FREE: Synth1 VSTi

Okay, so the website’s in Japanese, but don’t let that put you off. Modelled on a Clavia Nord Lead 2 Red Synth, the Synth1 is a top of the line synthesizer, ready and willing to help you put together that next electronic hit. 128 preset sounds, 32 note polyphony and automation support, plus all the…

FREE: Tapeotronic Mellotron VST

Mellotrons are cool and this emulation is one of the coolest I’ve come across. Here’s how it works. You’ve got a flute sound, strings sound and a chorus (the singers not the effect). There’s a big knob on the right hand side that you use to blend them together. Sounds simple right? It is, but…

FREE: daHornet Synth VST

An emulation of the classic Wasp synth, the daHornet VST by NuSofting has achieved something of a cult status online. It’s little wonder. daHornet offer a cool combination of vintage and cutting edge sounds, specializing in funky lo-fi-ish sounds. With a handy 128 preset factory bank, noise generator and legato mode with tuneable glide effect…

FREE: Crystal Soft Synth 2.5

Personally, I’m not a huge fan of synthesizers. If I’m using a synth, I generally not looking for soft, swelling pads, or mellow washes in the background. If I’m using a synth, I’m after weird, off-kilter strangeness, all the way. So, I’m a big fan of the Crystal Soft Synth 2.5 from Green Oak Software.…

FREE: DFX Rez Synth VST

Adding MIDI control to your synth functionality can bring a lot of fun to the party…and that’s just what the DFX Rez Synth specialises in. “Rez Synth allows you to ‘play’ resonant bandpass filter banks that process your sound. In the right hosts, MIDI notes can trigger individual filters or banks of filters (up to…

FREE: Guttersnipe VST

The Guttersnipe is a down and dirty organ, specially designed to give you raunchy, gritty organ sounds. Tweaking your tone is a bit different than you’re probably used to: a 10 draw-bar tone system. There are several very functional presets, and everything’s nice and adjustable with a rotary speaker control, vibrato chorus and a digital…