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SynthMaster

Synth (Semi Modular) by KV331 Audio
SynthMaster
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What is it?
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Operating System Availability
Operating System Latest Version
 2.9.8 
System Requirements
CPU: 2 Ghz (SSE3)
RAM: 2 GB
OS: Windows 7 and above
AAX: ProTools 11 and above
 2.9.8 
System Requirements
CPU: 2 Ghz (SSE3)
RAM: 2 GB
OS: Mac OS X 10.7 and above
AAX: ProTools 11 and above
License & Installation Method
Voucher / Code for redemption on other website
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SynthMaster

SynthMaster is an 'all-round' semi-modular software synthesizer and effect plug-in that features many different synthesis methods including VA, Additive, Wavetable, Phase Modulation, Phase Distortion, Frequency Modulation, Pulse Width Modulation, Ring Modulation, Amplitude Modulation, Physical Modeling and SFZ Sample Playback synthesis.

With its multi-synthesis oscillators, analog modelled/digital filters, flexible effects routing with 11 types of high quality effects and a massive modulation architecture with 95 separate modulation sources and 650+ modulation targets, SynthMaster is a powerful instrument for all synthesizer enthusiasts.

Features:

  • Cross-platform VST/AU/AAX: SynthMaster runs as a VST/AAX instrument/effect on both Windows and Mac OS X, and as a VST/AU/AAX instrument/effect on Mac OS X.
  • 1800 Factory Presets: SynthMaster comes with 1800 factory presets from a world class team of sound designers: Arksun, BigTone, Kevin Schroeder, Michael Kastrup, Rob Lee, Nori Ubukata, Ufuk Kevser, Fragment Audio, Gercek Dorman, VorpalSound, Vandalism, BluffMonkey, Ümit 'Insigna' Uy, Aiyn Zahev, Frank 'Xenox' Neumann, Teoman Pasinlioglu and Brian 'Xenos' Lee.
  • Semi-Modular Architecture: For each SynthMaster instance, there are 2 layers followed by 2 global effect send buses. Each layer has its own: Arpeggiator, 2 Oscillators, 4 Modulators, 2 Filters, 4 ADSR Envelopes, 2 Multistage Envelopes, 2 2D Envelopes, 2 LFOs and 4 Keyscalers. The modulators can modulate frequency, phase, amplitude or pulse width of the oscillators or any other modulators at audio rate, or they can be used as sub-oscillators.
  • Massive Modulation Architecture: SynthMaster has more than 650 modulation targets and 95 modulation sources including ADSR Envelopes, 2D Envelopes, Multistage Envelopes, LFOs, KeyScalers, Easy Parameters, Vocoder Bands, MIDI Velocity, Aftertouch, Pitch Bend and MIDI CC. Each modulation target can have up to 3 modulation sources. The modulation matrix, which has 64 available slots, has visual filtering as well so that targets for a specific source, or sources for a specific target can be filtered and shown on the user interface.
  • Easy Parameters: SynthMaster features 8 easy knobs and 2 XY pads that can be freely assigned as modulation sources, so that the complexity of the synth engine could be hidden away and only most important parameters of a preset can be controlled by the user. The easy parameters can be globally linked to MIDI controllers, and they can be assigned automatically by SynthMaster as well.
  • Powerful Arpeggiator: The arpeggiator in SynthMaster features classic arpeggiator modes such as Up, Down, UpDown, DownUp, UpDown2, DownUp2, AsPlayed as well as Sequence, Chord, Arpeggiate and DrumKit modes. Each of the 32 steps of the arpeggiator has its own Velocity, Note Number, Note Length, Slide and Hold parameters.
  • Basic Oscillators: 'Basic' oscillators in SynthMaster are capable of synthesizing many different types of waveforms: Sine, Square, Triangle, Sawtooth, Pulse, Noise, any single cycle waveforms and multi-sampled WAV/AIFFs defined in SFZ files.
  • Additive Oscillators: An 'Additive' oscillator is actually 8 'basic' oscillators running together. Each 'basic' oscillator has its own detune, tone, phase/pulse width, frequency and waveform type.
