on any speaker system.

SubLab comes packed with 6 signature Bass Packs and 250 kick samples meticulously recorded from classic analog drum machines and modern modular systems. You can also drag and drop your own samples into the sampler and SubLab will automatically detect the pitch of your sample for a faster workflow. Build your own sample library and Bass Packs as you go.

808 Bass and Beyond

Everything you need to create powerful and punchy sub-bass in minutes. Sample, layer, widen, and distort any kick into impactful subs. Simple mix workflow for superior sound on every sound system.

Introducing X-Sub™ Technology

Our new psychoacoustic sub-bass oscillator. Get consistent, accurate, and deep subs while playing any bass note. Newly invented and only available in SubLab.

Packed with Sounds

250 samples from high-end modular and classic analog drum machines. Comes with 6 signature Bass Packs. Drag and drop your own samples into the sampler.

What You Get

SubLab comes with hundreds of exclusive samples, 6 signature Bass Packs and much more.

Included 808 Bass Packs:

  • Compressed, maximised, track-ready 808s. Ready to use in your music today.
  • Richie Souf Signature – 808 sounds produced by Atlanta’s Richie Souf. He works with Future, Young Thug, Gunna and more.
  • Hits DNA Vol.1 – the top 808 sounds of the moment, rebuilt from scratch in SubLab. Includes 808s from ScHoolboy Q, 21 Savage, Post Malone and more.
  • Divine Bass – smooth 808s and deep, dark subs made by YouTube trap production educator, Sean Divine.
  • Crushed – the heaviest distorted 808 basses.
  • Analog Machines – warm analog sounds recreated in SubLab, just like they came straight out of the classic analog machines.
  • Pure Subs – the purest of subs to layer in when your track already has a kick drum.

Bonus Samples:

  • SubLab also comes bundled with a bonus sample pack of 250 meticulously recorded kick drums, kick transients and 808s, sampled from all the analog drum machines we could get our hands on…
  • Roland TR-808
  • Roland TR-707
  • Waldorf Blofeld
  • Jomox MBase 11
  • MFB 522
  • Nord Lead
  • Noise Engineering Basimilus Iteritas
  • Befaco Kickall
  • Intellijel Dixie
  • Hexinverter BD9
  • Mutable Instruments Plaits
  • Dave Smith Tempest
  • Korg Volca Beats
  • Korg Volca Kick
  • Vermona Mono Lancet ’15
  • And more…

Full Features List

Synth Engine:

  • Analog style synth engine with sine, triangle, sawtooth and square wave options

Sample Engine:

  • Access the factory library of 250 kicks and 808s, or drag and drop your own
  • Delayed sample start for creating delayed 808s
  • Internal maximizer for expanding and distorting
  • Loop mode so any sample can be sustained
  • Lo-cut and hi-cut filtering for sculpting

X-Sub™ Engine:

  • Our newly developed psychoacoustic sub-bass oscillator
  • Always keeps your notes in the sub-range
  • Control the exact harmonics to create the perfect sub-bass

Distortion:

  • Darkdrive distortion with Fatness control
  • Overdrive distortion with Tone control
  • Grunge distortion with Fizz control
  • Tube distortion with Heat control
  • Visualizer to display how the distortion is working
  • Lo-cut and hi-cut filters for post-filter distortion
  • Mix amount controls for parallel distortion

Compressor:

  • Auto sidechain button so the kick punches through
  • Mix amount controls for parallel compression

Filter:

  • Analog modelled processing
  • Low pass, bandpass and high pass shapes
  • Mix amount controls for parallel filtering

Meter / Master:

  • Frequency and note cursor display
  • Synth, Sample and X-Sub engine frequencies overlaid
  • Divided into 3 most important frequency bands
  • Master maximizer for expanding and fattening
  • True peak value meter for clipping control

Patch Browsing:

  • All patch packs have icons for easy search
  • Favourites category so you can always find your favourite patches
  • Create your own patch packs and build your own library

Other:

  • Fully resizable interface
  • Editable glide curves
  • BPM synced glide times

System Requirements

  • Available as VST2, VST3, AU, AAX
  • Tested in FL Studio, Ableton Live, Logic, Studio One, Pro Tools and Cubase
  • Compatible with Mac OS 10.10 and higher
  • Compatible with Windows 7 and higher

Please note: SubLab can be used offline but you need to be connected to the internet to activate it.


9. Loom Classic

by AIR Music Technology

Loom Classic

Explore Additive Synthesis

Loom is an award-winning modular additive synthesizer with a shape-shifting Morph Pad that makes it easy to create rich, swirling, and captivating sounds. Loom takes a unique modular approach to additive synthesis, a synthesis technique that involves combining simple waveforms together to create complex sounds, by allowing anyone to select from and combine 30 editable modules. Create anything from wobbles, ethereal pads, ambient soundscapes, and much more. The programmable Morph Pad brings your Loom patches to life by morphing between user-defined variations of your patch, adding motion and momentum that continues to evolve.

Mix & Match Modules

Loom allows up to 512 harmonic partials per patch and uses an intuitive modular design to create complex sounds quickly and easily. Each of the 30 editable modules performs a specific sonic task—Octaver, Second Tone, Moving Filter, Noise, Linear Lowpass, Modulator, etc. The Loom framework provides a series of cells, where up to 10 of these modules can interact and be combined to generate an additive synthesis patch. Each module includes task-specific parameters for detailed, individual control of the patch. For real-time visual feedback of your sound, each module includes a spectrum window, offering a visual indication of how that module is affecting the individual harmonics of the sound.

Make Your Music Move

Loom’s Morph Pad is a powerful tool that adds dynamics and movement to your patches. Using a condensed set of control knobs, Loom allows you to quickly create up to four variations of your sound, and assign each one to different quadrant of the Morph Pad. Point, click, and drag anywhere on the Morph Pad to create a morph path. As the sound moves along this patch, you will here it morph in real time between your four variations. This morphing can be free form, or set to sync up to a particular musical unit—1 bar, 4 bars, etc. Plus, each segment of the morph path can be synced individually.

Stunning Sound Design

Loom comes packed with sounds. Acclaimed sound designers Richard Devine and Mark Ovenden have created 350+ professional, tweakable patches that include wobbles, pads, bass, soundscapes, and more. You can tweak, analyze, and customize their sounds to make them your own, or dig deep and begin creating your own additive sounds from scratch. For sonic inspiration, Loom’s Smart Sound Randomizer instantly generates new parameters—or a new mix of modules—to jump-start your sound design sessions. All parameters can be mapped for MIDI control.

More than Modules

Each Loom patch begins with editable Spectral Distortion and Spectral Modulation controls that influence the overall sound. Three LFOs provide tempo sync-able modulation sources that any module can access. Four velocity-sensitive Envelope Generators add an extra layer of control that can change and evolve over time. Octave control, global pitch, glide time, and other patch-specific controls offer additional tools for your custom sound-shaping experience.

Expressive Effects

Onboard effects add extra expression to your customized additive sound creations. Using the drive or distortion on an additive sound can produce an aggressive edge or introduce rich harmonic changes. Modulation effects include a chorus and a phaser. Each can add remarkable depth and motion to your sound. Loom also includes a reverb effect to help your sound sit in the mix, or to create an expansive audio environment.

Features:

  • A modular additive synthesizer with a sound-shifting Morph Pad.
  • 30 editable sound modules; freely combinable in 10 cells.
  • Morph Pad enables point-and-click sound morphing.
  • 350+ patches programmed by legendary sound designers.
  • Smart Sound Randomizer to quickly design unique sounds.
  • Economy mode reduces the load on the host processor with minimal impact on the sound.
  • 64-bit plugin: VST, AU, RTAS, and AAX formats.

System Requirements

Mac: 

  • Mac OS X 10.8.5-10.14 (10.15 Catalina not yet supported); Core Duo Processor (Core i5 or i7 Recommended)

PC: 

  • Windows 10, 8 or Windows 7 Service Pack 1; Minimum Dual Core 2GHz (Intel Core i5 or i7 Recommended)

Formats:

VST (32 bit and 64 bit) qualified for:

  • Ableton Live, Cubase, Arsenal

AU (64 bit only) qualified for:

  • Logic Pro X

AAX qualified for:

  • ProTools 11.x (64 bit)

RTAS qualified for:

  • 32-bit ProTools

Please Note:

  • Minimum RAM 4GB (8GB or more recommended)
  • 1GB free hard drive space required (Download and Installation)
  • Internet access required (Download and Authorization)
  • FREE iLok account & Licence Manager is required to authorise this software (a physical USB iLok is not required).

Important notes: 

  • FREE iLok account & Licence Manager is required to authorise this software (a physical USB iLok is not required).​
  • This software is not yet compatible with macOS 10.15 Catalina.
  • An internet connection is required to authorise this software.

10. Vengeance Sound VPS Avenger Synth

by Vengeance Sound

Vengeance Sound VPS Avenger Synth

Meet our new alpha and omega of synthesis: Vengeance Producer Suite Avenger is here! The most versatile and best sounding synth you will ever encounter. There is nothing VPS Avenger can’t do, it offers you tons of features and a gigantic growing library from some of the best sound designers on this planet.

Up to 8 OSC Modules:

  • Each OSC with own V-Saw (Supersaw) (1-7 voices, 1-4 octs, pan spread)
  • Each OSC with its own vibrato LFO (which can modulate every V-Saw (Supersaw) voice separately)
  • Each OSC with own Chorder (Note Stacker, Unison)
  • Each OSC with additional Sub OSC model
  • Each OSC can have its own synthesis model (see ‘GENERATORS’ for details)

OSC Transformation Parameters:

  • Xcite (bending the waveform in any direction)
  • Formant (pulse with modulate any waveform)
  • Bit/Crush (Rate/Bit reduce any waveform)
  • Sync (easy sync mode with built in modulation env)
  • Volume / Pan / Transpose / Finetune / Random & Alternate Pitch
  • Noise Generator (level, noise color / noise rate reducer, stereo spread)
  • FM & AM (if you wish Alias free mode), FM source: countless basic waveforms, noise or own custom drawable shapes. Rate is syncable to semitones/octaves/7ths etc)
  • FFT editor for each OSC Module: Edit all spectral content in realtime, delete odd harmonics, boost octaves performs morphs or create custom filtersweeps
  • Randomizer
  • Many FFT presets (organ overtone registers, crazy stuff etc)
  • Use our unique feature to randomly pulsate every band!

Up to 8 ARP Modules:

  • Up / Down / Random / Poly Modes
  • Editable note lengths and note transposes / velocities
  • Each arp has up to 4 sub patterns (A B C D), means you can make complex melodies of 4x 32notes
  • Hundreds of ARP presets

Up to 8 Step SQ Modules:

  • Contour, decay, gate time, editable step lengths and velocity
  • Perfectly synces Step SQ
  • Can be quickly used as TranceGate effect
  • Does not click
  • Stereo mode (L/R)
  • Comes with many presets, even such as sidechain simulations, rhythmic gates etc

Up to 8 Mod Envelope Modules:

  • Free configurable envelopes – add as many points as you like
  • Sync mode available (quarter/triplet) to create moving and unique patterns
  • Countless trigger modes such as first/last notes, arpeggio, bassdrum from drum SQ etc
  • Oneshot, loop, loop with release phase, ping pong etc

Up to 8 Pitch Envelope Modules:

  • BiPolar Pitch envelope where you can add as many additional points as you like
  • Sync and trigger modes like in the Mod Envelope
  • Portamento modes: Normal, poly, legato and poly legato (yes) with custom depth and portamento pitch curve
  • Editable Pitchbend lag time

Up to 4 AMP Modules:

  • Oscillators (OSCs) can be routed in different AMP Modules
  • Each AMP module has its own (analog) AHDSR envelope, but can be triggered from other env sources, such as MOD Envelope too
  • Spike parameter, which REALLY spikes this time. 
  • Solume / Pan / Keytrack
  • Stereo spread parameter

Up to 4 FILTER Modules Master Filter Module:

  • Oscillators can be routed into different FILTER Modules
  • Each FILTER module has its own (analog) AHDSR envelope, but can be triggered from other env sources, such as MOD Envelope too
  • 47 Filtertypes (at the moment) – all basic filter types as well as analog filter, comb filter, talking/vowel filters, Peakfilters, fm/crush, TB filter etc…
  • Resonance type selectable: Additive or volume compensated
  • Each filter has Drive / Drive oversampled and a neat Comb filter

Up to 4 SHAPER Modules:

  • The Shaper modules add distortion (per voice!) for each osc which is routed into it
  • 17 unique distortion models (at the moment)
  • Two pre distortion EQ bands to shape the distortion tone
  • Stereo split mode
  • Can be pre or post FILTER or AMP modules

Up to 4 LFO Modules:

  • 17 LFO Shapes to chose from 3 freely drawable shapes
  • Fade in / Delay
  • Change Offset (y axis), Phase (x axis)
  • Countless trigger modes, such as first/last notes, arpeggio, bassdrum from drum SQ etc
  • Syncable (normal, triplet, dotted), with extra long LFO times

Drum Sequencer:

  • Dedicated drum sequencer for the drum kits with up to 16 bars
  • Triplet or Quarter mode
  • Roll function for each note (x2, x3, x4 etc)
  • Each note has velocity, pan, pitch or gate time
  • Multiple selection tool: Draw a box and select multiple notes, delete them, move them (with cursor arrows up/down/left/right) or start the velocity for all at the same time
  • Many special modes: Flip, reverse, mirror, copy/fill blocks etc

Powerful Routing System:

  • Add new modules and re-arrange the order the signal passes the modules for each Oscillator
  • Apply Send FX
  • Graphic routing help system: Right-Click on a module in the OSC routing diagram lets a cross-hair apear, to show you where this module is located in the GUI

Unique New Modmatrix System:

  • ‘Drag and Drop’ creation of ModMatrix entries. Just drag a source and drop it to any target you want on the GUI
  • ‘Grouped’ mod matrix. Means you can change all modmatrix assigments with 1 click to a LFO assignment for example ‘additive’ or ‘%'(percentage) modes
  • Lag parameter. Smoothens the modulation, giving it inertia (for wha wha etc…)
  • Cool new mod sources, such as PORTAMENTO glide (for example open the filter with the glide movement)
  • Almost everything in VPS Avenger can be connected and modulated

MACRO Controllers:

  • All Factory presets are pre-routet with cool modulations on these Macro Controllers
  • 3 Macro knobs
  • 2 Macro buttons

Up to 6 Free Routable FX Busses:

  • 4 Insert FX Racks with 8 FX slots each
  • Send FX Rack
  • Master FX Rack
  • Like in your DAW you can route the FX into each other
  • You can route past the Master FX bus – for example, everything can be compressed and limited from the Master Bus except the Bassdrum, which will be dry route to the output
  • There are currently 30 FX types: Delay, Arts Acoustic Reverb, Trashverb, V-Verb, Room Sim, Impulse Response Reverb (with new IR’s), Gated Rev, Flanger, Chorus, Phaser, Multimod, Ministop (Tapestop!), Minichain (Sidechain), Bitcrusher, Distotion, Fuzzbox, Multiband Dist, Vinylizer, Waveshaper, Limiter, Compressor, Stereo Matrix, 4Band Equalizer, Multiband Limiter, Vintage Chorus, Vintage Flanger, Vintage Phaser, Rotary Simulation, Ensemble ARP, Ensemble 330
  • Each FX type comes with many many presets

Wavetable Envelope / Editor:

  • Specialized envelope for all wavetables
  • One-Shot, Pingpong, Loop, Global or per voice
  • ‘Wobble’ pattern generator: Unique new system which lets you Multiply, Revese or Flip the envelope with a pattern
  • Fade In / Outs, Zoom, Normalize, Reverse for wavetables

Further Features:

  • Mixer Page: All busses and tracks visable for mixing and levelling
  • Keyzones / Velzones: Create complex key and velocity zones with fade ins/outs for each OSC / drums
  • Support for MIDI foot pedals, breath controller etc: For example: with one click assign your expression pedal to move the modwheel or the sustain pedal to control the release / any other parameter
  • Global Shuffle Factor: All shuffles (ARP, StepSQ, DrumSQ etc) are linked to each other
  • Parameter Lock: Lock your shuffle, volume or filter settings during preset change
  • Powerful UNDO Function: Whatever you did, it can be UNDOne with 1 click
  • Real monophonic mode: Multiple notes wont kill your original now when released. You will notice this immediately when playing
  • Tooltips explaining each parameter (can be turned off)
  • Customizable INIT Preset
  • Navigate with cursor keys through the library
  • Export your current OSC shape with 1 click: Whenever you created new and cool waveforms you can add them into your library as a new OSC shape

Graphic / Librarian / Browser:

  • Easy to use preset selector: Favourites, personal expansions (with icons)
  • Tag Cloud for every preset: Tag based search system
  • File Browser for importing own drums: Multi-Samples, Shapes or Wavetables
  • VPS Avenger comes with more than 750 high quality presets from all genres
  • Open GUI for possible skinning
  • Runs ultra smooth at 60Hz
  • Resizable skin in real-time – just resize it like a Windows (PC) window (if supported by host)
  • Everything is displayed in real-time – the waveform changes, the knob modulations etc. The presets visually come to life 

OSC Generators:

  • Classic VA Synthesesis: Regular synthesis with Saw, Square, Sine, Noise, Tri etc
  • Oscillator Shapes: You can import and convert ANY 1 cycle waveform sample into an Oscillator shape. Once the waveform is imported, you can transform it in every direction possible 100% alias free. There are thousands of hand selected shapes to chose from in VPS Avenger’s Factory Library. Many emulate the shapes of classic gear or complex digital shapes, dubstep screams, real instruments etc
  • Freeform: You can freely draw your own OSC shapes – use a pencil or draw lines, use smoothening parameters or normalize, fade in/outs to help create every shape imaginable 
  • Wavetable Synthesis: Stack up to 128 Oscillator Shapes and you will have a Wavetable. Wavetables can be morphed seamleassy and have their own powerful editor and morphing envelopes. VPS Avengers Factory Library will come with more than 600 top notch wavetables, ranging from all kind of synthesis tricks, vocals, harmonic/disharmonic spectrals, FM or real instrument morphs.You can (of course) load and create your own wavetables
  • Resample: This is basically a wavetable editor – this Synthesis mode allows you to cycle through long wave-files and explore microscopic grains as an OSC source
  • Multisamples: Each of VPS Avengers 8 Oscillators can also be a Multisample player. With our new ‘Sample Stacker’ feature, you can layer up to 4 multi-samples in each OSC module with 1 click. VPS Avenger comes with a huge library of more than 1000 Multi-Samples, ranging from Pianos & Organs, Synths, Real Instruments, Voices and much more. There are also 2x special Sample Sources: Attack Clicks and Organic Noises, which are great layering additions
  • Drum-Kits: These are real drum-kits with their own drum edit page and an exclusive new Drum Sequencer. VPS Avenger comes with more than 160 Drum-Kits from all possible genres, while each drum-kit holds 12x perfectly mixed and matched drum samples. Furthermore, each drum-kit has its own Drum Sequencer pattern. You can Change the Kits or the Pattern seperately, which gives you endless combinations. You can of course create your own kits by filling Avenger with external drum samples
  • Granular Synthesis: Every OSC can be a full granular module: Load one of the many granular samples from the factory sounds into it ot drag and drop your own samples Explore the sample being played back in hundreds of small grains. Pitch, spread, reverse these grains, play forward, backward or in whatever speed or direction your want by using our internal powerful granular envelope. Insane and unlimited possibilities – and a lot of fun!
  • Real FM synthesis: Avengers easy but powerful FM engine let you  create your wildest FM fantasies: Modulate to countless FM shapes, your own custom FM shapes or “cross frequency-modulate” with other oscillators, or other oscillators, which have been cross modulated with other FM sources. Highly flexible, complex but easy to handle and – if you wish – we also have an “alias free FM mode”
  • Guitar Player / Chord Detection Module: Live Loop Guitar Player module: Coming soon with 1.4.0 update for FREE!

Main Features

  • VST / PC & Intel Mac AU / AAX / VST – runs in all compatible hosts
  • 64 Bit and VST3 standard (64-Bit is required!)
  • Over 1000 factory presets
  • 620 multisamples
  • 218 special samples (attacks, noises)
  • 154 resampler waves
  • 168 drumkits, 168 drumsequences
  • 596 wavetables
  • 219 granular samples
  • Thousands of OSC shapes (waveforms) available
  • 30 FX types including Analog Chorus, Reverb, Phaser etc from ArtsAcoustic)
  • 47 Filter-Types
  • Up to 1000 playing oscs with one note possible
  • Resampling / Wavetable Generator built-in
  • Freeform OSCs – draw your own waveforms
  • Alias free OSCs, Wavetables, FM & AM Modulation 
  • Powerful and easy drag and drop mod matrix
  • Rsizable vectorized GUI (4k ready)
  • Undo Feature
  • Comfortable preset search system / tag cloud
  • 8 arps, drums sequencer, 8 step sequencers, 18 envelope generators
  • 16 individually routable sub outs into your DAW’s mixer
  • Macro controllers assigned in each preset for quick sound changes
  • External MIDI Controllers and pedals support
  • Free routable FX busses and send effects
  • Customizable LFOs, 4 Shaper Modules (distortion units on OSC level)
  • Many Unison Features: Chorder and our own invented ‘V-Saw’ supersaw
  • Key and Velocity Zones 
  • Import your own multi-samples, drums, wavetables or OSC waveforms
  • MIDI learn function (connect your external MIDI gear with Avenger)

System Requirements    

Mac:

  • IntelMac 2.5Ghz
  • 8GB RAM
  • Mac OSX 10.11 and later
  • VST 2.4/AU compliant host 64Bit
  • OSX High Sierra (10.13) supported!

PC:

  • Intel Core 2.5Ghz,  
  • OpenGL 3.2 capable GPU
  • 8GB RAM
  • Win7/Win8/Win10 64Bit
  • VST 2.4 compliant host

The Installer Contains:

  • 64Bit versions only
  • VST2 and VST3 versions
  • AU version
  • AAX version

11. Serum Xfer Wavetable Synth

by Xfer Records

Serum Xfer Wavetable Synth

Advanced Wavetable Synthesizer

Why Serum?

The dream synthesizer did not seem to exist: a wavetable synthesizer with a truly high-quality sound, visual and creative workflow-oriented interface to make creating and altering sounds fun instead of tedious, and the ability to “go deep” when desired – to create / import / edit / morph wavetables, and manipulate these on playback in real-time.

Import Your Own Audio and Create Custom Wavetables with Ease

Serum has a Wavetable editor built right in- you can create your own wavetables in a variety of ways. Import audio directly from audio files – Serum has a variety of methods and options for analyzing audio for breaking it apart into individual waveforms. You can import single-cycle wavetables of course, as well as many at once (with in-built sorting options, or manual re-ordering). Morph between various wavetables using standard linear interpolation (crossfading) or via harmonic/spectral morphing. Draw directly on the waveform, with optional grid-size snapping and a variety of shape tools. Generate or modify waveforms using FFT (additive). Create or process waveforms using formula functions. Processing menu options allow you to do the other tasks you would want, such as apply fades, crossfades, normalize, export, and much more.

Ultra-Clean Oscillators

Playback of wavetables requires digital resampling to play different frequencies. Without considerable care and a whole lot of number crunching, this process will create audible artifacts. Artifacts mean that you are (perhaps unknowingly) crowding your mix with unwanted tones / frequencies. Many popular wavetable synthesizers are astonishingly bad at suppressing artifacts – even on a high-quality setting some create artifacts as high as -36 dB to -60 dB (level difference between fundamental on artifacts) which is well audible, and furthermore often dampening the highest wanted audible frequencies in the process, to try and suppress this unwanted sound. In Serum, the native-mode (default) playback of oscillators operates with an ultra high-precision resampling, yielding an astonishingly inaudible signal-to-noise (for instance, -150 dB on a sawtooth played at 1 Khz at 44100)! This requires a lot of calculations, so Serum’s oscillator playback has been aggressively optimized using SSE2 instructions to allow for this high-quality playback without taxing your CPU any more than the typical (decent quality) soft synth already does. Load up Serum and we think you’ll be able to notice both what you hear (solid high frequencies, extending flat all the way up to the limits of hearing) as well as what you don’t hear (no unwanted mud or aliasing gibberish- just good, clean sound).

Modulation – Work it the Way You Want to

The modulation system allows for drag and drop connections between mod sources and destinations. Want an LFO controlling a filter cutoff? Simply drag the LFO title to the cutoff knob. This LFO->Filter connection will now appear in the Mod Matrix as well. In other words, you have two views/approaches for creating and modifying your modulations: sometimes a list is nice, other times you just want the job done fast and easy.

Real-Time Wavetable Manipulation

In addition to moving through the set of wavetables (up to 256 make up a single oscillator), you can manipulate the waveform itself in a separate realtime process referred to as Warp. This allows for FM/AM/RM/Oscillator Sync and many other ways to modify the waveform, including “Remap” modes – a graph editor for drawing your own custom table manipulations.

Filter Types

Serum includes all of the filter types found in LFOTool in addition to some brand-new ones. Flangers, Phasers, and Comb filters all of which can key-track to the musical note you play. Dual filter types let you control or morph between filter types. Get creative with atypical processes for filters such as downsampling, or the unique filter types found nowhere before, such as the dirty-sounding French LPF.

Built-In Suite Effects

An effects rack with 10 effects modules lets you get your sound all the way to the finish line inside Serum. Effects can be re-ordered to any configuration you want. Virtually all effect parameters are also available as modulation destinations. This is especially useful on monophonic synth sounds. For example, apply an LFO to control reverb size or dry/wet, or velocity to control distortion amount. Many of these effects and modes were built just for Serum, so there are many unique effects to choose from, such as Hyper, which simulates (additional) unison amounts, or a dual-waveshaper which allows for a distortion you can morph between two separate wave shapes.

Advanced Unison

Serum will let you stack a single oscillator to use up to 16 voices. Each of the wavetable oscillators have a number of unison advanced parameters. Stack settings allow for note (e.g. octave) layering to get a fuller sound for a single note-press. Set the unison voices to all have their unique waveform at once with the Unison WT Pos setting, or have them all skewed in a different way with the unison Warp control. A variety of unison tuning modes per-oscillator let you get the stack sound blooming or swarming like you want.

Features

  • Serum comes with over 450 presets, 144 wavetables
  • Available in AAX, AU (Mac only) and VST formats (32 and 64-bit)

System Requirements

Mac

  • OS X 10.8 or later
  • CPU with SSE2

Formats:

  • AAX
  • Audio Units (AU)
  • VST 2.4

Windows

  • Windows 7 SP1
  • CPU with SSE2

Formats:

  • AAX
  • VST 2.4 (64-bit)

12. Babylon

by W.A Production

Babylon

One Page Wonder

W.A Production have been wanting to create a synth like Babylon for years, after struggling with synths that overcomplicate programming with multiple windows and menus. Babylon keeps things sleek and simple with a one-page design, featuring all major parameters on a single interface page. Of course, a synth is only as good as it sounds and they’ve included hundreds of waveforms and presets to choose from. Babylon can turn its hand to any kind of instrumentation including different types of leads, basses, pads, organs, keys, FX and more. With powerful multi-voice oscillators, stereo unison & detuning, high quality filters, effects and an internal modulation matrix Babylon can stand with the big boys because it’s powerful, but perfectly formed.

Microtonal Tuning

Very unusual for a soft-synth, with Babylon you can tune every individual note to its own frequency and play quartertone and microtonal scales. These would not normally be able to be played in standard tuning and make for some extremely fun experimental harmonics.

Scale Helper

Babylon comes complete with 23 standard and 34 traditional scales and modes from the Middle East. You can choose a scale, a key and see the notes of the scale highlighted on the virtual keyboard. Microtonal tuning is also set up automatically. Using a modern synthesizer to play scales from all over the world has never been easier. 

Presets

With 257 high-resolution waveforms, you’re sure to find the perfect starting point for your own sounds. Alongside many variants of the classic oscillator shapes, W.A Production have included formant, gritty, voice and instrument waveforms for maximum versatility. These can all be inverted and reversed (or both). Over 2300 preset sounds have been expertly programmed and are catalogued into themes within the onboard browser so you can easily find what you need in a hurry.

Effects

A full range of FX are included: Distortion, Bit rate and Sample Rate Reduction, Filter, Chorus, EQ, Delay and Reverb. These can be reordered by simply clicking and dragging, making for a logical approach to FX routing.

Unique Features

W.A Production could list all of the great features of Babylon, but instead, allow them to point out some aspects which they think are unique in the world of soft-synths. The filter section features not only standard controls but also 5 characterful poly effects: drive, distortion, saturation, crush and LoFi. There’s a dedicated Vibrato LFO with delay & attack settings for smooth vibrato transitions. Babylon has 12 different curve types for ADSR and Filter programming. Visual unison feedback shows the exact width and depth of your voicing and detuning choices. And did they mention the scales and microtuning? Oh yes, so they did. 

W. A. Production are real-life producers making creative plugins to help you achieve studio quality processing quickly and easily. Enjoy!

Features

  • One-page synth programming
  • 257 high-resolution waveforms
  • Over 2300 Preset sounds
  • Scale & Microtonal features
  • Filters & Effects
  • Multi-voice Oscillation
  • Modulation Matrix
  • FM, RM & AM modulation
  • Dedicated Vibrato LFO
  • Skins and dual-size interface
  • Full PDF Manual & Tutorial video

System Requirements

  • Windows 7 or higher (32 / 64 bit)
  • Mac OSX 10.11 or higher (64 bit only) (Not compatible with Logic 9)
  • AAX – ProTools 11 or higher

13. VirtualCZ + FREE Sunshine State Expansion

by Plugin Boutique

VirtualCZ + FREE Sunshine State Expansion

Add a Touch of the Classic: VirtualCZ

Plugin Boutique Present VirtualCZ – Inspired by an Iconic Series of Digital Synthesizers Made in the 1980s

About the Synth

Many people fondly remember the CZ synths and they have become retro-classics that are highly sought after, having been used on countless techno, house, rave and synth-pop records in the late 80s and early 90s.

Many artists still use the CZ today for its unique sounds, including great pads and synth strings, screaming leads, big basses, weird FX, metallic percussion and above all RAVE ORGANS. Like many timeless synths, it has a unique sonic quality and will be a beneficial addition to anyone’s synth collection.

For the First Time User: Faithful Emulation and Great New Sounds

If you are new to the CZ you’ll find that VirtualCZ delivers the same sound quality as its hardware predecessor, along with new features that bring its sound up to date.

  • As with its hardware inspiration, VirtualCZ uses Phase Distortion, which is similar to FM  Synthesis but easier to program.
  • Big stereo UNISON sounds (new feature!) – great for modern synth stabs.
  • Familiar ADSR envelopes (or switch to 8 Stage MSEG for the purists!)
  • 200 quality presets featuring both retro and modern sounds. 

For the Experienced User: Amazing New Features with a Modern Workflow

If you are familiar with the CZ synths, we think you will find VirtualCZ faithfully emulates the sound of the hardware in both sound and feel, also offering some great new features.

  • VirtualCZ mirrors the synthesis architecture of the original.
  • All key synthesis functions are on  the front panel, with graphic envelope displays – no more menus!
  • It can load and transmit CZ patches (it functions as a sysex editor for the hardware).

Powerful CZ-Style 8-Stage MSEG Envelope Control with Graphical Display

Easy-to-Use ADSR Envelope Control with Graphical Display 

New Effects Including Stereo Panning, up to 8 Voice Unison and 2 Vintage Chorus Algorithms for Creating Rich Detuned Pads and Fat Dirty CZ Basses!

Works as a SysEx Editor/Librarian for all CZ Hardware as well as an Emulation

Features

  • Recreates the unique synthesis engine of the CZ synths
  •  Works as a SYSEX editor/librarian for all CZ hardware as well as an emulation.(it models the flagship CZ-1, but is also compatible with the CZ-101, CZ-1000, CZ-3000 and CZ-5000)
  • 2 CZ-style Phase Distortion oscillators per voice (each has 8 wave shapes, which can be different for alternate cycles)
  • 6 loop-able envelope generators per voice (switchable between easy-to-use ADSR and powerful CZ-style 8-Stage MSEG modes)
  • Tempo sync-able LFO for vibrato, with 7 shapes
  • Ring Modulation and Noise Modulation
  • 32 voice polyphonic/mono/legato modes
  • Unison and detuning effects
  • Stereo panning effects
  • Microtonal tuning support
  • Vintage stereo chorus/ensemble effect (2 different algorithms)
  • Randomization of parameters
  • Easy to use interface (all key synthesis functions accessible on the front panel)
  • Includes over 200 high quality presets plus ability to load thousands of CZ patches online
  • Presets come in multiple formats: fxp/aupreset/vstpreset/tfx
  • Import/export presets for all plugin formats
  • Optional cross-format preset browser
  • Available for Mac and PC in VST2, VST3, AU and AAX plug-in formats plus standalone app

Preset Designers:

  • Oli Larkin
  • Don Solaris,
  • Scott AbstractCats

VirtualCZ Expansion Packs Available!

There is a great collection of bespoke, genre inspired Expansion Packs specifically designed and available for VirtualCZ!​

System Requirements

Mac

  • macOS 10.9 (Mavericks) or higher is required, along with a 64-bit host application
  • Intel i5 or better CPU and 4GB ram recommended

Formats:

  • AAX (ProTools 11.02 +)
  • Audio Units (AU)
  • VST2.4 and VST3

Windows

  • Windows XP or newer (32 and 64-bit)
  • Intel i5 or better CPU and 4GB ram recommended

Formats:

  • AAX (ProTools 10.36 + or ProTools 11.02 +)
  • VST2.4 and VST3

14. Loom II

by AIR Music Technology

Loom II

Note: Loom v1 users can Upgrade to Loom II. 

Explore Additive Synthesis

Loom II is a major upgrade to the original, pushing the boundaries of additive synthesis. Loom II is ideal for all skill levels. Whether you’re starting out and just experimenting in this space or you’re a bonafide expert, the instrument grows with you.

Loom II is an award-winning modular additive synthesizer with a shape-shifting Morph Pad that makes it easy to create rich, swirling and captivating sounds. The original Loom was considered a triumph of its time when it was launched. Now, Loom II builds on this with unique and powerful new features as requested by our loyal users.

Loom II takes a unique modular approach to additive synthesis, a synthesis technique that involves combining simple waveforms together to create complex sounds, by enabling anyone to select from and combine 34 editable modules. Create anything from wobbles, organs, ethereal pads, ambient soundscapes and so much more. The programmable Morph Pad brings your Loom II patches to life by morphing between user-defined variations of your patch, adding motion and momentum that continuously evolve.

New for LOOM II:

  • Loom II has been expanded to 8 voices by popular request!
  • Spectral Noise section allowing a secondary oscillator to replace or enrich the additive spectrum (created with the Sine Oscillator) with a noise spectrum. This is truly revolutionary in the additive world. Your creativity is the only limit to what is possible!
  • 4 new modules (See module section)
  • 2 additional Subharmonic Optional Partials bellow the normal spectrum.
  • Enhanced Morph Pad options.
  • 500 all-new patches covering a wide range of sounds designed by acclaimed sound designers Richard Devine and Mark Ovenden.
  • All original 350 patches re-mastered taking advantage of the new features.
  • New Wave Parameter options
  • 20+ other performance enhancements.

Mix & Match Modules

Loom II delivers up to 512 harmonic partials per patch and uses an intuitive modular design to create complex sounds quickly and easily. Each of the 34 editable modules performs a specific sonic task—Octaver, Second Tone, Moving Filter, Noise, Linear Lowpass, Modulator, etc. The Loom II framework provides a series of cells, where up to 10 of these modules can interact combine to generate an additive synthesis patch. Each module includes task-specific parameters for detailed, individual control of the patch. For real-time visual feedback of your sound, each module includes a spectrum window, offering a visual indication of how that module is affecting the individual harmonics of the sound.

In Loom II we have added four new powerful modules:

  • 5-Sines – An easy-to-use module enabling you to produce a range of organ or sine style sounds.
  • Discrete Adder – Similar to Loom 1’s popular adder, but adding a discrete spectrum ideal for creating percussion-based synth instruments.
  • Hype – adding Hi and Low Hype with dedicated easy-to-use controls for instant results.
  • Double Wave – for our more advanced users: Use dual waves to create complex synth patterns. We have also added a dedicated control for this in the Morph pad.

Make Your Music Move

Loom II’s Morph Pad is a powerful tool that adds dynamics and movement to your patches. Using a condensed set of control knobs, Loom II enables you to quickly create up to four variations of your sound, and assign each one to different quadrant of the Morph Pad. Point, click, and drag anywhere on the Morph Pad to create a morph path. As the sound moves along this patch, you will hear it morph in real time between your four variations. This morphing can be free-form, or set to sync up to a particular musical unit—1 bar, 4 bars, etc. Plus, each segment of the morph path can be synced individually.   In Loom II, we have expanded our highly-acclaimed morph pad by allowing Points/Paths to be stored and restored separately.  We have also added a new X-Axis mode enabling it to perform like an envelope, which is ideal for rhythmical morph patterns.  For this new mode Snap/Grid is also available.  Additionally, for expanded creativity you can now use parameters not linked to the Morph.

Stunning Sound Design

Loom II comes packed with sounds. Acclaimed sound designers Richard Devine and Mark Ovenden have created 850+ professional, tweakable patches that include wobbles, pads, bass, soundscapes, and more.  500 all-new presets for LOOM II and 350 re-mastered presets from LOOM I.  You can tweak, analyze, and customize their sounds to make them your own, or dig deep and begin creating your own additive sounds from scratch. For sonic inspiration, Loom II’s Smart Sound Randomizer instantly generates new parameters—or a new mix of modules—to jump-start your sound design sessions. All parameters can be mapped for MIDI control.  Additional preset packs are available free of charge and for purchase from 3rd-party partners to provide additional creativity.

More than Modules

Each Loom II patch begins with editable Spectral Distortion and Spectral Modulation controls that influence the overall sound. Three LFOs provide tempo syncable modulation sources that any module can access. Four velocity-sensitive Envelope Generators add an extra layer of control that can change and evolve over time. Octave control, global pitch, glide time, and other patch-specific controls offer additional tools for your custom sound-shaping experience.

Expressive Effects

On-board effects add extra expression to your customized additive sound creations. Using the drive or distortion on an additive sound can produce an aggressive edge or introduce rich harmonic changes. Modulation effects include a chorus and a phaser. Each adds remarkable depth and motion to your sound. Loom II also includes a reverb effect to help your sound sit in the mix, or to create an expansive audio environment.

Features

  • A modular additive synthesizer with a sound-shifting Morph Pad.
  • Loom II has been expanded to 8 voices by popular request!
  • Spectral Noise section allowing a secondary oscillator to replace or enrich the additive spectrum (created with the Sine Oscillator) with a noise spectrum.  This is truly revolutionary in the additive world.  Your creativity is the only limit to what is possible! 
  • 750+ patches programmed by legendary sound designers
  • Smart Sound Randomizer to quickly design unique sounds.
  • 34 editable sound modules; freely combinable in 10 cells.
  • 2 additional Subharmonic Optional Partials bellow the normal spectrum. 
  • Enhanced Morph Pad options. 
  • 500 all-new patches covering a wide range of sounds designed by acclaimed sound designers Richard Devine and Mark Ovenden.
  • All original 350 patches re-mastered taking advantage of the new features. 
  • New Wave Parameter options.
  • 20+ other performance enhancements. 
  • Economy mode reduces the load on the host processor with minimal impact on the sound.
  • 64-bit plugin: VST, AU, RTAS, and AAX formats.

System Requirements

Mac: 

  • Mac OS X 10.8.5-10.14 (10.15 Catalina not yet supported); Core Duo Processor (Core i5 or i7 Recommended)

PC: 

  • Windows 10, 8 or Windows 7 Service Pack 1; Minimum Dual Core 2GHz (Intel Core i5 or i7 Recommended)

Formats:

VST (32 bit and 64 bit) qualified for:

  • Ableton Live, Cubase, Arsenal

AU (64 bit only) qualified for:

  • Logic Pro X

AAX qualified for:

  • ProTools 11.x (64 bit)

RTAS qualified for:

  • 32-bit ProTools

Please Note:

  • Minimum RAM 4GB (8GB or more recommended)
  • 1GB free hard drive space required (Download and Installation)
  • Internet access required (Download and Authorization)
  • FREE iLok account & Licence Manager is required to authorise this software (a physical USB iLok is not required).

Important notes: 

  • FREE iLok account & Licence Manager is required to authorise this software (a physical USB iLok is not required).​
  • This software is not yet compatible with macOS 10.15 Catalina.
  • An internet connection is required to authorise this software.

15. Lounge Lizard Session

by Applied Acoustics Systems

Lounge Lizard Session

Lounge Lizard Session delivers authentic classic electric piano tones with outstanding sound quality, action, and feel.

Compressor and Equalizer: Craft your sound and add punch.

High-end effects: Tremolo, chorus, phaser, and reverb especially tuned for an electric piano.

Key controls: Craft your tone with access to key synthesis parameters acting on the mallet, pickup, tine, and tone bar.

Character knob: Provides five classic studio and stage signal path emulations.

Library: 16 classic electric piano sounds from the award-winning Lounge Lizard EP-4:

  • Classic
  • Tremolo
  • Chorus
  • Phaser
  • Compressed
  • Dark
  • Dark Tremolo
  • Dark Chorus
  • Dark Phaser
  • Bright
  • Bright Tremolo
  • Bright Chorus
  • Bright Phaser
  • Groovy EP
  • Bite
  • EP Bass

Neat features

  • Standalone operation for quick jams and experimentations
  • Real-time control over any parameters via your MIDI controller knobs, faders, and switches
  • MIDI clock, tap, and host tempo synchronization for effects and modulations
  • Relaxed editing with unlimited undo/redo capability

The benefits of physical modeling

  • Sound manipulation at the source core
  • Presets load in a flash
  • Super smooth dynamics—no velocity layers!
  • Small memory footprint—less than 256 MB of RAM per instance
  • Installs in less than a minute—less than 61 MB on disk

System Requirements

WINDOWS · MAC OS X · 32-/64-BIT & VST · AU · RTAS · AAX NATIVE · STANDALONE 

AAS products are compatible with nearly all DAWs…

  • Ableton Live
  • Apple GarageBand
  • Apple Logic Pro
  • Apple Mainstage
  • Avid Pro Tools
  • Bitwig Studio
  • Bandlab Cakewalk
  • Cockos Reaper
  • Image-Line FL Studio
  • MOTU Digital Performer
  • Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol
  • Native Instruments Maschine
  • Presonus Studio One
  • Propellerhead Reason
  • Steinberg Cubase

Mac Minimum System Requirements*

  • Mac OS X 10.7 or later
  • Intel Core processor or later
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 70 MB of free hard drive space

PC Minimum System Requirements*

  • Windows 7 32‑/64‑bit or later
  • Intel Core or equivalent processor
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 70 MB of free hard drive space

*The minimum system requirements mentioned above are for standalone usage. For plug-in usage, please refer to your DAW software requirements (Sonar, Pro Tools, Cubase, Live, Digital Performer, Logic Pro, etc.).


16. WIGGLE

by 2nd Sense Audio

WIGGLE

Expressive Sound

4 powerful sound generators allow you to directly manipulate and automate the wavetable. Together with waveshaping, phase distortion and randomization tools, creating expressive sounds is effortless.

Flexible Modulations

8 free drawing LFO/Envelope and 4 specialized modulators can be drag-and-drop to control most of the synth parameters. Another 8 step-based modulators are also at your disposal.

Powerful Morphing

Most of Wiggle’s parameters can be captured as a “snapshot”. You can take up to 4 snapshots of the sound you’re working on and morph between them smoothly, either manually or automatically. It’s up to you to create subtle timbre variations or drastic transformation of sounds.

Intuitive FM

The color-coded FM Matrix clearly shows the modulator/carrier relationship. All the parameters on the matrix can be modulated. It’s easy to add complexity and character to the sound.

Versatile Sequencer

Wiggle’s step sequencer offers you detailed controls to arrange both musical and modulation patterns. The resulting musical pattern can be dragged into your DAW.

Convenient Sampling

Wiggle’s internal recording function allows you to quickly capture your sonic experimentation and drag the audio file to your DAW or desktop for further editing and archiving.

Main Features:

  • Control points – WIGGLE has 4 operators. Each operator’s wavetable can be dynamically customized by its 4 control points. Each control point has its independent built-in LFO. These build the basic characters of a sound.
  • Other synthesis possibilities – Free-drawing PD (Phase Distortion) curve, FM (Frequency Modulation) and Morphing offer deep sonic potentials.
  • Color coded FM Matrix – The FM Matrix indicates the modulator/carrier relationship between the operators using color coded knobs
  • Modulations – 8 free drawing LFO/Envelope, 8 step-based and 4 specialized modulators can be drag-and-droped onto most of the synth parameters
  • Morph pad – Morphing between 4 variations of a preset captured on the Morph Pad multiplies the degree of sonic expressiveness. A user can also draw an arbitrary path to automate the morph process
  • Built-in effects – 7 built-in effects can also be modulated and make a WIGGLE sound more interesting. 4 Operators could go through duo multi-mode filter parallel
  • Step sequencer – The sequencer offers a user precise control over each step for creating musical pattern with human feel. The resulting sequence can be dragged out as a MIDI file
  • Built-in recorder – A simple built-in recorder helps a user quickly sample a sound tweaking process. The resulting audio can be dragged out as a wave file
  • Retina ready – High resolution images of the user interface are prepared for better viewing experience on retina displays
  • Interactive guide – A short interactive tutorial walks the user through the basic functions of WIGGLE upon its first launch
  • Compatibility – VST, AU, AAX, Standalone, Windows/Mac OS X, 32/64-bit supported

Artist behind WIGGLE

Jason Hou: Musician & Co-Producer of WIGGLE

As Alan Watts says, “The world is a marvelous system of wiggles.” It has always been a challenge for electronic musicians to sufficiently reflect the wiggly nature of sound and human emotion with limited tools in the digital realm.

We take up the challenge with WIGGLE. It‘s designed to assist musicians in crafting lively, intriguing sounds with its distinctive synthesis engine and intuitive user interface.

Be adventurous and happy wiggling.

System Requirements:

  • Windows 7+ (Including Windows 7, 8, & 10)
  • Mac OS X 10.6+ (Including Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, 10.9, 10.10 & 10.11)

Plugin Requirements:

  • Any VST 2.4 (32/64 bit) compatible DAW
  • Any AU (32/64 bit) compatible DAW
  • Any AAX (32/64 bit) compatible Pro Tools (Including Pro Tools 10, 11 & 12)

Please Note: You can install WIGGLE on up to 3x different computers.

Important Note: Digital Performer is not supported. 


17. TAL-U-NO-LX Synth

by TAL

TAL U-NO-LX - User Interface

TAL-U-NO-LX is an emulation of the popular 80’s hardware synthesizer. Up to date zero feedback delay filters and carefully calibrated controls make this plugin a good replacement for the analog device with all the advantages software plugins have. As an addition, the TAL_U-NO-LX also supports portamento and different filter LFO waveforms and some more useful features. The arpeggiator with different sync modes and hold function is also included. A very fast envelope with a smooth roll-off, emulated inaccuracy and a very smooth filter sound gives this synth the typical sound. The synth was calibrated after a hardware device that’s property of TAL.

Features

  • Self resonating zero feedback delay filter (24dB LP).
  • Filter range up to ~40kHz (depends on the sample rate).
  • Calibrated and tuned after TAL’s hardware device.
  • Midi learn / automation for all controlls.
  • Improved alias free oscillators for an authentic sound also @ 44’100Hz sampling rate.
  • Arpeggiator with different sync modes (host, midi clock, not on).
  • Portamento and mono mode.
  • LFO manual trigger button.
  • Sustain pedal support.
  • Up to 12 voices.
  • New file based preset system for transparent preset management.
  • More than 300 factory presets by different sound designers (FMR, Particular – Sound, TAL).
  • Original hardware “Factory Bank A” included.
  • MPE support (+-48 semitones, MIDI channel 1 = master).

System Requirements

  • Windows: Windows XP or higher (64 bit host required)
  • OSX: OSX 10.7 or higher (64 bit host required)
  • AAX: Pro Tools 10.3.6 or higher (64 bit only)

Preset Banks Download


18. Vacuum Vintage

by AIR Music Technology

Vacuum Vintage

Crossgrade Note: Customers who already own Pro Tools, AIEP 3, AKAI VIP or MPC Software can Crossgrade HERE.

Air Music Technology originally created Vacuum Vintage as part of their Creative Collection of instrument plug-ins that were included as part of Avid™ Pro Tools™.  As the popularity of Pro Tools grew, more and more musicians and producers relied on the incredible sonic firepower of this amazing Synth. Vacuum Vintage continued to evolve and demand grew. Vacuum Vintage is now available on its own, available to anyone who demands instant creativity in AU/VST formats. 

Vacuum Vintage is a monophonic vintage synthesizer featuring Vacuum Tube Synthesis with vacuum tube circuit modelling that perfectly captures the crunchy, warm sound of the analogue era. With analog oscillators, multiple filters and envelopes and built-in audio effects, Vacuum lets you dive deep into subtractive synthesis to recreate those sought-after analogue sounds from the 70s and 80s. Tweak the switches, knobs and dials to program anything from basses, leads, pads or unique sound effects. 

Vacuum gives you two Vacuum Tube Oscillators. A nice touch with the four available wave shapes is that rather than just picking one, Vacuum lets you ‘morph’ between them. The output of the oscillators goes through a mixer, where you can apply drive/distortion and ring modulation, before being passed through high- and low pass filters.

Included are a wide range of presets designed by highly-acclaimed sound designers Richard Devine and Mark Ovenden. Covering everything from Leads, Pads, Bass, Arpeggios, Percussive, and FX sounds this library provides instant inspiration for anyone to tweak to their contentment. 

The filters provide a smooth sound, but each offers a saturation control if you prefer a more aggressive sound. A really nice touch can be found in the ‘age’ knobs, where you can set an amount of pitch drift to apply to the oscillators or the quantity of dust that might make the synth sound old and noisy. The Age function provides Drift and Dust controls adjusting the age from oscillator drift to crackling controls to slightly inaccurate keyboard triggering/pitch for that truly authentic hardware experience sought out by Synth lovers.  This is one of the most realistic emulations you’ll hear anywhere! 

Vacuum also offers a number of modulation options, including two envelopes, which can be set to retrigger in the settings page. There’s also an onboard arpeggiator. For a synth plugin, Vacuum sounds surprisingly unlike a synth plugin, exhibiting a real, dirty and analogue quality. The slick vintage synth-styled interface pays homage to some of the best vintage tube synths of the past, powerful and easy to use.

For those who require even more creative possibilities such as expanded FX, Polyphonic Tube Synthesis with Six circuits, consider the upgrade to Vacuum Pro.  

Vacuum Pro is a powerful combination of two separate synthesizer parts that can be stacked, split, and layered to produce big, wide and fat analogue sounds. Each Vacuum Pro part starts with two wide-range, vacuum tube oscillators that can be synched, detuned, and set to various octave levels. Plus, the Quad Detune controls per oscillator make it easy to quickly dial in lush sounds. For an even bigger sound, the built-in Doubling effect instantly widens and thickens up your patch.

System Requirements

Mac: 

  • Mac OS X 10.8.5-10.14 (10.15 Catalina not yet supported); Core Duo Processor (Core i5 or i7 Recommended)
  • VST64 is qualified for Cubase 6 (64-bit) and Ableton Live 9 (64-bit). AU64 is qualified for Logic X (64-bit)
  • FREE iLok account & Licence Manager is required to authorise this software (a physical USB iLok is not required).

PC: 

  • Windows 10, 8 or Windows 7 Service Pack 1; Minimum Dual Core 2GHz (Intel Core i5 or i7 Recommended)
  • VST64 is qualified for Cubase 6 (64-bit) and Ableton Live 9 (64-bit)
  • FREE iLok account & Licence Manager is required to authorise this software (a physical USB iLok is not required).

Formats:

  • Compatible with AU and VST only.

Important notes: 

  • FREE iLok account & Licence Manager is required to authorise this software (a physical USB iLok is not required).​
  • This software is not yet compatible with macOS 10.15 Catalina.
  • An internet connection is required to authorise this software.

19. LuSH-101

by D16 Group

LuSH-101

 

The Only Synthesizer You Need

LuSH-101 is a synthesizer created from modules that can be found in many modern virtual synthesizers, all combined into a single compact and logically intuitive design. However, this basic simplicity combined with its multilayer architecture turns it into an easy-to-use but extremely powerful instrument that can be programmed and tweaked quickly, almost effortlessly leveraging its maximum potential.

The multilayer architecture guarantees that both the sound design possibilities and the number of unique situations in which LuSH-101 can be used, are virtually limitless. Layered sounds can be created simply by assigning the layers to the same MIDI channel; the results can sound as massive as anything imaginable! Assigning the layers to different keyboard zones allows you to create even the most sophisticated splits. Of course, you can always assign the various layers to different MIDI channels for 8-part multitimbral usage. And, virtually any combination of splits, layers, and multitimbrality is possible with just a single instance of LuSH. With each layer working as an independent synthesizer with its own polyphony, parameters, enhanced arpeggiator, and a palette of only the finest insert effects, LuSH-101 can push your creativity to unprecedented levels!

Want to express yourself even more? In addition to a very sophisticated MIDI-learn implementation, an advanced modulation matrix is built into each layer. Even the Arpeggiator’s MIDI output can be used as a modulation source, unleashing your creativity to build complex sequences and progressions.

LuSH also comes complete with a powerful built-in mixer, complete with layer-independent parametric equalizers and compressors. Three send effects in superb quality allow you to put the finishing touches on the final output.

LuSH plays perfectly in any genre. For funkier styles, the Gate may be used instead of the VCA for instant staccato sounds full of energy and rhythmic pep. When creating Ambient or Chillout, longer attack and release times along with the smooth, rich spaciousness of the built-in reverb are enough to satisfy even the most ardent purists. Is Dubstep or Drum & Bass more your thing? No problem! Filters modulated by the LFOs and envelopes in conjunction with Unison mode can lead to the sickest, nastiest, and most novel vibrations – your sound system won’t know what hit it (and you won’t, either), so watch out! No matter what you want to play or how you want to use it, LuSH will get the job done.

Sound Like Never Before

LuSH-101’s uniquely accurate sound has been achieved only through experience: countless hours have been spent analyzing classic analogue synthesizers, and then designing and implementing DSP algorithms with close attention paid to every component in the signal path – not just the approximating the overall output. D16 deliver to you a synthesizer built on oscillators of uncompromising quality, filters with incredible natural warmth and character, and effects each at the absolute top of their class. 

Innovative oscillator algorithms developed by D16 make LuSH-101 sound exactly like a sampled hardware analogue synth – but without the sampling! There is no aliasing in the oscillators, even at 22kHz from the note’s base frequency. Vibrato and pitch bend do not affect the spectral quality of the oscillators, allowing LuSH-101 to sound completely authentic under all conditions. 

A problem present in many virtual analogue synths is that the harmonics of generated sound waves start to disappear well below (and up to) the Nyquist frequency, causing them to sound dull and lacking in clarity and punch. LuSH-101 was designed from the ground up to avoid this, resulting in a very rich and clear sound, even from the simplest waveforms!

Resonance is constant across the entire frequency domain, which makes the filter sound totally authentic, especially when controlled via the envelopes or an LFO. Turning resonance to maximum and turning all the oscillators down will produce a pure and pleasant sine wave as the filter is driven into self-oscillation, exactly as with true analogue gear. Of course, keyboard tracking can also be applied to the filter for a smooth, adjustable cutoff gradient across the keyboard range. 

Superb In Any Setting

LuSH-101 lets you create presets for single layer, for all 8 layers at once (including the mixer settings), but also allows the creation of presets for smaller blocks of parameters such as the arpeggiator and the mixer’s send effects. LuSH-101 delivers undeniably impressive results in virtually every sonic category. A generous factory library of more than 1700 presets of every type is included. Whether the presets themselves fit perfectly in your arrangements as is, or serve only as starting points for you own mad creations, you’ll find ample ammo here to express your unique musical vision and derive inspiration for many years to come. 

A carefully prepared, categorized and hierarchically arranged bank always let you find exactly what you’re looking for –  from massive basses to complex sequences, to the toughest-sounding synthetic percussion you’ve ever heard, you’ll find it all here. Huge, inspiring arpeggiator performances of unusual sophistication and scope will draw you in instantly from the first keypress. Plus, most of the factory presets make extensive use of the Modulation Matrix to make the sounds that much more expressive and flavorful; LuSH-101 was designed to be a musical instrument first and foremost, and therefore the factory presets were designed with playability and personality in mind. 

To top it all off, an intuitively designed preset browser keeps everything organized and easy to locate, even when dealing with something as huge as the included library. In order to ensure that exchanging them remains as straightforward as possible, presets are managed in a file-based manner, rather than in some proprietary, esoteric format that makes backing up and sharing a pain. Your sounds are yours to do with as you please, and LuSH makes it incredibly easy! 

Presets in LuSH-101 were made by team of the best sound designers from around the world, guaranteeing a huge diversity of character and style; from Dubstep to Drum & Bass; from Trance, to Techno, to House, to Complextro; from the established to the cutting-edge, you’ll find it all here – and none of it static or sterile, but alive, full of personality, and eminently tweakable!

Features

  • Multi-core support for computers equipped with multi-core processors for better performance
  • Multilayer architecture with 8 independent Layers (per-layer properties)
  • Up to 32 voices of polyphony
  • MIDI channel
  • Keyboard zone
  • Audio output
  • Synthesis
    • Oscillators (Saw, PWM, Noise), with Supersaw and HardSync options
    • Sub Oscillator (5 waveforms)
    • Self-oscillating, high-quality, multimode filter
    • Passive high-pass filter
    • Up to 8 voice unison with Tune, Cutoff and Panorama spread
    • 2 LFOs with optional tempo synchronization and re-triggering modes (Trig, Gate, Arpe, None)
    • 2 envelopes with re-triggering modes (Trig, Gate, LFO1, LFO2)
  • Insert effect (selectable algorithms):
    • Chorus
    • String Ensemble
    • Phaser
    • Flanger
    • Distortion
    • Vowel filter
    • Decimator
    • Tremolo
  • Modulation Matrix (modulation sources):
    • Note velocity
    • Pitch bend
    • Modulation wheel
    • Expression pedal
    • Sustain pedal
    • Keyboard’s aftertouch
    • Note pitch
    • Arpeggiator’s output
  • Arpeggiator
    • Step sequencer (Gate and Tie per step)
    • 6 Run modes (Up, Down, Up and Down, Down and Up, Random, Manual)
    • Chord mode (Gater)
    • 3 Hold modes (Normal, Toggle, Trigger)
    • Shuffle
    • Tempo multiplier (Full notes, Dotted notes, Triplets)
  • Mixer
    • Parametric EQs (1 per channel strip)
    • Compressors (1 per channel strip)
    • Up to 11 freely-assignable stereo output busses per instance
    • Send FX’s (Reverb, Chorus, Delay with tempo sync)
  • Presets
    • Over 1600 factory presets
    • 5 preset categories (whole synth, single layer, Arpeggiator, Reverb, Delay)
    • Advanced, file-based preset browser
  • Miscellaneous
    • Advanced MIDI learn
    • Parameter mapping for VST / AU automation
    • Selectable GUI size

System Requirements:

Windows PC

  • OS version: Win 7, Win 8, Win 10
  • CPU: 2.8 Ghz with SSE (i7 based 3.7 GHz recommended)
  • RAM: 4 GB (8 GB Recommended)
  • Software: VST compatible host application (32bit or 64bit)

Mac OS X

  • OS version: OS X 10.7 or newer
  • CPU: Intel based 2.8 Ghz with SSE (i7 based 3.4 GHz recommended)
  • RAM: 4 GB (8 GB Recommended)
  • Software: AU / VST compatible host application (32bit or 64bit)

Please note: LuSH-101 is not a standalone program – a host application (DAW) is required to use it.


20. KV331 SynthMaster Semi-Modular Synth

by KV331 Audio

KV331 SynthMaster Semi-Modular Synth

Loom II delivers up to 512 harmonic partials per patch and uses an intuitive modular design to create complex sounds quickly and easily. Each of the 34 editable modules performs a specific sonic task—Octaver, Second Tone, Moving Filter, Noise, Linear Lowpass, Modulator, etc. The Loom II framework provides a series of cells, where up to 10 of these modules can interact combine to generate an additive synthesis patch. Each module includes task-specific parameters for detailed, individual control of the patch. For real-time visual feedback of your sound, each module includes a spectrum window, offering a visual indication of how that module is affecting the individual harmonics of the sound.

In Loom II we have added four new powerful modules:

  • 5-Sines – An easy-to-use module enabling you to produce a range of organ or sine style sounds.
  • Discrete Adder – Similar to Loom 1’s popular adder, but adding a discrete spectrum ideal for creating percussion-based synth instruments.
  • Hype – adding Hi and Low Hype with dedicated easy-to-use controls for instant results.
  • Double Wave – for our more advanced users: Use dual waves to create complex synth patterns. We have also added a dedicated control for this in the Morph pad.

Make Your Music Move

Loom II’s Morph Pad is a powerful tool that adds dynamics and movement to your patches. Using a condensed set of control knobs, Loom II enables you to quickly create up to four variations of your sound, and assign each one to different quadrant of the Morph Pad. Point, click, and drag anywhere on the Morph Pad to create a morph path. As the sound moves along this patch, you will hear it morph in real time between your four variations. This morphing can be free-form, or set to sync up to a particular musical unit—1 bar, 4 bars, etc. Plus, each segment of the morph path can be synced individually.   In Loom II, we have expanded our highly-acclaimed morph pad by allowing Points/Paths to be stored and restored separately.  We have also added a new X-Axis mode enabling it to perform like an envelope, which is ideal for rhythmical morph patterns.  For this new mode Snap/Grid is also available.  Additionally, for expanded creativity you can now use parameters not linked to the Morph.

Stunning Sound Design

Loom II comes packed with sounds. Acclaimed sound designers Richard Devine and Mark Ovenden have created 850+ professional, tweakable patches that include wobbles, pads, bass, soundscapes, and more.  500 all-new presets for LOOM II and 350 re-mastered presets from LOOM I.  You can tweak, analyze, and customize their sounds to make them your own, or dig deep and begin creating your own additive sounds from scratch. For sonic inspiration, Loom II’s Smart Sound Randomizer instantly generates new parameters—or a new mix of modules—to jump-start your sound design sessions. All parameters can be mapped for MIDI control.  Additional preset packs are available free of charge and for purchase from 3rd-party partners to provide additional creativity.

More than Modules

Each Loom II patch begins with editable Spectral Distortion and Spectral Modulation controls that influence the overall sound. Three LFOs provide tempo syncable modulation sources that any module can access. Four velocity-sensitive Envelope Generators add an extra layer of control that can change and evolve over time. Octave control, global pitch, glide time, and other patch-specific controls offer additional tools for your custom sound-shaping experience.

Expressive Effects

On-board effects add extra expression to your customized additive sound creations. Using the drive or distortion on an additive sound can produce an aggressive edge or introduce rich harmonic changes. Modulation effects include a chorus and a phaser. Each adds remarkable depth and motion to your sound. Loom II also includes a reverb effect to help your sound sit in the mix, or to create an expansive audio environment.

Features

  • A modular additive synthesizer with a sound-shifting Morph Pad.
  • Loom II has been expanded to 8 voices by popular request!
  • Spectral Noise section allowing a secondary oscillator to replace or enrich the additive spectrum (created with the Sine Oscillator) with a noise spectrum.  This is truly revolutionary in the additive world.  Your creativity is the only limit to what is possible! 
  • 750+ patches programmed by legendary sound designers
  • Smart Sound Randomizer to quickly design unique sounds.
  • 34 editable sound modules; freely combinable in 10 cells.
  • 2 additional Subharmonic Optional Partials bellow the normal spectrum. 
  • Enhanced Morph Pad options. 
  • 500 all-new patches covering a wide range of sounds designed by acclaimed sound designers Richard Devine and Mark Ovenden.
  • All original 350 patches re-mastered taking advantage of the new features. 
  • New Wave Parameter options.
  • 20+ other performance enhancements. 
  • Economy mode reduces the load on the host processor with minimal impact on the sound.
  • 64-bit plugin: VST, AU, RTAS, and AAX formats.

System Requirements

Mac: 

  • Mac OS X 10.8.5-10.14 (10.15 Catalina not yet supported); Core Duo Processor (Core i5 or i7 Recommended)

PC: 

  • Windows 10, 8 or Windows 7 Service Pack 1; Minimum Dual Core 2GHz (Intel Core i5 or i7 Recommended)

Formats:

VST (32 bit and 64 bit) qualified for:

  • Ableton Live, Cubase, Arsenal

AU (64 bit only) qualified for:

  • Logic Pro X

AAX qualified for:

  • ProTools 11.x (64 bit)

RTAS qualified for:

  • 32-bit ProTools

Please Note:

  • Minimum RAM 4GB (8GB or more recommended)
  • 1GB free hard drive space required (Download and Installation)
  • Internet access required (Download and Authorization)
  • FREE iLok account & Licence Manager is required to authorise this software (a physical USB iLok is not required).

