Synth VSTs

Synth VSTs

There is nothing better than free right? Check out this list of free Synth VST’s to add to your production. Wanted to say thanks to the source of this research, LANDR.


2getheraudio Cheeze Machine is a free VSTi inspired by vintage string synths like the ARP/Solina String Ensemble. It’s perfect for those phasey, vintage, lo-fi strings. Click here to download.

Applied Acoustics Systems AAS Player is a free player for AAS library instruments. It comes preloaded with some great sound banks to get you started. Click here to download.

Ample Sound’s Guitar M LITE II is a realistic sounding acoustic guitar with impressive articulation and strumming options for a free plugin. Click here to download.

Ample Bass P LITE II, is another great instrument from Ample Sound that brings the sound of a studio P-Bass to your DAW. Click here to download.

Ample Sound Cloudrum is a digital version of the extremely sought-after melodic handpans you might have heard on a moody film soundtrack. Click here to download.

Audjoo Helix is a full featured, crisp sounding subtractive synthesizer. It’s huge collection of waveshapes and the ability to use any of them in a “super saw” style makes it amazing for modern electronic sounds. Click here to download.

Blamsoft VK-1 is a digital emulation of the sought after Moog Voyager hardware synth. All the classic flavour of the original is present in the excellent sounding VK-1. Click here to download.

Blaukraut Charlatan 2.0 is an uncomplicated, super fat sounding virtual analog synth. Its easy-to use interface makes it good for dialing up great sounds fast. Click here to download.

Bruce Sutherland JuceOPLVSTi is a VST version of the Yamaha YMF262 FM synthesis chip used to create the soundtracks of classic video games like DOOM. Click here to download.

Is a 32-voice subtractive synth with powerful options beneath its simple exterior. Its comprehensive LFO controls and modulation matrix are perfect for creating evolving soundscapes. Click here to download.

Dexed is a fantastic utilitarian FM synth engine that’s capable of loading any of the classic patches from Yamaha’s hardware FM synths like the DX7 and TX81Z. Click here to download.

discoDSP OB-Xd brings the enormous sound of the Oberheim OB-X to your DAW. The OB-Xd convincingly recreates the legendary pads and leads of the original. Click here to download.

DSK Dynamic Guitar is another realistic guitar sample plugin with convincing articulations for strumming. Click here to download.

DSK Saxophones offers modes for both alto and soprano saxophone with onboard tone shaping options like ADSR and reverb. Click here to download.

DSK The Grand sounds very convincing for a free plugin. A great option for moody and dramatic grand piano sounds. Click here to download.

Extent of the Jam Digits 2 is a unique phase distortion synthesizer inspired by the Casio CZ series. Phase Distortion is a variant of FM synthesis that can produce some truly wild sounds. Click here to download.

Full Bucket FB-3300 is an astounding VST reproduction of the rare Korg PS-3300 synthesizer from the late 70s. Click here to download.

Full Bucket Modulair is a capable, fully modular synth plugin available generously for free. Click here to download.

HY-Plugins HY-Mono is an easy-to-use, fat sounding free monosynth. Click here to download.

Ichiro Toda Synth1 is a well designed VST polysynth that models the Clavia Nord Lead 2 hardware. Click here to download.

IK Multimedia Syntronik FREE comes packed with 50 presents and 38 effects from the enormous library of the powerful paid version. There’s a huge amount of classic synth tones to choose from. Click here to download.

Keyzone Classic gives you great sounding acoustic and electric pianos sounds in your DAW for free. Click here to download.

Linplug FreeAlpha 3 is based on the same powerful synth engine as the paid version. Its slimmed down feature set is easier to use and sounds great. Click here to download.

Matt Tytel’s Helm is an open-source VST synth. That means you’re free to install it anywhere on anything and tinker with the source code. Pretty cool!. Click here to download.

ML PG8X is a free emulation of the great sounding Roland JX-8P. Get all the classic sounds of this affordable vintage synth in your DAW. Click here to download.

The Muon Tau Bassline is modelled after the Roland TB-303. This small but powerful VST synth gives you that sweet sweet 303 bass we all know and love. Click here to download.

NUSofting Sinnah is a unique VST synth based on a simple oscillator that can create complex waveforms. It’s modulation and effects routing options are extremely extensive. Click here to download.

Ohm Force SymptOhm PE is the free version (“Performer’s Edition”) of Symptohm:Melohman. It contains all the presets of the paid version with a slimmed down control scheme. Click here to download.

One Small Clue Grace is a handy and lightweight VST sampler. Everyone needs a sampler! Click here to download.

Plogue Alter/Ego is a realtime voice synthesizer capable of creating incredibly interesting vocal sounds. It’s “voice banks” have colourful personalities brought to life with art and design. Click here to download.

Plogue Sforzando is a simple standalone player for the non-proprietary SoundFont format of sampled instruments. Click here to download.

Fathom is a modular VST synth that excels at crafting original waveforms with advanced modulation. The mono version of Fathom is available completely free. Click here to download.

Soca Labs PAPU emulates the sound hardware of the original Nintendo Gameboy for all your chiptune needs. Click here to download.

Sound Magic Piano One uses a hybrid modelling technique to deliver the sound of the workhorse Yamaha C7 grand piano. Click here to download.

Spitfire Audio LABS packs a huge amount of extremely creative sounds into a user-friendly interface. With unique libraries from modulated pianos to windswept strings to creative percussion, try LABS if you’re looking for something new. Click here to download.

Steinberg Model E is a useful 3 oscillator bass station capable of pumping out great bass tones. Click here to download.

Synister is a great VST synth designed with practicality and ease of use in mind. If you’re new to synthesis this might be a great place to start! Click here to download.

TAL-NoiseMaker is the new and improved version of the legacy Elek7ro plugin with many more options and effects. It’s great to use and sounds fantastic. Click here to download.

Tunefish 4 is an extremely lightweight synth that can produce professional quality sounds. It generates its wavetables using a form of additive synthesis. Click here to download.

U-He Triple Cheese generates it’s sound with comb filters rather than oscillators, wavetables or FM. This unique synth produces sounds that are a little on the cheesy side, but usable and inspiring nonetheless. Click here to download.

U-he Tyrell N6 is a compact, effective virtual analog subtractive synth that sounds just right. Its classic architecture feels familiar and its preset library has a diverse array of sounds. Click here to download.

Another freeware winner from German manufacturer u-he, Zebralette is the free version of the powerful Zebra. Zebralette features one of the same incredible sounding oscillators. Click here to download.

VCV is an impressive free virtual Eurorack modular system. With emulations of many of the most popular modules supported, VCV rack is a creative powerhouse for synth tweakers. Click here to download.

Vember Audio Surge is an incredibly powerful open-source synthesizer. Surge features multiple “scenes” that can be layered for expressive timbres. Like all open-source software the source code is available for you to explore. Click here to download.

Versilian Studios Chamber Orchestra 2 Community Edition is a sampled chamber orchestra that throws typical orchestral sampling traditions to the wind. VSCO 2 focuses on the unique sound of real people playing real instruments in real spaces. Click here to download.

Wavosaur VST Speek models the old school speech synthesis engines of retro hardware like the Amiga 500, Commodore 64 and Atari ST for those classic robot voice tones. Click here to download.