The fabulous free VST plugin Synth1 by Ichiro Toda would have to be in my top three favourite VST instrument plugins. It has been around since about 2001 and to this day is the number one free plugin on the KVR Audio plugin ranks. It doesn’t have the prettiest GUI, but the sounds that you can get out of it more than make up for its looks. Synth1 strikes a nice balance between simplicity, ease of use and sonic flexibility. This VST instrument can do nearly every synth sound: basses, leads, keys/mallets, pads, strings, FX, percussion and even some useable drum sounds.
I have built a library of presets over time and now I’ve decided to share some of my favourite ones. This is Synth1 bank of 128 original presets covering basses, leads, keys, pads, FX and percussion sounds. They are useable for a wide variety of electronic music styles, but probably more oriented towards ambient, chill, drum and bass, glitch or dubstep.
You can listen to a couple of demo tracks I made using entirely (well except for the vocal samples and a bit of reverb and EQ) with my preset bank for Synth1:
You can get the Synth1 preset bank (zip archive) here:
The drum sounds used in the demo track are not included in the preset bank above. You can get a mini-bank containing 17 drum sounds here:
To install them, just copy the zip file straight to the “zipbank” folder in your Synth1 plugin’s directory or extract the .sy1 files to a “SoundbankXX” folder in the Synth1 directory.