Important notes: 

  • FREE iLok account & Licence Manager is required to authorise this software (a physical USB iLok is not required).​
  • This software is not yet compatible with macOS 10.15 Catalina.
  • An internet connection is required to authorise this software.

21. miniBIT

by AudioThing

miniBIT

miniBit 8-Bit/Chiptune Synthesiser

miniBit is an 8-bit/chiptune style synthesizer plugin that emulates the sound of 80s game consoles and retro computers.

It features a main oscillator with 18 waveforms paired with a tunable sub oscillator (square wave). The waveforms are not bandlimited and will produce aliasing. Same of the waveforms were carefully created and edited with an Amiga 1200, while others were meticulously recreated from the sounds of the best classic games that we have collected over the years.

You can create all kind of noisy and retro sounds with the built-in bitcrusher, delay section and filter. You can also use the synced 8 Steps Stepper/Sequencer with multiple destinations.
From noisy, snare-like steps to ambient subs, miniBit has many uses beyond what one expects from a chip tune synth.

Features

  • 18 Waveforms + Sub Oscillator
  • Poly and Mono mode with Glide
  • 2-poles LowPass/HighPass Filter
  • Delay and BitCrusher effects
  • LFO with multiple destinations
  • Volume and Pitch Envelopes
  • 8 Steps Stepper with multiple destinations
  • 128 Presets + Preset randomizer
  • Formats: VST, VST3, AU, and AAX (32/64bit)
  • Platforms: OSX, Windows

System Requirements

Mac:

  • OS X 10.7 – macOS 10.13
  • Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM
  • VST2, VST3, AU, or AAX, 64-bit host

Windows:

  • Windows 7, 8, 10 (64 bit)
  • Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2, 4 GB RAM
  • VST2, VST3, or AAX, 64-bit host

22. Reveal Sound Spire Synth

by Reveal Sound

Spire - Main User Interface

Spire+ Bundle (Plugin Boutique Exclusive)

Get Spire combined with an in-depth online course and expansion pack within the Spire+ Bundle.

The Combination Of Best Opportunities In Software & Hardware Synthesizers

Spire is a polyphonic software synthesizer that combines powerful sound engine modulation and flexible architecture, and a graphical interface provides unparalleled usability. Spire is the embodiment of the best opportunities, within software and hardware synthesizers.

Versatile Oscillators

Oscillator Features:

  • 4x multimode polymorphing oscillators
  • Classic, Noise, FM, AMSync, SawPWM

 Unique Unison Engine

 Unique Unison Engine Features:

  • 9x unison voices on each oscillator
  • Spread unison voices by chords and octaves
  • Capable of imitating different types of unisons like supersaw and hypersaw

Filter Features:

  • 2x multimode filters with analogue and digital types of filtering
  • Perfecto, Infecto, Acido, Scorpio, Combo

High-Quality Built-In FX Processor

 FX Processor Features:

  • Shaper/Decimator
  • PhaserVowel
  • Chorus/Flanger
  • Delay
  • Reverb  

Incredibly Flexible Modulation Architecture

Modulation Features:

  • 4x Macro’s, 4x Envelopes, 4x LFOs with morphing shapes,
  • 15x Matrix slots each equipped with 2x sources and 4x targets

2x Steppers, Arpeggiator

Surprisingly user-friendly and fun to use!

  
Make Your Sounds Fatter

With X­-Comp (Multiband Compressor) and 3-band EQ
  
Stunning Presets

Preset Features:

  • Over 800 factory presets including complex arpeggios and bass sequences,
  • a versatile assortment of leads, exhilarating pads, plucks, drums and FXs

Looks Great on Retina Devices – UI Scaling 100%, 150%, 200% for Greater Comfort

Original Theme

Legacy Theme

Light Grey Theme

Navy Grey Theme

Dark Theme

System Requirements

MAC (32/64-Bit)

  • OS X 10.8 or higher required
  • Modern powerful CPU required
  • Audio Units (AU)

PC (32/64-Bit)

  • Windows 7/8 or 10 required
  • Modern powerful CPU required
  • VST
  • AAX

Compatible Host Software:

  • Steinberg Cubase
  • Apple Logic Pro
  • Presonus Studio One
  • Reaper, Ableton Live
  • Bitwig
  • Pro Tools 10 or higher
  • Analog & Digital Superiority

Please note: Reveal Sound recommend using a 64-bit version of Spire (32-bit version also provided)


23. Harmor

by Image Line

Harmor

Note – This software is Windows compatible only and will not function on Mac computers! 

Introducing a powerful additive / subtractive synthesizer, image synthesizer as well as audio resynthesizer, Harmor.

Additive / Subtractive..

Just like its little brother Harmless, Harmor is driven by a powerful additive synthesis engine. Its modules will look familiar to subtractive synthesizer enthusiasts: oscillators, filters & phasers, these are featured in Harmor but, because performed through additive synthesis, offer more freedom. You don’t just select filter types, you draw them.

You wanted more, so also featured is the multipoint envelope editor of Sytrus fame, applied to over 40 parameters, in 2 independent parts. Through the same envelope/mappings, randomize any parameter or link it to key or velocity, and even fine-tune each unison voice independently.Processing units can be rearranged in a semi-modular way. If you need one of the 2 filter units processed after the blur unit, that’s no problem.

Image Synthesis…

Because it typically requires manipulating large amounts (up to 500 per voice) of partials over time, additive synthesis is hard to handle. No human can (or even wants to) edit 500 envelopes, but editing 2D images, that we can do easily. Get access to gain & pitch planes which you can tweak in the image editor of your choice, and import any bitmap, even if it wasn’t designed to be turned into audio, it might still sound interesting.

Audio Resynthesis…

Being an additive synthesizer, Harmor can resynthesize audio files as well. The reproduction will be faithful, not a vague sound-alike as in many additive synthesizers. Resynthesis can of course be tweaked, providing time stretching, pitch shifting, or less conventional manipulations of partials.And of course, the result of the analysis can still be turned into an image for further editing.

Efficient…

Additive synthesis is generally very CPU-consuming, but not Harmor’s engine. Its efficency is in fact, comparable to that of subtractive synthesizers. Voices may be generating hundreds of harmonics in parallel and still not overload the CPU. Processing being multi-threaded, extra CPU cores come in handy.

Pixels!

Resynthesis or image-synthesis, Harmor features both. Import a piece of audio and time-stretch or pitch-shift it (with formant and transient preservation). Convert this to an image and edit each partial individually!

Two Parts…

Two independent parts (or “layers”) for even more complex sounds. Parts can be imported from other presets.

SFX…

In the effects section you will meet all the usual suspects: distortion, chorus, delay and reverb, as well as the mighty Soundgoodizer based on the Maximus engine. Just like processing units, effect slots can be re-ordered. Each part has its own effect mix amount.

Looks Pretty…

If you don’t understand it, visualize what it’s doing, best way to learn! Watch how each partial evolves in the built-in spectrogram, a picture is worth a thousand words.

System Requirements

  • Windows XP (SP2), Vista, Win7, Win8, Win8.1, Win10 – (32 & 64 Bit)
  • 2Ghz AMD or Intel Pentium 3 compatible CPU with full SSE1 support
  • 512Mb RAM
  • 30Mb free disc space
  • DirectSound or ASIO compatible soundcard

Note – This software is Windows compatible only and will not function on Mac computers!

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24. Aparillo

by Sugar Bytes

Aparillo

Textural Synthesizer

The Cinematic Machine

Aparillo is an advanced 16-voice FM synthesizer, tailored for majestic sonic motions. A clever arrangement of synthesis, wave shaping, filtering, FX and modulation unfolds into a serious sound design tool for epic sonic creation. Make sure to check out the Orbiter, a mass-controller for immediate, instant blockbuster sounding themes.

Key Features

  • FM Synthesizer with 16 Voices
  • Formant Shifting, Wave Folding & Shifting
  • Multi-Mode Filter with Spacializer
  • 2 interdependent LFOs with S+H and Gravitation
  • Orbiter for one-touch Sound Morphing
  • 500 handpicked Presets
  • Wide Modulation Options from 10 sources
  • NKS support for Komplete Kontrol and Maschine

Synth

Two FM Operators give birth to waveforms so complex it’s like they have a life of their own.

Different FM Complexity/ and Ratio Modes, Waveshaping, Folding, Formant Shifting, Complex LFOs and the Orbiter deliver sonic spectacles that are sure to blow you out of your seat.

A modulatable Scale editor creates unbelievable unison spreads with the deepest of harmonic structures, stacking up to a 16 voice orchestra from another planet.

Orbiter

The Orbiter is a modulation engine, measuring its distance to 15 objects, which represent targets inside the sound engine.

Explore endless combinations & new arrangements on this sketchpad of sound: intuitive, pragmatic and convenient. Animate the Orbiter’s movements or recall 128 positions with your MIDI keyboard!

Expand your sonic event horizon beyond terrestrial reason, and let this machine create unheard cutting-edge sounds for you.

FX

The effect section is a sound source in its own right. The Spacializer, a delay-based pitch resonator, can generate an additional synth layer per wave-guide synthesis.

Besides the typical specialities like Comb and Vowel, the Multi-Mode filter dishes up the super-evil Dirt HP/BP/LPs, that bubble over with spectral grit.

The Poly-Autopan, synced Delay, and our best Reverb yet, will add space and air to your precious audio produce.

Modulation

The sole focus of the modulation lies on the diversity of the 16 independent synth voices. As freely definable layers of sound, they will unfold a vast sonic biotope.

The Envelopes show off user-definable slopes, looping modes, and polyphonic parameter modulation. The dual Complex LFO brings along some specialities like FM, Gravitation, Oneshot, S+H/Quantize, and the beautifully chaotic Collision Mode.

The ARP is interwoven with the engine to pick, pluck and extract rhythmic and melodic structures.

Sounds & Presets

More than 500 presets only give a glimpse of the full sonic potential. Aparillo will expand your sonic boundaries, inspire your imagination, and enhance your sound design expertise. Soon you will be creating spectacular sounds with just a few clicks. Your ears will thank you for it.

System Requirements

Mac

  • OS X 10.9 or higher (64-bit only)

Formats:

  • AAX
  • Audio Unit (AU)
  • Standalone Application
  • VST2

Windows

  • Windows 7 or higher (64-bit only)

Formats:

  • AAX
  • Standalone Application
  • VST2

Important note: Ths software is only available in 64-bit format for both Windows and macOS and will not function on 32-bit systems.


25. KV331 SynthMaster One Wavetable Synth

by KV331 Audio

KV331 SynthMaster One Wavetable Synth

SynthMaster One is an easy to use wavetable synthesizer with an intuitive workflow.  Although it shares the same engine with its bigger brother SynthMaster, it comes with new features like wavetable synthesis. With its simple layout, rich wavetable/waveform content and inspiring factory preset library, designing new sounds with SynthMaster One is a real joy. Watch our videos, listen to the audio demos and you’ll see how easy it is to design sounds with this synth.

Crossgrade and Bundle options also available:

New Features in the 1.3 Update

  • New White Skin by Satyatunes: The new white skin by Satyatunes is available in various sizes, ranging from 80% to 200%.
  • New Scales: SynthMaster One v1.3 comes with rich scale library, ranging from 5 tone equal-tempered to 12 tone alternate-tuning scales.
  • Cloud-based Cross-platform Data Synchronization: With the new cloud features, users can now synchronize their SynthMaster One related data (presets, waveforms, samples, favourites, midi programs) on multiple machines/platforms and share their presets with other SynthMaster One users.
  • New Envelope Types: SynthMaster One comes with 3 new envelope types: Digital, Profat and Oobee. Digital is the default algorithm in SynthMaster, whereas Profat and Oobee are new algorithms modelled after two well-known analogue synthesizers.
  • Improved Microtuning Features: Users can now set the keyboard mapping of the current scale to either “fill octave” or “consecutive”. The piano display highlights the notes of the scale. Under the settings tab, the scale root note and A4 reference frequency can be adjusted.
  • Editing MIDI Banks and Programs: Users can now edit MIDI Bank/Program assignments by launching the “MIDI Banks and Programs” dialogue.
  • Filtering Presets by Last Modified Date: Users can now filter presets by their last modification date. 4 filters are provided: 1. Show All, 2. Last 24 hours, 3. Last 7 days, 4. Last 30 days.
  • New Factory Presets: SynthMaster One v1.3 comes with 200 new factory presets by BT (Brian Transeau), Kurt Ader and Luke Neptune. Total number of presets are now 1250!
  • Custom Preset Attributes & Styles: Users can now add custom attributes or styles for the presets they create.

Main Features

  • Cross-Platform: SynthMaster One runs as a VST instrument on both Windows and Mac OSX, and also as an Audio Unit instrument on Mac OSX and on iOS. On Windows, it runs as a standalone application as well.
  • 1250 Factory Presets: SynthMaster One comes with 1250 factory presets from a world-class team of sound designers:
    • Arksun
    • Aiyn Zahev
    • BT
    • Bluffmunkey
    • BigTone
    • Frank ‘Xenox’ Neumann
    • Kevin Schroeder
    • Kurt Ader
    • Nori Ubukata
    • Rob Lee
    • Vandalism
    • Vorpal Sound
    • Gercek Dorman, Selcuk Ergen, Ufuk Kevser, Bulent Biyikoglu, Brian ‘Xenos’ Lee
  • Oscillators: Stereo Oscillators with Unison/Voice Stacking: Oscillators in SynthMaster have stereo output. Using the “voices”, “voices mix”, “detune curve”, “detune spread”, “pan stread”, “tone spread” and “phase spread” parameters, each basic/wavetable oscillator can generate a rich “supersaw” type sound.
  • Basic Oscillators: Basic oscillators in SynthMaster One are capable of synthesizing many different types of waveforms: Sine, Square, Triangle, Sawtooth, Pulse, Noise, single cycle waveforms. Each oscillator comes with 17 different algorithms in the following categories: Spectral (LP, HP, LS, HS, BP, BS), Bend (Bend+, Bend-, Bend+/-), Sync (Rect Window, Half Cos Window, Cos Window, Tri Window, Saw Window), Pulse (Pulse1, Pulse2) and Quantize.
    • Sine, Square, Triangle, Sawtooth, Pulse, Noise
    • Single-cycle waveforms
  • Stereo Oscillators with up to 16 Voices Unison: Each of the 2 oscillators in SynthMaster One have stereo output, and can have up to 16 voices “unison”. Using the “voices”, “voices mix”, “detune curve”, “detune spread”, “pan stread”, “tone spread” and “phase spread” parameters, each oscillator can generate a rich “supersaw” type sound.
  • Wavetable Synthesis: SynthMaster One implements true wavetable synthesis which opens up new possibilities for sound design. You can import wave files that contain wavetables into SynthMaster One and use them in your projects. SynthMaster One comes with a rich wavetable library and you can extend that by placing wavetables under the Waveforms folder of SynthMaster One.
    • Contains many wavetables
    • You can import your own wavetables by drag and drop
  • Semi-Modular Architecture: For each SynthMaster One instance, there are 2 oscillators with 2 sub oscillators, 2 Filters, 4 ADSR Envelopes, 2 LFOs, a powerful 16 step arpeggiator/sequencer and also 11 different efffects that can be inserted on to 6 FX insert slots. The sub oscillators can be connected to the oscillators in 5 different modes which let you use it as a regular sub oscillator or do complex modulations such as ring modulation, amplitude modulation, phase modulation or frequency modulation.
    • 2 oscillators
    • 2 sub oscillators
    • 2 Filters
    • 4 ADSR Envelopes
    • 2 LFOs
    • Sequencer/arpeggiator with 16 steps
  • Filters: Zero Delay Feedback Filters: All of the 4 new filter categories in SynthMaster One are developed using the zero delay feedback filter technology. With advanced filter parameters like input gain, drive and acid, you can get that “analog” sound from the filters! Filter types include:
    • Ladder: Low 12, Low 24, High 12, High 24, Band Pass, Band Stop
    • Diode Ladder: Low pass 24
    • State Variable: Low 12, High 12, Band Pass, Band Stop
    • Bite: Low 12, High 6
  • Effects: SynthMaster features 11 different effect types: Distortion, LoFi, Ensemble, Phaser, 6 Band EQ, Compressor, Vocoder, Delay, Chorus, Tremolo, Reverb.
  • 11 Types of Effects: Distortion, LoFi, Ensemble, Phaser, 6 Band EQ, Compressor, Vocoder, Delay, Chorus, Tremolo, Reverb.
  • Flexible Effects Routing: Each of the 11 effect types can be inserted on any layer insert or on any of the 2 global effect bus inserts.

Additional Features

  • 16 step Sequencer / Arpeggiator: The arpeggiator in SynthMaster One features classic arpeggiator modes such as Up, Down, UpDown, DownUp, UpDown2, DownUp2, AsPlayed as well as Sequence, Chord and Arpeggiate modes. Each of the 16 steps of the arpeggiator has its own Velocity, Note Number, Note Length, Slide and Hold parameters.
  • Microtuning: SynthMaster supports Scala tuning, so tuning can be set either for each preset or globally by loading from a Scala tuning file.
  • Preset Browser: SynthMaster features a comprehensive preset browser with separate search criterias for instrument type, preset attributes, music style or preset author.
  • Importing MIDI patterns as Arpeggiator Sequence: Monophonic or even polyphonic (chord) MIDI patterns can be imported into the arpeggiators in SynthMaster by just drag and drop of the MIDI file onto the arpeggiator view on the plugin window.

System Requirements

Mac:

  • CPU: 2.0 GHz, Intel SSE3 instruction set
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • 64-bit only
  • Available in VST, AU, AAX & Standalone Formats

PC:

  • Windows 7 and above
  • CPU: 2.0 GHz, Intel SSE3 instruction set
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • 32 & 64-bit
  • Available in VST, AAX & Standalone Formats

26. Diversion

by DS Audio

Diversion

Diversion is a versatile, high-quality software synthesizer, designed for use in any genre of professional electronic music production. Diversion takes the full advantage of modern processors to bring you the perfect sound quality that fits standards of hardware synthesizers.

Sound Generation

Diversion offers 4 oscillators with a wide range of different waveforms with a near to zero level of aliasing. The oscillators generate sounds in real-time by using our algorithms, which don’t degrade the sound quality at high frequencies. All waveforms have two independent parameters X and Y allowing you to adjust the timbre of the produced sound. The oscillators also feature such synthesis techniques as FM, RM, wave shaping and filtering.

Since version 1.2 Diversion offers comprehensive Wavetable Editor, which allows you to load arbitrary single cycle WAV files. With new Wavetable Editor, it is possible to edit waveforms both in time and frequency space as well as apply different effects. Since version 1.3, Diversion provides sample playback with granular synthesis and output audio recording.

Bus processors

Two bus processors in Diversion allow you to transform the oscillators’ output into a wide variety of possible sounds. Each bus processor consists of a stereo filter with lots of different modes, distortion and LO-FI section. We have implemented many filter modes and types of saturation stages to bring you a great armoury for creating arbitrary patches, including popular Trance, Psy, Dub Step and Ambient sounds.

Effects

Diversion uses two flexible FX lines for a separated processing of each bus processor?s output. With the separated FX processing you can make lots of layered sounds, even which has two parts located in two fully independent sound spaces. Up to 8 effect instances can be stacked in one FX line, which is enough to create any desired processing chain.

Oversampling

Typically, after a non-linear processing of the waveform inside the oscillators and bus processors, digital aliasing can occur. Diversion takes care of this by using oversampling up to 8X within a whole processing path, excluding FX section. Models of all processing modules in Diversion are designed using at least 2X oversampling. This allows Diversion to achieve a perfect sound quality with an insignificant level of aliasing.

Modulation

Many parameters in Diversion can be modulated by 4 LFOs, 4 ADSR Envelopes, 4 MSEGs and one XY-controller, called Master Morph. These options, along with use of the Modulation Matrix, can really breathe life into a sound. Of course, automation and midi controllers are supported.

Arpeggiator and Trance Gate

Last but not least, Diversion features a 32-step Arpeggiator / Sequencer and a 16-step Trance Gate module, which turns Diversion into a full-fledged workstation.

System Requirements

Note: Diversion’s audio engine may consume lots of CPU power. It is highly recommended to run Diversion on Intel Core i5 or i7 processors. Please make sure you have the following system specifications:

  • Modern processor with SSE3 support
  • Windows Vista or higher
  • OS X 10.9.X or higher
  • VST 2.4 or AU compatible host software

27. U-he Diva Virtual Analogue Synth

by u-he

Diva Main Image

The Spirit Of Analogue

DIVA – Dinosaur Impersonating Virtual Analogue Synthesizer

The oscillators, filters and envelopes closely model components found in some of the great monophonic and polyphonic synthesizers of yesteryear. Modules can be mixed and matched so you can build hybrids, but what sets DIVA apart is the sheer authenticity of the analogue sound. This comes at the cost of quite a high CPU-hit, but we think it was worth it.

Diva is the first native software synth that applies methods from industrial circuit simulators (e.g. PSpice) in realtime. The behaviour of zero-delay-feedback filters when pushed to the limit clearly demonstrates the advantages of this groundbreaking approach.

Check out more than 1200 presets. If your computer can handle it, try them in “Divine” mode.

Filters

This is where a LOT of Diva’s magic happens – Diva’s zero-delay-feedback filters set a very high standard of authenticity.

Each filter type closely models a classic analogue hardware filter (or two): You can already choose between Ladder, Cascade, Multi-Mode, Bite… and more are planned!

Envelopes

Two envelopes, one for the output amp and the other general-purpose. Again, there is a choice of several different models based on classic hardware synthesizers.

The characteristics of amp and filter envelopes within the same synthesizer often differ.This important detail has also been carefully modeled.

Mix & Match

All modules in the upper rack can be replaced – send any of the oscillator models through any filter model to any amp / envelope model.

The rack also offers highpass filter models (pre or post main filter) or feedback from output to input.

Effects

3 x analogue chorus, 2 x analogue phaser, plate reverb, stereo analogue delay, rotary speaker emulations…

The two effects are arranged in series – you can even use two plate reverbs, one after the other.

Modifiers

Modulation processors: Rectify, quantize, multiply, invert, lag, add modulation sources before using them.

There are also several modulation options here that aren’t available in all the main panels (e.g. filter resonance, feedback).

Trimmers

Diva shows her most esoteric side here as she saucily flashes those voice activity indicators!

As well as detuning individual voices, a voice-specific offset is applied to cutoff, envelope times, pulse width and glide.

Scope

Every synth needs an oscilloscope! Diva has a no-nonsense scope that only requires two knobs – frequency and scale.

Patches

Diva comes loaded with over 1,200 presets sorted into various categories . Select a folder from the bottom left panel, then a preset from the main area.

Features

  • Authentic, unrivaled analogue sound
  • Up to 40% less CPU-hit than version 1.0
  • Multithreading support for modern CPUs – more polyphony, less overload
  • Even bigger library of gorgeously organic presets
  • Resizable editor window, alternative skins available shortly
  • The essence of 7 or 8 vintage synths for about 1% of the cost
  • …and so much more!

System Requirements

Mac

  • Operating System: Mac OSX 10.7 or newer
  • Formats: Audio Units (AU), VST2, VST3, AAX (Pro Tools 10.3.7 or later)
  • NKS Ready
  • 1GB RAM, more recommended
  • 50MB free disk space
  • 1000 × 600 or larger display
  • Modern CPU (Sandy Bridge or newer recommended)
  • Host software
  • 32-bit and 64-bit

Windows

  • Operating System: Windows 7 or newer
  • Formats: VST2, VST3, AAX (Pro Tools 10.3.7 or later)
  • NKS Ready
  • 1GB RAM, more recommended
  • 50MB free disk space
  • 1000 × 600 or larger display
  • Modern CPU (Sandy Bridge or newer recommended)
  • Host software
  • 32-bit and 64-bit

Note: Diva is not a standalone product, it requires host software. Diva is compatible with nearly all DAWs.


28. Factory

by Sugar Bytes

Factory

Taste the Power of the Liquid Modular

Modular Synthesizer for complex and organic sounds. Choose from the most particular synthesis methods, let yourself be charmed by the Matrix and morph between the most improbable variations of your sound. Four sequencers are pulling the strings behind the curtain. Factory is polyphonic supersonics!

Vibrant, Raw and Spectacular

Evolve your Sound with Minimal Effort!

The 2 oscillators are the tonal ore and each of their 10 different modes is an instrument in its own right. Besides non-aliasing VA-Sync and fractal oscillators, we actually tackled wavetable, waveguide and FM. We also lifted Cyclop’s complex Transformer tool and made it polyphonic: Feed your samples to the oscillators!

Factory opens up new paths to creative sound design – so it’s more than simply another instrument. Generative and durable sounds are child’s play, as well as the direct bass to the beat.

Your Beats Bore the Cat?

Give Factory a go and Combine what no one Else has Combined Yet!

Features galore: Looping Envelopes, Oneshot LFOs, bipolar sequencers, Sample + Hold taking it to the top. Wouldn’t make sense to list everything here, but whatever you need for your sound will be there and right where it belongs.

Factory’s 4 sequencers are the secret force in the background. They can trigger the envelopes, LFOs or the Arp. Or evoke the uncertain, intricate triplet rhythms, aimless sweeps…

Arpiculation

Arpiculation is Arpeggiator and Intonation

All life is imperfect, yet endlessly complex in its beauty. Organic pitch envelopes, slight fluctuation of tone, pitch-quantizing with a fine blend of scales. The Arpeggiator as Factory’s data hydra, triggered by God knows what and voice selection via the matrix.

The Arpiculation Page contains all settings and features for pitch manipulation. 

Liquid. Mod. Matrix

The ‘Switchboard of Sound…’ Next Level…

Routing 8 sources to 10 targets makes us happy. No retro plug matrix, bipolar mod amounts get the job done. Modulatable. Morphable.

And then there’s the random button, an optical feast, blurring your vision for a moment or two. The twerk section with its shenanigans. Get things done with 36 modulation targets. A must have these days.

Not your Average Preset Clicker

Crank the Crossfader From a Tricky Beat to Some Mellow Chords

Morphing one sound into another, this is contemporary stuff. Set start and finish – then crossfade to the most gripping progressions. Each morph position can be determined as a new starting point.

Sample+Hold: 36 curves with multi-trigger blow out the candles of boredom. This is where the synth came from. It all began with a small matrix and this. Trigger from anywhere and sample a value from somewhere else. Quantize the result and put a lag on it!

Sounds & Presets

Inspiration and creativity from the first launch. Highly addictive:

  • Finding the perfect sound for any genre couldn’t be easier thanks to Factory’s innovative and clearly structured preset browser
  • Sound designers who worked this beast for painful weeks: SolidTrax, Ryn Manning, Monolog, SiriusMo, Kabuki, SoundBits, Don Garbutt, Plaeground, Tom Cosm, Mikael Adle (Leap Into The Void) and the team here at Sugar Bytes

Features

  • Poly Synth with Mod-Matrix and Sequencers
  • 2×10 Oscillator Engines
  • Sub-Oscillator with Ring Modulation
  • Noise Generator with 5 colours
  • 8×10 Mod Matrix with 36 targets
  • Morph Fader, 2 States & Copy/Paste
  • Sample & Hold Modul
  • 8-voice VA-Sync, Wavetable, Waveguide & Fractal Synthesis

System Requirements

Mac

  • OS X 10.9 or higher (64-bit only)

Formats:

  • AAX
  • Audio Unit (AU)
  • Standalone Application
  • VST2

Windows

  • Windows 7 or higher (64-bit only)

Formats:

  • AAX
  • Standalone Application
  • VST2

Important note: Ths software is only available in 64-bit format for both Windows and macOS and will not function on 32-bit systems.


29. Pigments 2

by Arturia

Pigments 2

Polychrome Software Synthesizer

An immensely powerful wavetable and virtual analogue software synthesizer, 20 years in the making. This is Pigments, and it’s going to change the way you make music forever.

Taking that spark of imagination and transforming it into sound is the most fundamental, exhilarating part of creating music. Pigments makes that process natural, intuitive, and colourful.

What’s New in Version 2?

New Sample Engine

Explore hundreds of samples, import your own, load them into one of 6 different slots with 6 playback modes. Loop, edit, and bring them to life with Pigments’ modulation abilities.

New Synth Mode

Add another level to your sound design by transforming samples into granular synth patches at the touch of a button, adjust density, envelope, size, and exciting randomization parameters.

New Sequencer

The in-built sequencer now lets you apply randomness in a non-destructive way, letting you always return back to where you started, perfect for live performance and improvisation.

New Filter and Delay

Arturia have added the iconic sound of the Buchla Easel low pass gate and a space-age tape echo to Pigments’ sonic arsenal, for some seriously nice warping, contorting analogue flavour.

Refined Features

What would an update be without little improvements here and there? New interface, MPE capability, new undo/redo functionality and enhanced modulation bar await you.

New Presets

To show off the new features, Arturia’s team of heroic sound designers have created hundreds of breathtaking new sounds for you to explore and use in your tracks.

Your Sound, in Living Colour

Imagine a sound, then create it.

Pigments gives you the finest elements ever found in a software instrument, letting you create pioneering, exciting, and deeply personal sounds. Laying everything out before you, Pigments lets you fully express your creativity in a way that’s never been seen before in a software instrument.

  • Intuitive, lightning-fast workflow
  • Powerful awesome-sounding architecture
  • Amazing presets from legendary artists

Pigments features a twin audio engine, letting you mix virtual analog and wavetable oscillators with a sample engine to create the perfect starting point for your patch. You can even morph wavetables, granularize samples, and import your own sounds to warp and contort.

What you do next is up to you. Experiment with 3 envelopes, 3 LFOs, and 3 function generators. Assign modulators to animate your sound, and breathe life into it. Add controlled, or totally wild random changes to any parameter with a Turing probability generator. Run it through 2 filters, with any combination of iconic analog filters or modern formant and surgeon filters you want. Process your patch with exciting contemporary effects like wavefolder and multifilter, or vintage studio reverbs, tape delays, and EQs.

“Routing” isn’t a Dirty Word

Scanning a matrix for the right parameter works, but it isn’t the only way.

Thanks to its unique interface, Pigments doesn’t just make complex modulations easy, it makes them fun. This is a new approach to building sounds.

Making a Masterpiece

For 20 years, Arturia have been analyzing, emulating, and refining the most iconic synthesizers ever made.

Working with Dr Robert Moog, Cameron Jones, and many other industry legends, Arturia have built their reputation on creating world-class instruments. They turned the music industry on its head with the release of their trailblazing, affordable analogue hardware synthesizer, the MiniBrute.

With multiple awards under their belt, you could say that Arturia have done their homework. Pigments combines their passion for vintage FM and analogue sound with modern wavetable synthesis to create what is, to us, the ultimate software synth.

Features

  • Extensive factory preset library
  • NKS controller compatible

Two Engines in Parallel

  • Virtual Analog triple OSC engine
  • Complex Wavetable engine
  • Sample and Granular engine

Two Filters

  • Classic filter types from V Collection instruments
  • Modern filter types
  • Continuous series/parallel routing

Powerful Effects Section

  • Insert or Send routing
  • Modulable parameters

Advanced modulation system

  • Graphical editing, source-based or destination-based.
  • Envelopes, LFOs, Function generators, Random src, …

Visual interface

  • Graphical representation of the most important modules

Polyrhythmic Sequencer and Arpeggiator

  • Create complex, custom and evolving sequences/arps
  • Advanced random sequence generator

System Requirements

Windows

  • Win 7+ (64bit) PC: 4 GB RAM; 2.5 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Mac

  • 10.11+: 4 GB RAM; 2.5 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Required configuration

  • Works in Standalone, VST 2.4, VST 3, AAX, Audio Unit, NKS (64-bit DAWs only)

Protection

  • The software is protected by the Arturia Software Center.

30. Rob Papen Go2 Synth

by Rob Papen

Rob Papen Go2 Synth

The story of Go2:

In the Rob Papen world of synthesis there was one type of synthesizer missing…

A synthesizer that has all of the controls and features available visually all at once. 

The current Rob Papen collection holds synthesizers which contain many features and types of synthesis which sometimes can be daunting to the average user.

But there is always something tempting and fun in something that is so simple!

Look at the 1980’s, in which we had top synthesizers like the Roland Jupiter-8, but also at the other end of the spectrum the simpler but fantastic synths like the SH-101.  And yes, both became classic synthesizers. 

Compare it also whilst making music, very often less is more and this is also can be applied whilst using synthesizers.  Sure, with a heavily featured synthesizer, you can also be less complex in a patch. But this often still takes more time to achieve.

So, say hello to Go2!

And yes, Go2 has all of the controls visual at the same time but still has some unique features and sound for sure… which makes sure that it will boldly go to where no other synth in this category went before…

Features

General:

  • PC: 32 & 64 bits VST and AAX for Windows Vista / Windows 7/ Windows 8/ Windows 10 (Note: PC AAX for PT 12 or higher)
  • Mac: 32 & 64 bits AU, VST and AAX, for OSX 10.6 or higher
  • Very Soon Compatible with NI NKS system
  • Serial / license system with activation whilst registering the product
  • 2nd serial for a secondary computer/laptop is available after you have registered the product’s original serial/license.

Presets / Folder & Global Section:

  • Presets sorted in Bank Folders
  • Additional there is a ‘Quick Browser’, ‘Favorties’ and ‘Star’ system in the bank manager.
  • ECS (External MIDI Control) Go2 can modify its sound parameters dynamically in response to MIDI Messages received from an external controller. These settings can be saved and loaded from your HardDisk.
  • Help which opens up Go2’s PDF manual.
  • Bank Manager
  • Go2 Logo Clicking on the Go2 logo takes you to the Back Panel. The Back Panel shows global settings and infrequently accessed controls.

Oscillator Section:

The heart of Go2 is the morph oscillator, this oscillator allows you to morph (using Go2’s various morph modes) between two different waveforms.

  • First and Seconds Waveforms (Wave-A and Wave-B)
  • Oscillator Morph Mode.The Morph Mode menu determines how the oscillator combines the two waves First Wave and Second Wave. The modes are: Mix, Morph, Ring, FM, Inter and Range.
  • Oct setting
  • Spread (creates a stacked 2 oscillator sound)
  • Sub. The sub-oscillator knob lets you select two different waveforms being sinus or square..
  • Sym (Sym controls the symmetry of the oscillator waveform)
  • SMOD (Symmetry Modulation) Amount
  • Symmetry modulation controls how much the symmetry position changes over time. 
  • SMOD (Symmetry Modulation) SpeedSmod Speed sets the frequency of the LFO that changes the symmetry position.

XY Section

The XY pad is combination of a live, interactive control and also an automated programmable modulation source
XY Controls

  • Edit (While in Edit mode, you can move the path’s points around and thus edit the XY Path manually).
  • Play Speed  (The Play Speed control alters the playback speed of the recorded XY Path)
  • Modes: Poly, Free or Mono
  • Loop modes: off, loop or bidirectional loop
  • Sync To (Tempo sync the XY movement)
  • Points (from 2 points up to 128 points)
  • Space Quantize (Space Quantize restricts the points in the current path to a set of grid lines)
  • Time Quantize (Time Quantize sets the update frequency of the XY position)
  • Draw Osc (the XY screen also shows the current oscillator output if you like)
  • Commands (XY Menu with the many additional options like preset path).

Filter Section

Analog modeled filter.

  • Cutoff Frequency
  • Q (Resonance)
  • Filter Types: 12dB LowPass, 12dB BandPass, 12db Notch, 24dB LowPass I, 24dB LowPass II, 24dB BandPass, 24dB Notch, and Comb.
  • Cutoff Frequency Modulation:Velocity (Vel), Key Track, Modulation Wheel, Envelope (Env)
  • Filter Envelope with Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release and reverse control. (Graphic mode or dial mode option selectable in the Play mode section)

HighPass Filter

Additional Filter behind the main filter.

  • With On/Off function,
  • Keyboard tracking On/off,
  • Q (Resonance) On/Off and amount control
  • Cutoff Frequency.

Amplifier Section

The final volume control in Go2 with distortion on voice level.

  • Distortion
  • Volume control
  • Velocity (Vel > Vol)
  • Pan
  • Volume Envelope with Attack, Decay, Sustain and Release. (Graphic mode or dial mode option selectable in the Play mode section)

Play Mode Section

Arranges how Go2 plays its synthesize engine and additional features and settings can be found in this section.

  • Play Modes: Poly (16voice), Mono, Legato and Arpeggiator
  • Portamento with: Speed control, Rate or Time Mode, Held Rate or Held Time mode
  • Port Amount
  • Pitch Bend Up / Down (The unit used is semi-tones)
  • Drift On/Off When this is on the oscillator has ‘analog drift’ i.e. it has a very slight & slow drifting of tuning over time.
  • Exp Env (Selects if the envelopes decay / release stages are linear or have an exponential characteristic).

Unison and chords

In Unison mode, Go2 plays up-to 4 unison voices, for each note played. This works at an oscillator / filter level, so you can still play up-to 16 voices in poly mode.

Unison modes and chords:

  • Unison 2-4
  • 2 Octave
  • 3 Octave
  • 2 SP
  • Major to Diminished 7th chord (3voice and 4 voice)
  • Unison Detune Amount
  • Unison Stereo Spread

Go2 offers a classic style Arpeggiator with some unique features, like sequencer mode and unison/chord control per step.

  • Steps (amount of Steps 1-16)
  • Speed (for example 2 x tempo or ¼ x tempo)
  • Arp Modes:
  • Up, Down, Up/Down, Random, Ordered, Rev. Ordered, Ordered Up/Down, Ordered Down/Up, Chord, Sequencer, Sequencer Reset
  • Octave
  • Tie Modes: Normal, Special, Toggle 1, toggle 2
  • Lock Mode option 
  • Swing
  • Slide amount
  • Vel / Key (Responds to the velocity setting of the step or the keyboard input)
  • Host Sync
  • Latch
  • Key Entry
  • Arpeggiator Command Menu

The Arpeggiator has up to 16 steps. Per step you can set the following values:

  • Step On/Off
  • Tie (Tie note)
  • Slide
  • Tune
  • Vel
  • Unison 
  • Free

Free LFO Section

Go2 has a Free LFO that generates modulation signals to be used sources in a modulation path.

  • Waveform types: The available waveforms are Sine, Triangle, Saw Up, Saw Down, Square, S&H. (Except for the S&H waveform, the waveforms are available in different start phases being 0 (normal), 90, 180 and 270 degrees.)
  • Speed
  • Sync (Tempo Sync option)
  • Modes: Poly, Free, Mono

Free Envelope Section

  • Envelope with Attack, Decay, Sustain, Sustain-Fade and Release
  • Option to temp sync.

Modulation Matrix Section

The 8 way modulation matrix allows you to dynamically alter Go2’s parameters. using both internal modules such as envelopes and LFOs, and external MIDI Controllers such as Pitch Bend,
Aftertouch and other control messages defined in the MIDI-standard.
 
FX Section

Go2 has 3 fx units is serial mode

  • Chorus
  • Flanger or Phaser
  • Stereo Delay or Reverb
  • Bypass all

Bank Manager Section

There are four main sections: Presets, Find, Search Category and Set Category. For each section, the Banks are visible on the right-hand side. While in the Preset screen in the Bank Manager you can mark any Preset with a Star if you like the Preset

Back Screen

A click on the Go2 logo will display the back panel. The back panel contains several global controls that affect all instances of Go2. 

  • Computer Keyboard Up / Down
  • External MIDI Control Capture Mode
  • MIDI Program / Bank Change
  • MIDI Channel 
  • Tuning with .tun files option

Now NKS Compatible!

System Requirements

PC

  • Windows 7/ Windows 8/ Windows 10 (32 & 64 bits)

Formats:

  • VST
  • AAX (Note: PC AAX for PT 12 or higher)
  • Compatible with NI NKS system

Mac

  • OS-X 10.9 – 10.15 (64 bits only)

Formats:

  • AU
  • VST
  • AAX
  • Compatible with NI NKS system

Notes:

  • Serial/licence system with activation whilst registering the product
  • 2nd serial for a secondary computer/laptop is available after you have registered the product’s original serial/license.

31.RYM2612 Iconic FM Synthesizer

by Inphonik

RYM2612 Iconic FM Synthesizer

Iconic FM Synthesizer

Synth of Rage

RYM2612 is a software FM synthesizer in VST, Audio Unit and AAX formats. It’s an emulation of the Yamaha YM2612 sound chip, best known for being the vibrant voice of the Sega Genesis/Megadrive videogame console. More than a simple sound-alike, the emulation is cycle-accurate to the original chip, that allows reproducing every unique possibility of the synth. On top of this, the amp circuitry of the console has been reproduced too, in order to obtain the same grain you’d get if you plugged the real hardware into your DAW.

Key Features

  • Cycle-accurate emulation of the YM2612 FM soundchip
  • Genuinely reproduces the unique and characteristic sound of its hardware counterpart (digital saturation, huge feedback amount, natural distortion, …)
  • Audio input for adding 8-bit PCM sweetness to any signal
  • Low CPU usage
  • Switchable output filtering and ladder effect
  • A couple of limitations from the soundchip have been taken away: up to 16 voices of polyphony, dedicated PCM channel (you can of course stick to 6 simultaneous voices if you want to experience the real thing)
  • 100+ various, sorted, evocative patches to start with

The 16-bit Legacy

Not many people were aware of this, but unlike other videogame consoles, the Sega* Genesis/Megadrive had a complete FM synth onboard. The Yamaha* YM2612 provided enough features to produce complex, evolving tones, as well as crazy sound effects and PCM samples playback. This is your chance to get your hands on this altered beast, combined with the rich control and modulation possibilities offered by your modern DAW.

*Sega and Yamaha brand names are the trademark of their respective owners. This product is in no way affiliated with these companies.

Insert Extra Patches

Meet RYMCast, the perfect companion app for RYM2612. It’s a Genesis music files player that has the special ability to let you mute/solo each channel of your favourite soundtracks and to drag & drop the sounds directly to an RYM2612 instance. Also, RYMCast is free and runs on Windows, macOS and GNU Linux.

Feel the FM vibe for your retro and modern needs, with a lively and authentic tone, taking the RYM2612 Iconic FM Synthesizer as a bonus weapon in your synth arsenal.

System Requirements

Mac

  • macOS (10.7 and higher)
  • 64-bit only
  • VST 2 / VST 3 / AU / AAX

Windows

  • Vista and higher
  • 32-bit & 64-bit
  • VST 2 / VST 3 / 64-bit AAX

32. TAL-BassLine-101

by TAL

TAL-BassLine-101

TAL-BassLine-101 is a monophonic bass synthesizer with a classic analogue sound. The GUI is intuitive and easy to use. It produces the raw sound you know from analogue devices without any effects.

BassLine has a very smooth and authentic analogue sounding 24dB zero feedback delay resonance low pass filter. Especially designed and calibrated for extreme settings. It sounds even smooth with a lot resonance and a high oscillator pitch. 

Details as envelope transitions between overlapping notes are carefully modeled. The oscillators do not use any samples. BassLine generates all wave-forms in real time.

Features

  • Self resonating zero feedback delay filter (24dB LP).
  • Calibrated and tuned after our hardware device.
  • Midi learn / automation for all controls.
  • Alias free oscillators for an authentic sound also @ 44’100Hz sampling rate.
  • Arpeggiator with different sync modes (host, midi clock, not on).
  • Original (RC) and linear portamento mode.
  • Built in arpeggiator with some additional modes.
  • Powerful step sequencer with up to 96 steps and recording option.
  • 6 voice poly mode.
  • Sequencer MIDI export with drag and drop.
  • Sequencer / arpeggiator MIDI out for VSTi version.
  • De-Clicker mode for slower envelopes :/
  • More than 300 presets.
  • All sample rates supported.

System Requirements

  • Windows: Windows XP or higher (64 bit only)
  • OSX: OSX 10.7 or higher (64 bit only).
  • AAX: Pro Tools 10.3.6 or higher

33. Audio Damage Quanta Granular Synth

by Audio Damage

Audio Damage Quanta Granular Synth

Granulate!

Quanta is a full-featured ten-voice true stereo granular synthesizer, with up to a hundred 1000ms grains per voice, and full control over the grain state, with direct randomization and modulation of most parameters. Drag-and-drop a sample (WAV, AIFF, Ogg, or FLAC) on to the window and go to work.

Synthesize!

With two multi-mode filters (with LP, HP, BP and notch in 2-pole and 4-pole topologies), and a “sidecar” virtual-analog oscillator and noise generator that can be used in addition to, or injected into, the grain engine, Quanta is a fully capable subtractive synth in its own right, and will work as a granular or subtractive (or both) synth without any sample at all.

Modulate!

Quanta has mod coming out its ears. First up are four of our new FEGs (Flexible Envelope Generator), a 99-point looping function generator with optional host tempo sync. Then add two arbitrary-waveshape LFOs, a multi-source sample-and-hold module, and fully user-controllable MIDI assignments, with nearly every control on the panel as a destination. 

Control!

Quanta is customizable to your taste and playing style. With full MPE support, it can take advantage of the extended control set of your Linnstrument, Seaboard, Soundplane, Continuum, or other MPE controller, and support for TUN files lets you use tuning tables. The resizable Hi-DPI GUI lets you adjust the size to match your visual needs, and the cross-platform preset mechanism lets you share your creations with your friends and collaborators, no matter what system they are using.

Features

  • Multi-Format Sample Loader: Quanta can load AIFF, WAV, Broadcast WAV, FLAC, MP3, and Ogg in any sample rate, bit depth, and channel configuration. 
  • Grain Engine: Up to 100 simultaneous grains per voice, of up to 1 second long, with control over grain rate, pitch, direction, shape, length, panning, source position, and level.
  • Sidecar Oscillator: Continuously variable wave shape, with pulse width modulation, and independent control over pitch (separate from grain engine.) Can be injected directly into grain engine. 
  • Noise Source: Noise source features a “color” control that affects tonal characteristics of the noise. Can be injected directly into grain engine. 
  • Dual Multi-Mode Filters: Filters can be used in serial or parallel modes, and include lowpass, highpass, bandpass, and notch in 2-pole and 4-pole configurations. 
  • Flexible Envelope Generator (FEG) x 4: The four FEGs are arbitrary function generators, with up to 99 steps, curve and step level control, arbitrary loop points, and host tempo sync. 
  • Flexible Low-Frequency Oscillator (FLFO) x 2: The pair of FLFOs utilize four controls (phase, shape, skew, and warp) to access a virtually limitless palette of waveforms, and feature host tempo sync and retrigger. 
  • Sample And Hold: The S&H mod source can sample noise (random) or any of the other mod sources, at either a user-defined rate or a musical division.
  • Modulation Matrix: Every mod and MIDI source can be easily and simply assigned to any destination using the quick-access bi-polar modulation matrix. Touch a destination on the UI and the matrix automatically scrolls to the correct row. 
  • Tuning Tables And Global Tuning Offset: Re-tune Quanta to new intonations and temperaments using the open-source and easy-to-use TUN file format. A global tuning offset (default to A=440) allows you to easily retune the entire synth to match a different A frequency without using a tuning table. 
  • MPE (MIDI Polyphonic Expression): Quanta understands both “legacy” MIDI and MPE. Use your Linnstrument, Roli Seaboard, Haken Continuum, or Madrona Labs Soundplane (among others) to directly access per-note pressure, pitch bend, and modulation. 
  • Per-Instance Settings: Quanta utilizes a per-instance customization method: set MPE mode, aftertouch smoothing, pitch bend range override, tuning table, and global tuning offset for each instance in your DAW. 
  • Factory Presets: Quanta comes with a substantial collection of factory content, including Designer Presets from Marcus Fisher, Joseph Fraioli, Chris Carter, and Richard Devine.
  • Cross-Platform Preset Format: Quanta utilizes an XML-based preset manager, and stores the sample within the preset for easy asset management. Work between multiple systems without troubles, make a preset on your desktop machine and paste it to the iOS version with Handoff, easily share your creations with your friends, or make a preset bundle to sell, no asset management required. 
  • Fully Resizable Hi-Dpi/Retina GUI: Quanta’s vector-based GUI is resolution-agnostic, and displays the same on every system and resolution. Easily resize the UI (per instance) to match your visual needs, from postage stamp to poster-sized.

Changes in Version 1.1.0

New:

  • Voice activity lights have been replaced with graph indicators. These show a sum of the level of mod going to the Output. (i.e. the graph is the total of everything routed to the OUTPUT channel in the mod matrix.) This gives a much better visual indicator of voice activity than the previous “is this thing on?” LED. 
  • FEGs now have animated activity indicators showing the progress of the FEG for every voice. 
  • FEGs now have a RESET button; this returns the FEG to its default “ADSR” state. 
  • FLFOs now have animated activity indicators for each active voice. 
  • Maximum voice count has been increased to 15. This should solve any lingering voice-rollover issues with MPE controllers. 
  • The salmon colour of the interface has had its richness of salmon increased approximately 15%; we are confident this is the richest salmon colour in the audio plugin industry. 

Fixes:

  • The voice stealing algorithm (which was the source of most if not all of the “clicks” that many users experienced) has been totally replaced, and Quanta is certified click-free.
  • The cause of the CPU loading when the UI was closed on iOS was found and destroyed. 
  • The Mac factory preset download issues have been solved.
  • Numerous improvements and fixes, and a complete rebuild against all current plugin SDKs. 

System Requirements

Windows

  • Windows 8.1 or newer and a 32- or 64-bit DAW.
  • VST 32/64-bit
  • VST3 32/64-bit
  • AAX 64-bit

Mac

  • 10.9 Mavericks or newer and a 64-bit DAW. 
  • VST 64-bit
  • VST3 64-bit
  • AAX 64-bit
  • AudioUnit 64-bit

34. Chromaphone 2

by Applied Acoustics Systems

Chromaphone 2 Play User Interface

What’s New?

We have brought Chromaphone to a whole new level – It is now an incredibly versatile instrument.

Factory Library

  • The completely renewed factory library has well over 600 production-ready sounds classified for fast and intuitive exploration.

Drumhead Resonator

  • This new model reproduces precisely how a real drumhead vibrates resulting in super realistic and responsive drums and percussions.

Envelope Mode

  • The envelope generator for the noise source is now equipped with an AHD mode for carving precise one-shots.

Noise Filter Bank

  • The noise source spectrum can now be tailored with a 10-band filter bank for fine control of the tone.

Low-Cut Filter

  • Resonators have been complemented with a low-cut filter to control the clarity of an instrument response.

Arpeggiator

  • Add motion and give a new perspective to sounds with the new built-in arpeggiator module.

Source Mixer

  • Fine control of the mallet and noise sources to shape the attack and sustain phase of sounds with precision.

Compressor and Equaliser

  • These new additions are perfect to add punch and definition to your sound, letting you cut through any dense mix or stage.

Limiter

  • The new output limiter protects your ears and monitors during experimentation with the synth’s parameters while providing a maximum of distortion-free dynamics.

Streamlined Interface

  • Redesigned from the ground up, the new interface now divides Chromaphone 2 into three panels: Play presents shortcuts to the performance and effect parameters including bypass switches for quick edits; Edit lets you tweak and create your sound; while FX supplies equalizer, compressor, multi-effect, and reverb processors for a final sheen.

Microtonal Tunings via Scala Scale Files

  • Chromaphone 2 now supports the Scala scale file format for microtonal music making.

Updated Overhauled Effects

  • Reinvigorated and polished, Chromaphone 2’s multi-effect processor features our best sounding chorus, delay, phaser, flanger, distortion, notch filter, wah-wah, auto-wah, and reverb to date!

Backward Compatible with Chromaphone 1 Presets

  • Simply copy your banks from Chromaphone 1 in Chromaphone 2‘s bank folder to convert them.

Melodies, Beats and Crazy Soundscapes

Chromaphone uses acoustic resonators to create drums, percussion, mallet, string, and other unique instruments. They get sparked into life by a mallet and a flexible noise generator.

Library

  • Chromaphone 2 is packed with more than 650 presets from the best sound designers. Instruments span from warm and mellow pitched percussions for melodies to punchy one-shots and kits for rhythm tracks. Twisted, they generate unique textures and soundscapes that will move any film score. Whether real, otherworldly or with an ethnic touch, Chromaphone will fill your music with rich and organic tones.

Performance

  • Chromaphone 2 ships with premium performance features: unison, vibrato, and a complete set of MIDI features. And for even more action, Chromaphone provides a user programmable pattern arpeggiator and shortcuts to the high-quality effects.

Edition

  • Modeling based synthesis gives you access to all source and resonator parameters. Customize instruments to perfectly fit your project or follow your inspiration and build entirely new ones for really creative and innovative sound design.

Effects

  • The Effects panel wraps up Chromaphone 2 as an all-inclusive package with awesome polishing tools.

Everything you Need from Start to Finish

With more than 650 presets spread into 19 categories, Chromaphone 2 packs everything you need to create all the parts of your productions.

  • Mallets – 49 Presets
  • Percussions – 72 Presets
  • Kicks – 40 Presets
  • Snares – 84 Presets
  • Toms – 27 Presets
  • Hi-Hats – 25 Presets
  • Cymbals – 27 Presets
  • Chromakits – 25 Presets
  • Chimes and Bells – 29 Presets
  • Plucked Strings – 34 Presets
  • Basses – 33 Presets
  • Keys – 26 Presets
  • Strings and Pads – 20 Presets
  • Synths – 25 Presets
  • Organs and Pipes – 11 Presets
  • Soundscapes – 41 Presets
  • Effects – 33 Presets
  • Arpeggiators – 39 Presets
  • Arpeggiated Percussions – 34 Presets

One-Shot Revolution

One-shots are no longer limited to the velocity dimension. Chromaphone uses the entire keyboard range to modulate volume, mallet noise and stiffness, noise filter frequency and density, hit position, and coupling to open a whole world of expressive sounds—and that in a totally stepless fashion.

Creative Drum Kits

Chromaphone ships with ready-made creative kit patches where each note provides a new sound slightly different from the previous one. Over the entire keyboard range the sound morphs from bass drum to snare to hi-hat. Discover a mixture of electronic and acoustic qualities intertwined to form highly playable, addictive, and always fresh drum sounds.

Playful

Direct Access to FX Shortcuts, Performance Settings, and the Arpeggiator.

Performance

Chromaphone 2 will match your playing style or musical context with ease thanks to the tap tempo and sync to host clock options; up-to-4-voice unison; and the flexible vibrato.

Arpeggiator

Ready, willing, and able, Chromaphone 2’s arpeggiator offers various syncing resolutions, playing algorithms, and rhythmic patterns that will spruce up any chord progressions into percolating melodies or pulsing sequences.

Mix and Match

Chromaphone is an atelier for musicians and producers. At the turn of a few knobs, become an instrument maker, shaping metal, carving wood, and stretching skins. Craft and play expressive and responsive instruments that have a real-life presence.

Resonate

Instruments are created by combining acoustic resonators. A wooden bar makes a xylophone, turned metallic it becomes a glockenspiel. Adding a tube transforms it into a vibraphone or marimba. Plates shape up in bells and cymbals. A drumhead combined with a cylinder becomes a bass drum, snare, conga or bongo. Mix and match strings, plates, drumheads, membranes, beams, bars, and tubes to reproduce real-life instruments or create original ones.

Perfect Couples

Chromaphone is the first synthesizer that takes into account the effect of coupling between resonators. Bringing together acoustic objects, for example, the string and soundboard at the bridge of a guitar change the way each of them vibrates. Proprietary technology models show precisely how objects interact and exchange energy, thereby capturing key acoustic behaviours of musical instruments and resulting in sounds that have a real-life presence.

The Perfect Stroke

Shape the attack with the Mallet module which provides the triggering impact. Use the Amplitude and Stiffness controls to craft different type of sticks, mallets, and beaters, and the Noise parameter to bring texture to the hit. All can be modulated by keyboard velocity and pitch to provide great playing dynamics.

Get Noisy

Sustain is provided by a flexible noise source. An envelope generator and filters provide tailored excitation to complement impacts from the mallet. A density parameter controls the rate at which noise samples interact with the resonators from random individual particule-like hits to a fully continuous flow. Loud or quiet, bursting or evolving, dense or porous, broadband or filtered, this noise source is the key to unusual and creative effects.

Bare Naked – All Suited Up

You’ll love the pure raw sound of Chromaphone 2, but the built-in effects will bring it to so many places that you’ll enjoy having them on hand. And you have a chock-full of them to choose from: compressor, equalizer, delay, distortion, phaser, chorus, flanger, wah wah and notch filters, and reverb.

The Benefits of Physical Modelling

  • Sound manipulation at the source core.
  • Presets load in a flash.
  • Super smooth dynamics – no velocity layers!
  • Small memory footprint – less than 256 MB of RAM per instance.
  • Installs in less than a minute – less than 44 MB on disk.

Features:

  • Standalone operation for quick jams and experimentations.
  • Real-time control over any parameters via your MIDI controller knobs, faders, and switches.
  • MIDI clock, tap, and host tempo synchronization for effects and modulations.
  • Relaxed editing with unlimited undo/redo capability.

Plugin Formats:

  • VST
  • AU
  • RTAS
  • AAX NATIVE
  • NKS
  • STANDALONE

System Requirements

WINDOWS · MAC OS X · 32-/64-BIT & VST · AU · RTAS · AAX NATIVE · STANDALONE 

AAS products are compatible with nearly all DAWs…

  • Ableton Live
  • Apple GarageBand
  • Apple Logic Pro
  • Apple Mainstage
  • Avid Pro Tools
  • Bitwig Studio
  • Bandlab Cakewalk
  • Cockos Reaper
  • Image-Line FL Studio
  • MOTU Digital Performer
  • Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol
  • Native Instruments Maschine
  • Presonus Studio One
  • Propellerhead Reason
  • Steinberg Cubase

Mac Minimum System Requirements*

  • Mac OS X 10.7 or later
  • Intel Core processor or later
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 70 MB of free hard drive space

PC Minimum System Requirements*

  • Windows 7 32‑/64‑bit or later
  • Intel Core or equivalent processor
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 70 MB of free hard drive space

*The minimum system requirements mentioned above are for standalone usage. For plug-in usage, please refer to your DAW software requirements (Sonar, Pro Tools, Cubase, Live, Digital Performer, Logic Pro, etc.).


35. Repro-1

by u-he

Repro-1

Repro dives into the past for analogue inspiration, meticulously modelling two famous synthesizers. Every detail of the original was captured using component-level modelling technology to create the most authentic model possible. All the subtle characteristics and quirks found in the originals are present in Repro. One product, one installer, two synths.

Repro contains Repro-1 and Repro-5.

Repro-1 is a fierce monosynth: hard working, raw sounding and immediately playable. The classic design is simple and intuitive but belies a deep feature set capable of a wide range of sounds.

Repro-5 is the new polyphonic addition. It has a lot in common with Repro-1, a similar design and feature plus shared sonic DNA. But Repro-5 introduces new flavours, most notably is ability to play lush chords or thick unison leads, while keeping the authentic analogue sound.

At first glance Repro-1 and Repro-5 are simple and intuitive, but the clean and classic designs hide deep feature sets capable of a wide range of sounds.

Features

Repro-1:

  • Unashamedly monophonic
  • 4-pole resonant lowpass filter
  • Glide control
  • Arpeggiator with latch mode
  • Sequencer with two 32-step patterns (or 64 steps when chained)
  • 3 modulation sources controlling 5 destination
  • 2 additional “performance” modulation assignments
  • 5 effects: wavefolder/distortion, delay/chorus, EQ/resonator, reverb, sonic conditioner/dynamics processor
  • 500 factory presets

Repro-5

  • 8-voice polyphony
  • 1 to 8 voice unison with glide control
  • Audio-rate voice modulation: oscillator FM (frequency and pulse width), filter FM
  • 4-pole resonant lowpass filter
  • Flexible modulation options plus 2-slot matrix
  • Polyphonic distortion unit with 4 types including bit crusher
  • 5 effects: tape emulation, delay/chorus, EQ/resonator, reverb, sonic conditioner/dynamics processor
  • Over 950 factory presets

Shared Features:

  • Powerful analogue sound using component-level modelling
  • 2 oscillators: saw / pulse and saw / triangle / pulse
  • Oscillator waveforms can be combined
  • Waveform pulse width modulation and oscillator sync options
  • White noise generator
  • ADSR envelope
  • “Tweak” screen for adjusting component behaviour
  • Host-syncable LFO with 3 waveforms
  • Microtuning support (.tun files)
  • Resizable UI
  • MIDI learn page and editable list
  • Global preferences page
  • New preset browser with powerful search functions, tagging

System Requirements

Mac:

  • Mac OS X 10.7 or newer (Supports 32bit and 64bit in all formats)
  • Mac OS X: AAX, AU, NKS or VST compatible host software (AAX support for Pro Tools 10.3.7 or later, 11 & 12)
  • 1GB RAM is required (more space is recommended)
  • 60MB free disc space is required
  • display 1000x600px and up
  • Modern CPU (Sandy Bridge architecture or newer recommended)

PC:

  • Windows 7 or newer (Supports 32bit and 64bit in all formats)
  • Windows: AAX, NKS or VST compatible host software
  • 1GB RAM is required (more space is recommended)
  • 60MB free disc space is required
  • display 1000x600px and up
  • Modern CPU (Sandy Bridge architecture or newer recommended)

Note: This plug-in supports Native Instruments’ NKS format – It is compatible with Maschine and Komplete Kontrol S-Series keyboards.


36. Circle2

by Future Audio Workshop

Circle2

Synthesis Made Simple

Creativity shouldn’t be complicated. Craft totally unique sounds and finish more songs with Circle².

Circle² is the new major update to Future Audio Workshop’s flagship software synthesizer, Circle. Since its release in 2009, Circle has achieved cult status, becoming a key tool in the arsenal of both seminal underground and pop hitmakers such as Hudson Mohawke, Arca, David Guetta and Deadmau5. The 2015 update incorporates several new features, modules and effects, extending the spectrum of sounds that can be composed. Circle² also features a completely redesigned user interface, providing a forward-thinking interpretation of Circle’s esteemed user-centred design approach.

Usability is at the heart of the design of Circle². With the affordance of the power of modern computer processors, many software synthesizers have become progressively more complex and difficult to use. The aim of Circle is to step aside from this path and to instead focus on placing flow and intuitiveness at the core of the music-making process. Rather than burying a deluge of synthesis parameters in submenus and external windows, Circle² encourages experimentation by presenting parameters in an accessible and intuitive manner.

The unique Circle² interface enables a level of experimentation that would be unachievable via a more typical, convoluted interface; allowing the user to focus on creativity rather than technicalities. This design philosophy sets Circle² apart in the synthesizer landscape and provides the foundation for the development of the next generation. Instead of designing Circle² to graphically replicate its analog predecessors, Future Audio Workshop have been working alongside Berlin-based designer Lars Hammerschmidt to bring Circle² firmly into the 21st century through the use of a contemporary design language that looks more to the future than the past. The goal was to construct an even flatter design with brighter, more distinct colors than was seen in Circle.

Everything In One Window

  • Fast and streamlined workflow while sound designing
  • Forget messy submenus, multiple windows, and hidden controls
  • Create unique sounds with minimal effort

Modulation Made Simple

  • Free yourself from the clunky modulation matrix
  • Simply drag and drop color-coded circles
  • Quickly create dynamic sounds full of motion


VPS: A New Kind Of Synthesis

  • Create harmonically rich tones that morph over time
  • Great for evolving leads, gritty basses, ethereal pads and contorted sounds
  • Only available in Circle²

Based on state-of-the-art digital synthesis research, the brand new VPS (vector phase shaping synthesis) oscillator is one of the most exciting new features of Circle². The new oscillator utilizes a cutting-edge synthesis technique introduced by researchers at the Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering and The National University of Ireland, and further developed for its implementation in Circle² via an academic collaboration with Future Audio Workshop. 

The VPS oscillator works by glueing together a pair of sine waves with specified frequencies. Via its two parameters – which control the frequencies of the sine waves and the location at which they are glued – the VPS oscillator provides direct control of the waveform’s intricate harmonics. Experimentation throughout the oscillator development process has led to a range of results; from dirty Reese style bass patches to ethereal pads and gritty lead lines. Modulating the parameters can produce a wide range of effects, either used subtly to give gentle movement, or used harshly to twist and contort a synth into oblivion. We’re excited to hear what synthesis results users can achieve using the new oscillator.

The Sounds You Want When You Want Them

  • Quickly browse over 300 patches with our Smart Browser
  • Curate a library of your Favorite Patches to access them instantly
  • New patch packs from expert sound designers added regularly

Ready To Perform With NKS

  • Works with Maschine & Komplete Kontrol
  • Meticulously mapped for every patch
  • Need a refill? All our patch packs are mapped too!

Fully Re-Written Audio Engine

Circle² provides several enhancements to Circle’s instantly recognizable and critically acclaimed sound engine, helping to ensure that Circle² sounds better than ever before. Furthermore, on top of Circle’s existing modules, Circle² also comes with new Bucket Delay and Tube Distortion effects that bring a vintage flavour to its sounds. This gives Circle² a new total of 15 inbuilt sound modifiers / effects.

Retina Ready​

Now NKS Supported

Circle²’s interface is fully retina display ready. Brings a vibrancy and clarity that is unseen in other software instruments. An interface for 2015.

Design Sounds Visually

Simply move the colour-coded circles around the interface to start creating your own unique sounds. Preview a connection by hovering a circle beneath a knob. Explore sound in an intuitive way.

Redesigned Interface, Improved Workflows

Taking the key concepts of the first version, we have improved the workflow and user experience in Circle². Find the required sounds effortlessly using our new preset browers.

