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Free Synth Plugins of 2023



Here are 16 Free Synth Plugins of 2023 in no particular order.Let us know your favourite One !



1.MG-1 PLUS - CHERRY AUDIO

2. MONO FURY - FULL BUCKET MUSIC

3.APRICOT - NAKST

4.QUENTIN - FANAN

5.KHZ ONE SYNTH - KILOHEARTS

6.KRISHNA SYNTH - FKFX AUDIO

7.ELUMIA - 2MGT

8.OCTASINE - OCTASINE

9.CLASSIC SYNTHS - SPITFIRELABS

10.SUBSTITUTE - FLANDERSH TECH

11.AZIMUTH - THE SYNTH FACTORY

12.MONOLIT - BLEASS

13.MINIPOL - KARANYI SOUNDS

14.NATURA - NEW NATION

15. SYS TG1 - TON-GERAET

16.STRANGE TINGZ - NNAUD.IO


1.MG-1 PLUS - CHERRY AUDIO

The fun and funky Surrealistic MG-1 Plus Synthesizer is a super authentic recreation of the Realistic MG-1 synthesizer sold in Radio Shack stores in the 80s. The Surrealistic MG-1 Plus delivers fat analog tone in spades along with a unique polyphonic oscillator section, "bell tone" ring modulation, and a number of improvements that tremendously expand its capabilities.


System Support

▷ macOS Requirements: macOS 10.13 or above. macOS 13 Ventura supported. 64-bit required. Native Apple M1 processor support, including Apple M1 Ultra

▷ Windows Requirements: Windows 7 or above (including Windows 11), 64-bit required.






2. MONO FURY - FULL BUCKET MUSIC


The Mono/Fury is a software instrument simulating the classic KORG Mono/Poly® analog synthesizer of the early 1980's. It is written in native C++ code for high performance even on "lighter" systems.

System Support

▷ Windows (VST2/VST3) and Apple macOS (VST2/VST3/AU)






3.APRICOT - NAKST

Apricot is a free compact hybrid synthesizer with a massive sound.


Key features:

▷ 2 main oscillators, with 6 different subtractive waveforms, modulatable phase offset and panorama, with unison modeled off the JP8000's supersaw. There is also an additional third oscillator, with less parameters, intended for use as a sub-oscillator.

▷ Sample layer. There are currently 44 factory samples, ranging across 10 categories. The user is also able to import their own samples.

▷ 2 mod envs and 2 LFOs, each with 2 dedicated modulation slots. There is also a modulation matrix with 8 additional modulation slots, for a total of 16. There are over 70 modulation destinations, and 10 modulation sources.

▷ 5 effects: reverb (with 4 selectable algorithms), ping-pong delay, stereo phaser, parameter EQ, and a distortion unit. The distortion contains Light, Soft, Middle and Hard algorithms closely modeled after the Access Virus, to achieve a distinctive asymmetric distortion. There are also 3 included wavefolding algorithms.

▷ Arpeggiator and sequencer.

▷ Multi-mode filter that can run in low-pass, band-pass or high-pass modes, at 12dB/oct or 24dB/oct. There is a resonance, key track and drive control. The drive can enhanced with a "warm" boost, which mixes in a subtly "inflated" signal.

▷ Streamlined single page user interface with scaling ranging from 100% to 200%. ▷ Over 90 builtin patches in the factory ROM bank, accessible from the patch browser.

▷ Full support for the new CLAP plugin API.

▷ No copy protection or DRM.


System Support ▷ Windows 7 and later (requires 64-bit OS, but runs in 32-bit hosts)

▷ macOS versions 10.14, 10.15, 11, 12 (Intel or Apple Silicon)

▷ X11/Linux with a modern version of glibc Supported hosts






4.QUENTIN - FANAN

Quentin is 3 (totally independent) 3 ocillators synth with a unique speciality in polyrhythmical sequences thanks to the newly modeled 999 built-in seeded rhythms arppeggiator, a fexible 32 steps trance gate and 9 BPM driven LFO motors.


System Support

▷ Quentin is Available for Windows Users






5.KHZ ONE SYNTH - KILOHEARTS

kHs ONE is a subtractive synthesizer with a focus on high audio quality and ease of use.Kilohearts has discontinued the synth and is no longer available to download via Kilohearts Installer .

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 Support

▷ 64-bit VST2, AAX, and Audio Unit plugin formats on Windows and macOS.






6.KRISHNA SYNTH - FKFX AUDIO

Originally released in 2007, KrishnaSynth makes its comeback as one of the most versatile and musical synth.


This powerful instrument is loaded with over 1000 great acoustic, electric, and synth sounds, and equipped with original synthesis features, giving you the ability to create any sound you can imagine!


Its Frame Synthesis technology lets you can import, build and modify textures from sampled instruments and synth waveforms, creating almost any kind of texture using its unique Frame Oscillator and its comprehensible set of DSP functions and effects.


Free version is available, with 88 presets (audio to osc import and preset randomizer available only in full version)

Full version contains 1230 presets and 2132 movie files. The Full Version is $49 .


System Support

▷ VST / VST3

▷ AudioUnit







7.ELUMIA - 2MGT


Elumia is a sample manipulation synthesizer is based on a granular synthesis method specially designed for creating and experimenting with ambient soundscapes and noise backgrounds with rhythmic elements with a simple and intuitive interface.

In the hands of experienced musician it can be an independent source for creation of whole tracks

You can construct melodic pads or atonal soundscapes from different kinds of built-in or user samples by using two-layered polyphonic granular synthesizer, chains of filters and effects, envelope generators and low frequency oscillators. Add movement and life using the track sequencer and arpeggiate note sequences.


