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 Charlatan by BlauKraut Engineering is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin for Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin.
Charlatan
Product Charlatan
Developer BlauKraut Engineering
Price (MSRP) Free
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Instrument(s) 
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Charlatan, a freeware polyphonic, subtractive virtual analog (VA) synth whose design focuses 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 said, Charlatan's synthesis 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 plug-in instances.

Feature Summary:

  • 2 oscillators with triangle, sawtooth and rectangle.
  • Oscillator pulse-width modulation (PWM) and slew rate modulation (morphing between triangle and sawtooth).
  • Oscillator hard synchronization and ring modulation.
  • Noise source with low/highpass filter.
  • 2 ADSR envelope generators.
  • LFO with host 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.
Discussion: Active

Discussion

25 December 2011 at 11:27ammztk

excellent synth, sounds great. perfect for all sequencer lines, with multiple

instances running. would like to see more from this dev in the future, taking

the concept a bit further. top-notch go-to machine. (would be nice to set different

background colour, too, next time ;) )

28 December 2011 at 1:28pmsolidtrax

That's also what we think and hope for (and more). Would be awesome to have a highpass filter and some more osc-options/waves f.e.

24 January 2012 at 6:16pmGernburgs

I actually have grown to love this VST. The Organ 1 sound preset is so phat it's just awesome!

Great VST!

24 January 2012 at 9:30pmrayola1

sweet but solid sound. filter sounds great, would love to LFO and envelope modulation

thank you very much!

I hope for more...

12 June 2012 at 4:38amjcs.sts

Sounds great, especially the demo track on y'alls site. any chance of an OS X version for when I'm away from my Windows rig?

7 January 2013 at 12:16amTEKing66

Just discovered the Charlatan synth, and I must say that for a free VST I am very impressed.

6 June 2013 at 9:43amZenSound

The best characteristic of this synth is that it is extremely simple and easy to use.

I like the sound especially playing keys and basses in poliphonic mode.

Would be fine add modulation to the LFO with the Mod. Envelope.

Cheers.

Complex.

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7 August 2014 at 9:54pmElffin

Great sounds from a neat synth.

Will their be a better preset browser in future?

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Charlatan

Average user rating of 9.00 from 4 reviews

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