Top Five Synth Emulations from Plugin Boutique


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Sun, 10/01/2017 - 15:51


Naomi Bolton

Sponsored Post:  The thought of getting your hands on virtually any type of synth sound without even having to leave your house would have sounded like something out of a science fiction film to musicians and composers of the 1980s. However, thanks to the internet and sites such as Plugin Boutique, it has never been easier to gain access to the exact sound that you are looking for. Of course, with so much variety at your disposal, it can still be tricky to decide what to get. Thankfully, Plugin Boutique was kind enough to provide us with the top five synth emulations that are currently available on their site, based on customer popularity and units sold. So, if you are still undecided about what sound to use for your next project, any one of these five synth emulations could be just what you need.

Plugin Boutique VirtualCZ


With a flawless average rating across more than 600 votes and glowing endorsements from Mike Huckaby, Chris Carter and Richard Devine, the VirtualCZ synth by Plugin Boutique is hard to beat. The plugin is based on the CZ synths that became one of the trademark sounds of many house, rave, techno and synth-pop releases in the 80s and 90s. It is by no means just a retro-classic either as the CZ is still a favorite of many artists who can’t get enough of its tones. VirtualCZ delivers not only the exact same sound quality as the original hardware, but brings even more to the table, such as 200 quality presets, familiar ADSR envelopes, big stereo UNISON sounds and Phase Distortion. It can also be used as a SYSEX editor of patches on the hardware version of the synth. Whether you are a first time user or have some familiarity with the CZ synths, you’ll quickly find that VirtualCZ definitely deserves all the accolades it has received.


Tal U No LX

With an average rating of five stars from close to 400 votes, TAL-U-NO-LX by TAL is another synth emulation that has proven to be very popular. If you are a fan of the Roland Juno-60 from the 80’s, then TAL-U-NO-LX is definitely worth checking out. In addition to authentic sounds, TAL-U-NO-LX also offers a lot of advantages that are only possible using a software plugin. These include zero feedback delay filters along with an arpeggiator with different sync modes and much more. This plugin can handle up to 12 voices and includes more than 300 factory presets by a number of sound designers to get you started.

D16 Group LuSH-101


D16 Group Audio Software has built up a solid reputation as a premium audio plug-ins vendor and LuSH-101 certainly lives up to expectations. It is another product with a average rating of five stars from more than 500 votes and glowing endorsements from producers, remixers and sound designers like Allen Morgan. D16 Group spent about 3 years on the development of LuSH-101 and the result is synth emulation with astonishing sound quality. The interface might look like a recreation of a Roland SH-101 monosynth, but you’ll find that it offers so much more. The ability to layer up to 8 synths, along with additional features like oscillator sync and a mod matrix makes it easy to see why LuSH-101 was so hotly anticipated.

 u-he Repro-1


Repro-1 by u-he might not have as many votes as the other synth emulations yet, but it has received full marks from everyone that has tried it, so it is definitely building up a solid reputation. Based on the Pro One, which was without a doubt one of the most iconic synths out of the 80s, Repro-1 pulls out all the stops to model this classic. Authenticity was paramount to u-he and it shows in the way that Repro-1 manages to capture all the characteristics, along with the quirks, of the original hardware. Don’t let the classic design fool you either, the interface might look simple, but once you start digging around you’ll find plenty of exciting features. It took years to perfect Repro-1, but the results certainly speak for themselves.

Arturia Mini V


Another synth that has quickly risen to the top is the five star rated Mini V by Arturia. With people like Jean-Michel Jarre and Joel Zommerman (better known as deadmau5) singing its praise, the Mini V is not something you’d want to miss out on. It’s no surprise why the Mini V is causing such a stir either as it offers a faithful recreation of the MiniMG synth, one of the legends of the early 70’s synth industry. Arturia recreated the interface of the MiniMG in partnership with Bob Moog, so you can be sure that it looks and sounds as authentic as you can get. Not content with simply reproducing the authentic sounds, Mini V also features an advanced modulator, vocal filter and modulation matrix to give you more options than the original hardware every could.


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