Agus Hardiman releases Monster Synth, a freeware cross-platform VST plugin jam-packed with synthesizer sounds.
Monster Synth is a sample-based virtual instrument with a 760 MB sound library. The current version contains 100 presets.
Monster Synth features a simple but wonderfully designed user interface. The user can adjust the ADSR envelope, filter type/cutoff, reverb amount, glide amount, and various modulation parameters (shape, intensity, destination).
The streamlined control set isn’t ideal for advanced synthesists, but it’s perfect for users who need quick access to ready-made synth sounds and the ability to tweak them.
Speaking of ready-made sounds, Monster Synth comes with 100 presets. It looks like more presets are coming soon. The developer invites sound designers interested in collaborating to reach out and share some sounds.
The available presets are sorted into categories to make browsing easier. You can choose between Bells, Brass, Pads, Riser, Weird SFX, etc.
The included sounds are pretty good, and they’re suitable for use in various music styles. Most of the sounds are complex and layered, with plenty of texture and movement.
Another thing worth pointing out is that Monster Synth isn’t CPU-intensive because it’s a sample-based instrument. So, if your computer isn’t super powerful, it’s a good idea to use a lightweight instrument like Monster Synth.
The download process is simple but not ideal. You will have to download the plugin installer and the library files separately, and you’ll have to complete the checkout process each time. This isn’t a problem, but it can confuse some users.
Thankfully, the product page linked below contains detailed instructions on downloading and installing the plugin files on your computer.
Once you’ve downloaded all the files, place the Monster Synth file in your VST plugins folder and use it to open the library file.
Check out the product page linked below for more info about Monster Synth and the installation process. It contains some valuable tips on using the instrument in your favorite DAW and fixing some common issues.
Monster Synth is available in VST2, VST3, and AU plugin formats for digital audio workstations on Windows and macOS. Only 64-bit plugin hosts are supported.
Download: Monster Synth (795 MB download size, ZIP archive, 64-bit VST2/VST3/AU plugin formats for Windows & macOS)