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Synth and Software’s Top 10 Soft Synths



LennarDigital Sylenth1 (139 €)

Sylenth1 is a virtual analog synth. It’s been popular worldwide for so many years that you’ve almost certainly heard it on countless songs and soundtracks. Of all the synths listed here, it’s easily the most straightforward to use. Sylenth1 doesn’t have dozens of filter types, seemingly infinite effects, or innumerable modulators like some of its competitors. However, it does sound fantastic, and it won’t tax your CPU. Its resizable, skeuomorphic GUI so closely resembles synth hardware that it’s fast and easy to learn and use. You can also select from a list of ten color schemes, or skins.

Standing out from Sylenth1’s more mundane features, its oscillator count may be unbeatable. To begin with, its maximum polyphony is 16 notes, and each note can play four virtual analog oscillators. Each oscillator plays as many as eight unison voices simultaneously. Multiplying 16 x 4 x 8, then, gives you a massive 512-voice sound. Sylenth1 also features two multimode filters with nonlinear saturation, four ADSRs, four LFOs, and seven types of effects,. Its arpeggiator/sequencer lets you use it as a modulation source. It ships with 6 banks of 128 presets, and plenty more are available.

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