Noizefield has released a freeware virtual synthesizer in 32-bit VST plugin format for Windows (made with FlowStone), simply called Bounce.
Based on a subtractive synthesis engine, Bounce comes equipped with six oscillators and the typical trappings of modern synthesizers including two LFOs, a multi-mode filter, and effects like bitcrushing, chorus, drive, and a selection of time-based effects. For lead patches, there is a portamento (glide) toggle. For polyphonic playing, the voice control allows for additional notes to be played simultaneously. There is even a simple toggle and dial for velocity in case your playing is uneven, and you want to even out the note velocity on the output.
Each oscillator comes with a visual representation of the waveform being generated which I find very useful. Apart from the bread and butter sine/saw/square waves, the instrument also features some more complex waveforms that are suitable for making those gritty electro leads and bass patches.
Listening to the demo of Noizefield the presets, they seem to sound fairly standard and generic, although my guess is that they can be further tweaked into sounding more interesting. Obviously, Bounce isn’t a top-of-the-line instrument that was meant to substitute something like Omnisphere 2. However, for those who aren’t willing to shell out a lot of money for a high-end softsynth, Bounce may be a suitable solution.
If you currently own Massive, Sylenth1, or Logic X’s Alchemy, I think you will find they all have everything this plugin offers and much more. Still, Bounce does come with a pretty decent feature set, and it’s well worth a try if you like experimenting with new virtual synths. Also, you can’t argue with the price tag of this freeware plugin.
Bounce is available for free download via Noizefield (3 MB download size, ZIP archive, 32-bit VST plugin format for Windows, made with FlowStone).