Sound Sources

  • 4 x Analog oscillator
  • 4 x Wavetable oscillator
  • 4 x VPS oscillator
  • 1 x Noise Source
  • 1 x Feedback

Modifiers:

  • 1 x Mixer
  • 2 x Mouth Filter
  • 2 x Fuzz Distortion
  • 2 x Overdrive
  • 2 x Parametric EQ
  • 2 x Crusher
  • 1 x Analog Modeled Filter
  • 1 x Dual Analog Modeled Filter
  • 1 x VCA

Modulators:

  • 5 x Wavetable LFO
  • 5 x ADSR Envelope
  • 5 x Step Sequencer

Effects:

  • 3 x Analog Phaser
  • 3 x Reverb
  • 3 x Double Echo
  • 3 x Ping Pong Echo
  • 3 x Chorus
  • 3 x Panner
  • 3 x Analog Modeled Bucket Delay
  • 3 x Analog Modeled Tube Distortion

Module List

  • Sound Sources – Analog Oscillator, Wavetable Oscillator, VPS Oscillator, Noise, Feedback
  • Dedicated Modulators – ADSR Envelope, LFO, Sequencer, Arpeggiator
  • Sound Modifiers – Mixer, Mouth Filter, Fuzz Distortion, Overdrive, Parametric EQ, Shelving EQ, Phaser Filter, Crusher, Ring Modulator, Filter, Dual Filter, VCA
  • Master Effects – Phaser, Reverb, Echo, Double Echo, Ping Pong Echo, Chorus, Panner, Bucket Delay, Tube Distortion

Features

  • Native Instruments NKS Support for Machine and Komplete Kontrol, with individually mapped presets for easy control of the most musically interesting parameters
  • Midi Note arpeggiator with swing and DAW timing sync
  • Randomize preset
  • 32 Voice polyphony
  • Visual Midi learn with advanced range adjustment
  • 110 wavetable oscillator shapes included with the ability to import your own wavetables using an app
  • Ships with 300+ patches; more patch packs are available in our store
  • Drag and drop modulation system
  • OSC control on Mac OS
  • True analog modeled oscillators, filters and effects
  • 16 wavetable LFO shapes
  • 16 step sequencer, with note output functionality

Below are some of the artists and labels we are currently working with or who use Circle2 in their music:

  • Arca
  • Hudson Mohawke
  • Richard Devine
  • Rustie
  • Mark Pritchard
  • Mike Huckaby
  • Jimmy Edgar
  • Efdemin
  • Monty Luke
  • Deadmau5
  • David Guetta
  • Sandy Vee
  • John Tejada

System Requirements

  • Audio Unit (AU)
  • AAX
  • VST
  • VST3
  • NKS Support for NI Maschine and Komplete Control

MAC:

  • OS X 10.9 and higher
  • Intel® Core™ Duo 1.66 GHz, 768 MB RAM

PC:

  • Windows 8 and higher
  • Pentium/Athlon XP 1.4 GHz, 512 MB RAM

Notes:

  • Tested in Pro Tools 11, 12 and 2018; Ableton Live 9 and 10; Logic Pro X; FL Studio 20; Propellerhead Reason 9 and 10; Studio One; Native Instruments Machine and Komplete Kontrol
  • We recommend running Circle² on a modern Intel multicore PC or Mac along with a professional sound card
  • NKS support now available for Native Instrument’s Maschine and Komplete Kontrol.

37. Voltage Modular Core + Electro Drums

by Cherry Audio

Voltage Modular Core + Electro Drums

Voltage Modular is a brand-new virtual modular platform, designed from the outset to be the best sounding, most powerful, flexible, and easy-to-use virtual modular instrument available.

Voltage Modular Core includes 91 Core modules + 15 Misfit Audio Electro Drum modules.

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.

Misfit Audio Electro Drums

A collection of classic electronic drum sound modules plus the full featured, eight-channel Drum Trigger Sequencer, with extensive pattern and song modes.

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.

Please note: Voltage Modular does not currently work with Reason on Windows, see our forums for more details.


38. Lounge Lizard EP-4

by Applied Acoustics Systems

Lounge Lizard EP-4

Authentic Tone, Action and Feel.

The Lounge Lizard EP-4 plug-in delivers authentic vintage electric piano sounds in an everything-you-need package.

In the Studio

When time matters, simply pick from more than 100 custom electric piano presets. But when sound exploration is on the program, players will dig the real-time controls over hammer hardness, tine colour and decay, damper noise, and pickup placement for an unsurpassed level of customization.

Live on Stage

Gigging musicians will appreciate Lounge Lizard’s small memory footprint, instant preset recalls, and stability. Furthermore, the huge library of classic electric piano sounds as well as the complete selection of effects makes it easy to build a set list and get the perfect tone for each song.

Alive Beneath Your Fingers

There is something quite immersive when a connection develops between the player and the instrument. Whether it’s the perfectly smooth velocity progression or the interactive reaction to your performance, Lounge Lizard makes that connection happen.

Beyond the Electric Piano

Lounge Lizard achieves convincing electric piano tones with less than twenty synth parameters. That’s a quite a feat by itself, but pushed further, these parameters reveal a realm of other tones. Organs, bells, chimes, leads are all featured in the preset library’s Experimental folder.

Custom Tones

Even though famous players shared the same brand and models, they were all achieving their own signature sound. Nevertheless, that usually meant spending many hours under the hood with screwdrivers, wrenches, or even a solder iron. What’s fun with Lounge Lizard is that whether you’re looking to emulate a particular sound or simply find your own, all those tweaks are just a few knob turns away!

  • NEW Factory Library – The completely renewed factory library features the classic electric piano sounds as well as over 200 gig- and mix-ready custom electric pianos making good use of the compressor, equalizer, and multi-effect processor.
  • NEW Compressor and Equalizer – These new additions are perfect to add punch and definition to your sound, letting you cut through any dense mix or stage.
  • NEW Character Control – The new Character control provides five classic studio and stage signal path emulations – that’s the cabinet, pre-amp, microphone, and recorder chain that follows the piano’s output – to easily snug fit your electric piano part into your track.
  • NEW Limiter – The new output limiter protects your ears and monitors during experimentation with the piano’s physical modelling parameters while providing a maximum of distortion-free dynamics.
  • NEW Streamlined Interface – Redesigned from the ground up, the new interface now divides Lounge Lizard EP-4 into three panels: Play presents shortcuts to the main piano and effect parameters including bypass switches for quick edits; Edit lets you get under the hood and voice the piano to taste; while FX supplies equalizer, compressor, multi-effect, and reverb processors for final shaping duties.
  • NEW Bank and Program Manager – Lounge Lizard EP-4’s new manager allows for simple and efficient organization, backup, and sharing of your sounds.
  • UPDATED Overhauled Effects – Reinvigorated, polished, and tuned especially for the electric piano, Lounge Lizard EP-4’s multi-effect processor features our best sounding chorus, delay, phaser, flanger, distortion, notch filter, wah-wah, auto-wah, and reverb to date!
  • NEW Native 64-­bit Audio Unit (AU) and VST Plug-ins – Lounge Lizard EP-4 now runs in native 64-bit on Mac OS X and Windows making it compatible with the latest sequencers.

Features:

  • Entirely based on physical modelling for outstanding sound quality
  • Top quality preset library
  • Real-time calculation of sound – no samples
  • 32-bit floating point internal processing
  • Sample rates up to 192 kHz
  • Easy sharing of presets
  • Unlimited undo/redo capability
  • Standard plug-in formats support
  • MIDI program change support
  • High quality integrated master effects: chorus, delay, and reverb
  • Host tempo synchronization
  • Dynamic voice allocation and CPU overhead protection

Plugin Formats:

  • VST
  • VST3
  • AU
  • RTAS
  • AAX Native 
  • NKS
  • Standalone – now automatically detects connected MIDI devices

Note: Lounge Lizard EP-4 is compatible with nearly all DAWs.

System Requirements

WINDOWS · MAC OS X · 32-/64-BIT & VST · AU · RTAS · AAX NATIVE · STANDALONE 

AAS products are compatible with nearly all DAWs…

  • Ableton Live
  • Apple GarageBand
  • Apple Logic Pro
  • Apple Mainstage
  • Avid Pro Tools
  • Bitwig Studio
  • Bandlab Cakewalk
  • Cockos Reaper
  • Image-Line FL Studio
  • MOTU Digital Performer
  • Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol
  • Native Instruments Maschine
  • Presonus Studio One
  • Propellerhead Reason
  • Steinberg Cubase

Mac Minimum System Requirements*

  • Mac OS X 10.7 or later
  • Intel Core processor or later
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 70 MB of free hard drive space

PC Minimum System Requirements*

  • Windows 7 32‑/64‑bit or later
  • Intel Core or equivalent processor
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 70 MB of free hard drive space

*The minimum system requirements mentioned above are for standalone usage. For plug-in usage, please refer to your DAW software requirements (Sonar, Pro Tools, Cubase, Live, Digital Performer, Logic Pro, etc.).


39. Toxic Biohazard

by Image Line

Toxic Biohazard

Toxic Biohazard is the 4th generation in the line of Toxic synthesizers. Toxic Biohazard distills the best features from the previous 3 versions to deliver our most concentrated Toxic ever. Beware!

Toxic Biohazard features a hybrid synthesis engine, combining the best of FM and Subtractive synthesis. With the addition of a warm, analog-modelled filter and set of built-in effects, the Toxic concept remains one of convenience, simplicity, and superb sound quality.

The FM Technology

One of the ‘warmest’, crisp, and clear Frequency Modulation engines in the world, owes its sound to the precise calculation of the digital signal. Due to high-resolution DSP processing, it produces sound with an extremely low noise threshold; something that most FM engines cannot offer. The Toxic Biohazard sound was built from the ground up, via our own unique mathematical calculations and analog-modelling techniques.

The Oscillators

Completely alias-free, and well tuned for all sampling rates, they produce a rich, “fat” sound all across the spectrum. Due to the high quality of the anti-aliasing process, users will not encounter the shredding noise on high frequencies that has plagued FM synthesis in the past. Furthermore, the oscillators are calculated at extremely high speeds, keeping your CPU usage to a minimum. Toxic’s low CPU consumption affords the user plenty of room for external processing and running multiple instances. The oscillators also come equipped with Maxx Claster’s own powerful spectrum analysis technology. This allows the user to create his or her own waveforms, via the simple process of loading a WAV or AIFF format sound file. All of these features make the oscillators very flexible, and allow for the use of both synthetic and acoustic waveforms within Toxic. Each oscillator also comes with 32 built in ‘classic’ waveforms, each shown to be the most useful in FM synthesis.

The Effects

Made to assure high quality and flexibility is built into the synthesizer its self, Toxic Biohazard aims to reduce the need for external processing altogether! The effect modules are designed to give the user access to several types of effects, from aggressive, tube-like distortion, to warm stereo delay, reverb, flanger, and phaser effects. With our own pro-quality tape delay emulation, based on non-fixed delay buffer sizes, instead of the usual methods incorporated within digital delays, our delay lines give you warm sound, with “true” feedback and modulation. Lastly, the signal chain features an analog-modelled, parametric equalizer to further shape your sound. The EQ provides access to crisp, clear high-end definition, creamy mid ranges and earth-shaking low-end frequencies. The Toxic Biohazard effect modules expands its palette of sound to include everything from dark, atmospheric textures to razor sharp leads, fit to slice easily through any mix.

The Filter

Maxx Claster’s own analog-modelled, multimode filter is reminiscent of a certain silver box of old. Garnishing a warm, resonant Low-Pass mode, a smooth Band-Pass setting, and a creamy High-Pass mode, Toxic Biohazard gives a wealth of control over tone. The filter is further enhanced by modulation via a dedicated envelope generator and low frequency oscillator, as well as responding to velocity information and keyboard tracking. These features allow for extreme sound shaping, as well as subtle nuances attributed to dynamic playing.

The Sequencer

Powerful, yet simple, the sequencer offers a total of 64 steps, which can be divided into two independent, 32 step modules to allow double-polyphonic patterns. Using our own “Smart Sequencer” technology, when a chord is played, the module defines that chord, and tunes the pattern accordingly. The sequencer also allows for pure playback of the programmed sequence from single notes. Simply holding one chord can virtually create an arrangement for you!

Features

  • Optimized engine. Improved the sound quality, with even more accurate waveshapes, and quicker rendering times.
  • “Physical” envelopes (amplitude and filter) physical modelling of how sounds in real world decay & resonate, for example, the sound of a water drop. Further, physical envelopes are rendered real-time without any interpolation, avoiding noise artifacts and allowing Toxic Bio to deliver fast, accurate envelope times.
  • Pack of new effects: phaser, reverb, …

System Requirements

PC:

  • Windows XP (SP2), Vista, Win7, Win8, Win8.1, Win10 – (32 & 64 Bit)
  • 2Ghz AMD or Intel Pentium 3 compatible CPU with full SSE1 support
  • 512Mb RAM.
  • 30Mb free disc space.
  • DirectSound or ASIO compatible soundcard.
  • VST2 compatible host.

Mac:

  • OSX v10.7 (Lion)
  • G4 1.5 GHz or Intel Core Duo family.
  • 512Mb RAM.
  • 30Mb free disc space.
  • CoreAudio drivers.
  • VST2 compatible host.

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40. Mini V

by Arturia

Mini V

Technology Meets History

From the starship funk lead lines of the ‘70s to the gangster whine of mid ‘90s hip-hop, the ever-present MiniMg has been making its fat presence known for over 4 decades.

In partnership with Bob Moog we recreated the legendary interface of his early 70’s synth that was and is loved by generations of musicians. What truly makes this synth the Legend of Legends is its sound, and so we took great care to model the subtleties of its internal characteristics as well.

A Good Thing Made Better

Mini V has kept all of the original characteristics of its award-winning previous versions.

Mini V version 3 updates the filter design to make it even more accurate than ever. Powerful and rich bass, faithfully reproduced ‘free-running’ waveforms thanks to new advances in our long proven TAE® technology.

A Class of its Own

When fat, deep blistering bass is needed, there is no further need to go anywhere but to Mini V. Also famous for its powerful lead sounds, the greatest hit makers in the ’70’s knew that this synth was the goto tool.

A Sonic Expansion

But we’re not resting on our laurels.

While the original product set the sound of the 70’s we have taken it to new realms. We have added an advanced modulator that allows you to draw a shape and control many parameters creating a movement and interest. A vocal filter expands sonic possibilities with a formant-analysis based effect: now you can make that synth talk! A modulation matrix has been added dramatically improving on the original design and doing away with its limitations.

Main Features

  • All the parameters of the original Mini V
    • 3 voltage controlled oscillators with 5 waveforms
    • 1 amazing 24 dB/octave filter
    • 2 ADSR envelopes
    • LFO with 7 waveforms
    • 1 Noise Generator
    • 1 VCA
    • 1 Mixer
    • 1 external audio input and 1 external oscillator and filter modulation input
  • Modulation matrix with up to 8 connections (15 sources and 35 destinations)
  • Arpeggiator
  • Vocal Filter: a fully automatable, formant-based effect with its own LFO
  • Up to 32 voices of polyphony
  • Unison mode option
  • More than 1000 presets created by an international team of top-notch sound designers
  • Stereo effects: chorus and delay
  • Soft clipping function
  • Advanced automation mode

Arturia Software Center

ASC is the central software that elegantly manages all your Arturia software licenses. It activates your licenses and synchronizes them across multiple devices (you get five instances with each instrument license). ASC also notifies you of updates and downloads them. You can even easily learn about new products, download demos versions and purchase the full products. Simple.

Included in V Collection

This instrument is also part of the V Collection 5 -your complete dream line-up of the legendary synths, organs, pianos and more that made keyboard history. They’re modeled with the most advanced technologies for authentic realism, and enhanced with new creative options. Whether you use it as DAW plugins in the studio or standalone at gigs, V Collection 5 puts the greatest keys of all time at your fingertips for instant inspiration.

TAE® Powered

TAE® “True Analog Emulation” is Arturia’s exclusive technology that accurately reproduces the defining sonic qualities of analog synthesizers. It recreates the characteristics of analog oscillators in amazing detail, transparency and clarity, as well as the exact properties of the analog filters that give each classic instrument its unique sound. Soft clipping adds even more punch and presence. TAE® is primarily what makes our virtual instruments indistinguishable from the originals.

Preset Browser

Our redesigned preset browser lets you quickly find just the sound you’re looking for.

Search by name or simply select the appropriate tags to dial in on the exact sonic character you’re looking for. You can mark and recall your own favorites, enter comments, and set up playlists. There’s never been a more intuitive way to manage your library of designer and personal presets.

Resizable GUI

The user interfaces for all your Arturia instruments are now resizable, making it easy to work with any High Resolution screen, UHD or Retina.

You can decide whether you want to fill the screen with awesome graphic reproductions of classic instrument goodness, scale the window down when you’re working in a DAW and screen real estate is at a premium, or even zoom for detailed work.

System Requirements

Platform specifications

Windows

  • Windows: Win 7+ PC: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Mac

  • Apple: 10.10+: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Required configuration

  • Works in Standalone, VST 2.4, VST 3, AAX, Audio Unit, NKS (64-bit DAWs only).

Protection

The software is protected by the Arturia Software Center.


41. Zebra2

by u-he

Zebra2

Zebra2: A Synth of all Stripes

Zebra2 is a sound-design playground. A powerful, high quality (but still CPU friendly) sound engine together with numerous sound sculpting tools makes Zebra2 capable of a near-limitless range of new sounds and textures. A favourite amongst soundtrack composers, producers and sound designers, Zebra2 provides all the tools you need—the rest is up to you.

Workhorse with stripes

Zebra is our wireless modular synthesizer. It combines many different types of synthesis with a powerful modulation engine. Imagine – you can create any additive, freehand or spline-based waveform you like, apply a vast selection of spectral effects, morph between those waves and send them through classic synth filters. Perhaps use that entire sound as a modulator for an FM oscillator, or route it through a comb filter – the building block of physical modelling synthesis. All generator modules, all signal paths, all effects are stereo.

Although the possibilities are practically infinite, you will never be overwhelmed by needless complexity – Zebra’s adaptive interface only shows the modules you are actually using. It is a fascinating playground for sound designers. That is what Zebra is all about, that is why it has become so popular. That is why thousands of free presets are available online.

Why we think you will love Zebra…

  • The unique patching system is a bliss to work with, complexity never gets in your way
  • It is renowned for crystal-clear quality… which can turn dark & dirty if you want
  • No static samples here—pure synthesis delivers more expressive & natural sounds
  • Heavily featured in blockbusters The Dark Knight, Inception, Transformers, Tron: Legacy…
  • The editor window is resizable, and there are some nice alternative skins available
  • It has an independent charm, with a vibrant community of helpful users in the KVR forum
  • The clever design and adaptive ui keep everything you need on a single page
  • …and so much more

Features

  • 4 powerful wavetable (16) oscillators with integrated spectral effects
  • 1, 2, 4 or 11 times unison, with detune and stereo spread
  • Polyphonic (up to 16 voices), duophonic or mono and legato modes
  • 4 fm oscillators with 8 alternative waveforms (not only sine)
  • 2 Wavefolder modules New in version 2.8
  • 4 regular filters with 23 different modes
  • 4 cross-modulation filters (XMF)
  • 12-slot modulation matrix with depth modulation from a second source
  • Flexible signal routing: 4×12 voice patching grid, 3×6 effects patching grid
  • Countless modulation destinations, including individual envelope stages and FX parameters
  • 4 expanded ADSR envelopes with extra sustain, loop or release options
  • 4 syncable multi-stage envelope generators (MSEG) with up to 32 segments each
  • 4 per-voice LFO’s plus 2 global LFO’s
  • 21 stereo effects: 2× chorus/flanger, 2× delay, 2× EQ, 2× compressor, 2× reverb and more Updated in version 2.8
  • 4 assignable XY pads
  • Microtuning support (standard .tun files)
  • New preset browser with search functions
  • Resizable UI from 70% to 200%
  • Skinnable UI
  • Midi learn page and editable list
  • Global preferences page
  • Over 500 factory presets

System Requirements

Mac

  • Mac OS X 10.7 or newer
  • 1GB ram, more recommended
  • 50mb free disk space
  • 1000 × 600 or larger display
  • Modern CPU (Sandy Bridge or newer recommended)
  • Host software

PC

  • Windows 7 or newer
  • 1GB ram, more recommended
  • 50mb free disk space
  • 1000 × 600 or larger display
  • Modern cpu (Sandy Bridge or newer recommended)
  • Host software

Formats:

  • Zebra2 is not a standalone product, it requires host software. Zebra2 is compatible with nearly all daws.
  • Avaliable as Audio Units (au), vst2, vst3, aax (Pro Tools 10.3.7 or later) plug-ins with 32-bit and 64-bit versions

42. Monoment Bass

by Softube

Monoment Bass

Modern Bass. Mix-ready Bass. Monoment Bass.

In the modern day, music production leans more heavily on bass than ever before. Although track counts can number a hundred or more, often the core of a song is built around little more than a beat, a vocal, and a rich, living bass sound.

So an instrument dedicated to just that – tailored to producing huge, solid bass tones with complex, organic overtones and focused effects for a mix-ready low end – is more than just useful. It’s foundational. Monoment Bass lays the groundwork for top-quality tracks every time.

Stereo Soundscapes

All of the source material in Monoment Bass was recorded in stereo from high-end rare and boutique synths, giving huge, wide, and mood-defining sounds.

Task-specific Effects

Including a purpose-built multi-band compressor, and a spatialization tool for fine-tuning your stereo image, Monoment Bass has great-sounding effects, but more importantly, the right effects for the job.

Professional Presets

Amazing out-of-the-box sounds designed by Madison Mars, Vandalism, Sample Tools by Cr2, WA production, Black Octopus, and Function Loops, for finely tuned futureproof sounds from moment one.

Modern Music, Modern Instrument

Working with sound designer and rare-synth-collector Tobias Menguser, we set out on this project to tackle the vital problem of amazing-sounding, weighty bass parts in modern music. In so many modern styles, from pop and hip hop to club dance genres and electro music, the bass occupies more and more of the spectrum and does more and more of the heavy lifting in production terms. So we’ve provided a carefully selected and expertly curated collection of top-end sounds, paired them with easy-to-use and awesome-sounding synth architecture, and high quality analog effects for modern, mix-ready bass in seconds.

Get Complex Quickly

Monoment Bass includes a two-layer source section, with all-stereo sources offering rich and evolving sounds. Nothing is static, and all the sources were recorded in triplicate, so there are three different samples per key for additional naturalism and life. The resulting sounds leap out of the speakers and grab hold of your track. Right out of the box and with minimal tweaking, this instrument has authority, weight, heft, power, character. The filter, LFO, and amp are all geared to musicians – you don’t need a degree in synth-geekery to use Monoment Bass – and the effects are designed step-by-step for just this crucial task.

Noise, Dirt, Magic

Using the aging knob, you can introduce a host of analog-ish imperfections to your bass sound. And a third noise source is available at all times, with multiple organic noise options, to add crunch to the attack or grit to the body of your sound. Add analog distortion, ambience, and tone-shaping in the effects section, and you’ll be surprised by the range of colorful living sounds your track can hold. Monoment, by virtue of its high input quality and carefully selected sculpting options, becomes more than a part of your mix. It’s the very core and heart of your mix.

In short

  • Super-high-quality bass synth with stereo source sounds from top-end boutique hardware
  • Top-notch synth architecture that’s both versatile and easy to use
  • Blend noise with two different sources at once for a textured and highly complex sound
  • Professional presets from Madison Mars, Vandalism, Sample Tools by Cr2, WA production, Black Octopus, and Function Loops
  • A heavy focus on modern bass sounds makes this the perfect addition to the forward-thinking studio
  • Fills a soundstage with domineering weight and power, yet easy to mix thanks to dedicated effects

System Requirements

  • Mac OS X 10.12 or newer (older OS versions may work but are not tested (64-bit only).
  • Windows 64-bit, versions 7, 8 or 10 (64-bit only).
  • Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 X2 or newer.
  • Screen resolution 1280×800 or larger.
  • Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz, in both mono and stereo.
  • 8 GB RAM or more is recommended, as well as at least 8 GB hard disk space for installation (individual plug-ins take less space, while sample libraries may require additional disk space).
  • A Softube account is required to register and install the software.
  • An iLok account is required for authorisation of the software.
  • Internet access for downloading installer and managing licenses.
  • iLok generation 2 and up, if you intend to use a physical iLok dongle for authorizing your plug-ins (note that an iLok dongle is not a requirement).
  • In theory, any 64-bit VST, VST3, AU, or AAX (11.0.2 or higher) compatible host application should work.
  • The most recent maintenance release of the DAW application is recommended.

However, due to plug-in host differences between DAWs – and our own rigorous testing standards – we only officially test our plug-ins and instruments in the most recent versions of Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, Live, Studio One, Digital Performer, Reaper and Sonar. Softube plugins are not tested in the non-listed systems, but they most likely work as long as the system requirements are met. We cannot guarantee a solution for issues in unsupported systems.

Important note: make sure that you always use the latest iLok License Manager. It is not included in the Softube installer but can be downloaded from www.ilok.com​


43. Phase Plant + Toolbox FREE

by kiloHearts

Phase Plant + Toolbox FREE

Phase Plant is a Sound Designer’s Dream Come True

Whether you just installed your first DAW, you’re looking for inspiration to follow up that award-winning single you produced last year, or you’ve been tasked with creating the sound of a hot broadsword slashing through ice for an online game, we have what you need.

Phase Plant gives you more options and flexibility than you can shake a stick at, to make things as big or small as you need without compromising the workflow. All in one box.

Clean Slate

We want you to understand how Phase Plant works, and what’s better than learning by doing? Phase Plant will give you an empty patch and you are free to add the components you need, as you need them.

Phase Plant gives you access to a number of signal generators, effects, and modulators that together gives you the possibilities to create any sound you can think of.

Loaded with Sounds

Professional sound designers have been eager to create factory content for you to enjoy. Browse over 400 expertly crafted sounds each with customized macro controls for quick tweaking.

There is an entire category dedicated to technical demos of how to create certain effects or special techniques. Get up to speed with what’s possible by going through and learning the shortcuts to great sound.

Macro Control is Key

Phase Plant gives you control. Lots of it. In fact, you will likely want to make sure it’s easy to change just the most important qualities of your sound via the 8 macro knobs.

Since a complex preset can easily reach hundreds of parameters quickly, only the set UI components are exposed to your DAW for automation and such. If you need to automate a value on a generator for instance, simply bind a macro button to it. You can rename the macro buttons to reflect your configuration.

Signal Generation

There are four signal generators and a few utility modules available in the Generators column. Analog, Wavetable, Samples, and Noise. Each one is carefully designed to offer the absolute best in quality, performance, and usability.

Add as many as you like, route them freely. Group them. Hide them. Use some of them only to modulate others. Create layered sounds in an instant. Use generator unison, or global unison, or both!

Snapin Compatible

If you ever used any Kilohearts plugins before you’ll be familiar with the snapin eco-system of small, no-frills effects units. With Phase Plant these snapins gain even more value as they all go straight into your patches, so you can have your entire sound creation process in a single screen!

If you load a preset that uses snapins you don’t own yet they will still process the sound as normal, but you won’t be able to tweak any values on them.

Each lane of snapins can be applied to each voice individually (using the “poly” toggle), or to a mixed down signal.

Modular Modulators?

Phase Plant’s older brother Multipass introduced the Kilohearts way of adding movement to sounds with a clever modulation system signalled by the orange color. Phase Plant takes the concept to a whole new level by letting you add LFOs, Envelopes and others as you need them.

Does your preset require 28 differently synched Random generators? You’re in luck!

Find advanced LFO, envelope, random, midi note, pressure, velocity, as well as min, max and multiply modules in the bottom row of the synth.

Try it Out

Did you not see the small piano icon in the bottom right? Well, it was hiding the piano bar so you can try out your sounds easiy while designing, even if you don’t have your MIDI controller connected right now. Like on the train?

And then you hide it when you don’t need it to get more space for generators, right?

Neat.

All Together Now

See those numbers and knobs coloured in green? Those are “audio-rate modulations”, in the same vein as famous FM synths. Except in Phase Plant you can modulate almost any generator value with the output of another one. Try phase modulating a Sine using a Sample as the source. There are even filters and distortions you can modulate at audio rate available in the generators section.

Features

Four Types of Signal Generation

Phase Plant offers four signal generators. You can add as many as you like and route them freely between each other. There are several types of utility modules to allow you even greater freedom in designing your sound such as groups, mixing, and aux options.

For each group you can add an output module to send the sound to the effects chain, or you can use a group only a modulation source for FMing any other generator.

That’s right, Phase Plant allows for frequency modulation between all types of signal generation!

Your Full Effect Chain in the Preset

The snapin concept allows you to use the easy-to-use effects you know and love from the Kilohearts Toolbox as building blocks within your Phase Plant preset. In true modular fashion you simply add the snapins you need in up to three lanes and mix the lanes individually.

Don’t miss the “Poly” toggle at the top of each lane. It allows you to apply all the effects in a lane to each voice individually, even giving each voice unique random values from the Random modulator etc.

System Requirements

Windows

  • Windows 7 or newer
  • A DAW supporting VST 2 or AAX plugin standards.
  • 2 GHz CPU or faster
  • 1 GB Memory or more

Mac

  • Mac OS X 10.7 or newer
  • A DAW supporting VST 2, AAX, or Audio Unit plugin standards.
  • 2 GHz CPU or faster
  • 1 GB Memory or more

Note: If you have many instances of Phase Plant running, or use a lot of snapins at the same time in your patch the CPU usage will increase accordingly. Thus, we cannot guarantee that Phase Plant will work flawlessly in all use cases even if your system does meet the minimum recommended system requirements.


44. Zone

by Audiaire

Zone

Parameter Sequencer Synthesiser

At the heart of Zone is a powerful parameter sequencer that allows virtually every control to be assigned to and modified by its own independent sequencer lane, with unlimited lanes, each running at their own unique rate and number of steps.

Zone can be played in three distinct modes:

As a feature-rich synth with a host of filters, 151 wavetable oscillators with user import, 22 insert FX, powerful mod matrix and much more. With a 32 step note sequencer – allowing pitch, velocity, gate, probability and +/- swing at a variety of rates. Or with infinite note and parameter sequencer lanes, with complex tools and presets for modifying lane behaviour. The sound generation possibilities are virtually limitless.

Features

Inventive Parameter Sequencer

  • Inventive Parameter Sequencer with unlimited lanes, each running at up to 27 different rates from 8/1 to 1/128th of host tempo. 100 global, unipolar and bipolar parameter sequencer lane presets.

150+ Waveforms with User Import

  • High-quality analogue modelled oscillators and unparalleled sound quality with ability to import single-cycle waveforms. 151 oscillator types sampled from over 50 uber-rare vintage synths with sub, noise and the ability to load/save unique single-cycle waveforms.

Extensive Insert FX and Filters

  • 23 insert FX types, including ring modulation, delay, stereo width enhancer, reverb, chorus, flanger, phaser, barber-pole phaser, compression, decimator and distortion. Multiple filter types (comb, notch, phaser, circuit-bent, ‘acid’) with up to 48db/octave roll-off.

Analogue Modelled Oscillator Modulation

  • Numerous oscillator modulation modes including exponential FM (as seen in Roland’s Jupiter 8), Ring Modulation, Amplitude Modulation, Distortion Modulation and more. Extensive modulation matrix with 8 slots and numerous sources.

Over 500 Presets

  • 590 presets expertly crafted by some of the world’s leading patch creators. Categorised by pads, arpeggios, leads, bass, drums, FX and synth.

Built with Sound Design in Mind

  • Chord, hold note and unison mode with up to 7 voice spread. Fully assignable macro controls for easy performance control. Clearly laid out, scalable GUI designed for ease-of-use with one-page editing. Create unique arpeggios and scales from sequence lane presets, shift steps and flip data in any direction.

New Features in Version 1.2.0

  • No external license management software
  • 70 new presets (totaling 590)!
  • Full NKS integration 
  • Easy custom wavetable import from within Zone’s GUI
  • Improved CPU performance of up to 20%
  • Waveforms are now assignable to lanes and macros
  • Ring modulation is now available as an Insert Effect
  • Dedicated reset option for Zone’s modulation matrix
  • Parameters can now be dragged to the modulation matrix
  • Several GUI improvements 

System Requirements

Mac

  • OSX 10.9+ (64-bit Only)
  • 2GB Ram (8GB Recommended)
  • VST3, AU or AAX compatible host software

Windows

  • Windows 7+
  • 2GB Ram (8GB Recommended)
  • VST3 or AAX compatible host software

45. Synplant

by Sonic Charge

Synplant

Grow

Synplant is a software synthesizer with a genetic approach to sound creation. Instead of creating patches the conventional way by turning dials and knobs, Synplant lets you explore a world of organic sounds by planting seeds that grow into synth patches.

Mutate

Once you are ready to get your hands dirty and dig deeper into the anatomy of Synplant you will have the option to crack open your sound seeds and modify their underlying genetic code.

Create

The purpose of this product is to move focus away from the sometimes intricate and difficult process of sound synthesis and instead let you develop sounds by simply using your ears. You will find that creating synth patches with Synplant will be as easy as listening and deciding what you like and then having the sounds evolve in the directions you desire.

Although Synplant is exceedingly easy to use, whatever you do, do not let its relative simplicity fool you. Beneath its straightforward and playful interface you will find a versatile synthesizer of the utmost quality with lots of character.

System Requirements

Windows

  • Microsoft Windows XP or later
  • A host application that supports VST 2.4 plug-ins

Mac

  • Intel-based Mac
  • Mac OS X 10.9 or later
  • A host application that supports VST 2.4 or Audio Unit 2 plug-ins

46. Hive 2

by u-he

Hive 2

Hive 2: Sleek, Streamlined, Supercharged

Please note: If you are an existing Hive 1 owner and purchased the software after January 20th 2019, you should automatically have been sent a Hive 2 licence to your u-he registered email.

With its effortless workflow and low CPU usage, you can create stunning patches in next to no time at all. Hive is quick and uncomplicated, without sacrificing flexibility or audio quality. Now packed with more controls than ever, version 2 opens up new dimensions of expression… and sheer fun!


Hive 2 in the Spotlight…

Features

  • Low CPU usage, 3 different synth engines
  • 2 oscillators with wavetable option, 16x unison and tunable sub-oscillators
  • Drag & drop modulation assignment
  • 12×2 modulation matrix slots with modifiers for curvature, rectification, quantization, sample & hold, slew rate
  • 4 user-definable XY control pads
  • Arpeggiator, step sequencer with realtime recording
  • Unique 8-step shape sequencer with 4 independent outputs
  • 2 function generators can serve as extra envelopes, gate generators, LFOs, slew limiters
  • 7 rearrangeable effects: distortion, chorus, delay, phaser, EQ, reverb, compressor
  • Panel presets for each oscillator, filter, matrix slot, etc., with copy, load and save options
  • Solo buttons allow auditioning individual oscillator or filter signals
  • Scope to view the audio output or any modulation signal, with freeze option and zoom controls
  • Microtuning support (.tun files)
  • 2000+ NKS-ready factory presets by some of our favourite sound designers
  • Resizable UI from 70% to 200%

System Requirements

Operating Systems:

  • Mac OS X 10.7 or newer
  • Windows 7 or newer
  • Linux

Required Specifications:

  • 1GB RAM, more recommended
  • 50MB free disk space
  • 1000 × 600 or larger display
  • Modern CPU (Sandy Bridge or newer recommended)
  • Host software

Formats:

  • Hive 2 is not a standalone product, it requires host software. Hive 2 is compatible with nearly all DAWs.
  • Available as Audio Units (AU), VST2, VST3, AAX (Pro Tools 10.3.7 or later) NKS, plug-ins with 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

47. Strum GS-2

by Applied Acoustics Systems

Strum GS-2

Your New Session Guitarist

Strum GS-2 is a plug-in for the production of guitar tracks. With a huge collection of acoustic and electric guitars, automatic chord recognition, sophisticated chord voicing, integrated strumming and picking action, MIDI riff library, amp and effects, playing the guitar on a keyboard has never been so easy.

What’s New? 

  • NEW Acoustic and electric – The acoustic and electric guitars are now included in a single plug-in.
  • NEW Guitar library – A completely reviewed factory library with a huge collection of production-ready acoustic and electric guitars.
  • NEW MIDI loop library – An extensive set of strumming patterns in MIDI loop packs covering different techniques and musical styles.
  • NEW Modeling – A completely revised string module, finer pick/finger interaction, integrated coupling at the bridge, and precise body response for a super rich and natural tone
  • NEW Keyboard mode – The new Keyboard mode lets you play lead lines and your own voicings.
  • NEW Loop mode – The new Loop mode gives you direct access to elaborate rhythm figures – which you can pick from a large collection of MIDI loops covering many musical styles – to supplement your chord progressions.
  • NEW Strumming engine – Completely revised strumming engine for expressive and natural strumming.
  • NEW Compressor and equalizer – These new additions are perfect to add punch and definition to your sound, letting you cut through any dense mix or stage.
  • NEW Limiter – The new output limiter protects your ears and monitors during experimentation with the synth’s parameters while providing a maximum of distortion-free dynamics.
  • NEW Streamlined interface – Redesigned from the ground up, the new interface now divides Strum GS-2 into three panels: Play presents shortcuts to the performance and effect parameters including bypass switches for quick edits; Edit lets you tweak and create your sound; while FX supplies equalizer, compressor, multi-effect, and reverb processors for a final sheen.
  • NEW Bank and program manager – Strum GS-2’s new manager allows for simple and efficient organization, backup, and sharing of your sounds.
  • NEW Native 64-­bit AU, VST, and AAX plug­-ins – Strum GS-2 now runs in native 64-bit on Mac OS X and Windows making it compatible with the latest sequencers.
  • UPDATED Overhauled effects – Reinvigorated and polished, Strum GS-2’s multi-effect processor features our best sounding chorus, delay, phaser, flanger, distortion, notch filter, wah-wah, auto-wah, and reverb to date!

Acoustic + Electric

The convenience of having all your guitars at the flick of a switch.

Pick a Guitar from Your Collection 

With more than 200 different acoustic and electric guitars—nylon, steel, single coil and humbucker fitted pickups, clean, crunchy, distorted—, a 2-channel amplifier, spring reverb, speaker cabinet, and effects as well as 102 MIDI riffs covering many musical styles, Strum GS-2 packs everything you need to create guitar parts for your productions.

  • Acoustic – 63 Presets
  • Acoustic Experimental – 40 Presets
  • Electric Clean – 80 Presets
  • Electric Crunch – 34 Presets
  • Electric Distortion – 25 Presets
  • Electric DI – 11 Presets
  • Acoustic MIDI Loop Packs – 406 Loops in 58 Packs
  • Electric MIDI Loop Packs – 301 Loops in 43 Packs

Playing Guitar on a Keyboard has Never Been Easier

Creating a realistic guitar track from samples is a tough job. Guitar players voice chords differently, strumming is not easily reproduced on a keyboard, and guitar players use all sort of techniques such as palm muting, scratching and sliding simply not available on a keyboard. Strum GS-2 now does all of this for you!

  • Strum with MIDI Loops – Use the vast collection of recorded strumming patterns over the chords you play and find inspiration for your track. Drag and drop the loop to your host sequencer and make it perfect for your song.
  • The Right Voicings for the Chords You Know – Strum GS-2 chord library contains basic and extended chords available in open, movable, or drop voicings. Play the chords you know and Strum voices them automatically as a guitarist would.
  • Strum on Your Keyboard – Trigger down and upstrokes, scratches and mutes, or create picking patterns using the arpeggio keys.
  • Articulation and Expression – Slide and bend with the pitch wheel or aftertouch. Add vibrato with the modulation wheel. Natural hammer-ons and pull-offs when playing leads.

Guitar Craftmanship 

Have you ever had the chance to create your own guitar? Strum GS-2 allows you to do just that by controlling every aspect in the making of your instrument.

  • Picks and Fingers – Hand picking or playing a heavy riff? Use a pick that is rounded or sharp, stiff or soft. Dig into the strings or use a light touch, play near the bridge or towards the neck for an evolving tone.
  • String by String – Select material and natural decay for each string. Precise control of coupling and interactions at the bridge breath life into your tone with beating and organic envelopes.
  • Pickups – Whether they are single coils or humbuckers, pickups are a fundamental part of the electric guitar sound. They shape the whole instrument’s response and their multiple configurations give tremendous tone flexibility.
  • Body Shopping – The soundboard of a guitar radiates vibrations from the strings. Choose a body size to colour the sound with specific resonances and find the right character.
  • Mutes and Scratches – As on a real guitar, strings interact with the player’s hands and frets. Fine tune your rhythm parts and riffs with palm muting, scratches, and hammer-ons.

Bare Naked – All Suited Up

You’ll love the pure raw sound of Strum GS-2, but the built-in effects will bring it to so many places that you’ll enjoy having them on hand. And you have a chock-full of them to choose from: compressor, equalizer, delay, distortion, phaser, chorus, flanger, wah-wah and notch filters, and reverb.

The community has good things to say about Strum…

Jan Peter Eerenberg (Interface) – “Top techniques”

  • AAS has succeeded in making a good acoustic guitar simulation. The diversity of the various attack techniques is simply top. And with the soon to be release electric version, this is quite exciting.’ 

Mario Schumacher (Beat) – “Extremely Expressive – 5/6”

  • “Strum presents itself as an extremely expressive and playable instrument.”
  • “Our test revealed very favourably the full sound and dynamic response of Strum.”
  • “What’s extremely impressive is the multitude of chords the program recognize.”

Nick Magnus (Sound On Sound) – “Remarkably Realistic”

  • “The modelled sound is remarkably realistic, and with care and practice fairly convincing strummed and arpeggiated rhythm parts can be achieved, as well as expressive solo lines.”
  • “Strum is entertaining and great fun to use, and a valid alternative to sample-based guitar emulations.”

Marty Cutler (Electronic Musician) – “Utterly Convincing – 4/5”

  • “Strum’s models are as good as it gets, and its accurate articulation and sophisticated chord voicing make it an utterly convincing chord-melody instrument, an excellent solo voice, and an agile accompanist. I recommend it highly.”

Neat Features:

  • Standalone operation for quick jams and experimentations.
  • Real-time control over any parameters via your MIDI controller knobs, faders, and switches.
  • MIDI clock, tap, and host tempo synchronization for effects and modulations.
  • Relaxed editing with unlimited undo/redo capability.

The Benefits of Physical Modeling

  • Sound manipulation at the source core.
  • Presets load in a flash.
  • Super smooth dynamics – no velocity layers!
  • Small memory footprint – less than 256 MB of RAM per instance.
  • Installs in less than a minute – less than 34 MB on disk.

Plugin Formats:

  • VST
  • AU
  • RTAS
  • AAX Native
  • NKS
  • Standalone

Note: Strum GS-2 is compatible with nearly all DAWs.

System Requirements

WINDOWS · MAC OS X · 32-/64-BIT & VST · AU · RTAS · AAX NATIVE · STANDALONE 

AAS products are compatible with nearly all DAWs…

  • Ableton Live
  • Apple GarageBand
  • Apple Logic Pro
  • Apple Mainstage
  • Avid Pro Tools
  • Bitwig Studio
  • Bandlab Cakewalk
  • Cockos Reaper
  • Image-Line FL Studio
  • MOTU Digital Performer
  • Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol
  • Native Instruments Maschine
  • Presonus Studio One
  • Propellerhead Reason
  • Steinberg Cubase

Mac Minimum System Requirements*

  • Mac OS X 10.7 or later
  • Intel Core processor or later
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 70 MB of free hard drive space

PC Minimum System Requirements*

  • Windows 7 32‑/64‑bit or later
  • Intel Core or equivalent processor
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 70 MB of free hard drive space

*The minimum system requirements mentioned above are for standalone usage. For plug-in usage, please refer to your DAW software requirements (Sonar, Pro Tools, Cubase, Live, Digital Performer, Logic Pro, etc.).


48. SynthMaster Everything Bundle

by KV331 Audio

SynthMaster Everything Bundle

Upgrade Note: SynthMaster ‘Everything Bundle’ also includes a free upgrade to SynthMaster v3.0, which is expected to be released in 2019.

SynthMaster ‘Everything Bundle’ includes SynthMaster 2.9, SynthMaster One and all current preset expansion banks released by KV331 Audio. There are currently 31 preset banks by 9 authors which contain 1800 presets for various genres. The total number of presets in the entire bundle is currently 4500, but it’s growing day by day!

SynthMaster is an ‘all-around’ semi-modular software synthesizer and effect plug-in that features many different synthesis methods including VA, Additive, Wavetable, Wavescanning, Phase Modulation, Frequency Modulation, Pulse Width Modulation, Ring Modulation, Amplitude Modulation, Physical Modeling and SFZ Sample Playback synthesis. With its multi-synthesis oscillators, analog modelled/digital filters, flexible effects routing with 11 types of high-quality effects and a massive modulation architecture with 95 separate modulation sources and 650+ modulation targets; SynthMaster is a ‘must-have’ for all synthesizer enthusiasts! 

Features

  • Cross-platform VST, AU and AAX: SynthMaster runs as a VST and AAX instrument on both Windows and Mac OSX, and as an Audio Unit instrument on Mac OSX.
  • 1250 Factory Presets: SynthMaster comes with 1250 factory presets from a world-class team of sound designers: Arksun, BigTone, Michael Kastrup, Rob Lee, Umit ‘Insigna’ Uy, Ufuk Kevser, Aiyn Zahev, Frank ‘Xenox’ Neumann, Teoman Pasinlioglu, Nori Ubukata, Gercek Dorman, Vorpal Sound and Brian ‘Xenos’ Lee.
  • Semi-Modular Architecture: For each SynthMaster instance, there are 2 layers followed by 2 global effect send busses. Each layer has its own: Arpeggiator, 2 Oscillators, 4 Modulators, 2 Filters, 4 ADSR Envelopes, 2 Multistage Envelopes, 2 2D Envelopes, 2 LFOs and 4 Keyscalers. The modulators can modulate the frequency, phase, amplitude or pulse width of the oscillators or any other modulators at audio rate.
  • Massive Modulation Architecture: SynthMaster has more than 650 modulation targets and 95 modulation sources including ADSR Envelopes, 2D Envelopes, Multistage Envelopes, LFOs, KeyScalers, Easy Parameters, Vocoder Bands, MIDI Velocity, Aftertouch, Pitch Bend and MIDI CC. Each modulation target can have up to 3 modulation sources. The modulation matrix, which has 64 available slots, has visual filtering as well so that targets for a specific source or sources for a specific target can be filtered and shown on the user interface.
  • Easy Parameters: SynthMaster features 8 easy knobs and 2 XY pads that can be freely assigned as modulation sources so that the complexity of the synth engine could be hidden away and only most important parameters of a preset can be controlled by the user. The easy parameters can be globally linked to MIDI controllers, and they can be assigned automatically by SynthMaster as well.
  • Powerful Arpeggiator: The arpeggiator in SynthMaster features classic arpeggiator modes such as Up, Down, UpDown, DownUp, UpDown2, DownUp2, AsPlayed as well as Sequence, Chord and Arpeggiate modes. Each of the 32 steps of the arpeggiator has its own Velocity, Note Number, Note Length, Slide and Hold parameters.
  • Basic Oscillators: ‘Basic’ oscillators in SynthMaster are capable of synthesizing many different types of waveforms: Sine, Square, Triangle, Sawtooth, Pulse, Noise, Wavetable and multi-sampled WAV/AIFFs defined in SFZ files.
  • Additive Oscillators: An ‘Additive’ oscillator is actually 8 ‘basic’ oscillators running together. Each ‘basic’ oscillator has its own detune, tone, phase/pulse width, frequency and waveform type.
  • Vector Oscillators: A ‘Vector’ oscillator consists of 4 ‘basic’ oscillators, mixed at different ratios. The mix ratios are determined by 2 orthogonal parameters in 2 dimensions: ‘X Index’ and ‘Y index’.
  • Wavescanning Oscillators: A ‘Wavescanning’ oscillator is similar to basic oscillator, except that the waveform can be scanned (interpolated) through 16 different waveforms shapes. The position of the waveform can be adjusted using the ‘wave index’ parameter.
  • Stereo Oscillators with Improved Unison: Oscillators in SynthMaster have stereo output. With the new “voices”, “pan spread” and “detune spread” parameters, each basic/wave-scanning oscillator can have its own unison settings which eliminate the need to enable unison for all voice elements.
  • Analog Filters: The ‘analogue’ filters are modelled after the famous ladder filter, so they self oscillate when the filter resonance is maxed out. They have a continuously variable slope, which is unique to SynthMaster.
  • Digital Filters: The ‘digital’ filters are biquad filters with a hard limiter in their output. The limiter features an envelope follower with attack, release and threshold parameters.
  • Multimode Filters: With the new ‘multimode’ filter type, it is possible to switch from Lowpass to Bandpass to Highpass filter types continuously. For analogue multimode filters, it is also possible to change the slope of the filter continuously from 0 dB/oct to 24 dB/oct.
  • Dual Filters: With the new ‘dual’ filter type, two multimode filters can be run simultaneously, either in parallel or in series. The mix ratios between the filters and the topology (parallel/series) between them can be changed continuously, as well as the modes and cutoff frequencies of the filters.
  • Comb Filters: Comb filters are digital filters used in physical modelling synthesis.
  • Before/Inside/After Filter Distortion: A distortion stage can be inserted before, after, or even inside the filters. For analogue filters, the distortion is applied for each of the 4 filter stages in ‘inside’ mode.
  • Rich Set of Effects: SynthMaster features 11 different effect types: Distortion, LoFi, Ensemble, Phaser, 6 Band EQ, Compressor, Vocoder, Delay, Chorus, Tremolo, Reverb.
  • Flexible Effects Routing: Each of the 11 effect types can be inserted on any layer insert or on any of the 2 global effect bus inserts.
  • Microtuning: SynthMaster supports Scala tuning, so tuning can be set either for each preset or globally by loading from a Scala tuning file.
  • Preset Browser: SynthMaster features a comprehensive preset browser with separate search criteria for instrument type, preset attributes, music style or preset author.
  • Online Preset Browser: Registered users can upload their presets to the online preset library, or browse and download presets created by other registered users; using the preset browser right inside the plug-in window.
  • Multiple Skins: SynthMaster comes with 3 different skins in different colour variations. Using the included user interface editor, users can not only customize the existing skins but also can create their own custom interfaces as well.
  • Importing MIDI patterns as Arpeggiator Sequence: Monophonic or even polyphonic (chord) MIDI patterns can be imported into the arpeggiators in SynthMaster by just drag and drop of the MIDI file onto the arpeggiator view on the plugin window.
  • Importing WAV/AIFF Multisamples as SFZ definitions: Multisamples in WAV/AIFF formats could be imported into SynthMaster as SFZ definitions, by simply drag and drop of the WAV/AIFF files onto the oscillator waveform view on the plugin window.

The Synthmaster Everything Bundle now includes Synthmaster One

SynthMaster One is an easy to use wavetable synthesizer with an intuitive workflow.  Although it shares the same engine with its bigger brother SynthMaster, it comes with new features like wavetable synthesis. With its simple layout, rich wavetable/waveform content and inspiring factory presets library, designing new sounds with SynthMaster One is a real joy. Watch our videos, listen to the audio demos and you’ll see how easy it is to design sounds with this synth.

Features

  • Cross-platform VST and AU: SynthMaster One runs as a VST instrument on both Windows and Mac OSX, and also as an Audio Unit instrument on Mac OSX. On Windows, it runs as a standalone application as well
  • 500 Factory Presets: SynthMaster One comes with 500 inspiring factory presets from a world-class team of sound designers: Arksun, Aiyn Zahev, Bulent Biyikoglu, Gercek Dorman, Nori Ubukata, Rob Lee, Ufuk Kevser, Vorpal Sound and Xenos Soundworks
  • Semi-Modular Architecture: For each SynthMaster One instance, there are 2 oscillators with 2 sub oscillators, 2 Filters,  4 ADSR Envelopes, 2 LFOs, a powerful 16 step arpeggiator/sequencer and also 11 different effects that can be inserted on to 6 FX insert slots. The sub oscillators can be connected to the oscillators in 5 different modes which let you use it as a regular sub oscillator or do complex modulations such as ring modulation, amplitude modulation, phase modulation or frequency modulation
  • 16 Step Arpeggiator/Sequencer: The arpeggiator in SynthMaster One features classic arpeggiator modes such as Up, Down, UpDown, DownUp, UpDown2, DownUp2, AsPlayed as well as Sequence, Chord and Arpeggiate modes. Each of the 16 steps of the arpeggiator has its own Velocity, Note Number, Note Length, Slide and Hold parameters
  • Wavetable Synthesis: SynthMaster One implements true wavetable synthesis which opens up new possibilities for sound design. Unlike SynthMaster where you can sequence up to 16 waveforms to create a wavetable, you can import wave files that contain wavetables into SynthMaster One and use them in your projects. SynthMaster One comes with a rich wavetable library and you can extend that by placing wavetables under the Waveforms folder of SynthMaster One
  • Stereo Oscillators with up to 16 voices Unison: Each of the 2 oscillators in SynthMaster One have stereo output, and can have up to 16 voices “unison”. Using the “voices”, “voices mix”, “detune curve”, “detune spread”, “pan spread”, “tone spread” and “phase spread” parameters, each oscillator can generate a rich “supersaw” type sound
  • Zero Delay Feedback Filters: All of the 4 filter categories in SynthMaster One are developed using the zero delay feedback filter technology. With advanced filter parameters like input gain, drive and acid, you can get that “analogue” sound from the filters!
  • Rich Set of Effects: SynthMaster One features 11 different effect types: Distortion, LoFi, Ensemble, Phaser, 6 Band EQ, Compressor, Vocoder, Delay, Chorus, Tremolo, Reverb
  • Microtuning: SynthMaster One supports Scala tuning, so tuning can be set either for each preset or globally by loading from a Scala tuning file
  • Preset Browser: SynthMaster One features a comprehensive preset browser with separate search criteria for instrument type, preset attributes, music style or preset author
  • Importing MIDI patterns as Arpeggiator Sequence: Monophonic or even polyphonic (chord) MIDI patterns can be imported into the arpeggiators in SynthMaster One by just drag and drop of the MIDI file onto the arpeggiator view on the plugin window

System Requirements

SynthMaster is available in the following formats:

VST Instrument & Effect:

  • Windows 7 and above
  • MacOSX 10.6 and above
  • 2 GB RAM, 2 GHz CPU
  • VST Host supporting VST 2.4 plugins

AU Instrument & Effect:

  • MacOSX 10.6 and above
  • 2 GB RAM, 2 GHz CPU
  • AU Host application

AAX Instrument:

  • Windows 7 and above
  • MacOSX 10.6 and above
  • 2 GB RAM, 2 GHz CPU
  • ProTools 10.3.6 and above
  • ProTools 11 and above

49. Blue II

by Rob Papen

Blue II

For a limited time, receive PRISMA (instrument layering plugin) and RP-AMOD (multi-effect) plugins FREE!

First released in 2005 BLUE already reflected Rob Papen’s cutting-edge, creative, and — most importantly — musical approach towards developing virtual instruments by first delivering FM and subtractive synthesis, then duly adding Phase Distortion and wave shaping synthesis into the highly creative mix to create one seriously creative combination. Rob Papen himself called it ‘Cross-fusion synthesis’ since it covered so much musical ground so effectively.

Today BLUE-II remains true to that ethos with even more sound dimensions and features to its extended name, starting with six oscillators beating at its musically creative heart. These can be connected in various ways, together with two analogue-style modelled stereo filters with 27 different filter types, an enormous range of processing and modulation options, sequencer, and an incredibly powerful arpeggiator. A new range of specially selected waveforms based on samples have been meticulously fashioned for creating new and fresh-sounding synth sounds, so don’t go expecting acoustic pianos galore here. However, since choirs and strings are an excellent basis for so many synth sounds BLUE-II has them in abundance — with much more besides!

Moreover, BLUE-II takes the useful XY pad features from its popular virtual instrument sibling Blade — a cutting-edge additive synthesis powerhouse with a human touch — and transplants them into its own equally extraordinary workflow… perfect for time-based sound movements and vector pad-type sounds. Complemented by four top-quality FX processors, each offering 35 FX types, BLUE-II is a phenomenally powerful virtual instrument to behold.

But BLUE-II is also easy to use, thanks to its user-friendly user interface and an innovative Easy Edit page for speedy sound changes, while the Bank Manager allows whistle-stop navigation through thousands of inspirational Rob Papen presets and artist sound banks covering a wide range of musical styles.

BLUE-II represents an amazing journey into ‘Cross-fusion synthesis’ and, quite simply, sounds stunning!

Now NKS Compatible!

System Requirements

PC

  • Windows 7/ Windows 8/ Windows 10 (32 & 64 bits)

Formats:

  • VST
  • AAX (Note: PC AAX for PT 12 or higher)
  • Compatible with NI NKS system

Mac

  • OS-X 10.9 – 10.15 (64 bits only)

Formats:

  • AU
  • VST
  • AAX
  • Compatible with NI NKS system

Notes:

  • Serial/licence system with activation whilst registering the product
  • 2nd serial for a secondary computer/laptop is available after you have registered the product’s original serial/license.

50. Predator 2

by Rob Papen

Predator 2

Rob Papen Predator 1 users can take advantage of an Upgrade offer. 

Predator 2 is the successor of a legendary synthesizer that has inspired many artists/composers and appears on countless music tracks! As before it combines inspiring presets and cutting edge features to make this your ‘go-to’ synth for contemporary music production.

The user interface has again been designed so that almost all main controls are visible on screen, making it fun and incredibly easy-to-use.  

With Predator 2 and all its many cool features,  we have also included an ‘Easy Page’ for the users that don’t like too many controls. The ‘Easy Page’ offers you the most important parameters if you want to change a sound quickly or just want to use the handy ‘preset variation’ function, which is an intelligent randomizer.

Predator 2 is packed with new powerful features such as: ‘Waveform morphing’, ‘Waveform drawing’, “WaveSet playmode’, XY pad, new EQ, and new voice level distortion…. and so much more!

Inspirational presets, Predator 2 is a unique synthesizer concept which combines ‘User Friendliness’ and ‘Packed Features’ in one amazing product.

Features

  • Each oscillator is now dual, using two different waves (including the 8 user waves), with a variety of different waves of mixing / morphing between them
  • Each preset can hold up to 8 user waves, which can be combined into wave-sets, which can be traversed in different ways.
  • Each user wave is editable, using up to 256 partials, and with advanced commands to edit & shape these wavetables. Included with Predator 2 are many wave-tables and wave-sets.
  • Each filter & oscillator is now fully stereo
  • Much expanded second filter, with full controls & envelopes, plus a 3rd high pass filter
  • Improved unison mode, so that you can now have up-to 6 unison sub-voices for each full voice, allowing unison to work in all play modes
  • XY screen, with recordable paths, which can be used to modulate all the controls
  • Dual Arp ( A & B) , with join mode allowing you to have up 32 step Arp. Plus new Sequencer Arp mode
  • Increased envelopes & LFOs (up from 2 to 4)
  • Increased number of modulation steps (from 8 to 20), with advanced modulation mode allowing you to step limits & upper / lower amounts
  • Improved chord editing
  • Dual 3 band EQ with low / high pass filter which can be used pre / post of the effects.
  • Each section can have it’s own presets, and commands such as clearing / copying / pasting
  • Easy mode 
  • Big Screen mode
  • Much improved preset management, with find mode & tagging
  • Over 6000 presets

New 1.0.3 Update Features

  • Option for big ‘User Waves’ screen
  • Sample Analyze option, to create waveforms
  • New parallel mode for the filters, selectable in Osc-3

New Presets Included:

  • 002 EDM & Dance 01
  • 003 Synth 01
  • 005 Trance & PsyTrance 01
  • 008 Ambient 01
  • 030 JoMal 02 and JoMal 03

NI NKS Users:

  • New bug fix with the X/Y position in ‘Live mode’ not being saved within a song or preset, as well as other fixes

Now NKS Compatible!

System Requirements

PC

  • Windows 7/ Windows 8/ Windows 10 (32 & 64 bits)
  • Minimal computer display resolution requirement: 1440 x 900 pixels

Formats:

  • VST
  • AAX (Note: PC AAX for PT 12 or higher)
  • Compatible with NI NKS system

Mac

  • OS-X 10.9 – 10.15 (64 bits only)
  • Minimal computer display resolution requirement: 1440 x 900 pixels

Formats:

  • AU
  • VST
  • AAX
  • Compatible with NI NKS system

Notes:

  • Serial/licence system with activation whilst registering the product
  • 2nd serial for a secondary computer/laptop is available after you have registered the product’s original serial/license.

51. Parallels

by Softube

Parallels

Dual-source dream-synth.

In Stockholm, Sweden, there’s a synth emporium like no other – a store with such vibrancy, such range, such colour, that you’d need a dozen eyes and ears to take it all in. And the guy who runs it is no ordinary guy. He’s special, in all the best ways. His imagination fizzes and crackles with delight at the sounds of a million billion sparkling circuit boards.

Out of this hotbed, this toy-box, this fantasy-factory, Parallels was born; an instrument with not one but two sound sources, each running painstakingly recorded and exquisitely calibrated multi-waveforms from every dream-machine must-have synth you could ever want, and sculpting the resulting sounds with the highest-quality Softube filters, modulators, and effects. If you’re looking for inspiration and sheer sound-quality in your music, this is your golden ticket.

There are many possible approaches to take in creating a brand new instrument. Parallels focuses on two main things. First, it should always sound fantastic, with a minimum of fuss. And second, it should inspire the artist with elegant workflow, superb layout and visual feedback, and a sense of endless possibility.

A huge part of the first point is taken care of by the source material. Almost a hundred high-quality pre-recorded multi-waveforms live at the heart of Parallels. These come from classic synths, digital and analog, hard-wired and modular, FM and phys mod, and from environmental and combined sources too. Even some super-rare and unreleased pieces are represented.

Each waveform has a progression of some kind in its 15-second duration – a filter sweep, or a pitch diffusion for example – and playback can start from any point of the artist’s choosing, providing almost infinite sounds-per-sound, even at the source. The playback method can be described as wavescanning, with pre-calibrated loop lengths per source for the best possible sonic outcome. The artist can choose how far the playhead will move through the source scene, and at what rate, before returning to its start point and settling into its sustain loop. All this with up to fourteen voices at once.

Even just one of these source sections would be an intriguing instrument on its own. Parallels has two; independent and blendable in parallel; and much more besides.

Each source can pass through its own shaper section, for example, with a choice of three analogue-modelled filter types; a state-variable filter (low, high, or band-pass), a vactrol-style low pass gate, or a triad of resonant peaks.

And what about the four ‘mod pods’ on the left! Each one can be filled by one of five modulator types (LFO, random, Euclidian sequencer, step sequencer, or envelope) and can modulate almost any parameter in the instrument, even pairing up to co-modulate single parameters in a blend amount selected by the artist. Apart from being utterly beautiful, the five modulation source options are versatile and intuitive, bringing all sorts of possibilities to the rest of the instrument.

Perhaps best of all; the effects. Softube’s track record for rich, living effects in software is well-established. Many synthesizer effects are an afterthought. Ours have been our very essence for more than a decade. Parallels features five three-knob effects in sequence; individually adjustable, modulatable, and bypassable. A hot and hairy distortion precedes a chewy, tasty chorus. Then a flanger with stereo spread built into its feedback control. Finally delay, and a succulent purpose-built algorithmic reverb to kiss the output signal goodbye.

Parallels is a software instrument like no other; a beautiful, intuitive, single-page interface concealing a wealth of treasures within. Created by dreamers, controlled by you.

Features

  • A plug-in soft-synth with dual wavescanning source sections
  • Almost a hundred high-quality pre-recorded multi-waveforms
  • Sonic progression within each waveform means near-infinite source-material
  • Two parallel sources means blended sounds, opening up exponentially more possibilities
  • Up to fourteen voices (seven per source when both sources are active)
  • Hundreds of expertly-created presets from world-leading synth artists, engineers, and sound designers, including Brian Transeau a.k.a. BT, Richard Devine, Inhalt, and more.
  • Three analogue-modelled filter types (state-variable, vactrol LPG, and resonant peaks)
  • Five sophisticated types of modulation source; LFO, random, Euclidian sequencer, step sequencer, and envelope
  • Five top-quality effects options; distortion, chorus, flanger, delay, and reverb
  • Inspirational, creative, and beautiful
  • Crucially, it always sounds amazing

System Requirements

  • Mac OS X 10.12 or newer (older OS versions may work but are not tested (64-bit only).
  • Windows 64-bit, versions 7, 8 or 10 (64-bit only).
  • Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 X2 or newer.
  • Screen resolution 1280×800 or larger.
  • Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz, in both mono and stereo.
  • 8 GB RAM or more is recommended, as well as at least 8 GB hard disk space for installation (individual plug-ins take less space, while sample libraries may require additional disk space).
  • A Softube account is required to register and install the software.
  • An iLok account is required for authorisation of the software.
  • Internet access for downloading installer and managing licenses.
  • iLok generation 2 and up, if you intend to use a physical iLok dongle for authorizing your plug-ins (note that an iLok dongle is not a requirement).
  • In theory, any 64-bit VST, VST3, AU, or AAX (11.0.2 or higher) compatible host application should work.
  • The most recent maintenance release of the DAW application is recommended.

