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 Charlatan by BlauKraut Engineering is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin for Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin.
Product Charlatan
Developer BlauKraut Engineering
Price (MSRP) Free
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Charlatan, a freeware polyphonic, subtractive virtual analog (VA) synth with focus on sound quality and easy usability. It comes with a flexible, yet not overwhelming feature set which encourages artists to start tweaking instead of just relying on presets. Inspite of it's simplicity, Charlatan's architecture is flexible enough to create both classic sounds and rather experimental noises. While making no compromise about sound quality, the sound engine has been highly 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.

Key Features

  • 2 oscillators with shape modulation.
  • Oscillator hard synchronization and ring modulation.
  • Unison mode with upto 7 voices and stereo spread.
  • Stereo noise generator.
  • 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.
  • 3 voice modes: Monophonic, Monophonic Legato and 8-voice Polyphonic.
  • Ultra-low CPU usage.
Discussion: Active


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.




7 August 2014 at 9:54pmElffin

Great sounds from a neat synth.

Will their be a better preset browser in future?

8 March 2015 at 9:40pmoscillian


Track made with 12 instances goes to show the scope of a lovely plugin.

10 March 2015 at 5:36pmBlackWinny

A beautiful demo! Great.

5 May 2015 at 5:02pmmars974

Hello dominic I downloaded the 2.0 b file, except that it is version 1.4.1.

21 May 2015 at 1:56amkobraaji

someday we will have a Linux version?

1 June 2015 at 1:15ammuausucua

Im having trouble loading preset banks... I wanna use Charlatan in a DAW called Stagelight, but there is no button in the host to open complimentary files, like these preset files.

In Ableton it was easy to do because it offers a button to open preset files, but still, the presets won't show up in Stagelight. Is there another way to add presets?? I just don't see how within the GUI in Charlatan?

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