Free EMS VCS3 & Synthi AKS VST emulations

Back to the 70′s !
EMS created the VCS3 (also called ‘the putney’ ), then, based on the VCS3, the Synthi A and Synthi AKS. A portable synth in a suitcase ! A James Bond suitcase.
Some VST plugins (freeware) tried to recreate the original semi modular design of this synth, here’s the list :

 

1. Cynthia VST by NineCows

Cynthia VST

Cynthia VST

http://ninecows.dk/cynthia/

Cynthia is a free EMS VCS3 VST emulation. It was developed with Synthedit, so it’s for Windows (32 bit) hosts.
Don’t forget to read the manual it’s clear and instructive.
The Cynthia VST come with two dll files : it can also be used as effect, for processing your audio input.

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Best free VST minimoog emulations for Windows

The Minimoog ! one of the synth that had the biggest impact in history of synths.
This is a difficult task to emulate the moog sound with virtual synth, you have to take care of the electronic components and their characteristics.

Let’s start the dance :

1. MinimogueVA by Gunnar

MinimogueVA : free miniMoog VST emulation!

MinimogueVA : free miniMoog VST emulation!

Download and information : Gunnar archive site

Based on the Richard Brooks synthedit sources of “mogue”, this is a very nice VST emulation of the famous miniMoog synthesizer.
It’s a Synthedit creation : It works for Windows and 32 bit VST hosts.
You can also found a polyphonic version (MinimogueLuxus VST).
The three oscillators are here, and the filter does the job.
A simple arpeggiator is also a nice addition.

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5 free Mellotron VST

Strawberry Fields for ever !

more music, less talk :

1. Redtron SE by Artifake_Labs

Redtron VST

Redtron VST

https://sites.google.com/site/artifakelabs/

This is a Synthedit VST, so it should work in 32 bit hosts on Windows.
It’s based on these samples : http://leisureland.us/audio/MellotronSamples/MellotronSamples.htm
Don’t hesitate to browse the artifakelabs site, as you also have the Redtron 400 version and the Redton MKV for emulating the Mellotron MKV.

listen to the demo and compare:

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4 Free DX7 VST Emulation : FM Synth 4 all!

The Yahama DX7 synthesizer ! The sound of the 80′s.
Released in 1983, the DX7 presets were used in countless songs, like these : http://bobbyblues.recup.ch/yamaha_dx7/dx7_examples.html

Famous for his e-piano sound, and bells, marimba and other metallic or crystal clear sounds.
It was used and still can be used in any music genre, from pop ballad to hard techno.

I digged into the many free FM VST plugins, searching for those who are able to recreate that clean 80 FM sound.
Here’s 4 free VSTi that can stand for the title of “best free DX7 VST emulation” :

1. Dexed FM VST

Dexed free fm synth

Dexed free fm synth

https://github.com/asb2m10/dexed

This VSTi is freeware and available for Windows and Mac OS X.
It can import / export original DX7 sysex, so you can use it as a DX7 editor.
The project is alive and recent, and it sounds very nice ! All FM lovers must try it.

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4 free Arp Odyssey VST emulation (+128 presets!)

The scaled-down version of the Arp 2600 ! the famous Arp Odyssey appeared in 1972.
Some free VSTi try to recreate the analog sound of the Arp Odyssey, with its funky modulations.
Here’s a selection of 4 freeware plugins.

Come on now !

1. ODSay VST by ElektroStudio

OSDay Free VSTi

OSDay Free VSTi

Free download and infos : http://www.elektrostudio.ovh.org/index.php?go=odsay

The guys from Elektrostudio did it again!
The VST is souding good. It also adds a chorus and a delay that are not present in the hardware model.

here’s a bank of 128 presets for ODsay VST : download now !! Chris bank for ODsay

sample & hold pad

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3 free Linndrum LM-1 VSTi plugins

The famous Linndrum LM-1 drum machine !
Here’s a selection of 3 free VSTi that try to emulate the sound of the LM-1.

 

1. JM-1 VST by Jun’s Factory

JM-1 Drum computer VST

JM-1 Drum computer VST

Info & download : http://www.aaa-int.or.jp/jfactory/projects/VST/

A Synthedit creation with good quality samples. It’s Windows only and 32 bit.
There is a volume and a pan control for each element.

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5 Free VST emulations of Roland JP-8000 : supersaw !!!

