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Synth (Analogue / Subtractive) Plugin by Maik Menz
TranceDrive by Maik Menz is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin for Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin.
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TranceDrive is a subtractive synthesizer that was build for Trance music - it has built-in supersaw oscillators for fat synths and pads, harsh filters, a trancegate and a huge reverb effect.


  • 3 main oscillators:
    • Each main oscillator supports 6 waveforms: sine, saw, triangle, pulse, saw7 and cry.
    • The waveform "saw7" is a supersaw with 7 detunable sub-oscillators.
    • The waveform "cry" is an experimental waveform, it is built up with several hard-synced saws.
    • Main oscillator 2 has an additional unisono mode, when it is enabled, the whole oscillator triples its voice and the voices can be detuned from each other.
    • The oscillators can be chained (osc1 to osc2 and osc2 to osc3) using FM, PM and sync, these 3 options can also be used at the same time.
  • Separate noise oscillator.
  • 3 LFOs:
    • Each supports 5 waveforms: sine, saw, triangle, pulse, sample and hold
    • The LFOs can be synchronized to the host tempo or run free at a specific frequency.
    • Each LFO can control multiple parameters of each OSC, you can even assign several LFOs to the same parameter.
    • LFO1 can control the filter cutoff.
  • 2 Envelope generators (Mod & Amp) with variable shapes. The modulation envelope can control multiple parameters of each OSC, and it can also be mixed with the LFOs. Additionally it can control the filter cutoff.
  • 3 types of filters: lowpass, highpass and bandpass. Each filter type can be set to 6dB, 12dB, 18dB and 24dB steepness.
  • 9 effects, and they can be used at the same time: gater, chorus, phaser, flanger, distortion, delay, reverb, equalizer, stereo-effects.
  • Each of the unused parts of the synth is shown with less contrast, so you can focus on the active parts.
  • The output of the synth can be clipped to avoid overdriving noise. The clipping is done with a soft limiter, that can be used to compress the whole synth sound (just enable clip and turn up the main volume).
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Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 4.00 from 2 reviews

Reviewed By TheReason
July 18th, 2021

Amazing stuff. It is just simple to use and brings all qualities a producer needs. A trance plugin filled with cool features and enables expert level sounds, which is just beyond crazy. Get this right now.

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Reviewed By lockon stratos
February 7th, 2011

This synth is pretty comprehensive, 3 very nice oscilators with some great waveforms + unison, basic fm, etc, standard filter with LP, HP, BP and 6/12/18/24 db slope options, noise osc, good mixer, 3 lfo, 2 env, per-item modulation, and a huge FX section.

The real highlight for me, though, is that every part can be turned on and off. This is particularly amazing in a modular host like energy XT (which i use). So what i do is start with an empty preset, then turn on elements as i need them. So if i want 2 oscilators, i turn them on. Then say i want to use an external filter, i could just leave it like that, with nothing else. or i could switch on the fx section and add some chorus and a short delay, before going out to the ext filter. each lfo could affect each osc differently.

So the big thing for me is the ability to switch on things as i need them, and that sets this synth apart from many others in my collection.
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Comments & Discussion for Maik Menz TranceDrive

Discussion: Active
31 October 2014 at 1:56am

This synth is awesome...hopefully a future update will help to curb the CPU usage more....

19 June 2017 at 2:05pm

The above link is broken. Here's a working mirror: http://www.vstplanet.com/VST_instruments/Synthesizers/TranceDriveVST.zip

3 March 2021 at 2:40am

Thanks its working.

29 July 2020 at 4:33pm

I just tried to download. the .ZIP just has the readme.txt and no TranceDrive.dll. HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

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