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Sonik Synth

Sample Based Multi Instrument Plugin by IK Multimedia
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Sonik Synth
Sonik Synth by IK Multimedia / Sonic Reality is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin and Soundware (samples or presets that load into other products) for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin and an Audio Units Plugin.
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Sonik Synth sounds are created using multiple layers of up to 16 multitimbral parts with effects and a variety of synth engines combined together. Covering a wide range of ethereal soundscapes, moving bass tones, leads, orchestral textures, spectral and vocal formant pads and all of the workstation variety of keyboard sounds and drums in one package.

Sonik Synth gives the user fast access to more than 500 sounds designed with layering of more than 1,000 individual parts made up of multisampled instruments, waveforms and performance elements. Each of these parts can also be combined by the user to obtain millions of different sonic possibilities giving this synth workstation plug-in the flexibility of endless creativity.

At the heart of Sonik Synth is source material from Sonic Reality. Waves and textures ranging from original orchestral soundscapes to rich vocal layers to wine glasses to traditional instruments like pianos, organs, guitars, drums and ethnic instruments are the elements of Sonik Synth 2's massive sound set.

Beautiful true analog circuitry and a variety of flavors from different manufacturers and models makes the broad range of collectible vintage synths from around the world appealing in so many styles of music. Sonic Reality has compiled one of the most diverse sample collections of vintage synthesizers ever and incorporated a virtual synth museum inside of Sonik Synth 2. With the character of classic analog and digital hybrid synths ranging from the most popular sounds used on endless hit songs to the esoteric and unique flavors of rare keyboards, Sonik Synth 2 has it all. From the rich character of synth sounds to real instrument sounds and combinations used on popular recordings to new dynamic and inspiring explorations in sound, Sonik Synth 2 is vast and powerful for styles of music ranging from film soundtracks to classic rock to R&B or to the latest dance styles and beyond.

Sonik Synth offers a unique, state-of-the-art software design with many special features and sounds. 32-bit synth engine including IK's multisample playback and exclusive harmonic STRETCH synthesis. 5 global combi effects and 5 insert effects per part for a total of 85 different effects slots.

More than 30 DSP effects to choose from, developed using sophisticated analog modeling cover popular effect needs within this amazing synth-workstation. From Classic Analog Modeled Filters to Vintage Phasers, Flangers, BPM Sync Delays, Choruses, Tube Modeled Pre Amps, EQs, Compressors, Distortions and many more fully automatable effects, Sonik Synth 2 has everything you'll need to shape your sounds like never before.

Sonik Synth includes a virtual museum of vintage keyboards covering the widest palette of synth flavors ever assembled into one product. Experience the fat analog sound of Arps, Moogs, Obies, Jupiters, Gleeman, Voyetra, Serge, EMS Synthi, Prophets, Trons, Rhodes, Wurlies, B3s all in one mega plug-in and standalone app. And Sonik Synth is rock-solid in performance so you can use it live, or use multiple instances within your favorite sequencer with confidence. Nearly 6,000 sounds make it largest collection of modern and vintage instruments ever assembled in one workstation.

Sonik Synth Features:

  • 16 part multitimbral sound module with layerable parts.
  • 3 synth engines: STRETCH and Pitch-Shift/Time-Stretch (PS/TS) plus traditional Resampling.
  • Powerful Multi-Effects section that includes 5 insert effects per Part.
  • 32 built-in DSP effects.
  • Part and Master Loop Sync.
  • Independent Part and Master Volume/Pan controls.
  • Works as a standalone application as well as a host sequencer plug-in in Mac OS (Universal Binary), and Windows (XP/Vista).
  • Supported plug-in formats: VST, RTAS, and AU.
  • Sounds can be read by SampleTank 2.5 and can be used to expand its world of sounds.


