This installment of Stay Plugged In brings you three analog synthesizers with an abundance of knob and slider-tweaking fun. Manipulate the controls on these synths, and you are sure to come up with some very interesting and unique, but usable noises for your sonic arsenal.
De La Mancha Basic 65
We kick it off retro-style with Basic 65 by De La Mancha. Atari-heads will get a big kick out of this Commodore 64 SID chip-inspired monophonic synth. Basic 65, a Windows VST plugin now available for free, was previously a pay-for product. Producers will love coaxing a wide selection of low-fi albeit very interesting sounds out of this extremely tweakable plugin.
- Three oscillators
- ADSR envelope per oscillator, syncable or ring modulated by each other
- Two tempo-sync LFOs
- Two tempo-sync arpeggiators
- Variable arpeggiator tempo, range and note length
- Resonant filter utilizes low pass, high pass, band pass and notch modes
MinimogueVA is available as a Windows VST plugin. It is a modern interpretation of the classic Minimoog that has an extended feature set and numerous improvements. These additional features include release knobs for the two contour generators, the ability to tune oscillator one and fine-tune oscillators two and three, and a digital delay to name a few. Minimoog fans will get a kick out of the sounds they can produce with this free plugin offering.
- Three oscillators
- Five-note polyphony
- One-per-oscillator overdrive sliders
- Loudness and filter contour ADSR
- 16-note step sequencer
- Full-featured digital delay
- Global overdrive
Synth1 is a great sounding, full-featured virtual analog synth plugin originally modeled after the Clavia Nord Lead 2 Red Synth. It is available for the PC and Mac (beta) in VST format. Synth1 is one of the most downloaded plugins of all time due to its great feature set and wide range of tonal possibilities. Numerous additional sound sets and presets plus tutorials can be found on the web.
- 32-note polyphony
- Three oscillators with FM and ring modulation plus synchronization
- Arpeggiator that can be synchronized to host
- Two LFOs that can be synchronized to host
- Delay, distortion, phaser, and chorus/flanger effects
- Can be automated
- Uses CPU instructions for low processor utilization