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Requires at least Windows Vista. Windows 7 or newer recommended. A Windows XP compatible alpha version is available.
To date only an incomplete alpha version is available for MacOS. The MacOS version lacks a port of the GUI. The VST plug-in is linked with AU libs and can be wrapped with Symbiosis to produce an AU plug-in.
To date only an alpha version is available for Linux. This will be replaced with a stable v8.1 in the near future.
Xhip Synthesizer allows you to produce high quality dual-oscillator polyphonic synthesizer sounds, similar to classic poly synthesizers of the late 80s. Strings, synth pads, basses, leads, organs, pianos, percussion, bells, vocals, sound effects and more are demonstrated in the factory banks also freely available for download.
Factory banks and a manual can be downloaded separately from the Xhip Synthesizer page. Please read the manual for the current version if you have not yet read it as it contains an important "getting started" chapter and lots of helpful documentation for non-obvious features.
- Re-sizable GUI.
- Two oscillators, filters, envelopes and LFOs.
- Oscillator sync and X-mod (FM).
- Both oscillator (super-saw) and voice level unison.
- PCM (samples) as oscillator waveform with looping and anti-aliasing.
- Ring-mod, audio-rate filter modulation and saturation.
- Per-voice wave-shaping (distortion).
- Sample-accurate modulation.
- Ability to route MIDI inputs to parameters.
- Embedded effects.
- Detailed PDF format manual.
Xhip was featured in One-Synth-Challenge #85. OSC-85-Xhip
Xhip has an account at soundcloud with example audio clips available.
Reviewed By ccowkey
February 17, 2015
Excellent quality generator and beautiful UI.
I would love to see more generators from this source. Their effects are wonderful as well.Read more
Reviewed By dakkra
March 4, 2013
Decided to pick up Xhip again. Very lovely as it was back in my first review. The pops/clicks have been solves as far as I can tell. Being that this synth is semi-analog modeled I now understand why stereo spread is not included (though it would still be awesome).
Why not 10/10? The unison. As much as I love the fact this synth has unison, free running oscillators would make this much better. Granted it has the randomize parameter but I still hear a phasing "click"/"transient" at the beginning of each note.
Other than that this synth is a definite gold mine! Very clean. Very easy to use. Sounds very good. Extremely hard not to like.
This is an amazing free synth. Dual oscillator with 4 waveforms. There are many filter options and all sound great! It has an analog look, feel, and sound which make for some fun editing. There are quite a few modulation options which allow for a lot of control. There is unison but there is a small set back with no unison spread (to my knowledge). This synth comes packed with MIDI Learn capability and an option to change the color theme of the synth. The glide option is a nice touch which makes for amazing baselines. This synth reminds me very much of Synth 1.
Overall this synth is a steal for being a freebie. Despite the lack of a unison spread and some small audio pops while editing this is one synth I can only recommend for those who feel the need for an anaolog touch.Read more