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The Legend

Analog Modeling Synthesizer Plugin by Synapse Audio
The Legend
The Legend by Synapse Audio is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin, an AAX Plugin and a Rack Extension Plugin.
2 GHz quad core CPU or better, at least 4 GB of memory, VST 2 compatible host software, Windows XP or higher.
2 GHz quad core CPU or better, at least 4 GB of memory, VST 2 or AU compatible host software, OS X 10.6 or later.
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Developed in cooperation with vintage synth specialist Bigtone Studios, The Legend marks new territory in analog modeling technology. Every component, ranging from the voltage-controlled oscillators (VCOs), voltage-controlled filter (VCF) and voltage-controlled amplifier (VCA), have been modeled to an accuracy never seen before in software. The snappy filter and amplifier envelopes have been meticulously modeled, as well as the massive bottom end - even the most marginal effects like temperature drift or effects originating from the power supply have been taken into account.

Furthermore, The Legend offers additional controls not found on the original hardware, greatly enhancing its versatility. The most significant additions are the Unison and Polyphonic modes, allowing for thick stereo sounds, as well as enabling polyphonic play. Built around a vectorized core, The Legend is capable of synthesizing four voices for the cost of little more than a single voice, making it a highly efficient analog-modeling synthesizer plug-in.

Another bonus feature of The Legend is its on-board effects, comprising a high-quality delay and reverb unit. Both effects are tailored to the synthesizer, and offer just the right sound with only a few parameters each.

The Legend comes with more than 400 patches crafted by leading sound designers and sorted into common categories like Bass, Lead, SFX, etc. The patches comprise both new sounds as well as a large collection of vintage sounds.

To account for the wide range of screen resolutions in use today, The Legend VST/AU comes with three interface sizes, Small, Medium and Large for HD screens.

Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 4.80 from 5 reviews
The Legend

Reviewed By Krakatau [all]
February 12th, 2023
Version reviewed: 1.43 on Mac

Notoriously the most accurate minimoog emulation, everything is dead easy to manipulate and it sounds beautiful, perhaps a bit short in feature by comparing with Minimonsta for instance, that is a bit outdated but has a bunch of presets from famous keyboardist of the area (like Rick Wakeman), but Legend shines for it silky, creamy, unique, accurate minimoog sounds ...and as somehow analog models, with their circuitry carefully emulated, have each of them their own character it even gives you as feature, the choice between two of them !!.

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The Legend

Reviewed By oldcastle [all]
August 4th, 2021
Version reviewed: 1.02 on Windows

What a wonderful app! It's an oasis for beginners, and a time saver for the advance ones.

BTW: I'm using Linux, but the review form doesn't list Linux as a OS.

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The Legend

Reviewed By clpton62 [all]
January 12th, 2021
Version reviewed: 10 on Windows

Amazing sound. One of the best VA synths out there in my opinion. Good sounding effects and low on CPU, say, compared to Diva or Repro.

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The Legend

Reviewed By CloudsOfSound [all]
March 24th, 2019
Version reviewed: 1.1.1 on Mac

Fantastic sounding VA synth that's also relatively low on CPU use.

Perfect addition to Reason's built in synths.

The presets are very good and the controls for tweaking the synth is laid out in a logical and understandable way. I really recommend this synth for anyone that lacks a VA synth in their arsenal or just wants a high quality, low resource synth in their rack.

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The Legend

Reviewed By Xenos [all]
March 29th, 2017
Version reviewed: 1.06 on Windows

This is a review of The Legend, a Minimoog emulation by Synapse-Audio. The software version I have is 1.06.


The low end has "oomph" without sounding boomy, and that filter sounds beautiful. She screams in extasy when you crank that resonance knob. There is an indescribable "dirt" to the sound I haven't heard on any other softsynth, which I personally like a LOT. As I've never played a real Moog, I don't know if that's supposed to be there, or if it's just part of the "Synapse Audio" sound. Either way, I like it.

These new analog emulations sound much warmer, dirtier and "alive" than what was available 10 years ago. Case in point: The Korg Legacy synths. LMAO! That company isn't serious about producing VSTi's, otherwise they would have stepped up their game a long time ago, either making a major update to overhaul the sound, or releasing brand new software. I love their MonoPoly and MS-20 plugins, but enjoy them strictly for what they are - modern synths for modern hip hop/dance music, with vintage looking GUI's slapped on them. The Korg VSTi's sound very plastic and cold compared to today's analog emulations.


