best FREE bread&butter presets synth?

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audiojunkie
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Post Sat Oct 01, 2022 10:21 am

Now, if I was forced to choose just one, I’d choose (of the several available), an SFZ player. That pretty much covers everything—but the OP wanted a synth.
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mixyguy2
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Post Sat Oct 01, 2022 5:43 pm

audiojunkie wrote: Sat Oct 01, 2022 10:19 am Since we are bringing up necro-threads.....
A thread created earlier this year is "necro?" OK...
I never could see the point of choosing just one.
For the OP's stated desire for simplicity and ease of use. He didn't say "this will be the only thing I use ever." Just something simple for quick sketching.
a SFZ player (take your pick), you’d have the absolute top notch best of both worlds regardless of the architecture you are using.
Not necessarily...although I don't know what kind of sounds if any the free sfz players come with. But yeah, with a little extra work, you could find a group of basic instruments easily enough.

Although really, now that I think of it, this could probably be solved with the stock stuff many DAWs come with. I use Mixcraft and it has a very nice set of VIs that come with. True it's not free, but very inexpensive, as many DAWs are. But something to consider for those who have a DAW and haven't really checked out what comes with it.

wwjd
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Post Sun Oct 02, 2022 9:15 am

yeah was just looking for simple, small, free, fast, easy vst for small band to all play with, be on the same page, just have some sounds for demo work

zzz00m
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Post Sun Oct 02, 2022 12:46 pm

wwjd wrote: Sun Oct 02, 2022 9:15 am yeah was just looking for simple, small, free, fast, easy vst for small band to all play with, be on the same page, just have some sounds for demo work
Maybe not small and fast, but usable free VST plugins...

NI Komplete Start is free and includes the Kontakt Player & factory selection of instruments: https://www.native-instruments.com/en/p ... -products/

IK SampleTank CS is free and includes 50 factory instruments: https://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/s ... etank-4-cs
https://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/i ... uments.pdf
Windows 10 and too many plugins

buzz1
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Post Sun Oct 02, 2022 2:23 pm

Novation V-Station. Good (free) bread and butter synth-as per the tread title.

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Etienne1973
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1434 posts since 8 Feb, 2013 from Switzerland

Post Sun Oct 02, 2022 2:42 pm

wwjd wrote: Sun Oct 02, 2022 9:15 am yeah was just looking for simple, small, free, fast, easy vst for small band to all play with, be on the same page, just have some sounds for demo work
Synth1 by Daichi Laboratory (Ichiro Toda)
https://www.kvraudio.com/product/synth1 ... chiro-toda
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RetroHead GMulator for Synth1
https://www.kvraudio.com/banks.php?s=one&id=1889

If you (OP) can live with Nils' K1v for your purpose then that combo deserves a listen IMO. :wink:

mixyguy2
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Post Sun Oct 02, 2022 4:23 pm

zzz00m wrote: Sun Oct 02, 2022 12:46 pm
wwjd wrote: Sun Oct 02, 2022 9:15 am yeah was just looking for simple, small, free, fast, easy vst for small band to all play with, be on the same page, just have some sounds for demo work
Maybe not small and fast, but usable free VST plugins...

NI Komplete Start
Or simple or easy, at least not in the way the OP is asking, I think. But yeah does come with a lot of stuff for free.
...and leaves a lot of the basics out as the OP was looking for, like solo string instruments, solo brass, etc.

Etienne1973 wrote: Sun Oct 02, 2022 2:42 pm Synth1 by Daichi Laboratory (Ichiro Toda)
:dog: Comes with zero presets, so zero instruments. He isn't looking for just a synth.

zzz00m
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Post Sun Oct 02, 2022 4:39 pm

mixyguy2 wrote: Sun Oct 02, 2022 4:23 pm
zzz00m wrote: Sun Oct 02, 2022 12:46 pm
wwjd wrote: Sun Oct 02, 2022 9:15 am yeah was just looking for simple, small, free, fast, easy vst for small band to all play with, be on the same page, just have some sounds for demo work
Maybe not small and fast, but usable free VST plugins...

NI Komplete Start
Or simple or easy, at least not in the way the OP is asking, I think. But yeah does come with a lot of stuff for free.
...and leaves a lot of the basics out as the OP was looking for, like solo string instruments, solo brass, etc.

