SampleScience has released SQ8ROM, a freeware sample-based virtual instrument featuring the sounds of the Ensoniq SQ-80 hardware synthesizer.
SQ8ROM is a free rompler virtual instrument offered in VST, VST3, and AU plugin formats for compatible digital audio workstations on PC and Mac. It is a sample-based recreation of the legendary Ensoniq SQ-80 hardware synthesizer. The SQ-80 was the successor of the much-beloved SQ-1 keyboard, featuring 41 additional waveforms and various hardware improvements. Similar to its hardware counterpart, SQ8ROM is a fantastic source of lush 80s-style pads, vintage leads, and warm bass sounds.
The instrument comes with 168 multi-sampled patches. These are all clearly labeled and easily accessible through the plugin’s preset browser. The source sounds can be tweaked using SQ8ROM’s volume envelope and LFO modulation controls. A built-in reverb is also included, courtesy of the MaizeSampler platform which was used as the framework for developing the plugin.
SampleScience has recently released another freeware virtual instrument called Room Piano v2. It is a lightweight rompler plugin featuring lo-fi multi-samples of a Kawai upright piano. The plugin features Vinyl and tape effects to further color the sampled piano sounds. Producers who make low-fi hip-hop, ambient music, or simply enjoy playing lo-fi instruments should definitely check out Room Piano v2.
To download your free copy of SQ8ROM, click the download link on the product page linked below. You don’t need to register or activate your copy of the plugin. A quick start guide in PDF format is provided to help with any installation issues. The download size is around 1 GB, so some patience will be needed if your internet connection speed is slow.
SQ8ROM is available for free download via SampleScience (949 MB download size, ZIP archive, 64-bit VST/VST3/AU plugin format for Windows & MacOS).