Help me find good free synthesizers

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Nena2
KVRer
28 posts since 18 Mar, 2019

Post Mon Mar 18, 2019 2:49 pm

I am looking for free instruments that replicates real instruments.

So far I've downloaded something called Dexed. It is a replica of the Yamaha DX 7 that we used to have in the house.

But I miss the sounds from the real instrument. I found no extra sounds for Dexed.

Is there a list of free software replica of real instruments ?

Only 64bit please.

I also want drums and acoustic instruments.

Thank you

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Tj Shredder
KVRAF
2768 posts since 6 Jan, 2017 from Outer Space

Re: Help me find good free synthesizers

Post Mon Mar 18, 2019 9:52 pm

What you want is a sampler. Sforzando from Plogue should do it, then look for free sfz sampl packs... The sampler forum has resources listed...

dune_rave
KVRian
1342 posts since 23 Jun, 2006 from Hungary

Re: Help me find good free synthesizers

Post Mon Mar 18, 2019 9:58 pm

No extra sounds for Dexed ????
Have you seen this page? https://asb2m10.github.io/dexed/

It's written there:
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Hint: BlackWinny from kvraudio did a great DX7 compilation named Dexed_cart_1.0.zip. Simply unzip the content of this zipfile to your Cartridges directory.
"

Download this and you will get many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many .....

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Tj Shredder
KVRAF
2768 posts since 6 Jan, 2017 from Outer Space

Re: Help me find good free synthesizers

Post Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:07 pm

As always with many many presets. Needs more time to find a sound than programming it yourself - including learning how to do it...
As the op is asking for real instruments - show me that real piano sound for the DX 7. Searching for it is a waste of time... You get decent timpanies though...

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Ranoka
KVRist
335 posts since 4 Jun, 2018 from The UK

Re: Help me find good free synthesizers

Post Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:47 am

For free instruments I would suggest looking at the different synths used in the KVR One Synth Challenge which normally uses free synths. More recent ones will be 64bit. The past synths are listed on the left hand side of the page here:
https://sites.google.com/site/kvrosc/os ... e-cheese-2

For realistic sounds the easiest way is sample libraries or romplers. For synthesis physically modelled or additive tends to have more potential for realistic sounds. But if you listen to some One Synth Challenge winners, the good sound designers can use any free synth and create great sounds.

One synth in particular I'd suggest looking at is u-he's Triple Cheese because it's a comb filter synth, which is a technique used in physical modelling. (While you're there you should download all of u-he's free synths, they're some of the best!) Check out Taron's entry for the Triple Cheese OSC, it's incredible to think that it was made with a free synth:
https://soundcloud.com/taronium/taron-f ... 116-triple

For drums and percussion, a popular free synth is TAL NoiseMaker, which is a very popular free synth. The MSEG helps a lot with designing percussive sounds. This synth was a lot of fun to use because of the simple architecture and the sync, FM and Ringmod (synths with features like that are generally a lot of fun to design sounds for!).

Another synth that is definitely worth checking out is ModulAir by Full Bucket Music It's a modular synth and is the most complex of the ones I've mentions, it has a lot of useful modules like a wavetable support, and a comb filter amongst many other, these are modules that help a lot with creating 'realistic' sounds.

It's tricky to find free additive synths Autogun (Windows only) is definitely worth looking into and sounds great, however you can only randomise presets based on seeds (4294967296 presets!). To edit the presets and create your own you need the fully featured Ogun synth. however don't let that put you off this is definitely worth spending time with and you can find some incredible organic/natural sounds.

Surge is also one of the best free synths currently available, it used to be a commercial synth and recently got open sourced and developers have already begun fixing issues and adding improvements:
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=511922

If you're interested in learning sound design, I definitely recommend joining in with the One Synth Challenge here on KVR!

Bump1
KVRist
314 posts since 3 Oct, 2009

Re: Help me find good free synthesizers

Post Tue Mar 19, 2019 5:56 am

Tj Shredder wrote:
Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:07 pm
As always with many many presets. Needs more time to find a sound than programming it yourself - including learning how to do it...

