The magic of software virtual instruments ! Recreating known piece of hardware, emulating famous synth, trying to capture the spirit of a machine, attempting to copy the sound and feeling of an instrument!
Here’s a compilation of all the articles about free VST plugins that try to emulate the most famous synths, plus links to the freeware plugins that are the only one to recreate a kind of machine (they didn’t get an article). Below is a list of best free VST emulations.
Here you can find free virtual alternatives to the classic analog synths :
MiniMoog, Arp 2600, Arp Odyssey, Synthi VCS3, Obeirheim OB-X
There are also your favorite FM / Vector Synthesis / “digital” synths :
Yamaha DX7, Prophet VS, PPG Wave, Ensoniq SQ80
The usual techno/trance suspects are here too :
Roland TB303, Alpha Juno, Juno 60, JP-8000, Korg Mono / Poly, Clavia Nord Lead 2
We did not forgot the Jazzy/Funky/Rock famous instruments :
Fender Rhodes electric piano, Hammond B3 organ, Farfisa combo organ, Hohner Clavinet, Wurlitzer E-piano, Mellotron & Arp Solina.
And even the antic Theremin + some funky toys : Speak and Spell & Stylophone.
This is work in progress, i’ll add free VSTi plugin if we find some new free recreation of well known synthesizers.
All the VSTi in this list are freeware.
Here we go :
2. ARP 2600
3. ARP Odyssey
4. VCS3 Synthi AKS
5. Oberheim OB-X / OB-Xa / OB-8
6. Roland TB 303
7. Roland Alpha Juno
8. Roland JP-8000
9. Roland Juno 60 / Juno 106 / Juno 6
10. Korg Mono / Poly
11. Yamaha DX7
12. Prophet VS
13. Ensoniq SQ80
14. Waldorf PPG Wave
15. Rhodes MK2 electric piano
16. Wurlitzer electric piano
17. Hammond B3 tonewheel organ
18. Farfisa electric combo organ
19. Clavinet D6
21. ARP Solina string ensemble
23. Speak and Spell toy
24. Dubreq Stylophone
25. Linndrum LM-1
26. Electronic Dream Plant (EDP) Wasp
27. Clavia Nord Lead 2