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[SYNTHs] Freeware Vs Payware

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15 years 8 months
hi all :)

here a "simple" question for you: from a mere technical point of view, there is a freeware synth that can match big payware names? (Albino, Z3ta ecc)

after answering this: so, is it possible to match the "payware" sound quality with freeware? (both for "modern sounds", audio quality ecc ecc)


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Member Thu, 10/12/2006 - 05:20
I am not aware of too many freeware synth worth having, at the moment. There have been some releases here and there (in fact, Linplug had a few) but, nothing too complex.

As for the 2nd question, YES, it is possible...if whoever writes the plugin is willing to put in the programming time and then, give it away for free.

However, there are ways to get plugins at a reduced cost, or even for free.

For example, if you are lucky enough to 'discover' a new, upcoming software developer you can establish a working relationship with them before they become huge. Or, you can offer to beta test products. Or, you can offer to help develop a product by giving insight as to the featureset, GUI, etc... Of course, you must have knowledge and an impressive resume for certain type of considerations.

Never hurts to ask though.

In the mean time, here's a FREE plugin from our friends at LINPLUG

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pr0gr4m Thu, 10/12/2006 - 09:00
There is a reason why they are free.

That said, there are plenty of freeware synths that are good for something. Generally it's one specific thing like one might have a really good filter or do a specific type of sound really well.

Also, I've found that some of the "payware" synth aren't all that good. Again, they may be good for a couple things but not good in all that they do.

The reason for the general difference between free ones and not free ones? Developement and Programming. It's all about dsp programming and how good the programmer is at it.

There is a synth maker tool out there (the name escapes me) that allows the average Joe to build his/her own softsynths. It's not bad but not great either.

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pr0gr4m Fri, 10/13/2006 - 09:04
There's no trick to finding the good ones. You have to buy, listen and use them to know if they are good. Some offer trial periods where you can use the software for a limited amount of time to decide whether you like it or not.

Probably the best thing to do is read and ask around. The forums at link removed are a good resource VSTi information.