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 Syncla-X [Large Version] by Digital Systemic Emulations is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin and a VST 3 Plugin.
Syncla-X
Product Syncla-X [Large Version]
Developer Digital Systemic Emulations
Price (MSRP)
Free
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Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
Instrument(s)   
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Operating
System
Latest
Version
Download Released
 
1.13
 
Downloads Released
System Requirements
At least a computer with a screen, should fine.
 
1.13
 
Downloads Released
System Requirements
At least a computer with a screen, should fine.
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The first free emulation of the Synclavier II FM Unit... Extended.

"That's pretty awesome sounding. I love it when I run the bit-depth it has real character. [...] It's very impressive!"

-100 Things I Do, original owner of a Synclavier II.

Features:

  • 4 Carriers, 4 Modulators.
  • 8 Harmonics generator.
  • 8 ADSR + 2 ADSR.
  • Individual Pans.
  • Velocity.
  • Filter.
  • Mono/Poly modes.
  • 2 LFOs.
  • 2 Effects: Flanger and Bit Depth.

NOTE: You have to install VC runtimes c++ 2015 to make the software works.

(Only windows, Macs don't need this obviously).

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=53587

Made with SynthEdit
Latest User Reviews Average user rating of 3.33 from 3 reviews

Reviewed By Greenroom2
September 13, 2018

Nice sounds and parameters -- UI is way too big. Also saving presets are a bit funky -- there is no SAVE AS.

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Reviewed By Jin37
September 4, 2018

Note: I'm using Syncla-X in VSTHost and Cakewalk on Windows 10 (64-bit). As I don't own a Synclavier nor do I ownSynclavier V, I can't compare the sound.

Overview

Syncla-X is a free emulation of the NED Synclavier II's FM/Additive synthesizer component (i.e. no sampling/sequencing).

Each of the additive oscillators produces eight sine waves tuned to the first eight harmonics with controllable amplitude for each harmonic (partial).

The oscillators are then grouped into four carrier/modulator pairs and each given their own ADSR envelope (so. essentially. four layered two-operator FM synthesizers with additive oscillators). You also have control over the carriers' frequency and volume, Fm, Fm Fine, and Impact for each carrier (not sure what these do) and the panning of each voice (two-operator FM synthesizer).

The signal then passes through a global ADSR envelope and a resonant low-pass filter with its own ADSR envelope. Global tuning, volume, velocity sensitivity, bit depth, tremolo (from the main LFO), FM Mod, FM LFO, (not sure what these do either) are all available.

Interface

The UI is very good looking and easy to use. I would personally prefer Helm-style visual envelope depictions, but that would probably be difficult to implement, and I can't really complain about that, seeing as very few software synthesizers (free or paid) have that capability.

The only flaws that I've noticed are that the markings that show the knobs' position tend to blend in with the rest of the knob (the developer is aware of that and plans to fix it), and while it just fits on my screen (I'm fine with that, I like large interfaces), it's probably too large for some monitors.

Sound

Note: I'm new to FM synthesis, and am learning as I go. Therefore, my sound creation abilities are somewhat limited.

It sounds very much like how I imagine a very early digital synthesizer to sound, in a good way. It's capable of very nice organ, bell, and pad sounds. I can't really compare it to anything I've used, but it sounds good. Really good.

The seventh and fifth harmonics might be out of tune (only slightly for the fifth, very noticeable for the seventh). I'm not sure if this is normal for a harmonic series or not, but it can be annoying.

Ease of use/sound creation

Syncla-X is quite easy to create sounds with. Two-operator FM is (for me) much easier to understand than the 4-6 operator FM used by most other FM synthesizers, and Syncla-X's layering and additive capabilities make it very powerful for a two-operator FM synth.

Overall opinion

It's a free emulation of an absurdly expensive synthesizer, sounds great, and is fun to use. I'm giving it 4/5 stars for the small flaws listed above (I'd give it 4.5/5 if I could). I highly recommend Syncla-X. It's a great product, easily my favorite 2018 Developer Challenge entry, and (in my opinion) one of the best freeware synthesizers.

