Synth1 by Ichiro Toda Software Synthesizer Reviews
Download Synth1 on the Daichi Lab's Website Synth1 is a Free VST & AU software synthesizer designed by Ichiro Toda – (????). It is modeled on the iconic Clavia Nord Lead 2. Synth1 combines the common sound synthesis method... read more
Synth1 by Ichiro Toda Software Synthesizer
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Synth1 VST Review
A very long standing and well known soft-synth in the production world comes in the form of Synth1 made by Ichiro Toda. Not to be confused with a piece of software with a similar name, Sylenth1, Toda’s magnum opus is a great tool for any producer’s workshop, especially because it’s completely FREE to download. Synth1 supplies users with two oscillators, FM modulation, ring modulation, and modulation envelopes. Its simplicity both visually and functionally makes it easy to pick up from scratch and I would recommend it as an amazing learning tool to use before making a jump to a more complicated product.
Many will agree that Synth1’s best quality is that it does an excellent job of mimicking the feel of a hardware synthesizer (it was originally meant to emulate a Nord Lead 2). You can achieve very clean and large sounds that some other synthesizers would have trouble doing without compression or internal EQing. Synth1 has very lacking effects panel compared to the newer software synthesizers, though it makes up for that in ease of use and still provides effective options (compressor, ring modulator, decimator, distortion, phaser). The interface itself, while rudimentary and in need of a visual update, provides a very good representation of working with an actual piece of hardware and allows users to become comfortable with the product quite quickly, myself included. Don't be put off by appearance though, Synth1 has a great personality and is very functionally sound. After personally messing around with Synth1, the presets provided seem a little bit outdated. Fortunately, however, the large Synth1 user base has developed an enormous databank of preset sounds if you’re looking for starting blocks in your productions.
Synth1 does a very good job of sticking to its strongest aspects. With a lack of content focused updates, the software has been able to hammer out all of the bugs over years of steady maintenance and careful attention. The built in arpeggiator and filter leave nothing to be desired and allow for automation in all DAW platforms. Overall, Synth1 is an amazing VST synth, especially for beginning producers or someone new to sound design. So far in my journey through the production world, I have yet to find a software synthesizer that provides such a straight forward approach to creating sounds and helping someone write music. If you can master Synth1, you’ve basically learned everything they would teach through a mid-level sound design class in most production schools.
Great power for low CPU, with thousands of presets online
It can look quite unappealing at first - that's okay, you can set your own background colour to make it much more bearable.
After you get around the interface, you'll realize that this packs quite the punch for being free, and for the absurdly low CPU usage it has. It's a virtual analog synth, sure, but it can do so much more with its variety of modes available. FM synthesis, ring modulation, many filter choices, the crummy FX that you can use to a sound's advantage, the list keeps going.
And if you do not want to make your own sounds, that's fine - there's literal tens of thousands presets online, that you can use (In fact there's so much that it can get super overwhelming fast).
Put it this way - I have dozens of other, professional synths, recreations or otherwise, and yet this still offers enough flexibility and features while keeping it relatively simple. 100% recommend it.
use this to mesh in with my vintage analog synthesizers
i no purist. like: "its gotta be 100% analog! 100% Vintage! 100% hardware synths!" but i have and collect analog/vintage/hardware synths; never the less. i use VSTs and analog/vintage/hardware synths meshed together and specifically if im using alot of vintage on a track. VSTs like this kick ass to utilize to creamy vintage synths.... and its f*ckin free!
low CPU hit, very versatile
what can I say? I dodged synth1 for years but finallyinstalled it because I needed some versatile VST power with a low CPU hit for dozens of instances doing draft seuqences for songs that are getting really dense arrangements.... between this and sforzando for Emu soundfonts I can build up a really good, really dense arrangement with a close approximation of what all the sounds will be apart from bass.... from there the good plugins and hardware synths can come out and I can really sculpt sounds and mix.... but Synth1 has been staying in place for some sounds that belong more 'in the background' -- Synth1 sounds very 'flat' and as a result fulfills this role well and is also great for densely layered, unison or harmonized parts against real analog synths like a moog....
anyway, this is just a no-brainer for me and I'm sorry I ignored it for so long
edited over 5 years ago
The best freeware synth out there
If you're new (and I mean VERY new) to creating electronic music, this is one of the best synths you can have. It's got pretty much all the essentials of subtractive synthesis (and more), so it's a great learning tool. It's also absolute amazing for creating a eurobeat brass. Honestly, if I didn't have Harmor, I could just use this because it's that good.
Good starting synth
Synth1 was my first VST. It's free, sounds pretty decent, and has a lot of the core functionality of other software synths. It allowed me to easily play around and understand the roles of oscillators, envelopes, and LFOs before I made the leap to more advanced and professional synths.
edited about 4 years ago
A great synth for beginners
If you're just starting producing electronic music, get Synth1. It works really well and has all the basics of synthesis - nothing to complicated, just enough to get a beginner started. Even though I'm not that much of a beginner, Synth1 can still make some pretty good sounds.
A very useful freeware synth
Elijah: "This is an amazing freeware synth. It's very useful if you're just starting out with electronic music, as it's got basic controls that you can apply to every synth out there, so it's a really good learning tool. That, plus the fact that it's free, makes it a must-own in my mind."
One of the best VST's ever made
Despite the simple appearance, the capabilities of this VST are next to unending. I downloaded a collection of over 12000 entirely unique presets for this VST and to my surprise, it was true. Sometimes I feel like I could create a planet with this. If you are feeling limited in what you can do, this is free. Find a large preset pack like I've done and you're SET.