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Top 5 affordable VST Synthesizers


Top 5 affordable VST Synthesizers

As a musician, I always look for any unique element to spice my projects. In most cases, VST Synthesizers provides the missing element I didn’t even know I needed. So, today I am going to recommend my top 5 synthesizers that work with any DAW of your choice.

Top 5 affordable VST synths:


  1. Addiction Synth by Stagecraft – R1166.50
  2. Audiaire – Retro Synths – R212.09
  3. Cherry Audio – DCO-106 – R450.18
  4. Audio Damage – Phosphor 3 – R952.09
  5. Codex Wavetable Synth – R530.40


  1. Addiction Synth by Stagecraft

Stagecraft’s new synth is a professional sounding subtractive synthesizer. The user-interface is quite simple and easy to understand.  It is quite efficient in making a wide variety of sounds ranging from sharp plucks to warm and smooth pads.

Some other features of the synthesizer include multiple voices, velocity sensitivity, mono/polyphonic switching, versatile LFOs and filter, and effects. Everything you will expect from a synthesizer is right in front of you.

The main key points of the development are power, simplicity, automation, design, and spectrum. Even if you are new to sound design and music production, using Addiction Synths to create patches won’t be a difficult task for you.


Check the review below.


2. Audiaire – Retro Synths

VST Synths like Audiaire’s Retro present a discerning selection of classic synthesizer sounds painstakingly modelled for Zone. Featuring 94 sounds – thick synth leads, pulsating arpeggios, retro FM pianos, spacious pads and bubbly warm basses play beautifully alongside sci-fi era FX and even analogue styled drum hits.

This one is perfect for genres like Techno, experimental, IDM, disco music, as it will add those retro feelings to your songs. It’s a perfect synthesizer where you don’t need to add a lot of stuff to make it sound good.

Write that funky melody, scroll through the presets and it will automatically sound like a disco hit! Check out the affordable VST synth plugin in action down below.



3. Cherry Audio – DCO-106

Cherry Audio’s DCO-106 recreates the unique sonic footprint of one of the most iconic 80’s polysynths, Juno 106 in outstanding detail while adding modern features for massively expanded creativity.

The DCO-106 is both easy to understand and powerful to explore, creating a massive array of sonic landscapes, cutting lead sounds, warm and hazy pads, punchy synthetic electro drums, and far more.

This plugin contains features like 16-voice polyphony, rich stereo chorus, 3 reverb modes, full-featured delay section with tempo sync, unison detune for massive lead and bass sounds, to give you the freedom you need as a producer. This affordable synth VST is a must-have if you are a synth wave producer.  You can find an overview of the plugin below.



4. Audio Damage – Phosphor 3 

Phosphor is a unique VST synth modeled on the alphaSyntauri, a vintage digital additive synth from the early 80s. The original alphaSyntauri required an Apple IIe to operate, but Audio Damage has gone ahead and eliminated the middle-man so you can have this classic digital synth in your DAW of choice.

Version 3 once more modernizes the original’s tried and tested feature set. Besides plenty of improvements, it comes with a new design, expanded modulation options, MPE support, TUN-file support for non-equal-tempered tunings, and our brand new preset browser.

This plugin has its focus on parts like the Oscillators, Modulators, Expression, and Sharing. Some great features like Dual Delays, Noise Sources, Cross Modulation, and Vintage modes will add up to creating that unique sound. Check the preview of the plugin down below.



5. Codex Wavetable Synth

Waves are one of the most reputed plugin development companies out there. Waves Codex is a cutting-edge polyphonic synthesizer based on an advanced granular wavetable engine and powered by Waves’ Virtual Voltage technology.

Designed to create sounds that range from warm acoustic and analog emulations to completely new, never-before-heard intricate and evolving textures, Codex’s sound design capabilities put infinite possibilities at your fingertips.

This affordable synthesizer comes with an Arpeggiator/16-step sequence, Integrated chorus, delay, reverb, distortion and bit crusher effects, visual dynamic waveforms, plugin, and standalone instrument. If you are looking for that specific Waves sound than this is your go-to synthesizer. Check out the preview of this affordable VST synth plugin below.


Conclusion :

Always buy what you can afford. Please note that artists are known for their signature sound. These synthesizers caries varieties of sounds that you can turn into your signature. Remember to remain grounded and patient. It takes time to create something worthwhile.

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