Image Line SimSynth

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SimSynth 2.7 is a monophonic analog software synthesizer emulator. It creates sounds akin to the classic Minimoogs and Oberheim synthesizers. Like the Mini, it features a 3-oscillator design which drives a fat monophonic sound for bass, lead, and other sounds. It features a warm SVF Oberheim style filter too, overdriven by the oscillators for that authentic analog sound. And that analog sound is coming out at 16-bit, 44.1kHz stereo CD sound quality.

SimSynth 1.0 was released back in 1994. The current version, 2.7 has been integrated with FL Studio (formerly Fruityloops). SimSynth can function as a stand-alone application that generates .WAV files and/or presets that can be used in Fruityloops or any other digital audio application capable of handling .WAV files. That is, FL Studio will render and use all your SimSynth presets on the fly!

SimSynth Live is a VSTi version of SimSynth for about the same price that works in real time from within FL Studio. SimSynth Live adds some new features such as unlimited polyphony, a simple step sequencer, everything syncs to tempo, (Envelopes, LFO's, effects, etc), real time MIDI control via Phatboy and/or keyboard controllers, Reverb, a Phasor, and some decent Delay FX. Sadly, it doesn't have the drawable graphic envelopes or the sweeping filter on the delay, and there is no Macintosh support for the SimSynth.

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5 Visitor comments
Ben Ricketts
November 10, 2013 @ 11:12 pm
I think that the presets are a little ticky, but great things can be done with it. I made the lead line in one of my tracks with SimSynth.

A lot of the other synths on that album were made with it, too, but that one is the one that I'm proudest of and that sounds the most unique for the synth.
January 9, 2013 @ 5:13 am
I love the simsynth and have been using it (Simsynth live VST plugin) since 2003... it's my favourite software synth. I can get some great late 70s early 80s sounds out of it, very fat warm and brassy. Although it can be *too* warm sometimes, you just have to tweak it until it fits in with your arrangement. Used via my pc and midi keyboard it's the closest I'll ever get to owning an Oberheim haha
January 15, 2012 @ 10:10 am
Worst sounding thing in the world. I wouldn't use this thing in a mix even if my life depended on it.
October 26, 2011 @ 1:16 am
I agree with the comment that this is too fat. It is a very powerful sound that you can poke at for hours but once you try to put it into a mix it is easier to une another instrument in most cases.

There was another instrument around in the early days of SimSynth called AXS that was poly but ran on DOS. AXS was about as warm as SimSynth but really versatile. I ended up with Synoptic Probe which was really nice and useful but those days are gone and so is the software and ability to run it.
Oneki Kai
August 26, 2008 @ 9:07 pm
This does not sound like a Moog or Oberheim like the description says. I can't place what this sounds like, except that it has it's own sound. It's probably the warmest sounding software/digital synth, if not one of the warmest synths in existence. Problem is, it sounds *too* warm to be useful in most cases.

FL Studio ships with SimSynth live, which is supposedly patch compatible with this version. Plus, live is polyphonic. This synth is worth checking out for sure.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Monophonic. SimSynth Live - unlimited / CPU dependent
  • Oscillators - 3 oscillators (which can be doubled effectively giving six)
  • Effects - Built in delay effects; VSTi version has reverb, phasor, and delay
  • Arpeg/Seq - None
  • LFO - 1 - saw, triangle, square, and random (like sample-n-hold)
  • Filter - 1 LP or simultaneous HP and BP with resonance (Overdrive features including soft clipping)
  • VCA - 1 Multi-stage graphic envelopes (drawable with mouse)
  • Memory - Unlimited
  • Control - MIDI (1-part)
  • Windows/PC - Pentium 133 MHz processor, Windows 95 or 98, Soundboard, DirectX, 32 MB Ram
  • Date Produced - 1994 - present

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