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Charlatan v1.4.1 - free VA synth (Win VSTi 32-/64-bit)

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karrikuh
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211 posts since 6 Apr, 2008

Postby karrikuh; Sun Aug 07, 2011 10:23 pm Charlatan v1.4.1 - free VA synth (Win VSTi 32-/64-bit)

Charlatan is a polyphonic, subtractive virtual analog (VA) synthesizer plugin with design focus on sound quality and easy usability. The design philosophy was to provide a feature set just flexible enough to cover a wide range of sounds while deliberately abstaining from countless parameters and modulation options cluttering the user interface and distracting from the creative process. That being said, Charlatan's architecture is flexible enough to create all kinds of sounds, from conventional classic leads, basses and pads to weird blips and noises.

While making no compromises about sound quality, the algorithms have been optimized for efficient CPU usage making Charlatan well suited as a ''bread and butter'' synth even in projects with a large number of plugin instances.

Best of all, it's FREEWARE! I'm happy to hear your opinions and suggestions! Enjoy!

Feature Summary
  • 2 oscillators with triangle, sawtooth, pulse and noise waveforms
  • oscillator pulse-width modulation (PWM) and slew rate modulation (morphing between triangle and sawtooth)
  • oscillator hard synchronization and ring modulation
  • 2 ADSR envelope generators
  • LFO with host tempo synchronization
  • 3 filter types modeled after classic analog hardware: 4-pole (24 db/oct) and 2-pole (12 db/oct) lowpass, bandpass
  • filter code based on nonlinear zero-delay feedback technique for accurate emulation of analog counterparts
  • 3 voice modes: Monophonic with retriggering, Monophonic Legato and 8-voice Polyphonic
  • low CPU usage
  • 100% coded in C++
  • native 64-bit support
F.A.Q. (to be updated)
- I don't like the GUI color. Can I replace the GUI skin?
Yes, you may use a Resource Editor to replace the image in the DLL. I even allow you to share your hacked DLL as long as you distribute it along with the original readme/license files and a clear note that this is not the original version and point people to the place where they can find the original.
- Will you add official skinning support?
Not in the near future as it involves quite some work with IMO only limited value in return.
- Will you add a proper preset management system? Arpeggiator? Integrated effects?
See answer to previous question. I'm more into the UNIX philosophy of designing software tools which is to do one thing and do it well. There are already great free standalone arps/FX available.
- I really feel I need another osc/LFO/envelope/...
As you are aware, Charlatan's all about simplicity. I really feel that I have reached a feature set which gives you the best versatility/complexity ratio. If I wanted an even more flexible architecture, it'd probably better be in a new plugin.
- Will there be a Mac version?
I'd love to have one, but there's lot of work to done, as I'm using my custom development framework, which currently supports Windows only. Also, I need a Mac...

Latest Changes
1.4.1 (2013-06-04)
  • BUGFIX: DCO mode with Osc2 square/pulse wave was broken
1.4 (2013-06-02)
  • noise source now separate from Osc 1
  • Osc 2: narrow pulse wave
  • LFO: extended rate range
  • GUI update
  • BUGFIX: potential crasher
  • some more presets

More info and download: http://www.blaukraut.info

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Ingonator
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7834 posts since 21 Mar, 2008, from Hannover, Germany

Postby Ingonator; Sun Aug 07, 2011 10:52 pm

Hi,

i like such synths with a reduced feature set. The GUI looks good IMO.
I'll play with it as soon as i find some time. I have already downloaded the file.


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nix808
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2907 posts since 22 Jul, 2006, from Melbourne, Australia

Postby nix808; Sun Aug 07, 2011 11:03 pm

Well done and congrats on the release :)
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Postby A.M. Gold; Sun Aug 07, 2011 11:16 pm

Cool, can't complain about free quality synths. I'll even deal with pop-up ads from DL sites for that. :)
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Bronto Scorpio
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5596 posts since 13 Feb, 2006, from Wiesmoor, Germany

Postby Bronto Scorpio; Sun Aug 07, 2011 11:28 pm

Thanks for the freebie! :)
The GUI is very nice and the sound seems to be great too (just tested it really quickly). I like these simple but good sounding synths :)

BTW: I could host the plugin on my webspace if you want to. Since many people don't want to download things from these filesharing sites.

Cheers
Dennis
Rathead
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407 posts since 26 Dec, 2008, from Country Victoria, Australia

Postby Rathead; Sun Aug 07, 2011 11:29 pm

Thanks dude! Will check it out and report back.
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D N A
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989 posts since 1 Jan, 2004

Postby D N A; Sun Aug 07, 2011 11:40 pm

nice red color :)
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stanlea
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4590 posts since 11 Feb, 2005, from Bordeaux France

Postby stanlea; Mon Aug 08, 2011 12:03 am

Yep red synths sound better.
You can't always get what you waaaant...
D N A
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989 posts since 1 Jan, 2004

Postby D N A; Mon Aug 08, 2011 12:25 am

stanlea wrote:Yep red synths sound better.

:hihi:
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Schiffbauer
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170 posts since 28 Feb, 2004, from An old town in Central German Uplands

Postby Schiffbauer; Mon Aug 08, 2011 1:35 am

Very nice looking and sounding VSTi, but U can't load or save any
presets with it. You've forgot the preset-container?

ciao
armin
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karrikuh
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211 posts since 6 Apr, 2008

Postby karrikuh; Mon Aug 08, 2011 1:55 am

Schiffbauer wrote:Very nice looking and sounding VSTi, but U can't load or save any
presets with it. You've forgot the preset-container?


Thanks for the kind words!

Charlatan relies on the host application to manage presets. At least in REAPER, this works perfectly. Are you saying you can't load the FXP patches included in the zip file? Which host are you using?
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Schiffbauer
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170 posts since 28 Feb, 2004, from An old town in Central German Uplands

Postby Schiffbauer; Mon Aug 08, 2011 2:21 am

Hi,

I am using Samplitude V9 or VST-Host from H. Seib. I can't load any fxp
from the zip unfortunately.

ciao
armin
Debby747
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272 posts since 18 Dec, 2007, from Germany

Postby Debby747; Mon Aug 08, 2011 2:23 am

Simple but nice -
Good work! :tu:

Greetings
D.
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karrikuh
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211 posts since 6 Apr, 2008

Postby karrikuh; Mon Aug 08, 2011 10:53 am

Schiffbauer wrote:I am using Samplitude V9 or VST-Host from H. Seib. I can't load any fxp
from the zip unfortunately.


Just released a new version 0.9.1: at least in VSTHost it should work now.
vegantendo
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4 posts since 24 Feb, 2010

Postby vegantendo; Mon Aug 08, 2011 10:58 am

hey i was just trying this synth out today and i have to say it is really exceptional. great oscillators, clever layout all round a well designed plug. a few things i would want personally (maybe for your 1.0 release) would be saws on both oscillators, maybe a sub osc and the envelopes might need to be tweaked a little. for example making kicks or percussion sounds it didnt feel like the envelopes were flexible enough, im not sure, perhaps it was just me. if i could get a snappy deep 808 kick from your wonderful synth i think it would be quite wonderful. it really is great already though! :D
ps. one other fun thing you could add would be a way to change the backround color like synth1 always a nice little extra.
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