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Rave Generator 2 VST / AudioUnit : the stab machine is back in the house !

Rave Generator 2 free plugin for Mac / Windows / Linux

Rave Generator 2 : Back From Hell !

Rave Generator 2 : Back From Hell !

Everybody should know the first version of the famous RaveGenerator VST plugin : a rompler with a lot of funky rave stabs/samples coming straight from the 90′s, for the late-to-the-party, here’s the link with full description : https://blog.wavosaur.com/rave-generator-vst-free-90s-stab-synth/

Now the version 2 is ready and full of improvements :

  • Mac OS X, Windows and Linux compatible VST ! + AudioUnit version for Logic users.
  • up to 147 internal sounds.
  • sampler vs rompler : you can  load your own samples !
  • you can layer samples (up to 16 sounds).
  • multi timbral : you can assign different MIDI channels to each sample.
  • editable / automatable loop points per sample.
  • tune/pan/volume + volume & pitch envelope per sample.
  • AKAIZE effect from hell for your speed garage time-stretched vooooiiiicccceees.
  • reverse, awful delay, green colors, working embeded keyboard.
  • pitch bend.

Download for FREE!

Rave Generator 2 VST (Windows)

Rave Generator 2 VST/AU (Mac OS X)

Rave Generator 2 VST (Linux)

The plugin is available in 32 & 64 bit, it comes with a user guide in PDF format.

 

If you like and want to encourage, don’t hesitate to donate anything you want :-) =>

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Beta testers needed for RaveGenerator 2 MAC OS X

Hi everybody,

after a long and painful porting, the RaveGenerator 2 VST/AU is ready for beta testing on Mac OS X!

look at the beast :

RaveGenerator 2 is coming on MAC

RaveGenerator 2 is coming on MAC

if you have a MAC, don’t hesitate to try the beta version.
leave a message in the comments or write an email to : contact@wavosaur.com

and don’t forget to give details about your configuration :

  • 32 or 64 bit
  • OS version
  • what host are you using (32 or 64 bit, what version).

so far i tested in Ableton 9.2.3 32 bit, Renoise 64 bit, Reaper 64, VSTLord, AULab
seems to work :-)

Come on don’t be shy !!

Best Free Synth VST AU plugins for MAC OS X

This post is for the Mac users.
When it comes to Mac OS X, the number of freeware plugins is very low, compared to the Windows world.
The popular “Save as VST” softwares (Synthedit and Synthmaker) are Windows only.
The “upgrade” politic of Apple is a sort of nightmare for developers (and sometimes users!), so many old free plugins don’t work anymore…

I have searched for free MAC plugins over the web and then tested !
- only free synth (not effects), in VST and or AudioUnit (AU) format
- the OS used is Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion)
- i tested the plugins in Ableton Live 9 / Renoise / some free VST & AudioUnit host softwares (Pedalboard, the JUCE open source plugin host, VSTLord, AULab, Ugly VSTi Interface…)

It’s a selection with free virtual analog synths, organ emulations, epiano emulations, drum synth, bass synth, FM synth, emulation of Oberheim / NordLead / DX 7 synth, chip synth, guitar emulation…

and here a list of 25 free synth plugins for Mac OS X :

 

1. Synth1 AU/ VST

Synth1 AU for Mac !!

Synth1 AU for Mac !!

http://www.geocities.jp/daichi1969/softsynth/#down

The must-have free synth plugin is available for Mac since one or two years, it is in beta state, it still have some minor bugs with the UI, but it’s usable and you can benefit from the incredible amount of presets created for Synth1, including these :-D
=>
https://blog.wavosaur.com/synth1-presets-chris-bank-volume-2/  &
https://blog.wavosaur.com/chris-bank-synth1-reup/
I had some problems for saving preset in Ableton Live.
Synth1 can do an incredible variety of sounds.
The most versatile Synth in this list

 

2. OBXD AU / VST

OBXD AU

OBXD AU

https://obxd.wordpress.com/

The free Oberheim OB-X OB-Xa OB-8 emulation !
work without any problem in my AudioUnit / VST hosts on Mac.

 

 

3. Tyrell N6 AU / VST

Tyrell N6 freeware

Tyrell N6 freeware

http://www.u-he.com/cms/tyrelln6 
DL here : http://www.amazona.de/amazona-de-freeware-synthesizer-tyrell-n6-v3/

U-He loves the Mac, don’t hesitate to have a look at the other freeware on the Website, all are working without problems in VST or AudioUnit format. I have also selected Triple Cheeze and Zebralette from the same developer. These plugins are good and full featured.

TyrellN6 plugin comes with a big amount of presets, and a deep variety of sounds. It’s powerful and easy to program. It’s rock solid stable and have a nice UI too!

 

 

4. FreeAlpha AU / VST

FreeAlpha AU

FreeAlpha AU

http://www.linplug.com/alpha.html

This freeware from LinPlug sounds very good, it has punch and is easy to tweak. It can do punchy bass, but also nice pads and clean leads. Despite its simple look, it’s powerful and funky!

 

 

5. Crystal AU / VST

Crystal Synth Plugin

Crystal Synth Plugin

http://www.greenoak.com/crystal/dnld.html

The old Crystal Synth is still top, and one of the best synth for complex / evolving PADS, with its multipoint envelopes, and the complete modulation matrix.
One of the best virtual synth, for more than 10 years!

 

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Free VST emulations of famous synths / hardware

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.

TB 303 + cat in space

TB 303 + cat in space

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 :

1. Minimoog

freemoog

https://blog.wavosaur.com/best-free-vst-minimoog-emulation/

 

2. ARP 2600

arppe2600VA

https://blog.wavosaur.com/2-free-arp-2600-vst-emu-preset-banks/

 

3. ARP Odyssey

oddsay

https://blog.wavosaur.com/4-free-arp-odyssey-vst-emulation-128-presets/

 

4. VCS3 Synthi AKS

cynthia

https://blog.wavosaur.com/free-ems-vcs3-synthi-aks-vst-emulations/

 

5. Oberheim OB-X / OB-Xa / OB-8

obxd

https://obxd.wordpress.com/

 

6. Roland TB 303

venom303

https://blog.wavosaur.com/best-free-tb-303-emulation-sotware-vst-plugins-standalone/

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3 Free Roland Alpha Juno VST emulations

Let’s go techno :

1. Phutura VSTi by PhutureTone

Phutura VSTi : the free Alpha Juno !

Phutura VSTi : the free Alpha Juno !

http://phuturetone.com/phutura.php

Hoover !!

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.

 

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6 free VST emulation of Roland Juno 60 Juno 160 & Juno 6

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 :

 

 

1. TAL U-NO-62

TAL U-NO-62 VST

TAL U-NO-62 VST

DL : http://kunz.corrupt.ch/products/tal-u-no-62

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!

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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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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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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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