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 Borderliner by Tobybear is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin for Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin.
Product Borderliner
Developer Tobybear
Price (MSRP)
No Longer Available
Type / Tags Synth
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
Operating System Availability
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Borderliner is an attempt to break away from the normal synths available, providing you with a partly colour based interface. The colours represent moods. "Black and White" provide the basis. You can also mix the Black and White "tones" to obtain various forms of grey...which in turn can be colourized to provide different sounds.... and rather like a borderliner, a small change can have a large affect on the result...


  • 2 Oscillators
    • OSC1 Sine/Saw/Square/Triangle.
    • OSC2 Sine/Saw/Square/Noise.
  • ADSR amplitude Envelope.
  • Resonant filter (LP/HP/S1/S2).
  • Assignable LFO (5 waveforms).
  • 4 colour *fx*.
  • Fat mode.
  • Phase invert.
  • Glide.
  • GUI by Bluelife, Coding by Tobybear
Latest User Reviews Average user rating of 4.00 from 7 reviews

Reviewed By warbug
February 21, 2003

this synth does sound mean and gnarley and ugly BUT i did not find any thing that i made on it useful. none of the sounds would sit well in the mix, too boisterious.

the gui is fun but a but too small for my taste.

i feel that if you are looking for ugly sounds and what not go DL the piz synths; his synths are ugly and useful.Read more

Reviewed By penguin dude
June 14, 2002

I'm not sure i rated it what it deserves compared to other peoples ratings, but I think those numbers are becoming increasingly irrelevant.

this is a nasty beast, I was using it today and felt I had to turn down the volume to avoid offending people. the interface isn't clear but that's a bit of a nice feature in that it keeps you from trying to do anything specific.
the most interesting feature has to be the effects section I'm not sure what the effects are but they can get positively brutal. also the presets are pretty nasty, I'm gonna have to write a song just to be able to use this thing... though I'm not clear on exactly how

this thing is genuinly useful (unlike my spelling) if you're stuck in a rut of same sounding vsti's, it also won't be acused of being phat.

in conclusion this isn't a work horse synth, but you could potentially found a new genre on it's sound.Read more

Reviewed By Jim M
June 11, 2002

This makes ugly sounds. I like ugly sounds.

I have no idea how this works. Who cares! I like to play with it, slide stuff around, hear the weird sounds ooze out.

Tobybear's emblem may be a teddy bear... but this teddy has fangs and may just have made a mess in your closet... on purpose.

One damn fine, absolutely original VSTi.Read more

Reviewed By LlunaSol
April 22, 2002

I'm not used to review synths but I have to admit that this one has surprised me a lot. The interface is extremely confusing but probably this is one of its strongest points :-)

I think that the words that mostly defines Borderline is surprisingly new and fresh. It sound extremely metallic, not bass at all, but good for weird sounds or leads so rich in high harmonics that will stand up any background like was usual with Casio synths. Weird phase distortion sound. It's difficult to defined but worth the time I've spent with it. Don't expect a classic synth but a completely new assortment of sounds despite it's basic substractive architecture.

The presets set is good showing a good range of possibilities. It's a pity but it's monophonic.Read more

January 20, 2002

This thing... sounds like the devil's pubic hairs! I like it. It's unique. The sound is ultra-thin but at the same time it has a hard, solid kernel in the sound, the first I've heard like it in a softsynth. Put it in a big good reverb, and I was reminded of some of Frank Zappa's spooky Synclavier work. Sounds "expensive", what a trip. GUI is too small for old clumsy me, and it's a limited synth, but it's free, useful and makes me excited about future Tobybear synths.Read more


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Average user rating of 4.00 from 7 reviews

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