Its one of best synths in "simple" category. It feels and sounds like HW synth from 80s for example Polysix. Sound is very good, I would not guess it is VST from blind listening. Good sound for commercial grade songs, nice unison.
It has good sounding effect unit with analyser and score, it would be good to have it as separate VST.Read Review
This one is a good one. I have a lot of fun with it.
It needs a little time to find wich knob modulates what (like the LFO)...i realy was trying to modify the Theme then, .
but thats maybe a fun for later. Straight forward Design, Clean sound, that Chord Thing holy Cow is awesome.
I realy like the possibillity to modify what happens when u release the key...thats so cool. But i think its a basic Synthesizer thing right? Anyways...
And you have a two-click random Option thats very nice. Random is key.
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All at One - Another Awesome Free Plugin i highly recommend. And i hope for some further Versions or another better Synth by "Phuturetone"
Thank you Sir .Read Review
Sounds great, looks great, controls are intuitive and well thought out. Only issue I have with it is there's no VST version for MacOS which is annoying since I use Bitwig and it doesn't support AU. Didn't remove any stars for that though since it's a limitation of the tools and not the developers choice.Read Review
Great plugin with a beautiful and unique Retro/Modern hybrid user interface capable of producing quality sounds. It has a great ARP functionality, good sounding presets and high quality sound effects. I love the ARP and delay fx which has 1/3, 1/6, 1/12 and other triplet signatures which is good for some of the music genres like Afro which I produce. This is a solid plugin I am gonna be using a lot in most of my projects and with every update it keeps on getting better.Read Review
This synth is pretty much what it says it is - g-r-eat. It is a straightforward 2 osc V/A synth with the usual features - four different waveforms, PWM and the usual cross-modulation functionality. It has six effects - delay, reverb, phaser, chorus, EQ and distortion - that are all very usable and do what you'd expect without setting the world on fire. Global controls, like voice modes and portamento/glide, are easy to find. There is also a basic arp.
The GUI graphics are really good and everything is laid out really well, which makes it very quick and easy to work with. Usability is one of GR-8's real strengths.
There aren't a huge number of presets but they show the capabilities of the synth quite well. There is a patch browser and preset management is good - not overly fancy/fussy, it's straightforward and easy to use.
There is one glaring downside to GR-8 and that is that its CPU use is on the high side but, for the sound quality on offer, I think it's a reasonable compromise. And to be clear, the sound quality is excellent. This is a synth that has a full, thick sound with a modern character all its own. It's not trying to sound like anything else, it just sounds good. This sound quality is up to the standard of synths in the $100-$200 price range. For free.
GR-8 is not just good for the price, it's actually a good synth and well worth checking out. For me it is the pick of this year's Dev Challenge crop.
EDIT: Version 1.0.2 has reduced the CPU usage considerably and seems to indicate the developer is willing to action user requests. The latest update has also added Velocity modulation so I have upped my rating to 5 stars. GR-8 is now one of my go-to synths.Read Review
This synth competently does what has been done before. It's a solid subtractive virtual analog with a corresponding workflow, sound and feature set. A rather crowded market, so naturally there's a lot of competition there.
That is, until you take the price point into account.
See, most of the aformentioned competition will cost you upwards of 100 euros for a comparatively similar sound, if a bit cleaner. And this one is free. Suddenly there are a lot less competitors :).
Moreover, most of those other free VA lack either looks, sound quality, or ergonomics of GR-8, or are simply too unruly in comparison. If you want to get started with VA, you can't really do much better, .
It's hard to rate free products, because mathematically speaking, any musically functional free synth automatically gets 5 stars by its quality/cost ratio (as the cost is zero), so in this review I'm ranking the synth's sound and workflow on their own merits, disregarding the price. Ultimately tho, this is the second best free subtractive VA out there, and not by a long stretch.Read Review