De La Mancha has released Dirty Harry – a dirty, gritty, lofi synth for Windows – as freeware.
Here’s what they have to say about it:
dirty harry is an unashamedly DIY lofi synth based on the samples of my two homemade, lofi noisemakers, the Atari Punk Console and the BugBrand WOM
dirty harry offers 20 unique waveforms in all their mono/monophonic glory. For extra grit the oscillators can be sync’d or ring modulated. Fidelity can be lowered further still with reduction in sample quality, distortion and a unique ‘bad contact’ emulation.
2 tempo sync LFOs allow modulation of filter, pitch and contact, with one LFO modulating the depth and frequency of the other. There are envelopes for volume, pitch and filter, with different contours and pitch options. Throw in an arpeggiator, pitch drift and portamento and you can see that whilst it may be lofi in sound, it doesn’t lack for sound design features.
Venom VB-303 is a free software synth that simulates the iconic sound of the Roland TB-303 bass synthesizer.
It’s Windows only – so Mac users are out of luck.
It’s available for download here.
Here’s a user video demo: Continue reading
Xenobioz has introduced Funxion - a free hybrid synthesizer VSTi, with user definable functions for waveforms and distortion. Continue reading
B. Serrano has released Dionysos, a free software synthesizer for Windows.
- 16 voices polyphonic.
- Substractive, FM and additive synthesis.
- Full MDI learn implementation.
- Envelope & LFO Host syncable.
- 32 steps graphic sequencer.
- Many filters.
- XY pad.
- Tons of modulations.
Xen-Arts has released XenFont – a two oscillator, hybrid SF2 SoundFont & Subtractive Synthesis VST for Windows.
It features full-controller MIDI Pitch Microtuning, using the MTS (MIDI Tuning Standard) format, where any MIDI Note Number can be freely microtuned to any desired pitch across the MIDI range, enabling computer musicians and composers to explore the expressive possibilities of composing music with alternative intonation systems. Continue reading
H.G.Fortune has a holiday gift for Windows users, a free software synth, Fortune Cookie 2012.
Fortune Cookie 2012 is a VA synth (VSTi plugin) for ‘various types of solo and more or less typical polysynth and strange FX sounds’. According to Fortune, it gains special uniqueness from it’s different sync modes and X-Torsion.
KX-Polymod is a free modular synth for Windows, inspired by Klaus Schulze, who the developer calls “my electronic music reference.
Partikkel Audio has released Hadron – described as the ‘ultimate granular synthesis tool’ – as a free download.
“In fact,” notes the developer, “it is such a complete implementation of granular synthesis , that we?ve renamed the technique to ‘particle synthesis’.”
Hadron is free and open source.