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Synth Plugin by Smart Electronix
GalactiX by Smart Electronix is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin for Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin.
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By Alex @ Smart Electron:x


  • 16 voice polyphonic.
  • 6 high quality oscillators with no-interpolation algorithm.
  • Custom oscillators can be loaded.
  • Custom envelopes can be loaded (WAVs with loop points).
  • Detune and phase per oscillator.
  • Two filters: VCO with velocity sensitivity and master key follow filter.
  • MIDI control for parameters.
  • Master effects: Chorus and Reverb.
  • 18 factory presets + sound bank created by René @ rgcAudio

Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 3.60 from 15 reviews

Reviewed By orbit
August 19, 2009

I forgot all about this plug-in. I was talking to a friend all about strings/pads and what he used on a few tracks, and he brought this plug up. I remember using it quite awhile ago, so I decided to give it another shot. I fired up my scratch pad; Ableton 6, loaded it up, played one note, and my CPU went to 90%, and an awful feedback lit up the master meter bright red. I guess note off, isn't in this plug-in's vocabulary. I tried it out in Cubase 5, with a midi file, Cubase crashed. Checked it out in Acid 6 Pro, nothing but feedback, changed the patch, same deal, then a ntdll.dll error. Now I remember why I never used this thing.

Sound: Feedback
Features: Can crash a Quad Xeon in seconds.
Documentation: None.
Presets: They are there.
Customer Support: Not needed.
Value for money: It's free, I didn't expect much, I wouldn't pay a cent for this.
Stability: None

I love smartelectronix, they DO make good plug-in's. Maybe this was written DAW specific? If so, I'd love to know which one, I do want to hear those pads.Read Review

Reviewed By johnmorales
May 17, 2005

If you are into any sort of electronica, trance Etc. Galactix is one of the best VST Synths going. It's taylor made for that type of music. It's a great layering synth, because it ads lots of harmonics (but you have to know what you are doing)

Galactix does what it does extremely well. It is also one of the easiest to tweak synths out there. Just a bit of fiddling with the controls and completely new and hot sounds can be created. People talk about its awesome pads, but I got some unique bass sounds, I haven't heard anywhere else.

I use this synth to inspire my writing more than any other.

If you are into hard rock, heavy metal, any type of guitar music, or harsh conflicted industrial music this synth is NOT for you, you will NOT get it. Just pass it by, and don't waste your or anyone's time saying how you don't get it. It's not meant for your type. LOL

Alex made the presets initially hard to find. To display the presets, RIGHT CLICK in the scrolling field where the pre-set name is displayed. When you do a selection list will pop up.

The only drawbacks are it's CPU usage, and it is becoming harder to wrap for DXi hosts like Cakewalk. A workaround for those who would like to use this synth with newer versions of Cakewalk would be to use OLDER versions of the VST wrappers. The newer ones bend and twist the VST completely.

All freeware comes with quirks. This one does to, but after you learn what they are (like notes don't obey the off command when triggered by stopping play of your sequencer) it's easy to work around them.

I sincerely wish Alex would come out with an updated version. I'd gladly pay for it. What ever happened to him and smartelectronix by the way?Read Review

Reviewed By warbug
February 21, 2003

i have been playing with this thing for a while and i had not really formed an opion on it. then i found the presets, which sounds bad but i dont feel that this is a synth designed for knob fiddlers. this synth can create wonderful strong pads, choir like. if this synth had more of an envelope section it would be one of my favorites. if your looking for pads and leads dont waste any more time and DL this synth.Read Review

Reviewed By drk_sum
August 6, 2002

Galactix is a treasure that I have been searching for since my inauguration into electronic music. I think that if you are looking for a lead synth, you have missed the point. Pads is where it's at. The chords that this thing spits out are so fat, especially with an automated cutoff sweep... Set 5 oscillators to Saw and one to 8 Sin, set the envelopes to Flat, and you have yourself the pads from the epic "Airwave" by Rank 1. It took me a week before I went to the website and found out that the Cutoff could be controlled by the Mod Wheel. Documentation would have been nice. As well, in Cubase VST3.7 (which I just so happen to be using), the song stop message does not turn off notes. This is a problem, and has resulted in a ridiculous number of crashes. Performance meter starts redlining, I hit stop, Galactix keeps going....the only way to turn off notes is with note off messages: either by playing the notes from the keyboard, or by letting the track play through the entire chord progression.
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Reviewed By bajongo
April 28, 2002

Funny little synth! This thingy has some serious sounds that are instant eighties to me! I used it in one song yet and it works great in the mix in a wonderful way. It's not up in the face but it's very clearly audible. Very nice. No preset selector yet so it's not so cool to make sounds. But as fast as this synth improved over the last few weeks I'm sure that Alex will make it even better.

Thanx a lot, Alex!Read Review

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Comments & Discussion for Smart Electronix GalactiX

Discussion: Active
14 July 2012 at 10:44am

Hi everyone,

I've been trying lots of free VSTi's on my Linux KXStudio PC. Lots of neat things. In particular, GalactiX seems to work particularly well. My MIDI controller's controls interface smoothly with the GUI, and I also like how quickly sounds can be made. (Too bad there aren't any presets. I only got 4 .wav files in the download, but I don't know how to load them..)


13 December 2012 at 8:56pm

Briandc in case you didn't discover this on your own already, there are presets.

To reveal them on windows you "right click" on the scrolling text on the right hand side of the vst.

I imagine it's probably the same action on Linux, but I don't know, because i don't have Linux.

The main point is there are presets, but it might take some clicking around on the VST Gui on Linux to find out how to open them op.

14 December 2012 at 9:04am

Hi John,

thanks for the tip! I'll look again, it's been a while since I've opened it because I've been working on another synth, but I'm curious to hear these presets you mentioned. And, since I wrote the last post (July) I've discovered that LMMS opens Windows-based VSTs very nicely, and I think that'll show me the list of sounds I couldn't get before.

Thanks again! :)


31 May 2014 at 11:16am

Presets working fine. Very unique synth, both in synthesis structure and in the sounds that can be obtained. Nice! :)


23 January 2015 at 2:54am

Only creates a loud screeching sound in 32-bit ableton live 9.


12 September 2018 at 1:46am

It does not work at all in Sonar 8. It just crashes. It seems to work fine in Audiomulch and the Bandlab Sonar. It sounds decent. I just really wish I could get this thing to run in 32-bit Sonar 8 as it's really my DAW of choice (I hate the Bandlab version's interface). In Sonar 8, it detects the synth, but when I try to load it into a project, a window pops up saying that "Window Creation Failed" that's stuck in a loop, won't go away, so you have to go into task manager and close the whole DAW that way to get rid of it.

23 May 2020 at 11:59am

After 18 years from GalactiX release I finally decided to update the GalactiX. The new version is almost ready. It is stable under the latest versions of the VST hosts. It includes x64 and has an enormous number of improvements (including MIDI handling, sound engine and etc) and it has new GUI and few new features. I have uploaded some of its sounds to freesound.org.

Please come by to soundmodeler.com soon.

Alex @ soundmodeler.com.



7 June 2020 at 2:08pm

The new version of GalactiX has released today https://www.kvraudio.com/product/galactix-by-soundmodeler.

Sorry if it took long...

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