  • Works as a standalone application, as well as a plug-in.
  • Fully compatible with Mac OS X (Universal Binary), and Windows (XP / Vista).
  • Supported plug-in formats: VST, RTAS, and AU.
  • 16 part multitimbral.
  • 256 notes polyphony.
  • 16 individual stereo outputs.
  • Mix view and full mix parameters control.
  • 32 DSP-based multi-effects (see Effects List).
  • Range Control allows for creating complex splits and layers.
  • Total sound editing with full access to 50 Synth-Sampler engine controls.
  • Instrument browsing.
  • BPM syncable LFOs.
  • Portamento Time control.
  • Zone feature for single sample accurate editing.
  • Part Volume / Pan controls.
  • Expanded easy to use full MIDI control.
  • Part and Combi preset save features.
  • Convenient back-up function.
  • Search function.

3 Synth Engines:

  • Newly enhanced STRETCH.
  • Pitch-Shift/Time-Stretch.
  • Traditional Resampling.

Effects list:

  • Reverb, Spring Reverb, Reverb Delay, Ambience, Delay.
  • Filter, Envelope Filter, Multi Filter, Wah-Wah.
  • Chorus, Multi Chorus, Phaser, Flanger, Envelope Flanger.
  • AM Modulation, FM Modulation.
  • Auto Pan, Tremolo, Rotary Speaker.
  • Lo-Fi, Distortion, Phonograph, Crusher, Overdrive.
  • Pre Amp, Tone Control, Cabinet.
  • Parametric EQ, Channel Strip, Compressor, Limiter, Slicer.

3 Performance Modes:

  • Poly.
  • Mono.
  • Legato 1-2.


  • Sample based sounds (parent): 2,282.
  • Preset sounds (child): 3,181.
  • Combi sounds (combi): 357.
  • Total sounds: 5,820.
  • Total size: 8.65 GB.

Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 4.62 from 34 reviews
Sonik Synth

Reviewed By ViktorW [all]
October 4th, 2006
Version reviewed: 2.0 on Windows

I am not a fan of this product. I bought it because it claimed to have a comprehensive synth sample library. The acoustic sounds are quite okay, though not too real sounding for my ears (I know it's a matter of taste).

For the price it actually is a good entry into the "software-workstation" market. I covers all the basics and has much to work with.

But first things first:

The GUI is usable, but could be a lot easier to use, esp. for tweaking the sounds. Everything's too small for me, and switching between the synth parameters too unclear. Yes, usable, but much room for improvement.

The sound of the sampletank engine is basically good, the FX are indeed very good, and it's multitimbral, which I like.
But the sample content is only average to my ears, especially the praised synth patches. They sound weak, thin, and all sound largely similar to my ears. Too little variety, and what's there is too thin. Again, a matter of taste, but I don't use SS2 anymore since I bought "Ultra Focus" which has all the solidity and quality and richness I need.
The acoustic sounds, the keyboards and guitars, are quite good, and I use them often. Not the drums though, good hihats but the rest sounds like toy-drums.
Strings are okay, but the rest of the orchestral stuff isn't great.

Presets could be better and more varied (in the synth department), again the acoustic presets are okay.
I have tried customer support only once, but that was okay, even though it took almost 2 weeks to answer an email. But then they helped.

It did crash on me twice so far, but that's okay I guess.

Documentation is okay.

As you can see so far, a quite "okay" software, but I am not too thrilled about it. I replaced every sound category with better ROMplers, because overall, Sonik Synth 2 just sounds too artificial.

I bought it second-hand, and for that the overall value is okay, but I wouldn't buy it new. And I hardly used it anymore, so it's kind of disappointing to me.
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Sonik Synth

Reviewed By AndreasE [all]
February 26th, 2003
Version reviewed: 1.2 on Windows

Nearly all is said before, but I´m not as impressed by Sonic Synth as most other people because of the following reasons: The GUI is horrible and SS sometimes crashes the sequencer (I know, IK is not guilty for both because it´s the Sampletank engine).