Ehhh....not so true with FM

Stokely
KVRist
136 posts since 11 May, 2010

Re: Help me find good free synthesizers

Post Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:12 am

Dexed comes with a bajillion patches...not the easiest thing to try them all out as they are in "cartridges" much like a DX7 would use. I haven't used this synth much but I don't think it comes with fx (again, much like a real DX7!) so it may sound much better with some reverb etc applied.

I don't know of any non-synthesizer plugins that are good, as I have those bases covered. At some point I think I grabbed "piano one" which is free, but I have several paid piano plugins now that I prefer.

As far as synths, here are ones I have tried and like:

tyrell n6 (u-he)
zebrallete (u-he) ....also there is Podolski by u-he, haven't tried it.
obxd - oberheim sim

I have quite a few synths from Computer Magazine, so you'd say these are "magware". Buy the latest edition for $4.99 and you get a bunch of fx and synths to download. Of these so far I've liked:

Zebra cm
Bazille cm
Thorn cm (really like this one)
Dune cm
a prophet-y one whose name escapes me right now, something with "II" in the name.

All these above cover a LOT of ground and IMO all sound great.

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ATN69
KVRAF
1971 posts since 5 Oct, 2015 from Swedish / Living in Hong Kong

Re: Help me find good free synthesizers

Post Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:58 am

Win 10 -64bit, CPU i7-7700K, 32Gb, Focusrite 2i2, FL-studio 20, Studio One 4, Reason 10

BBFG#
KVRAF
5711 posts since 28 Apr, 2013

Re: Help me find good free synthesizers

Post Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:30 am

Native Instruments:
https://www.native-instruments.com/en/products/free/

And BTW, there is a free version of Synthmaster.

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zklaus
KVRist
104 posts since 30 Nov, 2018 from U.S.

Re: Help me find good free synthesizers

Post Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:47 pm

Yep, get a sampler. You can get literally get any 'real' instrument sound immediately, no patching required.

Get the free Kontakt player (https://www.native-instruments.com/en/p ... t-6-player), then some samples at the Kontakt user library: https://www.native-instruments.com/en/c ... es/kontakt
Ableton Live 10 / Push

Nena2
KVRer
28 posts since 18 Mar, 2019

Re: Help me find good free synthesizers

Post Tue Mar 19, 2019 1:24 pm

dune_rave wrote:
Mon Mar 18, 2019 9:58 pm
No extra sounds for Dexed ????
Have you seen this page? https://asb2m10.github.io/dexed/

It's written there:
"
Hint: BlackWinny from kvraudio did a great DX7 compilation named Dexed_cart_1.0.zip. Simply unzip the content of this zipfile to your Cartridges directory.
"

Download this and you will get many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many .....
Thank you. I did as you said. But it's not possible to download the zip file from that website.

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W23
KVRist
391 posts since 22 Sep, 2016

Re: Help me find good free synthesizers

Post Tue Mar 19, 2019 1:25 pm

Don’t forget SQ8L. Man, I love the sound of that thing. I always think of the Legendary Pink Dots from the days of yore when I play it. I would pay for a paid update and a port over to Mac but, it still runs solid on a PC

Nena2
KVRer
28 posts since 18 Mar, 2019

Re: Help me find good free synthesizers

Post Tue Mar 19, 2019 1:28 pm

BBFG# wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:30 am
Native Instruments:
https://www.native-instruments.com/en/products/free/

And BTW, there is a free version of Synthmaster.
Thank you .

x

Nena2
KVRer
28 posts since 18 Mar, 2019

Re: Help me find good free synthesizers

Post Tue Mar 19, 2019 1:29 pm

W23 wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 1:25 pm
Don’t forget SQ8L. Man, I love the sound of that thing. I always think of the Legendary Pink Dots from the days of yore when I play it. I would pay for a paid update and a port over to Mac but, it still runs solid on a PC
Pink dots ?

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W23
KVRist
391 posts since 22 Sep, 2016

Re: Help me find good free synthesizers

Post Tue Mar 19, 2019 1:42 pm

Google them.

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