Atlantis is one of those rare occurances in the free VST landscape – it’s powerful, little cpu usable, “fresh”, well documented, it still evolves – simply it’s great. In the terms of free plugins, i know only one such sophisticated softsynth (as Atlantis) – Crystal.
Let’s start from the beginning. Atlantis is powered by three, true stereo morphing oscillators, with independent width, phase, spread, chorus, tuning, volume, envelope. All the standard waveforms you would expect (sin, square, triangle, saw, noise) are included + you can also import any waveform you like ! What does it mean ? Well, you can pick any waveform you can imagine, you can morph between picked waveforms – multiply this x3 Oscillators and what you get ? VSTi Monster 🙂
Every slider parameter can be controlled by any modulator. LFOs, Envelopes, MIDI Control Data, the current note, velocity, or combinations of them can be used to modulate your sounds into “expressive organic creations”. The synth also offers selectable Polyphonic, Monophonic, Portamento and Arpeggio modes.
If you ask me about my personal “top 3 free synths chart” i would definitely pick Atlantis. Jeremy proves that free stuff can have a solid documentation and usuability. Take a look at his website and praise his work 🙂