So, you’re looking for the best synth VST plugins? Look no further, because I’ve got some great ones for you right here.
- Datsounds OBXD – Oberheim emulator
- Green Oak Software Crystal – eerie sounds
- u-he Triple Cheese – atmospheric and beautiful
- Togu Audio Line TAL-NoiseMaker – not just for noise
- u-he Tyrell N6 – great for synth bass
- Digital Suburban Dexed – wide variety of sounds
- Ichiro Toda Synth1 – bleeps and sequences
- Hermann Seib WaveSim – early 80s Tangerine Dream?
- Siegfried Kulmann SQ8L – lovely melody sounds
- Tone2 FireBird 2 – great for EDM
- Mark Henning Anamark – beeps and squelches
- BrainStormer by Roazhon DSP – arpeggiated basslines and sequences
- Lokomotiv by Archetype Instruments – interesting sounds
- Tunefish 4 by Brain Control – I love the sound of this!
This synth, which is an emulation of the famous Oberheim OB-X, OB-Xa and OB-8 synths, seems to be good for creating nice synthetic sounds. It can also produce some rather weird squishy synth sounds.
Green Oak Software Crystal
This soft synth is semi-modular and uses both subtractive and FM synthesis. It’s capable of producing some quite eerie sounds once you start fiddling around with the many different controls.
u-he Triple Cheese
This one is great for making flutey leads or atmospheric pad sounds. Nice and reverby. It can also do some nice spacey organ sounds and some weird synth squelches.
Togu Audio Line TAL-NoiseMaker
The name of this synth probably doesn’t do it justice. Yes, it can create some harsh sounds, but it does more than that. It’s not just for making noise, it’s for making some great synth sounds too.
u-he Tyrell N6
This seems to be good for making great synth bass sounds but can also do goo organ-like and mallet and bell type sounds. It’s very metallic and glassy sounding but can also do some quite spooky sounds and weird warbles.
Digital Suburban Dexed
Nice syth brass sounds, good percussive noise, pleasant bell type sounds warm pads and some harsh metallic synth sounds. There’s quite a lot going on here.
Ichiro Toda Synth1
Great for sci-fi type synth bleeps and sequences. Tends to sound quite metallic. Could be good for retro synth sounds.
Hermann Seib WaveSim
This is a software version of the PPG Wave. I quickly started to recognise the sound of this synth. I’m pretty sure Tangerine Dream used it on their album Exit from 1981, which must have been when the synth first came out. Now you can replicate those kinds of sounds for free!
Siegfried Kulmann SQ8L
I love that reverby sequence near the beginning of this video. It would be great to make a nice melody with that. But then it gets transformed into something quite different. It seems you can make quite a wide range of sounds with this synth, some of them soothing, some of them very electronic, some funky, and some atmospheric and spooky. Interesting organ-like sounds.
Tone2 FireBird 2
Those big organ-synth chords at the beginning would really suit a modern EDM track. Yet this can also do nice flutey sounds, electronic squelchy sequences, and drifting atmospheric pads. This synth would be really good for making a lot of modern music.
Mark Henning Anamark
This one seems to be best of for beeps and squelches. Quite a simple-sounding synth really, but could sound good in the right place.
BrainStormer by Roazhon DSP
I imagine this one being great for making arpegiated synth sequences and basslines to sit underneath your other synth sounds.
Lokomotiv by Archetype Instruments
The controls of this software synth seem rather bleak and minimalist, but it can certainly make some interesting sounds. They sound quite metallic and harsh, which could suit some music well.
Tunefish 4 by Brain Control
I love the sound of this! Sounds like you can make some really nice electronic music using this synth. It’s quite amazing that something sounding so good is available for free. Of course, the tune made with it in this video helps too.
I hope you enjoyed this list of the best free synth VST plugins. If you have any comments or questions, feel free to leave them in the comments section below. I will reply as soon as I can.
All the best,