However, due to plug-in host differences between DAWs – and our own rigorous testing standards – we only officially test our plug-ins and instruments in the most recent versions of Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, Live, Studio One, Digital Performer, Reaper and Sonar. Softube plugins are not tested in the non-listed systems, but they most likely work as long as the system requirements are met. We cannot guarantee a solution for issues in unsupported systems.

Important note: make sure that you always use the latest iLok License Manager. It is not included in the Softube installer but can be downloaded from www.ilok.com​


52. Analog Lab

by Arturia

Analog Lab

Keyboard Anthology

Your go-to choice for inspiration, creativity, and performance. Over 6500 amazing presets, from over 30 classic keyboards, intuitive controls, and seamless integration.

Looking for that perfect keyboard sound? Look no further.

Analog Lab gives you streamlined access to thousands of the hottest preset synth and keyboard sounds from our award-winning V Collection. Whether you’re a music producer, a live performer, a sound designer, or just a fan or vintage synths and keyboards, Analog Lab will blow you away. Immediate access to dozens of faithfully modelled instruments, combining awe-inspiring sound with exceptional ease of use and awesome features.

Discover inspiration at every step on your musical journey.

What’s new in Analog Lab 4

In the latest edition, Analog Lab has been given some fantastic upgrades and refinements to make it even more powerful and easy to use.

  • Live mode “Concert” panel to prepare your set and sounds
  • Stage view for peace of mind when playing live
  • 10 integrated effects to colour your sounds
  • Search anything: tags, instruments, sound designers, styles
  • Find similar presets with machine learning algorithms
  • Amazing support for Arturia and generic MIDI controllers
  • Discover new presets in the Sound Store

It sounds incredible

First and foremost, the sounds in Analog Lab will absolutely blow you away.

If you like cutting-edge chart sounds, it has them. If you’re into quirky, niche patches, it has them. If you’re after classic sounds from yesterday’s hits, it has them. Analog Lab puts of all our modelling expertise to work in one deceptively simple instrument, so no matter what type of synth or keyboard sound you love, Analog Lab has exactly what you need.

Fall in love with music again.

It’s Easy to use

Analog Lab doesn’t blind you with knobs, faders, patch cables and drop-down menus. It’s geared up to inspire, not confuse.

Analog Lab is a marvel of software design, combining every synth and keyboard audio engine from the instruments of V Collection in one place. You wouldn’t know it by just looking, though. We’ve kept things simple and intuitive. Key parameters are mapped to a simple selection of controls; browsing sounds makes sense; there’s no guesswork. We analyzed the way people actually use software instruments and created Analog Lab to inspire your creativity, not get in its way.

Simple, effective, intuitive, and ready to help you make music.

It’s Fun

Analog Lab isn’t a static instrument, it helps you explore your creativity, and can be personalized to bring out the best in you.

You might think that trying to find the right sound from thousands of options might be an impossible task, but the preset explorer is your gateway to discovery. Every preset has been tagged and categorized, with descriptions, cool titles. This means you can search for any term, or select the exact phrases you want. You can even use AI to find similar sounds to your current preset.

It’s Creative

Analog Lab is both fun for beginners, but also has huge depth for professionals to explore.

Combine sounds you love into a dynamic “Multi” patch; mix levels and add studio quality effects; set split points to play multiple sounds at once. If you own V Collection, you can also open up presets in their dedicated instrument to get full access to all the controls and parameters. Or, you can just play. That’s the beauty of Analog Lab.

It helps you hit the stage

Featuring a Concert mode and Stage view, Analog Lab lets you organize your sets and sounds so you can use legendary synths and keyboards playing live.

This amazing software instrument also features perfect integration with Arturia controller keyboards and seamless compatibility with other brands too.

Features

  • The original hardware/software hybrid synthesizer
  • Updated with sounds from the V Collection
  • Over 6500 sounds from some of the best sound designers in the industry
  • Presets are carefully selected from our V Collection (ARP 2600 V, B-3 V, CS-80 V, CZ V, Farfisa V, Jup-8 V, Matrix-12 V, Mellotron V, Mini V, Modular V, Prophet V, Prophet VS, SEM V, Solina V, Stage-73 V, Synclavier V, Synthi V, Piano V, Vox Continental V, Wurli V, Buchla Easel V, Clavinet V, DX7 V and CMI V)
  • Updated browser to find your sound quickly: by Type (Bass, Pads, Leads…), by Characteristics (long, bright, dark…), etc.
  • Multi mode for creating your own layers, splits and adding effects
  • Automatic mapping of parameters for Arturia keyboards
  • Parameters can be mapped easily to other MIDI controllers
  • Standalone or plug-in operation (VST, VST3, AU, AAX)
  • Full preset editing available for owners of the full versions of our synthesizers (Mini V, Modular V, CS-80V, Wurlitzer V, etc.)
  • User interface configures automatically to match your Arturia controller

System Requirements

Windows

  • Win 7+ (64bit) PC: 4 GB RAM; 2.5 GHz CPU. 
  • 3GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Mac

  • 10.11+: 4 GB RAM; 2.5 GHz CPU. 
  • 3GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Required configuration

  • Works in Standalone, VST 2.4, VST 3, AAX, Audio Unit (64-bit DAWs only)

53. MPowerSynth

by MeldaProduction

MPowerSynth

MPowerSynth is an extremely versatile synthesizer featuring the best sounding oscillators on the market, the most advanced distorting filters and a unique modular effects engine. It also features our smart randomization system providing endless inspiration!

1500+ High Quality Presets and Randomiser

MPowerSynth comes with over 1500 community designed presets, post-processed to get the highest possible quality. Each preset features at least 4 macro controls, automatically assigned to standard MIDI controllers such as modulation wheel or expression pedal. This means unexhaustible set of leads, pads, basses, effects and much more… And if you run out of inspiration or simply want something really new, our ground-breaking smart randomization engine will let you create literally infinite number of sounds.

Sounds Better than Both Analog & Digital

Almost all digital synthesizers on the market produce severe aliasing. Some try to fight it by oversampling, some ignore it, and others simply add some noise and tell you that this simulates analog synthesizers. Analog synthesizers on the other hand suffer from limited versatility, distortion induced by the imperfection of the analog components, and, of course, noise. MPowerSynth oscillators provide crystal clear sound free of any aliasing, distortion and other imperfections. But of course, if you want to make it less perfect, MPowerSynth gives you plenty of opportunities to do so. Don’t take our word for it – get the trial and check it yourself! If you don’t hear it, just use an analyzer, MAnalyzer is free :).

More than 100 Ultra Versatile Filters

MPowerSynth features extremely versatile double-distorting filters, two of them for each voice and any number of them in the FX section. Each provides an advanced input distortion and output saturation, and the filter itself is powered by its own envelope or you can control it using the powerful modulators. And you can choose from more than 100 different filters – from classic low/high/band-pass and shelves, to formant, comb, diffuser, polymorph filters and much more.

The Ultimate Modular FX Section

MPowerSynth features almost all of the top-class effects MeldaProduction is known for, in an easy-to-use modular environment. If you just want a great sounding rotary or chorus, it is 2 clicks away. But you can have literally any number of effects you want, connect them however you want, add feedback etc. The smart randomizer can generate the whole FX structures! And if you jump in manually, it really lets you unleash your creativity! So what effects you have at your disposal? Over 35, consisting of modulation effects, filters, distortion, dynamics and much more. And of course lots of building blocks, such as a crossover, feedback, mixer etc.

Extremely Versatile Modulators

All our creative plugins feature probably the most versatile modulators on the market, and MPowerSynth is no exception. Whenever you wish to bring life to the sound, it is just a few clicks away. You can modulate literally anything using LFO, envelope and random generator. Things like MIDI reset, sync, custom LFO and envelope shapes are certainly available…

Polyphonic Arpeggiator

MPowerSynth’s polyphonic arpeggiator is so versatile, that you may consider it cheating! It can follow your chords up, down, randomly, play all of the notes, specific interval, or any combination. Then you have shuffle, note length, multi-octave etc. You can change velocity, octave, length and even probability for each step. And the best part is, as always, the smart randomizer, which lets you generate complete arpeggiator settings, or just some sequences…get inspired!

New Standard in Audio Synthesis

MPowerSynth just gives you more than you are used to – custom glide shape, custom velocity curve, harmony voices, automatic output volume setup, safety limiter, up to 16x oversampling and much more… Whether you are focused on audio quality, maximum creativity or ease-of-use, MPowerSynth provides more. MPowerSynth is a new class of synthesizers focused on the future.

Features

The Most Advanced User Interface on the Market – Stylable, Resizable, GPU Accelerated

  • Modern user interfaces must not only be easy and quick to use, but also versatile and the whole visual appearance should inspire you. MPowerSynth features the most advanced GUI engine on the market. It is still the first and only GUI engine, which is freely resizable and stylable. It also lets you choose between knobs, sliders or buttons, whichever you like the most.
  • The plugin can look as an ancient vintage gear, if you are working on old-school rock music. Or as super-modern futuristic device if you are working on modern electronic music.
  • If your display doesn’t have a high resolution, you can make the plugin smaller. If the fonts are too small, you can make the plugin bigger and save your eyes.
  • All the graphics is accelerated using your GPU, graphical interface, providing ultimately quick response and keep your CPU focused on the audio.

Unique Visualisation Engine with Classic Meters and Time Graphs

  • Your ears should always be the main judge, but a smart metering system can often be a huge help. MPowerSynth provides the most advanced metering system out there. The plugin can display the measurements of all relevant values using classic meters, or it can even show them in time using the time graphs. Everything is customisable as usual.

Modulators

  • MPowerSynth provides 8 fully-featured modulators which can control any set of parameters including other modulators. Each modulator works as an LFO, level follower, midi/audio triggered ADSR enveloper, randomiser or pitch detector, or even a combination and can listen to the plugin\’s side-chain.
  • You can make the sound move in time, be less static and more interesting. You can make various parameters depend on the input (or the sidechain) level or even listen to the input pitch.

Adjustable Oscillator Shape Technology

  • Every oscillator in MPowerSynth uses the most versatile oscillator algorithm on the market. It provides mix of predefined oscillator shapes, custom waveforms edited using our MeldaProduction Envelope System (MES), a step-sequencer and several methods for algorithmic post-processing.
  • It also provides a harmonic mode, which lets you control the harmonic content instead of oscillator shape. This is especially useful for high frequency oscillators.

Multiparameters

  • MPowerSynth lets you control multiple parameters using a single so-called multiparameter. This may not only come handy for automation for example, but the multiparameters are very smart units and you can use them to smartly morph between banks of settings for example. All in the name of creativity!System Requirements

Smart Randomisation

  • Being creative is sometimes complicated and one often needs an inspiration. By clicking a single button you can walk through the billions of possible settings and find the best one for you. The smart randomisation algorithm wisely selects good sounding combinations of parameters. It can even randomise modulators for you. And if that\’s too much, you can just hold ctrl and MPowerSynth will just slightly modify existing settings.

Automatic Gain Compensation (AGC)

  • Most plugins change loudness of the output audio, which makes browsing presets inconvenient, not mentioning randomisation. MPowerSynth includes automatic gain compensation, which quickly adapts to current settings and ensures the output sounds as loud as the input. This even protects you from thinking that something sounds better in cases it is just louder.

Safety Limiter

  • Some plugins can intensely increase gain when exposed to specific audio materials. MPowerSynth provides a safety brick wall limiter, which ensures the output stays below 0dB and prevents your equipment and your ears from potential danger automatically.

Sync Interpolation

  • MPowerSynth implements the most advanced interpolation technology to provide the best audio quality.

Adjustable Up-Sampling 1x-16x

  • Digital audio provides very superior audio quality compared to ancient analog gear, but there are problems too. The main problem is the aliasing, which may be noticeable when using nonlinear processes such as compression or saturation. MPowerSynth includes both minimum-phase and high-quality linear-phase upsampling algorithms, which avoids the aliasing.

Synchronisation to Host Tempo

  • Every oscillator and modulator in the plugin can automatically synchronise to the host. But it can be out-of-sync if you want of course.

MIDI Controllers with MIDI Learn

  • MPowerSynth contains a powerful MIDI processor, which listen to MIDI controllers and MIDI keyboard and control any parameters realtime.

64-bit Processing and an Unlimited Sampling Rate

  • MPowerSynth provides the maximum audio quality you can get. It uses 64-bit audio processing and can handle any sampling rate. It does not make much sense to go over 192kHz, but if you think it is a good idea, the plugin can do that.

Extremely Fast, Optimised for Newest AVX Capable Processors

  • Computers are now extremely fast, but the algorithms are more complex and projects bigger, so we still need to use the processing power with care. MPowerSynth uses the fastest algorithms, takes advantage of the newest processor capabilities, lets your GPU handle the graphics, and shares the resources with other MeldaProduction plugins. The plugin is among the fastest on the market, yet it provides the best possible audio quality.

Global Preset Management and Online Preset Exchange

  • MPowerSynth presets are carefully stored in a system database and you can quickly access them from any project in any host. The plugin can automatically share your presets and download presets of other users from our servers. We are building a community and you can be a part of it!

Supports VST, VST3, AU and AAX Interfaces on Windows & Mac, both 32-bit and 64-bit

  • MPowerSynth supports all major hosts on both platforms. Check system requirements for information about compatibility and installation.

No Dongle nor Internet Access is Required for Activation

  • How many times did you forget your USB dongle? We are an honest company and expect the same from our customers. Our software uses licence files to activate your software. And the licences are to-person, so you can use it on all your computers as long as you are the user.

Free-for-Life Updates

  • When you buy the software you are entitled to free updates, forever. No more money wasted on major upgrades like it is with other companies. And we upgrade our software a lot!

System Requirements

Windows

  • Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • VST / VST3 / AAX compatible host (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support

Always use 32-bit plugins in 32-bit hosts, or 64-bit plugins in 64-bit hosts!
 
64-bit plugins can’t work in 32-bit hosts even if the operating system is 64-bit. Do NOT use 32-bit plugins in 64-bit hosts. They would have to be bridged and can become slow and unstable.
 
Mac OS X

  • Mac OS X (10.7 and newer, 32-bit or 64-bit)
  • VST / VST3 / AU / AAX compatible host (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support

Note: Please check your product PDF documentation for more information and installation instructions.


54. Torsion

by Sinevibes

Torsion

Hybrid Synthesizer

Important note: This software is Mac compatible only (Audio Units) and will not function on PC computers.

Torsion is a monophonic Audio Unit instrument plugin built upon a unique combination of multiple synthesis technologies and modulation sources, wrapped into an intuitive interface which makes working with it as fun as playing a game. It has a very distinctive, original sound character – and is ready to push your musical creativity in a fresh new direction.

Reinvented Classics

At first glance, Torsion’s sound structure is similar to a traditional subtractive synthesiser – three oscillators going into a low-pass filter and into an amplifier – and it’s certainly as easy to use. But Torsion’s oscillators are completely different: they produce simple additive waves based on just a few partials, which are then enriched with lots of new spectral content using a wave transformer, which literally “curls” the wave in real time. To further spice the sound up, it offers a vast array of effects – including frequency shifter, filter FM, delay, and more.

Modulation Galore

Torsion features as many as four separate LFO generators – one for each oscillator and one for the filter and output amplifier. In addition to precise synchronisation, each LFO cycle can be self-randomised, which makes the modulation rhythmical yet non-repetitive. There are also two AHDSR envelope generators, as well as a two-dimensional chaos oscillator.

Interactive Experience

The interface of Torsion is designed with high-contrast, colour coded elements, which lets you operate the instrument intuitively in just a few minutes. It also includes graphic representations for every building block – oscillator and LFO waveforms, envelope shapes and filter spectrum all change as you modify them, making sound design with Torsion a truly engaging, fun process.

Features

  • Three oscillators each with four additive waveforms and four wave transform models
  • -24 dB/octave resonant low-pass filter with FM oscillator
  • -12 dB/octave high-pass filter
  • Ring modulator, sample rate and bit depth reduction, saturation, frequency shifter, modulation delay
  • Four LFO generators each with 8 waveforms and per-cycle randomisation
  • Two AHDSR envelope generators
  • Two-dimensional chaos modulation generator
  • Factory patch bank includes 170 presets

System Requirements

  • Supports OS X 10.6 or later, running on 32 or 64-bit Intel Macs
  • Works with any application that supports Audio Unit (AU) effect plugins
  • Supports Retina screen resolution

Compatibility

Hologram works with Logic, GarageBand, Live, MainStage, ReNoise, Reaper, Studio One, Digital Performer, Tracktion and other software that supports Audio Unit effect plugins. It comes in 32/64 bit format for Intel Macs running OS X 10.6 or later, and supports Retina screen resolution.

Important Notes: 

  • This software is Mac compatible only (Audio Units) 
  • An Audio Units (AU) compatible DAW is also required to run this software
  • This software will not function on PC computers

55. Jup-8 V

by Arturia

Jup-8 V

The Flagship Returns

Jup-8 V is a powerful addition to the family of analog synthesizer recreations by Arturia. Offering the unique sound palette of the Roland Jupiter 8, this virtual version is a sound designer’s dream.

This was the flagship synth that put the Japanese manufacturers on the map as serious competitors the early ’80’s. With its colorful user interface and great sound, the Jup 8 scored a hit among musicians the world over.

Crystal Clear Fatness

The original instrument was known for its lush pads and haunting leads, its ability to split and layer sounds and its flexible arpeggiator. Jup-8 V not only provides these original features, it created an original sound that is respected to this day.

Innovative Sounds

From its gorgeous basses to floating pads and lush strings; our Jup-8V has a sound as big as the planet Jupiter.

Out of this World Innovation

While the original was amazing we wanted it to be mind blowing.

We added the ability to patch effects into the voice path further expanding the sound pallet and then added a full function step sequencer and a bold new modulator called the ‘Galaxy’. These new innovations take this product beyond Jupiter and back.

Main Features

  • More than 500 high-quality, innovative presets
  • Up to 32 voices of polyphony
  • The same unique audio structure as the original synth: 2 oscillators per voice, 2 LFOs, 2 filters and 2 envelopes
  • Unison mode up to 4 voices
  • Two simultaneous voice-level effects (serial): Chorus/Flanger, Phaser, Distortion, Parametric EQ and Ring Mod with flexible routing options
  • Two simultaneous Patch-level stereo effects (serial): Chorus/Flanger, Dual Delay, Phaser and Reverb
  • Performance-oriented step-sequencer
  • Galaxy: an innovative module for advanced LFO modulation capabilities
  • Keyboard split and layer
  • Configure external MIDI control quickly and easily

Arturia Software Center

ASC is the central software that elegantly manages all your Arturia software licenses. It activates your licenses and synchronizes them across multiple devices (you get five instances with each instrument license). ASC also notifies you of updates and downloads them. You can even easily learn about new products, download demos versions and purchase the full products. Simple.

Included in V Collection

This instrument is also part of the V Collection 5 -your complete dream line-up of the legendary synths, organs, pianos and more that made keyboard history. They’re modeled with the most advanced technologies for authentic realism, and enhanced with new creative options. Whether you use it as DAW plugins in the studio or standalone at gigs, V Collection 5 puts the greatest keys of all time at your fingertips for instant inspiration.

TAE® Powered

TAE® “True Analog Emulation” is Arturia’s exclusive technology that accurately reproduces the defining sonic qualities of analog synthesizers. It recreates the characteristics of analog oscillators in amazing detail, transparency and clarity, as well as the exact properties of the analog filters that give each classic instrument its unique sound. Soft clipping adds even more punch and presence. TAE® is primarily what makes our virtual instruments indistinguishable from the originals.

Preset Browser

Our redesigned preset browser lets you quickly find just the sound you’re looking for.

Search by name or simply select the appropriate tags to dial in on the exact sonic character you’re looking for. You can mark and recall your own favorites, enter comments, and set up playlists. There’s never been a more intuitive way to manage your library of designer and personal presets.

Resizable GUI

The user interfaces for all your Arturia instruments are now resizable, making it easy to work with any High Resolution screen, UHD or Retina.

You can decide whether you want to fill the screen with awesome graphic reproductions of classic instrument goodness, scale the window down when you’re working in a DAW and screen real estate is at a premium, or even zoom for detailed work.

System Requirements

Platform specifications

Windows

  • Windows: Win 7+ PC: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Mac

  • Apple: 10.10+: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Required configuration

  • Works in Standalone, VST 2.4, VST 3, AAX, Audio Unit (64-bit DAWs only)

Protection

The software is protected by the Arturia Software Center.


56. Sawer

by Image Line

Sawer

Sawer is a vintage modelling synthesizer, that cuts through the mix to deliver precisely articulated and punchy sounds.

Meticulous designed Filters and Envelopes

Sawer pays homage to the envelopes and filters of a rare 1980’s Soviet analog synthesizer, Polivoks.

Maxx has devoted meticulous attention to the detail of Sawer’s filter and envelope designs, ensuring Sawer delivers a unique sonic character reminiscent of the Polivoks hardware. But Polivoks, like all analog synthesizers, wasn’t without its problems. Keeping the oscillators stable and in tune has been likened to ‘moving a pile of live frogs, by wheelbarrow’, impossible!

As Sawer is algorithmic, this solves the problems of tuning and stability, however, in the same way electrical component instability makes analog gear unique (if not cranky), Sawer benefits from the 21st century equivalent, a coding error.

While programming the SAW oscillator, Maxx accidentally set some incorrect variables and immediately the sound gained bass, acquired some light but pleasing noise on the attack and an overall richer sonic spectra. Maxx realized this was no mistake but a discovery and built on this, adding some frequency modulation to give it a touch of analog authenticity and so ‘Sawer’ was born.

Features

  • Main oscillator for subtractive synthesis: SAW shape with Sync frequency.
  • Sub oscillator (-2 to +2 octaves) with level, phase & detune controls.
  • 1 NOISE Oscillator.
  • Variable polyphony (1 to 24 voices).
  • 8 voice UNISON with user-adjustable stereo panning, detune and ‘Octaver’.
  • SYNC & RING frequency modulation.
  • 2 ADSR envelope generators (one user-assignable to modulation parameters).
  • 4 FILTER modes – low pass (24 & 12 dB/Oct), band pass and high pass.
  • Chorus, Phaser, Delay & Reverb effects
  • Muti-mode Arpeggiator.

System Requirements

PC

  • Windows XP (SP2), Vista, Win7, Win8, Win8.1, Win10 – (32 & 64 Bit)
  • 2Ghz AMD or Intel Pentium 3 compatible CPU with full SSE1 support
  • 512Mb RAM
  • 20Mb free disc space
  • DirectSound or ASIO compatible soundcard

Mac

  • OSX v10.7 and later (64-bit)
  • G4 1.5 GHz or Intel Core Duo family
  • 512Mb RAM
  • 20Mb free disc space
  • CoreAudio drivers

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57. Bazille

by u-he

Bazille

Bazille – Digital Modular Synthesis

Bazille is a large modular system combining digital oscillators with analogue-style filters and modelled effects, with a flexibility that only modular patching can provide.

After ACE, the second spawn of our ongoing ‘Berlin Modular’ project, this one is a very different, much larger beast…

Features

  • 4 digital oscillators with simultaneous FM (frequency modulation), PD (phase distortion) and FR (fractal resonance)
  • 4 multimode analogue type filters with up to 6 parallel outputs each
  • 4 modelled effects: stereo delay, distortion, phaser, spring reverb
  • 2 LFOs with 3 parallel outputs each
  • 4 ADS(S)R type envelope generators
  • Signal processors: Inverter, rectifier, sample & hold, lag generators and quantizer
  • 2 mapping generators (waveshapers) with a variety of drawing tools and controls
  • 8 x 16-step morphing sequencer
  • Multiplex modules for signal mixing, RM (ring modulation), AM (amplitude modulation)
  • Single-page alternative skin included
  • Microtuning support (.tun files)
  • Multichannel MIDI support
  • User interface zoom in 10% steps
  • Over 1700 presets…

System Requirements

  • Current PC or intel Mac
  • Multicore CPU with SSE2 (Sandy Bridge architecture or newer recommended)
  • Mac OSX 10.5 or newer
  • Windows XP/Vista/7/8
  • 1GB RAM, more recommended
  • 30MB free disc space
  • Display 1000x600px and up
  • OSX: VST2 or AU compatible host software
  • Windows: VST2 compatible host software
  • Supports 32bit and 64bit in all formats
  • NEW: AAX support for Pro Tools 10 & 11

58. RAW

by Rob Papen

RAW

For a limited time, receive PRISMA (instrument layering plugin) and RP-AMOD (multi-effect) plugins FREE!

At the Dutch Dancefair 2014, DJ Promo (aka producer Sebastian Hoff) and DJ Free-K (aka producer Freek Vergoossen) approached Rob Papen with the idea of a synthesiser that focused more on ‘distorted’ sounds with an easy to use layout.

Renowned for delivering fresh, cutting edge and musical plugins for producers, Rob Papen invited the DJs to his studio for a brainstorming session resulting in a list of ‘must have’ features and tools for a brand new synth. Armed with this list and several more brainstorming sessions later, Rob Papen and his development team created a powerful new virtual synth RAW.

RAW has two oscillators each with an X/Y field, (as included in Blade and BLUEII) to distort the waveform using Phase Distortion. But that’s not all, you can also draw two of your own ‘waveforms’ and use them as LFO waveforms enabling the creation of unique ‘wobble’ movements that are perfect for for DubStep and other electronic music styles.

RAW has all the great Rob Papen filters to shape your sound further, but in a refreshing twist, ‘EQ’, ‘Waveshaper’, ‘Distortion’ and ‘LoFi’ have also been added on a voice synthesis level. Other FX such as Chorus, Phaser, Flanger, Stereo delay and the amazing HQ Reverb of Rob Papen can all be added to your sound and of course, the cool Arpeggiator/Sequencer, Easypage and preset bank manager have all been included as standard.

In true Rob Papen style, RAW comes with many great presets with mainly contributions from several well known DJs and Producers for instant user inspiration!

Promo, Ophidian, Mad dog, Deathmachine, D-Passion, Rob Fabrie, DJ Thera, N-Vitral, Tha Playah, DJ Hidden, The Viper, Warface and many more…

New Features include:

  • Analog drift on/off button
  • Drag and drop modulation
  • Right menu on dial expanded with modulation routing option
  • Improved Reverb code
  • Path options, to change the order of modules or the fx modules
  • Extra Pre filter distortion inside
  • Filter Bank manager now has the ‘star’ feature, for easily finding your favourite preset
  • Over 750 extra presets (now around 3000 in total!)

Now NKS Compatible!

System Requirements

PC

  • Windows 7/ Windows 8/ Windows 10 (32 & 64 bits)

Formats:

  • VST
  • AAX (Note: PC AAX for PT 12 or higher)
  • Compatible with NI NKS system

Mac

  • OS-X 10.9 – 10.15 (64 bits only)

Formats:

  • AU
  • VST
  • AAX
  • Compatible with NI NKS system

Notes:

  • Serial/licence system with activation whilst registering the product
  • 2nd serial for a secondary computer/laptop is available after you have registered the product’s original serial/license.

59. ACE

by u-he

ACE

Any Cable Everywhere

ACE belongs to a new generation of synthesizers developed with the latest, fastest computers in mind. ACE offers classic modular synthesis and more at a fraction of the cost of dedicated hardware. But like its hardware forebears, you can patch any output into any input: the number of different ways to connect modules together is practically infinite. Needless to say, you will never run out of cables! 

The careful selection of modules and clear layout make ACE the ideal instrument for newcomers delving into the fascinating world of modular synthesis. But ACE also delivers the goods: like any medium-sized professional hardware system, ACE has enough synthesis power to keep you discovering new tricks for many years to come! 

List of Modules

  • 2 x LFO (0Hz – 20kHz)
  • 2 x ADSSR envelopes
  • 2 x VCO (0Hz – 20kHz, PWM, VCO1-linked sub)
  • 2 x VCF (LP1/LP2/LP3/LP4 and HP/BP/BR each)
  • 2 x VCA with pan
  • 2 x multiples (with modulation input)
  • 1 x mixer (for standard sources + aux)
  • 1 x ramp generator (loopable)
  • 1 x mapping generator (up to 128 values)
  • 1 x noise (white, pink)
  • 3 x global effects (chorus, delay, 2 x tone)

Key Features

At first glance ACE may seem overly simplistic, but remember that virtually anything can be plugged into anything else. For instance, try plugging an LFO into a Filter, then use that filter as an FM source for an oscillator. Crazy routing is possible, endless fun is guaranteed!

  • Semi-modular architecture, with default routing like ARP 2600
  • 25 signal sources, 30+ signal targets
  • Up to 8 times unison with +/-2 octave detune range each
  • Exceptional filters, can self-oscillate
  • LFOs can be used as VCOs and vice versa
  • Sync, FM, cross modulation
  • Use multiples for inversion, amp / ring modulation etc.
  • Custom LFO waveform “tap map”
  • Microtuning (Scala .tun standard)
  • 100% free of Supersaws!

System Requirements

Mac

  • Operating System: Mac OSX 10.7 or newer
  • Formats: Audio Units (AU), VST2, VST3, AAX (Pro Tools 10.3.7 or later)
  • 1GB RAM, more recommended
  • 50MB free disk space
  • 1000 × 600 or larger display
  • Modern CPU (Sandy Bridge or newer recommended)
  • Host software
  • 32-bit and 64-bit

Windows

  • Operating System: Windows 7 or newer
  • Formats: VST2, VST3, AAX (Pro Tools 10.3.7 or later)
  • 1GB RAM, more recommended
  • 50MB free disk space
  • 1000 × 600 or larger display
  • Modern CPU (Sandy Bridge or newer recommended)
  • Host software
  • 32-bit and 64-bit

Note: ACE is not a standalone product, it requires host software. Diva is compatible with nearly all DAWs.


60. Prophet V

by Arturia 

Prophet V

The Whole is Better than the Sum of the Parts

The Prophet 5 and Prophet VS set standards and redefined the modern synthesizer. We have brought these classics back to life for you.

The Prophet 5 was the first totally programmable synthesizer on the market. This revolutionary synth became the basis for all other polysynths to this day. The Prophet VS was the last synth made by SCI and again it set the synth world on its ear. Its digital vector synthesis brought a new soundscape that was then carried on in products from Korg and Yamaha.

The Original Prophet

While the Prophet 5 was known for its 2 oscillator analog warmth, the Prophet VS used four digital wave table oscillators giving a crystal and clear sound. We have recreated both of these classic machines to give them the detail heard in the originals.

Prophet 5

Prophet VS

Prophet Hybrid

Perfectly Balanced Yin and Yang

The Prophet V’s combined personality of analog warmth and thickness blended with thehard edge digital sound of the VS make it perfect for the throwback 80’s sound or the modern techno chord stabs.

The Perfect Blend

While Prophet 5 and Prophet VS were great machines, what if you could blend the two?

Our Hybrid mode is an astounding combination of Prophet 5 and Prophet VS. The result is an entirely new sound palette at your disposal: the analog subtractive synthesis plus the digital wavetable / vector synthesis of the other, both available at once in one massively powerful instrument.

Main Features

  • Three synthesizers in one: Prophet 5, Prophet VS, Prophet Hybrid
  • All the original parameters of the Prophet 5 and Prophet VS
  • New audio connection matrix
  • New modulation matrix switch for the 2 synthesizers
  • New Chorus and Stereo delay effects
  • More than 400 presets created by talented musicians and synthesizers specialists
  • Compatibility with the Presets of the original synthesizers
  • No aliasing from 0.1Hz to 16kHz
  • Calculated precision : 64 bits
  • Sample Frequency : until 96 kHz
  • Compatible with a MIDI keyboard
  • 2 analog oscillators for the Prophet 5
  • 4 wavetables oscillators for the Prophet VS
  • Capacity to synchronize Osc2 on Osc1 for the Prophet VS
  • 1 Mixer with joystick and automation envelope for mixing the 4 oscillators of the Prophet VS
  • 1 resonating low pass filter for the Prophet 5
  • 1 multimode resonant filter for the Prophet 5
  • 3 LFO that can be synchronized with the tempo of the host sequencer
  • 5 envelopes: 2 ADSR; 3 5 point envelopes
  • Polyphony of 2 to 32 voices with the unison possibility
  • Audio quality and purity as in the original Prophet 5 and VS

Arturia Software Center

ASC is the central software that elegantly manages all your Arturia software licenses. It activates your licenses and synchronizes them across multiple devices (you get five instances with each instrument license). ASC also notifies you of updates and downloads them. You can even easily learn about new products, download demos versions and purchase the full products. Simple.

Included in V Collection

This instrument is also part of the V Collection 5 -your complete dream line-up of the legendary synths, organs, pianos and more that made keyboard history. They’re modeled with the most advanced technologies for authentic realism, and enhanced with new creative options. Whether you use it as DAW plugins in the studio or standalone at gigs, V Collection 5 puts the greatest keys of all time at your fingertips for instant inspiration.

TAE® Powered

TAE® “True Analog Emulation” is Arturia’s exclusive technology that accurately reproduces the defining sonic qualities of analog synthesizers. It recreates the characteristics of analog oscillators in amazing detail, transparency and clarity, as well as the exact properties of the analog filters that give each classic instrument its unique sound. Soft clipping adds even more punch and presence. TAE® is primarily what makes our virtual instruments indistinguishable from the originals.

Preset Browser

Our redesigned preset browser lets you quickly find just the sound you’re looking for.

Search by name or simply select the appropriate tags to dial in on the exact sonic character you’re looking for. You can mark and recall your own favorites, enter comments, and set up playlists. There’s never been a more intuitive way to manage your library of designer and personal presets.

Resizable GUI

The user interfaces for all your Arturia instruments are now resizable, making it easy to work with any High Resolution screen, UHD or Retina.

You can decide whether you want to fill the screen with awesome graphic reproductions of classic instrument goodness, scale the window down when you’re working in a DAW and screen real estate is at a premium, or even zoom for detailed work.

System Requirements

Platform specifications

Windows

  • Windows: Win 7+ PC: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Mac

  • Apple: 10.10+: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Required configuration

  • Works in Standalone, VST 2.4, VST 3, AAX, Audio Unit, NKS (64-bit DAWs only).

Protection

The software is protected by the Arturia Software Center.


61. SubBoomBass 2

by Rob Papen

SubBoomBass 2

SubBoomBass 2 is the Successor of the Legendary SubBoomBass!

Note: SubBoomBass 1 users can Upgrade HERE

SubBoomBass 2′ GUI (graphical user interface) has received a makeover for more comfortable control of all features. SubBoomBass 2 still has its analogue modelled waveforms on board, but the sound colour has been expanded with new spectrum waveforms, new creative ‘think out of the box’ high-quality samples and introducing Karplus-Strong string synthesis! You will understand that these new features generate fresh and unheard-of sounds!

But there is more… An X/Y screen, a new pattern mode for running 4 sequences, and just like in SubBoomBass 2 it has the easy to use Bank Manager with star feature, so that you can quickly find and go to your favourite sounds straight away. And yes, all the original SubBoomBass presets are on board!

This instrument is great for any style of contemporary music… any music styles including video game music, film scores and anywhere you need a great bass and fresh sound!

1.1 Update Features:

  • Now NKS Compatible
  • Big Screen Option
  • 100 New Presets

Now NKS Compatible!

System Requirements

PC

  • Windows 7/ Windows 8/ Windows 10 (32 & 64 bits)

Formats:

  • VST
  • AAX (Note: PC AAX for PT 12 or higher)
  • Compatible with NI NKS system

Mac

  • OS-X 10.9 – 10.15 (64 bits only)

Formats:

  • AU
  • VST
  • AAX
  • Compatible with NI NKS system

Notes:

  • Serial/licence system with activation whilst registering the product
  • 2nd serial for a secondary computer/laptop is available after you have registered the product’s original serial/license.

62. Poizone

by Image Line

Poizone

PoiZone is a subtractive software synthesizer designed to bring you professional quality results, without a learning curve that hinders your creativity.

The concept behind PoiZone was to design a synthesizer that had the smallest number of controls while providing the maximum flexibility and features.

Useless knobs were ruthlessly removed so what remains is a UI where every knob counts. Once you have spent some time auditioning the preset patches we are sure you will agree that PoiZone packs a lot of punch in what appears to be a simple package, enjoy!

Features

  • 2 oscillators that can produce the two most popular and useful shapes for subtractive synthesis: fat, bright SAW and PULSE shapes, with adjustable pulse width.
  • Noise generator.
  • Ring modulation.
  • Sync modulation.
  • 16 voice polyphony.
  • 4 voice UNISON with user-adjustable stereo panning and ‘Octaver’. The Octaver expands the harmonic range and flexibility of the unison sound to support the creation of realistic ‘vox-like’ effects.
  • 2 ADSR envelope generators. One for traditional envelope duties, the other can be user assigned.
  • 3 FILTER modes – low pass, band pass and high pass. PoiZone features a warm, super-trooper-extra-analog-moog-like-mega filter with self oscillation. Special attention has been given to precise filter tuning so that when KEYTRK is set to maximum, the PoiZone filter will track keyboard frequency precisely so it can be used as an oscillator.
  • The PoiZone filter has bright and clean sound or it can be ‘grungy’ and ‘angry’ when resonance is introduced as it features some light distortion. And even with distortion the filter sounds clean on high frequencies as it has no aliasing.
  • Keyboard and Velocity tracking for the filter.
  • Multi-mode Arpeggiator.
  • Noise Gate with an adjustable 16 step pattern. The gate features smoothness control and the ability to import/export patterns to .fxp files.
  • DELAY effect, with tempo-synced click-free stereo delays and delay time modulation. Lo-cut and hi-cut for trancers!
  • CHORUS with a warm sound with great unison emulation.
  • MIDI learn feature with the ability to save/load MIDI setups to/from a patch.
  • LFO and MOD WHEEL modulation. Can be assigned to a wide range of performance parameters in PoiZone.

System Requirements

PC:

  • Windows XP (SP2), Vista, Win7, Win8, Win8.1, Win10 – (32 & 64 Bit)
  • 2Ghz AMD or Intel Pentium 3 compatible CPU with full SSE1 suppor
  • 512Mb RAM
  • 30Mb free disc space
  • DirectSound or ASIO compatible soundcard

Mac

  • OSX v10.7 (Lion)
  • G4 1.5 GHz or Intel Core Duo family
  • 512Mb RAM
  • 30Mb free disc space
  • CoreAudio drivers

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63. Modular V

by Arturia

Modular V

The Revival of a Legend

This is the one that switched on the synthesizer in popular music. Huge, massive, powerful, flexible all of this recreated in great detail for you.

Arturia, in partnership with Dr. Bob Moog, has brought you the synth that started it all. From Wendy Carlos’s famous ‘Switched on Bach’ to Keith Emerson’s live use, this huge modular showed that electronics could be musical thus being the catalyst for every synthesizer we see today. The towering modular synthesizer that has dominated the world of music since the 1960s has been revived!

Modular Synthesis at its Best

“Probably the number one system” (Peter Forrest, The A-Z of Analog Synthesizers)

Originally sold as custom units to artists such as Tomita, Klaus Schultz, the Beatle’s, Tangerine Dream and many others, we have recreated a giant collection of the best modules for you here. With up to 9 oscillators, 3 filter slots, 2 LFOs, 6 envelopes, VCAs, mixers, a sequencer and more, this classic synth offers you no limitations for your creative endeavors.

Modular Madness

If simple sounds are needed, no need to look here.

The Modular V is all about the complexities and nuances that only a modular patch can deliver. With more tone generation and modulation capabilties than any other synth this is the reference standard for intricate sound design.

Much More than a Modular

Modular V includes some very rare module replicas like the Bode frequency shifter and the 928 sample and hold modules, as well as a few innovative effects developed by Arturia’s team like the formant filter and ring modulator. Modular V will give you a lifetime of sound design possibilities.

Main Features

  • All the parameters of the original modular synth:
    • 9 oscillators
    • 2 LFOs
    • 3 filter slots
    • 1 Noise Generator
    • 6 envelopes
    • 2 VCAs
  • 16 auxiliary VCAs with modulation inputs
  • 24-step sequencer
  • 1 filter bank (14 bandwidths available)
  • More than 600 presets, made by professional sound designers
  • Mono / polyphonic (up to 64 voices per instrument)
  • Soft-clipping function
  • Stereo delay and chorus
  • 12-stage phaser and ring modulator
  • Very accurate reproduction of the legendary 24dB/octave low-pass filter
  • Superb audio quality with TAE® engine
  • 24 bits/96 kHz supported

Arturia Software Center

ASC is the central software that elegantly manages all your Arturia software licenses. It activates your licenses and synchronizes them across multiple devices (you get five instances with each instrument license). ASC also notifies you of updates and downloads them. You can even easily learn about new products, download demos versions and purchase the full products. Simple.

Included in V Collection

This instrument is also part of the V Collection 5 -your complete dream line-up of the legendary synths, organs, pianos and more that made keyboard history. They’re modeled with the most advanced technologies for authentic realism, and enhanced with new creative options. Whether you use it as DAW plugins in the studio or standalone at gigs, V Collection 5 puts the greatest keys of all time at your fingertips for instant inspiration.

TAE® Powered

TAE® “True Analog Emulation” is Arturia’s exclusive technology that accurately reproduces the defining sonic qualities of analog synthesizers. It recreates the characteristics of analog oscillators in amazing detail, transparency and clarity, as well as the exact properties of the analog filters that give each classic instrument its unique sound. Soft clipping adds even more punch and presence. TAE® is primarily what makes our virtual instruments indistinguishable from the originals.

Preset Browser

Our redesigned preset browser lets you quickly find just the sound you’re looking for.

Search by name or simply select the appropriate tags to dial in on the exact sonic character you’re looking for. You can mark and recall your own favorites, enter comments, and set up playlists. There’s never been a more intuitive way to manage your library of designer and personal presets.

Resizable GUI

The user interfaces for all your Arturia instruments are now resizable, making it easy to work with any High Resolution screen, UHD or Retina.

You can decide whether you want to fill the screen with awesome graphic reproductions of classic instrument goodness, scale the window down when you’re working in a DAW and screen real estate is at a premium, or even zoom for detailed work.

System Requirements

Platform specifications

Windows

  • Windows: Win 7+ PC: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Mac

  • Apple: 10.10+: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Required configuration

  • Works in Standalone, VST 2.4, VST 3, AAX, Audio Unit, NKS (64-bit DAWs only).

Protection

The software is protected by the Arturia Software Center.


64. PolyM

by XILS Lab

PolyM

The T.O.D Oscillators ‘Pleasure Principle’

Unique features, unique sound : A few factors determined the iconic sound of the PolyM glorious ancestor : Two T.O.D Oscillators (Top Octave dividers), with PER NOTE Pulse Width Modulation, initially used to get a big polyphony (at this time). A gritty Moog designed 24db Ladder Filter. An acoustic Filter Bank. And, finally, a character full Resonator Bank.

71 chips … : To take up the emulation gauntlet, more than two years were necessary to closely, patiently model these 71 components to finally come up with the best and most versatile Divided-down synthesiser ever done

And beyond : Because we not only exposed some parameters that were not accessible on the original machine, allowing you to dive into the machinery and mod it without a screwdriver, a soldering iron and electronic components. We also added a more traditional analog VCA ADSR, plethora of LFO to modulate almost everything, and a trio of vintage sounding effects among others things.

Using divide-down technology offers a particular sound for Chords, Strings and Pads you won’t find in any other synthesiser.

More : With this unit, feeding a monophonic zero-delay 24db self-oscillating filter, retriggered by keyboard strokes, gives you the possibility to play huge sounds in a way no other synthesiser can (PolyPedal behaviour emulated). Original presets, like ‘Vox Humana’, are also on board. Beyond the Pleasure Principal

Version 1.1, October 2018 : And now, in version 1.1, all these signature effects are available to process any instruments and sounds of your collection as a VST effect. The PolyM is also NKS compatible. And with the New Preset Manager, you’ll be able to find the right sound in seconds, thanks to it’s multicriteria search engine, as well as to manage easily all your sound collections.

Top Octave Divider Oscillators:A technology first invented for organ synthesisers then adapted in more versatile synthesisers back in the 70’s. In this technology, a high frequency oscillator is divided in 12 temperated scale interval for producing a full octave, which is then divided by multiple of 2 for creating several octaves. This means that all the notes are locked to a single oscillator and then always played with the same relative phase. This produces a particular sound aside from giving a wide polyphony.

The PolyM reproduces finely this divide-down technology which has been pushed far by adding a polyphonic Pulse Width Modulation.

The two top octave dividers oscillators can run independently in the FREE mode, for small or huge phasing effects. On the other hand, in the LOCK mode, the two oscillators are almost locked in phase, producing a phase modulation, instead of a frequency modulation when the square wave form is modulated in pitch.

The two T.O.D oscillators can be modulated in pitch by an LFO (tempo sync-able) and the Square oscillator has its pulse width modulated by an LFO (tempo sync-able too).

The Keyboard is divided in two parts, Lower and Upper, and for each part, the PWM, waveform mix and envelope decay can be tweaked independently.

The Master Gain control allows you to easily listen to various part of the sound, DIRECT oscillator mixers output, through the MODE acoustic filters, through the RESonator filter bank or through the 24db VCF filter.

The envelope has two modes, LEGacy or ADSR. In the first case, the envelope has been designed to match as close as possible its model and in the other case, it’s a standard ADSR (Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release) envelope generator.

Each note has its own 12db filter, modulated by its own ADSR envelope giving the PolyM much more possibility than a simple Organ like synthesiser, much more than  its model which modulated its filter only with the VCA envelope.

Moreover, The PolyM can change the filter type from Low Pass to High Pass and Band Pass.

MODE Acoustic Filters and Presets: The blue buttons are selecting the Acoustic filter ran in the MODE filter bank section. They can also load the PolyM with the original settings for producing specific sounds (Strings, Piano, Organ, Harps, Funk, Clav, Vibes, Brass, Vox). When the DOT button is engaged, only the MODE filter is changed.

The Resonators filter bank features three parametric filters for which Frequency, Level or Resonance can be adjusted. These filters can be Low Pass, Band Pass or High Pass, 6db or 12db.

The VCF Section (Voltage Controlled Filter) is a 24db self-oscillating ladder filter, created from the XILS-Lab Zero-Delay Algorithm. It can be modulated by an LFO (sine, sample and hold) as well as an independent envelope, controlled by the keyboard in a monophonic way.

And finally, In the Advance Settings Panel, you will find 9 Modulation slots, Delay, Phaser and Reverb settings.

Everything to push the PolyM sound possibilities far away from its model, but keeping the pleasure characteristic.

Features:

  • Two aliasing-free Top Octave Divider oscillators: One for the Sawtooth, the other for the Square.
  • 71 emulated chips offering Mixer, VCA, envelope, 12db filter and Pulse Width Modulation for each of the available notes.
  • Gorgeous 24db ladder filter, using the acclaimed XILS-lab zero-delay algorithm.
  • 9 dedicated acoustic filters (Strings, Piano, Organ, Harps,..) carefully reproduced from the original model.
  • 1 resonator filter bank using 3 parametric filters (6 and 12db) matching the original model.
  • Three Vintage effects (delay, Phaser, Reverb)
  • 9 modulation slots for endless sound possibilities.
  • 1 monophonic envelope
  • 3 monophonic, tempo sync-able, LFO
  • All parameters are MIDI controllable
  • More than 200 presets

System Requirements

Mac OS X:

  • Mac OSX 10.7 and later.
  • VST, Audio Unit,  AAX (32 & 64 bits, native)

Windows:

  • Windows XP, Vista and 7, 8 and 10.
  • VST,  RTAS (Protools 7.0 and later),AAX (32&64 bits, native)

Please Note: The PolyM is not a stand alone application, but a plug-in to be inserted into a music software application.


65. Bolt

by Nektar Technology

Bolt

Harmonic Synthesizer: Shape Sound at the Turn of a Knob

Nektar Bolt is the first Harmonics Synthesizer for VST® and AU® compatible DAW platforms. Its unique Harmonics oscillators will take you from subtle sine waves to overtone-rich pulse chains at the turn of a knob. And Bolt’s user interface encourages instant experimentation when creating sounds. No filter required – it all happens right in the oscillator. Experience the speed of new sounds – literally.

Unique Synthesis


Experience Bolt’s new Harmonics Synthesis engine with its rich, organic sound and lots of unique character – no traditional filter required.

Easy to Use



No PhD in sound design required: Rediscover the fun in tweaking your own sounds with Bolt’s streamlined user interface.

Fresh Sounds


Bolt comes with 500+ factory & artist patches for all kinds of genres. From lush pads to deep basses – and screaming leads to sound effects.

Bolt: A Different Take on Synthesis

Shape It


Bolt’s synthesis engine generates a sound’s overtone structure directly in the oscillator. So you won’t find a filter section like in typical subtractive synthesizers.

The unique Harmonics Oscillator takes care of it all – just by turning the HARMONICS and ROLLOFF knobs you change a wave’s shape and core sound from subtle sine to bright pulse chain. ODD switches the oscillator to create odd harmonics only, If you additionally bring in DEEP, you will notice the waveforms to resemble saw or square shapes (with ODD active). In addition, each oscillator has its own amplitude envelope. So all you need for creating the core sound is right there!

Modulate It


Sounds come to life with modulation: So Bolt offers four powerful modulation generators. Its 3 LFOs and one Modulation Envelope Generator ensure a host of modulation possibilities. No matter, if you are after snappy transients or would like to modulate different aspects of the sound all at the same time – you can do all of that and more. The modulation generators can even modulate each other if you want to push the envelope. The best is, that it’s easy to experiment: Modulation Targets are pre-assigned, so you simply need to bring up a target amount to hear an effect.

The MODULATION EG is modelled after classic ADSR envelopes and cover a range from ultra-snappy and percussive to lush soundscapes. The 4 modulation Targets can be assigned to many destinations, including LFO Frequency and Intensity.

Bolt’s Low Frequency Oscillators go beyond the range you’d expect from a typical LFO. They offer an extended range from 0.01 Hz up to 10 kHz. So they go well into the audible range which allows for some extreme modulation effects, including amplitude and frequency modulation.


Choose from 13 different waveforms, including Random and stepped waves. Switch Cycle off to use the LFOs as additional auxiliary envelopes – or sync them to the beat. Of course, each of them can be synced differently, so you can create interesting poly-rhythms. You can even assign them to cross-modulate each other’s tempo. You’ll probably never run out of new interesting modulation combinations to try out…

Refine It


Four integrated effects processors ensure that Bolt’s patches are ready to be dropped into your productions: EQ, CHORUS, DELAY and REVERB provide the essential effects at your fingertips.

The effects are optimized ease of use, only 3 parameters per processor ensure you’ll get to results quickly. Still, you’ll find enough tweakability including tempo sync for the DELAY or parametric and bandpass modes for the EQ.

There’s a lot more that can be said about Bolt – but it’s all about the sound isn’t it? So download your trial version and listen to it yourself!

Features

  • Unique new Harmonics Synthesis
  • 4 oscillators (2 main, 2 sub)
  • White noise generator per oscillator
  • Unison Voice Double: Stack up to 4 instances
  • Frequency modulation (FM)
  • X-Mod: cross-modulation
  • Overdrive stage for each oscillator
  • ADSR envelope per oscillator
  • 1 Modulation envelope generator
  • 3 LFOs (13 waveforms & MIDI sync)
  • 4 modulation targets per source (LFO 1-3, Mod EG)
  • 4 FX processors: EQ, Chorus, Delay & Reverb
  • Support for multiple sample rates
  • Automatic 2-stage protection limiter
  • Up to 16 voice polyphony
  • Poly and mono modes
  • 500+ Factory and Artist patches included

System Requirements

PC

  • Windows version 7, 8, 10 or higher (64bit) 
  • VST 2.4/VST 3 Instrument Plug-Ins.

Mac

  • OS OS X 10.9 or higher (64bit)
  • VST 2.4/VST 3/AU Instrument Plug-Ins.

All other requirements are dependent on the DAW software/audio interface used, please consult the respective manuals for further details.


66. Blade

by Rob Papen

Blade

Cutting Edge Synth Plug-in for the Creation of Unique Sounds Quickly and Easily.

The initial idea for the Blade virtual synth was born out of Rob Papen´s desire to have more ‘human input’ into the sound using the keyboard and controllers like the pitch bend or modulation wheel. An XY pad is perfect for the human input, but it only controls the filter and volume. This was too limiting for Rob Papen who wanted to also be able to control the ‘harmonics’ of the oscillator… changing the waveform using the XY pad.

Hence, Blade was born…

At the heart of BLADE, ready to twist and transform your musical mind, lies the Harmolator. An additive synthesis system, which rather than using the system of changing additive partials, uses global controls which capture the essence of additive synth in an intuitive way making the creation of sounds much easier than using other additive synths. The nine Harmolator controls allow you to create a vast range of sounds so you get all the amazing sounds that additive synthesis can generate with the added simplicity of traditional subtractive synthesis.

The Harmolator allows oscillator spreading, fattening the sound and also square / sine wave sub-oscillator. What´s more, the sound can be modified further by the 21 per-voice distortions types and 14 filter types.

Blade offers total control of the sound over time using an array of different modulation controls. The most significant of these is the central XY screen. Here you can either alter things directly by moving the cursor around, or you can record paths which can be replayed, thus creating an incredibly advanced LFO.

Furthermore, Blade has the full range of other modulation sources, including dedicated envelope, LFO, XY knobs, velocity and any other modulation source for Harmolator controls, two free envelopes, two free LFOs and 4 modulation slots which allow all of Blade parameters to be changed.

Two FX units featuring all the FX from other Rob Papen products, plus the Arp / Sequencer and an Easy page which allows you to easily control sounds, all add up to an amazingly flexible and useful instrument at the cutting edge of today´s synthesizers!

Features

  • 16 voices, operating in poly , mono 1/2 , legato 1/2 and arp modes
  • Harmolator Oscillator with 9 controls + sub-oscillator
  • 21 Distortion Units operating per voice
  • 14 Filter Types including 6/12/18/24 low/high pass, 12/24 band pass / notch, vocal & comb filter
  • XY Pad which can operating either directly or with recorded paths, in poly or mono modes
  • Dedicated Harmolator envelopes, LFOs, velocity controls and modulation controls
  • 2 Free Envelopes, 2 Free LFOs and 4 modulation sources. All of Blade´s controls can be used as modulation destinations, and there are a full range of modulation sources including midi controls and internal controls
  • 2 FX units with 27 effects, including distortion, reverb and tape delay plus many more
  • 16 Step Arpeggiator with each step having it´s own control which can also be used as a sequencer for modulation purposes.
  • Easy Page allows control of the main parameters in a flexible and easy way
  • Manager screen allows you to easily find and organize presets and banks
  • Full midi control over all parameters

Now NKS Compatible!

System Requirements

PC

  • Windows 7/ Windows 8/ Windows 10 (32 & 64 bits)

Formats:

  • VST
  • AAX (Note: PC AAX for PT 12 or higher)
  • Compatible with NI NKS system

Mac

  • OS-X 10.9 – 10.15 (64 bits only)

Formats:

  • AU
  • VST
  • AAX
  • Compatible with NI NKS system

Notes:

  • Serial/licence system with activation whilst registering the product
  • 2nd serial for a secondary computer/laptop is available after you have registered the product’s original serial/license.

67. Buchla Easel V

by Arturia

Buchla Easel V

West Coast Sound Design Playground

The Buchla Easel V is the first recreation of Don Buchla’s iconic instrument that helped define experimental West Coast modular synthesis in the early ‘70s. Our enhancements translate to vastly expanded possibilities for sound design and avant-garde music.

You’ve always wanted to paint with sound. Now you can with the Buchla Easel V.

One look at the Buchla Easel V and you know this is a different beast. In fact, it makes you think differently about sound right from the start—and the soundscapes you can design with it are as unique as the front panel array. To put that experience at your fingertips, we meticulously recreated the rare 1973 Buchla Music Easel right down to the component level. As you’ve come to expect from our other V-series instruments, we’ve gone the extra mile by designing in an enhanced feature set including polyphony, innovative new modulation/control sources, step sequencer, effects, and more.

If you like to paint outside the lines, Buchla Easel V is the perfect artistic tool for you.

Welcome to West Coast school of synthesis

Your music breaks from the pack. So does the Buchla Easel V.

The Buchla Easel V faithfully reproduces Buchla’s Music Easel that helped define West Coast synthesis’ focus on experimentation and breaking musical norms. We’ve applied our award-winning TAE™ modeling technology from the front panel to the resistors to capture it all with incredible realism.

Complex oscillator design, AM and FM synthesis, uniquely percussive gate/filter combos, and numerous ways to modulate and clock just about every parameter, all drop you right in the middle of a sonic sandbox. Design and perform soundscapes that burble, shimmer, pulse and evolve without ever touching a keyboard or pad—unless you want to add even more control. Nearly 300 presets by expert sound designers get you started with timbres ranging from hauntingly beautiful sonorities to clangorous pokes in the ear.

Whether you’re looking to experiment with simple sounds or build complex evolving passages, the Buchla Easel V is a constant source of inspiration for sonic adventurers.

Create sounds no one has ever heard before

In addition to faithfully reproducing a classic, we’ve infused the Buchla Easel V with even more of that vintage goodness to love.

We’ve made patching even more fun and foolproof. When you drag a color-coded patchcord between patch points, only valid targets light up, saving you the frustration of making invalid connections that do nothing. The original Music Easel lacked a noise source, so we’ve added one to the preamp—handy for introducing rhythmic elements. We’ve also designed a feedback loop into the preamp, so you can really get things howling. Up to four-voice polyphony greatly enhances your performance capabilities, too.*

With our extensions to Buchla’s original design, you now have an even more intuitive programming experience paired with additional sonic options.

* Note that while our extreme modeling at the component level on the Buchla Easel V delivers insanely great analog sound, each voice of polyphony requires significant processing power to pull it off—approximately 20 percent of an i7 CPU per voice.

New control, new inspiration

Electronic music is as much about expression as it is about sound generation—and Buchla Easel V delivers new expressive capabilities beyond your wildest dreams.

We’ve dramatically expanded the functionality of the original Music Easel while respecting the instrument’s unique personality and design philosophy. One click reveals all the new additions. The Left Hand section provides five full-featured Function Generators individually routable to any of 76 modulation targets. The Right Hand section gives you a modern step sequencer with innovative options. Gravity is an X/Y grid that uses the physics of a bouncing ball influenced by attraction, repulsion and collision with objects to generate unique, unexpected modulation signals. There’s also a two-slot Effects section for additional processing and animation right inside Buchla Easel V.

New additions to Buchla Easel V give you the power to create and perform complex, exotic sounds that were simply impossible until now.

Main Features

  • A component-level model of the Buchla Music Easel
  • Complex and Modulation oscillators, dual Low Pass Gates, output section with spring reverb modelling
  • Modulation sources perfecly reproduced : 5-step Sequencer, Envelope Generator, Pulser
  • Semi-modular architecture, color-coded routing and cables
  • Enhanced functionalities, synchronizable Pulser and Clock, Oscillators quantization
  • Left Hand modulation sources to create multi-point envelopes and LFOs. Add randomness and smoothing to the modulation
  • Right Hand step-sequencer module
  • Gravity XY modulation source. Control the sound with the movement of a projectile flying among planets and worm holes!
  • 10 effects, Phaser, Flanger, Chorus, Overdrive, Delay, …
  • Control on the Vactrol modelling for fast, medium or slow response
  • Up to 4 voices of polyphony
  • 256 factory presets

Preset Browser

Our redesigned preset browser lets you quickly find just the sound you’re looking for.

Search by name or simply select the appropriate tags to dial in on the exact sonic character you’re looking for. You can mark and recall your own favorites, enter comments, and set up playlists. There’s never been a more intuitive way to manage your library of designer and personal presets.

Resizable GUI

The user interfaces for all your Arturia instruments are now resizable, making it easy to work with any High Resolution screen, UHD or Retina.

You can decide whether you want to fill the screen with awesome graphic reproductions of classic instrument goodness, scale the window down when you’re working in a DAW and screen real estate is at a premium, or even zoom for detailed work.

System Requirements

Platform specifications

Windows

  • Windows: Win 7+ PC: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Mac

  • Apple: 10.10+: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Required configuration

  • Works in Standalone, VST 2.4, VST 3, AAX, Audio Unit (64-bit DAWs only)

Protection

The software is protected by the Arturia Software Center.


68. SEM V

by Arturia

SEM V

More than a Resemblance

A giant has come back to life. Oberheim’s legendary SEM – Synthesizer Expander Module – is back for the first time as a high-end software emulation powered by Arturia’s exclusive TAE® technology.

The SEM module was originally made to compliment other synthesizers but later came into its own as a great sounding synth. The unique filter that allowed continuously variable operation from low pass to high pass gave it a sound that no other had. When multiple SEM’s were connected into a 4 or 8 voice polyphonic system, it became a thing of beauty.

Analog Masterpiece Revisited

Accurately recreating the tone, waveshapes, multimode 12dB/octave filter and other detailed characteristics, SEM V delivers all the deep analog sounds that made its grand ancestor so unique and praised. Our voice programmer mode allows you to recreate the sound of the huge and rare 8 Voice.

Uber Mine of Sound

The SEM is known as a bass and lead machine but our recreation extends it well beyond the original. it’s sound pallet extends to moving 8 voice pads , acid arpeggios and even electronic percussion.

Expanded Creativity

While the SEM was a great synth, we wanted to make it even better.

We added new innovations like the sub-oscillator for deep basses. A second LFO with more waveforms, and the modulation matrix greatly expands the sonic capabilities of the SEM. Add to this the arpeggiator and Key Follow modulator and you get one super powered synth.

Main Features

  • All the original parameters of the Oberheim SEM : two oscillators, each offering sawtooth wave and variable-width pulse wave with PWM, sine wave LFO, 12dB/oct multi-mode Filter with low-pass, high-pass, band-pass and notch, two ADS envelope generators.
  • Added functionalities : New LFO, Noise, Sub oscillator, on board effects (overdrive, chorus and delay), Arpeggiator, Portamento.
  • Polyphony up to 32 and 8 Voice Multitimbrality
  • New 8 Voice Programmer module
  • Advanced Keyboard Follow module
  • Modulation Matrix module
  • Works in Standalone
  • Now compatible with iSEM Preset export/import
  • Polyphony parameter to limit the polyphony of the plugin
  • 20 new factory presets from Ian Boddy
  • 21 new factory presets from Erik Norlander
  • 35 new factory presets from Richard Courtel
  • 11 new factory presets from Kevin Lamb
  • 14 new factory presets from Drew Newmann
  • “Forward Retrigg” mode for the 8-Voice Programmer (for easy use of sequences using the Arpeggiator)
  • “Reassign” mode for the 8-Voice Programmer (like in the original one, the SEM V will first use the boards that are not gated in its voice assignment)
  • Sustain pedal is now active on all systems

Arturia Software Center

ASC is the central software that elegantly manages all your Arturia software licenses. It activates your licenses and synchronizes them across multiple devices (you get five instances with each instrument license). ASC also notifies you of updates and downloads them. You can even easily learn about new products, download demos versions and purchase the full products. Simple.

Included in V Collection

This instrument is also part of the V Collection 5 -your complete dream line-up of the legendary synths, organs, pianos and more that made keyboard history. They’re modeled with the most advanced technologies for authentic realism, and enhanced with new creative options. Whether you use it as DAW plugins in the studio or standalone at gigs, V Collection 5 puts the greatest keys of all time at your fingertips for instant inspiration.

TAE® Powered

TAE® “True Analog Emulation” is Arturia’s exclusive technology that accurately reproduces the defining sonic qualities of analog synthesizers. It recreates the characteristics of analog oscillators in amazing detail, transparency and clarity, as well as the exact properties of the analog filters that give each classic instrument its unique sound. Soft clipping adds even more punch and presence. TAE® is primarily what makes our virtual instruments indistinguishable from the originals.

Preset Browser

Our redesigned preset browser lets you quickly find just the sound you’re looking for.

Search by name or simply select the appropriate tags to dial in on the exact sonic character you’re looking for. You can mark and recall your own favorites, enter comments, and set up playlists. There’s never been a more intuitive way to manage your library of designer and personal presets.

Resizable GUI

The user interfaces for all your Arturia instruments are now resizable, making it easy to work with any High Resolution screen, UHD or Retina.

You can decide whether you want to fill the screen with awesome graphic reproductions of classic instrument goodness, scale the window down when you’re working in a DAW and screen real estate is at a premium, or even zoom for detailed work.

System Requirements

Platform specifications

Windows

  • Windows: Win 7+ PC: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Mac

  • Apple: 10.10+: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU


Required configuration

Works in Standalone, VST 2.4 (32-bit and 64-bit), VST 3 (32-bit and 64-bit), AAX (32 bits with PT 10.3.8, 64 bits with PT 11), Audio Unit (32-bit and 64-bit), NKS.

Protection

The software is protected by the Arturia Software Center.


69. FabFilter One

by FabFilter

FabFilter One

Amazing Oscillators, Unique Filters

For FabFilter One, we have put tremendous effort in creating the best cut-off filter ever. Our new design approach has resulted in the fattest and smoothest self-oscillating digital filter you have ever heard. It has been tuned carefully to achieve the character and warmth of a classic analog synthesizer. FabFilter One’s filter sounds raw but never cheap or ‘digital’, even at full resonance.

