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Apricot

Synth (Hybrid) Plugin by nakst
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Apricot
Apricot by nakst is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin for macOS, Windows and Linux. It functions as an Audio Units Plugin and a CLAP Plugin.
Product
Version
1.1.30
64-bit version requires a processor supporting SSE2, although a processor supporting AVX is recommended. Approximately 50 MB of disk space is needed, depending on how many versions are installed. Windows 7-11.
Product
Version
1.1.30
macOS 10.14, 10.15, 11, 12. Intel and Apple Silicon both supported.
Product
Version
1.1.30
Glibc version 2.22 or newer (>2015), Zenity, libX11.
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Copy Protection
None
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Apricot is a free compact hybrid synthesizer with a massive sound.

Key features:

  • 2 main oscillators, with 6 different subtractive waveforms, modulatable phase offset and panorama, with unison modeled off the supersaw. There is also an additional third oscillator, with less parameters, intended for use as a sub-oscillator.
  • Sample layer. There are 44 factory samples, ranging across 10 categories. You can import your own samples.
  • 2 mod envs and 2 LFOs, each with 2 dedicated modulation slots. There is also a modulation matrix with 8 additional modulation slots, for a total of 16. There are over 70 modulation destinations, and over 10 modulation sources.
  • 5 effects: reverb (with 4 selectable algorithms), ping-pong delay, stereo phaser, parameter EQ, and a distortion unit. The distortion contains Light, Soft, Middle and Hard algorithms closely modeled after the Virus, to achieve a distinctive asymmetric distortion. There are also 3 included wavefolding algorithms.
  • Arpeggiator and sequencer.
  • Multi-mode filter that can run in low-pass, band-pass or high-pass modes, at 12dB/oct or 24dB/oct. There is a resonance, key track and drive control. The drive can enhanced with a "warm" boost, which mixes in a subtly "inflated" signal.
  • Streamlined single page user interface with scaling ranging from 100% to 200%. A template for creating custom skins is provided.
  • Over 90 builtin patches in the factory ROM bank, accessible from the patch browser.
  • Full support for the new CLAP plugin API.
  • No copy protection or DRM.

Supported platforms:

  • Windows 7 and later (requires 64-bit OS, but runs in 32-bit hosts).
  • macOS versions 10.14, 10.15, 11, 12 (Intel or Apple Silicon).
  • X11/Linux with a modern version of glibc.

Supported hosts:

  • The new CLAP plugin format, including support for polyphonic non-destructive modulation. Tested in Bitwig and REAPER.
  • The native FL Studio plugin format, including support for slide/glide notes. Requires FL Studio 9 or newer.

Read more and listen to audio demos on the website: https://nakst.gitlab.io/apricot.

Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 4.75 from 4 reviews
Apricot

Reviewed By Synami [all]
January 31st, 2024
Version reviewed: 1.1.30 on Windows

This is one of the best free synthesizers that I've tinkered around with. I'd say it's mostly ideal for tracks in the trance umbrella, because of the factory preset library (one of the best I've heard, including commercial synthesizers) and the unison per main oscillators being modeled off of the JP8000 supersaw.

The workflow of this synth is also really intuitive, everything is clearly laid out and quality patches can be dialed in with minimal effort. This includes the effects section, where adequate modulation and spatialisation can be done with little tweaking. This also applies to the arpeggiator / sequencer, where even if they're a little basic, great results can be made from them. Really nice for the price of nothing.

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Apricot

Reviewed By ZipSnipe [all]
December 22nd, 2022
Version reviewed: latest on Windows

Very impressive synth, Great arp/gate. Really fat meaty synth, two thumbs up. Great sounding effects, easy layout !.

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Apricot

Reviewed By lewisjeffrey [all]
December 22nd, 2022
Version reviewed: 0.16.12 on Windows

The perfect combination of sound sources with ability to modulate. The only problem is the Mod envelopes do not have a visual representation of the ADSR. I had to do some hunting for the right spot to make adjustments.

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Apricot

Reviewed By carterpuddephatt2 [all]
December 22nd, 2022
Version reviewed: 1.0 on Windows

Well, this is my favorite go-to hybrid subtractive synthesizer. It has a powerfully flexible arpeggiator-sequencer on the effects page of Apricot, and it is freeware. I sometimes and always use this free FL plugin for my Sparta Bases. Thanks a lot, nakst.

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