VST : AlgoMusic – StringSynth

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Eminent 310
The warm lush sound of a “stringer” synth. If you have ever listened to Jean-Michel Jarre’s Oxygene or Equinox, you’d instant recognise the sound. Originally, Jarre didn’t really use a synthesizer for this sound though, it was an organ, the Eminent 310 with a string patch. When fed through a phaser: instant lush sound was there.

Later came the smaller ARP – Solina String Machine, which could produce the same style of sound. But still, these two organ / synth’s were quite big and are getting rare these days, if they even still can work. These things are already from the early 70-ies !

When looking around for nice free goodies, I stumbled upon AlgoMusic’s StringSynth. Not a rompler or sample based instrument, like most of these (free) emulators of the old string synthesizers. Is it an exact copy ? Probably not, but you can get it to produce very nice sounds, that really come close to these big old huge beasts. And it’s free !

Algo Music - StringSynth

The interface is clean, simple and compact. It’s easy to edit and not too small to have a clear view of the thing. Only possible negative side to it, might be CPU usage, which can get sometimes pretty high when using multiple instances with a lot of polyphony.

To give you an idea what it can sound like, click on the play button below. It’s a little demo with 2 instances of the stringsynth VST.

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acidrack VST demo

Written by Juno on . Posted in Sound 'n Music, Synth / VST info

Just a little track made in Renoise and 7 instances of the acidrack VST that I posted earlier about.
acid.milch & honig acidrack
All sounds are made by this little synth. I could probably do a lot more with it, but I just had a quick try and play with the instances for about 30 minutes, including making the little demo track.

Sure it isn’t a Roland TR-808 / TR-909 if it’s about the percussion. Yet again, you can get some decent drum sounds out of it, especially some bassdrums if you take the time to tweak it a bit further. But it’s sure you can make some nice basses, leads and even some decent strings with this toy.

Anyway, have fun listening to this thing and give me a shout if you will 😉

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Free VST synth : acid.milch&honig acidrack

Written by Juno on . Posted in Sound 'n Music, Synth / VST info

As said in previous posting, I’m looking around what’s available free on the VST market. VST plugins are virtual software synthesizers or effects to be used in real-time with your favorite VST capable sequencer / DAW.

Since I’m in the proces of a complete reinstall, why not have a look at all these plugins again ? There are some amazing synths out there. One of those is acid.milch&honig acidrack. acid.milch & honig acidrack

Sometimes it’s a pity to see an amazing plugin that offers great technical capabilities, but the user interface is just … well, no very useable. Too crowded, colours that hurt your eyes, too small, not intuitive. On the other hand, there are loads of synths or effects with a very nice almost “I-can-grab-it-right-from-the-screen” interface, but that lack decent processing or are heavy like hell for your computer.

So far, I’m really impressed in both the clean interface and technical / sound capabilities of the acid.milch&honig acidrack VST synth. It’s a 2 oscillator virtual analog synthesizer, with some nice filter/LFO capabilities. Sure, there are a million in a dozen of these VA synths around. But this one is so intuitive and totally free, you’d be nuts not to give it a try.

A lot of the synthedit synths (a program to visually make your own VST plugins, without needing knowledge of for example C++ code) are automatically ditched by a lot of VST users, because of a lack in decent sound/useability. But this little plugin shows it can be done right. I think I’m gonna have a lot of fun with this lil toy. I’ll try to post some sounds later.