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Maik Menz releases TranceDrive

Maik Menz

Maik Menz has announced the release of TranceDrive, a new free VST instrument plug-in for Windows.

TranceDriveTranceDrive is a subtractive synthesizer that was build for Trance music - it has built-in supersaw oscillators for fat synths and pads, harsh filters, a trancegate and a huge reverb effect.


  • 3 main oscillators:
    • Each main oscillator supports 6 waveforms: sine, saw, triangle, pulse, saw7 and cry.
    • The waveform "saw7" is a supersaw with 7 detunable sub-oscillators.
    • The waveform "cry" is an experimental waveform, it is built up with several hard-synced saws.
    • Main oscillator 2 has an additional unisono mode, when it is enabled, the whole oscillator triples its voice and the voices can be detuned from each other.
    • The oscillators can be chained (osc1 to osc2 and osc2 to osc3) using FM, PM and sync, these 3 options can also be used at the same time.
  • Separate noise oscillator.
  • 3 LFOs:
    • Each supports 5 waveforms: sine, saw, triangle, pulse, sample and hold
    • The LFOs can be synchronized to the host tempo or run free at a specific frequency.
    • Each LFO can control multiple parameters of each OSC, you can even assign several LFOs to the same parameter.
    • LFO1 can control the filter cutoff.
  • 2 Envelope generators (Mod & Amp) with variable shapes. The modulation envelope can control multiple parameters of each OSC, and it can also be mixed with the LFOs. Additionally it can control the filter cutoff.
  • 3 types of filters: lowpass, highpass and bandpass. Each filter type can be set to 6dB, 12dB, 18dB and 24dB steepness.
  • 9 effects, and they can be used at the same time: gater, chorus, phaser, flanger, distortion, delay, reverb, equalizer, stereo-effects.
  • Each of the unused parts of the synth is shown with less contrast, so you can focus on the active parts.
  • The output of the synth can be clipped to avoid overdriving noise. The clipping is done with a soft limiter, that can be used to compress the whole synth sound (just enable clip and turn up the main volume).


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