Audio Plugin Deals has a new offer where you can get the Stargate virtual synthesizer by LitWAV for FREE (retail $37). The offer is available until April 14th, 2022.
Stargate is a straightforward synth plugin that is easy to understand and use. Stargate consists of a library of 100 unique sound presets. These include strings, pianos, pads, bass, brass, subs, etc.
Aside from the standard controls such as volume, reverb, pan, pitch, LFO, filter, mono/poly, and ADSR, you get additional parameters like Glide, Velocity AMP, LFO source, and Waveform.
The learning curve is easy as all parameters are controlled by either a knob (reverb) or a slide (velocity AMP), or a switch among a set of predefined settings (Waveform – sine, square, triangle).
The UI is easy on the eyes, with dark backgrounds and red and blue accents. The control layout is intuitive and won’t confuse new users. You get right and left level meters on the bottom right and a visual representation of your sound on the top right.
The presets are organized under subheadings such as pads and strings to make your workflow quick. You switch preset types to change the list of presets and then select a preset from the list.
Here’s a quick demo of the plugin:
Stargate is a CPU-friendly synthesizer, but the download size is absolutely huge at 5.4 GB (it’ll only take up 1.8 GB once installed, though). This indicates that the instrument uses multi-samples as the sound source.
Note that you will have to create an account at APD if you do not have one and then redeem the product code at LitWAV’s website to download Stargate. Both will require your personal information.
I tried Stargate myself and found it relatively easy to use. The synth sounds are great for electronic music, but the pads and strings were versatile. And the installation + activation process is simple and relatively quick.
More info: Stargate (FREE @ Audio Plugin Deals)