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 Dead Duck Deducktion by Dead Duck Software is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin. It functions as a VST Plugin.
Dead Duck Deducktion
Dead Duck Deducktion
Product Dead Duck Deducktion
Developer Dead Duck Software
Price (MSRP)
Free
Type / Tags SynthSubtractiveVA synthesizer
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1.2.1
 
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Dead Duck Deducktion is a subtractive synthesizer in VST 2.4 format for Windows 32-bit and 64-bit hosts.

Featuring:

  • Two oscillators with saw, square, triangle and noise waveforms with 'superwave' detune, PWM and square/triangle sub-oscillator options.
  • Flexible sub-oscillators with sub-octave and independent modes for advanced sound-design.
  • 2 resonant multi-mode filters with lowpass, highpass, bandpass, bandstop and peaking options.
  • Multi-mode osc/filter/amp routing for multi-layer programming options.
  • Three envelopes, four LFOs and a 24-slot modulation matrix for a wide range of modulation possibilities.
  • Built-in delay, chorus and reverb effects.
  • MIDI CC control of parameters and modulation sources allowing full interaction with hardware controllers.
  • Customisable GUI themes.
Latest User Reviews Average user rating of 4.40 from 5 reviews

Reviewed By Sinisterbr
December 29, 2019

It has a poor GUI (it's not really intuitive = slow workflow) and very few presets (that's a real problem, as I'm not the kind of sound designer guy), but I think this is the best sounding free soft synth available today. Yes, it is that good.

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Reviewed By Ivannn
April 13, 2019

edit: way too many requests (I'm sorry)

It could be my go-to synth.

What I appreciate:
- Good quality
- Modulation matrix
- Count of envelopes and LFOs
- Identical OSCs
- Saw waveform is saw waveform
- Light (low CPU usage, flying start)
- Precise and smooth tune params
- Portable
- Customisable GUI
- No presets
- And that's free.

What I currently really need:
- Modulate everything whith everything
- Fm, AM/ring and sync mods.

- Fix some issues on mod matrix.

Thank you much anyway

BTW Deducktion made me sign up to KVR.

Cheers.

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Reviewed By V-Future
October 1, 2018

This is a great basic synth, I love the oscillators, very useful for simple sounds like that old 80's style pop music, synthpop, retrowave etc. I would like to add an FM oscillator like in Synth1 and a phase knob, that's what it needs to be perfect. The filter responds really well, warm sound, the GUI is very functional. A lot of bugs were fixed, which is good. Best freeware synth I've used in 2018, 5 stars deserved.

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Reviewed By lawramono
September 9, 2018

this is the kinda synth ive been.

looking for. A basic synth with a modulation matrix..

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Reviewed By evilplazma
September 5, 2018

Nice layout of all parameters and also +1 for the added mod matrix.

Dead simple to use.

Sounds great for all sounds.

Reminds a tiny bit of NI Monark.

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Discussion

Discussion

Discussion: Active
Turello
Turello
3 September 2018 at 11:33pm

Probably it deserve/need some starting preset... :-).

anr
anr
4 September 2018 at 5:49am

Yeah, some presets would have been handy, but i must admit, I had a fun hour or so making a few of my own for this little gem of a synth. I don't know about anyone else, but i think this is a great little bread and butter, hands-on VST which I'll be using for sure.

gridsleep
gridsleep
4 September 2018 at 12:45pm

To play when you are taking a break from Red Dead Redemption?

CndMn
CndMn
4 September 2018 at 4:08pm

There is a little problem. When I throw LFO on resonance in lowpass 24 mode, there is a constant crackling. Is it a problem with my computer or a bug?
In any case, a very good synthesizer.

swatwork
swatwork
6 September 2018 at 2:30pm

Hi, yes this is a bug. I'll put a fix in the next release, thanks for reporting.

Dave Schreier
Dave Schreier
5 September 2018 at 4:33am

Like it a lot - do miss cc64 sustain.

SparkySpark
SparkySpark
5 September 2018 at 10:57pm

Also good-looking (very clean UI, like the DD fx range) and is well explained on the DD website. Really a dev who keeps delivering.