The filter is fed by an equally high-quality solid-sounding oscillator, developed from scratch to be completely aliasing-free. It features sawtooth, triangle, and square wave forms with pulse width modulation.

The oscillator and the filter can be modulated by the LFO and the EG. The LFO offers triangle and square wave forms, with adjustable wave balance so any wave form between sawtooth and triangle can be selected. The tempo can be synchronized to the host. The EG has the usual ADSR knobs, but with a perfectly fine-tuned feel. Also, it has an additional Hold setting that extends the time keys are held down.

What FabFilter One excels at is the attention to detail and fine-tuning that is visible throughout the plug-in. For example, the portamento feature doesn’t just slide from one note to another, but uses a carefully selected algorithm to make your playing more lively and give it just that little extra bit of magic.

Smart Parameter Interpolation handles changes to any of FabFilter One’s parameters, ensuring both responsiveness and smooth transitions. There are no annoying digital clicks and zipper effects, and even MIDI controller changes are handled perfectly smooth.

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Naturally, the FabFilter One plug-in handles all parameter changes at sample accuracy and it can be used with arbitrary sample rates. All parameters are fully automatable within your favorite host and via MIDI Learn. The included help file describes all features of FabFilter One in detail, together with overviews and tutorials to create various types of sounds.

Key Features

  • Aliasing-free high quality oscillator with triangle, sawtooth, and square wave forms
  • Fat and ultra-smooth self-oscillating low-pass filter
  • LFO with tempo sync, triangle and square wave forms, and adjustable wave balance
  • Fine-tuned EG with additional Hold setting
  • Frequency and filter cut-off modulation
  • Pulse width modulation
  • Filter keyboard tracking
  • Velocity sensitivity
  • 10-voice polyphony
  • White/pink noise generator
  • Smooth portamento
  • Over 100 presets
  • Undo and redo
  • MIDI learn
  • Smart Parameter Interpolation
  • Sample-accurate automation of all parameters
  • Parameter value display
  • Extensive help file

System Requirements

Windows:

  • 32-bit: Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP
  • 64-bit: Windows 8, 7 or Vista (x64)
  • VST 2/3 host or Pro Tools

Mac OS X:

  • 32-bit: OS X 10.5 or higher
  • 64-bit: OS X 10.6 or higher
  • AU or VST 2/3 host or Pro Tools
  • Intel processor

Plug-In Formats:

  • All FabFilter plug-ins are available in VST, VST3, Audio Units, AAX Native and AudioSuite formats (all both 64-bit and 32-bit), as well as RTAS (32-bit only).

70. PolyKB III

by XILS Lab

PolyKB III

The Synthesizer They Should Have Invented 40 Years Ago

Simply the Most Versatile and Powerful Analog Modelled Polyphonic Synthesiser ever Produced…

The PolyKB III captures the sound and spirit of the legendary RSF PolyKobol 2 polyphonic synthesizer, including its most revolutionnary feature : Morphing analog Oscillators.

This set it apart from all the other common analog synth recreations, because you have instant access to hundreds of different analog modelled & free running oscillators waveforms. More than in other synthesizer, including those who propose switching between oscillators models. Icing on the cake, they can be dynamically modulated by many sources.

Let’s add: Two gorgeous, creamy multimode filters, self resonating in all modes, and Xils exclusive 0df technology. Three Analog modelled envelopes, with time multiplication, and looping capabilities. Two complex LFOs. They complete the picture to offer you this fat, warm and immediatly inspiring analog sound.

Per Voice!

It wouldn’t be a XILS-Lab instrument if it didn’t have innovative & exclusive features like the Per Voice modulation engines, or the giant Step Modulator, to propel it into the XXIth century.

Make each note different: The Voice XY is a Per Note Quad XY modifier. You can control in a 2D square up to 4 different parameters to create from subtle to wild variations for each coming new note.

Control your Sound in 3D Space: With the Space XY module, you can place each note in a 3D True Stereo Space, and build stereo scenes that no additional external effect can achieve. Furthermore, you can make it move with chaotic functions, adding incredible life to your sounds. You have never had so much artistic control over the stereo field.

If you combine these two Per Note modifiers with the True Unison engine, you’ll soon get amazing, dense, and breath taking sounds, that will proudly take their place in a mix at once. And to operate it, you simply place and move balls, representing the voices, in a square. So easy, so immediate, so tempting, and so powerful!

Hyper Modulations: The Polysequencer can now be used as a 128 steps, 4 lines/16 destinations giant Step Sequencer Modulator, allowing you to sculpt not only the most detailed TranceGate patterns, but also Slides or incredible rythmic patterns. Or everything together. Or something else, completely new.

More: Dynamic control of envelope segments & levels, LFOs & single oscillators levels. Polyphonic Arpeggiator & Sequencer. Dozens of hardwired and user customisable Macros modulations. 5 monophonic & polyphonic Play Modes. Syncable LFOs with cumulative waveforms, and reset switch. Polyphonic aftertouch. Midi Cc assignations to ALL parameters. Preset manager with customisable tags and multicriteria search engine. Vintage analog modelled Chorus, Delay, Phaser and EQ.Hundreds of presets made by the world’s best Sound Desingers. And hundreds of presets available with add-on packs etc. 

Everything is there to allow you to create fully organic and expressive presets: The final encounter between analog authenticity, and the modern age.

3 Morphing Oscillators

Oscillators are the only possible sound sources in an analog synthesizer. With 3 Oscillators, the PolyKB III now enters the very private territory of vintage analog synths like the Minimoog. As the oscillators can morph continuously, and can also be controlled by all modulation sources rather than stay static (Triangle to Saw to Double Saw to Square to Pulse) you get endless possibilities.

A double Hard Sync algorithm is on board (osc2/1 AND osc3/2). Finally, A 4th noise oscillator is there too, and Osc 2 & 3 can also behave like LFOs… at audio rate of course.

2 Multimode Filters

Two 0df Self Oscillating capable filters, with pre-post drive modules, direct Keyboard tracking, each with their own dedicated envelope for immediate tweaking. Multiple hardwired modulations. And multiple possible custom modulations as well : Total control

Each oscillator can feed Filter 1, or 2, or both. Filter can be cascaded (1 -> 2). And you can perform filter morphing with any modulation source by controlling the filter ½ balance.

The filter is an essential part of each analog synth, but you’ll have to try the demo to get the feel of these ones, as nothing we could say can fully describe its creamy and precise character.

Custom Per Voice modulation, The Voice XY Pad Modulator:

Per Voice modulator mean that each new note played will be affected by this modulator, and will sound different from the previous, and next ones. The voices are represented by red balls, that you can move, placed in a square. The vertical and horizontal position of each ball can modulate two different parameters, each with a dedicated amount knob, to choose between plethora of targets.

With this tool, you can perform an infinity of sound shaping tasks, like tailoring your own analog drift, especially suited to the track you make, or make crazy ever-changing sounds.

Custom Space XY Per Voice Modulator:

The exclusive SPACE XY Pad (Dynamic stereo Modulation XY Pad) allows you to build unique stereo scenes by allowing each new note to have a distinct position. Controlled by polyphony, this unique effect will make your analog the wideset, most intense you have ever heard.

You can also control the width of the overall stereo scene, and the position, and direction, of the mikes.

And finally, you can make the whole move with some chaotic LFO functions.

Super-sized Step Modulator Sequencer:

4×128 Steps of Pure Pleasure!

You can use PolyKB III sequencer as a giant Modulation only Step Sequencer, and write up to 4 different step sequences, up to 128 steps long.

Each sequencer line can control, via the User Matrix, up to 4 different synthesis parameters, including both filters, oscillators, but also envelope segments, or LFO output Levels.

Everything become possible, from the most detailed TranceGate patterns, to incredible groove parts.

Polyphonic Sequencer: Vintage or Futurist Sequences & Phrases

The 8 part Poly-Sequencer brings the concept of step sequencers one step beyond. You can record 8 parts in real time, or in step mode.

You can transpose sequences according to the root note with the tuned mode. It also has an incredible step play mode that you can use for live chord sequences.

Several different play modes allow you to use it as a Phrase that you can trigger on the fly, or fully controlled tracks with the Midi Cc automation of the start/stop functions recorded in your daw.

You can zoom in/out the GRID, record velocities.

Full edit capabilities of notes/parts : muting, editing, etc.

Once all this is done you can save your sequence in their own format and begin to build your own library of custom sequences

And you can even use it as a source modulation in the mod matrix to make superior sequences …. (See above to use the Sequencer to send automation data only).

True Unison (& Stereo Scene)

  • The PolyKB’s gorgeous analog character can be reinforced by different features, like the custom number of Unison voices, and our very special Drift knob (Which randomly adds a more or less drastic distinct character to each voice).
  • In Addition, our exclusive DynaMYX Pad (Dynamic stereo Modulation XY Pad) allows you to build unique stereo scenes by allowing each note played to have a distinct stereo position. Controlled by polyphony, this unique effect will make your analog the wideset, most intense you have ever heard. We have given you some great presets to start with and can’t wait to hear what you come up with.
  • Of course you can also control the width of the overall stereo scene, and the direction of the mikes.

Total Control: Total Control!

You can assign any MIDI Cc to any synthesis parameter to fine tune some midi parts, or achieve the most precise automations. When combined with the Polyphonic Integrated Sequencer you can build anything from ever-changing patterns to solid bulletproof analog sequences like in the ancient times.
 
You’ll also get some additional parameters that make full sense when playing music, like the possibility to control the speed of all Attack parameters with velocity ( Found in the Hardwired Matrix Modulation), or the Decay/Release of all envelopes. This is the key to expressive Keys or Brass/Strings patches, but you can use this to design rageous expressive leads as well.

Additional parameters related to the envelopes are the 3 different Mono Modes, with low, high or last note priority. The Poly Circular and Poly Reset play modes are tied to the Voice XY and Space XY pads described above.

3 Envelopes & 2 LFOs

The 3 analog modelled ADSR are hardwired to the VCA and both VCF. But you can also use them as modulations sources. And targets as well, including individual EV segments. A keyboard tracking is available for the enveloppes.

In addition, ADSR 2& 3 can loop, or can be used as a LFO to complete the 2 main LFOs and the (synced) Sample & Hold module. Enveloppes have a Time Multiply factor , to embrace all situations.

The full featured LFOs can cumulate several waveforms, like a sine + a square, or a synced noise ( Sample & Hold ) added to a Ramp Up. They have a fade in time, a delay time, and can be synced, to the host or internal clock. They also benefit from a reset/note on parameter.

Of course LFOs can be polyphonic, or monophonic, so you can get both usual tremolo, vibrato and wha effects, while preserving a second Lfo for more subtle polyphonic modulations.

Hardwired Macro Modulation – The Matrix

Hardwired modulations allow you to change the sound in a dynamic way by just establishing a connection (click on a switch) between different modules, then using the amount knobs. 

The PolyKb III offers you more than 35 hardwired modulations, with various sources like LFOs, Enveloppes, but also oscillators or noise to perform AM & RM, or Filter FM. Not counting the VCA & VCF Enveloppe amounts, or KB Tracking amounts, which are also hardwired modulations.

Custom Macro Modulation – The User Matrix

With custom modulations you can freely choose the sources, targets and amounts of the modulations. 

The PolyKB III offers 4 custom macro modulators matrixes. Each of the 4 sources can control simultaneously up to 4 parameters, so 16 additional freely assignable modulations are possible. Amounts can be positive, or negative. You can choose between plethora of sources, and dozens of destinations, including  filters balance for morphing between filters, enveloppe segments or output levels, LFO output levels, etc. The road for creativity is here again fully opened for all kinds of creative use.

Analog Modelled Effects

Delay, Chorus, Phaser, EQ : The PolyKB is equipped with vintage Chorus and Phaser units, and an analog type Delay & Dual EQ. 

Delay time, Chorus & Phaser rate can be used a targets in the User Mod Matrix to build Solina style Ensemble processing ,or other strange effects.  

These effects are simple, but have –a strong- character, and sound unique. And if you use them, it’s just impossible to replace them with any other external effects.

You might now have a better idea of why RSF synthesisers made the happy days of such renown artist as Depeche Mode, Jean-Michel Jarre, Hans Zimmer, Peter Gabriel, Vince Clark and Vangelis, and why we wanted to make a recreation of their master piece, the PolyKobol 2 (only 30 were ever built)

Then propel it in the future with so many exclusive, yet musical, features.

Features:

  • Three aliasing-free morphing oscillators: from triangle to pulse, through saw.
  • Two 4 poles Multimode self oscillating filter
  • Three Loopable envelope generators (ADSR)
  • two MIDI syncable LFO
  • One MIDI syncable Sample and Hold
  • One 128 steps polyphonic sequencer/TranceGate Sequencer/Phrase Player
  • One Per voice VoiceXY modulator
  • One Per voice SpaceXY Spatializer
  • One Hardwired macro modulation matrix
  • One User Macro Mododulation Matrix
  • One arpeggiator (monophonic and polyphonic)
  • Four Vintage effects effects
  • Six Mono/Unison/Poly playing mode with up to 16 voices of polyphony
  • All parameters are MIDI controllable

System Requirements

Mac OS X:

  • Mac OS X 10.8 and later 
  • VST, Audio Unit, AAX (32 & 64 bits, native)

PC:

  • Windows 7,8 and 10
  • VST, AAX (32&64 bits, native)

Minimum System Requirements: 

  • 1 GB of RAM and a 2 GHz processor
  • The PolyKB II is a plug-in and is not yet available in a standalone application

Please Note: The PolyKB II is not a stand-alone application, but a plug-in to be inserted into a music software application.


71. Vecto

by Rob Papen

Vecto

Vecto is a powerful Four-Oscillator Vector Synthesiser that allows the to draw in vector paths to shape the sound in many different ways. Included in the package are a huge selection of oscillator waves, sampled waveforms, multiple modulation options and preset vector paths to help create unique and distinctive sounds.

Originally introduced by Sequential Circuits in the Prophet VS Synth released back in 1986, Vector is a type of audio synthesis which provides dynamic sound movement by cross-fading between four sound sources.

Now available as a plug-in for the first time, Vecto was originally created for the Propellerhead Reason RE platform. However after huge commercial success, Rob Papen received many requests to make Vecto available to use in other DAWs so Audio Unit, VST and AAX are now supported too.

Features

  • 4 Oscillator Vector Synthesiser
  • Over 1100 Premium Presets
  • Central XY Controller for dynamic sound mixing 
  • 28 Filter Slots with a variety of high quality effects processors
  • 2 Effects Processors
  • Wide variety of Waveforms including Classic Analog Models, Additive, Spectrum and Samples
  • Classic-Style Arpeggiator
  • 200% size GUI option, for users of 4k screens.

Due to the interesting range of waveforms, from classic analog modelled ones, Additive, Spectrum and high quality sampled waveforms, the sound options are truly deep. Two filters are added with 28 Filter types and 2 top notch effect processors finish the audio route with blister. A lot of interesting modulation options and creative features are added in Vecto, including an arpeggiator.

Now NKS Compatible!

System Requirements

PC

  • Windows 7/ Windows 8/ Windows 10 (32 & 64 bits)

Formats:

  • VST
  • AAX (Note: PC AAX for PT 12 or higher)
  • Compatible with NI NKS system

Mac

  • OS-X 10.9 – 10.15 (64 bits only)

Formats:

  • AU
  • VST
  • AAX
  • Compatible with NI NKS system

Notes:

  • Serial/licence system with activation whilst registering the product
  • 2nd serial for a secondary computer/laptop is available after you have registered the product’s original serial/license.

72. Cherry Audio Year One Collection

by Cherry Audio

Cherry Audio Year One Collection

The Year One Collection includes all 19 commercial modules that Cherry Audio released in Voltage Modular’s first year. These stellar and innovative modules let you warp and shape your modular sound in crazy new ways.

The Year One Collection includes Additive Oscillator, ESP-20 Processor, Hex Phaser, Lyrinx Filter, Mega Saw, MPE Interface, Octagon Sequencer, Random Task, Remote Control, Sampler II, Sixteen-Step Sequencer, Stereo Delay, TB Filter, TB Oscillator, VCF-20 Filter, VCO-20 Dual Oscillator, Vintage Resonator, Vocoder, and Voltage-Controlled Mixer.

Included Products

  • Additive Oscillator | Source | Cherry Audio
  • ESP-20 Processor | Processor | Cherry Audio
  • Hex Phaser | Effect | Cherry Audio
  • Lyrinx Filter | Processor | Cherry Audio
  • MPE Interface | Utility | Cherry Audio
  • Mega Saw | Source | Cherry Audio
  • Octagon Sequencer | Controller | Cherry Audio
  • Random Task | Utility | Cherry Audio
  • Remote Control | Utility | Cherry Audio
  • Sampler II | Source | Cherry Audio
  • Sixteen-Step Sequencer | Controller | Cherry Audio
  • Stereo Delay | Effect | Cherry Audio
  • TB Filter | Processor | Cherry Audio
  • TB Oscillator | Source | Cherry Audio
  • VCF-20 Filter | Processor | Cherry Audio
  • VCO-20 Dual Oscillator | Source | Cherry Audio
  • Vintage Resonator | Processor | Cherry Audio
  • Vocoder | Processor | Cherry Audio
  • Voltage-Controlled Mixer | Utility | 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

Please Note: Voltage Modular does not currently work with Reason on Windows.


73. Solina Redux

by SONiVOX

Solina Redux

Have you ever wanted to hot rod an Arp Solina String Ensemble? Now you can. SONiVOX’s Solina Redux virtual instrument adds a sweet sounding virtual analogue synthesizer to a classic reproduction of an Arp Solina String Ensemble, then throws in TWO fully programmable 8-step sequencers to boot. It’s a match made in heaven and one that produces sonic textures you simply can’t get any other way.

The Arp Solina was the preeminent string ensemble in the 1970’s, made famous by the Eagles, Elton John, Pink Floyd, The Cure, Joy Division, Tangerine Dream, New Order and many others. Its analogue Violin, Viola, Cello, Contra Bass, Trumpet and Horn sounds have a sound that creates rich retro sounding orchestral ensembles, especially with its famous “Ensemble” chorus effect. 

Solina Redux gives you access to the original Solina sounds, including a model of the Ensemble chorus effect, but includes a modern virtual analogue synthesizer as a sidecar. The combination of these two synthesizers provides a sound palette that is both retro and modern or anything in between at your discretion. Each synth includes a multi-mode filter, amplitude and filter envelopes, LFO modulations and send effects. 

To top it off, Solina Redux adds in two fully programmable step sequencers, one for the Solina instrument and one for the analogue synthesizer. Play one note and out comes a modern orchestra unlike any you’ve heard. Each step sequencer gives you per step control over the pitch of each note, the volume of each note, the filter cutoff of each note, and the panning of each note. Other controls include gate time, tempo sync, time division, swing, note order and octave shift. 

Features

  • A two-in-one Arp Solina and Virtual Analog Synthesizer
  • Both synths hot-rodded to include multi-mode filters (low-pass, high-pass, bandpass, notch, peak) with individual LFO and envelope control
  • Three modelled effects including the Solina “Ensemble” effect, phaser, and vibrato.
  • Two fully programmable step sequencers including step control over filters and panning
  • Supports all popular plugin formats and operates as a standalone PC/Mac app for live performance. 

System Requirements

  • A virtual instrument in VST, AU, AAX and Standalone formats for Mac and Windows.

Mac Minimum System Requirements

  • OS X 10.8 – macOS 10.15 Catalina
  • 4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended)
  • 2 GB free disc space
  • Intel Core i5, i7, 2.3GHz processor or higher
  • Core Audio drive
  • Internet Access (Download and Authorization)
  • A FREE iLok account & manager is required for authorisation of this software – no iLok USB key is required

Windows Minimum System Requirements: 

  • Windows (x64) OS 8, 8.1, 10
  • 4 GB RAM (8GB or more recommended)
  • 2 GB free disc space
  • Intel Core i5, i7, 2.3GHz processor or higher
  • ASIO sound driver
  • Internet Access (Download and Authorization)
  • A FREE iLok account & manager is required for authorisation of this software – no iLok USB key is required

74. Concept

by Krotos

Concept

Synthesis In Motion

Concept is an intuitive and creative soft-synth, that makes the process of creating your own patches fast and inspiring. Concept’s flexible synth engine will enable you to create everything from traditional synth sounds to more complex evolving textures and custom sound design elements.

A fresh approach to modulation allows any parameter to be mapped to one of four highly editable multi-mode modulators in the centre of Concept’s UI. Choose from a variety of flexible modulation options such as an Env/Pitch Follower, an X/Y Capture pad and the unique ‘Tweak It’ customisation system. 

Concept also comes with an extensive selection of high-quality effects with a total of three simultaneous insert slots. A highlight of the effects suite is a mix ready convolution reverb that allows user IR files to be utilised to create unusual creative effects. 

Key Features

  • Modulation System – Explore a new approach to modulation using drag-and-drop. Instantly identify your mappings with clear colour coding and animated visual feedback.
  • Tweak It – Get inspired quickly using our controllable and assignable customisation system. Create variations of your patch with a single click, with results ranging from musical to complex.  
  • X/Y Capture – Draw your modulation movements within an X/Y field. Capture patterns for any combination of parameters and sync the results to your project’s tempo. Create unique sounds and melodies in an instant. 
  • FX Rack – Combine a range of ten high-quality effects, and drag-and-drop any parameter into the modulation system. An innovative convolution reverb is included allowing the use of custom impulse responses. 
  • Audio Input – Stimulate new ideas by performing and modulating with any input or instrument. Use elements from your mix to create dynamic rhythmical patches, or use the pitch follower to create exciting interactions with existing melodies. 

To get you started, Concept comes loaded with 200+ diverse presets, designed by the likes of Mercury award-winning music producer Roni Size (Reprazent, Universal), Richard Devine (Google, Warp Records), Kayla Painter (Brownswood Recordings), Dom Ruckspin (Ninja Tune) and Hieroglyphic Being (Mathematics Records).

System Requirements

Mac

  • OS X 10.9 or later (64-bit only)
  • Mac Intel computer with a minimum of 2.4 GHz Intel Dual Core Processor
  • 4 GB of RAM

Formats:

  • VST
  • VST3
  • AU
  • AAX Native

Windows

  • Windows 7 and above (64-bit only)
  • 2.4 GHz Intel Dual Core Processor
  • 4 GB of RAM

Formats:

  • VST
  • VST3
  • AAX Native

Supported Host Applications

  • Ableton Live 10 and above
  • FL Studio (Windows only)
  • Pro Tools (11 or later)
  • Nuendo 8.2.10 or above
  • Logic Pro X
  • Studio One
  • Cubase 10
  • Reaper
  • Reason

Notes

  • Audio Input is not supported in Studio One and FL Studio.
  • An internet connection is required at the time of activation.

75. Sytrus

by Image Line

Sytrus

Note – This software is Windows compatible only and will not function on Mac computers!

Sound Engine

Meticulously crafted, Sytrus delivers ethereal lush pads, sonorous bells, scintillating highs or simply dirty grunge. The 6 user-definable operators can act as independent oscillators for subtractive synthesis, cross-modulate to create complex FM (Frequency Modulation) or RM (Ring Modulation) synthesis or the 256 partial harmonic editor can be used to additively synthesize virtually any timbre you can imagine. With up to 64x oversampling Sytrus delivers 100% epic sound.

Effects

Sytrus features 3 independent, chainable, filter units, each containing an array of filters (13 types each with 5 cutoff slope settings) and integrated waveshaper (distortion processor).

The filter units are optionally followed by a Chorus, Delay & Reverb unit. 100% Flexibility.

Presets

With over 500 hand-picked presets Sytrus is ready to contribute to any genre immediately upon installation. Sounds cover – Arps, Bass, Bell, Brass, Chromatics, Drum, DX7, Experimental, FX, Guitar, Orchestral, Organ, Pad, Percussion, Piano, Plucked, Sequence, Synth, String, Wind. 100% inspiration.

Features

  • 6 independent operators with total freedom on oscillator shaping.
  • FM, RM, subtractive synthesis.
  • Multipoint articulation with unique arpeggiator system.
  • Fully controllable & automatable unison.
  • Effects: 13 filter types, 3 band Parametric EQ, Phaser, Chorus, Filters.
  • X/Y modulation control.
  • Up to 64x oversampling (for high-quality FM synthesis)

System Requirements

  • Windows XP (SP2), Vista, Win7, Win8, Win8.1, Win10 – (32 & 64 Bit)
  • 2Ghz AMD or Intel Pentium 3 compatible CPU with full SSE1 support
  • 512Mb RAM
  • 30Mb free disc space
  • DirectSound or ASIO compatible soundcard

Note – This software is Windows compatible only and will not function on Mac computers!

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76. Continua

by Audio Damage

Continua


Oscillate! 

Continua is a virtual analogue synth with a twist: a continuously morphable threesome of oscillators. With three interconnected controls defining the wave shape, Continua has a virtually limitless supply of waveforms, especially when you add cross-modulation and noise into the mix.  

Filter!

With two morphing state-variable filters (morph between LP, HP, BP and notch in 2-pole and 4-pole topologies), Continua has a broad palette of tone-shaping at its disposal, and is well suited for long, complex, evolving soundscapes. 

Modulate! 

With a whole host of modulation possibilities, Continua is capable of both simple synth sounds or huge, evolving soundscapes. With two ADSRs and two Flexible Envelope Generators (essentially an envelope sequencer), plus four flexible (continual waveshape) LFOs and a sophisticated sample & hold function, you can modulate any knob on the user interface with a simple right-click (double tap in iOS.) 

Control!

Continua is fully customizable to your taste and playing style. With full and extensive MPE support, it can take advantage of the extended control set of your Linnstrument, Seaboard, Soundplane, Continuum, or other MPE controller, and support for TUN files lets you use tuning tables. The resizable Hi-DPI GUI lets you adjust the size to match your visual needs, and the cross-platform preset mechanism lets you share your creations with your friends and collaborators, no matter what system they are using. Save your preferred settings as the default state, and Coninua will always be exactly what you need. 

Features

  • Three Flexible Oscillators: Continuously variable morphing waveform, with warp, shape, and skew controls.
  • Dual Morphing Filters: Filters can be used in serial or parallel modes, and morph from lowpass through bandpass and highpass to notch in 2-pole and 4-pole configurations.
  • Noise Source: Noise source features a “colour” control that affects tonal characteristics of the noise. 
  • ADSR x 2: Continua has two ADSR-style envelope generators, with a curve on attack, decay, and release.
  • Flexible Envelope Generator (FEG) x 2: The two FEGs are arbitrary function generators, with up to 99 steps, curve and step level control, arbitrary loop points, and host tempo sync. 
  • Flexible Low-Frequency Oscillator (FLFO) x 4: The four FLFOs utilize four controls (phase, shape, skew, and warp) to access a virtually limitless palette of waveforms, and feature host tempo sync and retrigger. 
  • Sample And Hold: The S&H mod source can sample noise (random) or any of the other mod sources, at either a user-defined rate or a musical division, and includes built-in smoothing and distance limit (for a “walk” effect).
  • Modulation: Every knob in Continua is a mod destination, with a very fast and simple assignment matrix access with a right-click on the knob (double-tap on iOS). 
  • Tuning Tables And Global Tuning Offset: Re-tune Continua to new intonations and temperaments using the open-source and easy-to-use TUN file format. A global tuning offset (default to A=440) allows you to easily retune the entire synth to match a different A frequency without using a tuning table. 
  • MPE (MIDI Polyphonic Expression): Continua understands both “legacy” MIDI and MPE. Use your Linnstrument, Roli Seaboard, Haken Continuum, Madrona Labs Soundplane, or Sensel Morph (among others) to directly access per-note pressure, pitch bend, and modulation. 
  • Per-Instance Settings: Continua utilizes a per-instance customization method: set MPE mode, aftertouch smoothing, pitch bend range override, tuning table, and global tuning offset for each instance in your DAW, with an option to save any state as your global starting point.
  • Factory Presets: Continua comes with a substantial collection of factory content, including Designer Presets from Red Means Recording, Glitch Machines, and Sonalsystem.
  • Cross-Platform Preset Format: Continua utilizes an XML-based preset manager. Work between multiple systems without troubles.
  • Fully Resizable Hi-Dpi/Retina GUI: Continua’s vector-based GUI is resolution-agnostic, and displays the same on every system and resolution. Easily resize the UI (per instance) to match your visual needs, from postage stamp to poster-sized.

System Requirements

Mac

  • 10.11 El Capitan or newer and a 64-bit DAW. 
  • VST/VST3/AAX/AU (64-bit only).

PC

  • Windows 8.1 or newer.
  • VST/VST3/AAX (64-bit only).

Important Note: This software is 64-bit compatible only and will not function on 32-bit systems.


77. Curve 2

by Cableguys

Curve 2

Curve is a software synthesizer with an irresistible waveform editor, huge sound library and slick interface. Ideal for both experimentation and detailed tweaking at an excellent sound quality.

Feed Curve’s oscillators, LFOs and envelopes with custom waveforms. For anything rhythmic from wobbles to FX loops and evolving pads. For broad oscillator timbres from deep basses to shrill, aggressive snarls.

A huge library will get you started, with quality presets by well-known preset designers such as Michael Kastrup, Pluginguru, Myagi, Xenos Soundworks, Soundsdivine, and hidden pearls from the Curve community.

Curve 2 provides completely new possibilities for experimentation and detailed tweaking, with a simple to use, immediate, slick interface.

Sound Features

Curve features aliasing-free oscillators with custom waveforms, noise generation and broad FM options. Waveform crossfades provide for changing timbres; a comprehensive unison mode delivers fat lead sounds, wide pads and massive sound. Drawable LFOs deliver everything from melodic and rhythmic patterns to dubstep wobbles and punishing bit-crushing effects. Flexible filter routing, a feature-rich mono mode plus legato and glide, are all designed for great depth of control.

Preset Library

Curve’s preset library is a shared online database, providing a constant source of inspirational sound. Public preset sharing allows an ever-increasing number of great presets, public preset voting will help you manage the vast number of sounds, all from within the plugin. Curve ships with an excerpt of this ever-growing sound library. Macro knobs let you explore vast sound variations quickly, for quick access to those parameters that define the core of a sound.

Elegant Interface

Curve shows you everything important at a glance, featuring high contrasts and a fresh color scheme. Inbuilt MIDI assignment allows you to set up external MIDI controllers quickly.

The Curve Community

Since the first beta of Curve 1.0, the Curve community has steered the synthesizer’s future by submitting feature requests, comments and bug reports, and by sharing presets. Curve 2 is the result of our users submitting wishes and uploading great sounds. Big thanks to all of you!

System Requirements

Mac

  • Mac OS X 10.8 and later
  • 32 and 64-bit compatible
  • 2 GHz Intel CPU

Formats:

  • Audio Units (AU)
  • VST

Windows

  • Windows 7, 8 or 10 
  • 2 GHz CPU with SSE2 support 
  • 32 and 64-bit compatible

Format:

  • VST

78. 808 Studio 2

by Initial Audio

808 Studio 2

808 Bass Synth

808 Studio 2 was designed for cutting edge quality 808 sub-bass. Perfect for hip hop and trap or any genre that requires a hard-hitting bass synth.

With 808 studio 2, Initial Audio went one step further by adding advanced features such as drag and drop modulation for advanced synthesis, and an advanced sequencer which allows overlapping notes to get that classic pitch glide effect used in trap music. 808 Studio 2 could inspire your next beat just by hitting one key.

808 Studio 2 can now also load samples, drag and drop onto the sampler or select from the many Kick and 808 samples included.

Multiple high quality and advanced effects are builtin, such as the 3 band equaliser and Analog modelled Filter, with an epic sounding Chorus which can be applied only to the high end, so the subpart stays clean.

808 Studio 2 comes with 80 presets to get you started. Modifying any sound to your liking is super easy and will sound good with little effort.

From clean sub-bass to down and dirty basses, 808 studio is the perfect bass synth for the task.Features

  • 808 Bass Synth: Make 808 style bass and sub-bass.
  • Sampler: Drag and drop your own samples onto the sampler or select from the included samples.
  • Sub Osc: Perfect for adding extra low-end sub-bass. Includes fat mode and overdrive.
  • Oscillators: Two extra oscillators with their own dedicated lowpass filter.
  • Sequencer: 808 studio has its own built-in sequencer and comes with many sequences to get you started.
  • Drag and drop modulation: Delve deeper into sound design by assigning Mod Envelopes or LFOs to almost any control.
  • Effect Rack: 5 effects are available. The effects can be moved up or down in the rack. The Effects are Overdrive/Distortion, Compressor, 3 band equaliser, Chorus, and Filter containing both highpass and lowpass.
  • Sidechain: The side chain uses the Sample as its source and ‘ducks’ the volume of the rest of the oscillators and sub. This is useful if you have a Kick sample and you want the transient part to cut through so it hits harder.
  • Preset Browser: Choose different banks, create your own banks and presets to share with others.
  • Fully resizable HD interface: Drag the bottom right corner to make 808 bass synth the perfect size for your screen.

System Requirements

PC

  • Windows 7 or higher (64-bit only)
  • 4GB Ram
  • VST compatible DAW

Mac

  • OSX 10.6 or later (64-bit only)
  • 4GB Ram
  • VST or AU compatible DAW

79. Solina V

by Arturia

Solina V

No Strings Attached

We’re keeping the love alive with Solina V, our physical model of the classic Arp/Eminent Solina string machine.

Before polyphonic synthesizers, there were the string machines. The Solina, made originally by Eminent and rebranded for Arp, defined a class of sounds that are still as in demand today as ever. The Solina was probably heard on more albums in the 1970’s and 80s than any other single keyboard.

Like fresh Oxygen

We began by modeling the original Solina MK1 from Eminent making sure that the Violin, viola, cello, horn and trumpet sounds were as rich and warm as the original. The renowned ENSEMBLE effect was carefully modeled and is a thing of beauty that cannot be found in any of the sample-based string machines.

Strings and Things

Solina V is perfect for that string wash in your Nu Disco tracks or as a phase shifted pad in your old school electronic music track.

Soaring Beyond the Past

Besides recreating the original features of the Solina, we took a step further and expanded the sonic palette beyond anything the original designers could have imagined.

Additional features like the Vox Humana and Resonators from the 1978 Bob Moog polysynth, original paraphonic and new polyphonic modes of operation, a 24dB per octave filter on the bass section, an LFO, an arpeggiator, and more all add up to creating the biggest and baddest string machine ever.

Main Features

  • All of the original parameters of the ARP/Eminent Solina string ensemble
  • Vox Humana sound modeled after the original 1978 Bob Moog’s Polysynth
  • Classic Paraphonic operation as well as selectable Polyphonic mode
  • 1978 Bob Moog’s polysynth resonator section on Upper Section
  • 24dB per octave resonant filter on Bass Section
  • Arpeggiator on Bass Section
  • LFO for vibrato, tremolo and filter modulation
  • Aftertouch and velocity level controls
  • Solina MK1 and MK2 ensemble modes
  • 3-mode stereo chorus
  • Stereo dual phaser
  • Analog delay
  • Digital sync delay
  • Convolution reverb with 24 modeled reverbs
  • 150 presets

Arturia Software Center

ASC is the central software that elegantly manages all your Arturia software licenses. It activates your licenses and synchronizes them across multiple devices (you get five instances with each instrument license). ASC also notifies you of updates and downloads them. You can even easily learn about new products, download demos versions and purchase the full products. Simple.

Included in V Collection

This instrument is also part of the V Collection 5 -your complete dream line-up of the legendary synths, organs, pianos and more that made keyboard history. They’re modeled with the most advanced technologies for authentic realism, and enhanced with new creative options. Whether you use it as DAW plugins in the studio or standalone at gigs, V Collection 5 puts the greatest keys of all time at your fingertips for instant inspiration.

TAE® Powered

TAE® “True Analog Emulation” is Arturia’s exclusive technology that accurately reproduces the defining sonic qualities of analog synthesizers. It recreates the characteristics of analog oscillators in amazing detail, transparency and clarity, as well as the exact properties of the analog filters that give each classic instrument its unique sound. Soft clipping adds even more punch and presence. TAE® is primarily what makes our virtual instruments indistinguishable from the originals.

Preset Browser

Our redesigned preset browser lets you quickly find just the sound you’re looking for.

Search by name or simply select the appropriate tags to dial in on the exact sonic character you’re looking for. You can mark and recall your own favorites, enter comments, and set up playlists. There’s never been a more intuitive way to manage your library of designer and personal presets.

Resizable GUI

The user interfaces for all your Arturia instruments are now resizable, making it easy to work with any High Resolution screen, UHD or Retina.

You can decide whether you want to fill the screen with awesome graphic reproductions of classic instrument goodness, scale the window down when you’re working in a DAW and screen real estate is at a premium, or even zoom for detailed work.

System Requirements

Platform specifications

Windows

  • Windows: Win 7+ PC: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Mac

  • Apple: 10.10+: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Required configuration

  • Works in Standalone, VST 2.4, VST 3, AAX, Audio Unit, NKS (64-bit DAWs only).

Protection

The software is protected by the Arturia Software Center.


80. String Studio VS-3

by Applied Acoustics Systems

String Studio VS-3

String Studio VS-3 is a multitimbral synthesizer in which a collection of unique string oscillators replaces the traditional VCOs, DCOs, and operators as the main sound source. Consisting of picks, bows, and hammers interacting with a modelled string, these oscillators offer a special blend of modern and creative synthesis. Augmented with a soundboard, classic filters, an enveloppe generator, a LFO, and studio-quality effects, String Studio VS-3 proposes a brand-new path in the quest for tone.

Note: Upgrade & Bundle are also available. 

What’s New

We have streamlined String Studio and brought it to a whole new level – it will change your perspective on what a synthesizer can be.

  • NEW Two-Voice Multitimbral: String Studio VS-3 combines two independent timbres—either stacked or split—to create performance-friendly, texture-full, and spacious sounds that are sure to make a good impression.
  • NEW Modulators: String Studio VS-3 now boats two performance modulators per layer that respond to user-defined MIDI controls. Each and every sound features effect and morphing assignments that can be played in real time for enhanced expressivity and sonic dimension.
  • PEPPED Factory Library : A long and fastidious process of fine-tuning went down in the AAS quarters. Each and every sounds went under the eyes of all team members to exit with a consistent gain-stage, unity-gain effects, better dynamics, and compelling real-time sound transformation assignments. This is our most perfected sound library to date.
  • NEW Signature Sound Packs: String Studio VS-3 ships with four brand-new signature sound packs created by the industry’s top sound designers. Richard Devine, Christian Laffitte, Thiago Pinheiro, and Daniel Stawczyk form an incredible team that made the most of the latest String Studio VS-3 features It’s with great pride that we present these 227 new sounds.
  • NEW Browser: String Studio VS-3’s improved sound browser presents a simple way to find the sound you’re after. String Studio VS-3 sorts sounds by category to present an overview of a pack’s content. Additionally, shortcuts to categories and tone qualities provide a quick way to jump right where you need to be.
  • IMPROVED Filter’s Musicality: String Studio VS-3’s filters can now put up with extreme modulation while remanding totally musical.
  • NEAT Compatible with String Studio VS-2 sounds: Simply copy String Studio VS-2 banks in String Studio VS-3’s packs folder to convert them.
  • IMPROVED Microtonal tunings via Scala scale files: String Studio VS-3 now supports the Scala scale file format as well as reference note frequency tuning for microtonal music making.
  • EXPANDED Multi-Effects Module: String Studio VS-3’s multi-effects module now sports reverb, equalizer, compressor, and guitar amplifier processors for even more

One-of-a-kind String Oscillator Synthesizer

String Studio VS-3 provides a truly distinctive sonic signature thanks to a collection of unique string oscillators.

Two-Voice Multitimbral

String Studio VS-3 combines two independent timbres—either stacked or split—to create performance-friendly, texture-full, and spacious sounds that are sure to make a good impression.

String Oscillators

Consisting of picks, bows, hammers, fingers, frets, and dampers, the string oscillators offer a unique blend of modern and creative synthesis.

Classic Architecture

Augmented with classic filters, enveloppe, LFO, soundboard, and studio-quality effects, String Studio VS-3 offers a terrific balance between innovation and familiarity.

Multi-Effect Galore

String Studio VS-3 holds an abondance of effects in three independent racks. Reverb, delay, distortion, phaser, chorus, flanger, filters, equalizer, compressor, guitar amplifier, tremolo—all assist in putting the final touch on a sound.

Per Sound MIDI Controlled Variations

String Studio VS-3 now boasts two performance modulators per layer that respond to user-defined MIDI controls. Each and every library sound features effect and morphing assignments that can be played in real time for enhanced expressivity and sonic dimension.

Everything you need from Start to Finish

With 800+ professionally crafted presets covering all the synthesizer sound categories, String Studio VS-3 packs everything you need to create all the parts of your productions.

800+ Professionally crafted presets

The 800+ sounds of String Studio VS-3 form a coherent whole with consistent gain-staging, unity-gain effects, better dynamics, and compelling per sound MIDI controlled variations. This is our most perfected sound library to date.

Four Signature sound packs

String Studio VS-3 ships with four pristine signature sound packs created by unrivalled sound dwellers. Richard Devine, Christian Laffitte, Thiago Pinheiro, and Daniel Stawczyk set forth a collection of unheard sounds that makes the most of the latest String Studio VS-3 features.

22 Top sound designers

Only a team can assemble a fine factory library—let’s introduce the 22 contributors: Ben Crosland, Benoit Charland, Carsten Schmid, Christian Halten, Christian Laffitte, Daniel Stawczyk, Deadbeat, Eric Thibeault, Erik Putrycz, Gautam, Glen Darcey, Harm Visser, JDG, Jean-Christophe Utz, Martin Walker, Paul Haslinger, Philippe Derogis, Richard Devine, Sean Divine, Simeon Amburgey, Thiago Pinheiro, and Vincent Gagnon.

22 Synthesizer sound categories

String Studio VS-3 shows high proficiency by covering 22 sound categories—basses, percussions, effects, impacts, noises, sweeps, clavinets, keys, organs, bells, mallets, guitars, plucks, strings, leads, pads, arpeggios, layers, rhythmics, sequences, splits, and textures.

With String Theory, Adam Pietruszko takes meticulous advantage of String Studio VS-3’s two-voice multitimbrality and MIDI-controlled sound variations features to deliver rich, complex, and refined sounds. From strings to a wide selection of basses, leads, plucks, pads, and keys, with tonal qualities ranging from acoustic, through electric, up to far-out synthetic, String Theory forms a sweeping collection that will tackle any musical genres with ease. And with presets notes, Adam Pietruszko shares a tremendous amount of insight about synthesis as well as expert information to take full advantage of String Studio VS-3’s capabilities.

System Requirements

WINDOWS · MAC OS X · 32-/64-BIT & VST · AU · RTAS · AAX NATIVE · STANDALONE 

AAS products are compatible with nearly all DAWs…

  • Ableton Live
  • Apple GarageBand
  • Apple Logic Pro
  • Apple Mainstage
  • Avid Pro Tools
  • Bitwig Studio
  • Bandlab Cakewalk
  • Cockos Reaper
  • Image-Line FL Studio
  • MOTU Digital Performer
  • Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol
  • Native Instruments Maschine
  • Presonus Studio One
  • Propellerhead Reason
  • Steinberg Cubase

Mac Minimum System Requirements*

  • Mac OS X 10.7 or later
  • Intel Core processor or later
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 70 MB of free hard drive space

PC Minimum System Requirements*

  • Windows 7 32‑/64‑bit or later
  • Intel Core or equivalent processor
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 70 MB of free hard drive space

*The minimum system requirements mentioned above are for standalone usage. For plug-in usage, please refer to your DAW software requirements (Sonar, Pro Tools, Cubase, Live, Digital Performer, Logic Pro, etc.).


81. B.I.T.

by Rob Papen

B.I.T.

B.I.T. stands for Back In Time…

Instead of combining the best of analog modelling with hybrid synthesis, which we can see with the other Rob Papen synthesizers, B.I.T. focuses on Analogue Modelled Synthesis.

Why this move you might think? The idea behind it is that the classic analog type of synthesis has its own charm and simply has not yet been covered by the Rob Papen brand. So, no spectrum waveforms, or samples inside B.I.T. nope, it is pure ‘Analogue Modelled’ synthesis.

Although B.I.T. has no patch cables, it is modular by all means! The Modulation Matrix is used for the patching, however, also included is the smart ‘advanced’ panel below the Oscillators. With these advanced features (accessed by switching the ADV switch), you can quickly make several connections such as LFO and Envelope to the Oscillator parameters inside of B.I.T.

Also included is the option to modulate Oscillator 2 by Oscillator 1 in several ways which expands the sound pallet with Phase Modulation, Frequency Modulation, and Ring Modulation.
A Rob Papen synthesizer would, of course, be incomplete without the arpeggiator (which can also work in sequencer mode), so a fully-featured Arp is available and has an additional free row that you can use to modulate other parts of B.I.T. by using the Modulation Matrix.

Adding the finishing touch on B.I.T. is, of course, the FX section. Some superb sounding FX are added. Rob Papen’s top-notch Reverb is also included inside B.I.T. which means you won’t have to go outboard for adding reverb.

As previously mentioned B.I.T. stands for ‘Back In Time’ however it can also mean ‘Be Inspired Today’ whilst using our Analogue Modelled Synthesizer.

Features

  • 16 voice virtual analog synthesizer
  • Over 950 top-quality presets
  • 2 Oscillators with a dedicated advance panel offering an LFO and Envelope for modulating different parts of the Oscillator
  • Classic waveforms in each oscillator included ‘Tuned Noise’
  • 2nd Oscillator has Sub-Oscillator with Sinus, Square and Saw waveform
  • Oscillator-2 can be modulated by Oscillator-1 in FM, PM or RING mode.
  • Oscillator-2 can Sync to Oscillator-1
  • Oscillators have ‘wave feedback’ feature
  • Dedicated Noise Oscillator with White and Pink Noise
  • 2 analog modelled Filters with 11 different character Filter types and modes
  • Filter Routing options: serial, split-oscillators, split-noise
  • Dedicated Filter Envelope with Attack, Decay, Sustain, Fade and Release.
  • Filter Envelopes with Tempo Bases Sync option and inverted mode
  • AMP with velocity control and Attack, Decay, Sustain and Release
  • ARP with 16 steps and many different modes and detailed features and options
  • PLAY MODE with Poly, Mono and Legato mode included many different Unison modes
  • Chorus FX
  • Flanger or Phaser FX
  • Delay and HQ Reverb (serial)
  • Bank manager
  • 100%, 150% and 200% size options

Now NKS Compatible!

System Requirements

PC

  • Windows 7/ Windows 8/ Windows 10 (32 & 64 bits)

Formats:

  • VST
  • AAX (Note: PC AAX for PT 12 or higher)
  • Compatible with NI NKS system

Mac

  • OS-X 10.9 – 10.15 (64 bits only)

Formats:

  • AU
  • VST
  • AAX
  • Compatible with NI NKS system

Notes:

  • Serial/licence system with activation whilst registering the product
  • 2nd serial for a secondary computer/laptop is available after you have registered the product’s original serial/license.

82. Morphine

by Image Line

Morphine

Ever wanted to synthesize a sound but found it was impossible? With Morphine, no sound is too painful to recreate. Morphine is indeed a powerful pain killer!

A Small Revolution

Morphine is a powerful Additive Synthesizer with a logical, flexible architecture that allows you to create any sound. You can do this directly by adjusting harmonics manually or by taking any input sample and resynthesizing it into one of 4 independent voices.

Additive Synthesis has been considered one of the most desirable ways to emulate real instruments or to create new sounds. However, Additive Synthesis has proved both technically and conceptually difficult to implement, requiring expensive computational algorithms and hardware.

Morphine changes everything!

Morphine introduces a minor revolution to the world of Additive Synthesis.

With low CPU usage algorithms that retain a warm sound without sacrificing articulation accuracy, and a flexible architecture,  Morphine moves instantly to the top of its class.

Inside Morphine.

So what makes Morphine a revolution? We’ll tell you.

Morphine’s 128 harmonic oscillator engine is fully optimized for producing a high quality, warm sound, with ground shaking bass and crystal clear high frequencies. Based on complex, full 32 bit mathematics, with no internal sampling to avoid interpolation noises so Morphine retains that ‘analog’ quality.

The oscillators are also optimized for fast amplitude and frequency modulation response for accurate tone reproduction. The oscillator engine is not only thing that makes Morphine sound so great. With an infinite number of harmonic snapshots ‘per-spectrum’, and the ability to map a unique spectra for each note, you can generate a realistic and balanced sound over the entire keyboard range. Additionally, the four generator sources can be morphed via the in-built mix/morph envelope or from an external MIDI controller.

Combined with the four independent multipoint modulation envelopes, assignable to many internal parameters, you can achieve any sound, just like you imagined it. As an ‘Easter-egg’ for the sound designers among you, Morphine provides unison and comb/pulse width filter modulation of the harmonics directly, adding even more motion to the sound.

Features

  • High quality sound engine optimized for low CPU usage and fast amplitude and frequency modulation response.
  • 4 independent “Generators” per voice.
  • Keyboard layering with 128 unique Keyboard Zones.
  • Unlimited number of harmonic “snapshots” (breakpoints) per spectrum.
  • Amplitude, Detune, Panning control for all harmonics.
  • Filtering and Velocity response for each Generator source.
  • Highly CPU optimized, accurate Resynthesis allowing emulation of audio samples with high precision.
  • Manual override options for the resynthesis process to achieve most accurate emulations.
  • Ability to import waveshapes from audio file.
  • Variable-time control for spectra, mix/morph envelopes (can also be linked to key number, velocity or any other controller).
  • 4 PWM Filters (spectral emulation of comb filtering, unison or pulse-width)
  • Additional generator that allows any Noise Sample audio file to be mixed with the synthesized sound, complete with filtering.
  • Morphing path, morphs harmonics in real-time, controlled internally or from external modulation source/s.
  • Morphing Square, mixes the 4 Generator sources with a single convenient interface.
  • 4 multipoint (EG) envelopes can be routed to many internal Morphine controls
  • 1 to 32 note polyphony, user selectable.
  • ADSR master envelope.
  • Velocity response is adjustable.
  • Up to 5 built-in simultaneous effects: Chorus, Delay, Reverb, Equalizer, Distortion.
  • Attractive, user friendly interface, developed through 1000’s of man-hours testing and development.

System Requirements

PC

  • Windows XP (SP2), Vista, Win7, Win8, Win8.1, Win10 – (32 & 64 Bit)
  • 2Ghz AMD or Intel Pentium 3 compatible CPU with full SSE1 support
  • 512Mb RAM
  • 100Mb free disc space
  • DirectSound or ASIO compatible soundcard

Mac

  • OSX v10.7 (Lion)
  • G4 1.5 GHz or Intel Core Duo family
  • 512Mb RAM
  • 30Mb free disc space
  • CoreAudio drivers

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83. FabFilter Twin 2

by FabFilter

FabFilter Twin 2

Amazing Oscillators, Unique Filters

FabFilter Twin 2 is equipped with the best possible oscillators, award-winning filters and an innovative interface that makes sound design a breeze! Rather use presets? Twin 2 comes with more than 1600 quality sounds that you can use right away.

Innovative Easy-To-Use Interface

Programming Twin 2 is easy and fast. The what-you-use-is-what-you-see interface shows only what you are actually using, and the graphic component buttons give you direct access to the most important settings from the impressive list of features.

Easy Drag-and-Drop Modulation

With all the XLFOs, EGs, XY controllers, envelope followers and MIDI sources you will ever need, Twin 2 offers practically unlimited modulation possibilities. Creating new modulation connections could not be easier: just drag and drop.

FabFilter GoodiesFinally, you get all the usual FabFilter goodies: perfectly tuned knobs, MIDI Learn, Smart Parameter Interpolation for smooth parameter transitions, extensive help with interactive help hints, AltiVec and SSE optimization, and much more!

Key Features

  • Three high-quality oscillators with PWM, hard sync, and phase sync
  • Four state-of-the-art multimode filters with filter panning and 11 characteristics
  • Extensive delay section with feedback and filter section
  • Over 1600 presets
  • Ring modulation
  • Revolutionary new interface, using our innovative what-you-use-is-what-you-see concept
  • Normal and wide interface layouts, with an option to show or hide the modulation section at the bottom
  • Endless modulation options, with all the 16-step XLFOs, XY controllers, envelope generators, envelope followers and MIDI sources you will ever need
  • Easy drag-and-drop modulation with 50-slot modulation matrix
  • Modulation source signal visualization
  • GPU-powered graphics acceleration
  • Side chain input
  • Polyphonic portamento
  • 32-voice polyphony and unison
  • Highly improved MIDI Learn
  • Unique per-component presets
  • Smart Parameter Interpolation
  • Extensive help file with interactive help hints
  • Undo, redo and A/B switch features

System Requirements

Windows:

  • 32-bit: Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP
  • 64-bit: Windows 8, 7 or Vista (x64)
  • VST 2/3 host or Pro Tools

Mac OS X:

  • 32-bit: OS X 10.5 or higher
  • 64-bit: OS X 10.6 or higher
  • AU or VST 2/3 host or Pro Tools
  • Intel processor

Plug-In Formats

  • All FabFilter plug-ins are available in VST, VST3, Audio Units, AAX Native and AudioSuite formats (all both 64-bit and 32-bit), as well as RTAS (32-bit only)

84. XILS 4

by XILS Lab

XILS 4

The XILS 4 emulates a prototype that was never released, the EMS VCS4, based on two integrated, interlinked and interacting VCS 3 ( Synthi) cores. We also coupled them with the famous 256 analog polysequencer.

Like the 2nd huge Pin Matrix, and its numerous additional modules:

  • Envelopes, LFOs, S&H, Voltage Processor, Pitch Tracker, Transient etc.
  • Or the recreation of the unique, powerful 256 analog Polysequencer, intimately tied to the synthesis engines.
  • Add to that the analog Chorus ( 3 modes ) Delay and Phaser, the Spring Reverb, and the picture emerges.

In the XILS 4, you can connect everything with everything, and you get more than 1140 possible different connexions per patch. Did we say at Audio Rate?

An endless source of inspiration for those who want to go deep into the heart of Analog Modular Synthesis.

It’s impossible to summarize what the XILS 4 can do, but, in short, here’s the list of the main modules:

  • 12 Aliasing free Oscillators, grouped in 6 pairs, with WaveShaping, 3*2 Hard synchronization modes, + 2 additional Noise oscillators
  • 2 Analog Multimode Filters, Non Linear and zero delay Behaviors, with 3 Modes (12/18/24 dB) 
  • 4 Trapezoidal, looping, Envelope Generators. ( Switchable to standard ADSR )
  • 5 Polyphonic LFOs ( including 4 Oscillator acting as LFO at audio rate ) 
  • Polyphonic Ring Modulator and VCA engine 
  • Cascade Mode: Synthesizer 1 can feed Synth 2 engine inputs
  • 4 independent outputs feeding the Stereo Bus, each with one analog Lp/Hp filter 
  • 2 Programmable Joystick Vector Controllers ( up to 32+32 modulation targets ) 
  • Polyphonic Sequencer with 3 independent lines, Slew rates, 3 recording modes. 
  • Sequencer can behave as modulation source. 
  • Pitch Tracker, Enveloppe Follower, Transient, Gate, Sample & Hold Modules
  • Chorus, Delay, Phaser, Spring Reverb 
  • 6 Play modes (including Unison 2/4/6 ), Polyphonic and mono Portamento/Glissando/Legato, 2 different Keyboard Scaling, Polyphonic Aftertouch and VCA handling. 
  • Nearly 700 presets made by worldwide famous Sound Designers 
  • Preset Database Engine ( Find the right patch in a flash, create your own tags )
  • Comprehensive manual with a getting started and tutorial sections
  • More than 100 parameters mappable to midi controllers
  • More than 1100 possible connexions per patch!!!

With the XILS 4 research Synthesizer, things that were impossible yesterday become now possible, with never ending programming possibilities.

Not sure you’re ready for modular monsters ?  This synthesizer includes a new preset factory library, with more than 350 presets that were especially designed for it, and also includes the XILS 3 factory library.

It also includes tutorial patches, helping you to climb the first steps of your modular life.

History: Why two synthesizers for the XILS 4?

Tim Blake told us about his old “Crystal Machine” combo: two linked AKS machines with hard sychronisation between oscillators. One was connected to the keyboard, and the other connected to the sequencer. And Peter Zinoviev also told us about a never released EMS prototype, the VCS 4: two linked VCS3! We mixed both concepts, then added a lot of modules inherited from the XILS 3 and XILS 4 were born !

XILS 4 combines Two XILS 3 synthesizers, that interact in many ways. To understand the genesis of the XILS 3, a recreation of the famous EMS synthi synthesizer, we have to go back to 1969.

1969: The PIN MATRIX REVOLUTION (No More Cables Anywhere)

In a modular synthesizer, you can connect any module to another one. Peter Zinovieff, the visionary synth Wizard, established with the EMS series a new way to connect modules: The Pin Matrix. Just plug a pin in the Matrix, and the connection is set.

Advantages of these techniques were obvious, breathtaking: More inputs and outputs for each module. No more cables cluttering the synth panel. Easy to operate, easy to read, visualize, and build, your patch. No more roadies: The analog modular synthesizer suddenly became portable. Add to this the first Vector Synthesis experiments.

The XILS 3-4 series offers the same advantages and even brings a lot more on the table. Let’s now see the different modules

No synthesis can be done without a good filter: the XILS 4 offers two multimode filters that were modeled to reproduce the analog character of the old machine. 
The 18 and 24 db low-pass types can self-oscillate, and internal non linearities have been finely reproduced: It is faithful to the “zero-delay” behavior of real life to give you a big smile when sweeping it.

The PIN MATRIXES: As we saw, modules have to be connected through patch areas called Pin Matrixes. 
The XILS 4 offers no less than 8 Pin Matrixes: 2* 256+256 points dedicated to the main audio synthesis, one for the trig connections and 4 for the sequencer connections (one for the modulation and one for the trig connections). Experts will spot at once that, in the 2 extended Matrixes, you can freely define some sources and destinations in the last two rows of lines and columns, like S&H, or even Envelope Segments. 

And, yes, that means even more fun, and ultimate tweaking possibilities!

Matrix Synthesizer

The core of the synthesis is based on the original audio modules:

  • Six oscillators grouped in Three pairs
  • Hard synchronisation
  • One Low pass filter with 12, 18 and 24 db slope  
  • One spring reverb
  • One Trapezoidal looping envelop
  • One Polyphonic Ring Modulator
  • One Noise generator
  • Two output static filters

Oscillators : Beyond the digital limitation, in a true analog emulation, as in all XILS-lab instruments, the freedom of the sound which one has in mind when listening to hardware analog synthesizers, the analog spirit  have been preserved. 

XILS 4 oscillators were modeled to reproduce as close as possible the original waveforms.

The following figures compare the different waveforms of the original AKS model and those of the XILS 4.

As you can see, the raising front is sharp, but as the signal reaches its maximum, it becomes slower. This gives XILS 4 Oscillators an unique analog sound and character : soft and warm, yet very rich in harmonics.

No synthesis can be done without a good filter: the XILS 4 multimode filter was modeled to reproduce the analog character of the old machine.

The 18 and 24 db low-pass types can self-oscillate, and internal non linearities have been finely reproduced : It is faithful to the “zero-delay” behavior of real life to give you a big smile when sweeping it. 

The PIN MATRIXES: As we saw, modules have to be connected through patch areas called Pin Matrixes.

The XILS 4 offers no less than 8 Pin Matrixes: Two 256+225 points dedicated to the main audio synthesis, one for the trig connections, and three other for the sequencer connections (two for the modulation and one for the trig connections) Experts will spot at once that, in the extended Matrix, you can freely define some sources and destinations in the last two rows of lines and columns, like S&H, or even Envelope Segments. 

Thanks to these added matrix, the sequencer can modulate independently the “right” or the “left” core !

Last but not least, the Keyboard trig can be delayed : the envelopes can be trigged at two different time.

Built Layers, Mix and Match different patches in a flash : Each of the Left & Right synth engines has its own patch browser, in addition to the general patch browser. So that you can load in any of the two synth engines (Left & Right), any L/R part of any patch present in your preset library. 

It has never been so easy to layer two leads, or a Pad and an Fx. Together with the Vector Synthesis, this means that you can create your own patches in the XILS 4 very easily and quickly, in an intuitive way.

The Extended Modules (Augmented Matrixity)

To increase the sound design possibilities, we have added 5 other modules, intended to be connected via the Extended Matrix (2×225 new possible connections)

  • Two additional envelopes (Trapezoidal or ADSR)
  • One Tempo syncable LFO
  • One Tempo syncable Sample and Hold
  • One voltage processor (with a delay feature)

The Polyphonic Sequencer

The Sequencer has been inspired by the EMS 256 sequencer, a 3 layers/2 tracks powerful device with some unique features, like 3 independent slew rate knobs.

Here again a few things were added, like Sequencer Lines acting as Modulations Sources in a special Matrix. Interactions that you cannot reproduce in even the most sophisticated DAW.

Note: The sequencer can modulate or trig the both cores independently.

Vector Synthesis

The Pin Matrix and looping analog envelopes weren’t the only innovative features of the EMS series. Vector Synthesis should definitely be added to the list. The Joystick, with its numerous inputs and outputs, should be regarded as a giant step toward Vector Synthesis, and what is now known as Macro controllers.

With the XILS 4 Joystick duo (yes each engine has its own Joystick), you can not only make fascinating real time controlled evolutive sequences or performances, but also find a lot of interested variations patches nested in a single patch. Almost all XILS 4 factory library presets have been created to benefit of the Joystick and other real time controllers.

The Effects

The XILS 4 provides three warm and wick sounding audio effects:

  • 3 Modes Chorus
  • A Delay (Tempo Syncable)
  • A Phaser (with enhanced analog behavior)

Using the XILS 4 as an effect Processor

The XILS 4 can also be used as a terrific effect processor. The plug-in inputs can be used directly, feeding the filters, or as audio rate modulation sources ….. endless possibilities.

To increase a little bit the fun, we added 4  input audio processors, making XILS 4 a fantastic mangling machine!

  • Transient Follower (which generates trigs or envelops)
  • Envelope Follower
  • Featured Gate
  • Pitch Tracker

System Requirements

Mac

  • Mac OSX 10.3.9 and later : VST, Audio Unit,  RTAS (Protools 7.0 and later),AAX (32&64 bits, native)

Windows

  • Windows XP, Vista and 7 ; VST,  RTAS (Protools 7.0 and later),AAX (32&64 bits, native)

85. Vox Continental V

by Arturia

Vox Continental V

Light your Fire

VOX Continental-V brings back the classic sound of the famous VOX Continental 300 through our TAE® physical modeling technology.

The transistor circuitry and drawbars behind this classic organ put it in the forefront on some of the biggest songs by the greatest bands of the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and beyond. VOX Continental V provides instant access to these hit-making sounds and much more.

It’s Organic

We started with the classic and rare Vox Continental 300 dual manual organ and captured every nuance of the original, right down to the key contact timing and background noises. Beyond this we also modeled the follow up product from Vox inventor Tom Jennings…the J70 organ so you get two products in one.

A Special Kind of Madness

The Vox sound is known for its ability to hang out well with guitars in a mix. From clean single drawbar melodies to grinding full power chords, it is perfect for the indie rock or ‘mod’ squad sound.

This Years Super Model

While both of these organs will create all the classic sounds, we took them fursther and added Extended modes with even mode drawbards, and extended percussion section.

There is also an impressive collection of vintage stomp boxes to process your sound and output options of a traditional guitar amp, Leslie or direct out. These new options give you access to a much richer pallet of sounds that will help you to define your own sound.

Main Features

  • Physical Modeling of the VOX Continental 300.
  • Added models of the ultra rare Jennings J70.
  • Extended mode allows for more controls and more sound possibilities.
  • Includes classic stompbox-type modeled effects.
  • Modeled Guitar Tube Amp and Rotary Speaker outputs for vintage live sound.
  • Extensive MIDI mapping of pedals, effects and sound engine parameters.
  • Modeled amplifiers: *Fender Deluxe Reverb Blackface, Fender Twin Reverb Blackface, Fender Bassman, Marshall Plexi, Leslie Speaker.
  • Modeled microphones: *Shure SM57, Sennheiser MD 421, Neumann U 87.
  • Convolution reverb with custom classic spring reverbs.

Advanced Features

  • Dual manual VOX 300 emulation
  • Jennings J70 voice engine mode
  • Classic red/orange VOX skin or UK VOX/Jennings grey skin
  • Upper manual, lower manual and bass pedal sections
  • Complete MIDI mapping
  • Multiple output effects processors
  • Supports MIDI splits or independent channels per manual
  • Tight integration with Arturia Keylab MIDI Controller keyboards
  • VST, VST3, AU, AAX and standalone versions.
  • EXPANDED mode :
    • Adds a full compliment of drawbars for each harmonic
    • Adds a new waveform drawbar on each section
    • Vibrato, tremolo, reverb, overdrive and more effects
    • Leslie™ and guitar amp simulator outputs
    • Expanded percussion section with short and long decay times
  • OPEN mode :
    • Allows for individual tuning of each pitch like a real VOX
    • Increase or decrease the key contact timing (simulates older key contacts)
    • Switch between the VOX 300 circuit emulation and the updated Jennings J70 engine.
    • Increase or decrease the background noise bleed that older VOX/Jennings have.