  • Vector Oscillators: A 'Vector' oscillator consists of 4 'basic' oscillators, mixed at different ratios. The mix ratios are determined by 2 orthogonal parameters in 2 dimensions: 'X Index' and 'Y index'.
  • Wavetable Oscillators: A 'Wavetable' oscillator is similar to basic oscillator, except that the waveform can be scanned (interpolated) through up to 16 different waveforms shapes. The position of the waveform can be adjusted using the 'wave index' parameter.
  • Stereo Oscillators with Improved Unison: Oscillators in SynthMaster have stereo output. With the "voices", "voices mix", "pan spread", "detune spread" and "detune curve" parameters, each basic/wavetable oscillator can have its own unison settings which eliminates the need to enable unison for all voice elements.
  • Analog Filters: The 'analog' filters are modelled after the famous ladder filter, so they self oscillate when the filter resonance is maxed out. They have continuously variable slope, which is unique to SynthMaster. There are 3 CPU settings for analog filters: "Basic", "Normal" and "High". With the "Basic" setting, CPU can be reduced by at least 50%.
  • Digital Filters: The 'digital' filters are biquad filters with a hard limiter in their output. The limiter features an envelope follower with attack, release and threshold parameters.
  • Multimode Filters: With the new 'multimode' filter type, it is possible to switch from Lowpass to Bandpass to Highpass filter types continuously. For analog multimode filters, it is also possible to change the slope of the filter continuously from 0 db/oct to 24 db/oct.
  • Dual Filters: With the new 'dual' filter type, two multimode filters can be run simultaneously, either in parallel, or in series. The mix ratios between the filters, and the topology (parallel/series) between them can be changed continuously, as well as the modes and cutoff frequencies of the filters.
  • Comb Filters: Comb filters are digital filters used in physical modeling synthesis.
  • Before/Inside/After Filter Distortion: A distortion stage can be inserted before, after, or even inside the filters. For analog filters, the distortion is applied for each of the 4 filter stages in 'inside' mode.
  • Rich Set of Effects: SynthMaster features 11 different effect types: Distortion, LoFi, Ensemble, Phaser, 6 Band EQ, Compressor, Vocoder, Delay, Chorus, Tremolo, Reverb.
  • Flexible Effects Routing: Each of the 11 effect types can be inserted on any layer insert or on any of the 2 global effect bus inserts.
  • Microtuning: SynthMaster supports Scala tuning, so tuning can be set either for each preset or globally by loading from a Scala tuning file.
  • Preset Browser: SynthMaster features a comprehensive preset browser with separate search criteria for instrument type, preset attributes, music style or preset author.
  • Online Preset Browser: Registered users can upload their presets to the online preset library, or browse and download presets created by other registered users; using the preset browser right inside the plug-in window.
  • Multiple Skins: SynthMaster comes with 3 different skins in different color variations. Using the included user interface editor, users can not only customize the existing skins but also can create their own custom interfaces as well.
  • Import of MIDI patterns as Arpeggiator Sequence: Monophonic or even polyphonic (chord) MIDI patterns can be imported into the arpeggiators in SynthMaster by just drag and drop of the MIDI file onto the arpeggiator view on the plug-in window.
  • Import of WAV/AIFF Multisamples as SFZ definitions: Multisamples in WAV/AIFF formats could be imported into SynthMaster as SFZ definitions, by simply drag and drop of the WAV/AIFF files onto the oscillator waveform view on the plug-in window.

