VK-1 Viking Synthesizer Is Now A FREE VST Plugin

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Blamsoft has finally released a Windows version of the VK-1 Viking Synthesizer virtual instrument in VST and AU plugin formats. The plugin is available for direct free download from the developer’s website with the suggested donation of $59/€59.

VK-1 Viking Synthesizer is an emulation of the Moog Voyager hardware synthesizer. Blamsoft’s virtual recreation of the Moog Voyager was first released as a Rack Extension for Propellerhead Reason (priced at $59 in the Propellerhead Shop) and later also as an Audio Unit app for iOS devices (priced at $5.99 in the App Store). The synthesizer is now also available as a VST plugin for digital audio workstations on PC and Mac.

The control scheme closely resembles Moog Voyager’s layout. Like its hardware counterpart, VK-1 Viking Synthesizer is a monophonic synthesizer with three continuously variable wave oscillators, a noise generator, two ladder filters, and two modulation busses. The variable wave oscillators allow for seamless transition from sinewave to saw, square, and pulse waveforms. The instrument also features oscillator sync (OSC 1 and OSC 2), frequency modulation (OSC 1 and OSC 3), fine-tuning, glide, and some advanced features like oscillator frequency range reduction, keytracking for OSC 3, etc. The GUI is well-organized although the color scheme (bright metallic background with dark knobs and labels) isn’t too easy on the eyes.

Along with the rather versatile synthesis engine, VK-1 Viking Synthesizer offers a great collection of factory presets. There are 228 presets in total, covering a range of analog bass, lead, pad, and FX sounds. Also included is a set of 50 synthwave presets designed by eXode.

VK-1 Viking Synthesizer sounds very good. It’s not a spectacular sounding virtual analog synthesizer, but it’s certainly capable of generating some great sounds with a bit of skilled programming. There are plenty of good sounding presets in the factory soundbank, especially in the synthwave category. The CPU hit is around 7% on our test machine, which is an average result for a monophonic synthesizer.

As for the pricing, VK-1 Viking Synthesizer can be downloaded completely free of charge from the developer’s website. You don’t even have to sign up for an account or provide your email address. However, this is a pay what you want product. Whereas the plugin can be used freely without any limitations, the users can pay any amount they choose if they find it useful (the suggested price is $59).

VK-1 Viking Synthesizer is available for free download via Blamsoft (197 MB download size, ZIP archive, 64-bit VST plugin format for Windows & macOS).

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24 Comments

  1. This plugin is beautiful. The presets are amazing and just the right ‘size’. They can easily be blown up to stereo width with a 3rd party chorus and with a little saturation, I’m hearing epic stuff just out of the presets.

    Thanks to the developer. Quite a Christmas preset.

  2. HQ mode gives me some cracking for some reason.
    Standard and the various distortion modes are fine, tho.
    I’m getting stuck notes here and there using the MIDI keyboard, less using a virtual keyboard, strange.
    Reaper 32bit and 64bit. (and yes, sucks that they’re not doing a 32bit version, I know it’s time to evolve, but, oh well…)

    Watch out, they’re updating this thing a lot, I already got 4 different versions out of the same download link.
    Changes in the filter quality occurred according to the readme.txt. The last I am downloading just now, after taking the time to try 2 previous releases. LOLz. Can’t find a blog where they speak about these many versions but I think they should tell people they’re actually still actively work on this and maybe fixing problems or bad sound experience for some users.

    A bit fresh behind the ears. And speaking of ears, kinda like it, so I hope they’ll fix the sticky notes issue. It definitely is worth a decent try-out session with a more finalized version. :)

    • Jack Onandoger

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      I’m also getting stuck notes and wonky behavior through midi kb in Reaper x64. Also in Element Host. Works ok in Freestyle host. Great sounds, hope they fix it.

  3. I let you now that it also work on Maverricks (10.9.5). I have install it yesterday Evening and it works fine as VST. On the Developer Site stands :

    Requirements
    VK-1 VST is a VST2 plug-in compatible with macOS 10.12 or newer and 64 bit Windows XP or newer.

  4. Sorry, doesn’t work in Reaper, (latest x64)
    I get sometimes some noise when stroking some keys hard.
    Most of the time no sound.

  5. Man this thing is nice – I enjoy it more than Repro 1/5 – gonna pay for this one, but if the Author is reading here: Gotta have to wait till 01/18 cause my wallet got drained by xmas. Big Thanks!

  6. Dave The Barbarian

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    I was able to download it without making a Paypal donation (although I think I will because this is a really nice plugin). Also works just fine for me in Reaper.

  7. Running Logic Pro X (10.3.3) on El Capitan (10.11.6) and it won’t detect the plugin. Any others experiencing this?

  8. how do i install this on a window i zipped rar it, but doesnt seem to have the installation on it for window, somone pls help

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