Let’s go funk:
1. TickyClav by BigTick
The most popular VST for free Clavinet emulation : it’s nice and does what we want.
here’s a demo from uproar24 on youtube :
Good old transistor organs from the 60′s, the Farfisa manufacturer is associated to the portable combo organ, the characteristic sound of the electronic organ is all you need.
So we compiled some free VSTi that are able to emulate electric organ.
portable organ 4 all !
The most popular free Farfisa VST emulation, it’s modelled after the Farfisa Combo organ, and available for Windows and Mac OSX, both 32 & 64 bit.
The Hammond B3 organ.
Additive synthesis at its best !
Suitable for Jazz, Rock, Gospel, Blues, Ballad, House, Funk, Cheesy reprise of anything, Ballad, Dance, Pop, Hard Rock, etc..
Some history here : http://theatreorgans.com/grounds/docs/history.html + some facts
i have selected 7 free drawbar organ VSTi emulations of the Hammond B3.
Let’s groove :
Not only free, it’s also open source.
This is a very good drawbar emulation, with onboard FX, nice saturation, and the speaker leslie emulation. Perfect for emulating gospel organ and rock organ. And check the “NHL” preset!
There’s also a MAC version here
“The famous Dubreq Stylophone !”
The stylophone is a toy synth, created by Brian Jarvis in a psychedelic era.
It was used by Kraftwerk, David Bowie, Pulp, Erasure and Dimitri from Paris.
We have found 3 virtual instruments on the interweb that try to capture the crunchy sound of the stylophone.
The best one ! the most fidel, with vibrato.
Who needs a Clavioline when there’s a Stylophone:
Let’s go techno :
A nice clean interface, and a good sound. This is the only free “Alpha Juno” VSTi that can do a decent “hoover”. It can do hoover but not only ! There are some great bass and cool sounds in the factory presets.
Some free VSTi try to emulate (more or less faithfully) the sound of the Roland Juno‘s synths (Juno 60, Juno 106 & Juno 6). All these synths were and are still popular. The Juno 106 were used by Acrid Abeyance and can also be heard in countless techno trax.
Get ready for fat chorus ! here’s a selection of freeware plugin :
Available in 32 & 64 bit for Windows and MAC OS X (in VST & AU format).
The best VSTi to get Juno60ish sounds, trust the chorus ! trust the chorus.
dont forget to check out the other plugins by TAL, the chorus is available as a separate VST effect !
Check the “power pad” preset : the sound is full.
Great for bass and pad, few controls for easy tweaking. Pump up the bass!
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 :
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.
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 :
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.
Strawberry Fields for ever !
more music, less talk :
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:
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 !
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