Arturia Software Center

ASC is the central software that elegantly manages all your Arturia software licenses. It activates your licenses and synchronizes them across multiple devices (you get five instances with each instrument license). ASC also notifies you of updates and downloads them. You can even easily learn about new products, download demos versions and purchase the full products. Simple.

Included in V Collection

This instrument is also part of the V Collection 5 -your complete dream line-up of the legendary synths, organs, pianos and more that made keyboard history. They’re modeled with the most advanced technologies for authentic realism, and enhanced with new creative options. Whether you use it as DAW plugins in the studio or standalone at gigs, V Collection 5 puts the greatest keys of all time at your fingertips for instant inspiration.

TAE® Powered

TAE® “True Analog Emulation” is Arturia’s exclusive technology that accurately reproduces the defining sonic qualities of analog synthesizers. It recreates the characteristics of analog oscillators in amazing detail, transparency and clarity, as well as the exact properties of the analog filters that give each classic instrument its unique sound. Soft clipping adds even more punch and presence. TAE® is primarily what makes our virtual instruments indistinguishable from the originals.

Preset Browser

Our redesigned preset browser lets you quickly find just the sound you’re looking for.

Search by name or simply select the appropriate tags to dial in on the exact sonic character you’re looking for. You can mark and recall your own favorites, enter comments, and set up playlists. There’s never been a more intuitive way to manage your library of designer and personal presets.

Resizable GUI

The user interfaces for all your Arturia instruments are now resizable, making it easy to work with any High Resolution screen, UHD or Retina.

You can decide whether you want to fill the screen with awesome graphic reproductions of classic instrument goodness, scale the window down when you’re working in a DAW and screen real estate is at a premium, or even zoom for detailed work.

System Requirements

Platform specifications

Windows

  • Windows: Win 7+ PC: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Mac

  • Apple: 10.10+: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Required configuration

  • Works in Standalone, VST 2.4, VST 3, AAX, Audio Unit, NKS (64-bit DAWs only).

Protection

The software is protected by the Arturia Software Center.


86. Synclavier V

by Arturia

Synclavier V

Digital Dream Machine

The Synclavier V faithfully recreates the elite digital synthesizer/workstation that started it all, powering some of the biggest hits and film soundtracks of the early ‘80s with its unique rich, edgy sounds.

If you were to ask anyone back in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s to name the Holy Grail of synthesizers, the most revered of them all was New England Digital’s Synclavier. Its unique combination of additive synthesis and frequency modulation delivered a creative edge to the privileged few keyboardists, producers, film composers and sound designers who could afford systems that ranged from $13k to $400k.

Some of those rock-solid systems are still in use today. Arturia has recreated this highly revered hit maker in partnership with original programmer Cameron Jones, delivering the immense rich textures and creative palette of this vintage instrument, while dramatically improving it to let you blaze new musical trails today with sounds never heard before.

Sounds You Will Only Find Here

There’s simply nothing else like the powerhouse sound of the Synclavier V. No synth arsenal is complete without it.
There’s no hint of analog or samples here—this is the sound of unabashed digital synthesis in all its glory. While it can certainly create unique mellow tones, this vintage flagship is more known for its distinctive digital character ranging from edgy to eardrum-ripping brash to intergalactic. It’s especially ideal for extended pads and slow cinematic, ambient soundscapes. Plus, we’ve invested in significant updates that make the Synclavier V a thoroughly modern instrument with sounds that set it—and you—completely apart.

Hundreds of presets from the world’s top sound designers tame the unparalleled power of the Synclavier V and place it at all your fingertips for instant inspiration and easy customization.

A Programmer’s Dream

While you’ll get tons of love from Synclavier V’s presets alone, there’s a universe of sonic adventures waiting just beneath the surface whenever you’re ready.
The unique sound of the Synclavier V comes from its blend of additive and FM synthesis, with control over 24 additive harmonics on both the carrier and modulation oscillators. Where the original instrument let you mix four uniquely programmed Partials Timbres in a Timbre preset, Arturia’s recreation has twelve, boosting your creative possibilities exponentially. The Time Slice engine allows complex evolutions of the sound over time—even several minutes if you want.

Programming the Synclavier V is a study in elegance. Three different interface views let you choose the depth of control that best suits your needs.

The Synclavier V lets you realize the dream of an entire stunning synth orchestra with just one plugin.

Welcome to an Exclusive Club

35 years ago, most musicians never had the chance to even touch, let alone use, the most coveted instrument of the day. Now with Synclavier V, that’s history.
Now you can enjoy the same creative advantage as did Michael Jackson, Tangerine Dream, Sting, Frank Zappa, Pat Metheny, Chick Corea and other iconic acts. You’ll still have an exclusive instrument—you won’t find a recreation anywhere else, let alone one faithfully co-created and enhanced by the original programmer.

Round out your collection with this rare digital luxury instrument once only found in universities, laboratories and elite studios.

Main Features

  • Software synthesizer playable through a MIDI keyboard
  • 450 presets sounds
  • Original programmer + original code = the original Synclavier synthesis engine
  • Powerful FM (frequency modulation) synthesis
  • Full additive synthesis:
    • Time Slice engine for dynamic additive synthesis
    • Additive waves for both carrier and modulator waveforms
  • Expanded number of partials to 12 (the original had 4)
  • Variable bit depths (original was only 8-bit)
  • High-quality output effects
  • Algorithmic reverb
  • Compatibility with the original Synclavier library
  • VST, VST3, AU, AAX, and standalone operation
  • Support for Native Instruments NKS format

Arturia Software Center

ASC is the central software that elegantly manages all your Arturia software licenses. It activates your licenses and synchronizes them across multiple devices (you get five instances with each instrument license). ASC also notifies you of updates and downloads them. You can even easily learn about new products, download demos versions and purchase the full products. Simple.

Included in V Collection

This instrument is also part of the V Collection 5 -your complete dream line-up of the legendary synths, organs, pianos and more that made keyboard history. They’re modeled with the most advanced technologies for authentic realism, and enhanced with new creative options. Whether you use it as DAW plugins in the studio or standalone at gigs, V Collection 5 puts the greatest keys of all time at your fingertips for instant inspiration.

TAE® Powered

TAE® “True Analog Emulation” is Arturia’s exclusive technology that accurately reproduces the defining sonic qualities of analog synthesizers. It recreates the characteristics of analog oscillators in amazing detail, transparency and clarity, as well as the exact properties of the analog filters that give each classic instrument its unique sound. Soft clipping adds even more punch and presence. TAE® is primarily what makes our virtual instruments indistinguishable from the originals.

Preset Browser

Our redesigned preset browser lets you quickly find just the sound you’re looking for.

Search by name or simply select the appropriate tags to dial in on the exact sonic character you’re looking for. You can mark and recall your own favorites, enter comments, and set up playlists. There’s never been a more intuitive way to manage your library of designer and personal presets.

Resizable GUI

The user interfaces for all your Arturia instruments are now resizable, making it easy to work with any High Resolution screen, UHD or Retina.

You can decide whether you want to fill the screen with awesome graphic reproductions of classic instrument goodness, scale the window down when you’re working in a DAW and screen real estate is at a premium, or even zoom for detailed work.

System Requirements

Platform specifications

Windows

  • Windows: Win 7+ PC: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Mac

  • Apple: 10.10+: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Required configuration

  • Works in Standalone, VST 2.4, VST 3, AAX, Audio Unit, NKS (64-bit DAWs only).

Protection

The software is protected by the Arturia Software Center.


87. Matrix 12 V

by Arturia

Matrix 12 V

Enter The Matrix

The massively powerful Oberheim Matrix-12 has been resurrected at last. Using our TAE™ modeling technology, we are able to recapture this beast of a synthesizer and bring it to you.

The Matrix 12 was the first programmable analog synthesizer that took the best features of a preset voice path and modular flexibility. This bold combination made it a force of nature and something that had not been seen before. It also had a 15 mode filter system that enabled it to have sounds that had never been heard before.

Making the Model

Every point in the signal path is important when modeling the sound of such a revered instrument.

So to establish the proper foundation, we perfectly recreated the tonal characteristics of the original 2 oscillators and their waveforms in Matrix-12 V. And it was equally critical to capture every nuance of its 15 filter modes, so we kept at it until they had been modeled perfectly!

Another factor in defining the complex sound of the Matrix-12 was the amazing number of modulation sources and destinations it provided. This was a level of sophistication previously only available in a fully modular system.

So to complete the emulation we modeled these capabilities also, even surpassing them. With a nearly endless number of possible modulation routings in Matrix-12 V you can create sounds with highly organic qualities not found in other synthesizers.

50 Shades of Sound

A true chamelion of a synthesizer. With its 15 filter modes you can create everything you need from the thin and airy to the brash and bold.

The Power of Perfection

While the Matrix-12 was amazing in itself, we pushed it further by adding a new effects chain for further processing of the sound.

We also expanded the maximum number of modulation routings from 20 to 40, giving you even more creative freedom. Add to this the ability to control all the parameters via MIDI, and now you can do automations in a DAW or manually that could never be done before.

Main Features

  • Two oscillators, each offering triangle, sawtooth and variable-width pulse wave with PWM.
  • Oscillator 2 also function as a white noise generator.
  • Oscillator 1 or the Filter can be frequency modulated.
  • Single filter with 15 modes: 4 Low Pass, 3 High Pass, 2 Band Pass modes, Notch and Phase Shift plus four additional “combo” filter modes.
  • Ultra-powerful modulation matrix with 27 sources and 47 destinations.
  • Sources include 5 envelopes, 5 LFOs, 4 Ramp, 3 Track generators, Velocity, Pressure, Keyboard follow, and more.
  • Two insert effect slots with six studio-grade effects available.
  • 12 voices of polyphony like the original instrument
  • Multitimbral
  • Works in Standalone, VST, VST3, AU, AAX.

Arturia Software Center

ASC is the central software that elegantly manages all your Arturia software licenses. It activates your licenses and synchronizes them across multiple devices (you get five instances with each instrument license). ASC also notifies you of updates and downloads them. You can even easily learn about new products, download demos versions and purchase the full products. Simple.

Included in V Collection

This instrument is also part of the V Collection 5 -your complete dream line-up of the legendary synths, organs, pianos and more that made keyboard history. They’re modeled with the most advanced technologies for authentic realism, and enhanced with new creative options. Whether you use it as DAW plugins in the studio or standalone at gigs, V Collection 5 puts the greatest keys of all time at your fingertips for instant inspiration.

TAE® Powered

TAE® “True Analog Emulation” is Arturia’s exclusive technology that accurately reproduces the defining sonic qualities of analog synthesizers. It recreates the characteristics of analog oscillators in amazing detail, transparency and clarity, as well as the exact properties of the analog filters that give each classic instrument its unique sound. Soft clipping adds even more punch and presence. TAE® is primarily what makes our virtual instruments indistinguishable from the originals.

Preset Browser

Our redesigned preset browser lets you quickly find just the sound you’re looking for.

Search by name or simply select the appropriate tags to dial in on the exact sonic character you’re looking for. You can mark and recall your own favorites, enter comments, and set up playlists. There’s never been a more intuitive way to manage your library of designer and personal presets.

Resizable GUI

The user interfaces for all your Arturia instruments are now resizable, making it easy to work with any High Resolution screen, UHD or Retina.

You can decide whether you want to fill the screen with awesome graphic reproductions of classic instrument goodness, scale the window down when you’re working in a DAW and screen real estate is at a premium, or even zoom for detailed work.

System Requirements

Platform specifications

Windows

  • Windows: Win 7+ PC: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Mac

  • Apple: 10.10+: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Required configuration

  • Works in Standalone, VST 2.4, VST 3, AAX, Audio Unit (64-bit DAWs only)

Protection

The software is protected by the Arturia Software Center.


88. Harmless

by Image Line

Harmless

Not Just Another Subtractive Synth….

Note – This software is Windows compatible only and will not function on Mac computers!Harmless is an additive synthesizer doing subtractive synthesis. Or if you prefer, a subtractive synthesizer powered by an additive synthesis engine.

You may ask: Why?

For several reasons. To begin with, there are too many subtractive synthesizers already, often bragging about being virtual analog. This one is digital, and proud to be. Everything is fake, the tone generator, the filter & its resonance, the phaser, all performed on the harmonics, before partials are computed.

Now, how it’s synthesized shouldn’t matter after all, if the result sounds subtractive. But Harmless is more than a proof of concept, it allows fine control that wouldn’t be possible through classic subtractive synthesis. Filtering and phasing can be assigned unusual shapes & slopes, something normally only possible through offline digital filters. Filter slopes can even be defined in Hz instead of octaves. Finally, you get control on each partial’s frequency, creating timbres definitely impossible using common synthesis methods.

Harmless, for Less Harmonics…

Again, Harmless is additive doing subtractive. Harmonics are not produced to be filtered, the timbre is filtered before being generated. This may sound like a detail, but generating sounds this way offers a lot more advantages than drawbacks.

Not Necessarily Less Efficient..

Powered by a highly optimized, multithreaded additive engine, CPU usage is comparable to the one of traditional subtractive synthesizers, especially for low-passed timbres. Voices may be generating hundreds of harmonics in parallel and still not overload the CPU.

Because Less is More…

Harmless was limited by design. We don’t have any problem with complex synthesizers (we made several), but they’re not for everyone. Here, no tabs, no hidden controls, no multipoint envelopes, all features are visible at once, and color-grouped. Over 100 parameters, most of which being automatable, are laid over a clear GUI.

Harmless, Only in Appearance…

Simpler to program, yet packed with evil features. Under the hood, you will find unique options, like linking the phaser’s output to partials frequencies. The LFO section can act as a special modulation source, linking the phaser’s width to the velocity, or the pitch to the filter’s envelope.Of course, Harmless also offers features typically unique to additive synthesis, like its automatable harmonic mask.

Harmless is also packed with effects, the usual chorus, delay & reverb, but also a multiband compressor/limiter powered by Maximus itself. It also inherited the powerful unison from Sytrus.In conclusion, our goal was to create a subtractive synthesizer with a unique twist, that also was easy to program, and we believe it succeeded.

System Requirements

  • Windows XP (SP2), Vista, Win7, Win8, Win8.1, Win10 – (32 & 64 Bit)
  • 2Ghz AMD or Intel Pentium 3 compatible CPU with full SSE1 support
  • 512Mb RAM
  • 30Mb free disc space
  • DirectSound or ASIO compatible soundcard

Note – This software is Windows compatible only and will not function on Mac computers!

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89. Syn’X 2

by XILS Lab

Syn'X 2

Syn’x 2 is a Polytimbral Synthesiser inspired for the synthesis part by a legendary Italian Synthesizer from the 80’s, while its multilayer card based architecture is inspired by sophisticated hardware analog monsters like the Oberheim Matrix 12.

The sound it offers the striking combination of clear and punchy DCOs with cutting multimode modelled analog filters like it’s ancestor, one of the last Vintage Polyphonic Analog Synthesizers, and a piece of Synthesis history, including the famous BBD Chorus!

And because it’s multitimbral, you can use up to 16 oscillators, 8 0df Analog Filters, 32 DADSR envelopes and Modulation Matrixes addressing any of the 132 possible destinations to build your own patches, when the 300 Factory Library Presets will be not enough.

It’s a Xils-Lab synthesizer, so we added MORE. To name a few: 

  • Oscillators with cumulative waveforms (Up to 40 per patch)
  • New 0DF PWM/Hard Sync Algorithm
  • Unique LFO’s with cumulative waveforms (Up to 50 per patch)
  • Additional D-ADSR envelopes and Modulation Matrixes  (Per Layer)
  • Unison, 2 arpeggiators, 2 Keyboards zones, Guitar Multitimbral mode
  • A Plethora of monophonic and polyphonic Play Modes
  • PolySequencer (Also acting as a modulation source) 
  • Easy Sound Creation with our unique Smart Load Technology
  • Vintage sounding effects: Chorus, Phaser, Delay, Analog EQ. True Stereo Technology.
  • And a dual programming environment which offers you two different edit mode ( Easy and Advanced)

The Easy Mode enables you to benefit from a powerful, yet intuitive and streamlined programming environment similar to the  miniSyn’X duo-timbral synthesizer, but with the additional power of additional envelopes, LFOs, etc

The Advanced mode unleashed the total power of the Syn’X 2 to build thick, complex, and never heard patches, still with a totally revamped and fast workflow.

All this Making Syn’X 2 one of the most powerful and complex Virtual Analog Synthesizer of the modern era and offering you the best of both worlds: Vintage Sound in a modern frame, and never seen possibilities

Features

Syn’X 2 is a multitimbral synthesizer and offers 8 Layers (full independent synthesizers) which share a global polyphony of 16 Voices, and can be freely assigned to any of the two Keyboards. It comes loaded with 300 presets designed by professional Sound Designers.

Per Layer/Synthesizer Parameters (Up to 8 Layers per Patch)

Oscillators

  • 2 aliasing-free oscillators with cumulative Waveforms (Saw/DoubleSaw/Triangle/Sine/Pulse/Square)
  • Ring-Modulation, Pulse-Width Cross Modulation between oscillators
  • Hard synchronization between oscillators.  New 0df Cm/HardSync Algorithm
  • Advanced Glide/Portamento module

Filters

  • One multi-mode analog modelled 0df filter (12/24 low pass, 6/12 bandpass, 12 high pass filter) based on the CEM 3320 chip emulation
  • Self Oscillating Filter in all modes
  • Pre/Post Drive Module

Modulators

  • 4 freely assignable envelope generators (DADSR) with a sychronisable Lag.
  • 2 Multi Waveform synchronisable polyphonic LFO (with their own Mod Matrix)
  • 1 exclusive Chaotic LFO (with its own Mod Matrix)
  • 1 exclusive Rhythm LFO (with its own Mod Matrix)
  • 6 Slots Modulation Matrix with more than 15 sources and 130 destinations

Per Keyboard Parameters (Up to 2 Keyboards Per Patch)

  • 1 Monophonic/Polyphonic Arpeggiator
  • 8 mono/polyphonic Play Modes + Guitar Mode (1 Midi Channel per Layer)
  • Up to 8 Layers and 16 Voices Polyphony per Keyboard
  • Mono/Unison/Poly playing mode with up to 16 voices of polyphony
  • Keyboard Range (Low and Hi Note)

Per Patch Global Parameters and Effects

  • Dual Programming environment (Eazy And Advanced Modes)
  • 128 steps poly sequencer ( 4 Lines )
  • 1 Global Sine monophonic LFO (Joystick)
  • Analog Chorus, Phaser, Delay and EQ.
  • Analog Spray Knob
  • All parameters are MIDI controllable via embedded Midi Map

Oscillators:

  • 7 waveforms. (Triangle, PWM Triangle, Saw, PWM Saw, Square, PWM Pulse).
  • Triangle and Sawtooth waveforms can also receive PWM New 0delay feedback PWM cross-modulation mode. Ring modulator and Hard Sync between oscillators.
  • Several waveforms can be selected simultaneously for each of the oscillators (Up to 40 per patch).

Multimode Filter:

Based on an emulation of the CEM 3320 chip, the Syn’X multimode filter provides 6 filter types: 12 & 24 dB Low Pass, 6 &12 dB Band Pass, and 12 dB High Pass. Self-oscillation for all types. A special overdrive circuit can be used before or after the filter. This filter uses our proprietary “zero-delay feedback algorithm” providing a stunning analog character.

D-ADSR:

  • 4 special envelopes are available
  • Added to the standard Attack-Decay-Sustain-Release, the Syn’X offers a MIDI synced Delay segment, useful for example, to trig tempo-synced modulations, or to open the filter a few milliseconds after the amplifier, giving some plosive effects.
  • A wide range of new sounds can be done with this feature.

Polyphonic LFO:

  • 2 heavily featured LFO’s that can modulate the oscillator pitch and width, the filter frequency and the amplifier level and can also be used as sources in the modulation matrixes.
  • The frequency can be synced to the Host application tempo. The modulation can also be reset by the keyboard or free-running and a fade-in function is available.

Chaox:

  • This additional unique LFO will breathe Real-life into the synthesis engine(s).
  • This module calculates in 2-D space the movement of a point. Each of the two-axis can modulate any of the numerous available destinations.
  • Modulation’s rate and the delay before the modulation is applied can be set.
  • A smoothing parameter allows you to reduce the modulation variations and a chaotic level parameter allow to increase or reduce the chaotic aspect of the movement.
  • 4 Chaotic functions can be chosen: Flying Fly, Bow Tie, Rainbow and Butterfly.

Rhythm LFO:

  • 5 unique LFOs built for rhythmic effects.
  • The 5 modulations can run simultaneously, and each one can be assigned to any of the 132 possible destinations.
  • The modulation can be delayed and a phase parameter can adjust the start of the cycle.
  • Octo: a pulse at the 8th part of the cycle.
  • Hexa: a pulse at the 16th part of the cycle.
  • Terna: a pulse at the 6th part of the cycle.
  • Hoover: a ramp at the 16th part of the cycle.
  • Stutter: 5 little saws at the 16th part of the cycle.

Multi-layer Two keyboards and Guitar mode:

  • Syn’X offers two MIDI keyboards (Upper and Lower) suitable for split and layered instruments, and a special Guitar mode, where all layers can be assigned to independent Midi channels.  
  • Each Keyboard has its own independent split point parameters, Unison and Play Mode, as well as a simple but powerful polyphonic arpeggiator.  
  • Each keyboard can use up to 8 layers/16 voices, freely chosen, to get the most benefit of the Syn’X multi-layer features.  
  • Syn’X offers up to 16 voices of polyphony, by group of two voices (1-9, 2-10, 3-11, …), for a full independent 8 layers management.

Guitar Mode:

  • Syn’X provides specific voices/layers Mode initially invented for Midi guitar players.
  • Two voices can be assigned to each Midi Channel (ie one per guitar string). Playing different sounds with each Guitar string has never been easier.
  • This feature can also be used by drum players, by connecting MIDI pads to these entries.     ​

System Requirements

Mac

  • Mac OSX 10.8 and later : VST, Audio Unit, AAX (32 & 64 bits, native)
  • 2GHz processor
  • 1GB RAM

Windows

  • Windows 7,8,10 ; VST, AAX (32 & 64 bits, native)
  • 2GHz processor
  • 1GB RAM

Note: Syn’X 2 is not a stand-alone application, but a plug-in to be inserted into a music software (DAW) application.


90. Wurli V

by Arturia

Wurli V

The Return of a Classic

Wurlitzer-V is Arturia’s amazingly accurate physical model of the classic Wurlitzer 200A electric piano.

The Wurli 200A piano had a sound that could go from mellow and soft to hard and brash. This harder sound is what made it so popular in rock music as it could cut through a mix like a knife.

A Soulful Reproduction

Using advanced physical modeling we recreated this complex and dynamic sound.

The output can then be processed and shaped through a host of modeled guitar effects pedals. On the output we give you options like a guitar amp a Leslie rotating speaker or direct for making a vast array of sounds.

Your New Best Friend

When it comes to a great rock or R&B electric piano, nothing beats the percussive and cutting sound of the Wurli V.Whether you are playing electric rock backing tracks or psycodelic space trance, you will find the right sound for your song.

So Logical

Since we used physical modeling and not static samples to create the sound, we opened up parts of the modeling engine that allows you to have in-depth control of how the instrument behaves. You can change things like hammer hardness or the harmonic spectrum or the dynamic range…all these add to the possibilities of this amazing instrument.

Main Features

  • Physical Modeling of the classic Wurlitzer 200A Electric Piano
  • Advanced parameters to allow in-depth control over your sound design
  • Includes 11 classic stompbox-type modeled effects*
  • 4 Guitar Tube Amps and 1 Rotary Speaker modeling for vintage live sound **
  • Extensive MIDI mapping of pedals, effects and sound engine parameters

Modeled Amplifiers

  • Fender Deluxe Reverb Blackface, Fender Twin Reverb Blackface, Fender Bassman, Marshall Plexi, Leslie Speaker.

*Modeled Microphones

  • Shure SM57, Sennheiser MD 421, Neumann U 87.

**Modeled Effects

  • Wah wah pedal, Autowah, Overdrive, Flanger, Compressor, Phaser, Chorus, Delay, Pitch Shifter / Chorus, Vocal Filter, Reverb.

The use of trademarks is only meant as a reference to clarify the instruments whose sound was modeled after and doesn’t imply any endorsement.

Arturia Software Center

ASC is the central software that elegantly manages all your Arturia software licenses. It activates your licenses and synchronizes them across multiple devices (you get five instances with each instrument license). ASC also notifies you of updates and downloads them. You can even easily learn about new products, download demos versions and purchase the full products. Simple.

Included in V Collection

This instrument is also part of the V Collection 5 -your complete dream line-up of the legendary synths, organs, pianos and more that made keyboard history. They’re modeled with the most advanced technologies for authentic realism, and enhanced with new creative options. Whether you use it as DAW plugins in the studio or standalone at gigs, V Collection 5 puts the greatest keys of all time at your fingertips for instant inspiration.

TAE® Powered

TAE® “True Analog Emulation” is Arturia’s exclusive technology that accurately reproduces the defining sonic qualities of analog synthesizers. It recreates the characteristics of analog oscillators in amazing detail, transparency and clarity, as well as the exact properties of the analog filters that give each classic instrument its unique sound. Soft clipping adds even more punch and presence. TAE® is primarily what makes our virtual instruments indistinguishable from the originals.

Preset Browser

Our redesigned preset browser lets you quickly find just the sound you’re looking for.

Search by name or simply select the appropriate tags to dial in on the exact sonic character you’re looking for. You can mark and recall your own favorites, enter comments, and set up playlists. There’s never been a more intuitive way to manage your library of designer and personal presets.

Resizable GUI

The user interfaces for all your Arturia instruments are now resizable, making it easy to work with any High Resolution screen, UHD or Retina.

You can decide whether you want to fill the screen with awesome graphic reproductions of classic instrument goodness, scale the window down when you’re working in a DAW and screen real estate is at a premium, or even zoom for detailed work.

System Requirements

Platform specifications

Windows

  • Windows: Win 7+ PC: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Mac

  • Apple: 10.10+: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Required configuration

  • Works in Standalone, VST 2.4, VST 3, AAX, Audio Unit, NKS (64-bit DAWs only).

Protection

The software is protected by the Arturia Software Center.


91. CZ V

by Arturia

CZ V

Phase Distortion Cult Classic

The CZ V models the Casio CZ-101 and CZ-1000, two cult synthesizers behind many ‘80s pop hits. It adds a ton of new features that make it an instrument for the ages.

Casio’s mid-‘80s digital synths were light on price and big on sound. One listen and you’ll be really big on the new, improved CZ V.

Like you, we love synths of every flavor. That’s why we just had to recreate the true essence of Casio’s patented phase distortion synthesis that made their CZ series so popular. You don’t need to understand how phase distortion works—just let your ears tell you how cool and unique it would sound in your music.

As you’ve come to expect from all of Arturia’s V Collection, our enhancements transform CZ into an even more formidable sonic force that can transform your music.

A simpler kind of powerful digital synthesis

Released in 1984, the CZ-101 was Casio’s answer to the wildly popular Yamaha DX7. It was significantly less expensive and infinitely easier to program than its rival. Instead of frequency modulation, Casio’s phase distortion (PD) used various user-selected waveforms to modulate the timing of simple carrier waves at the cycle level in order to create more complex wave shapes. This simplified form of digital synthesis made it comparatively easy to perfect a wide variety of timbres spanning warm pads, natural percussion, buzzy digitalia, sci-fi effects and even analog synths. While PD could sound similar to FM, it also had a unique sonic signature all its own.

The CZ sound helped propel artists like Salt-N-Pepa, Was (Not Was), and Vince Clarke into the spotlight. Let’s add your name to the list.

Classic Casio Phase Distortion + cutting-edge Arturia modelling = infinite sonic possibilities for you

Imagine a virtual instrument that realistically models every nuance of the CZ-101—and with four times the polyphony and zillions more presets. What if it gave you an intuitive graphic interface that unlocked of all the hidden jewels in this unique digital synth? And what if it now had additional envelopes, filters, LFOs, effects, and extensive beat-sync-to-host parameters? Oh, and what if you could interconnect all that via a new super-flexible modulation matrix? We’ve faithfully reproduced the instrument that brought ‘80s pop to new heights.

Yeah… we did that!

All the presets you need

Access a full library of great sounds from world-class designers the moment you launch CZ V.

Unlike the hardware version, CZ V can store an infinite number of sounds—and we’ve put together a great collection to inspire you immediately. Arturia’s universal library system let you search and organize patches according to categories and tags. With more than 450 presets covering a whole host of zingy bass, lead, key, and pad sounds, CZ V will add some inimitable bite and edge to your tracks. CZ V can even import SysEx patch data from Casio CZ-series hardware so you can access your favourite presets from your own library or those available from decades of user posts.

Now it’s time to elevate your music to a new cruising altitude with CZ V’s, producing and performing tomorrow’s music.

Arturia Software Center

ASC is the central software that elegantly manages all your Arturia software licenses. It activates your licenses and synchronizes them across multiple devices (you get five instances with each instrument license). ASC also notifies you of updates and downloads them.

Features

  • Two synthesis lines and independent noise source
  • All CZ-101/CZ-1000 original parameters
  • 8 original waveform and custom waveform editor
  • Original CZ SysEx import
  • CZ, DADSR and Multi-Segments envelopes (syncable and loopable) to control pitch, DCW and amplitude)
  • 2 Modulation envelopes
  • 4 assignable macros
  • Advanced modulation matrix
  • A Sample and Hold module, 2 LFOs with 6 waveforms, 3 sources combinators and an Arpeggiator
  • 4 FXs slots that can be routed in series or per synthesis line
  • A synthesis line state viewer for real-time feedback
  • Emulation of the original CZ DAC
  • 32 voices of polyphony
  • Up to 8 voices of unison with unison detune
  • Over 400 factory presets

System Requirements

Windows

  • Win 7+ (64bit) PC: 4 GB RAM; 2.5 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Mac

  • 10.11+: 4 GB RAM; 2.5 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Required configuration

  • Works in Standalone, VST 2.4, VST 3, AAX, Audio Unit (64-bit DAWs only)

92. Quad

by  Rob Papen

Quad

QUAD was the first-ever Rack Extension synthesizer built from the ground up for Reason by the Rob Papen team and is now also available as VST/AU/AAX plugin. 

The sonic palette is huge, through the vast modulation possibilities that QUAD has to offer. The sound sculpting tools start in each Oscillator and are the Phase Distortion and WaveShaper. These tools are brought to life by 2 XY-Pads in each Oscillator, which can be moved through an extensive modulation matrix.  QUAD’s Oscillators are complemented by two top-notch analogue-modelled Filters, which have different routing options, an arpeggiator, and two high-quality effects processors. 

Welcome to the new refreshing synthesizer QUAD – not only available in Reason but available to all!

Features

  • 16 voice synthesizer.
  • GUI size 100%, 150%, and 200%.
  • Different tunings possible using .tun files.
  • Responds to MIDI Program change and MIDI Bank Select.
  • Delivered with over 750 presets.

System Requirements

PC

  • Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows 10
  • VST (32 & 64bit) 
  • AAX (64bit) for PT 12 or higher

Mac

  • OS-X 10.9 – 10.15
  • AU, VST, AAX for PT 12 or higher (64-bit only)

93. Piano V2

by Arturia

Piano V2

Modeled Piano Studio

The Piano V now brings to the V Collection the king of all instruments, including a studio full of faithful models of various pianos, plus the ability to shape your piano sounds for a whole new level of control.

The Piano V delivers, not one, but twelve different world-class pianos that we’ve meticulously crafted using our critically acclaimed modeling technology. Because they’re models, you not only get a wide range of true pianos, we’ve been able to give you controls over different components and characteristics that have never been accessible before. You can play pianos that are the pinnacle of realism or get as radical as you want with unconventional sounds. The versatile Piano V is an indispensable foundational instrument for any keyboardist, writer or producer in any style of music.

The king of all keyboard instruments is now in V Collection

Now you can finally get the ultra-authentic sound, feel and behavior of a real piano with the same convenience as the rest of your V Collection.

Still holding its own after centuries, the piano is the undisputed king of keyboard instruments. Piano V brings you all the expressive qualities you love that got you into playing piano in the first place. Instead of using stacks of samples, we modeled nine different awesome pianos at the granular level of their physical qualities to deliver the realism you demand—and across a wide choice of piano flavors to fit in any song or mix.

With its sound, playability and flexibility, the Piano V is an indispensable instrument for all occasions.

Choose from legendary pianos

If you could have the sound of any piano you wanted… oh, wait… now you do!

There are as many different sonic personalities as there are pianos. No two are alike, even the same model from the same manufacturer. Different songs and different tracks also demand specific qualities. That’s why Piano V gives you a total of nine different instruments spanning both grands and uprights. Just pick the preset that best serves you in the moment and you’re good to go. These models are totally malleable as well, letting go far beyond that to modify the different components that make up each instrument’s signature sound—everything from slight tweaks to extreme treatments. The possibilities are endless.

The Piano V gives you complete control over the character of your pianos for the ultimate in creative options.

Change the environment too

The Piano V lets you shape more than just the instrument. You can also change the room and recording setup to dramatically refine both spatial and timbral qualities to your taste.

A given piano can sound very different depending on its environment, miking and processing. That’s why we’ve factored all those elements into the Piano V models as well. With the simple click of the mouse, you can move any piano into a different type of room, select various mic positions, and shape the tonality with built-in EQ.

Whether you stick with presets or explore deeper environmental options, Piano V lets you easily get just the spacious qualities you’re looking for—no engineering degree required.

Main Features

  • Advanced Physical modeling engine (no static samples)
  • 12 different piano models to choose from
  • Concert Grand
  • Intimate Grand
  • Pop Grand
  • Jazz Upright
  • Piano-bar Upright
  • Pop Upright
  • Classical Upright
  • Glass Grand
  • Metal Grand
  • Japanese Grand
  • Plucked Grand
  • Tack Upright
  • Customizable Action settings
  • Global string tension ( tuning)
  • Unison detuning
  • Stretch tuning
  • Dynamic range
  • Hammer hardness
  • Hammer position
  • Velocity Curve editor to match your keyboard action
  • Customizable Mechanical noises
  • Pedal Noise
  • Key noise
  • Hammer noise
  • Mechanics
  • Lid position
  • Soundboard resonance
  • Multiple microphone positions
  • Microphone Mixer
  • Convolution Room simulator with 14 room types
  • Output parametric EQ
  • 88 factory presets
  • Easy to use MIDI mapping

Preset Browser

Our redesigned preset browser lets you quickly find just the sound you’re looking for.

Search by name or simply select the appropriate tags to dial in on the exact sonic character you’re looking for. You can mark and recall your own favorites, enter comments, and set up playlists. There’s never been a more intuitive way to manage your library of designer and personal presets.

Resizable GUI

The user interfaces for all your Arturia instruments are now resizable, making it easy to work with any High Resolution screen, UHD or Retina.

You can decide whether you want to fill the screen with awesome graphic reproductions of classic instrument goodness, scale the window down when you’re working in a DAW and screen real estate is at a premium, or even zoom for detailed work.

System Requirements

Platform specifications

Windows

  • Windows: Win 7+ PC: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Mac

  • Apple: 10.10+: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Required configuration

  • Works in Standalone, VST 2.4, VST 3, AAX, Audio Unit, NKS (64-bit DAWs only).

Protection

The software is protected by the Arturia Software Center.


94. B-3 V

by Arturia

B-3 V

Tonewheel Organ Heavyweight

The B-3 V delivers the most authentic tonewheel organ and rotary speaker experience you’ll find anywhere, plus customizations that open up new creative opportunities.

Monarch of electronic organs, the rich sounding B3 has been a staple of jazz, gospel, rock, reggae and R&B—not to mention pro studios everywhere—for over a half century. Its electromagnetic tonewheel design gave it a beefy quality not found on later transistor organs. Our faithful homage includes an authentic rotary speaker and an array of stomp boxes, plus inspiring updates like analog circuit mods and drawbar modulation for new animated and syncopated effects.

Majestic Sound

The B-3 V gives you the sound of undisputed organ royalty—roadies not required.

No other organ captured the hearts of keyboardists, spanning so many genres and years. It had the subtlety for jazz at the hands of artists like Jimmy Smith, Joey Defrancesco and John Medeski. It had the grace for gospel, as demonstrated by Elbernita “Twinkie” Clark and Cory Henry. It had the energy to drive the reggae behind the likes of Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff, and the soul of James Brown and Sly Stone. Most visibly, it had the raw power to hold its own in a rock world as diverse as ELP, Santana, Yes, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, The Allman Brothers, and Blood, Sweet and Tears.

Whether you’re playing solo, in a group, or in a mix, Arturia’s B-3 V lets you cover the organ parts for any genre using the sound and feel of the real thing.

Unmatched Authenticity

Even if you already have a virtual tonewheel organ… you owe it to yourself to try the B-3 V.

There are organs and there are B3s. Then there are B3 emulations and Arturia’s B-3 V. Where most other attempts are based on samples that only capture some of the qualities, we created the B-3V using the same critically acclaimed modeling technology that distinguishes our entire V Collection of classic instruments. We put that same attention to detail into the included rotary speaker as well.

When you can have the best, why settle for anything less?

Even better with age

The B-3 V improves on a classic, with everything you need in an organ rig and more built right in.

Rotary speakers have become an essential part of the tonewheel organ sound, so we’ve naturally included one. We also included a classic “twin” guitar amp too, but why stop there? We’ve also included a whole host of gorgeously modelled effects for you to recreate those classic combinations, as well as a jaw-dropping convolution reverb to place your organ in real acoustic spaces, or process them with vintage reverb.

Because this instrument is brought to life in your computer with modelling, you’re even able to modify previously fixed analog circuit features like key click. Our most radical enhancement is the addition of a modulation section to automate the movement of drawbars using envelopes, LFOs and step sequencers, letting you infuse your music with new animated textures.

With its combination of faithful realism and new mods, the B-3 V has you covered whether you’re playing standards, rocking classics or pioneering new musical ground.

A new lease of life

We didn’t just make a software clone, we added loads of powerful, exciting new features too.

With its combination of faithful realism and new mods, the B-3 V has you covered whether you’re playing standards, rocking classics or pioneering new musical ground.

Features

  • Physical Modeling Engine (no samples)
  • Dual manual Interface
  • Each manual has separate MIDI channel preferences
  • 9 Drawbars per manual
  • 3 modeled chorus and vibrato settings
  • Separate upper and lower ON/OFF
  • Preamp drive
  • Modeled rotary speaker emulator
  • Advanced controls for adjusting the model
  • Convolution based Reverb
  • Traditional Leslie performance controls
  • Swell pedal
  • Percussion controls
    • On/off
    • Volume soft/normal
    • Slow/Fast decay
    • Harmonic selection
  • Output effects where you can change the order
    • Volume, wah, auto-wah
    • Flanger
    • Compressor
    • Chorus
    • Analog Delay
  • New Advanced Drawbar modulators
    • LFO’s with multiple waveforms and phase
    • Multipoint envelopes
    • Step sequencer
    • Drawbar destinations with positive and negative amount controls
  • Physical model engine parameters
    • Drawbar leakage
    • Tonewheel leakage
    • Brilliance
    • Background noise
    • Polyphonic Percussion
    • Key click volume
    • Attack and release controls
  • 86 factory presets
  • Easy to use MIDI mapping

Arturia Software Center

ASC is the central software that elegantly manages all your Arturia software licenses. It activates your licenses and synchronizes them across multiple devices (you get five instances with each instrument license). ASC also notifies you of updates and downloads them. You can even easily learn about new products, download demos versions and purchase the full products. Simple.

Included in V Collection

This instrument is also part of the V Collection -your complete dream line-up of the legendary synths, organs, pianos and more that made keyboard history. They’re modeled with the most advanced technologies for authentic realism, and enhanced with new creative options. Whether you use it as DAW plugins in the studio or standalone at gigs, V Collection puts the greatest keys of all time at your fingertips for instant inspiration.

TAE® Powered

TAE® “True Analog Emulation” is Arturia’s exclusive technology that accurately reproduces the defining sonic qualities of analog synthesizers. It recreates the characteristics of analog oscillators in amazing detail, transparency and clarity, as well as the exact properties of the analog filters that give each classic instrument its unique sound. Soft clipping adds even more punch and presence. TAE® is primarily what makes our virtual instruments indistinguishable from the originals.

System Requirements

Platform specifications

Windows

  • Windows: Win 7+ PC: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Mac

  • Apple: 10.11+: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Required configuration

  • Works in Standalone, VST 2.4, VST 3, AAX, Audio Unit (64-bit DAWs only)

Protection

  • The software is protected by the Arturia Software Center.

95. XILS 3

by XILS Lab

XILS 3

The XILS 3 Version 2.0

The Incredible Matrix Modular Analog Synthesizer

The XILS 3 V2.0 not only emulates the Synthi(VCS 3) modular synthesizer, it also adds an emulation of the 256 Analog Sequencer, the natural companion of the VCS 3.

Is that all? No, of course, we added a SECOND Matrix, with 2 additional envelopes, one LFO, a detailed Sample and Hold module, and a Voltage processor…

And some input modules: Gate, Transient, Envelope Follower and Pitch Tracker to transform the XILS 3into an advanced Effect Processors!

This means hundreds of additional connections. Add to the pile the analog chorus with its three modes, the analog delay and the phaser… the picture emerges.

In the XILS 3, you can connect everything with everything, and you get more than 800 possible different connections per patch (‘Only’ 583 simultaneous connections possible).

Did we say at Audio Rate ?

An endless source of inspiration for those who want to go deep into the heart of Analog Modular Synthesis.
It’s nearly impossible to summarize what the XILS 3 can do, but, in short, here’s the list of the main modules:

  • 6 Oscillators grouped in 3 pairs, with WaveShaping (on sine wave, saw, triangle and square)
  • 1 Noise Oscillator ( With Noise color )
  • 1 Analog Filter, Non Linear and zero delay Behaviors, with 3 Modes (12/18/24 dB LowPass)
  • 3 Trapezoidal Envelope Generators, Looping EG in the time of analog (Switchable to ADSR )
  • 2 Polyphonic LFOs ( including 1 Oscillator acting as LFO at audiorate )
  • Polyphonic Ring Modulator
  • 2 independent outputs feeding the Stereo Bus, each with one analog Lp/Hp filter
  • Programmable Joystick Vector Controller ( up to 32+32 modulation targets )
  • Polyphonic Sequencer with 3 independent lines, Slew rates, 3 recording modes.
  • Sequencer can behave as modulation source.
  • Pitch Tracker, Envelope Follower, Transient, Gate, Sample & Hold Modules
  • Chorus, Delay, Spring Reverb
  • 6 Play modes (including Unison 2/4/6 ), Polyphonic and mono Portamento/Glissando/Legato,  2 different Keyboard Scaling, Polyphonic Aftertouch and VCA handling.
  • Hundreds of presets made by worldwide famous Sound Designers
  • Preset Database Engine ( Find the right patch in a flash, create your own tags )
  • Comprehensive manual with a getting started and tutorial sections
  • Instrument or Effect plug-in

1969 : The PIN MATRIX REVOLUTION (No More Cables Anywhere)

In a modular synthesizer, you can connect any module to another one. Peter Zinovieff, the visionary synth Wizard, established with the EMS series a new way to connect modules : The Pin Matrix. Just plug a pin in the Matrix, and the connection is set.

Advantages of these techniques were obvious, breathtaking : More inputs and outputs for each module. No more cables cluttering the synth panel. Easy to operate, easy to read, and to visualize, and build, your patch . No more roadies : The analog modular synthesizer suddenly became portable

TheXILS 3 offers the same advantages, and even brings a lot more on the table. Let’s now see the different modules.

Matrix Synthesizer

The core of the synthesis is based on the original audio modules:

  • Six oscillators grouped in Three pairs
  • One Low pass filter with 12, 18 and 24 db slope  
  • One spring reverb
  • One Trapezoidal looping envelop
  • One Polyphonic Ring Modulator
  • One Noise generator
  • Two output static filters

Oscillators: Beyond the digital limitation, in a true analog emulation, as in all XILS-lab instruments, the freedom of the sound which one has in mind when listening to hardware analog synthesizers, the analog spirit  have been preserved. 

XILS 3 oscillators were modeled to reproduce as close as possible the original waveforms.

The following figures compare the different waveforms of the original AKS model and those of the XILS 3.

As you can see, the raising front is sharp, but as the signal reaches its maximum, it becomes slower. This gives XILS 3 Oscillators an unique analog sound and character : soft and warm, yet very rich in harmonics.

No synthesis can be done without a good filter : the XILS 3multimode filter was modeled to reproduce the analog character of the old machine.

The 18 and 24 db low-pass types can self-oscillate, and internal non linearities have been finely reproduced: It is faithful to the “zero-delay” behavior of real life to give you a big smile when sweeping it. 

The PIN MATRIXES: As we saw, modules have to be connected through patch areas called Pin Matrixes.

The XILS 3 offers no less than 5 Pin Matrixes: 256+225 points dedicated to the main audio synthesis, one for the trig connections, and another pair for the sequencer connections (one for the modulation and one for the trig connections) Experts will spot at once that, in the extended Matrix, you can freely define some sources and destinations in the last two rows of lines and columns, like S&H, or even Envelope Segments. 

And, yes, that means even more fun, and ultimate tweaking possibilities!

The Extended Modules (Augmented Matrixity)

To increase the sound design possibilities, we have added 5 other modules, intended to be connected via the Extended Matrix (225 new possible connections)

  • Two additional envelopes (Trapezoidal or ADSR)
  • One Tempo syncable LFO
  • One Tempo syncable Sample and Hold
  • One voltage processor (with a delay feature)

The Polyphonic Sequencer

The Sequencer has been inspired by the EMS 256 sequencer, a 3 layers/2 tracks powerful device with some unique features, like 3 independent slew rate knobs.

Here again a few things were added, like Sequencer Lines acting as Modulations Sources in a special Matrix. Interactions that you cannot reproduce in even the most sophisticated DAW.

  • 6 independent Sequencer lines.
  • 3 Record modes (Live, Step, Edit)

Vector Synthesis

The Pin Matrix and looping analog envelopes weren’t the only innovative features of the EMS series. Vector Synthesis should definitely be added to the list. The Joystick, with its numerous inputs and outputs, should be regarded as a giant step toward Vector Synthesis, and what is now known as Macro controllers.

With the XILS 3 Joystick, you can not only make fascinating real time controlled evolutive sequences or performances, but also find a lot of interested variations patches nested in a single patch. The XILS 3 V 2.0 factory library has been completely rewritten to benefit of the Joystick and other real time controllers.

The Effects

The XILS 3 provides three warn and wick sounding audio effects:

  • 3 Modes Chorus
  • A Delay (Tempo Syncable)
  • A Phaser (with enhanced analog behavior)

Using the XILS 3 as an effect Processor

The XILS 3 can also be used as a terrific effect processor. The plug-in inputs can be used directly, feeding the filters, or as audio rate modulation sources….. endless possibilities.

To increase a little bit the fun, we added this time 4  input audio process, making XILS 3 a fantastic mangling machine!

  • Transient Follower (which generates trigs or envelops)
  • Envelope Follower
  • Featured Gate
  • Pitch Tracker

System Requirements

Mac

  • Mac OSX 10.5.0 and later : VST, Audio Unit,  RTAS (Protools 7.0 and later),AAX (32&64 bits, native)

Windows

  • Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8 : VST,  RTAS (Protools 7.0 and later), AAX (32&64 bits, native)

96. Union

by SoundSpot

SoundSpot Union

Union is SoundSpot’s next-generation wavetable synthesizer audio plugin, featuring a unique wavetable generator that lets you create harmonically rich wavetable sets from the output of Union’s main oscillators: a technique frequently used by the world’s best sound designers to create rich and deep sounds. Union allows you to utilize this synthesis technique with a single click of a button.

The Union plugin comes with unique features such as independent filters per oscillator, which allows a deeper control over the shaping of your sound, and a unison engine that can run up to 96 voices in a single note play.

Innovative Modulation System

Union features an innovative click through modulation system that allows you to quickly create rich and compelling sounds.

Oscillator 1, 2 and 3 include their own dedicated ADSR, MOD ADSR and LFO envelopes and Oscillator 3 include an additional wavetable window that allows you to scrub through stereo wavetable sets to create organic movement in your sounds.

In addition, the master FX chain features 4 LFOs that can be assigned to any master FX control and includes a trigger mode so they can be used more like a conventional ADSR envelope further increasing the creative possibilities.

The Best Of Analog And Digital In One Audio Plugin

Everyone loves the rich, dense sound of hardware, but most find it’s limitations frustrating. With this in mind, we set out to build a synthesizer that provided all of the features of analogue equipment with the precision and convenience of the digital realm.

Union has been modelled from some of the best sounding synths in music history and combines this raw power with unique features such as wavetable generation that simply wouldn’t be possible in purely analogue form. This results in a synthesizer that truly rivals hardware but lives inside your computer.

Do All Your Post-Processing Inside The Union Audio Plugin

Once you’ve made your sound, it’s time to give it that final polish. However, there’s no need to go adding multiple audio plugins to your channel strip as the Union plugin features an FX rack that contains 9 professional quality post-processing effects.

These include Compressor, 4 Band Parametric EQ, Distortion, Delay, Phaser, Chorus, Filter & Flanger. Furthermore, a brand new Reverb modelled on analogue hardware has been included.

All of the FX use the best algorithms from SoundSpot’s post processing audio plugins range. This means you can acheive a professional polished sound inside of Union.

Features

  • Intuitive workflow for control over every aspect of your sound.
  • Up to 32 voices of unison per oscillator
  • Spectral anti-aliasing.
  • 2 Main analogue-style oscillators.
  • Wavetable generator oscillator.
  • Intuitive modulation system.
  • 9 FX modules based on SoundSpot’s post-processing range.
  • Over 300 professionally designed presets.

What’s new in version 1.0.3?

  • Copy & Paste: Create blindly fast presets with the new copy & paste feature. Copy ADSR, MOD ADSR & LFO settings between oscillators in seconds.
  • LFO Retrigger: Develop intricate patterns and retrigger them with each note press. A great addition for more refined preset design with Union’s multi-node LFO.
  • D Mode: Want that little extra CPU then “D” Mode is the button for you. Offering up to 10% CPU reduction in certain scenarios giving you more control.
  • More Power: Global CPU optimisation has also been applied to Union for more power.

System Requirements

Mac

  • 10.12 – 10.14 (Catalina not supported)

Formats:

  • VST
  • VST3
  • AU
  • AAX (Pro Tools 11.0.2 or higher)

Specification Requirements:

  • RAM: 8 GB RAM or more is recommended. Plus at least 8 GB hard disk space for installation.
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 X2 or newer.
  • Licensing: Internet access for activating licence key. Please ensure any outgoing connection blockers are deactivated.
  • Sample Rates: Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz, in both mono and stereo.

Windows

  • Windows 7, 8 or 10 (32 & 64-bit)

Formats: 

  • VST
  • VST3
  • AAX (Pro Tools 11.0.2 or higher)

Specification Requirements:

  • RAM: 8 GB RAM or more is recommended. Plus at least 8 GB hard disk space for installation.
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 X2 or newer.
  • Licensing: Internet access for activating licence key. Please ensure any outgoing connection blockers are deactivated.
  • Sample Rates: Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz, in both mono and stereo.

97. Twist

by SONiVOX

Twist

Serious Sound Design

Wrap yourself around Twist 2—the Spectral Morphing Synthesis instrument from SONiVOX. Combining a dynamic interface, an advanced pattern generator, and onboard effects, Twist 2 is your toolkit for serious sound design using simple, time-saving controls. Two swirling sound layers provide unique harmonic controls, forming the foundation for every patch. Common elements include a monstrous multi-mode filter, independent Amp and Filter envelope generators, plus a remarkable LFO that can be sync’d to the current tempo. The onscreen interface is clean and uncluttered; the well-defined controls deliver incredible sound-sculpting abilities, while providing immediate audio results.

Turn and Learn

In addition to the onscreen controls, Twist 2 features a brilliant MIDI Learn Mode. Simply adjusting a parameter and then touching an external MIDI control creates a link between the two. This intuitive MIDI mapping system allows Twist 2 to quickly integrate with your favorite MIDI hardware controller. In fact, Twist 2 can save and recall your MIDI Learn presets and use them with any patch, so you only need to create them once.

The Patterns of Success

The Twist 2 pattern generator begins as a familiar step-sequencer, and rapidly escalates into an unbelievable tool for sonic creation. In addition to pitch and velocity, the pattern generator provides additional tabs for adding precise measured-step control of crucial sound creation parameters. Portamento can be selected for each step, as can the filter frequency. LFO depth, rate, and sync can be defined per step. The harmonic width and content for each layer can also be specified. By automating even just one or two of these parameters, the pattern generator can infuse your sound with awe-inspiring depth and motion. Pattern presets can also be saved, recalled, and quickly modified on demand.

Move to the Music

Onboard pro-grade chorus and reverb effects breathe new life into your sounds. In addition, the stereo delay allows either the Left or Right channel—or both—to be synchronized to beat values of the current tempo, tying your sound, song, and effects together. And speaking of tempo, Twist 2 uses the SONiVOX Intelligent Rhythm Control (IRC) to keep your playing in the pocket. Combining the IRC Resolution and IRC Gate adjusts incoming MIDI note data so your playing is accurately in-time, in real-time.

Finders, Keepers

Twist 2 features an integrated patch browser that makes it easy to store, sort, and find exactly the sound you are looking for. Patch attributes such as Genre, Color, Character—and of course, Name—allow your sounds to be stored in a musically meaningful way, as opposed to just indexed as numbers. Any and all attributes can be removed or re-assigned as your sound collection grows. Best of all, Twist 2 comes with hundreds of professionally programmed sounds to get you started. Each one can be endlessly tweaked and modified to rapidly build your customized Twist 2 sound collection. So get started now!

Features

  • Two-Layer Spectral Morphing Synthesis
  • MIDI Learn controller mapping
  • Pattern Generator enhancements
  • Improved Pattern Generator graphics
  • Integrated Patch Browser
  • Added modulation control
  • Easy On/Off control of parameter modulation
  • Added two envelopes generators for amplitude and filter control
  • Onboard effects
  • 32 and 64-bit VST and AU, RTAS and AAX Support
  • Over 200 new Twist 2.1 ready-to-play patches

System Requirements

Windows System Requirements

  • Windows 8 or Windows 7 with Service Pack 1
  • Minimum Dual Core 2 GHz (Intel Core i5 or i7 Recommended)
  • Minimum 2GB RAM (4GB or more Recommended)
  • 1 Gigabyte free hard drive space
  • A VST, RTAS (Pro Tools 10) or AAX (Pro Tools 11) compatible host application
  • Internet Access (Download and Authorization)
  • A FREE iLok account & manager is required for authorisation of this software – no iLok USB key is required

Apple System Requirements

  • OS X Version 10.8.5-10.14
  • Minimum Dual Core 2 GHz (Intel Core i5 or i7 Recommended)
  • Minimum 2GB RAM (4GB or more Recommended)
  • 1 Gigabyte free hard drive space
  • A VST, AU, RTAS (Pro Tools 10) or AAX (Pro Tools 11) compatible host application
  • Internet Access (Download and Authorization)
  • A FREE iLok account & manager is required for authorisation of this software – no iLok USB key is required

98. Voltage Nucleus

by Cherry Audio

Voltage Nucleus

VOLTAGE NUCLEUS

This collection of 22 modules and 67 presets is the ultimate introduction to modular synthesis. This package includes all of the fundamentals of subtractive analog 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.

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

Please note: Voltage Modular does not currently work with Reason on Windows.


99. Wobble

by SONiVOX

Wobble

Grime by Design

Experience audio vertigo-go with the swaying, shifting, tones of Wobble 2—the Dubstep Grime Generator from SONiVOX. This highly expressive instrument revolves around two channels of our exclusive Spectral Morphing Synthesis engine. Each channel features independent harmonic controls, individual filtering, and discrete LFO controls—including tempo-sync. Wobble 2 keeps things moving with an advanced pattern generator and onboard effects. This unparalleled combination delivers the swirling and undulating big-time grime that is the essence of Wobble 2. Even with all this control, the onscreen interface is clean and uncluttered; the well-defined controls deliver incredible sound-sculpting abilities, while providing immediate audio results.

Turn and Learn

In addition to the onscreen controls, Wobble 2 features a brilliant MIDI Learn Mode. Simply adjusting a parameter and then touching an external MIDI control creates a link between the two. This intuitive MIDI mapping system allows Wobble 2 to quickly integrate with your favorite MIDI hardware controller. In fact, Wobble 2 can save and recall your MIDI Learn presets and use them with any patch, so you only need to create them once.

Wobbly Modulation Madness

The Wobble 2 pattern generator begins as a familiar step-sequencer, and rapidly escalates into an unbelievable tool for sonic creation. In addition to pitch and velocity, the pattern generator provides additional tabs for adding precise measured-step control of crucial sound creation parameters. Portamento can be selected for each step, as can the harmonic width and filter frequency of each Channel. LFO depth, rate, and sync can be defined per step. By automating even just one or two of these tempo-locked parameters, Wobble 2 can create some of the most insane sounds you’ve ever heard, infused with awe-inspiring depth and motion. Pattern presets can also be saved, recalled, and quickly modified on demand.

Music in Motion

Onboard pro-grade chorus and reverb effects breathe new life into your sounds. In addition, the stereo delay allows either Channel 1, Channel 2—or both—to be synchronized to beat values of the current tempo, tying your sound, song, and effects together. And speaking of tempo, Wobble 2 uses the SONiVOX Intelligent Rhythm Control (IRC) to keep your playing in the pocket. Combining the IRC Resolution and IRC Gate adjusts incoming MIDI note data so your playing is accurately in-time, in real-time.

Finders, Keepers

Wobble 2 features an integrated patch browser that makes it easy to store, sort, and find exactly the sound you are looking for. Patch attributes such as Genre, Color, Character—and of course, Name—allow your sounds to be stored in a musically meaningful way, as opposed to just indexed as numbers. Any and all attributes can be removed or re-assigned as your sound collection grows. Best of all, Wobble 2 comes with hundreds of professionally programmed sounds to get you started. Each one can be endlessly tweaked and modified to rapidly build your customized Wobble 2 sound collection. So get started now!

Features

  • Dual-Channel Spectral Morphing Synthesis
  • Independent Filter and LFO control per channel
  • MIDI Learn controller mapping
  • Pattern Generator enhancements
  • Improved Pattern Generator graphics
  • Integrated Patch Browser
  • Easy On/Off control of parameter modulation
  • Onboard effects
  • 32 and 64-bit VST and AU, RTAS and AAX Support
  • Over 200 new Wobble 2.2 ready-to-play patches

System Requirements

Windows System Requirements

  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Home Premium, Profession, or Ultimate
  • Minimum Dual Core 2 GHz, Intel Core i5 or i7 Recommended
  • Minimum RAM 2GB, 4GB or more Recommended
  • 1 Gigabyte free hard drive space (Download and Installation)
  • A VST, RTAS (Pro Tools 10) or AAX (Pro Tools 11) compatible host application
  • Internet Access (Download and Authorization)
  • A FREE iLok account & manager is required for authorisation of this software – no iLok USB key is required

Apple System Requirements

  • OS X Version 10.8.5-10.14
  • Core 2 Duo Processor or later; Core i5 or i7 Recommended
  • Minimum RAM 2GB, 4GB or more Recommended
  • 1 Gigabyte free hard drive space (Download and Installation)
  • A VST, AU, RTAS (Pro Tools 10) or AAX (Pro Tools 11) compatible host application
  • Internet Access (Download and Authorization)
  • A FREE iLok account & manager is required for authorisation of this software – no iLok USB key is required

100. Ultra Analog Session

by Applied Acoustics Systems

Ultra Analog Session

Few Knobs, big Sounds. The container may be small but Ultra Analog Session is a really fun to play and packs outstanding sounds.

Signature Sounds: A superb sound library with signature presets from producers Richard Devine and Sean Divine.

Arpeggiator: Ready, willing, and able, Ultra Analog Session’s arpeggiator offers various syncing resolutions, playing algorithms, and rhythmic patterns that will spruce up any chord progressions into percolating melodies or pulsing sequences.

Performance: Ultra Analog Session will match your playing style or musical context with ease thanks to the tap tempo and sync to host clock options; poly- or monophonic with note priority keyboard modes; up-to-4-voice unison; glide and legato functions; and the flexible vibrato.

Effects: You’ll love the pure raw sound of Ultra Analog Session, but the built-in effects will bring it to so many places that you’ll enjoy having them on hand.

PRESETS

Arpeggio

  • 303 Dreamz, Vintage, Travel Frontiers, Uplifting, Twinkle Star, Ignition, Monster Bass, Analog 5th, Arp Bass, Cortini 5-Step, Ober, Session Power, Blink, Beauty, Fifth Dimension, Chiptune, Mesmerize, Scream Cycle, Trance Life, Galaxy, Gliding Knights, TB Bassline, Phatso, Carbon, Syncers Paradise, Dotted Lines, Sync You Later, Blue Monday’s, Entranced, Massive Bassline, Approaching Kick

Bass

  • Electro, Distorted, Deeper, Classic 3, 303 Sizzle, Transporter, Not Meager, Wowzas, Slightly Driven, Grape Juce, Plain, Classic, Efficient, Phaser, Tooth 1, Tooth 2, Pap, Popping Corn, Rezilience, Acid Bassline, Pulsar

Lead

  • Blissful, Creamy, Hi Octane, Sync Sync, Smooth, Looking Up, Kanagawa, Clarinet, Motion, Warm, Accordion, Harsh, Torsion, Canyon, Distorted Fifths, Squarer, Smooth, Super Wide, Lead Poisoning, Harmon, Syncers P2, Spiral, Rude 303, Delay, 5th Dimension, Harper, Throwback Trance, Harmony, Sparkle, Monster Woof

Pad

  • Serenade, Cathedral Strings, Solace Pad, Fried Sweep, High, Space Strings, Pillow, Heaven, Super Saw-You-There, Brassy Sweeps, Poly, Wishing Well, Electromagnetic Waves, Pearl, Distant Shores, Angélique, Shine, Dreamers Only, Overtones, Grand, Equalilty, Epic, Seattle Strings, Purple Sunset, Lingering, Cloudy Daze, Bowed Oscillator, Blue Memories

Polysynth

  • Synthetic Piano, 1982, CTO Sound, Wailer, Delayed JP Pluck, Holy Transistors, Void If Removed, Sine Attacks, Late Night Pluck, Funky Polykey, Sax, Say Cheese, Staccato Ice, 5th Pluck, Synth Pop, Chunga, Square Tine, Plucked Oscillator, Absent Minded, Mellow, Phase Play, 80’s, Warm, PolyTines, 5th Pop Sine, Silver Clouds, Old Tines, Morning Run, Sync, Echo + Decay, Hit, Double Shot, Power Fifth, Sparkle Poly

Richard Devine Signature

  • Classic Bass, 5th Pluck, Warm Lead, Square Tine, Heaven Pad, Mellow Poly, Phase Play, 80’s Poly, Vintage Arp, Pearl Pad, Canyon Lead, Smooth Lead, Poly Pad, Warm Polysynth, Pulsar Bass, Shine Pad, Harmon Lead, Synthetic Piano, Sine Attacks, Acid Bassline, PolyTines, 5th Pop Sine, Ober Arp, Beauty Arp, Grand Pad, Seattle Strings, Blue Memories, Travel Frontiers, Silver Clouds, Mesmerize Arp, Old Tines Poly, Massive Bassline, Galaxy Arp, Blissful Lead, Electro Bass, Monster Woof, Spiral Lead, Delay Lead, TB Bassline, Sparkle Pad, Harper Lead, Morning Run, Harmony Lead, Carbon Arp, Cathedral Strings, Dotted Lines, Sparkle Lead, Sync Poly, Twinkle Star Arp, Echo + Decay, Sean Divine Signature, Session Power Arp, 303 Dreamz Arp, Fifth Dimension Arp, Analog 5th Arp, Scream Cycle Arp, Trance Life Arp, Gliding Knights Arp, Phatso Arp, Ignition Arp, Monster Bass Arp, Syncers Paradise Arp, Sync You Later Arp, Blue Monday’s Arp, Entranced Arp, Approaching Kick Arp, Transporter Bass, Not Meager Bass, Deeper Bass, Wowzas Bass, Classic 3 Bass, Popping Corn Bass, Rezilience Bass, 303 Sizzle Bass, Slightly Driven Bass, Super Saw-You-There Pad, Wishing Well Pad, Distant Shores Pad, Dreamers Only Pad, Purple Sunset Pad, Equalilty Pad, Serenade Pad, Cloudy Daze Pad, Creamy Lead, Accordion Lead, Hi Octane Lead, Distorted Fifths Lead, Super Wide Lead, Syncers P2 Lead, Looking Up Lead, Rude 303 Lead, 5th Dimension Lead, Throwback Trance Lead, Delayed JP Pluck, Late Night Pluck, S Dot Kick 1, S Dot Kick 2, S Dot Kick 3, The Drop FX, Lifterz FX, Futuro FX

Neat features

  • Standalone operation for quick jams and experimentations
  • Real-time control over any parameters via your MIDI controller knobs, faders, and switches
  • MIDI clock, tap, and host tempo synchronization for effects and modulations
  • Relaxed editing with unlimited undo/redo capability

The benefits of physical modeling

  • Sound manipulation at the source core
  • Presets load in a flash
  • Super smooth dynamics—no velocity layers!
  • Small memory footprint—less than 256 MB of RAM per instance
  • Installs in less than a minute—less than 61 MB on disk

System Requirements

WINDOWS · MAC OS X · 32-/64-BIT & VST · AU · RTAS · AAX NATIVE · STANDALONE 

AAS products are compatible with nearly all DAWs…

  • Ableton Live
  • Apple GarageBand
  • Apple Logic Pro
  • Apple Mainstage
  • Avid Pro Tools
  • Bitwig Studio
  • Bandlab Cakewalk
  • Cockos Reaper
  • Image-Line FL Studio
  • MOTU Digital Performer
  • Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol
  • Native Instruments Maschine
  • Presonus Studio One
  • Propellerhead Reason
  • Steinberg Cubase

Mac Minimum System Requirements*

  • Mac OS X 10.7 or later
  • Intel Core processor or later
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 70 MB of free hard drive space

PC Minimum System Requirements*

  • Windows 7 32‑/64‑bit or later
  • Intel Core or equivalent processor
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 70 MB of free hard drive space

*The minimum system requirements mentioned above are for standalone usage. For plug-in usage, please refer to your DAW software requirements (Sonar, Pro Tools, Cubase, Live, Digital Performer, Logic Pro, etc.).