VERY easy and immediate. Legend has a more modern style interface that doesn't confuse like those purist GUIs often can. I would highly recommend Legend to people who are still new at creating their own patches and want to become proficient at the basics. You can just get creative and have fun with it without any extra clutter getting in the way.


Personally, I like complexity and all the extra "clutter" mentioned above. Legend's feature set is more limited than the other Moog emulations I've played with. Like a real Minimoog, it isn't even velocity sensitive (yet?). You have monophonic, polyphonic and unison modes. The original Minimog was purely monophonic, so these extra modes are a welcome addition. You have 3 oscillators, 1 filter, and 2 envelopes. If you want an LFO, you have to use the 3rd oscillator instead of a dedicated LFO parameter. This allows for filter and oscillator FM, though, which is great for adding a rough and edgy character to your sound.

You get delay and reverb as onboard effects. I've asked the developer to add a vintage style chorus effect, which would be great for thickening up polyphonic sounds such as pads and keys.


This is oldschool territory, and for the most part, the factory soundset sticks to the 70s/80s theme. You also have a folder with chord stabs, which have a strong deep/oldschool house flavor. A bit of self-promotion, but I have Legend soundset available at Xenos Soundworks, called 'RetroMania'.


There's some tough competition out there, and each Moog emulation has it's own unique sound. 2 things really jumped out at me with Legend compared to other Moog emulations:

1) It's available in Reason RE format, and allows Reason users to fill that analog niche. The synths in Reason, while good in themselves, all have an obvious 'modern' quality to them. Legend is the perfect choise for Reason users seeking to add a retro flavor to their rig, especially when patching it up with Reason's included effects (chorus, phasing, etc).

2) The workflow is just perfect. On a more personal note, this was one of the few times a new plugin has _EVER_ inspired me to crank out a commercial preset bank in less than a week. There's just enough of a feature set to not feel constrained, yet it's limited enough that it really forces a more childlike and whimsical approach than with something like Massive or Serum. On those more advanced-level synths, there's always that "paralysis by analysis" factor which potentially slows things down.

Legend is my favorite Minimoog plugin, but that is only personal choice and preference. It is entirely up to the user to demo the various choices themselves and pick what they like best. There's also DIVA, Arturia Mini V, Minimonsta and Native Instruments' own Reaktor-based emulation (can't remember the name lol).

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Comments & Discussion for Synapse Audio The Legend

Discussion: Active
24 September 2016 at 1:49pm

Very eager t try it, so excited. Synapse is the best.

24 September 2016 at 9:17pm

Pure analog awesomeness! :D.

27 October 2016 at 2:42am

El sinte está bastante aguesome. Casi incrédibol. Eso sí, yo soy más hipnopómpico que hipnagógico... :))

26 September 2016 at 3:25am

Minimoog ITB! Brilliant synth.

29 October 2016 at 11:08am

This is really what we needed:)

11 November 2016 at 1:34am

I have heard some demos that sound great, but has anyone also owning U-He Diva compared the two?

31 December 2017 at 5:14am

It's very different than Diva. Diva is a kind of Swiss Army Knife of synthesizers, and with that you get a lot of flexibility and added features, like polyphony, but at the expense of sound quality when doing audio rate modulation. Both are great for different tasks.

Wally C
Wally C
31 December 2017 at 4:05am

How is this "emulation" supposed to have the same feel of tweaking as the original hardware when it does not have ADS envelopes?

31 December 2017 at 5:12am

It's pretty easy to get the exact same behavior as the Model D. You just have a bit more control as well.

Wally C
Wally C
1 January 2018 at 5:36am

You are wrong my friend. "ADS" does not mean that there is no "Release" but that it is hidden, that is, the "Decay" pot controls the "Release" stage as well. In a real Minimoog you use one hand to play the keyboard while with the other one you move a single pot that controls "Decay" and "Release" at the same time: there is no way to do that using this plugin. If you use a real Minimoog you will quickly realize the great difference that exists when modifying the envelopes while playing the instrument.

29 May 2018 at 7:17am

Couldn't you just assign both to the same MIDI CC?

Or set up a macro in your DAW?

7 August 2019 at 9:37am

Definitely not a deal breaker for me. For the price and no need to do maintenance, etc. I'm perfectly happy with Synapse's offering. And yes...why not just MIDI assign those 2 parameters to a single CC knob?

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