KV331 Audio has released SynthMaster Player Free, a freeware lightweight preset based instrument featuring a collection 0f 150 patches from their flaghsip SynthMaster virtual synthesizer.
SynthMaster Player is a simplified version of SynthMaster targeted at musicians who use presets rather than create their own during music production. There is also a free version of SynthMaster Player, which comes with 150 presets selected from SynthMaster’s factory library.
SynthMaster Player Free is available for free download via KVR Audio (26.3 MB download size, ZIP archive, 32-bit & 64-bit VSTi/AUi plugin format for Windows & Mac).
Before the download begins, you’ll be prompted to submit your name and email address. Subscription to the KV331 Audio mailing list is optional. Also, please note that the software is currently in beta state, however it will remain free even after the official release.
SynthMaster Player Free comes with a selection of 150 presets from the full version of the instrument. Each preset features eight editable parameters which have been assigned by the sound designer who worked on the patch. It’s worth noting that this freeware instrument is also capable of loading patches from any commercial SynthMaster sound bank released by KV331 Audio. Dozens of sound libraries are available for purchase at their official website.
KV331 Audio has also released a commercial version of SynthMaster Player, which is currently priced at $19 and features a set of 600 factory presets. It shares the same features as the freeware version, except that it comes with a larger set of presets. The current price will remain active until April 1st, after which the instrument might become more expensive.
Although I enjoy building my sounds from scratch, it’s not a bad idea to have a nice preset instrument at your disposal. Even more so if the included presets sound good and cover a nice range of synthesized sounds. I’ve yet to test SynthMaster Player Free in my DAW, but I have a feeling that it will be a keeper.
Have you tried the free version of SynthMaster? What do you think of the included presets, good stuff or not worth keeping?