Synth1 is an extremely popular free software synthesizer modelled after the Clavia Nord Lead 2, developed by Daichi Laboratory. Available in VST and Audio Unit for Windows and macOS
This is the most downloaded softsynth in the world.
- 2 Oscillators, FM modulation, ring modulation, sync, modulation envelope.
- 2 LFOs.
- 4 types of filters, distortion.
- Tempo delay, stereo chorus/flanger.
- Legato mode, portamento.
- 16 notes polyphony.
128 presets are included.
Optimized for light CPU load using SSE instructions, etc.
Find various free presets on producertools.net
Basic 64 is a 8 bit emulation software synthesizer developed by De la Mancha. Available in VST for Windows.
It is a lo-fi synthesizer based on the “SID chip” with some extras tuning, to deliver a 8-bit retro game sound, gritty noises or just plain oddness.
- 16, 8 or 6 bit sound quality.
- 3 oscs, each with their own ADSR envelope.
- Oscillators can be sync’d and ring modulated by each other.
- Pitch envelope modulation.
- Pitch wobble option, for subtle instability.
- 2 tempo-sync LFO’s to modulate pitch, cut-off and pulse width.
- LFO’s have attack/release curves.
- Tempo-sync arpegiator.
- Flexible routing to state variable filter (LP, HP & BP).
- Envelopes can be reset or continuous at retrigger.
- Monophonic or polyphonic option.
- Midi learn / midi CC support.
- 128 presets by sinkmusic & WhiskeyPriest.
Komplete Start is the free version of the famous Native Instrument’s production suite Komplete. It includes various high quality virtual instruments, synthesizers and effect plugins.
Komplete free version is a curated selection of hight quality sampled instruments, software synthesizers, effect plugins, utilities, loops and samples for the no brainer price of… nothing at all!
- Over 2,000 studio-quality sounds
- 16 pro-grade synths and sampled instruments, effects, loops, and samples
Horus is a free polyphonic software synthesizer developed by B Serrano. Available in VST for Windows.
Horus is a beautifully designed polyphonic soft synth and string machine. It is well fitted for ambient pads and drones.
- 4 oscillators: 4′, 8′, 16′, 32′
- 64 voices polyphonic.
- Static formant filter.
- LP filter.
- 1 LFO (sine)
- Stereo delay, phaser, chorus & auto-wah.
- Full MIDI learn.