Etienne1973 wrote: Sun Oct 02, 2022 2:42 pm Synth1 by Daichi Laboratory (Ichiro Toda)
:dog: Comes with zero presets, so zero instruments. He isn't looking for just a synth.
Well you just shot down a few suggestions, but have nothing to contribute. So what's your point in posting?
Windows 10 and too many plugins

zzz00m
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Post Sun Oct 02, 2022 4:47 pm

Etienne1973 wrote: Sun Oct 02, 2022 2:42 pm
wwjd wrote: Sun Oct 02, 2022 9:15 am yeah was just looking for simple, small, free, fast, easy vst for small band to all play with, be on the same page, just have some sounds for demo work
Synth1 by Daichi Laboratory (Ichiro Toda)
https://www.kvraudio.com/product/synth1 ... chiro-toda
+
RetroHead GMulator for Synth1
https://www.kvraudio.com/banks.php?s=one&id=1889

If you (OP) can live with Nils' K1v for your purpose then that combo deserves a listen IMO. :wink:
Good tip! If you already happen to have the mega Synth1 patch zip file with most of the available online banks collected, it has the Retrohead GMulator vol 1, 2, & 3 included. Over 16,000 patches in the zip file I'm using. https://veryrandomstreams.blogspot.com/ ... -free.html

The best way to organize & search for these patches in RetroHead GMulator is with Neutrino Sky's free Synth1 Librarian. All you need to do is browse the total collection by "Banks" and look for RetroHead. https://neutrinosky.com/
https://youtu.be/vBF74Cg6E_s

And if you doubt that Synth1 is a capable synth: "Synth1 is a digital synthesizer based on the Clavia Nord Lead 2. Since the Nord Lead 2 is also a digital synthesizer,Synth1 is able to emulate it more closely than digital synthesizers that aim to emulate analogue synthesis. Synth1 combines the common sound synthesis method of subtractive synthesis with FM synthesis, with the first oscillator having a parameter for frequency modulation." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synth1
Windows 10 and too many plugins

mixyguy2
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564 posts since 2 Mar, 2018

Post Sun Oct 02, 2022 5:31 pm

zzz00m wrote: Sun Oct 02, 2022 4:39 pm Well you just shot down a few suggestions, but have nothing to contribute. So what's your point in posting?
I "shot them down" because they didn't seem to fit the OP's stated requirements (as even you admitted on one of your suggestions). And if you'd actually read the thread, you know I have contributed...in fact, shooting down bad suggestions is contributing. But enjoy your hissy.

mixyguy2
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Post Sun Oct 02, 2022 5:33 pm

zzz00m wrote: Sun Oct 02, 2022 4:47 pm Over 16,000 patches in the zip file I'm using.
Oh yeah, that sounds simple, fast, and easy.
And if you doubt that Synth1 is a capable synth
The request wasn't for simply a capable synth. You might try actually reading the OP.

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Tj Shredder
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7981 posts since 6 Jan, 2017 from Outer Space

Post Sun Oct 02, 2022 11:17 pm

The OP found the perfect solution K1. Which perfectly fits his description. If this thread isn’t locked, it will on and on list synths which don’t fit his description…
(Hint for #wwjd: you can lock it…)

zzz00m
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Post Mon Oct 03, 2022 4:59 am

mixyguy2 wrote: Sun Oct 02, 2022 5:33 pm
zzz00m wrote: Sun Oct 02, 2022 4:47 pm Over 16,000 patches in the zip file I'm using.
Oh yeah, that sounds simple, fast, and easy.
It's actually quite easy with the Librarian. :D

Believe it or not, there are quite a few bread and butter sounds in there!
Windows 10 and too many plugins

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Etienne1973
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1434 posts since 8 Feb, 2013 from Switzerland

Post Mon Oct 03, 2022 11:13 am

mixyguy2 wrote: Sun Oct 02, 2022 4:23 pm
Etienne1973 wrote: Sun Oct 02, 2022 2:42 pmSynth1 by Daichi Laboratory (Ichiro Toda)
:dog: Comes with zero presets, so zero instruments. He isn't looking for just a synth.
Before :dog: ... my tip was Synth1 + GM Preset Bank for Synth1.

mixyguy2
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564 posts since 2 Mar, 2018

Post Mon Oct 03, 2022 2:55 pm

zzz00m wrote: Mon Oct 03, 2022 4:59 am It's actually quite easy with the Librarian. :D

Believe it or not, there are quite a few bread and butter sounds in there!
Fair enough! I think. :wink: I can't say for sure but that does sound viable.

Etienne1973 wrote: Mon Oct 03, 2022 11:13 am Before :dog: ... my tip was Synth1 + GM Preset Bank for Synth1.
OK I didn't realize that was a preset bank...

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