A demo version of SynthMaster is available. It is identical to the standard version except for 3 limitations:

  1. Saving presets is disabled.
  2. The synth starts playing random notes after 15 minutes.
  3. Comes with 800 factory presets (demo users can check out the remaining factory presets from the online presets browser though).

Audio demos of SynthMaster's factory presets can be listened at:

SoundCloud.com/kv331synthmaster/sets/synthmaster-2-7-factory

Expansions

KV331 Audio has also been releasing expansions for SynthMaster, in various genres. So far, there are a total of 1900 commercial presets in the 'Everything' Bundle. They can be listened to at KV331 Audio's SoundCloud page:

SoundCloud.com/kv331synthmaster/sets/synthmaster-expansions

SynthMaster Player free

KV331 Audio has recently released a free "Player" version of SynthMaster that comes with 500 factory presets. Users of this free "Player" version can purchase and use commercial preset banks released by KV331 Audio. They can also upgrade to the Player version which comes with 1700 factory presets.

SynthMasterCM

On December 5th 2012, KV331 Audio and Computer Music Magazine have released the free (with magazine) SynthMasterCM software synthesizer plug-in. It's available with Computer Music Magazine issue 186 in VST and AU formats on Windows and Mac OS X.

SynthMasterCM is a cut-down version of SynthMaster with the following feature set:

  • 2 wavetable oscillators with up to 8 waves to scan.
  • 2 modulators (sub-oscillators) that can modulate phase/frequency/amplitude of oscillators at audio rate.
  • 1 analog filter with LP/HP/BP/BS modes, before/after filter distortion curve.
  • 1 arpeggiator with up to 8 steps.
  • 4 ADSR envelopes (2 are pre-patched as amplitude and filter envelopes).
  • 1 Step/Glide LFO and 1 Triangle/Square LFO.
  • Polyphony: up to 12 voices.
  • Unison: up to 2 voices.
  • Osc Voice Stacking: up to 4 voices.
  • Modulation Matrix: 10 slots available.Oversampling: 2x (at Good Quality).
  • Delay, Chorus and Reverb effects.
  • 60 Factory presets by Michael Kastrup, Nori Ubukata and Aiyn Zahev.

SynthMasterBE

On January 5th 2013, KV331 Audio and Beat Magazine have released the free (with magazine) SynthMasterBE software synthesizer plug-in. It's available with Beat Magazine issue 86 in VST and AU formats on Windows and Mac OS X.

SynthMasterBE is a cut-down version of SynthMaster with the following feature set:

  • 2 basic oscillators.
  • 2 modulators (sub-oscillators) that can modulate phase/frequency/amplitude of oscillators at audio rate.
  • 1 digital filter with LP/HP/BP/BS modes, before/after filter distortion curve.
  • 1 arpeggiator with up to 8 steps.
  • 4 ADSR envelopes (2 are pre-patched as amplitude and filter envelopes).
  • 1 Step/Glide LFO and 1 Triangle/Square LFO.
  • Polyphony: up to 12 voices.
  • Unison: up to 2 voices.
  • Osc Voice Stacking: up to 4 voices.
  • Modulation Matrix: 10 slots available.Oversampling: 2x (at Good Quality).
  • Delay, Chorus and Reverb effects.
  • 70 Factory presets by Michael Kastrup, Rob Lee and Aiyn Zahev.
User Reviews Average user rating of 4.44 from 5 reviewsAdd A Review

Reviewed By godly
September 26, 2019

kv331audio promises it will deliver for version 3.0 a sample editor, wavetable editor and tons of acoustic content. This synth will be killer.

I got the synth for more than a year but just started working with it since i discovered it has sample and sfz import. I like the arp section and that it's CPU lightweight. Getting to like it allot.

What can improve the synth even more?

presets:
- a preset compare function (save in a temp when using SHIFT on the save button?)
- preset save without dialog (check the Pianoteq Preset save function, it's super)
- preset recall for a whole set on the FX (see avenger)
- more predefined preset settings, arp and fx. (also sync onine?)
- next/prev preset possibility to assign a cc to it
- put the 8 presets macros on top all the time !
- open the prest browser when left clicking the preset name (right click stays the same)

Layers:
- 8 layers with mute/solo buttons
- keyboard zones
- audio level meters ! (also signal flow meters on the OSC/filters/ADSR

OSC:
- drum specific OSC with 1 octave where you can add your single shot samples

samples:
- gain level on the osc (samples)
- a simple sample editor will be most welcome. (attack, end, loop, x-fade)

I'd love to see SM as a complete workstation, with keysplit, zones, drums, so we can create 1 key presets.

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Reviewed By rlared
January 6, 2019

This synth can do pretty much every type of synthesis at this point. You also get tons of presets, which is nice. And there's lots of filter options and they sound good.

The sound quality sounds a little less "high-fi" compared to some of the newer synths like Avenger, Falcon, etc.

The built-in effects don't sound very good in my opinion..

The developer is pretty engaged and active on KVR which is always a bonus.

The main drawback is the interface. For me, it is very clunky to use. There are a ton of tabs and different screens to jump between. Modulation is painful to work with. Also, in general I find the envelopes in Synthmaster (and Synthmaster One) to be difficult to use.

However, for the money, you can't get much more "bang for your buck" than Synthmaster 2... it's a true bargain. Especially if you want to browse through presets. Other newer synths may have better interfaces or features, but there's a big jump in price for the synth and presets usually.

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Reviewed By ubailey
November 26, 2018

This is a very under rated synth. I got it the other day, and I can't stop using it. Already my number 1 synth. I haven't even began to design sounds as the included patches are so good, that I just have fun tweaking those. If you are in to trap or drill music, then this in my opinion is a top of the line synth to have. The only thing that I can think of to ask the developers is to add some visual feedback to better understand what is playing, as this is a monster synth with a lot of parts to it.

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Reviewed By VELLTONE MUSIC
July 31, 2018

One of most advanced VST synths out there.

It's not fun, it's not easy for programming but this beast can do all that many other can't.

Expensive hardware sound from affordable software synth :).

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Reviewed By superfirak
April 9, 2016

Great synth at a great price! Well worth it. Superb sound. It has many presets and many of them sounds good. I really love the cool way of editing and especially love the FM sound.

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