Top 5 Free VST Synthesizers

Top 5 Free VST Synthesizers

When you are starting you journey into music production after purchasing your chosen DAW you may wish to look outside of the program for third party plugins and VSTs. There are thousands of options ranging from the very expensive to the totally free. While many free options can be very limited they are a great place to start learning how to synthesize and get a better understanding of the sort of synth you might what to purchase.

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1. uHe - TyrellN6

Available as a free download exclusively from the German online magazine Amazona, the Tyrelln6 is a brilliant synth modelled on realistic analogue hardware. Featuring virtual analogue with classic architecture plus extras,2 oscillators, noise, ring modulator, 2 LFOs with 8 waveforms, host-syncable, Audio source mixer with authentic overdrive and filter feedback, Twin filter related to Diva (early model), Analogue-type ADSR envelopes, loopable or LFO-triggered, kinnable UI and over 580 factory presets.

uHe - TyrellN6

2. VCV Rack

A standalone plugin that models most Euro rack modules that's available on the market right now. Modular synth at the touch of your finger tips for absolutely nothing, it has a pretty steep learning curve but at that price all it is gonna cost you is your time.

VCV Rack

3. ML-PG8X

Based on the 80's classic Roland JX-8p this free synth is able to give you those authentic 80s flavours but also does some amazing warping speed garage-style basslines. Some great tutorials on youtube that show you how to get those proper 90's huge heavy basslines.


4. Mat Tytel Helm

A firm favourite of beginners made in a very easy to understand layout and design, however, it still sounds great a packs a big punch. Limited to two oscillators this basic subtractive synth can help you get to grips with the fundamentals of synthesis and sound design. Featuring 2 oscillators, filter, step sequencer mod, amp filter envelopes, built-in effects and step sequencer while this may be great for beginners there are loads for more advanced users as well.

Mat Tytel Helm

5. Surge

Finally, one of the most powerful free synths you can get is Surge a huge bit of kit allowing for infinite possibilities with its open-source coding, surge has tons of features that allow for some very detailed synthesises. It features plenty of options like different filters, MPE capabilities, 3 oscillators per scene, 12 LFO's and tons of efx.




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