Aciddose has released version 8.0 of the freeware Xhip virtual synthesizer which is available in 32-bit and 64-bit VST plugin format for Windows.
Xhip has been around in different forms ever since 1999(!). Originally released as a simple synthesizer that came with the Acid Tracker, it evolved into a standalone virtual instrument and finally got re-released as a VST plugin in 2004. But don’t be fooled by Xhip’s old age. This excellent freeware subtractive synthesizer was constantly updated with new features and enhancements, turning the once simple virtual analog synth into the powerful dual-oscillator virtual analog instrument that it is today. Xhip’s biggest strengths are its robust modulation capabilities and decent sound which doesn’t come at a cost of high CPU usage.
The latest v8.0 update introduces a variety of improvements ranging from subtle visual enhancements to new sound processing features. Most notably, Xhip now comes with a fully resizable user interface which can be adjusted to fit any screen size. Other GUI enhancements have been included as well, such as redesigned LEDs, improved menus, and several control scheme tweaks. As for the sound engine improvements, Xhip now comes with a stereo width parameter for the stereo unison mode, improved built-in effects, a sine waveform, and a voice recycling switch. Finally, it is now possible to group presets into categories, route MIDI messages to individual parameters, name preset banks, create a custom “init” state, and save the entire MIDI CC map for later use.
The synth is available for direct free download from Aciddose’s website, no registration required. While you’re there, make sure to check out their effects bundle as well. Aciddose offers plenty of interesting mixing and sound design tools to choose from, all of which are completely free and optimized for low CPU usage. If you’re a fan of FX bundles, don’t miss the recently released Dead Duck Software bundle, either.
Xhip is available for free download via Aciddose (1.19 MB download size, EXE installer, 32-bit & 64-bit VST plugin format for Windows).