These VST plugins are not really “close emulation” but all these VST synths are inspired by the Roland JP-8000 and try to emulate the famous “supersaw” sound.
Let’s go trance :

1. Superwave P8 VSTi

Superwave P8 : jp-8000 emulation for free

Superwave P8 : jp-8000 emulation for free

Freeware download : http://www.superwavesynths.co.uk/product_p8.htm

The best free VST synth for supersaw like sounds, the good old Superwave P8.
Don’t forget to check out the presets :  Yazoo Synth, Jean Michel Jarre creamy pads, Van Halen Jump sound, Europe Final Countdown Lead, Chariot Of Fire Synth , they’re all here!

Trance demo:

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Best Fender Rhodes e-piano VST (freeware)

The famous Fender Rhodes Mark II stage 73 electric piano!
Essential if you plan to do funk-jazz, deep house, or any soulul music.
The Rhodes keys can be heard on countless tracks, from Herbie Hancock to Stevie Wonder, the Doors & Ray Charles, Chick corea & JojoLapin.
It’s funky, soulful, deep, smooth, jazzy, lounge, groovy.
Here are the best FREE VST emulations of the e-piano:

 

1. MrRay73 & MrRay22 VST by Guido Scognamiglio

Mr Ray 73 VST Rhodes piano plugin

Mr Ray 73 VST Rhodes piano plugin

MrRay 2.2 ! rhodes 4 ever

MrRay 2.2 ! rhodes 4 ever

http://www.genuinesoundware.com/?a=showproduct&b=37

These two VSTi are donationware.
and they are pure synthesis, no sample involved.
The sound is very good, Mr Ray 73 VST gives you that funky feeling when you play it.
Mr Ray 22 has more parameters and some good classic effects : a chorus, a wah wah, a tremolo/autopan, a distortion and a stereo delay.

Mr Ray Charles:

stormy !

straight Rhodes e-piano

soft deep house chords

Rhodes piano through wah wah effect!

 

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Rave Generator VST : free 90′s stab synth

Rave Generator VST

Rave Generator VST

Rave Generator VST by DJ * CSI * is a free rompler VST synth, containing many of the classic sounds of the early rave / hardcore from the 90′s.

download RaveGenerator VST for Windows (32 bit)

download RaveGenerator VST for Windows (64 bit)

When you need an old school rave stab, just load the Rave Generator VST and go through the presets ! => instant Altern 8 / 2 Unlimited / Belgium techno / hardcore gabber rave sound !

There are 64 sounds, including the T99 Anasthasia choir stab, classic hoover, Black Riot stab, the “Landlord” stab as heard in “Outlander – Vamp” and countless rave tracks, the “Inner City” stab, etc.. There’s also some funny “wooh” voice sounds. OldSchool Rave 100 % garantee.

some quick demos:

T99 rave choir stab !

Landlord Stab

Brazil

We need Hoover

Funky Stab !

Revelation of a new order !

Yo soy el seigneur des los tenebros

Hardcore

Rave to the house

Get Ready 4 This brass Synth

Happy hardcore

Inner City This Brutal House

old school gabber

this beat is technotronic

Get Ready For the Euromasters

All the cheesy cliché sounds are here :)
Well, not all sounds in my opinion, i miss some of the most used and cool sample (like the Casio CZ organ), but i already asked DJ * CSI * for a V2 !
He asked us to host the plugin, so you can download it right now.
It’s freeware and VST2.4 compatible!

We already hope for a V2 to come very soon, we asked for some improvement and more sounds.
Don’t hesitate to make your suggestions too!

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5 Free VST for hardcore gabber hardstyle kick

When it comes to hardcore techno, and style/genre like gabber, hardstyle, speedcore, new style hardcore, oldschool gabber, etc..  the kick drum is the more important part of the production:

the kick drum has to be ridiculously strong, and/or distorted, mangled to death, strong solid fat devastating and incredible.

For me the best combo is drum synth or sample + distortion (and couple of other effects like compression, distortion, EQ, and more distortion).
But sometimes it’s nice to have a dedicated plugin ! Here we go with the freeware plugins :

 

1. Gabber Master! VST by John Merrik

Gabber Master !

Gabber Master !

direct dl : Gabber Master VST download!

It’s a Windows-only VST, it seems it has been created with Synthmaker, and should work well in 32 bit VST hosts sequencers.
The GabberMaster VST is sample based with a nice variety of samples, and some parameters for destroying the sound.
Instant gabber hardcore breakcore speedcore terrorcore !

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