Are you looking for a new synth? We’ve picked out some of the best new software synthesizers released this year so far (organized chronologically) – also keep in mind that the list is constantly updated as new soft synths will be released!
We had the chance to test some of these new virtual synthesizers, so be sure to check the reviews links. So, let’s get started with…
by UVI (Jan, 2016)
PX Apollo is the first synth from UVI’s PX Prototype Series of instruments that examines unique, fringe and unreleased acoustic and electronic vintage instruments.
Also read PX Apollo Review
by Applied Acoustics Systems (Mar, 2016)
Chromaphone 2 is an acoustic object software synthesizer plugin that offers melodies, beats, and crazy soundscapes.
More details: Chromaphone 2
by SPC Plugins (Mar, 2016)
ArcSyn is a virtual analogue synthesizer instrument with all oscillator waveforms generated from scratch (NO samples) and with unique waveforms including Sub-harmonics, Bit-Noise and FM Crossfade.
Also read: ArcSyn Review
by rf Music (Mar, 2016)
RED31 is a wavetable based synthesizer instrument available as VST audio plugin, only for Windows. RED31 features 3 wave table based oscillators capable to create different kinds of sounds (basses, leads, pads, keys, etc). More Detail:
More Detail: RED31
by 2nd Sense Audio (Mar, 2016)
Wiggle virtual synthesizer features 4 powerful sound generators, phase distortion, wave shaping. It’s a fun but powerful synth to play with.
Also check WIGGLE Review (by ProducerSpot)
by Phychic Modulation (Mar, 2016)
Phonec 2 is the successor to the original Phonec virtual synth, capable of producing a wide range of sounds like vintage analogue tones, ethereal pads, lo-fi synth scapes, retro synth-waves, leads, minimal techno sequences and hard-hitting basses.
More Details: Phonec 2
by Monoplugs (Mar, 2016)
Monique is a digital software synthesizer instrument for Windows, Mac & Linux capable of creating raw bass and leading sounds like you know from the analog world. ‘Morphing’ feature offer you the capabilities of 8 different synths in one.
2021 Update: This pack is now available anymore!
Synthblitz Audio (Mar, 2016)
Nitroflex 2 virtual synthesizer is the successor of Synthblitz Audio’s wavetable VST subtractive synthesizer for Windows. Nitroflex 2 returns in force with 4 wavetable oscillators, 1 VA oscillator, 7 envelope’s, 3 LFO’s and a great selection of filters and effects.
More Details: Nitroflex 2
by Madrona Labs (Mar, 2016)
Virta is a patchable voice-controlled synthesizer plugin for Windows and Mac, capable to transform voices and instruments into all kinds of wild synth sounds.
More Details: Virta
by Sonic Academy (Apr, 2016)
Kick 2 is the follow-up of Sonic Academy’s KICK – multi-award-winning drum synthesizer plugin inspired and create in collaboration with Nicky Romero.
Read More: Kick 2
by Lethal Audio (May, 2016)
Lethal is another new and powerful modern software synthesizer plugin with impressive features and an easy-to-use, comprehensive graphic user interface.
Read More: Lethal
by Gospel Musicians (May, 2016)
BASSalicious is a dedicated synth bass audio plug-in with a single focus on bass sounds. This great looking bass synth is available for Windows and Mac as VST, AU and Standalone versions.
2021 Update: This pack is now available anymore!
Analog Lab 2
by Arturia (May, 2016)
Analog Lab 2 from Arturia is a great virtual instrument that features over 5,000 sounds from the 17 Arturia’s V Collection 5 software synthesizers bundle. Besides the synthesizers included with the first version, Arturia add another 5 new virtual synthesizers: Synclavier V, B-3 V, Stage-73 V, Farfisa V, and Piano V.
Read More: Analog Lab 2
by SyS Audio (May, 2016)
Ton-Geraet 1 (also known as SyS TG1) is a multi-mixture software synthesizer with 2 individual voices and a wavetable sequencer. It features a double FM-Unit and an Akai S-1000 inspired 12-bit low-pass Filter.
More Details: Ton-Geraet 1
by Sugar Bytes (Jun, 2016)
Factory is a new poly-synth plugin that includes a dual oscillator engine and a sub oscillator plus a noise generator. We tested and loved this synth since the first day; read our Factory Review
by Softube (Jun, 2016)
Modular is an authentic dynamic circuit emulation of the legendary Eurorack’s Doepfer modules A-110-1 VCO, A-108 VCF, A-132-3 Dual VCA, A-140 ADSR, A-118 Noise/Random, A-147 VCLFO. Available as VST, VST3, Audio Units and AAX Native, Modular is such a great plugin to have in your arsenal.
Also read: Modular Review
by 112dB (Jun, 2016)
Cascade synthesizer by 112dB is a combination of a classic subtractive synthesizer with 2 extremely fat oscillators and a new method of synthesis inspired by the work of Austrian composer Peter Ablinger. Cascade synth is capable to create atmospheric soundscapes, industrial sounds, hypnotic pads and strings.
Read our full review here: CASCADE Review
Icarus by Tone2 is a new synthesizer instrument that features an innovative 3D wavetable for Windows and Mac.
We had the chance to test the “beta” version, so you can read our review here: Icarus Review
by Native Instruments (Sep, 2016)
FORM is the newest synthesizer for Native Instruments Reaktor 6. FORM is also part of KOMPLETE 11 and KOMPLETE 11 ULTIMATE and it’s a really quality synth that we had the chance to test it and review for our readers, check here the full review: FORM Review
by Synapse Audio (Sep, 2016)
The Legend faithfully emulate the Minimoog Model D hardware synthesizer, including all the oscillators, filter, amplifier, effects from the original unit. We had the opportunity to test this awesome piece of software synthesizer, read the entire review here: The Legend Review
Synth Anthology 2
by UVI (Oct 2016)
One of the most exciting synthesizers launched this year comes from UVI. They released Synth Anthology 2, an updated version of their software synth featuring a massive collection of 77 vintage and modern synth sounds, including 2,500 presets and over 20,000 samples. With this software synth, you’ll have the most popular hardware synthesizers of all time at your fingertips.
Available for both Windows and MAC hosted apps, Synth Anthology 2 is available in Audio Units, AAX, VST plugin formats and also as a Stand-alone app.
More Details / Buy Link: Synth Anthology 2
by Rob Papen (Dec 2016)
Another surprise this year comes from Rob Papen. When I thought nothing could surprise us, it introduces Predator 2, the successor of his legendary synthesizer that has inspired many producers and artists of late years. Read our full review here: Rob Papen Predator 2 Review
Which of these plugins has impressed you most? Feel free to leave your comment below.
Last year we published a similar list which you can see here: Best Synths of 2015