101. Strum Session

by Applied Acoustics Systems

Strum Session

Your New Session Guitarist

Combines an acoustic and an electric guitar in the same package. With chord recognition, chord voicing, strumming and picking action, MIDI riff library, amp and effects, playing guitar on a keyboard has never been so easy.

Strum with MIDI loops

Use the collection of recorded strumming patterns over the chords you play and find inspiration for your track. drag and drop the loop to your host sequencer and make it perfect for you song.

The right voicings for the chords you know

Strum gs-2 chord library contains basic and extended chords available in open, movable, or drop voicings. play the chords you know and strum voices them automatically as a guitarist would.

Strum on your keyboard

Trigger down and upstrokes, scratches and mutes, or create picking patterns using the arpeggio keys.

Articulation and expression

Slide and bend with the pitch wheel or aftertouch. add vibrato with the modulation wheel. natural hammer-ons and pull-offs when playing leads.

The benefits of physical modeling

  • Sound manipulation at the source core
  • Presets load in a flash
  • Super smooth dynamics—no velocity layers!
  • Small memory footprint—less than 256 MB of RAM per instance
  • Installs in less than a minute—less than 61 MB on disk

Presets

Acoustic

  • Dreadnought
  • Nylon
  • Dreadnought Smooth
  • Dreadnought Bright
  • Dreadnought Lite Bright
  • Dreadnought Swooshy
  • Dreadnought FX
  • Dreadnought Mellow Dynamic
  • Nylon Bright
  • Nylon Mellow
  • Nylon FX
  • Nylon Dynamic

Electric

  • Shinny Electric
  • Twangy Trem
  • Amped Jazz
  • Stingy
  • Warm Crunch 1
  • Warm Crunch 2
  • Shred 1
  • Shred 2
  • Ballistic Squeeze
  • Maxed Out 1
  • Maxed Out 2
  • Maxed Out 3

System Requirements

WINDOWS · MAC OS X · 32-/64-BIT & VST · AU · RTAS · AAX NATIVE · STANDALONE 

AAS products are compatible with nearly all DAWs…

  • Ableton Live
  • Apple GarageBand
  • Apple Logic Pro
  • Apple Mainstage
  • Avid Pro Tools
  • Bitwig Studio
  • Bandlab Cakewalk
  • Cockos Reaper
  • Image-Line FL Studio
  • MOTU Digital Performer
  • Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol
  • Native Instruments Maschine
  • Presonus Studio One
  • Propellerhead Reason
  • Steinberg Cubase

Mac Minimum System Requirements*

  • Mac OS X 10.7 or later
  • Intel Core processor or later
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 70 MB of free hard drive space

PC Minimum System Requirements*

  • Windows 7 32‑/64‑bit or later
  • Intel Core or equivalent processor
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 70 MB of free hard drive space

*The minimum system requirements mentioned above are for standalone usage. For plug-in usage, please refer to your DAW software requirements (Sonar, Pro Tools, Cubase, Live, Digital Performer, Logic Pro, etc.).


102. Addiction Synth

by Stagecraft

Addiction Synth

Power

Stagecraft’s new synth is a professional, versatile, subtractive synthesizer. It can be easily made to sound like anything from a sweet, light organ, to a sharp, funky clav. There are multiple voices, velocity sensitivity, mono/polyphonic switching, versatile LFOs and filter, and effects. In short, everything you would expect with any of the most professional synths.

Simplicity

It’s designed to show even the novice user how the basic elements of a synthesizer fit together, so that anyone can create amazing synths right out of the box.

Automation

The most powerful element of this synth is our automation suite. You can use automation to create anything from that wobble characteristic of so much dubstep, to a voice that comes in and out at random intervals, effects that fade in and out with perfect, quantized precision.

Design

Out layout and design principles are built around making the product show you what it does, so that every knob or button should produce a visible change as well as a sonic one. Doing this lets you see exactly how the sound is changing.

Spectrum

The primary elements of an subtractive synth are waveform generators (voices), a filter (where the tone is shaped) and effects or mods. We include a high definition auto-filter with our own spectrum display that shows you exactly how the sound is being shaped at every moment. This level of feedback is unparalleled.

Features

  • MPE and Aftertouch support
  • Three Oscillators with independent volume, pan and pitch
  • Filter bank with auto filter style display
  • Full automation of any or all parameters
  • LFO for filter sweeping
  • Advanced quantization options for all parameters
  • Waveform skewing (Pulse Width modulation for all oscillators and LFOs)
  • Over a dozen effects and full effects chaining, including bit crusher, reverb, delay, and chorus 
  • Better anti-aliasing and waveform control
  • More presets, and full preset sharing between users

System Requirements:

Mac

  • OS X 10.7 or newer

Formats:

  • AAX
  • AU
  • VST
  • VST 3
  • Standalone functionality

Windows

  • ­Windows 7 or newer (64-bit only)
  • Windows 32-bit hosts are no longer supported

Formats:

  • AAX
  • VST
  • VST 3
  • Standalone functionality

Note: Windows 32-bit hosts are no longer supported.


103. ImPerfect

by W.A Production

ImPerfect

Special Shifting Synth

Most digital synths out there offer easily accessible functions, pristine digital quality and precisely tuned tones. “Imperfect” aims to break that trend with wavering detuned oscillators, modulating effects and a whole host of other functions designed to put the analogue fun back into synth programming. 

The architecture behind Imperfect will be familiar to anyone who’s used a soft-synth before, with 5 powerful oscillators, envelopes, filters, LFOs and an arpeggiator. Where things start to get interesting is with the 3 special modulation sliders. Named “Wacky”, “Cracky” and “Shaky”, these functions introduce modulated effects, saturated harmonics and tuning inconsistencies. Make your pads sound authentically analogue and keep your arpeggios moving by adjusting these sliders to create all sorts of circuit-bending scenarios. The modulations don’t stop there; almost any of Imperfect’s parameters can be assigned to the constantly shifting dual X/Y pads and played live or programmed with MIDI automation. 

5 Oscillator Modules

Mix 5 different oscillators to create the basis of your sound. Oscillators 1 and 2 can each be morphed between 4 different waveforms, then layer up a sampled waveform, sub-oscillator and noise profile. Ring and Frequency modulation can easily be dialled in, along with octave, detune and pulse width settings. 

260 Waveforms or Load Your Own

Preset waveforms can be loaded into oscillator 3 and there are 260 different ones to choose from. If you still feel limited then don’t worry, just load your own WAV file into Imperfect and then use the processing power to transform it into a totally different sound.

Catch the Drift

Wacky, Cracky and Shaky sliders dictate the amount of analogue-style processing that Imperfect performs. “Wacky” increases the amount of the 3 effects (phaser / chorus / delay) to push the tone into drifting and delayed space. “Cracky” pushes up the saturation level to introduce harmonics and dirty up the signal. “Shaky” modulates the tune from subtle detuning at low levels to full-on pitch modulation when pushed harder.

Dual X/Y Modulation Pads

Not one, but two X/Y pads can be assigned to a total of four different parameters and then be automated or played live. 3 different performance modes are available to automatically twist your timbres into unrecognisable shapes. 

Visual Feedback

The central scope accurately displays the waveform you’re creating, along with left and right channel output meters. 

Full Synth Controls

All the functions you’d expect of a plugin synth are present and correct within Imperfect, including filter module, dual envelopes, two low-frequency oscillators and an effects section. There’s no compromise to functionality or performance with Imperfect. 

Arpeggiator

Set Imperfect to Arp mode for up to 4 octave automatic arpeggiation. Rate can be synced to your host BPM at a variety of note intervals, or you can set it to free running. Latch or unlatch the arp function with the selector switch. 

Global Parameters

Imperfect features all the standard global controls you’d expect from a quality synth plugin. Set the global tuning and glide timing. Choose mono or poly modes up to 16 voices. 

Presets

Including hundreds of expertly programmed factory presets, Imperfect has an onboard browser where you can audition sounds prior to loading. You’re sure to find the perfect starting point for your own creations and they’re easy to save and recall.

Forgot about static synth sounds and venture into the world of valves and resistors with Imperfect’s vintage-sounding processing. Never look back, unless that’s the sound you want!

W. A. Production are real-life producers making creative plugins to help you achieve studio quality processing quickly and easily. Enjoy!

Features

  • Fully functioning synth with analogue-style imperfections
  • 5 Oscillator modules
  • 3 Unique transformation parameters
  • Hundreds of factory presets
  • 260 Preset Waveforms & load your own samples
  • Dual X/Y pads
  • Filters & Effects
  • Real-time waveform display
  • Dual Envelopes & LFOs
  • Full PDF Manual & Tutorial video

System Requirements

  • VST – Windows 7 or higher (32 / 64 bit)
  • VST / AU – Mac OSX 10.7 or higher (32 / 64 bit)
  • AAX – ProTools 11 or higher

104. Saturn 5

by Minimal System Group

Saturn 5

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

Analogue synthesis was introduced in the early 70’s and took the music production world by storm and even inspired new musical genres. The synthesisers of the time had logical, user friendly front panels where every parameter had its own dedicated control. XStudioToolz have developed a synthesiser inspired by early synth pioneers with the intention of bringing back the essence of pure synthesis. 

The Saturn 5 analogue modeling synthesiser has been lovingly developed to accurately produce the classic big sounds of classic synths. We have cut out the gimmicks and concentrated on perfecting the key elements of a good synthesiser such as the oscillators, the filter, and the workflow for the user. 

Saturn 5 can produce big bass, sharp leads, lush pads, and modulated sequences and is suitable for any genre of electronic music.

Features:

  • Analogue modeling synthesiser inspired by legendary synthesis pioneers 
  • 3 oscillators and 1 sub oscillator 
  • Mixer for blending oscillators 
  • Filter with Peaking, Low Pass, and High Pass modes with multi-mode LFO 
  • Additional LFO’s for OSC 1 and 2 controlling pitch and pulse width 
  • Chorus effect 
  • Reverb effect 
  • Full automation 
  • Presets 

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.


105. kHs One

by kiloHearts

kHs One

kHs ONE was not designed to be a fat analog beast with a massive warm sound. That just happened anyway.

We have put a lot of time and effort into making oscillators and filters of the highest quality which gives kHs ONE a pleasantly warm and analog sound.

Working with professional musicians and producers throughout the development process, we have made sure that the sound meets their high standards.

Key Features

  • 2 Oscillators (saw/square/noise)
  • Sub oscillator
  • 2 Filters
  • Per voice wave shaper
  • 2 LFOs
  • 3 Envelopes (amp/filter/mod)
  • 8 voice unison
  • 24 voice polyphony
  • Env/LFO legato on/off
  • Portamento/Glide
  • Onboard FX: Chorus, Delay, Equalizer and Limiter

System Requirements

These are the minimum recommended system requirements for running kHs ONE:

CPU:

  • 2 GHz or faster

Memory:

  • 1 GB or more

Operating System:

  • Windows (7 or newer) or Mac OS X (10.7 or newer)

Software:

  • A VST / Audio Unit / AAX compatible DAW

Supported formats:

  • AAX
  • AU
  • VST2
  • Snapin

Please note: If you have many instances of kHs ONE running, all playing many voices at the same time the CPU usage will increase accordingly. Thus, we cannot guarantee that kHs ONE will work flawlessly in all use cases even if your system does meet the minimum recommended system requirements.


106. Darkstar

by Minimal System Group

Darkstar

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

DarkStar is a monster analogue modelled synth. With its 4 oscillators you can easily create the sounds you need.

Features:

  • 4 Oscillators split into two modules each with Sine, Tri, Saw, Square, Noise waveforms.
  • Each two oscillator module has its own dedicated ADSR envelope.
  • Two filter banks (one for each two oscillator module) with full ADSR envelope and LFO controls. Filter types include LP, HP, BP, BR, PK.
  • Space Generator’ module.
  • Echo Box’ module.
  • Driver’ Module
  • Professional GUI Design.
  • 20 presets to get you started.
  • Regular updates, next update will include new features.
  • Very low CPU usage.

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.


107. Bass Station

by Novation

Bass Station

Originally launched in 1993, Bass Station’s flexible DCO oscillators and warm analogue signal path defined countless dance and electronic hits. Now a classic, its iconic sound is available as a software plug-in, carefully modelled to faithfully recreate the sounds of a monophonic, dual-oscillator analogue synthesiser.

From deep fat bass sounds to clean screaming leads, this mix of 100 classic original and stunning new sounds create the warmth and resonance missing in today’s modern digital synths.

The Classic Sound of Analogue

A recreation of the classic Bass Station analogue synthesiser, carefully modelled to maintain the distinct character of the iconic original.

Simple Two Oscillator Design

Faithfully recreated two oscillator monophonic design, carefully modeled to preserve the tone of the classic sawtooth and square waveforms of the original.

Classic Filter

Classic ladder filter sound modeling of the 12/24 dB Low-pass filter, with all the warmth and resonance missing in today’s modern digital synths.

Quick and Direct Synth When You Need It

Easy to access ADSR envelopes.

Unique Quirks of the Original

Oscillator Sync for complex, expressive timbres and unique tones.

Simple Modulation Routing

Easily routable LFOs create simple modulations, which can directly control the harmonic content of the sound by pulse width modulation or filter cut-off for dynamic sound variations.

More than the Original

For ease of use, the front panel has additional controls when compared to the original. The filter envelope has its own set of ADSR controls, and OSC1 and OSC2 have their own section for pitch modulation and PWM control.

Full Plug-in Support

Multiple instances and automation support. All controls receive MIDI.

100 Presets

Includes 100 classic original and stunning new sounds, from warm deep basses to screaming leads, all carefully crafted in the Novation factory.

Specfications

Sound Storage

  • Programs: Re-writable (100 factory presets) for each instance
  • Compatibility: Programs from the original Bass Station keyboard and rack can be uploaded and downloaded

Synth Engine

  • Voices: 1 (Monophonic)
  • Instances / Multitimbrality: Unlimited – (very low CPU overhead)

Oscillator 1

  • Waveforms: Square/Saw/Variable Pulse
  • Mod Env Depth: -64 to +63
  • LFO Depth: -64 to +63
  • PWM Source: Mod Env/Manual/Internal Preset LFO

Oscillator 2

  • Waveforms: Square/Saw/Variable Pulse
  • Mod Env Depth: -64 to +63
  • LFO Depth: -64 to +63
  • PWM Source: Mod Env/Manual/LFO
  • Octave Range: 16’/8’/4’/2’
  • Octave Range: Osc1 to Osc2

Mixer

  • Osc1-Osc2 Mix: -64 (Osc1) 0 (Osc1-2) +63 (Osc2)

Filter

  • Frequency: 10Hz-10kHz
  • Slope: 12dB/24dB
  • Modes: Low Pass
  • Resonance: 0-127
  • Mod Env Depth: -64 to +63
  • LFO Depth: -64 to +63
  • Cutoff: 0-127

Amplifier Envelope

  • Velocity: 0-127
  • Attack: 0-127 (1mS – 7secs)
  • Decay: 0-127 (1mS – 11secs)
  • Sustain: 0-127 (0-100%)
  • Release: 0-127 (1mS – 11secs)

Mod Envelope

  • Velocity: 0-127
  • Attack: 0-127 (1mS – 7secs)
  • Decay: 0-127 (1mS – 11secs)
  • Sustain: 0-127 (0-100%)
  • Release: 0-127 (1mS – 11secs)

LFO

  • Mode: Cyclic
  • Waveforms: Tri/Saw/Random
  • Speed: 0Hz-1kHz
  • Delay Fade In: 0-5 Seconds

System Requirements

PC

  • Windows 7, 8 and 10
  • Standard VST

Mac

  • MacOS 10.12 and later
  • Audio Units and VST

108. Cyclop

by Sugar Bytes

Cyclop

Cyclop has Landed

Monophonic, raw and unbelievably versatile. Cyclop is packed with tools for the bass of the future and beyond. Wobble Knob, FX Sequencer and a hilariously versatile sound engine will give you endless joy.

Oscillators: Everything Starts Here…

Saw Regiment | Analogue | FM | Transformer | Spectromat | Phase Stressor

Cyclop derives its power from the two sound generators. Spectral, digital, fat analog or use your own samples as a wavetable.

These beasts do one thing very well: delivering cutting-edge digital madness at the low end of the frequency spectrum.

Wobble Knob

Cyclop will Blow Your Mind. Wobble Bass? Dubstep? Do Something Completely New!

Wobble expert: rhythmical material is the special power of this synthesizer. The Wobble Generator modulates synth- & filter with various waveforms at tempo-synced rates.

The knob recorder allows to run automation along with your MIDI notes.

Modulation Madness

Innovative Modulation Concept – Deep and Accessible

Enjoy an incredible depth of sound design possibilities & great real-time control over 16 different target parameters. Along with the wobble generator, the more traditional sources like envelope, LFO (9 waveforms), a 16 step sequencer or the sound knob add up to five modulators.

Cyclop FX: Made to Impress

Pattern-Based Sequencer with the FX Knob as Automatable Controller

The effect section is a mixture of Effectrix and Turnado flavours.The four sequencer lanes each hold a different group of effects. The multi-effect can be controlled per the FX knob or via a sequencer. Rhythmical effects a lá Effectrix or Turnado at your fingertips – complex sound design becomes child’s play.

  • Pitch Looper (4x pitch down, 4x pitch up)
  • Looper with 8 lengths
  • Vinyl Effects (Tape Stop, Vinyl, Scratch)
  • Classic Delays

Sounds & Presets

A powerful monster that has grown out of all the sounds in the universe:

  • Over 800 presets included by Abstract Cats, Torley, the Sugar Bytes crew, David F, Bazooka, SiriusMo and many more
  • Recommended by BoysNoize, Skrillex, Peaches, Modeselektor, SiriusMo, Mouse on Mars, Biohazard

Features

  • Monophonic Setup
  • 6×2 Synthesizer, incl. Sample Transformer & Phase Stressor
  • 10×2 Filter, incl. Vowel Mode
  • FX Sequencer
  • Deep Modulation System
  • Effective Preset Cloud Browser
  • Free Signal Flow
  • Wobble Generator!

System Requirements

Mac

  • OS X 10.9 or higher (64-bit only)

Formats:

  • AAX
  • Audio Unit (AU)
  • Standalone Application
  • VST2

Windows

  • Windows 7 or higher (64-bit only)

Formats:

  • AAX
  • Standalone Application
  • VST2

Important note: Ths software is only available in 64-bit format for both Windows and macOS and will not function on 32-bit systems.


109. Softube Modular Synth

by Softube

Softube Modular Synth

Created in close collaboration with Doepfer, Softube Modular gives you both the sound, flexibility and expandability of a true analog modular synthesizer. But Softube Modular is more than just another virtual synthesizer plug-in—it’s an entirely new modular synth standard.

Infinitely Expandable 

As a Modular owner, the basic system gives you a great toolkit to start out with. It includes six modeled Doepfer modules and over 20 utility modules. But there is much more to discover. Additional modules from quality Eurorack vendors—starting with a range of units from cutting-edge manufacturer Intellijel—are available for separate purchase. More modules will continuously be made available. Owners of Softube’s drum synth Heartbeat can add its instrument and EQ modules to Modular and combine them with any other modules. Softube’s award-winning engineering team have modeled each analog module, component by component, and the resulting plug-ins are sonically indistinguishable from their hardware counterparts.

Welcome Experts & Beginners 

Experienced Eurorack synth users will be right at home from the start. Modular’s workflow is very close to the use of physical Eurorack modular synths. Add modules, connect them using virtual patch cords, adjust their knobs and switches to your heart’s desire. Get MIDI connectivity with the MIDI To CV/Gate Converter and add any of the included step sequencers—unless you prefer using your DAW’s built-in sequencer, of course.

To beginners, a modular synthesizer can be daunting at first. But Modular offers a wide range of expertly designed presets, immediately available to be put to use in your music. When you are ready to learn more about patching a Eurorack synth, the manual offers step by step patching tutorials that go hand in hand with the included tutorial presets.

Both experts and beginners will enjoy the included Performance modules. These give the user a limited set of knobs and buttons that can be freely assigned to control any parameter on any module in the current patch—making creative tweaking on the fly super easy and accessible for inspired studio production and live performances.

Features

  • Modular is a cross-platform modular synthesizer plug-in standard, which features authorized emulations of modules from well known hardware Eurorack brands
  • True dynamic circuit-emulation—looks, functions and sounds like its hardware counterparts
  • Basic system contains six Doepfer modules (A-110-1 VCO, A-108 VCF, A-132-3 Dual VCA, A-140 ADSR, A-118 Noise/Random, A-147 VCLFO)
  • Basic system also contains over 20 Utility modules (such as MIDI to CV/gate, mixers, slew, sample & hold, switches, multiples, delay, offset, sequencers, clock dividers, logic and signal tools, as well as a Polyphonic MIDI to CV/gate module).
  • Additional authorized emulations from Intellijel is available as add-ons (uFold II, Korgasmatron II, Rubicon). Many more modules from other quality hardware Eurorack vendors to be released
  • Simple design of your own interaction layout with the Performance modules in classic synthesizer style
  • Softube Heartbeat drum channels and EQ can be used as separate modules for owners of Heartbeat
  • More than 200 quality presets included covering a huge range of styles and sounds
  • Can be used both as effect and instrument for your DAW and integrates beautifully with your hardware Eurorack modular
  • High internal sample rate within system enables true feedback

Modular Add-Ons (sold separately):

System Requirements

  • Mac OS X 10.12 or newer (older OS versions may work but are not tested (64-bit only).
  • Windows 64-bit, versions 7, 8 or 10 (64-bit only).
  • Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 X2 or newer.
  • Screen resolution 1280×800 or larger.
  • Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz, in both mono and stereo.
  • 8 GB RAM or more is recommended, as well as at least 8 GB hard disk space for installation (individual plug-ins take less space, while sample libraries may require additional disk space).
  • A Softube account is required to register and install the software.
  • An iLok account is required for authorisation of the software.
  • Internet access for downloading installer and managing licenses.
  • iLok generation 2 and up, if you intend to use a physical iLok dongle for authorizing your plug-ins (note that an iLok dongle is not a requirement).
  • In theory, any 64-bit VST, VST3, AU, or AAX (11.0.2 or higher) compatible host application should work.
  • The most recent maintenance release of the DAW application is recommended.

However, due to plug-in host differences between DAWs – and our own rigorous testing standards – we only officially test our plug-ins and instruments in the most recent versions of Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, Live, Studio One, Digital Performer, Reaper and Sonar. Softube plugins are not tested in the non-listed systems, but they most likely work as long as the system requirements are met. We cannot guarantee a solution for issues in unsupported systems.

Important note: make sure that you always use the latest iLok License Manager. It is not included in the Softube installer but can be downloaded from www.ilok.com​


110. Phoscyon

by D16 Group

Phoscyon

Taking the classic analogue sound of the legendary silver box into the future

Phoscyon offers an unmatched sound together with advanced features such as a state of the art Distortion unit; fully user-configurable BPM synced Arpeggiator and Randomizer; a unique ‘Play Live’ mode; vintage arrangement and pattern builder, full MIDI CC support and, to top it off, the most authentic 18db/oct low pass filter ever created!

Diehard fans of the original Bass Line will be blown away with Phoscyon’s uncanny emulation of the classic, but will also marvel at the ease with which new sounds can be crafted; sounds which were not possible on the original. Phoscyon gives you access authentic vintage sounds at a fraction of the cost of the real thing. With the familiar Bass Line interface coupled with the added sound generation tools, D16 Group feel that Phoscyon is quite simply in a class of its own.

Capabilities

Phoscyon is a vintage analogue modelled Bassline synthesizer with a unique low pass filter with an 18db/oct dumping and constant resonance amplitude throughout the entire frequency domain. The filter sounds phenomenal! Hear that squelch and you’ll swear it’s analogue! D16 have also equipped it with a fully customizable integrated arpeggiator (essential in electronic music) as well as an exhaustively analogue modelled distortion effect, crucial for those screaming acid basslines!

Phoscyon’s designers are also musicians who believe that in order for electronic music to stay relevant, it needs to evolve – just like any other genre. D16’s approach is to give forward-thinking musicians and producers the tools they need to craft the sounds they want. Whether it’s Techno, Acid, Triphop, IDM, D&B, Ambient, or any other kind of genre-bending music, Phoscyon will take your sound further. 

  • Classic 303 Sound – Faithful emulation of the classic analogue sound of the legendary silver box taken into the future with a whole bunch of new features for new levels of artistic freedom
  • State Of The Art Distortion Unit Build-In – Yet more easy, convenient and instant tweaking acidic sounds
  • Arpeggiator and Randomizer – For effortless and joyful creating bass lines and crazy melodic passages with total control over the process

Features

Synthesis

  • 2 authentically emulated analogue oscillators (saw/square)
  • Screaming 18db/oct low pass filter with absolutely no self-oscillation
  • Filters equipped with transistor amplitude clipping
  • Perfectly scaled knob ranges
  • Additional synthesis controls expand the synthesizer’s range

Internal Sequencer

  • 96 patterns
  • Each pattern up to 16 steps of length
  • Shuffle mode
  • Chain mode
  • Shuffle (swing) and tempo values defined per pattern
  • Patterns import/export via human-readable xml files

Two Modes of Synchronization

  • Precise synchronization to the host tempo
  • Synchronization to internal clock – tempo controlled in the range 30-300 BPM (+-0.1)

Built-in Arpeggiator

  • 7 predefined chords and 1 user definable chord
  • Arpeggiator tempo multiplier (1, 1.5, 2, 3, 4, 6)
  • Arpeggiator repeat feature
  • 4 arpeggiation patterns (Up, Down, Up-Down, Random)
  • Defined offsets of octaves to work with

Built-in Distortion Effect (Equivalent to a Transistor Amplifier with Equalisation)

  • Tailored for the Acid Bassline sound!
  • Equipped with signal routing (Dist <=> Eq)

Many Ways of Controlling the Device

  • External mode (notes triggering the sounds)
  • Internal sequencer (pattern mode)

Powerful Randomizer

  • Generates patterns from user-defined range of notes, user-defined chords or predefined chords (Major, Minor, 7th, m7th, M7, m7-5, DIM)
  • Generates random values for Note, Gate, Accent, and Slide attributes
  • Allows user to define attribute frequency

Fully controllable via MidiCC

System Requirements

Windows PC

  • OS version Win 7, Win 8, Win 10
  • CPU 1.5 Ghz with SSE (Multicore system 2.0 Ghz recommended)
  • RAM 4 GB (8 GB Recommended)
  • Software VST compatible host application (32bit or 64bit)

Mac OS X

  • OS version 10.7 to 10.14
  • CPU Intel based 1.5 Ghz (2.0 Ghz recommended)
  • RAM 4 GB (8 GB Recommended)
  • Software AU / VST compatible host application (32bit or 64bit)

Please note: This is not a standalone program – a host application (DAW) is required to use it.


111. Voltage Modular Ignite

by Cherry Audio

Voltage Modular Ignite

Voltage Modular is a brand-new virtual modular platform, designed from the outset to be the best sounding, most powerful, flexible, and easy-to-use virtual modular instrument available.

Voltage Modular Ignite is a smaller bundle for a smaller price! Get a taste of Voltage Modular with the Ignite module collection. 45 modules are included for the ultimate introduction to modular synthesis.

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.

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.

Please note: Voltage Modular does not currently work with Reason on Windows, see our forums for more details.


112. Obscurium

by Sugar Bytes

Obscurium

Timbral Organism

Obscurium is a synthesis tool for sound and pitch. It feeds on your input of scales & chords to produce futuristic soundscapes and vivid harmonics.

Harmony and Sound

A Surprisingly Versatile Tool

Obscurium animates you to explore new paths to creation of music & sound design. Like a modular system, it allows for most complex circuits, yet remains easily accessible.

It will change your process of making music, to a fun and playful state of flow and you’ll come up with patch after patch of cool melodic and chordal passages that intiate new tracks. Never mind the possibilities of the VST synth integration!

If you are sound designing for films, adverts or games, if you are looking for a fresh short cut to your creative cloud, give it a go!

Sound Design Playground

Obscurium’s Scope can only be Matched by very Large and Costly Modular Setups

The two sound generators are deceptively basic looking. Number 1 is an emulation of an analogue oscillator with a unison functionality. The second oscillator uses FM synthesis with a flexible ratio. Both can be routed through the effect section and you can mix and modulate them via the sequencer. Ask Audio’s Quick Tip

The Super Obscure Mode automatically draws sequences in most various ways. The Modifiers paint all parameters at once: while setting individual steps you can define their sound. Step by step a different sound – this is the agenda here.

VST Interface

Resurrect your library of Long-Forgotten Plug-ins

You can host any of your sound generator plug-ins for fresh sounds. Obscurium sends trigger, pitch and 11 automation lanes. Take your plug-ins to new levels!

Setting this up couldn’t be easier – pick any of the plug-in’s presets, use a random mode to assign parameters or use the Learn function in Obscurium’s hosting options.

Shift and Morph

The More you Play, the More you Discover

We implemented the unique possibility to rotate parameters and their motion lanes. Organic and complex sound changes just blossom around you with a tender touch of these faders. This feature can be modulated for endless evolving results.

Additionally, you can morph between two sequencer states (copy and paste between the two states is very useful!). That makes it possible to vary parts of a sequence while it repeats.

Obscure Clock

A Warp Drive to the new Dimension of Sequencing

The clock tab regulates the master speed, swing & direction. Combine its 2 mini sequencers for clock and direction with the main sequencer for finestcolourfull rhythm tapestry.

Sequencer steps can be assigned to MIDI notes, playback speed and direction might change at any time. A different sound for each note of a melody and tumbling rhythms, rolls and triplets, ready to be explored.

Sounds & Presets

An instrument with a mind-boggling scope…

  • Rummage around in these sounds…They give a pretty good idea of what Obscurium is capable of. Better yet: check out the demo – the modulated presets are a feast for ear and eye
  • The presets are a good inspiration and starting point for your own ideas. Obscurium invites you to experiment!

Features

  • Avantgarde Sound Design Tool
  • 8-voice Saw, Pulse, Supersaw and FM Synthesis
  • VST Interface can host & control plug-ins
  • Generative Harmonies or straight MIDI-Input
  • MIDI out
  • Draw Tools, Modifiers and Super Obscure Mode
  • Parameter Shifting
  • 400 Presets with Pads, Drums & Atmos

System Requirements

Mac

  • OS X 10.9 or higher (64-bit only)

Formats:

  • AAX
  • Audio Unit (AU)
  • Standalone Application
  • VST2

Windows

  • Windows 7 or higher (64-bit only)

Formats:

  • AAX
  • Standalone Application
  • VST2

Important note: Ths software is only available in 64-bit format for both Windows and macOS and will not function on 32-bit systems.


113. Photosounder

by Photosounder

Photosounder

Every sound you’ve ever heard can be represented as an image and all possible sounds can be made from an image. Only Photosounder truly allows you to transform any sound as an image and to create any possible sound from an image. It is the ultimate bridge between the graphical world and the audio world, bringing the full power of image editing to the service of creating and transforming sounds.Photosounder is the first audio editor/synthesizer to have an entirely image-based approach to sound creation and editing. Thanks to its powerful and omnipotent synthesis algorithms, it is capable of creating any sound possible. Powerful built-in image editing tools, some yet unknown to general image editing programs, are specifically tailored to enable you to create and edit sounds with ease in ways and with results simply impossible with other programs.

The immense possibilities offered by Photosounder are only starting to be discovered. Every day spent using Photosounder brings new discoveries, new kinds of sounds never heard before, new effects never approximated, new takes on classical effects or methods, all merely by combining the power of the simple set of tools built in the program.

Features

Analysis/Synthesis

  • Lossless processing of sounds based on images, so that real sounds can be transformed by transforming their image.
  • Noise-based synthesis for synthesising original sounds from nothing or resynthesising wildly transformed sounds in a way that results in a continuous and smooth spectrum.
  • Pro-tip: Turn on the Live Synthesis in the Options menu for instantaneous results!
  • Exclusive spectrogram analysis algorithm that natively operates on a logarithmic scale and can vary time/frequency resolution depending on frequency for better clarity and better resynthesis.
  • Coming soon: Real-time live synthesis, allowing real-time time-stretching or to hear changes as they are made to the images.

Editing

  • Dedicated graphical editing tools best suited for editing or creating sounds, such as various sprays to enhance, suppress, erase or create features, including a harmonics modifier to apply all modifications to a frequency and its harmonics at once.
  • Layer system similar to Photoshop’s, with layer groups and various layer blending modes, including exclusive layer convolution modes.
  • Extensive graphical/mathematical operations specially adapted to spectrogram editing which allow you to apply all kinds of effects, from the most common (such as EQ, compression, denoising…) to the weirdest (envelope reversion, spectral gating, pitch inversion, spectral quantization…).
  • Processing in third-party image processing programs by exporting images to BMP files and importing of the externally modified images.
  • Rhythm and note overlays to help with music composition.

History

  • Ability to restore a session, even after a crash.
  • All actions are instantly saved to a history file in a human-readable language so none of your work is ever lost. Also allows you to edit the history by hand or save a project and all its history.
  • Easy scripting to automate actions.

Specs

  • Images processed in 32-bit precision.
  • Sounds processed and exported in 32-bit precision (with an option to export to 24-bit instead).
  • Opens audio formats such as MP3, OGG, WAV, AIFF, FLAC and various others and allows to export to 24-bit or 32-bit WAV, AIFF and FLAC.
  • Opens image formats such as JPEG, PNG, BMP, PSD, GIF and various others and allows to export to BMP images.
  • Can natively process, playback and export everything in any sampling rate (up to 384 kHz) supported by your sound card.
  • Multicore support for faster processing and a smoother experience.]

What’s New in Photosounder 1.10.0?

  • Ability to import more files to a single project, each on its own layer.
  • Drag and drop of files.
  • Console you can bring up using F3 to enter commands.
  • Volume limiter.
  • Much faster FFT-accelerated and GPU-accelerated convolution between layers.
  • Can save images to linear 32-bit per channel TIFF.
  • Can analyse ultrasounds up to 192 kHz.
  • Fixed issues with the Gamma and Intensity knobs as well as various other issues.
  • New interface system that adds dialogues for creating a new project, opening/importing files, analysis options, and more.

What It Does

The following is a non-exhaustive list of what has been found that can be done using Photosounder. (Check out the demo videos above)

  • Turning a sound upside down (bass sounds become treble and vice versa)
  • Complex soundscapes using extreme time-stretching
  • Creating instruments graphically and arranging them into a beat
  • Transmitting photographs through sound
  • Performing operations between different sound files, such as subtracting an instrumental from a song to isolate vocals
  • Isolating or removing an instrument from a complex sound
  • New effects such as piano chorusification or time-pixelation of sound
  • A new take on more classical sound effects such as sound reverb
  • High quality and flexibility processing such as denoising
  • Creating new sounds from photographs or fractal images
  • Vocoding
  • Synthesizing spectrograms created from other spectrographs, such as printed spectrograms of bird calls in books
  • Pitch shifting, pitch interval stretching, sound rotation, time-frequency domain compression

System Requirements

Photosounder is available for Windows (Windows XP and above), Mac OS X Universal (10.9 and above, on Intel machines). It can also run on Linux using Wine. A powerful machine is recommended. A demo version is available, with the ability to save the resulting sound to file disabled, and a short silence inserted every 12 seconds.

Important Note: Photosounder is a Standalone Application, not a Plugin.


114. CFA Sound MonoGrizzly 2

by Resonance Sound

CFA Sound MonoGrizzly 2

Time to let your DAW gone wild with the all-new MonoGrizzly 2 VST synthesizer! A full grown monophonic and analog modelled synth for raw and wild analog styled bass and synth sounds.

After some years in the cage, the MonoGrizzly 2 has finally grown to its full size and is ready to bare it`s claws! Coming with a completely reworked engine, a lot of own character, massive oscillators, a toasty filter module based on the classic ladder design and fx effects – packed into an easy-to-use interface.

Starting on the all-new oscillators, which generating 3 analog modelled waveforms at once, you can use with all 3 oscillators together up to 9 waveforms on one note. Every oscillator is enhanced two new sound shaping features: “Spread” – allows to modulate the phases of each contained waveform, and “Roast” – with this mode you can drive the hole sound character of the oscillator to a way more crunchy and rough taste with just one mouse click. In addition you can also sync the second and third oscillator and add noise through the mixer module.

Followed by the overworked filter module, loaded with a tube-based filter drive unit for saturation and an analog modelled 4-pole lowpass ladder filter with a passive controlled feedback circuit. Rounded off with the improved envelopes and new LFO with 8 waveforms, which allows more modulation targets as in the previous version. The new effect section contains a decimate and overdrive fx, aswell as the new two band equalizer. All this packed together with 2x oversampling and anti-aliasing algorithm into the new GUI and charged with 75 new presets – waiting to shows it`s claws and bring you raw and wild sounds!

Features

  • Monophonic analog modelled synthesizer
  • With 2x oversampling and anti-aliasing algorithm
  • Three massive oscillators
  • Every oscillator generates 3 waveforms at once
  • Spread option to modulate the phases of each waveform
  • Roast mode for changing the character to a more deep and rough taste
  • Oscillators 2 & 3 can be synced
  • Additional noise oscillator with tone filter
  • 4-pole lowpass ladder filter
  • Tube-based filter drive unit
  • Passive controlled feedback circuit
  • Improved envelopes
  • New LFO with 8 waveforms and more modulation targets
  • Decimate and overdrive effect
  • Two-band equalizer
  • New GUI with 2 different skins
  • 75 complete new factory presets

System Requirements

  • VST 2.3 (32-bit) for Windows

Note: MonoGrizzly 2 could maybe work via Jbrigde in a 64-bit DAW, but we don`t guarantee that. If you`re using WinOS 64-bit DAW please try the Demo Version before buying.

  • Win32 compatible OS with SSE2-supporting CPU (or higher)

Important note: This software is Windows (PC) 32-bit compatible only.


115. Hand Clapper

by AudioThing

Hand Clapper

Claps Synthesizer Plug-In

Hand Clapper is a drum synthesizer dedicated to claps sounds.

The internal design is inspired by a famous Japanese percussion synthesiser from the ’80. There are three internal noise sources that are used to recreate the classic sound of vintage analog drum machines (such as 808, 909, HC2, and more).

You are not limited to just the on-board sounds though, you can also load in any sample you want.

Features

  • 4 sources: 808, 909, HC2, Custom
  • 20 Factory Presets
  • Tone bandpass/peak filter
  • Vintage Reverb
  • Preset system with randomiser
  • Platforms: OSX, Windows

System Requirements

Mac

  • OS X 10.7 – macOS 10.15 (64-bit ONLY)

Formats

  • VST2
  • VST3
  • AU
  • AAX

Windows

  • Windows 7, 8, 10 (64-bit ONLY)

Formats

  • VST2
  • VST3
  • AAX

116. Modular Add-On: Intellijel Rubicon

by Softube

Modular Add-On: Intellijel Rubicon

This product is an expansion for Softube Modular. If you do not currently own Modular, you can purchase it HERE.

The thru-zero frequency modulation of Rubicon is ideal for experimenting with FM synthesis. Rubicon is an analog VCO design masterpiece, originially created by Dave Dixon with Intellijel. It is a unique Eurorack module, now offered as an add-on module for Modular.

Please Note: 

  • MODULAR (cross-platform modular synthesizer) is required to run this software!

Features:

  • High precision emulated Triangle core
  • Switchable linear and (for the first time in any module) exponential TZFM (through-zero FM)
  • Linear index VCA for dynamic control of TZFM depth
  • Symmetry control (full clockwise is normal, full counter-clockwise gives reversed waveforms, centered the VCO is at 0 Hz) with CV
  • 12 primary waveform types: sine, sigmoid, double sigmoid, triangle, saw, double saw, zigzag, square, pulse (center modulated), pulse (edge modulated), double pulse
  • Suboctave circuit with -1 and -2 octaves. The suboctave output is affected by fm just like the main signals
  • Soft sync (also known as reversing sync) with attenuator
  • Hard sync with selectable reset direction (determines if the triangle starts moving up or down after a reset, very useful in LFO mode)
  • Pulse-width modulation and exponential FM with dedicated attenuators
  • Requires Modular 

System Requirements

  • Mac OS X 10.12 or newer (older OS versions may work but are not tested (64-bit only).
  • Windows 64-bit, versions 7, 8 or 10 (64-bit only).
  • Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 X2 or newer.
  • Screen resolution 1280×800 or larger.
  • Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz, in both mono and stereo.
  • 8 GB RAM or more is recommended, as well as at least 8 GB hard disk space for installation (individual plug-ins take less space, while sample libraries may require additional disk space).
  • A Softube account is required to register and install the software.
  • An iLok account is required for authorisation of the software.
  • Internet access for downloading installer and managing licenses.
  • iLok generation 2 and up, if you intend to use a physical iLok dongle for authorizing your plug-ins (note that an iLok dongle is not a requirement).
  • In theory, any 64-bit VST, VST3, AU, or AAX (11.0.2 or higher) compatible host application should work.
  • The most recent maintenance release of the DAW application is recommended.

However, due to plug-in host differences between DAWs – and our own rigorous testing standards – we only officially test our plug-ins and instruments in the most recent versions of Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, Live, Studio One, Digital Performer, Reaper and Sonar. Softube plugins are not tested in the non-listed systems, but they most likely work as long as the system requirements are met. We cannot guarantee a solution for issues in unsupported systems.

  • Softube Modular is required to run this software.
  • Make sure that you always use the latest iLok License Manager. It is not included in the Softube installer but can be downloaded from www.ilok.com​

117. Guitarist

by Sugar Bytes

Guitarist

Unrivalled Functionality

Guitarist is a virtual guitar that’s designed to emulate rhythm parts played on an electric guitar. The actual guitar player has been transformed into a step sequencer system with a huge level of customisation when it comes to chords or fingering patterns and a detailed control over authentic nuance and expression.

The Sequencers

Detailed Control and Vast Arrangement Options

The Patterns page in the centre is actually very easy to use. On 16 steps you can determine if a chord is triggered, which strings are played and if the strum goes up- or downward.

Each string can be played individually at any time, guaranteeing gigantic arpeggios, nuanced metal riffs are also easily done. The damp- and deadnotes make it funky and lively.

The lower lanes are where you can define the chord sequences. Select a root note, choose one of 12 different chord types, each available in three fingering variations and use the “step-repeat” for longer patterns. You can also create up to 24 user chords (incl. impossible chords) by clicking on the fretboard.

The Human Touch

Busy Fingers

The “Animations” page lets you program extra movements for each of the mechanical “fingers” on the fretboard. A finger can be moved up or down by one, two or three semitones per step, to enrich chords with harmonic elements.

The “Action Section” offers the means for immediate intervention. Loop parts with a press of a button, include dead- or damp notes, half tempo works as well.

The Guitars

Four Electric Models with More to Come

Three different guitars are built in: Fender’s Stratocaster and Telecaster are included, along with a Duesenberg Starplayer Special. The Starplayer exists in a “Bright” and “Normal” version.

Each of these beautiful six-strings was recorded with 2,000 samples. Extensive sets of fretted notes and open strings have been sampled, each one repeated several times.

The “round robin” function can alternate the playback of different samples. In Random mode, a sample is selected at random from the available pool for the note triggered.

Amps and Effects

Form Your Sound

Two effect-units with 10 effects altogether provide the colors you are looking for. FX1 specializes in modulation effects, including a very nice Chorus, a throaty Phaser, and “Phase Wah” and “Auto Wah” effects. FX2 does classic delays and reverbs, and a reverse‑buffer delay effect.

Two wonderful sounding amp models are available as well as a direct out mode for your favorite amp-emulator-software.

And there’s the Wah-Wah pedal. This is more sophisticated than the average guitar stomp-box, with an integral, variable‑rate LFO to sweep the effect back and forth (this can be deactivated, and a MIDI controller assigned for manual control). The LFO can be set to retrigger with input signals above a given threshold (another way of producing “auto‑wah” effects), and Max and Min controls allow you to set the upper and lower boundaries of the effect’s sweep.

Clever and Detailed Mechanics

The Feature List Keeps on Giving

Here are some more features to improve workflow and provide an authentic setup:

  • Global Strum Speed controllable by host automation
  • Export MIDI sequences to your DAW – can be useful when used to double on another instrument
  • Copy/Paste buttons all over the place for effective composing
  • Detune strings by a semitone using the pegs

Sounds & Presets

Authentic and Expressive:

  • Presets are sub-divided into four categories: Global, Sound, Pattern and Chord
  • Sound presets store settings such as the guitar type and selected effects. Pattern presets store the strumming and picking patterns, while Chord presets store chord changes
  • Selecting a Global preset automatically loads the matching presets in the other three categories. However, you can mix and match the different categories, combining the chord progression from one preset with the picking from another, and the effects settings from still another
  • User presets of all four types can be created and saved

Features

  • Four electric Guitars with more to come soon
  • More than 2,000 Samples for each Sixstring
  • Control over Strum, Chords & Song Structures
  • Action Section for real-time Control
  • Slides, Vibratos or Portamentos
  • Warm Amps and Direct-Out
  • 10 Effects plus Wahwah Pedal & Talkmode
  • Mute or De-tune individual Strings

System Requirements

Mac

  • OS X 10.9 or higher (64-bit only)

Formats:

  • AAX
  • Audio Unit (AU)
  • Standalone Application
  • VST2

Windows

  • Windows 7 or higher (64-bit only)

Formats:

  • AAX
  • Standalone Application
  • VST2

Important note: Ths software is only available in 64-bit format for both Windows and macOS and will not function on 32-bit systems.


118. Sakura

by Image Line

Sakura

Like the transient beauty of Sakura (Japanese for Cherry Blossom), the sound of stringed instruments blossoms and fades. Image-Line brings you ‘Sakura’, the string physical modelling instrument, to express the delicacy and beauty of stringed sounds.

Reproduce the Delicate Pluck of a Single String.

Sakura can reproduce the delicate pluck of a single string, a violins bowing or the sonorous resonance of a grand piano. Most importantly, the curious musician can take control of every aspect of the simulation to create fantastic instruments. Ever wanted to know what a 20 foot guitar sounded like? Or a bowed piano? Now you can find out, Sakura opens up a world of string modelling possibilities, why not download the Sakura demo and try it for yourself. The Sakurazensen is coming, be there to experience it.

Virtual Modelling in Sakura follows a 5 Stage Hanami-Process:

  • Contact – An impulse, the mechanical contact with the string, is first generated then shaped to simulate plucks, picks, scrapes, hammers, taps or humble fingers.
  • Vibration – Sakura’s dual string model then gives the operator control over a wide range of parameters such as damping, tension, positioning and string properties.
  • String Interaction – The dual strings are then mixed, panned and enveloped to simulate interactions.
  • Resonance – The string/s vibration then interacts with an 8-resonator ‘body simulator’ to create the size, material and shape of the instrument
  • Acoustics – Virtual acoustic space is then simulated with chorus, delay and reverberation effects.

System Requirements

PC

  • Windows XP (SP2), Vista, Win7, Win8, Win8.1, Win10 – (32 & 64 Bit)
  • 2Ghz AMD or Intel Pentium 3 compatible CPU with full SSE1 support
  • 512Mb RAM.
  • 30Mb free disc space.
  • DirectSound or ASIO compatible soundcard.

Mac

  • OSX v10.7 (Lion)
  • G4 1.5 GHz or Intel Core Duo family
  • 512Mb RAM
  • 30Mb free disc space
  • CoreAudio drivers

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119. Alternator

by Sinevibes

Alternator

Motion Synthesizer

Important note: This software is Mac compatible only (Audio Units) and will not function on PC computers.

Alternator is a monophonic synthesizer with a unique approach to sound creation – every single parameter of its engine is sequenced. It consists of three modules – an oscillator, going into a filter, and then into an effect – but they all have their own separate step sequencers which change every property of the patch in a rhythmical fashion: oscillator waveform and pitch, modulation envelopes, even filter and effect types. Each of Alternator’s sequencers has its own timing, looping and randomization features, making it unusually easy to create motion lead and bass sounds with almost never-repeating patterns.

Alternator’s unique design is reflected in the user interface: all of its elements are neatly laid out on a single screen, with no tabs or menus. The sequencers have fluid color-coded graphics that reshape according to their settings, showing an exact view of what your sound composition is. In addition to this, each preset in Alternator has 12 patch snapshots that you can switch via MIDI keyboard and host automation, making it just as fun in live performance as during production.

Features

Sound Engine:

  • Monophonic synthesizer with all sound engine parameters controlled via three independent sequencers
  • Oscillator: tracks for gate, waveform (saw, square, FM sine, waveshaped sine), pitch and pitch modulation envelope
  • Filter: tracks for filter type (low-pass, high-pass, band-pass, band-reject), frequency and frequency modulation envelope
  • Effect: tracks for effect type (frequency shifter, phaser, flanger, decimator), parameter and parameter modulation envelope
  • Each sequencer has its own step count, duration, timing, swing, and lag settings
  • 12 separate parameter snapshots in a single preset, switchable via MIDI keyboard or host automation

Graphic Interface:

  • Fluid sequencer graphics that visually reflect timing and swing settings
  • Multiple utility functions for copying, looping and shifting individual sequences or whole snapshots
  • Support for multi-touch gestures and force touch on compatible trackpad devices
  • Support for high-resolution Retina screens

System Requirements

  • Supports OS X 10.6 or later, running on 32 or 64-bit Intel Macs
  • Works with any application that supports Audio Unit (AU) effect plugins

Important Notes: 

  • This software is Mac compatible only (Audio Units) 
  • An Audio Units (AU) compatible DAW is also required to run this software
  • This software will not function on PC computers

120. CS-80 V

by Arturia

CS-80 V

She’s a Replicant

CS-80 V is our modeled version of the legendary Yamaha™ CS-80, considered by many to be the ultimate polyphonic synthesizer of the late ‘70s.

Huge in size and price tag, the CS-80 was a flagship synthesizer of the 1970’s. It’s unique dual voice layout allowed for rich and full sounds that have not been matched to this day. It was popularized by artists such as Toto, Jean-Michel Jarre, Klaus Schulze, Stevie Wonder, Vangelis, Ultravox and Peter Gabriel, to name a few. Hit song after hit song has turned this synthesizer into a true legend.

More than three decades after its release, the time has come to rediscover a sound that has contributed extensively to the history of music.

Evolution of the Species

The original Yamaha CS-80 was probably one of the most expressive synthesizers made.

With its polyphonic aftertouch, separate high pass and low pass filters and large ribbon controller it became the voice of artists like Vangelis and ABBA.

Multi-Mode

The sound of the CS80 makes it standout for pad sounds. For that cinematic sound that will stand out in a mix and drive emotion, CS-80 V is the right choice for you.

There is Never Enough of a Good Thing

While the CS-80 was wonderful sounding, it was missing some critical modulation routing that a modern synth should have. We added a modulation matrix which has opened up the sound design capabilities to new heights. The new voice modes and arpeggiator breath new life into this classic giving you even bigger sounds than original.

Main Features

  • All the original parameters of the Yamaha CS-80:
    • 2 oscillators
    • 4 filters (high pass, low pass)
    • 2 LFOs
    • 4 envelopes
    • 2 VCAs
    • 1 sub-oscillator
    • 1 ring modulator
    • Chorus and tremolo
  • Digital Delay
  • Multi Mode: assign a different sound to each of the 8 voices of polyphony!
  • Modulation Matrix: 13 sources, 38 destinations
  • More than 500 presets made by some of the world’s best sound designers
  • Polyphonic aftertouch response
  • 1 arpeggiator
  • Full MIDI controller mapping
  • Virtual Ribbon controller
  • Absolutely pure, top quality sound from TAE® analog modeling

Arturia Software Center

ASC is the central software that elegantly manages all your Arturia software licenses. It activates your licenses and synchronizes them across multiple devices (you get five instances with each instrument license). ASC also notifies you of updates and downloads them. You can even easily learn about new products, download demos versions and purchase the full products. Simple.

Included in V Collection

This instrument is also part of the V Collection 5 -your complete dream line-up of the legendary synths, organs, pianos and more that made keyboard history. They’re modeled with the most advanced technologies for authentic realism, and enhanced with new creative options. Whether you use it as DAW plugins in the studio or standalone at gigs, V Collection 5 puts the greatest keys of all time at your fingertips for instant inspiration.

TAE® Powered

TAE® “True Analog Emulation” is Arturia’s exclusive technology that accurately reproduces the defining sonic qualities of analog synthesizers. It recreates the characteristics of analog oscillators in amazing detail, transparency and clarity, as well as the exact properties of the analog filters that give each classic instrument its unique sound. Soft clipping adds even more punch and presence. TAE® is primarily what makes our virtual instruments indistinguishable from the originals.

Preset Browser

Our redesigned preset browser lets you quickly find just the sound you’re looking for.

Search by name or simply select the appropriate tags to dial in on the exact sonic character you’re looking for. You can mark and recall your own favorites, enter comments, and set up playlists. There’s never been a more intuitive way to manage your library of designer and personal presets.

Resizable GUI

The user interfaces for all your Arturia instruments are now resizable, making it easy to work with any High Resolution screen, UHD or Retina.

You can decide whether you want to fill the screen with awesome graphic reproductions of classic instrument goodness, scale the window down when you’re working in a DAW and screen real estate is at a premium, or even zoom for detailed work.

System Requirements

Platform specifications

Windows

  • Windows: Win 7+ PC: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Mac

  • Apple: 10.10+: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Required configuration

  • Works in Standalone, VST 2.4, VST 3, AAX, Audio Unit (64-bit DAWs only)

Protection

The software is protected by the Arturia Software Center.


121. ARP2600 V

by Arturia

ARP2600 V

The Magic Mix

With its sound palette varying from heavy drum n’ bass stabs to angular arpeggiated electro bass lines, whatever your chosen genre, the 2600 is a truly versatile sound creation tool which still takes its place at the heart of today’s music.

With a unique combination of semi-modular architecture and fixed preset routing, it gave it the place of being one of the most versatile synths of the 1970’s.

A Legend is Back

The Arp 2600 was an iconic sound and Arturia has been faithful in recreating this amazing synthesizer. From the sound of the 3 oscillators to the original ‘grey face’ filter to the vast modulation routing abilities. You get all this and more.

Sonic Explorations

If you’re new to synthesis, no problem: we’ve included hundreds of excellent presets to get you started.

The Arp 2600 is a workhorse that can deliver everything from clean leads and sequences to crazy sound effects. When you need something with that extra special character the Arp 2600 is the one to go for.

Going Beyond and Back

While the original instrument was a wonder to use, we always find ways to innovate and improve.

Four revolutionary modulation generators add sonic flexibility and the step sequencer will allow you to animate your sounds. The multimode filter and output audio effects add new possibilities not found in the original….and did we mention it is fully polyphonic?

Main Features

  • All the parameters of the original ARP 2600:
    • 3 voltage-controlled oscillators
    • Osc2->Osc1 synchronization
    • 24 dB/octave low pass resonant filter with self-oscillation
    • 1 LFO (can be synchronized to the host sequencer’s tempo)
    • 1 sample and hold, 1 ring modulator, 1 noise generator
    • 1 ADSR & 1 AR envelope follower
  • ARP2500 multimode 12 dB/octave filter with LP, HP, BP and Notch settings
  • Original ARP Sequencer model 1601
  • 4 exclusive tracking generators with real-time interactive LFO creation ability
  • Voltage processors can be used as inverters, mixers or lag processors
  • Onboard effects: chorus, MIDI-syncable stereo delay, reverb
  • Polyphony from 2 to 32 voices with Unison options
  • More than 500 presets from top sound designers
  • Absolutely pure, top quality sound from TAE® analog modeling

Arturia Software Center

ASC is the central software that elegantly manages all your Arturia software licenses. It activates your licenses and synchronizes them across multiple devices (you get five instances with each instrument license). ASC also notifies you of updates and downloads them. You can even easily learn about new products, download demos versions and purchase the full products. Simple.

Included in V Collection

This instrument is also part of the V Collection 5 -your complete dream line-up of the legendary synths, organs, pianos and more that made keyboard history. They’re modeled with the most advanced technologies for authentic realism, and enhanced with new creative options. Whether you use it as DAW plugins in the studio or standalone at gigs, V Collection 5 puts the greatest keys of all time at your fingertips for instant inspiration.

TAE® Powered

TAE® “True Analog Emulation” is Arturia’s exclusive technology that accurately reproduces the defining sonic qualities of analog synthesizers. It recreates the characteristics of analog oscillators in amazing detail, transparency and clarity, as well as the exact properties of the analog filters that give each classic instrument its unique sound. Soft clipping adds even more punch and presence. TAE® is primarily what makes our virtual instruments indistinguishable from the originals.

Preset Browser

Our redesigned preset browser lets you quickly find just the sound you’re looking for.

Search by name or simply select the appropriate tags to dial in on the exact sonic character you’re looking for. You can mark and recall your own favorites, enter comments, and set up playlists. There’s never been a more intuitive way to manage your library of designer and personal presets.

Resizable GUI

The user interfaces for all your Arturia instruments are now resizable, making it easy to work with any High Resolution screen, UHD or Retina.

You can decide whether you want to fill the screen with awesome graphic reproductions of classic instrument goodness, scale the window down when you’re working in a DAW and screen real estate is at a premium, or even zoom for detailed work.

System Requirements

Platform specifications

Windows

  • Windows: Win 7+ PC: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Mac

  • Apple: 10.10+: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Required configuration

  • Works in Standalone, VST 2.4, VST 3, AAX, Audio Unit (64-bit DAWs only)

Protection

The software is protected by the Arturia Software Center.


122. Strobe2

by FXpansion

Strobe2

A modern classic, reimagined.

Upgrade Note: If you’re an existing user of DCAM – Synth Squad, you are eligible for the Strobe2 Upgrade from DCAM – Synth Squad.

Strobe2 is a software polysynth which puts diverse new sounds effortlessly within your reach. It builds on the original’s realistic analogue modelling and deep but intuitive synthesis with a slew of enhancements and requested features. Highlights include a stunning effects section, revamped arpeggiator, deeper modulation processing, preset-morphing, randomizing and a scalable vector interface for retina and 4K displays.

Of course, Strobe2 retains the cult-classic original’s signature character – a ‘super-oscillator’ with stacking, detuning and sync, a warm saturating VCA, the acclaimed TransMod modulation system and a powerful multimode filter with 22 responses for massive tonal variety.

Strobe2 comes with over 900 presets to get you started but its programming simplicity makes creating new sounds and learning about synthesis addictive and exciting. Capable of everything from raw vintage tones to futuristic sound design, Strobe2 is perfect for all kinds of music from classic to modern and beyond.

Sound Design at Light Speed

Strobe2’s programming simplicity makes sound-creation addictive and rewarding. It features streamlined but versatile modulators, a filter with 22 modes and a single oscillator capable of producing many multi-osc sounds without the interface complexity. In fact, its combination of simplicity and synthesis depth means that it’s used for learning and teaching synthesis in many educational institutions.

Deep Synthesis 

Strobe2’s single ‘super-oscillator’ features multiple waveform faders, noise generator and hard-sync. Adding to its sonic flexibility are phase-reset, key-tracking tone controls and an enhanced sub osc with a wider range and waveshaping circuit. The sub can now also be unlinked from the unique stacking and detuning function for a solid foundation beneath a wildly detuned or chord-like main oscillator sound. Strobe2’s filter includes 22 varied responses and now includes gain-compensated drive for easy access to incredibly varied tones.

Advanced & Intuitive TransMod Modulation

Strobe2’s TransMod modulation system lets you draw modulation directly on controls for a more intuitive sound design experience than that of a traditional ‘mod matrix’. A huge variety of polyphonic and mono modulation sources can be used including voice and unison modulation which goes light years beyond simple detuning. Strobe2 includes double the number of modulation slots, the new Euclid processor for complex and chaotic effects, curve processors for reshaping sources and real-time modulation animation on the futuristic vector-drawn interface.

New Features

As well as the brand new scalable interface, revamped arpeggiator and 6-block effects section with TransMod modulation, Strobe2 introduces oscillator phase reset and constant-beat detuning for precision basslines, preset morphing, randomizing, a clock-divided ‘sub LFO’, loopable ramp generator and support for microtonal Scala TUN files and controllers with Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression (including ROLI Seaboard and RL Linnstrument).

Features

  • Analogue-modelled performance synthesizer
  • Multi-waveform osc with sub osc and noise
  • Hard-sync, osc-stacking, detuning and phase reset
  • Multimode filter with 22 modes and drive
  • Saturating OTA-modelled VCA
  • Powerful LFO with clock-divided ‘sub LFO’
  • Intuitive TransMod modulation
  • New Euclid and Curve modulation processors
  • 6-block effects page with over 25 processors
  • Revamped arpeggiator with modulation-sequencer
  • Preset morphing and randomizing
  • Scalable vector interface supports retina/high-res
  • Over 900 inspirational presets
  • VST, AU, AAX64 and RTAS formats for Mac & Windows

System Requirements

  • Windows 7 or later (Windows)
  • OSX 10.9 and above (Mac)
  • Core 2 Duo 2.0GHz CPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • Internet connection for download and authorization

Recommended

  • i5-2400 (2011) or newer CPU with AVX instruction set

123. Rhythm Guitar – RG

by Rob Papen

Rhythm Guitar - RG

For a limited time, receive PRISMA (instrument layering plugin) and RP-AMOD (multi-effect) plugins FREE!

Electric & acoustic guitar grooves with sequencer and synth effects.

By using the RG on board sequencer it is possible to create classic Rhythm Guitar grooves, but beyond that you can use the synthesizer features and effects to make fresh new edgy guitar grooves. To play the grooves RG is using a keyboard layout of major chords and minor chords, each with two sequence patterns (A or B) option. It is only a matter of hitting a single note in the major keyboard range or minor keyboard range and the groove plays.

The sound sets are clean sampled guitars, which gives you great freedom and flexibility when using the synthesizer features and effects of RG. 

Guitar Types Included:

  • The classic Fender Stratocaster ? electric guitar (major and minor7 chords)
  • A 8th note groove type Steel String acoustic guitar (major and minor chords)
  • A 16th note groove type Steel String acoustic guitar (major and minor chords)
  • A Power Chord groove type Distorted guitar ( 5ths chords / absense of 3rd)
  • Muted Low and Muted High groove type guitar (single notes / no chords)

The synthesizer parts of RG include a classic analog modeled synthesizer filter, LFO, envelopes and modulation section. The effect section can be built up by using up to 3 effects at a time. Included are MIDI time-based delays, chorus and also speaker simulators, phaser, flanger and many more.

Now NKS Compatible!

System Requirements

PC

  • Windows 7/ Windows 8/ Windows 10 (32 & 64 bits)

Formats:

  • VST
  • AAX (Note: PC AAX for PT 12 or higher)
  • Compatible with NI NKS system

Mac

  • OS-X 10.9 – 10.15 (64 bits only)

Formats:

  • AU
  • VST
  • AAX
  • Compatible with NI NKS system

Notes:

  • Serial/licence system with activation whilst registering the product
  • 2nd serial for a secondary computer/laptop is available after you have registered the product’s original serial/license.

124. Unique

by Sugar Bytes

Unique

The Name Says It All!

Unique specializes in state-of-the-art vowel sounds and mighty, mighty analogue sounds from the Golden Age of synthesizers. Her assertive sound should not be missing in any VST folder.

Dual-Oscillator with 5 Waveforms

You Won’t run out of Classic Analogue Sounds Anytime Soon

Unique is a well-crafted emulation of synthesisers from the golden age of analogue keyboard sounds. Some of the strings and piano sounds will bring back fond memories, while there’s plenty of depth and power to the basses.

Sound and functionality have been designed together with musicians to cover a wide range of sounds and ease of use. We took a close look at some old techniques to reinvent them for the current age. The user interface is simple but powerful.

And it’s a pretty versatile instrument. Once you’ve built your sound, there’s tons of sound polish in a juicy filter section and two chained multi effect units.

Those Wicked Formant Filters!

