The 10 Best Free VST Synths In The World

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As promised, this follow-up to the 10 Best Free VST Plugins list (that is, just effects and processors) is all about synths.

Some of these synths are early projects from designers who have gone on to work for larger companies making some of the most high-profile VST instruments; others are passion projects from solo sonic adventurers who simply want to share their skills with the music-making community. And some are simply streamlined versions of commercial synths.

But what these VST synths have in common, other than price, is that they all have a fantastic sound and great tone-shaping features. You can load them up in your DAW right now and give any of them a spin in your next production. You won’t be disappointed!

u-he TyrellN6 freeware synth

1. u-he TyrellN6blade runner, batty

Similar design to the classic Roland Juno 60, and awesomely named after the rogue replicants in Blade Runner…

Available for PC and Mac. More info and download link here.

Green Oak Crystal

2. Green Oak Crystal

Created by Glenn Olander, who went on to design Spectrasonics Omnisphere and Stylus RMX. No slouch then…

Available for PC and Mac. More info and downloads here. There’s also an iPad/iPhone version, available here.

TAL-NoiseMaker

3. Togu Audio Line TAL-NoiseMaker

A great synth from the guys who brought us the TAL-Effects bundle I mentioned previously. Well worth a look.

Available for PC and Mac. More info and download here.

Ichiro Toda Synth1

4. Ichiro Toda Synth1

This synth is modelled on the modern classic Clavia Nord Lead 2 Red Synth… Nuff said really :)

Available for PC and Mac. More info (translated from the Japanese) and download here.

de la Mancha FMMF

5. de la Mancha FMMF

This FM synth, with 4 operators, is especially good for pads and sound design-y noises and effects.

Available for Windows VST only. More info and download here.

Ohm Force Symtohm:Melohman Performer Edition

6. Ohm Force Symtohm:Melohman Performer Edition

A slimmed-down version of the original Symptohm:Melohman, the only actual difference being that you’re limited to presets from the Symptohm sound library.

But there are 1200 sounds there, enough to keep anybody busy for a while…

Available for PC and Mac. More info and download here.

u-he Zebralette

7. u-he Zebralette

Again, this synth is a slimmed-down version of a commercial soft synth – in this case, the u-he Zebra2. But the Zebralette is very popular in it’s own right, as it’s capable of making some pretty great sounds of it’s own.

Available for PC and Mac. More info and download here.

Tonebytes Bleep

8. Tonebytes Bleep’

Recreating the legendary sound of the Commodore 64 SID sound chip, this synth is an absolute  must for chiptune makers and anyone who’s into retro / 8-bit game style sounds and FX.

It’s available for Windows VST only I’m afraid. More info and download here.

Futucraft Kairatune

9. Kairatune

A bass and lead synth with an inspiring interface, designed specifically with EDM in mind.

Windows VST only. More info and download here.

EMU Proteus VX

10. E-MU Proteus VX

A free synth sound module from the legendary hardware sampler makers. It’s a slimmed-down version of their Emulator X3, and can load any sounds from the Emulator X library.

Windows VST only. More info and download here.

Which other free synths are you using that I might have missed? Leave a comment below, cheers!

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