The Best Freeware Soft Synth VSTs In 2019: Am I Missing One?

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ProducerHive
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Post Tue Jul 23, 2019 6:00 am

Hi all! I recently covered a shootout of 8 timeless (and free) soft synth VSTs. Of course, this list is totally subject to my own opinion, but I wanted to get some feedback -- did I miss a critical one that you feel should be on our list?

Keen to hear your thoughts. Had a blast writing it up! :)

Link: https://producerhive.com/buyer-guides/v ... ft-synths/

Martin,
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BlackWinny
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Re: The Best Freeware Soft Synth VSTs In 2019: Am I Missing One?

Post Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:09 am

Hi Martin,

I'm a bit troubled... do you want to cite all the "greatest freeware synths" available in 2019 ? Or all the "greatest freeware synths" which have been released in 2019 ?

Because in the first case the list is long as an endless day (there are many others to cite), and in the second case almost all the synths you cite in your list are from previous years (and some of them are even discontinued).
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ProducerHive
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Post Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:16 am

Hey BlackWinny. They are any soft synth vsts that sound great today. Hence it is mostly a throwback to some old free synths that still sound great in 2019 (at least in my ears).

It's not an article just on soft synths released in 2019 :)

Thanks for commenting!

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KVRAF
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Post Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:30 am

From your list, only Dexed and Surge seem relevant IMO. I might suggest Zebralette, Tyrell, Fathom Mono and just about anything from Full Bucket for synths. For organs, the two freebies you can find from Martinique (Farfisa & Vox) are a must.
I would also eventually not forget to download the freebies from NI.
(Reaktor, Kontakt, Guitar Rig, etc.)
When "falling to the wayside" is equivalent to "no longer available for download", it might be time to relegate those to a separate history list...

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Halonmusic
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Post Tue Jul 23, 2019 10:15 am

Anything/everything from Full Bucket
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mrsugmad
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Post Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:03 am

Halonmusic wrote:
Tue Jul 23, 2019 10:15 am
Anything/everything from Full Bucket
Thanks for the tip about this company...

I like the MPS vst; very simple and a lot of possibilities. Nice that they are VST AU 32 and 64bit

https://www.fullbucket.de/music/mps.html

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BlackWinny
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Post Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:05 am

Ok, so...

Among my preferred freeware soft synths, here are some which are really great for many people as well as for me. Sorted in alphabetical order of the developers names (taken on my disk drive):
If some links from the KVR pages don't work any more, feel free to ask.

I have certainly forgotten some others. I'll add them lately.
:phones:

EDIT (2 hours later) : Added Martinic Combo Model F and Combo Model V. Added AAS Swatches. Added Synthmaster Player. Added AM Music Technology. Added MinimogueVA and Minimogue Luxus. Added Fathom (mono).

EDIT (6 hours later) : Added Matt Tytel Helm.

EDIT (17 hours later) : Good news (see the entry Ichiro Toda Synth1)
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mrsugmad
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Post Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:15 am

Two more I will download; check them out

Qyoo - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eQmDViAghA

Blooo - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jcwbD37pWA&t=376s

Oh did I mention they are free/donationware ?

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KVRAF
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Post Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:24 am

BlackWinny, that's a great list! I might add AAS Swatches and the Free Synthmaster Player to those as well.

dune_rave
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1428 posts since 23 Jun, 2006 from Hungary

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Post Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:30 am

each list should contain Surge !

sping
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Post Tue Jul 23, 2019 1:17 pm

Most free synths (not samplers) can be found on the KVR OSC contest page.
https://sites.google.com/site/kvrosc/
And KVR forum threads have lot's of info for each.

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BlackWinny
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Post Tue Jul 23, 2019 1:54 pm

My list updated with several new entries.
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alvfaria
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Post Tue Jul 23, 2019 4:47 pm

Synth1 is discontinued!?! I'm chocked!

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BlackWinny
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Post Tue Jul 23, 2019 5:09 pm

alvfaria wrote:
Tue Jul 23, 2019 4:47 pm
Synth1 is discontinued!?! I'm chocked!
Alas yes.
:?

In fact it is not totally sure that Synth1 is definitely discontinued.

What happened is that Ichiro Toda had his website hosted by Geocity. And Geocity was a hosting service owned by Yahoo!. And at the 31 March 2019, Yahoo! definitively stopped their hosting service Geocity, at 0h00. So as all the others in the same case, Ichiro Toda's website disappeared at the same instant.

Today is July 24, near to 4 full months after the definitive end of Geocity... And Ichiro Toda never gave any news in any place nor forum (at my knowledge). Knowing that the very last version of Synth1 was the version 1.13 beta3 released the 10 July 2014 (more than 5 years ago now), it is quasi-sure that Synth1 can be considered as discontinued after a very long life as probably the most popular freeware synth ever.

Let's hope !

... but the more the time passes by, the more I'm pessimist.
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Halonmusic
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Post Tue Jul 23, 2019 5:54 pm

mrsugmad wrote:
Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:03 am
Halonmusic wrote:
Tue Jul 23, 2019 10:15 am
Anything/everything from Full Bucket
Thanks for the tip about this company...

I like the MPS vst; very simple and a lot of possibilities. Nice that they are VST AU 32 and 64bit

https://www.fullbucket.de/music/mps.html
You are welcome. He is my favorite developer. So cool. Im a bit of a fanboi :D
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