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Reviewed By viceverser
September 3, 2018

Sounds ok using presets but... Woah... This UI is huge... Smaller interface would be necessary for me to use this properly.

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Discussion

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Turello
Turello
3 September 2018 at 10:36pm

Windows 7 (64-bit), FL9, Studio One and REAPER (32-bit) and, don't work/crashes...

Mooggy
Mooggy
4 September 2018 at 6:55am

How? xD Many other people used it with your DAWs and actually it worked perfectly? Mmmh that's weird.

So you are using the 32-bits version?

Stoffel11
Stoffel11
3 September 2018 at 11:31pm

FL12 and 20 crashes too...

Mooggy
Mooggy
4 September 2018 at 6:55am

32b or 64b?

Stoffel11
Stoffel11
6 September 2018 at 4:19pm

Windows 7 64b FL Studio 12 and 20.

Stoffel11
Stoffel11
6 September 2018 at 4:29pm

VST Host 64 and VST Host32 do not load the plugin.

Windows 7 64b.

Mooggy
Mooggy
8 September 2018 at 1:53pm

So you use the 64-bits version, VST2?

All the version work, that's weird. Never experienced any problem of that kind, either my beta testers.

Working on that.

Mooggy
Mooggy
8 September 2018 at 3:50pm
Stoffel11
Stoffel11
9 September 2018 at 2:34am

That's it.

Just installed the library and now the plugin loads in FL Studio 20 64b and VST Host64.

Running fine with a very cool sound.

But:

When I close the programs, both crash...

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DrewDale
DrewDale
7 September 2018 at 6:45pm

Both 64 and 32-bit, fail to load in FL Studio 12.4. (Windows 10). Also 32-bit fails to load FL Studio 12.4 (Windows 8.1).

Mooggy
Mooggy
8 September 2018 at 1:57pm

Mmmh feels like FL Studio generally doesn't like this version.

I go working on that.

Mooggy
Mooggy
8 September 2018 at 3:50pm
Stoffel11
Stoffel11
7 September 2018 at 11:43pm

In the video this plugin sounds really great! I would love to run and test it!! The UI looks very intuitive in the video and makes me want to screw on every knob to see what it's doing to the sound.

Will there be a chance for an update to the non-loading-fail?

Please, don't give up!!!.

Mooggy
Mooggy
8 September 2018 at 1:56pm

Well the bug thing is not from my side, the only person who could correct that is Jeff, the editor of SynthEdit.

He's currently working on new exportations compilers, he will find a way to correct the bugs some day :).

I'm following his releases, I will experiment different versions to make it work.

Thanks anyway for the support :).

gridsleep
gridsleep
12 September 2018 at 3:32pm

Syncla-X 64-bit VST3 runs well in Windows 10 x64 and FL Studio 20 x64. Had I made this when I was 16 I would be proud, too. All we had back then were mainframe and minicomputers.

ZonderP
ZonderP
15 September 2018 at 9:39pm

Does not work for me at all in several hosts I tried...
'Have you installed VC runtimes c++ 2015' -> Nope. I wanted to, but its installer says that a newer version is already installed.
VC runtimes c++ 2017! Did some research on the Internet and there it says that VC runtimes c++ 2017 should be binary compatible with c++ 2015...
I'm running Windows 7 64-bit with all Windows updates installed. My hosts are all 32-bit versions (Bitwig Studio 2.4 Demo, Tracktion 6, Ableton Live 9.7.5 Lite, Cantabile Lite 3, EnergyXT 3.0, SAVIHost) and I tried loading/using the 32-bit version of Syncla-X VST 2.
Looking forward for a version that works for me.

Mooggy
Mooggy
16 September 2018 at 8:31pm

I will give you a link as soon as I'll have released a not-crashing version (I hope!).

Since I never encounter bugs, I can't say why on some computers it happens.

But no worries, I'm working on that.

cmopro
cmopro
17 September 2018 at 9:19pm

CRASHES...OS X 10.10.5....DP9.

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Syncla-X [Large Version]

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