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Author Topic: Synth1 by Ichiro Toda (unofficial Nord Lead 2 emulation, 2002)  (Read 2733 times)

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Synth1 is a software synthesizer designed by Ichiro Toda.
It was originally designed as an emulation of the Nord Lead 2 synthesizer, and has since become a unique Virtual Studio Technology instrument and one of the most downloaded VST plug-ins of all time.
The software used to be a DirectX instrument plugin, but became solely VSTi from version 1.08 on.
Version 1.13 was the first version to introduce a native 64-bit version of the plugin.

Windows&Mac compatible, VST and AU


Compatible CPU: The x86/x64 CPU that supports SSE2 is necessary. If it is not greatly old CPU, it is safe.
Compatible OS: Windows XP 32bit/64bit or later (developed on Windows 7 64bit)
Compatible hosts: Host that supports VST. CUBASE,SONAR,etc

-2 Oscillators, FM modulation, ring modulation, sync, modulation envelope.
-4 types of filters, distortion.
-2 LFOs (synchronized with host).
-Arpeggiator (synchronized with host).
-Tempo delay (synchronized with host), stereo chorus/flanger.
-Legato mode, portamento.
-16 notes polyphony.
-128 presets.
-Thoroughly optimized for light CPU load using SSE instructions, etc.


Synth1 was first released as a DXi plug-in on October 9, 2002.
It was updated to support the VSTi format six days later, on October 15, 2002. Version 1.02 was released on October 27, 2002, and dealt with some of the major bugs that arose from converting the software to VST, such as a memory leak and the LFO waveform selector not working.
The next three versions dealt primarily with compatibility issues.
1.05a was a major update which added the ability to modulate the FM parameter, added fine tuning to the VCOs, added synchronization to the LFOs, and fixed quality issues with the ADSR envelope.
The next version would not be released until September 20, 2003.
Version 1.06 added a unison mode, an automatic portamento, and new Voltage-controlled filter parameters.
This was the first version when Synth1 became noticeably different from the Nord Lead 2, upon which it was based.
Version 1.07, released May 3, 2006, added new parameters and effects, primarily the chorus/flanger, as well as cleaning up the GUI.
1.07 would be the last version with DXi support, as version 1.08, released on April 23, 2010, discontinued the DXi version and removed the now unnecessary installer.
One week later, on the first of May, 2010, the now solely VSTi program was updated to version 1.09, which added a Phase Control function and expanded the number of voices in the polyphony and unison modes.
May 2010 would contain the last of Synth1's updates for Windows, with the bug-fix version 1.10 released on the fourth, version 1.11 on the ninth, and the current version 1.12 on the twenty-third of that month.
Version 1.11 added a sub-oscillator and version 1.12 added the ability to read sound banks from .zip files.

The last update, 1.13 beta 3 (Windows) / 1.13 beta 7 (Mac) / July 10, 2014

Toda announced on October 28, 2012 that he intended to release an iPhone/iPad version of Synth 1 "by the Spring of next year", although there have been no version updates or blog posts since.

Community can always bring some new, amazing ideas :) EvilDragon (a.k.a. DragonSagoth) has packed all available Synth1 soundbanks into one big rar file....
89 Synth1 Banks (9006 patches!)

Download Synth1 from official page

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Re: Synth1 by Ichiro Toda (unofficial Nord Lead 2 emulation, 2002)
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2015, 02:13:11 PM »
very cool demos! thanks for your contribution  8)

heres some patches :

    Synth1 is a software synthesizer for computer music use. It is VSTi compatible. The current version is freeware.

    Functionally it is modelled on the Clavia Nord Lead 2 Red Synth.
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