Activate Vowel Mode

The sound of Unique springs to life when it hits the filter section. Needless to say, analogue high-pass, low-pass and band-pass varieties are in place, along with a comb filter. But standards aside, the actual intention behind this project, a Vowel Filter, also became its outstanding feature. The Vowel Filter allows you to string together two or four vowel formants and play them back in a multitude of ways.

The internal controller section will bring in some much-needed dynamics. There’s a recordable XY field, a sequencer and it’s all very easy to manage with just a right-click on any control. User feedback range from “the Controllers section rocks!” to “the Controllers section just blows me away!”

Earns the Right to Carry its Name

It’s not a Software, it’s a Mindset!

Thanks to the unusual architecture, Unique always remained special down to the present day. The duo-phonic arpeggiator, polyphonic auto-panning per oscillator and the complex filter have what it takes to let your mix shine.

The modulators can be triggered in many different and “unique” ways: for example with the lowest note played, the first note played or even with the sequencer clock or the arpeggiator.

Yet another stunning feature: The internal LFOs have fade algorithms for rate and intensity; and we implemented a proper polyphonic portamento, too.

Update to Version 1.5

Free for Users: new GUI and NKS

The update sets new accents in visual language, concept and user experience. With its minimal flat design, version 1.5 departs from the somewhat stale skeuomorphism and pays homage to the classics of German industrial design. Adjust any control and the new GUI will come up with the respective values and scales! We find the new design very apropos and like working with it. Chapeau & Thanks to Max Mondon Design.

Native’s Kontrol Standard (NKS) is quickly spreading in the industry and we also think that it’s a good move towards integration for all the friends of NI’s great tools out there. We added NKS support to Unique, providing perfect integration with Maschine and Komplete Kontrol (->NKS).

Sounds & Presets

Passion, Soul and Sex…

  • Unique comes with more than 300 presets, that show off its insane power and provide some good starting points for your next hook-line
  • They are sorted into categories like Bass, Pads, Leads, etc., but there’s also one folder called “Erotique”
  • Version 1.5.1 comes with 40 fresh sounds from Christian C. Thompson (XianSound)

Features

  • Sawtooth, Triple Saw, Pulse, Triple FM, Noise with tonal Filter, Sub Sine
  • 5 Filters with 5 Modulators each
  • Vowel Filter
  • Duophone Arpeggiator
  • Two Effect Sections
  • x/y Pad with Recording
  • MIDI Learn & Host Automation
  • 300 groovy presets by various artists

System Requirements

Mac

  • OS X 10.9 or higher (64-bit only)

Formats:

  • AAX
  • Audio Unit (AU)
  • Standalone Application
  • VST2

Windows

  • Windows 7 or higher (64-bit only)

Formats:

  • AAX
  • Standalone Application
  • VST2

Important note: Ths software is only available in 64-bit format for both Windows and macOS and will not function on 32-bit systems.


125. Drumaxx

by Image Line

Drumaxx

More than just Drum Samples.

Great, but why should you care when the internet is awash with drum samples? In two words, expressive control. 

Once a drum sound is recorded, the performance and modulation options are limited to filtering, volume, or similar 1-dimensional effects. 

When a single drum sample is triggered in a roll, you get the familiar ‘machine-gun’ effect and it just sounds mechanical. Multi-sampled, multi-layered drums can overcome this limitation but need multi-megabyte or even Gigabyte! drum libraries. Even then, you are still limited to the sounds originally recorded.

Modelling Algorithms for Better Sounds

Drumaxx is not based on samples or even commonly used ‘synthesis’ techniques, where oscillators are mixed and the result is always ‘electronic’.

Drumaxx uses modelling algorithms to create bass drums, hi-hats, snares, realistic and electronic sounds too. But what about the traditional ‘Achilles’ heel’ of synthesis, cymbals? Drumaxx creates cymbals and metallic percussion also.

Good Physics Stuff Included

At the core of Drumaxx is a model where the vibrating membrane is represented as a mesh of interconnected points. Each point is given physical properties including mass, inertia, stiffness, damping, and all that good physics stuff. For the musician, this means

Drumaxx gives you control over multiple parameters such as material, thickness, tension and shape. More importantly, the parameters can be modulated in real-time as a function of velocity or external controls. The drum body is also under user control too, including body material, size, vibration damping, and shape. All this gives you multi-dimensional performance options, a Matrix of variables providing nearly infinite possibilities.

Features

  • Cool interface
  • 16 Physically modelled drum pads
  • Multi-output for individual effects processing on each pad
  • Huge range of modelling possibilities covering sounds from cymbals to kettle-drums
  • Velocity modulation matrix for detailed expressiveness
  • Integrated Stepsequencer with trigger-key playback
  • Integrated effects
  • Single-pad version ‘Drumpad’ available for tight integration with FL Studio

Content

  • 130 drumkits
  • 900 drum patches
  • 200 drum patterns

System Requirements

PC

  • Windows XP (SP2), Vista, Win7, Win8, Win8.1, Win10 – (32 & 64 Bit)
  • 2Ghz AMD or Intel Pentium 3 compatible CPU with full SSE1 support
  • 512Mb RAM
  • 30Mb free disc space
  • DirectSound or ASIO compatible soundcard

Mac

  • OSX v10.7 (Lion)
  • G4 1.5 GHz or Intel Core Duo family
  • 512Mb RAM
  • 30Mb free disc space
  • CoreAudio drivers

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126. Stratum

by SONiVOX

Stratum

Put on your shades and get on board the time machine, as Stratum will take you down the wormhole straight into the 1980s futuristic soundscapes. By combining the fat, wide supersaw oscillators with the classic, rich sounding FM engine, we have brought synth technology of different eras together to give you THE SOUND of future-past.
 
Stratum will provide you with all you need to create tracks in a variety of retro-inspired genres, be it synthwave, retrowave, outrun, cinematic electronica, 8-bit chiptunes, you name it. These timbres are gaining popularity fast and, if you want to keep up with the wave, check out Stratum. The instrument will also prove of great use in techno, trance, lo-fi hip-hop and EDM, bringing a blast from the past to spice up your tracks.
 
Stratum, a virtual instrument by Sonivox, is a rock-solid layering of a classic Supersaw synthesizer and a 4 operator FM synthesizer. Originally made famous by the Roland JP-8000, the Supersaw waveform has made a strong comeback in the trance and hardcore genres due to its edgy sound, particularly in synth leads and synth basses. Stratum takes this a step further by combining this classic waveform with a 4-operator FM synth, a noise generator and sub oscillator to produce a virtual instrument perfect for modern synthwave, vaporwave and retro electro productions like those found in the recent hit series “Stranger Things” and the movie “Synchronicity OST”.
 
Stratum also features two low-pass filters, a vocal formant filter, and a tube distortion circuit to further enhance your sounds, all controllable by a simple modulation matrix featuring 4 LFO’s with modwheel control and an 8-step sequencer called the Stepper. For those who need to punish their sounds even further, Stratum includes a unique XY Pad which can mix in a Bit Crusher, Dirty Phaser, Wah Wah, and a Non-Linear Delay.
 
Arpeggiator enthusiasts will be happy to see not one, but TWO arpeggiators, one for the Supersaw synth and one for the FM synth. And to add the final polish to your sounds and tracks, Stratum includes built-in Chorus, Phaser, Delay and Reverb effects.

Features

  • Supersaw FM Synthesizer with Noise and Sub Oscillators
  • Individual arpeggiators for the Supersaw and FM synths
  • Dynamic Filters including Low-Pass Filters with Resonance, Vocal Formant and Tube Distortion
  • Unique XY Effects pad for additional bit crushing, dirty phasing, wah-wah and non-linear delay effects
  • Simple but powerful Modulation Matrix featuring 4 LFOs and an 8-step sequencer
  • Built-in Reverb, Delay, Phaser, and Chorus effects

System Requirements

Mac

  • macOS 10.10 or above
  • 4GB RAM (8GB recommended) 
  • 2GB free disc space
  • Intel Core i5, i7, 2.3GHz processor or higher 
  • Core Audio driver
  • Internet Access (Download and Authorization)
  • A FREE iLok account & manager is required for authorisation of this software – no iLok USB key is required

Windows

  • Windows (x64) OS 8, 8.1, 10
  • 4GB RAM (8GB recommended)
  • 2 GB free disc space
  • Intel Core i5, i7, 2.3GHz processor or higher 
  • ASIO sound driver
  • Internet Access (Download and Authorization)
  • A FREE iLok account & manager is required for authorisation of this software – no iLok USB key is required

Formats

  • A virtual instrument in VST, AU, AAX and Standalone formats for Mac and Windows.

127. Cypher2

by FXpansion

Cypher2

A Sound Design Adventure

Upgrade Options

Cypher2 is designed for deep sonic exploration and expressive performances. It features a vast range of sound design tools and over 1300 sounds, including 500 MPE-optimised presets. Experience an unparalleled level of expression through analogue-modelled oscillators, waveshaping and thru-zero FM. Our signature TransMod modulation system, now upgraded for Cypher2, ensures that every session with this premium synthesizer is a sound design adventure.

Redesigned for Deeper Sound Design

Building on the powerhouse capabilities of the original, Cypher2 adds an inspiring array of new features and propels the synth to the cutting edge of sound design.

Learn about our analogue-modelled oscillators, advanced filters and effects, state-of-the-art step sequencer, MPE compatibility and more:

Oscillate Wildly

Cypher2’s 3 oscillators can be twisted and modulated in any direction, creating vast timbral variety.

  • The realistic FM has linear thru-zero behaviour so sounds stay in tune over the entire keyboard, even with extreme amounts of FM.
  • Morph between waveforms with a single control, or turn them into low frequency oscillators.
  • Further timbral variety via audio-rate wave-modulation, sample & hold, ring-mod, variable-depth sync and tempo-synced beat-detune.

Deep Tone-Sculpting

Experience advanced filtering, waveshaping and effects:

  • A complex oscillator section processed through dual filter-waveshaper stages.
  • Deep tone-sculpting capabilities with 6 selectable filters and new waveshaper models, typically only found in modular synths.
  • Filters modelled on classic analogue circuitry, each with a variety of responses.

6 slot Effects rack with a selection of 30 effects, from distortion and phase modulation to vintage delay emulation.

Movement & Expression

Intuitive modulation, MPE and powerful sequencing:

  • Upgraded TransMod system lets you apply modulation directly to parameters, so keeping track of complex modulation routing has never been easier.
  • A huge variety of polyphonic and mono modulation sources can be used including voice and unison, for advanced detuning possibilities.
  • MPE-optimised step sequencer and arpeggiator allows for endlessly evolving melodies and modulation.

Cypher2 fully supports MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE): sounds can be expressed with natural gestures on the ROLI Seaboard, BLOCKS and other MPE controllers. Assign 5D expression to parameters with Cypher2’s 5D TransMod sources (based on ROLI’s Five Dimensions of Touch: Strike, Glide, Slide, Press and Lift).

Feature-Rich

Explore more Cypher2 features:

  • Modulate the master sequencer with 3 mod sequencers and an expanded control matrix.
  • Improved interface with real-time animated modulation, full signal flow visuals and preset descriptions.
  • Default MIDI CC mappings for both 2D and 5D controller types.
  • 6 circuit-modelled filter types, each with a varied set of responses, including a comb filter model with 8 comb types.
  • Scalable interface for 4K/retina screens with a variety of themes.
  • LFOs are expanded with clock-divided sub-LFOs for synchronisation or free-running modulation.
  • Updated envelope shapes for precise control.
  • Feed your creativity with preset morphing and randomisation.
  • Support for microtonal Scala .TUN files.

Features

  • Analogue-modelled expressive synth
  • Diverse library of 1300 expertly crafted presets (800 2D, 500 5D)
  • Optimised for both MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE) and traditional MIDI controllers
  • 3 analogue modelled oscillators, FM and audio-rate modulation
  • Twin analogue modelled filters with 6 circuit models each
  • State-of-the-art 5D step sequencing & arpeggiator
  • 30 modulation-ready effect modules
  • TransMod: intuitive modulation for powerful sound manipulation
  • Scalable vector interface for retina/4K

System Requirements

  • Windows 10 (64-bit only).
  • Mac OSX 10.11 or later (64-bit only).
  • Intel Core i5-2400 or AMD (2011 or newer) processor with AVX instruction set (Intel Core i7 recommended).
  • 4GB RAM (8GB RAM recommended).
  • Internet connection for product download and authorization.

128. Bassynth

by Wave Alchemy

Bassynth

Imagine having instant access to the most revered Bass instruments in existence; Filthy analogue mono synths, the grittiest modular systems and polysynths. Imagine epic live brass sections, designed bass guitars and heavily processed acoustic instruments… How about the deepest 808s & subs, wavetables and the most diverse collection of oscillators and creative sound design ever committed to tape?

Imagine being able to morph, transform and combine any of these sources into new, ground-breaking hybrid patches, inside a single intuitive instrument…

Modern, Powerful, Organic Low End

Bassynth is an entirely new kind of Bass Engine for the creation of modern, organic, powerful bass tones; driven by a diverse and creative library of beautifully designed multi-sampled Sound Sources, Oscillators and scannable Wavetables.

Featuring a forward-thinking interface and creative user workflow, Bassynth delivers a powerful 4-Layer Voice Engine, Polyrhythmic Motion Sequencer, extensive sound design parameters per voice, tag-based browsing, drag+drop Macros, modular Effects System, Wavetable Engine and over 290 playable presets.

Emulation is not Wave Alchemy’s goal. Bassynth is all about new, visionary bass sounds that inspire music making…

Bass Reimagined

A labour of love with an astounding level of detail, Bassynth’s 11GB sound library is, without doubt, Wave Alchemy’s finest achievement to date; combining filthy analogue synths, gritty modular bass, oscillators & wavetables; with heavily processed bass guitars, powerful live brass sections, designed low winds & strings. tortured percussion & mallets, 808s & subs, Foley, noise & transients, heavily processed acoustic instruments, and much more…

All recorded and designed in some of the best recording studios in the world, using only characterful high-end analogue chains and mastering-grade conversion.

A Monstrous Layering Engine For Profound Low End

Dynamically load any of Bassynth’s 800+ multi-sampled sound sources, wavetables or oscillators into any 4 Voices using a dynamic tag-based browser.

Creatively blend any 4 sound sources and take things further with extensive sound design parameters; filters, unison, envelopes, tone-shaping controls, modulation, FX and much more. Per voice…

Want to mix a huge live epic brass ensemble with a dirty 808 sub, modular synth and vinyl noise, all in one patch? How about blending a bass guitar with the transient of a pizzicato upright bass and a growling sub? Or combining wavetables with filthy analogue synths and oscillators? Anything is possible, the choice is yours…

Morph, Animate, Perform

Use Bassynth’s powerful XY Pad to blend and morph up to 64 parameters simultaneously with just a single knob turn. Create subtle timbral changes or transform sounds into something breathtakingly enormous and complex.

Freely assign multiple parameters to any of Bassynth’s 8 Macro Sliders via drag+drop workflow for performance, sound design or Motion Sequencing. Each Macro can be manipulated directly from the UI, MIDI controller or via automation.

Delivering infinite possibilities and a compelling workflow, the beautiful user interface has been designed with both the composer, sound designer and musician in mind – All sound design parameters are carefully thought out and accessible through use of clever dynamic graphics. Preset surfer or knob tweaker, Wave Alchemy have got you covered!

Modular Effects System

A clever dynamic Effects Section boasts 6 modular Insert Effects per Voice, alongside 6 Master Effects, and 2 Send Effects. Easily re-order effects via drag+drop to create the perfect bass chain.

Each Effect slot can be loaded with any one of 40 world-class effects algorithms; taking in EQ and filters; 4 types of algorithmic reverb and impulse responses; 6 delay types with 3 modes; 6 distortion / saturation types; transient shaping; compression; amp simulation, chorus, phasing, flanging and much more…

Modulation Made Easy

Bassynth’s comprehensive Modulation System is exceptionally easy to use. A well-stocked rack of Modulation Sources comprises 3 ADSR envelopes and 4 LFOs, alongside Velocity, Key-tracking, Aftertouch and Pitch-bend modulation.

Adding Motion…

Take modulation even further with Bassynth’s polyrhythmic Motion Designer. Sequence, mutate and morph any of the 8 Macros for gradually evolving sweeps, dramatic rate-shifting wobbles or insanely complex polyrhythmic modulation.

Draw in modulation, choose from 36 preset sequence patterns or simply randomise each lane. Give your bass tones an unrivalled dynamic and sonic interest. Each Sequencer Lane can have its own unique Length, Rate and Smoothing amount.

Features

  • Available in Standalone, VST, AU and AAX formats. Bassynth is powered by FREE Kontakt Player from Native Instruments. The full version of Kontakt is NOT required
  • Forward-thinking, truly modern Bass Engine powered by a ground-breaking library of 800+ multi-sampled sound sources, oscillators, Foley & wavetables
  • 290 beautifully crafted, forward-thinking presets covering all modern genres
  • Advanced Sound Design Engine for creating and layering ground-breaking, expressive bass patches and beyond
  • Filters, modulation, FX and all sound design parameters available per Voice
  • 8 voices of Unison per Layer, with detune, stereo spread and wet/dry control
  • Blend and morph up to 64 parameters simultaneously with just a single knob turn using the impressive X+Y Pad
  • Dynamic sound source and preset browsers, with tagging and favourites
  • Wavetable engine with over 200 scannable wavetables and 14 warp modes
  • Powerful drag+drop Macros for performance and creative sound design
  • Expressive 32-step Motion Designer with unique, per lane length and rate
  • Polyrhythmic parameter Sequencing for evolving and complex modulation
  • Round Robins – Up to 8 round robins per sound source
  • Mono, legato and poly Voice modes, with glide
  • Creative Analog Slop controls simulate the random behaviour and character inherent of analogue instruments. Available per Voice
  • World class effects – Choose from over 40 FX and load up to 6 of them per individual Voice, on the master or via sends
  • Host automation for important parameters and Macros, plus MIDI CC control over any other parameter
  • NKS Ready – Total integration with Komplete keyboards and Maschine
  • Dedicated visual Mixer with individual volume control, pan, effects sends and stereo width for each Voice
  • Supports Mac OS X 10.12 (or higher) and Windows 7 (or higher)
  • Runs in Kontakt Free Player or Kontakt version 6.1
  • 11GB in size after unpacking

System Requirements

  • Available in Standalone, VST, AU and AAX instrument formats
  • Kontakt Player 6.1 Player or Kontakt 6.1
  • Mac OS X 10.12 or higher
  • Windows 7 or higher
  • 11GB of harddrive space

Note: Bassynth is powered by FREE Kontakt Player from Native Instruments. The full version of Kontakt is NOT required.


129. DX7 V

by Arturia

DX7 V

FM MADE EASY

The DX7 V accurately models the FM digital synthesizer that became synonymous with the sound of the ‘80s. Our enhancements add more of everything to make the new DX7 V a sound for all time.

In 1983, the DX7 changed the world of music. Today, the DX7 V gives you the power to change it again.

Nothing says ‘80s like the sound of the DX7. Our authentic recreation gives you all the same FM digital technology and sounds that earned the instrument a revered place in the history of both keyboards and contemporary music. We didn’t stop at just replicating it, though —we re-imagined it. New operator waves, extensive modulation additions, arpeggiator and onboard FX chains enhance your sonic possibilities exponentially. For bonus points, an intuitive graphic interface makes what was once a daunting programming task a creative joy today.

We put booster rockets on the instrument that created innumerable ‘80s hits. Now you can create the definitive sounds of today and tomorrow.

The inimitable sound of FM

Your music is unique. So is the sound of the DX7 V.

Frequency modulation (FM) synthesis works by modulating one waveform with another to produce much more complex harmonic profiles than its analog brethren. These sounds run the gamut from acoustic and organic to synthetic and mechanical, spanning energies from subtle to radical along the way. Thanks to an extensive preset library, you don’t have to be an expert on FM in order to tap into all this sonic power. The DX7 V comes complete with a library of all the signature 80’s hit-making FM sounds like electric pianos, basses, marimbas, synths and more, plus an extensive battery of hot new sounds from our elite sound design team.

Whether you’re looking for the familiar sounds that put FM synthesis on the map or charting new territory, the DX7 V is the definitive digital synth to have in your keyboard collection.

Unleash your inner sound designer with expanded features

The DX7 V gives you a unique tool for customizing and creating new musical instruments and sound effects.

With its radical departure from analog designs, FM synthesis helps you chart new sonic spaces. The DX7 V is capable of producing an incredible spectrum of sounds ranging from natural-sounding instruments to unique synths to alien worlds—complete with all the crystal clarity and punchy transients uniquely associated with FM. Since having an instrument with such extreme depth and potential is the dream of every sonic explorer, we challenged ourselves to go even further. We added a host of new features including multiple waveforms, a filter and feedback loop on each operator, new modulation sources, a monster unison mode, and more.

The DX7 V is the perfect design tool for designing unique new instruments and ear candy that help you make your own distinct musical statement.

Design elegance meets sound design power

The DX7 V sports a stunning interface allowing intuitive control over all of the instrument’s dramatically expanded features.

While retaining the feel of the original design, we’ve streamlined the main interface of the DX7 V to make it much simpler to use and understand. Here you’ll find an uncluttered presentation of only your everyday performance controls, as well as the fundamentals to start visualizing and exploring new sonic structures. When you’re ready to dig deeper and flesh out the detailed character and animation of your sounds, one click presents a programmer’s paradise of incisive controls and displays light years beyond the tedious original hardware interface. Balancing usability and all the added power in the DX7 V, tabbed windows easily put your fingers on logically grouped functions spanning enhanced operators, additional envelopes, matrix modulation, step sequencer, FX architecture, and more.

Whether you just want to play the extensive library sounds or program your own, the DX7 V is a dream to use.

Main Features

  • 32 original DX7 algorithm
  • All DX7 original parameters
  • Original DX7 SysEx import
  • 25 available waveforms per operators
  • 6 Operators with multi-mode filter and feedback per operators
  • DX7, DADSR and Multi-Segments envelopes (syncable and loopable) per operators
  • 2 Modulation envelopes
  • 4 assignable macros
  • Advanced modulation matrix
  • A step sequencer, 2 LFOs with 6 waveforms and an arpeggiator
  • 4 FXs slots that can be routed in parallel or in series
  • An oscilloscope

Preset Browser

Our redesigned preset browser lets you quickly find just the sound you’re looking for.

Search by name or simply select the appropriate tags to dial in on the exact sonic character you’re looking for. You can mark and recall your own favorites, enter comments, and set up playlists. There’s never been a more intuitive way to manage your library of designer and personal presets.

Resizable GUI

The user interfaces for all your Arturia instruments are now resizable, making it easy to work with any High Resolution screen, UHD or Retina.

You can decide whether you want to fill the screen with awesome graphic reproductions of classic instrument goodness, scale the window down when you’re working in a DAW and screen real estate is at a premium, or even zoom for detailed work.

System Requirements

Platform specifications

Windows

  • Windows: Win 7+ PC: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Mac

  • Apple: 10.10+: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Required configuration

  • Works in Standalone, VST 2.4, VST 3, AAX, Audio Unit (64-bit DAWs only)

Protection

The software is protected by the Arturia Software Center.


130. Ogun

by Image Line

Ogun

Note – This software is Windows compatible only and will not function on Mac computers!

Ogun can produce exceptionally rich metallic and shimmering timbres, although it’s not limited to this genre.

Lots Of Harmonics…

Ogun’s distinctive synthesis engine can generate more than 32,000 harmonics, modulated by high-level ‘harmonic mapping’ functions, that hand tonal control directly to the user.

Features

  • Massive additive synthesis engine (up to 32,767 harmonics).
  • Realistic metallic timbres through harmonic randomization or timbre analysis (resynthesis).
  • Fast, precise tonal shaping through multipoint envelopes (of Sytrus fame).
  • Advanced Unison engine.
  • XY modulation pad for live expressive control.
  • Effects: Filter, Chorus, Delay, Reverb and EQ.
  • Space-saving GUI.

System Requirements

  • Windows XP (SP2), Vista, Win7, Win8, Win8.1, Win10 – (32 & 64 Bit)
  • 2Ghz AMD or Intel Pentium 3 compatible CPU with full SSE1 support
  • 512Mb RAM
  • 30Mb free disc space
  • DirectSound or ASIO compatible soundcard

Note – This software is Windows compatible only and will not function on Mac computers!

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131. Symptohm

by OhmForce

Symptohm

Dude, how On Earth Do You Get That Sound?

For those who never go further than switching from preset to preset or can’t stand the idea of digging into a complex machine to get the best out of it, Symptohm might not be the best choice. However, for those creatively-minded of you in line with the Ohm Force spirit, here is the sonic equivalent of a goldmine.

New SyncGrain Synth Engine

Think of Symptohm as a granular synth/sample player. Its engine is made of 2 SyncGrain Oscillators (SGOs), mixed with a ring-modulatable sub oscillator and a noise generator. Each SGO uses a single looping audio sample as a waveform source, and can be stretched, pitch-shifted, and even played backwards.

Quad Frohmage Embedded

Symptohm’s greatest strength is its ability to transform and modulate sound in a manner unheard-of before. Besides the innovative synth engine, it is perhaps the integration of Quad Frohmage’s filter section which gives you this level of possibilities over forty parameters have their own LFOs and ADSR envelopes.

Not for the Faint Hearted

Forget about easy analogue sounding patch or ultra realistic emulation: the 1000+ featured presets can’t suggest you even the slightest idea of the mind-blowing sounds you can achieve with Symptohm provided you take the time to read through the manual and are not afraid to explore new approaches to synthesis.

Melohman-Able

Designed to support playability and expressive human feeling, the Melohman technology lets you take advantage of full MIDI compatibility to command preset changes via a hardware controller, in 1 among 7 different modes, with the possibility to customise morphing speed. Perfect for live.

Two Skins, Two Paths to the Force

Ohm Force plugins come with two skins: the classic one gives you all the controls in a neat, old school analogue rack-like interface. It’s a good point to start learning and get familiar with the plugin’s capabilities. The other one, called ‘funky’, embodies the true spirit of Ohm Force.

System Requirements

Mac (32/64-bit)

  • Audio Units (AU)
  • VST
  • AAX / RTAS (Pro Tools)

Windows (32/64-bit)

  • VST
  • AAX / RTAS (Pro Tools)

Please note: Our RTAS formats for Pro Tools have been reported as presenting certain issues in Pro Tools 10. We therefore recommend that you test the available Trial versions before purchasing, in order to check their compatibility on your system.All OhmForce products are not compatible with macOS Catalina.


132. Ultra Analog VA-3

by Applied Acoustics Systems

Ultra Analog VA-3

The Finest in Analog Sounds

Ultra Analog performs as a unique and powerful synth that is fast, easy, and remarkably versatile.

What’s New

AAS have streamlined Ultra Analog and brought it to a whole new level.

  • Home View: With macros mapped to key sound characteristics—modulation, timbre, envelope, and effect—the Home view presents a distraction free and laidback browsing and tweaking experience.
  • Two-Voice Multitimbral: Ultra Analog VA-3 combines two independent timbres—stacked or split—to create performance-friendly, texture-full, and spacious sounds that are sure to make a good impression.
  • Factory Library​: Ultra Analog VA-3 ships with a completely new factory library of 560 sounds created by top sound designers. Richard Devine, Christian Halten, Jerry Kovarsky, Christian Laffitte, Niall McCallum, Adam Pietruszko, Thiago Pinheiro, Daniel Stawczyk, and Emeric Zubar form an incredible team that made the most of the latest Ultra Analog VA-3 features. It’s with great pride that AAS present these new signature sounds.
  • VA-2 Legacy Library: A long and fastidious process of fine-tuning went down in the AAS quarters. Each and every sound of the legacy Ultra Analog VA-2 library went under the eyes of all team members to exit with a consistent gain-stage, unity-gain effects, better dynamics, and compelling real-time sound transformation assignments to take advantage of the new features of Ultra Analog VA-3. That’s an extra 648 solid sounds in your hands.
  • Browser: With Packs, Sounds, Categories, and Creators views, Ultra Analog VA-3’s brand-new browser offers an efficient way to home in on the sounds you’re looking for.
  • Macros: Ultra Analog VA-3 now boasts four performance macros per layer that respond to user-defined MIDI controls. Each and every sound features modulation, timbre, envelope, and effect morphing assignments that can be played in real-time for enhanced expressivity and sonic dimension.
  • Filter’s Musicality: Ultra Analog VA-3’s filters can now put up with extreme modulation while remaining totally musical.
  • Ladder Filter: Ultra Analog VA-3’s multi-mode module now stars a brand-new ladder-type filter for that classic low-pass response.
  • Microtonal tunings via Scala scale files: Ultra Analog VA-3 now supports the Scala scale file format as well as reference note frequency tuning for microtonal music making.
  • Compatible with Ultra Analog VA-2 sounds: Simply copy Ultra Analog VA-2 banks in Ultra Analog VA-3’s packs folder to convert them.
  • Multi-Effects Module: Ultra Analog VA-3’s multi-effects module now sports reverb, equalizer, compressor, tremolo, and guitar amplifier processors for even more completeness. Furthermore, the five effect slots can be re-arranged in any order.

Home View

With macros mapped to key sound characteristics—modulation, timbre, envelope, and effect—the Home view presents a distraction-free and laidback browsing and tweaking experience.

Jump Right In

With Packs, Sounds, Categories, and Creators views, Ultra Analog VA-3’s brand-new browser offers an efficient way to home in on the sounds you’re looking for.

Two-Voice Multitimbral

Ultra Analog VA-3 combines two independent timbres—stacked or split—to create performance-friendly, texture-full, and spacious sounds that are sure to make a good impression.

Familiar and Sophisticated

With its two-oscillator-plus-filter arrangement and advanced editing options, Ultra Analog VA-3 strikes a sweet balance between familiarity and an exceptional amount of flexibility.

Multi-effect Galore

Ultra Analog VA-3 holds an abundance of effects in three independent racks. Reverb, delay, distortion, phaser, chorus, flanger, filters, equalizer, compressor, guitar amplifier, tremolo—all assist in putting the final touch on a sound.

Per Sound MIDI-controlled Variations

Ultra Analog VA-3 now boasts four performance macros per layer that respond to user-defined MIDI controls. Each and every sound features modulation, timbre, envelope, and effect morphing assignments that can be played in real-time for enhanced expressivity and sonic dimension.

Everything You Need from Start to Finish

With 1200+ professionally crafted presets covering all the synthesizer sound categories, Ultra Analog VA-3 packs everything you need to create all the parts of your productions.

  • 560 New presets: Ultra Analog VA-3 ships with a completely new factory library of 560 sounds created by top sound designers. Richard Devine, Christian Halten, Jerry Kovarsky, Christian Laffitte, Niall McCallum, Adam Pietruszko, Thiago Pinheiro, Daniel Stawczyk, and Emeric Zubar form an incredible team that made the most of the latest Ultra Analog VA-3 features. It’s with great pride that AAS present these new signature sounds.
  • 648 Revised VA-2 legacy sounds: Each and every sound of the legacy Ultra Analog VA-2 library went under the eyes of all team members to exit with a consistent gain-stage, unity-gain effects, better dynamics, and compelling real-time sound transformation assignments to take advantage of the new features of Ultra Analog VA-3. That’s an extra 648 solid sounds in your hands.
  • 32 Synthesizer sound categories: Ultra Analog VA-3 shows high proficiency by covering 32 sound categories—arpeggios, basses, bells, brass, chimes, choirs, claps, clavs, cymbals, effects, formants, guitars, hi-hats, impacts, keys, kicks, layers, leads, noises, organs, pads, percussions, plucks, reeds, rhythmics, sequences, snares, splits, strings, sweeps, textures, and toms.
  • 14 Top sound designers: Only a team can assemble a fine factory library—let’s introduce the 14 contributors: Adam Pietruszko, Christian Halten, Christian Laffitte, Daniel Stawczyk, Electric Himalaya, Emeric Zubar, Eric Thibeault, Gautam, Jerry Kovarsky, Kassen, Niall McCallum, Philippe Dérogis, Richard Devine, and Thiago Pinheiro.

System Requirements

WINDOWS · MAC OS X · 64-BIT & VST · AU · RTAS · AAX NATIVE · STANDALONE 

AAS products are compatible with nearly all DAWs…

  • Ableton Live
  • Apple GarageBand
  • Apple Logic Pro
  • Apple Mainstage
  • Avid Pro Tools
  • Bitwig Studio
  • Bandlab Cakewalk
  • Cockos Reaper
  • Image-Line FL Studio
  • MOTU Digital Performer
  • Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol
  • Native Instruments Maschine
  • Presonus Studio One
  • Propellerhead Reason
  • Steinberg Cubase

Mac Minimum System Requirements*

  • Mac OS X 10.7 or later
  • Intel Core i5 (circa 2012) processor or faster
  • 64-bit DAW

PC Minimum System Requirements*

  • Windows 7 64‑bit or later
  • Intel Core i5 (circa 2012) processor or faster
  • 64-bit DAW

*The minimum system requirements mentioned above are for standalone usage. For plug-in usage, please refer to your DAW software requirements (Sonar, Pro Tools, Cubase, Live, Digital Performer, Logic Pro, etc.).


133. Synthi V

by Arturia

Synthi V

British Silver Machine

Synthi V completely captures the spirit of the unique analog synth that burst out of ‘70s London to inspire the entire emerging electronic music world—and it has new superpowers to inspire your world today.

Your music is begging for a different kind of synth sound. Look no further than Synthi V.

Synthi V brings you all the experimental excitement of EMS’ legendary 3-oscillator analog synths—now infused with thoroughly modern enhancements. Venture beyond unusual lead and bass sounds to create soundscapes and sci-fi effects ranging from beautiful to bizarre and everything in between.

Synthi V will bring out the synth wizard in you. What new sounds will you conjure up?

Compact form meets modular function

The British-born EMS family of synths—featuring the sonically identical Synthi AKS and VCS3—were among the first to distill modular synthesizer functionality into a more portable form. Where most competitive designs like the Minimoog sacrificed flexibility to size and simplicity, EMS retained a modular heart through the genius of one of the first matrix patchbays to grace a synth. That additional versatility led to more experimentation outside of melodic norms and into the more electronic realms of psychedelia and sci-fi effects. Cue Pink Floyd’s “On the Run” from “The Dark Side of the Moon” LP.

Synthi V is the perfect evolution of the synth that turned a lot of heads. Now you can use it to turn some heads of your own.

Re-Make/Re-Model

If you’re one of the lucky ones who owns or has played a Synthi or VCS3, you’ll not only be amazed at how accurate our model is, but also blown away by its dramatic enhancements and new features. If you’ve never had the joy of experiencing the original, you’re in for a treat with Synthi V.

Like the original, Synthi V is one fat, edgy beast that begs experimentation. In addition to making minor mods, we’ve added a whole new set of digital tools that bring this instrument to the vanguard of today’s music. A modern step sequencer, dedicated beat-syncable LFO, and on-board effets are just some of the sonic goodies that will make Synthi V your new obsession. You also now have the power of full matrix modulation targeting every single parameter with totally variable signal strength. 

Oh, yeah… did we mention that we’ve turned this awesome monophonic synth into a 4-voice poly? You’re welcome!

With Synthi V, you can add spice to any genre—or create your own.

With infinite sonic possibilities, it’s still easy to find just the right sound

Synthi V’s comes with an extensive library of leads, basses, textures, sound effects and more. Yet, it’s always easy to find the sound you’re looking for because of our universal system of categories and tags. Of course, you can organize your own patches using that same elegant system.

Arturia Software Center

ASC is the central software that elegantly manages all your Arturia software licenses. It activates your licenses and synchronizes them across multiple devices (you get five instances with each instrument license). ASC also notifies you of updates and downloads them.

Features

  • A component-level model of the EMS Synthi AKS
  • 3 oscillators with waveform mix, noise generator, 18 dB/oct resonant filter, output section with spring reverb modelling
  • Modular architecture, allowing to route signals in unexpected ways
  • Ring Modulator, loopable Envelope Shaper, 2 axis Joystick and Sample and Hold modules for advanced modulations
  • Original keyboard sequencer module with sync to DAW tempo
  • 2 matrix behavior modes: modern and vintage for cross-talk simulation
  • 5 assignable voltage functions to create multi-point envelopes and LFOs synced to DAW tempo
  • Advanced joystick automation module for modulating parameters in a 2D space
  • Matrix pin amounts modulations possibilities (with 4 independent groups)
  • 10 effects, Reverb Phaser, Flanger, Chorus, Overdrive, Delay, …
  • Up to 4 voices of polyphony
  • Over 250 factory presets

System Requirements

Windows

  • Win 7+ (64bit) PC: 4 GB RAM; 2.5 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Mac

  • 10.11+: 4 GB RAM; 2.5 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Required configuration

  • Works in Standalone, VST 2.4, VST 3, AAX, Audio Unit

134. Infinity Synth

by Stagecraft

Infinity Synth

Expand your soundscape to infinity. A sample-based synth designed for maximum expressiveness, Infinity Synth ships with a bank of high-quality sounds out of the box. Additional samples and patches can be auditioned and purchased directly from the synth, allowing you to create your own custom, infinitely large sample bank.

Automation

Use automation to create anything from that wobble characteristic of so much dubstep to a voice that comes in and out at random intervals, effects that fade in and out with perfect, quantized precision.

Design

Stagecraft’s layout and design principles are built around making the product show you what it does so that every knob or button should produce a visible change as well as a sonic one. Doing this lets you see exactly how the sound is changing.

Sample Marketplace

Audition and purchase additional sample banks form Stagecraft’s large (and growing!) library without leaving Infinity Synth.

Features

  • Sample-based presets with a massive catalogue 
  • ADSR and filter ADSR control
  • Configurable voice filtering, with LFO, for maximum tone adjustment
  • Mods and Automation configurable for any parameter
  • Effects chaining with a wide variety of quality effects
  • Every preset can be poly or monophonic
  • Portamento and pitch bend adjustable
  • Highly customizable UI with adjustable colours and light/dark mode
  • Compatible with MPE controllers

System Requirements

Mac OS X:

  • OS X 10.7 or newer (64-bit only)

Formats:

  • AAX
  • AU
  • VST
  • VST 3

Windows:

  • ­Windows 7 or newer (64-bit only)

Formats:

  • AAX
  • VST
  • VST3

Note: Windows 32-bit hosts are no longer supported.


135. Clavinet V

by Arturia

Clavinet V

The Funkiest Electric Keyboard Ever

The Clavinet V faithfully models the electric keyboard that put the funk in many ‘70s hits. This vintage instrument’s unmistakable sound will help your music jump right out of the speakers. No keyboard collection is complete without it.

The “Clav” sound is so iconic that most keyboards have a patch that tries to emulate it. Why settle for an approximation?

From the first note you play on the Clavinet V, you know this is no sample or synth. You feel that organic grit that only comes from a physical instrument, reproduced in minute detail by our award-winning modeling technology. We recreated the iconic Clavinet D6—including lightning response, multiple pickups, EQ rockers and variable mute. You can even tech your own customizations to age your instrument to taste. Dial in the rest of that coveted vintage sound you’re looking for with the built-in virtual guitar amp and stompbox rig—or just hit the extensive preset library.

When you want the real deal, you want the Clavinet V.

May the funk be with you

Whether you love playing oldies or pioneering new musical territory, there’s nothing like the distinctive sound of the Clavinet’s hammered strings.

The unmistakable bright, punchy sound of this vintage keyboard occupies a unique sonic space somewhere between harpsichord, hammered electric guitar and slapped bass. Top keyboardists of the ‘70s used its signature bark and bite to cut through the mix while delivering some of the most authoritative percussive keyboard lines ever played. Thanks to the ultra-realistic Clavinet V, you can now command the same crisp sound that helped define funk and formed the bedrock of many pop and R&B hits back in the day. If you’re looking to add natural energy and vintage cred to your sound, the Clavinet V is just the ticket.

The Clavinet V inspires with both the sound and feel of the funkiest electric keyboard ever made. Your fingers have never danced like this before.

Ain’t nothing like the real thing, baby

Only modeling technology gives you this faithful reproduction of a vintage Clavinet.

Since the Clavinet is an electro-acoustic instrument, complete with multiple settings and a dynamic action, there are countless subtle variations during performance. By comparison, “Clav” synth patches and samples seem one-dimensional. That’s why we’ve applied our award-winning physical modeling and algorithmic emulation to give you a sound and playing experience indistinguishable from the real thing.

The Clavinet V brings all the inspiring nuances and natural goodness of the original instrument to your keyboard collection.

More than a Clavinet

Clavinet V delivers all the original features, plus new additions designed to keep your creative juices flowing.

The original Clavinet controls were simple to use, and we’ve kept them authentic. If you want to go deeper, just click the lid open and you can easily tweak exactly how your instrument sounds and behaves. The built-in collection of effects pedals—chorus, flanger, wah and more—let you easily get the rich signature sounds of the keyboardists who popularized the instrument. You’ll also find an integral vintage guitar amp, so you never have to look elsewhere to get just the sound you’re looking for. Of course, everything can be preset for instant recall.

The Clavinet V isn’t just a Clavinet. It’s a complete rig at your fingertips.

Main Features

  • Advanced Physical modeling engine (no static samples)
  • Hohner™ Clavinet
  • Mute bar
  • Accurate pickups model with generated pickup noise (4 lower and upper pickup combinations)
  • Circuit Modeled tone circuit (4 bands, brillant, trebble, medium, soft)
  • Volume control
  • Fender Twin amp
  • Modeled spring reverb
  • On and off axis mic placement
  • Tone controls
  • Mono vibrato
  • Effects are post output circuit
  • Output effects where you can change the order
  • Wah, auto-wah
  • Flanger
  • Phaser
  • Compressor
  • Chorus
  • Analog Delay
  • Overdrive
  • Vocal Filter
  • Advanced mode for editing the model itself
  • Harmonic profile selections
  • Velocity curve editor
  • String resonance
  • Release time
  • Tuning
  • Key release noise
  • Dynamics
  • Hammer hardness
  • Hammer noise
  • Pickup noise
  • 74 factory presets
  • Easy to use MIDI mapping

Preset Browser

Our redesigned preset browser lets you quickly find just the sound you’re looking for.

Search by name or simply select the appropriate tags to dial in on the exact sonic character you’re looking for. You can mark and recall your own favorites, enter comments, and set up playlists. There’s never been a more intuitive way to manage your library of designer and personal presets.

Resizable GUI

The user interfaces for all your Arturia instruments are now resizable, making it easy to work with any High Resolution screen, UHD or Retina.

You can decide whether you want to fill the screen with awesome graphic reproductions of classic instrument goodness, scale the window down when you’re working in a DAW and screen real estate is at a premium, or even zoom for detailed work.

System Requirements

Platform specifications

Windows

  • Windows: Win 7+ PC: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Mac

  • Apple: 10.10+: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Required configuration

  • Works in Standalone, VST 2.4, VST 3, AAX, Audio Unit (64-bit DAWs only)

Protection

The software is protected by the Arturia Software Center.


136. Farfisa V

by Arturia

Farfisa V

Farfisa V: Combo Organ Coolness

Farfisa V physically models the unique characteristics of the Farfisa combo organs that helped define the Top 40 sounds of the ‘60s—complete with enhancements that help you forge new sonic territory today.

Arturia’s innovative physical modeling faithfully recreates every nuance of the Farfisa Compact Deluxe and Duo combo organs found on numerous hits. Enhancements bring you a one-of-a-kind instrument combining the freedom of synthesizers with the unique tone of organs for unprecedented creative potential. An array of included effects pedals gives you all the tools to make the sound your own. Bell-bottoms optional.

The Sound of the ‘60s, the Sound of Today

The Farfisa V Brings you Sounds that Will Never Get Old.

Imagine the fun you can have with the classic Farfisa combo organ sounds behind ‘60s chart toppers like Strawberry Alarm Clock’s “Incense and Peppermints” and The Grass Roots “Midnight Confessions”. Those eternally happy bubblegum sounds made a comeback in the ‘80s in the hands of Blondie, Talking Heads and others, and are still cruising today in retro pop, rock and reggae. The Farfisa V is super simple to use and 147 presets from top sound designers assure that you’ll get right down to rockin’ out.

If you’re an organist, you’ll love playing this gem. If you’re a producer, you’ll appreciate having the unique ear candy of the Farfisa V in your vintage collection. And if you played a combo organ back in the day, prepare to groove on waves of nostalgia courtesy of an old friend.

Infuse your music with the cheerful essence of surf and sunshine. Groovy, baby!


Faithfully Yours

Like all Arturia vintage instrument homages, the Farfisa V is completely true to the original.

That’s because rather than sampling, we use our proprietary physical modeling technology to recreate in software the exact sonic characteristics of the original under all circumstances. Press any button and it responds just like the hardware. It even looks like the original. If you ever wanted a Farfisa, this is a Farfisa.

Playing the Farfisa V is just like having the real thing —except this one doesn’t have cigarette burns on the keys and will never break.

More Than Just an Organ

The Farfisa V is What Would Happen if an Organ and a Synthesizer had a Love Child.

The original Farfisa already hinted at the synthesizers to come with features like key repeat and a rudimentary envelope. The split keyboard option let you assign either one or two of the lower octaves to a separate bass sound. There was also a cool knee lever that manually controlled a filter, like an early version of a wah. (Of course, you can map that to the controller of your choice on the Farfisa V.) We’ve taken our modern version way beyond all that, though.

Pop the hood of the Farfisa V and you get tons of extra creative options like the ability to design your own additive waveforms, select new waves for the bass section, set offset filters, customize the envelopes to shape your tone, and more. On the floor, you’ll find a vintage amp and a collection of old-school stomp boxes already plugged in and ready to party —and the settings for the whole rig are saved in your presets.

The Farfisa V goes further than any traditional electronic organ, giving you options to infuse your music with new sounds that make people sit up and pay attention.

Main Features

  • Physical modeling of the dual-manual Farfisa Compact Deluxe plus pedals
  • Upper manual, lower manual and bass pedal sections
  • Selectable bass key range to cover 1 or 2 octaves
  • Bass Sharp/Soft control to change tone of bass section from Flute to Strings
  • Percussion section with adjustable decay times
  • Includes classic stompbox-type modeled effects
  • Simple drag-and-drop to change FX order
  • Guitar amp simulator output for vintage live sound
  • Convolution reverb with custom classic spring reverbs
  • Sync – allows tremolo to match host computer tempo
  • Repeat Sync – allows Repeater to match host computer tempo
  • Individual voice tuning
  • ToneDraw: Additive/wave draw sliders
  • Selectable bass waveform with 4-pole resonant filter
  • User waveform with additive synthesis and wavedrawing modes
  • Upper Attack and release envelopes
  • ‘Knee lever’ for tone / wah control via expression pedal, mod wheel or aftertouch
  • Polyphonic or Paraphonic operation
  • Supports MIDI splits or independe

Arturia Software Center

ASC is the central software that elegantly manages all your Arturia software licenses. It activates your licenses and synchronizes them across multiple devices (you get five instances with each instrument license). ASC also notifies you of updates and downloads them. You can even easily learn about new products, download demos versions and purchase the full products. Simple.

Included in V Collection

This instrument is also part of the V Collection 5 -your complete dream line-up of the legendary synths, organs, pianos and more that made keyboard history. They’re modeled with the most advanced technologies for authentic realism, and enhanced with new creative options. Whether you use it as DAW plugins in the studio or standalone at gigs, V Collection 5 puts the greatest keys of all time at your fingertips for instant inspiration.

TAE® Powered

TAE® “True Analog Emulation” is Arturia’s exclusive technology that accurately reproduces the defining sonic qualities of analog synthesizers. It recreates the characteristics of analog oscillators in amazing detail, transparency and clarity, as well as the exact properties of the analog filters that give each classic instrument its unique sound. Soft clipping adds even more punch and presence. TAE® is primarily what makes our virtual instruments indistinguishable from the originals.

Preset Browser

Our redesigned preset browser lets you quickly find just the sound you’re looking for.

Search by name or simply select the appropriate tags to dial in on the exact sonic character you’re looking for. You can mark and recall your own favorites, enter comments, and set up playlists. There’s never been a more intuitive way to manage your library of designer and personal presets.

Resizable GUI

The user interfaces for all your Arturia instruments are now resizable, making it easy to work with any High Resolution screen, UHD or Retina.

You can decide whether you want to fill the screen with awesome graphic reproductions of classic instrument goodness, scale the window down when you’re working in a DAW and screen real estate is at a premium, or even zoom for detailed work.

System Requirements

Platform specifications

Windows

  • Windows: Win 7+ PC: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Mac

  • Apple: 10.10+: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Required configuration

  • Works in Standalone, VST 2.4, VST 3, AAX, Audio Unit (64-bit DAWs only)

Protection

The software is protected by the Arturia Software Center.


137. Stage-73 V

by Arturia

Stage-73 V

Epic Electric Piano

The Stage-73 gives you actual authentic modeling of both Stage and Suitcase versions of the most popular electric piano on the planet —completed with unparalleled control of virtual mechanics, a complement of effects pedals, and built-in classic amps.

The Stage-73 uses our award-winning modeling technology to faithfully reproduce the tine-based sound and playing experience of the most loved electric pianos of all time. We modeled both the Fender Rhodes Suitcase Piano and Stage Piano—including separate 1973 and 1974 models of the Stage in order to capture the difference in their components. We’re talking total sonic and aesthetic fidelity to the originals. You can even easily pop the top and customize the various mechanical components to make your instrument unique. Classic amps and an array of effect pedals round out the virtual electric piano you’ve always dreamed of having.

A Sound that’s Always in Style

Whether you’re playing yesterday’s hits or making tomorrow’s, the sound of the Stage-73 is a true player in its own right.

The venerable sound of the Fender Rhodes simply refuses to go out of style. These instruments were used by a who’s who of keyboardists who pioneered mid-century jazz, funk, R&B and rock. With a tonal range spanning smooth bell-like qualities to an aggressive bark depending upon how hard they’re played, these seminal keyboards have been in continual use across just about every style imaginable right through to today.

The Stage-73 V brings you all the signature sounds that propelled the instruments and their players into the spotlight and onto the charts.

Just Like Playing the Real Thing

There’s nothing quite like playing a Rhodes… except playing the Stage-73 V.

There have been a lot of attempts to emulate the Fender Rhodes. You already know that most software, and even hardware, based on samples falls well short of the mark. That’s what inspired us to instead apply our critically acclaimed modeled technology to the whole system—including the tines (metal tone rods), the hammers that strike them, the pickups that generate the electromagnetic current, and the circuits that amplify it all. The sum total is a totally authentic homage that stands on its own.

Once you’ve played the Stage-73 V, you won’t settle for anything less.

Unprecedented Intimate Control

The Stage-73 V gives you access to the controls of the original instruments—plus many adjustments you’ve never been able to get your hands on before.

For starters, a simple click switches up the entire instrument between the distinct sounds of a Suitcase, a ’73 Stage or a ’74 Stage. Open the top and you’re in control of parameters like dynamics, hammer hardness, tone bar resonance and lots more—some that would take a tech a zillion hours to mod in hardware and some that simply aren’t possible in the physical world. You also get the built-in amp and speaker in Suitcase mode, and the option of running direct or through a classic amp model in Stage mode. Next to the sustain pedal is a complete set of stomp boxes to dial in just the effects you’re looking for—all saved right with your presets.

Whether you just want to rock the designer presets or get busy with mods of your own, the Stage-73 V has the flexibility to be just about any electric piano you want it to be.

Main Features

  • Advanced Physical modeling engine (no static samples)
  • Stage and Suitcase models
  • Stage model features
    • Fender Rhodes™ Stage 73 1973 and earlier (Tone)
    • Fender Rhodes™ Stage 73 1974 and later (Bass Boost)
    • Fender Twin amp
      • Modeled spring reverb
      • On and off axis mic placement
      • Tone controls
      • Mono vibrato
    • Effects are post output circuits
  • Suitcase model features
    • Bass and treble EQ models
    • Stereo Vibrato with speed and intensity controls
    • Modeled preamp of the Suitcase amp
    • Effects loop (pre-EQ)
  • Output effects where you can change the order
    • Volume, wah, auto-wah
    • Flanger
    • Compressor
    • Chorus
    • Analog Delay
  • Advanced mode for editing the model itself
    • Harmonic profile selections
    • Velocity curve editor
    • Tone bar resonance
    • Pickup distance
    • Tuning
    • Pickup alignment
    • Damper distance
    • Dynamic range
    • Hammer hardness
    • Hammer noise
  • 80 factory presets
  • Easy to use MIDI mapping

Arturia Software Center

ASC is the central software that elegantly manages all your Arturia software licenses. It activates your licenses and synchronizes them across multiple devices (you get five instances with each instrument license). ASC also notifies you of updates and downloads them. You can even easily learn about new products, download demos versions and purchase the full products. Simple.

Included in V Collection

This instrument is also part of the V Collection 5 -your complete dream line-up of the legendary synths, organs, pianos and more that made keyboard history. They’re modeled with the most advanced technologies for authentic realism, and enhanced with new creative options. Whether you use it as DAW plugins in the studio or standalone at gigs, V Collection 5 puts the greatest keys of all time at your fingertips for instant inspiration.

TAE® Powered

TAE® “True Analog Emulation” is Arturia’s exclusive technology that accurately reproduces the defining sonic qualities of analog synthesizers. It recreates the characteristics of analog oscillators in amazing detail, transparency and clarity, as well as the exact properties of the analog filters that give each classic instrument its unique sound. Soft clipping adds even more punch and presence. TAE® is primarily what makes our virtual instruments indistinguishable from the originals.

Preset Browser

Our redesigned preset browser lets you quickly find just the sound you’re looking for.

Search by name or simply select the appropriate tags to dial in on the exact sonic character you’re looking for. You can mark and recall your own favorites, enter comments, and set up playlists. There’s never been a more intuitive way to manage your library of designer and personal presets.

Resizable GUI

The user interfaces for all your Arturia instruments are now resizable, making it easy to work with any High Resolution screen, UHD or Retina.

You can decide whether you want to fill the screen with awesome graphic reproductions of classic instrument goodness, scale the window down when you’re working in a DAW and screen real estate is at a premium, or even zoom for detailed work.

System Requirements

Platform specifications

Windows

  • Windows: Win 7+ PC: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Mac

  • Apple: 10.10+: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Required configuration

  • Works in Standalone, VST 2.4, VST 3, AAX, Audio Unit, NKS (64-bit DAWs only).

Protection

The software is protected by the Arturia Software Center.


138. Reveal Sound Spire+ Bundle

by Reveal Sound

Reveal Sound Spire+ Bundle

Reveal Spire+ Bundle

[Plugin Boutique Exclusive]

Reveal Sound’s superior analog and digital synthesiser Spire has been combined with an in-depth online course, demonstrating how to maximise the powerful sound engine using a multitude of techniques. This bespoke bundle also comes with the InSpired Presets Expansion Pack, comprising 64 expertly crafted presets to increase Spire’s sonic library.

Spire+ Bundle is exclusive to Plugin Boutique, delivering high-quality software and tutorials to help you master the capabilities of polyphonic sound design at a discounted price. Open the doors to new realms of inspiration with this cutting-edge collection!

Spire

The Combination Of Best Opportunities In Software & Hardware Synthesizers

Spire is a software polyphonic synthesizer that combines powerful sound engine modulation and flexible architecture, a graphical interface provides unparalleled usability. Spire is the embodiment of the best opportunities, within software and hardware synthesizers.

Key Features

Oscillator Features:

  • 4x multimode polymorphing oscillators
  • Classic, Noise, FM, AMSync, SawPWM

 Unique Unison Engine Features:

  • 9x unison voices on each oscillator
  • Spread unison voices by chords and octaves
  • Capable of imitating different types of unisons like supersaw, hypersaw

Filter Features:

  • 2x multimode filters with analogue and digital types of filtering
  • Perfecto, Infecto, Acido, Scorpio, Combo

 FX Processor Features:

  • Shaper/Decimator
  • PhaserVowel
  • Chorus/Flanger
  • Delay
  • Reverb  

Modulation Features:

  • 4x Macros, 4x Envelopes, 4x LFOs with morphing shapes,
  • 15x Matrix slots each equipped with 2x sources and 4x targets

Preset Features:

  • Over 800 factory presets including complex arpeggios and bass sequences,
  • a versatile assortment of leads, exhilarating pads, plucks, drums and FXs

Learn more about Spire.

Producer’s Guide To Spire

Reveal Sound’s soft synth Spire has quickly become a standard in the plugin collection of most aspiring producers, with its powerful feature set and impressive audio quality allowing the creation of a huge range of desirable sounds. In this 3-hour course from Producertech senior tutor Rob Jones, you’ll be taken through every section of the plugin interface and shown a multitude of techniques for designing a variety of different patches.

Spire’s 4-oscillator sound engines offer a host of unique options for the type of synthesis, with amplitude, pulse width and frequency modulation all available, as well as a sync mode. This is further enhanced by a double waveform feature, where the first waveform is selectable from all standard oscillator types and the second from a long list of sample-based waveforms, which can be combined independently in each oscillator and made to interact in weird and wonderful ways. Once Rob has explained how each mode works and how waveforms can then be processed and blended in the unison and mix sections, he provides a number of patch design examples to help cement the techniques learned so far.

The next part of the course then tackles Spire’s filters and various modulators, including envelopes, LFOs and a stepper, before moving onto the Arpeggiator, EQ and FX. Once every part of the synth has been dealt with, Rob moves onto a series of extensive patch design lessons, with the first showing the designing of a gritty, raucous bass, the second a gripping lead and the last a multi-part, groove sequence.

Sample Module

Learn more about Producer’s Guide to Spire.

Spire Expansion Pack: InSpired Presets

Plugin Boutique presents inSpired Preset Pack.

64 expertly crafted Reveal Sound Spire presets that cover multiple shades of electronic music. 

inSpired Presets is loaded with grooving sequences, arpeggios, bass and key presets, as well as deep evolving pads and textures. Add chord stabs, leads and percussive elements to your productions and you will have a recipe for unique sounding tracks. Spanning from Melodic and Dub Techno to Tech- and Deep House plus more, this pack will prove to be a serious and innovative tool in your production arsenal. Rhythmic grooves and an array of ‘one-key’ wonder patches will add interest to any track and take your listeners on a sonic journey. 

Features

  • 64 Total Presets
  • 6x Arpeggios
  • 7x Basses
  • 1x Brass
  • 2x Chords
  • 5x FX
  • 5x Keys
  • 7x Leads
  • 5x Pads
  • 5x Perc
  • 5x Plucks
  • 7x Sequences
  • 1x String
  • 7x Synths
  • 3x Textures

Learn more about InSpired Presets.

System Requirements

MAC (32/64-Bit)

  • OS X 10.8 or higher required
  • Modern powerful CPU required
  • Audio Units (AU)

PC (32/64-Bit)

  • Windows 7/8 or 10 required
  • Modern powerful CPU required
  • VST
  • AAX

Compatible Host Software:

  • Steinberg Cubase
  • Apple Logic Pro
  • Presonus Studio One
  • Reaper, Ableton Live
  • Bitwig
  • Pro Tools 10 or higher
  • Analog & Digital Superiority

Please note: Reveal Sound recommend using a 64-bit version of Spire (32-bit version also provided)


139. XILS 505

by XILS Lab

XILS 505

Paraphonic Strings, Synthesizer, Bass Synth

It’s a String Machine, It’s a Synthesizer, It’s a Bass Synth. And it can be the three of them simultaneously, which is why the original unit was advertised as ‘The Analog Orchestra’.

XILS Lab have also added: A Vintage Analog Human Choir Machine (as an alternative oscillator source for the Synthesiser part) and exposed numerous hidden parameters of the vintage String Machine model.

The X-505 offers all the layering and tweaking possibilities of its glorious ancestor, including its precious balance between the Strings registers, and precise balance for all the inputs of the quadruple BBD Chorus unit. Also, a lot of hidden parameters are now exposed and available to tweak in the different X-505 panels for a much wider sound palette. A juicy sounding analogue Phaser and the vintage reverb have also been added to the pile.

Features

  • Oscillator: The mother of all sources. One faithfully emulated, aliasing free, TOD (Top Octave Divider) Oscillator providing up to 49 voices of polyphony.
  • A String Section, with its own filter, Waveform mangling, AR settings.
  • A Synthesiser Section with dedicated ADSR, 24db Analog Filter with envelope and LFO modulations, various sound sources (Rocker switches) and the Second Touch special retrigger feature.
  • A Human Voice Section with custom formant and balance settings.
  • A Bass Section with three cumulative waveforms. Each waveform can be filtered in the BASS panel.
  • One Main LFO to control the Vibrato and another LFO freely assignable in the Mod Matrix.
  • Several Envelope Parameters for each section. A global ADSR for the Synth Section. And still another DADSR envelope assignable in the Mod Matrix.
  • A thick sounding quadruple BBD Chorus/Ensemble unit. (Each section has it’s own send level).
  • A raw analogue Phaser effect.
  • A vintage natural sounding reverb.
  • A true Stereo Space effect.
  • A Modulation Matrix, with 6 nodes addressing 14 sources and 24 destinations. As well as access to a lot of secret hardware parameters.
  • A special Glide section.
  • All parameters can be controlled via MIDI CC in your DAW.

Main Panel

The main panel offers the same setting than the original unit. It is always visible.

Click the Rocket switches to activate/deactivate oscillators for each of the three sections. Use the ADSR to control the VCA and VCF of the Synthesiser section, where you can switch between human voices and standard oscillator. The SECOND TOUCH toggle was one of the secret weapons of this string machine: When engaged, You can retrigger the monophonic ADSR envelope, allowing one of the specific play modes these vintage units offered, and impossible to recreate with later polyphonic synthesisers.

Advanced Settings

The upper panel is tabbed, giving you access to additional parameters not exposed in the original machines, as well as new effects (Phaser, Reverb, True Stereo Space etc).

Mixer/ARP Panel

The mixer panel offers you the possibility to finely tune the internal sound generators. From the relative level of the Male 8 and Male/Female 4 Human voices to the Ensemble dry/wet, you can also tweak the voice’s formant, the T.O.D waveform as well as the Strings filter shape.. you can also select a Polyphonic attack for the strings, which wasn’t possible on the original unit…

The release, on the original machine, was reset for each new note played. This can be a very musical feature for long release times so that it doesn’t blur previous chords. In some cases, you might prefer standard release behaviour, using the “Legacy” white rocket switch.

A build-in Arpeggio is also provided, with a special feature to play “broken” arpeggios, providing more complex patterns.

Bass Panel

The Bass panel allows you to adjust the width of the bass 8′ waveform as well as the various filters available to customise the Tuba, Contra Bass and Cello sound.

Effects

The XILS 505 provides three built-in effects. Our usual True Stereo Space effect, based on the XILS-lab True Stereo Dynamic Engine, a simple but efficient Reverb and an analogue-like resonant Phaser.

Modulations

The X-505 provides a smart Modulation Matrix (over 14 sources and 24 destinations), an additional monophonic LFO and a secondary polyphonic envelope that can be used as modulation sources.

The Preset Manager Panel

The X-505 benefits of the same advanced Preset Manager window developed by Xils for its other instruments. Find the right preset in seconds, create your own tags, multi-criteria search: Everything is possible, fast and intuitive.

More on the Top Octave Divider Technology

Like the XILS V+, The XILS 505 is based on a Top Octave Divider Oscillator. Under this strange name is hidden the heart of almost every electronic organ or strings machine built in the 70s/80’s. A very clever concept to get 49 notes or more of polyphony without having to manage 49 or more stable oscillators, or the nightmare of having to tune them in those days! Only one square oscillator, oscillating at a very high frequency (the “Top Octave”), has to be designed and adjusted.

This oscillator is then “divided” to provide the 12 standard tempered frequencies over 4 (or more) octaves. These frequencies are then used to build the waveform of each of the 49 or more available notes. As a result, all the notes are kept in phase, hence no drift between octaves (see the videos comparison between the hardware and the software)

Another benefit is that there is only one single tuning circuit for the whole keyboard: all the notes are modulated in the same manner when you sue the envelope Glide (So it’s a ‘special Glide’ here gain). This is a limitation which gave the very special and recognisable effect used by a lot of electronic music artists.

Two other consequences:

First,  the attack is done after the summation of the notes. This means that after a note have been played the following notes will get the level reached by the first one. In other words, No polyphonic attacks in the original machine, but XILS-lab, thanks to the computer world, offers you the best of both worlds: monophonic OR polyphonic attacks. Also known as “paraphonic” !

Second, all the filters settings are also done after the summation of the notes. The filters (Strings, Human Voices, Basses) are therefore monophonic, which lead to a whole new, or in this case ancient, way of playing techniques, with unique sonic results that can’t be replicated by later polyphonic analogue synthesizers, which had one filter per voice.

On a side note: 49 voices of polyphony wouldn’t be possible even on today’s’ computers if the 49 specific filters had to be polyphonic too (human voices are done with up to 14 filters, strings involve 7 filters, so up to 1029 filters would have to run simultaneously …).

So, as the real machine, the XILS 505 has monophonic filters.

System Requirements

Mac

  • OSX 10.8 and later.
  • VST, Audio Unit, AAX (32&64 bits, native).

PC

  • Windows 7,8 and 10.
  • VST, AAX (32 & 64 bits, native).

Please Note: The XILS 505 is not a stand-alone application, but a plug-in to be inserted into a music software application.

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