System Support

▷ Elumia is a standalone tool application for Wíndows.







8.OCTASINE - OCTASINE


A free and open source frequency modulation synthesizer plugin (VST2, CLAP). Runs on macOS, Windows and Linux.

Features :

▷ Four FM operators

▷ Flexible routing

▷ Four LFOs

▷ ADSR envelopes

▷ Modulation panning


System Support

▷ macOS, Windows 10/11 and Linux (X11) in VST2- and CLAP-compatible DAWs on 64-bit computers.





9.CLASSIC SYNTHS - SPITFIRELABS



A versatile toolbox of rare and iconic vintage synths, including a MOOG Minimoog, ARP Quadra, Sequential Pro-One and a Roland Juno 60. Explore a range of unstable, wave-like pads, characterful bass sounds and short, noisy plucks — all tweak-able with onboard filter and reverb controls.


System Support

▷ Mac OSX 10.13 - Mac OS 11 Intel and M1 Macs

▷ Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 (latest Service Pack, 64- bit. 32 bit DAWs not supported)

▷ Plugin available as VST2, VST3, AAX and AU






10.SUBSTITUTE - FLANDERSH TECH

Substitute (VST3 64-bit) is your free substitute synthesizer for virtual analog needs. It features dual oscillators with dual analog style serial filters, effects and a modulation section that also may be used with other virtual instruments through its CV out connections. Connecting it to other virtual instruments, it is also able to sample a waveform and use it in the synth in the next moment.

Features

▷ Dual oscillator section with classical waveforms

▷ Supports custom single-cycle waveforms and recording of single-cycle waveforms.

▷ Topology preserving analog-style filters.

▷ Extensive modulation capabilities through four envelopes and four LFOs, with CV out options for external instruments.

▷ Creative effect section with different delays, waveshaper, compressor, reverb, special noise generator, ring modulation, FM, tone control, bit reduction and saturation amp.

▷ Midi chord generator and classic arpeggiator.


System Support

▷ Microsoft Windows 8.1 or later.






11.AZIMUTH - THE SYNTH FACTORY

Azimuth is a VA/WT Synth that lets you quickly dial in the sound you need, its flexible layout allows quick editing with simple changes on the fly. Combine VA (Virtual Analog) Synthesis with WT (Wavetable) running through various user controlled LFO and Envelopes, finally hitting the Master FX section for enlighting results.

The XYPad lets you have your own unique twist by blending between sounds and even letting you record your own inputs & playing this back at your host tempo.

Features

6 Voice VA/WT Synth

XY pad for flexable sound design

4 Master FXs

Multi mode filters & LFOs

8 Unison engine per each voice

Clear and clean layout


System Support

Windows: VST3 – 64 Bit

Mac: AU & VST3 – 64 Bit






12.MONOLIT - BLEASS


BLEASS Monolit combines the rich analogue sound and intuitive ease-of-use of BLEASS Alpha with the creative expressiveness of BLEASS Omega. The result is a compact, efficient, mono-synth tailor-made for creating thunderous basses, searing leads, sparkling arpeggios and other-worldly SFX.


System Support

▷ Windows 8 and later,macOS 10.9 and later (64-bit only) (including macOS 11 Big Sur and M1 processors)

▷ VST3 (64-bit),AAX,Audio Unit





13.MINIPOL - KARANYI SOUNDS


Minipol – a powerful virtual analog synthesizer with a lot of fun and a unique Smart Random feature!


Recreate classic analog keys, chunky 80s basses, kick-ass house stabs, or design massive soundscapes, modern plucks, or analog effects in no time.

Quality sound engine, straightforward design, super intuitive workflow.


System Support


▷ macOS 10.11 or later A VST3/AU compatible 64-bit host.


▷ Windows 7 SP1 or later.







14.NATURA - NEW NATION


Natura is an Analog Sampled Instrument. We sampled multiple Analog Synths to create 50 Unique Patches + 10 Shape Patches. You can load any of these patches into 1 of 4 Sampler Engines allowing you to stack and play 4 samples at once. This gives us 4 totally different Tones. We then blend the 4 Tones together to bring you some Unique Analog Combinations!

With Natura’s light & easy-to-use interface, you will have no problems finding a preset or creating your own sounds altogether. With streamlining your productions in mind, we kept everything, well, simple! Minimal FX allows you to use the FX you’re already familiar with (let’s face it, we all do anyway), quickly have full control over each Banjo & easily browse presets!


System support

▷ VST3 (Windows)

▷ VST3 & AU (Mac)







15. SYS TG1 - TON-GERAET



Ton-Geraet 1 (SyS TG1) is now freeware!

SyS TG1 is a multi-mixture synthesizer with 2 individual voices and a wavetable sequencer.

System Support

▷ SyS Ton-Geraet 1 is available as VST 2.4 (32 and 64 bit) plug-in for Windows PC (at least Windows 7 and 2009+ DAWs recommended).






16.STRANGE TINGZ - NNAUD.IO



Strange Tingz is a meticulously sampled sounds from multiple 80s synths and emulators offers a rich palette of tones and timbres that evoke the spirit of Stranger Things. Infuse your creations with the dark and chilling sounds of 80s culture. Explore the deepest & darkest secrets of the past our parents did not warn us about. Enjoy over 80 Sampled Instruments + 100 Factory Presets


System support

▷ Windows 10+ | Mac Mojave 10.14+

▷ VST3 | AU


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