TOP 10 'Must have' old free synths

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KVRAF
1504 posts since 10 Oct, 2018

Post Fri Sep 10, 2021 5:15 am

Cobalt by Leslie Sanford is in my Top 10:

https://youtu.be/tJ1D2bsUxLk

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Beware the Quoth
30016 posts since 4 Sep, 2001 from R'lyeh Oceanic Amusement Park and Funfair

Post Fri Sep 10, 2021 5:23 am

Michael L wrote:
Fri Sep 10, 2021 5:10 am
Passing Bye wrote:
Fri Sep 10, 2021 1:10 am
Class Synth to Food
Which synth is haggis?
It wasnt a synth, it was an amp sim.

https://www.musicradar.com/reviews/guit ... gis-146436
This signature tells the story really, as quoting insults directed at me makes me someone with an over-inflated ego.

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KVRAF
3789 posts since 25 Jan, 2014 from The End of The World as We Knowit

Post Fri Sep 10, 2021 5:31 am

whyterabbyt wrote:
Fri Sep 10, 2021 5:23 am
Michael L wrote:
Fri Sep 10, 2021 5:10 am
Passing Bye wrote:
Fri Sep 10, 2021 1:10 am
Class Synth to Food
Which synth is haggis?
It wasnt a synth, it was an amp sim.

https://www.musicradar.com/reviews/guit ... gis-146436
:hail:
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KVRian

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1276 posts since 19 Sep, 2017 from The Future

Post Fri Sep 10, 2021 6:00 am


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KVRian
652 posts since 20 Oct, 2018

Post Fri Sep 10, 2021 4:01 pm


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KVRAF
5250 posts since 15 Oct, 2017 from U.S.

Post Fri Sep 10, 2021 4:05 pm

Crystal seems to have fallen off
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KVRAF
2276 posts since 8 Dec, 2008 from Global Cowboy

Post Fri Sep 10, 2021 5:08 pm

Charlatan is a very good synth...
No auto tune and iLok free...

KVRist
133 posts since 2 Mar, 2018

Post Tue Sep 14, 2021 11:58 am

VELLTONE MUSIC wrote:
Fri Sep 10, 2021 2:50 am
Today you can produce pro music with two-three commercial and 10-15 free vst synth plus tones of dope free fx.
You can produce pro music without ANY paid snyths/effects and sure don't need 10-15 of them either. There is free stuff out there that good now. (I don't know what you mean by "dope free" though)

KVRist
133 posts since 2 Mar, 2018

Post Tue Sep 14, 2021 12:02 pm

I would add:

- Anything by u-he (though not sure how old each one is)
- Anything by Full Bucket
- MiniMoogue (sp?)

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KVRian

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1276 posts since 19 Sep, 2017 from The Future

Post Tue Sep 14, 2021 12:34 pm

mixyguy2 wrote:
Tue Sep 14, 2021 11:58 am
VELLTONE MUSIC wrote:
Fri Sep 10, 2021 2:50 am
Today you can produce pro music with two-three commercial and 10-15 free vst synth plus tones of dope free fx.
You can produce pro music without ANY paid snyths/effects and sure don't need 10-15 of them either. There is free stuff out there that good now. (I don't know what you mean by "dope free" though)
well i wish to say 2-3 free are enough but i use like 25-30 actually and there is always place for new - dope free fx is analog obssesion,air,so on developers which give amazing fx for free.
if you are after some sound you have to buy right synth to make it,many things could be done with free vst,but not all :)
Cheers :)

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KVRAF
5250 posts since 15 Oct, 2017 from U.S.

Post Tue Sep 14, 2021 1:40 pm

Anybody still use Oatmeal?
Granted, it's not the most popular food
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KVRAF
2345 posts since 23 Dec, 2002

Post Tue Sep 14, 2021 2:08 pm

Chimera 32 bit windows only, Filtered noise style goodness. Worth wrapping with jbridge.

KVRist
133 posts since 2 Mar, 2018

Post Tue Sep 14, 2021 6:30 pm

VELLTONE MUSIC wrote:
Tue Sep 14, 2021 12:34 pm
well i wish to say 2-3 free are enough
Or less even, but maybe more, depending on what you're doing.
if you are after some sound you have to buy right synth to make it,many things could be done with free vst,but not all :)
We'll agree to disagree there. You can do anything with free synths that you can do with paid ones, or extremely close to it. I'm not saying it's never worth it to buy one though. Again it all depends...and it's fun to try out new things. :)

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KVRian

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1276 posts since 19 Sep, 2017 from The Future

Post Wed Sep 15, 2021 3:34 am

Agree to disagree too :)
Tried like 2-3 years to work with free stuff only,but most just miss some important things like vibe,character,harmonic content so on,aside from technical limitations.
Tone2 Firebird was first really good free synth,when they release it as freeware back in 2013.
Vital open entire new page of free synths,but again 10 years ago how many free vst synths could produce sound comparable to Sylenth1 for home producers making commercial music - only decent one i can remember was Synth1,which i didn't like(or maybe just don't understand how powerful is) back then cause my designer's skills was zero and most available presets wasn't pro to my taste :)
So my point is that every year getting more easy to produce quality sound with free vst.
I was one of the defenders of free 32bit vst synth usage,participate in many disputes about usability of free synths,then grow up,spend some money to fill my collection of 'Right' synths i need and most stuff labeled as 32bit and free now seems limited in many directions .
Cheers :)

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KVRAF
5250 posts since 15 Oct, 2017 from U.S.

Post Wed Sep 15, 2021 4:22 am

In a world where the TB303 started out life being considered a cheap toy, what constitutes a pro sounding preset?
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