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15 interesting synths

Virtual synths that somehow went under the radar Read article

NI Kontakt instruments

Free and affordable NI Kontakt libraries Read more

Sylenth EDM Soundset

165 modern presets, created by me, for Lennar Digital Sylenth synth. Visit

400 Modern presets for V-Station

Tons of presets that will bring a new life to the Novation V-Station synth Visit

Cakewalk Z3ta+ 2 presets

155 Synth / lead and bass presets inspired by many modern electronica genres. Visit

Free Organ synths / samples

Best, free organ synths / multisamples Read more

Soft Synths released in 2011

Interesting soft synths released in 2011 Read more

Free String Machine vsts

Freeware String Machine plugins Read more

H.G. Fortune ProtoPlasm, Shuniji & LaserBlade Pro versions now free

H.G. Fortune specializes in specific synths able to produce all kind of ambient, texture, pad, space, fx sounds. Currently, three Pro versions of nearly forgotten gems are available as freeware: ProtoPlasm Pro, Shuniji Pro, and LaserBlade Pro.

If you don't know what I'm talking about :) then just take a look at below movie. (the sound comes from Altair synth - one from the synth available on H.G. Fortune)

Download: H.G. Fortune ProtoPlasm, Shuniji & LaserBlade Pro

Yamaha DX21 - Solid Bass NI Kontakt Patch

It's just a one patch from Yamaha DX21 synth: "Solid Bass". It does have a nice sound, there are 241 samples which means each key from C#0 to F#6 and some variations.

DX21 is actually a cheaper version of the DX7: it has less polyphony and fewer operators , no velocity sensitivity at all, from effects it has only chorus, and it doesn’t even have a reverberator. But some of these flaws might actually be its advantages. For example, the Yamaha DX21 owes it’s unique charm to the 14 bit DA converters that give it a harsh, vintage character, while the imperfect output path give the timbre it’s characteristic lo-fi hiss. The bass sounds great, and the sound effects are insane.

Yamaha DX21 "Solid Bass" bank preview by Hardballs

Download: Yamaha DX21 Solid Bass Preset

128 Presets for Fuzzpilz Oatmeal! Synth

Fuzzpilz Oatmeal is actually one of the best freeware synths available. It offers plenty of free soundbanks, ability to draw own waveform shape and it's low CPU consuming.
So naturally it's a must for those who are on the budget.
The latest bank: "Dance Bank", created by Ouroboros, brings additional, new 128 presets on the table.

Download: 128 Presets by Ouroboros for Fuuzpilz Oatmeal

jsAudio jsCompShaper

Another compressor unit but this one introduces an ability to morph between soft-knee compression and waveshaping. It also provides pre-/post- emphasis filtering (similar to side-chain filter) and analog-like attack / release filter which is inspired (but not modeled) by an SSL buss compressor.

Overall, jsAudio jsCompShaper is a ... professional product :) Nice sound which works great ie. on bass instruments, clean, great GUI. Just give it a try... There's 64-bit version too.

Download: jsAudio jsCompShaper

Black Friday Deals

Lack of updates on Vst Cafe - I'm still quite busy with my real life. BUT today I just couldn't leave Vst Cafe blog empty :) It's Black Friday - tons of deals.

If you're into software effects then Waves up to 70 % sale looks sweet, as well as Sonnox Oxford Plugins - absolutely top class plugins but still pricey :)
Software synth lovers should visit DiscoDsp for 50 % sale, FXPansion with their up to 75 % off sale (DCAM Synth Squad for 99 $ !!!), WusikStation with 15GB of sounds for ... 19,99 $, Native Instruments 50 % off, KV331 Synthmaster 35% off, Cakewalk massive deals (ie. Z3ta2 + Dimension Pro + Rapture for 119 EUR), Image-Line GrossBeat 60 % off

Full list of amazing deals (there are some sample libraries, presets too) available at: http://www.kvraudio.com/forum/