SyS Audio Research has re-released the Ton-Geraet 1 (SyS TG1) virtual synthesizer in the VST plugin format for Windows as freeware.
SyS TG1 was first announced back in 2010 as an early beta. Thanks to its unconventional feature set, the virtual instrument gained a lot of interest from the users. Now, many years later, everyone can download the VST plugin version of the instrument for Windows-based digital audio workstations and use it completely free of charge.
The instrument features a dual-voice architecture with wave-morph sequencing, frequency modulation, and a few other interesting sound-shaping tools. SyS TG1’s main standout feature is the wave-morph sequencer which draws inspiration from the legendary SID sound chip which was used in Commodore 64 home computers. The sequencer included in SyS TG1 mimics the behavior of the SID chip’s generic wavetable sequencer but without its 8-bit limitations. The wave-morph sequencer will smoothly morph between waveform shapes as the sound is playing, resulting in a uniquely complex sound character with plenty of overtones and subtones.
SyS TG1 comes with a range of other interesting synthesis features, too. There’s the 12-bit low-pass filter inspired by the Akai S-1000 hardware sampler. A dual LFO unit is installed for handling modulation, along with per-voice DADSR envelopes. Things get even more interesting with the “Stoerstrahlung” button which emulates the unstable behavior of analog gear. As the developers at SyS Audio Research describe it, this control simulates the way in which music generated by analog instruments and sequencers would sound completely different after playing continuously for several hours. This technique was often used by Kraftwerk and it inspired the unique “Stoerstrahlung” mode in SyS TG1.
Another handy option for sonic manipulation comes in the form of SyS TG1’s multiple oscillator routing modes. The mixing-routine switch on the back of the GUI is used to choose between additive, subtractive, inverse subtractive, and “multiply” routing for the two voltage-controlled oscillators.
SyS TG1 can be downloaded for free from the developer’s website. You won’t be asked to sign up nor register before downloading the plugin and there is no software activation involved. Simply run the included installer to copy the plugin files to your hard drive. Both 32-bit and 64-bit VST plugin hosts are supported on Windows.
More info: SyS TG1 (12.9 MB download, ZIP archive containing EXE installer, 32-bit & 64-bit VST plugin format for Windows)