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FireBird
FireBird by Tone2 Audiosoftware is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin for Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin.
Product
Version
2.1
System Requirements
Windows XP / 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10 / Vista (32-bit or 64-bit)

PC formats: 32-bit VST
Instrument
Formats
Copy Protection
None
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FireBird features what Tone2 claims is a "new, unique sounding synthesis" - Harmonic Content Morphing (HCM) - see below.

Features:

  • A new, unique sounding synthesis: Harmonic content morphing (HCM).
  • 84 oscillator types containing 18,000 morphable waveforms.
  • 38 different analogue modeled filter types.
  • True stereo mode, 4x unison mode, and up to 8 oscillators per voice.
  • Can sound like other synthesis methods - additive, subtractive, AM, FM, phase distortion, supersaw, vocoder, sync.
  • Can sound like natural instruments like piano, brass, organs...
  • 23 spectral manipulations or "modifiers" can be applied to the oscillators.
  • IQM - intelligent micro tuning for cleaner chords.
  • Alias free oscillators, alias free FM, anti-aliased distortion, oversampling.
  • Sample accurate timing.
  • Digital precision as well as analogue warmth.
  • Easy to program and easy to use.
  • 21 arpeggiator types.
  • 13 effect types.
  • 300 hand picked presets included.
  • 11 skinable user interface.
  • Extensive MIDI support.

Harmonic Content Morphing (HCM) Synthesis is based on a large and expandable repertoire of standard waves like saw or pulse as well as complex waves like multi waves, trumpets, organs, pads, pianos, and voice samples. These waves can be modified in real-time by, for example, transposing the wave by one or two octaves and adding it to the original wave, altering its harmonic structure, syncing, compressing or expanding the frequency domain of the spectrum, making the wave fat using only one oscillator by transforming each wave into a hyper-wave, selecting some cycles of a sample and moving through them over time (comparable to wave-table synthesis). Any modification of a wave can be modulated producing lively shimmery sounds. In total there are more than 14,000 different spectra available for combination and modulation.

Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 4.46 from 13 reviews

FireBird
Reviewed By gwenmollo
October 31st, 2021

I like all the synth, it's free and really good quality.

It have some nice presets, nice interface and the sound is very good.

I used it in a few tracks.

My versin is a 32-bits, maybe it have now a 64-bits version ?

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FireBird
Reviewed By MKUltra2021
March 1st, 2021

This plugin is phenomenal! The sounds are clear, and I recommend using it for arpeggios. There are also some really good retro presets to get your songs moving.

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FireBird
Reviewed By marrbren
March 31st, 2020

AN ABSOLUTE ESSENTIAL

Put aside omnisphere and all those over priced programs because this is the all in one for free synths. I don't really ever write reviews for VST plugins but this is absolutely nuts. The sound manipulation is super crazy if you know what you're doing and all the presets are top notch. From trance to trap styles to 80's synthwave you name it, If only I could give this 6 stars.

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FireBird
Reviewed By VELLTONE MUSIC
July 31st, 2018

Firebird is my biggest love among free synths - multi usable, it's unbelievable even to me that i made over 4000 presets for it with no intention of chasing numbers.That's how love works :).

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FireBird
Reviewed By
October 14th, 2008

If you are looking for a synth with an excellent sound which is cheap and easy to program you are right here.

This test relates to FireBird+ v1.9

I am FireBird user since 2 years now. I have use it in several professional tracks and also did sounddesign. I really know this machine ;-)

User Interface:
The best user interface of *ALL* vst plugins. At the first view it looks like a one trick one-trick-pony. But it's extremely effective and very easy to use.


Fun:
FireBird+ has the best usability of *ALL* vst plugins. It's simply genious. Playing with this synth is pure fun. If you press the random button you get a new sound - but a usefull one.

Sound:
FAT. From science fiction to analogue. The demo mp3s don't really show it's real power. It's not only a trance machine. Be sure that you download the demo of v1.9.
A weak point of FireBird v1.2.1 was the reverb. Tone2 has improved this and a lot of other things with FireBird+.

Features:
At the first view it looks like a one trick pony. But it's definitely not. Fetures which are not often needed are hidden in the setup screen. The synth is smart and does a lot of things 'audtomatically'. That's why there is no knob necessary.

Docs:
Avaliable in a lot of translations.

Presets:
The synth ships with more than 300 presets. Additional 700 are available in soundbanks. All presets are usefull.

Customer support:
Unlike big companies like NI or Steinberg you get personal support from pros. You're a person, not only a number.

Value for money:
It's a steal and an absolute must-have. It costs only €59. It's worth €119.

Stability:
Tone2 has provided several free updates. FireBird+ v1.9 is rock solid.

One of the best syths out there. Great sound, excellent usability and cheap. A MUST HAVE!
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