LourivalFranco
LourivalFranco
6 September 2018 at 2:38am

I miss the legato/retriger modes when in mono, also Pulse Width control. But it's an amazing synth, 4 LFOs and 3 Envelopes.

swatwork
swatwork
6 September 2018 at 2:37pm

You can control the pulse-width using a Const modulator in the modulation matrix - set it to modulate Osc PW and set the amount between -50 and +50 for the desired pulse-width.

LourivalFranco
LourivalFranco
10 September 2018 at 11:38pm

Oh, thanks.

Reefius
Reefius
13 September 2018 at 8:14pm

This looks a lot like Maschine software.

akira2
akira2
14 September 2018 at 5:16pm

Your synth sounds good, you had my vote....but...I don't like the GUI...

I would like a full access to parameters, OSC, LFO, Env on the same panel and not a switch access...this is not user friendly.

(I'm ok with mod, ctrl, fx access).

Please add LFO & Env on the main panel below Osc, Filter..

Cheers .

smithoid
smithoid
23 September 2018 at 12:38pm

What a fantastic synth!.

My only wish is that the presets, banks and skins are not written to a "home" directory away from the VST dll directory. I use Reaper in portable form and its great to synchronise this through a Dropbox directory... but of course then everything for the VST's needs to be together. Is it possible for the "home" directory to be a sub-directory of the dll's location? Or at least give the option to choose the location rather than have it in Users\xxx\AppData\Local?

I love all the Dead Duck VST's.... and the fact they are self-contained!.

Cheers and thank you.

Paul.

swatwork
swatwork
30 September 2018 at 8:21am

Hi, the next release (1.0.3) will include an option for making the 'Home' folder portable.

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smithoid
smithoid
3 October 2018 at 2:29pm

Cheers for that feature! I have downloaded version 1.0.3 but can't see how to set home directory.... am I being stupid?

Thanks.

Paul.

swatwork
swatwork
4 October 2018 at 5:00pm

Create a folder named "Deducktion_Data" in the same directory as the plugin - it will be used as the Home directory.

smithoid
smithoid
4 October 2018 at 5:40pm

Works great.... thank you!!.

I gave you the 5 stars by the way. I love this synth :-).

Colonel Flashback
Colonel Flashback
2 October 2018 at 10:29pm

Love it! But why is the duck dead? Makes me sad... : (.

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theorize
theorize
20 October 2018 at 6:04pm

I also would like to see legato make it in as well :).

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overhishead
overhishead
24 October 2018 at 11:40am

Fantastic. This sounds great. Thank you for your work.

Feature Requests:
Noise/Random modulation source
Ability to modulate LFO/ENV parameters
Phase Modulation and/or sync between oscillators
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theorize
theorize
29 October 2018 at 7:17am

+1,000,000 for modulate modulators, I can't see it being that hard to add most parameters as a mod destination and it would greatly increase the flexibility of the synth.

+100,000,000 for Sync/PM (I already asked for sync but ya PM too would be amazing).

I agree synth sounds great. I have been having lots of fun with it ever since I found it about a week ago. The fact that I keep checking it's KVR page is testament to that. This is quality software I wish I could donate to the dev, I'm fairly broke but heck I would be happy to throw some dollars his/her way whenever I could, or I'd be down to do a patreon. I want to see Dead Duck continue to make software. Hell, I was going to have to use synthedit or something to make a simple plugin to swap L/R channel till I tried the channel strip.

Pyrotek45
Pyrotek45
12 November 2018 at 1:52am

awesome synth! sounds great and is simple which i love. if i could add one thing it would be some sort of unison panning for the supersaw sound. thanks for a great work-horse synth.

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U-o
U-o
17 December 2018 at 2:26pm

Really good synthesizer, the only problem I found is when I whitch ON mousewheel support there is no sound from synth. I always want to click somewhere on the GUI but when I use mousewheel again, it's mute. So I have to decide if I will use mousewheel or keyboard in FL Studio 20, Win8, 64-bit.

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MutantHero
MutantHero
28 December 2018 at 1:06am

I ran the unfiltered sources thru the SG-1 analyser

https://flic.kr/p/2dKUqT7

layzer
layzer
10 January 2019 at 5:58pm

how do you make a new skin?

