Best Free Software Synthesizers

There are just so many free music making softwares available in the Internet. In this post i will list few really cool and best free software synthesizers available in the market, which runs on both Mac and PC. Happy Synthesizing.

1. Synth1 :- Developed by Ichiro Toda, its One of the absolutely great free soft synth available on the market. Synth1 has really great features like Dual oscillators, multimode filter, ring and frequency modulation and its sounds fantastic. Whats more there is free present bank available for it with more than 14000 presets/patches/sound.

2. Zebralette :- This free soft synth offering is from u-he makers of acclaimed synths like Zebra and Diva. Its strip down version of famous Zebra. Feature wise it has 1 – oscillator same found in Zebra. Has two LFOs (one per voice, one global), a multi-stage envelope and three on-board effects (chorus, EQ, delay). Not forgetting Zebra2’s famous dual spectral effects, which include several squelchy filter algorithms.

3. Dexed :- Dexed is a wonderful FM synthesizer. Dexed is closely modeled on the Yamaha DX7. It also runs on both Mac and PC. It can load/save any DX7/TX7 sysex programs. provides 144 DAW automatable DX7 parameters from one single panel. And if you want to get your hand dirty, they also provide source code to mingle around. Dexed is licensed on the GPL v3. The msfa component (acronym for music synthesizer for android, see msfa in the source folder) stays on the Apache 2.0 license to able to collaborate between projects.

4. TAL-NoiseMaker :-  TAL-NoiseMaker is an improved version of TAL-Elek7ro and has a completely new synth engine and a lot of improvements in sound and usability. Apart from 3 oscillators and 2 LFOs it also includes a small effect section with a reverb, chorus and a simple bit crusher effect. A display shows the knob and slider values.

5. u-he Tyrell N6 :-  Another free synth from u-he. Tyrell is the name of a project by the German online magazine Amazona.de. A reader survey and follow-on forum posts provided a pool of ideas for a low-cost HARDWARE analogue synth, which Mic ‘Moogulator’ Irmer collected and used to develop quite a powerful concept. Based on a design similar to Roland’s classic Juno 60, a few modules and novel features could be added without making the product too expensive. However, it soon became obvious that developing the hardware would have taken years, so Urs offered to turn the core design into a freeware softsynth.

6. Luscious cheesy comb synthesizer :- Winner of the 2006 KVR Developer Challenge, Triple Cheese is a unique-sounding freeware synthesizer plugin. Triple Cheese doesn’t use any of the classic synthesis techniques – substractive, FM or additive – but various forms of comb filter i.e. very short chromatically tuned delays. The three cheese modules in a row either generate their own signal, or process the output of the previous module.

7. OBXD by Datsounds :- Based on Oberheim’s classic gem, the OBX synth, and excels at recreating that heavy, spacey analog sound. OBXD 2 comes with a number of controls for oscillators, mix, control, filter, modulation, envelopes, and voices. Whilst it’s capability doesn’t stray too far from it’s core it’s an awesome sound that continues to sound great as you play with it’s variables.

8. Helm :- Helm is a soft synth capable of an unreal level of customisation with waveforms and dials covering the interface (neatly). Helm’s source code is open, so you can dive in there and you can study and change the source code and redistribute exact or modified copies of Helm.