Chv Morph-collection 3.0 Free Download For Mac
There's no better way to create modern music than with synth VST plugins. However, even a single high-end synth VST plugin can cost a few hundred dollars or more. Whether you're strapped for cash, or you're just looking for some cool free synth VST options to add to your arsenal (and why wouldn't you?), then you've come to the right place.
Chv Morph-collection 3.0 Free Download For Mac
There is a massive hoard of free synth VST plugins on the market these days, and finding the right ones for your needs can feel overwhelming. For that reason, we've compiled a list of our favorite free VST synth plugins so you can stop searching and start making that sweet, sweet music.
While I typically like to subscribe to the consensus that a skilled producer can make incredible music no matter what kinds of tools they have at their disposal, it's worth noting that there is a definite difference between paid and free synth VST plugins.
However, because there are so many synth VST plugins out there, it'd be impossible to dissect the differences between ALL of the free and paid ones. For that reason, I just want to go over two main differences that separate a paid synth VST plugin from a free synth VST plugin:
Now, I would never want to use a blanket statement like "all paid VST synths are better than free VST synths, as it's too subjective to say. However, while I typically find that other kinds of free plugins can hold their own against their paid alternatives, such as digital EQs and compressors, I've definitely noticed a difference in sound quality after years of exploring both paid and free VST synths.
There's a reason that just about any list of freeware synths online includes TyrellN6 by u-he. This free VST synth plugin is a serious gem. Developed by Urs Heckmann, the same man behind the DSP programming of iconic Diva and Zebra2 synthesizers, TyrellN6 has tons of tricks up its sleeves and deserves to be in the arsenal of every music producer out there.
We're not surprised when people say they feel overwhelmed when they open this thing up. The interface can be a lot to handle. However, compared to many other free synths on the market, the GUI is pretty intuitive. With that said, I like getting started with one of the 500 incredible presets found on this synth. If that's not enough for you, you can also go online to find dozens of free sound banks to explore.
We couldn't have included TyrellN6 without talking about Zebraletter. This freeware synthesizer gained inspiration from the oscillator module found on the Zebra2 Synthesizer, which was the flagship synthesizer from u-he.
The fun doesn't stop there, however. When you start introducing the 24 spectral effects included in this free synth, things truly get exciting. You can use these unique spectral effects to mangel and warp the frequency characteristics of the synth in the most outstanding ways imaginable. It's hard to imagine that this is a subtractive synthesizer in its most basic form.
We love a punny synth name, and ModulAir takes the cake. This modular virtual synthesizer comes with 31 modules and can support up to eighteen modules in each patch! Note that it does not support third-party modules as some free modular synths do. With that said, if you're looking for a simple, easy-to-use synth that you can throw up in your DAW and start making music within a pinch, this is it.
Synth1 is somewhat of an iconic freeware synth, as it's been around for quite a while. First introduced back in 2002 by Ichiro Toda, this VST synth changed the game. In fact, it is one of the most-downloaded software synthesizers of all time!
While it is more than two decades old at this point, the sounds and controls remain just as relevant as ever! There are a few things in my book that make Synth1 a force to be reckoned with, including the clean digital sound, the boatload of free-to-download presets, and the low CPU hit. Some of the most well-regarded sound designers have made incredible presets for this synthesizer, which you can download free of charge online.
Thump is one of my favorite free audio processors that allows you to inject low-end frequencies into your audio or create completely new sounds to add to your mixes! Thump needs a bit of explanation, as it's unlike anything else out there.
Whether you're looking for leads, solo synths, synth basses, arpeggios, or FX, Crio by Solcito Musica is an awesome choice! The beauty of this free VST synth is how easy it is to navigate, even with loads of functionality that it offers. It's so easy to modify sounds on the fly.
Surge is another one of my absolute favorite free synths. With a full feature set, three oscillators with octave variations, customizable dual-filter and FM routing, 614 wavetables, tons of modulators envelopes and LFOs, overflowing effects sections, channel, and key split capabilities, and a wide range of high-quality presets made by developers and third-party sound designers, it's almost surprising that this hybrid instrument is free.
Open up Exakt Lite, and you'll find a twelve-voice, four-operator FM synth engine that uses eight iconic FM algorithms. With the four aliasing-free operators, you get four standard waveforms, including sinewave, square, saw, and triangle, and eight additional waveforms taken from the Yamaha TX81Z module.
A few years ago, Spitfire Audio decided to release a series of completely free VST instruments through a unique host plugin called LABS. The beauty of this VST project is that it is ongoing, meaning Spitfire is releasing brand new options all the time! In LABS, you'll find a wide variety of simple sampled instruments with a handful of intuitive controls. While the plugin is incredibly simple to use, it sounds better than most things out there.
The modulation section isn't that powerful, and you won't get the same versatility that you get with other synths, though if you need high-quality sounds in a pinch, I can't think of a better free synth VST.
VK-1 Viking started off as a paid synth, though it eventually became freeware. If you've been looking for an emulation of the classic Moog Voyager synth, then look no further. This monophonic synth VST has quite a bit going for it. For starters, if you're familiar with the layout of the Moog Voyager, then you'll instantly recognize the layout on its GUI.
While this list wasn't the easiest thing to put together with so many great free synth VSTs on the market, one of the easiest freeware options for me to recommend was Cobalt by Leslie Sanford. Leslie Sanford originally priced the VST at $35, though they eventually released it as freeware in 2016.
Matt Tytel put out a beautiful software synth a few years ago called Vital. To give people an introduction to the paid synth, he released a free version called Vital Basic. This wavetable synthesizer is simple and easy to use yet packs an incredible sound!
Though it's been trimmed around the edges compared to Vital, Vital Basic is still an insanely versatile synth that rivals plugins like Native Instruments Massive and Xfer Serum. Once you dive in, you'll start discovering the hidden elements and near-endless modulation capabilities. Even with the oscillator section and nothing else, you can dial-in out-of-this-world synth tones. Of course, once you combine the oscillator section with effects, modulators, and filters, it's easy to see why Vital Basic is one of the most popular freeware synthesizers on the market.
Like I said before, "quality sound" is subjective, and there really is no "best free VST synth" out there, as the best one for you depends on YOUR preferences. The good thing is because these are all free synth plugins, you can download and try them all out without taking any risks!
If we had to recommend one to start with, it would be the TyrellN6. This free synth is great for learning more about subtractive synthesis and getting deeper into the basics of sound design. Once you have a better grip on a synth like TyrellN6, you'll feel far more comfortable exploring the depths of more complex free synth plugins like Vital Basic or Surge.