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What (freeware) synth would you recommend for absolute beginners to synthesis?

VST, AU, etc. plug-in Virtual Instruments discussion

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tanabarbier
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278 posts since 2 Jul, 2012, from Mexico D.F.

Postby tanabarbier; Fri Feb 22, 2013 8:03 am

I like crystal a lot for a start, because of it's GUI in diferents tabs. It helps explaining the global organization of a synth, and each voice tab is a pretty simple yet powerfull substractive basic synth. You have two sub menus for algo and wavetables, FM/RM at its simplest, filter and amplifier with their respective envelopes (though the envelopes arn't the typical ones).
And seperate matrix, LFOs and EGs, and when they start to get along with it the mixer tab with crossover etc is pretty interesting.
One last thing I like with it is that a lot of students learned to not dismiss a synth only for the way it looks using it.

This one and tyrell.
SarahBellum
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24 posts since 9 Sep, 2009

Postby SarahBellum; Fri Feb 22, 2013 9:08 am

for a straight forward vintage style synth with all the usual knobs and routings try TAL's 'Noisemaker' or UHe's 'Tyrell' - both free

for something with more scope try (my fav) 3 freebie synths are UHe's 'ZebraCM', Synapse's 'DuneCM', and kv331's 'SynthmasterCM' (all free with Computer Music magazine - UK)

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tomtoo
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753 posts since 19 Mar, 2011

Postby tomtoo; Sun Mar 03, 2013 1:17 pm

IrionDaRonin wrote:It is this the post for synth beginners? :P

I set up a little list of best free synths which you can learn...

Be patient and never give up.

Have a nice day and good luck :)


Did i mentioned that we go more and more in the age of information overflow.

:lol: :lol:
@midnight
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1584 posts since 22 Apr, 2011, from The House of Zaid

Postby @midnight; Sun Mar 03, 2013 1:29 pm

Charlatan, for sure.
Has anybody ever really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?
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Sendy
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4417 posts since 20 Jul, 2010

Postby Sendy; Sun Mar 03, 2013 1:43 pm

I like Clearsynth by xoxos. It has lots of presets which walk you through each function. No mod matrix but it has assignable LFO and envelopes. It also sounds good. I discovered it just after I really needed it, (I cut my teeth personally on the "lovely" A1 synth in the older Cubase... I still have the patches I made and boy are they crap :hihi: )
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SODDI
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2675 posts since 2 Jul, 2007, from Oxycontin Acres, Georgia, USA

Postby SODDI; Sun Mar 03, 2013 2:05 pm

jbe wrote:Perhaps MinimogueVA from Glen Stegnar.

Classic synth, clear GUI with big knobs. Start out with one oscillator and add more as needed.

It is what I started out learning with.

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@midnight
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1584 posts since 22 Apr, 2011, from The House of Zaid

Postby @midnight; Sun Mar 03, 2013 3:37 pm

soundonly wrote:Somehow I'm liking the interface of kamiooka, being a beginner myself.

http://www.kvraudio.com/product/kamioooka-by-g200kg

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Ne'er seen this one before, looks real nice.


Is it o'ersampled?
Has anybody ever really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?
Syntilla
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204 posts since 29 Nov, 2012, from Robin Hood country

Postby Syntilla; Mon Mar 04, 2013 6:32 am

@midnight wrote:Ne'er seen this one before, looks real nice.


Is it o'ersampled?

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Seriously, though ...
... start where it (pretty much) all began?

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http://elektrostudio.ovh.org/index.php?go=mini

(Numanoid thinks it's worth a hundred bucks. Anyone disagree?)
there are none so blind as those who cannot see
yessongs
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828 posts since 9 Feb, 2013, from dallas tx

Postby yessongs; Mon Mar 04, 2013 3:57 pm

OD Say is awesome in my top free lead synths along with these.

Z3ta free in cm and in BE but now I have Z3ta+2 and it really rocks
minimogue
prodigius
Tyrell
AT4 free
Xils lab polykb II cm
Scanned synth CM mess with it and be ready to be surprised. I did not like it at first but when you tweak it the sounds are awesome.
Monofury
Tal
Mausynth
Synth1
Zebra CM
Istvan Maestro
ilosynth

Also OR2v is badass as well and the new model mini ditto.
Mutant
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2115 posts since 9 Oct, 2004, from Poland

Postby Mutant; Mon Mar 04, 2013 4:42 pm

Syntilla wrote:Seriously, though ...
... start where it (pretty much) all began?

Image

http://elektrostudio.ovh.org/index.php?go=mini

(Numanoid thinks it's worth a hundred bucks. Anyone disagree?)


+100000

It is simple enough for a total newbie to learn, it has a great GUI designed by the best, it sounds great so the students WILL want to continue learning.

Another thing i highly recommend is an oscilloscope - for a newbie with no trained ears it is good to see how the sound looks like and how moving the various controls affect the wave.
And learning with 2 senses instead of 1 is also more effective.

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http://www.kvraudio.com/product/signal_ ... _by_rs_met
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Darkstar2010
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34 posts since 8 Jun, 2012

Postby Darkstar2010; Mon Mar 04, 2013 4:58 pm

yessongs wrote:OD Say is awesome in my top free lead synths along with these. .


Which synth do you mean by "OD Say"? I tried looking it up but couldn't find it.
Syntilla
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204 posts since 29 Nov, 2012, from Robin Hood country

Postby Syntilla; Mon Mar 04, 2013 5:09 pm

Darkstar2010 wrote:
yessongs wrote:OD Say is awesome in my top free lead synths along with these. .


Which synth do you mean by "OD Say"? I tried looking it up but couldn't find it.

ODSAY from Elektrostudio - follow the link above for the Model Mini.
It's an Arp Odyssey clone (if you hadn't guessed).
And - yeah - 'awesome' just about covers it!

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Delfinoverde
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Postby Delfinoverde; Mon Mar 04, 2013 5:26 pm

Not freeware but very easy to learn:
- Camel Audio CA5000

Freeware:
- Crystal Synth
- Zebralette (U-he)
- Zebra CM (U-he)

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Debutante
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2650 posts since 15 Jan, 2005, from Ottawa, Ontario

Postby Debutante; Mon Mar 04, 2013 6:39 pm

Absolute beginners should look no further than GTG synths

http://www.gtgsynths.com/plugins.htm
VitaminD
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Postby VitaminD; Mon Mar 04, 2013 7:49 pm

Synth1 10 years ago.. Synth1 still today.

It is straight forward and, although a bit boring, I find the Synth1 GUI is grouped in a way that makes it easy to understand.
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