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swatwork
swatwork
4 June 2019 at 1:39pm

Deducktion has been updated to 1.0.4. This fixes a crash bug in Ableton Live 10 where Live would crash if a native effect was dragged across the plugin GUI.

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swatwork
swatwork
30 June 2019 at 8:18pm

Deducktion has been updated to 1.0.5. This fixes a UI bug in the mod-matrix, adds a 'random' mode to the LFOs and two new switches to the oscillator options menu. A sub-oscillator can now play alongside it's 'parent' oscillator allowing various new detuning options such as fifths and 'one-key' chords. Each oscillator module can also be set to act independently of the other by using an alternative output path which bypasses the filter/Env 1 and uses Env 2 to provide an alternative volume envelope.

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Existalgia
Existalgia
29 July 2019 at 5:26pm

Hello swatwork. Version 1.0.5 64 and 32-bit crashes my Reaper 5.981 x64. The plugin GUI opens after which it immediately locks up. The last version of Deducktion I used was 1.0.3 64-bit, which worked smoothly.

Finally, because I foolishly deleted the old 1.0.3 version off my computer and have not been able to locate anywhere on the internet to download old versions, I would like to request a download of either 1.0.4 or 1.0.3 (or if anyone else has one of those versions lying around please reach out to me).

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swatwork
swatwork
30 July 2019 at 10:13am

Hi, I can't duplicate this in Reaper, it works fine on my Win 7 setup.

If you want to try 1.0.3 or 1.0.4 they can still be downloaded from KVR:

http://static.kvraudio.com/files/2274/dead_duck_deducktion_1_0_3.zip.

http://static.kvraudio.com/files/2274/dead_duck_deducktion_1_0_4.zip

If you decide to try version 1.0.4 please let me know if it still doesn't work.

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Existalgia
Existalgia
30 July 2019 at 2:27pm

Hello again swatwork. First, I couldn't find a reply button to your latest post. Second, I accidentally pressed remove on my own previous post :p.

I just tried 1.0.5a (both 64 and 32-bit) and it still crashes for me just like 1.0.5. I tested it with both "Automatic bridging" and "In dedicated process per plugin" under Plug-ins -> Compatibility in Reaper.

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Existalgia
Existalgia
30 July 2019 at 8:53pm

Hello swatwork. I am happy to report that 1.0.5b seems to work perfectly! Thank you so much for your work.

pigfront
pigfront
28 July 2019 at 8:41pm

Nice, but version 1.05 have "dispatch" function in GUI error in Renoise and Openmpt.

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pigfront
pigfront
30 July 2019 at 8:48pm

Hello, yes, latest build fix the problem in both - Renoise and Openmpt. Thanks.

swatwork
swatwork
2 August 2019 at 2:41pm

Deducktion has been updated to 1.0.6. This fixes some bugs and adds three new oscillator waveforms (sine, chime and organ).

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michal.ochedowski
michal.ochedowski
14 August 2019 at 9:43am

Hello. I have a feature request.

It would be good to have "Save As" option for preset manager. Today I created a patch in location 001 and saved it. Then I made some changes to it and also wanted to save the new version within plugin's manager. I had to save it to .ddp file first. Then I switched to location 002 within Deducktion manager. As last step I loaded this newly created patch to the new location 002. Maybe instead of "Save As" we could have option to "Copy" preset to new location within plugin. This would also do the trick.

By the way Deducktion is my absolute favourite synth right now. It ticks all the boxes regarding sound quality, ease of use and timbre manipulation. I love "Osc Phase Random" option. Especially for kick drums. None of them sound exactly the same. Great piece of software ! I recommend it to anyone. Just try and you will be amazed.

michal.ochedowski
michal.ochedowski
16 August 2019 at 5:14am

Ok, never mind. I've found a workaround. I just save all my presets in Reaper's manager instead of Deducktion's manager.

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swatwork
swatwork
11 October 2019 at 3:36pm

Deducktion has been updated to 1.1.0. For more information see the Instruments forum at https://www.kvraudio.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=533054

swatwork
swatwork
14 January 2020 at 9:28am

Deducktion has been updated to 1.2.0. For more information see the Instruments forum at https://www.kvraudio.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=533054.

swatwork
swatwork
22 January 2020 at 2:16pm

Deducktion has been updated to 1.2.1 This fixes a minor layout issue.

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