But the worst for me is the VFM: Compared to the price of the Jeskola XS-1 SF2-Sampler (50 $) and the many many free soundfonts (and some of them are really excellent) the price for Sonic Synth is very high.
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Sonik Synth

Reviewed By stogie21 [all]
January 12th, 2003
Version reviewed: 1.xx on Windows

For any person making up a budget on how much it will cost to have a DAW up a working, they should include the $250/$300 for sonic synth. Before you buy anything, except for your sequencer of course, you should buy sonic synth.

Where to begin. Well, the strings are amazing. The first time I heard the tremolo strings I couldn't believe how good they sounded. There is so much expression and such realism that will you never hear in any free soundfonts.

All the pianos sound so good as well. I could just play with the grity rhodes and wurlitzers for hours.

I really can't say enough about almost all the sounds ranging from ethnic to huge variety of pads and synths. The only sounds that are somewhat lacking are the brass instruments. The saxes sound good, but some of the trumpets are kind of thin. Brass instruments are pretty hard to play with a keyboard and/or program, so that doesn't help the situation. This is the only "weakness" I can see, but you get soooo many quality playable instruments that it really doesn't matter in the end.

About everyone on KVR knows how great squids is and how quick he is to answer your questions.

I could really caretheless about sampletank being red. Its a darn good interface and player for being free with sonic synth. It has crashed on me a few times in fruityloops, but these have been few and far between.

No other vsti or rompler or sampler gives you this variety of instantly usuable sounds. I can't imagine what I did without it...
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Sonik Synth

Reviewed By eDrummist [all]
December 15th, 2002
Version reviewed: 1.0 on Windows

This is an excellent product. I am very satisfied with it and would highly recommend it.

The amount of sounds are incredible. It is one of the best values for soft synths or sounds that I have purchased. The quality ranges from superb to okay. Nothing is bad. I wish it contained some guitar strums, but overall, this product has made me a dedicated Sonic Reality customer. Also, they are really cool people to do business with (I bought it directly from them: http://www.esoundz.com).

If you can only afford one soft synth (although technically it's a combination of Sonic Synth sounds and SampleTank's sample player), I would make it this one.
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Sonik Synth

Reviewed By Jelly [all]
December 3rd, 2002
Version reviewed: 1.1.4 on Windows

*Reviewed including Bonus disc*
I was an early adopter of this product, an obvious replacement for a hardware workstation as I'd moved to software/vsti only (I sold a Triton and bought this and a pair of Mackie 624s). I was very pleased with the instrument both in quality and sheer quantity and breadth of sounds, I'd been really enjoying the acousic pianos, guitars, organs, and synth pads; but to be honest I'd had a few reservations about the orchestral/brass/wind instrument point of view. I received the bonus disc this morning which is another 600mb of sound content to complement the existing library. I can now wholeheartedly say I will never look back!! The expansion disc was *exactly* what was needed to round out the package - already very strong in the areas I mentioned, now there is a beautiful palette of string/brass/wind/layered orchestral sounds and pads added to the mix. The (few) gaps are now well and truly filled, and this multiplies the usefulness of the overall package.

Dave Kerzner has a big reputation on these pages and I can vouch that (for a guy who makes a lot of statements and promises!), he has kept *every one* that he made to me, and gone the extra mile on a few occasions aswell - sincere thanks. The whole prospect of ownership is enhanced by their forum and personal support, approachability, and company outlook with great upgrade/crossgrade/bonus deals.

Niggles? well the ST interface limitations have been mentioned before, it would be nice to have more preset/fx save options, the sound selection and search facilities need more work. I really cant criticise the sound content now, there will be *an awful lot* of useful sounds, no matter what you like to play.

I use it live every week; you need to be quite familiar with the library to do this as some of the instrument tunings dont sit perfectly with other sources. However the sounds all sit well in an overall mix - happy sound guy.

Most useful, most played, best value VSTi ever. :)
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