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Here’s a quick list about the best free arpeggiator VSTplugins.
However, I will also include 3 premium ones which areabsolutely amazing…
- VST/AU for Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8 (32/64bit), Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. Demo version functions just like the licensed version except it doesn't save presets. Be sure to try the demo version before purchasing the full version to make sure Cream runs fine on your system. There is no refund.
- Music Radar are giving you a selection of classic synth sounds - these free synth samples come from synths such as the ARP's Odyssey and Solina instruments and Roland's System 100.
And you should definitely check them out!
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- BlueARP by Oleg Mikheev
- Hypercyclic by Mucoder
- Kirnu by Arto Vaarala
- ArpLite2 by SynArp
- RandARP by CodeFN42
- Podolski by U-He
- Arptron by Psychic Modulation
- Arppe2600vs by Glen Stegner
- Arpimedes By Tobybear Productions
- Arp4midi by xoxos
- ApolloV3 by Meesha
- ODsay by Elektrostudio
- Tonus by KBplugs
- Syntler by Syntler
- Crio by Solcito Musica
And here are the premium ones…
- Cthulhu by Xfer Records
- ARPG8R by Pentacom
- Cream by Kirnu Interactive
BlueARP by Oleg Mikheev (Windows, Mac)
BlueARP is a MIDI Arpeggiator plugin with a patternsequencer style, designed for electronic music genres.
It is based on hardware groove boxes and arpeggiators likeKorg Electribes, Novation Nova, etc.
BlueARP can also be characterized as: a pattern arpeggiator,step sequencer style arpeggiator, arpeggiator with pattern input.
You can download BlueARP here.
Related: List of the best Sequencer VST/AU plugins.
Hypercyclic by Mucoder (Windows, Mac Linux)
Hypercyclic is an LFO-driven MIDI arpeggiator as well as agate effect and step sequencer.
The main use for hypercyclic is to generate midi that can berecorded and/or sent to other plugins.
However, it also features a simple built-in synth fortesting purposes.
You can use two tempo-synced LFOs to modulate variousparameters for creating interesting rhythmic effects and chord variations
A unique feature is the possibility to modulate thesequencer step size itself, which is useful for creating glitchy stutteringeffects.
Another thing you can use is a groove function for playingslightly off the beat.
The groove parameters can also be modulated over time by theLFOs, adding to the rhythmic variation.
You can download Hypercyclic here.
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Kirnu by Arto Vaarala (Windows, Mac)
Kirnu is a VST MIDI arpeggiator plug-in which isdesigned with real-time tweaking and usability in mind.
It’s fairly easy to use and it’s one of the best soundingones on this entire list!
So definitely check it out!
- Ultra precise MIDI engine.
- Clear user interface with easy to use controls.
- Hold mode.
- Scale engine with many scales to choose from.
- Keyboard split.
- The soul of Kirnu: 16 step pattern view fromwhere user can tweak each step values separately.
- Two independent step level MIDI CC controls withteach mode.”
You can download Kirnu here.
ArpLite2 by SynArp (Windows only)
Arplite2 is a simple yet pretty good sounding arpeggiatorplugin which can synchronize to a host-daw.
The interface is very simple and dry, which makes it idealfor beginners since it’s very easy to use.
- Choose a range of an arpeggio among 1-5 octaves.
- Set the amount of octave of an arpeggio in arange of a +-2 octave.
- Switch it on, the order of input-notes-block isjust reflected by an arpeggio.
- Switch it on, sort an input notes for alloctaves.
- Reverse a form of an arpeggio.
- Make an arpeggio a form in palindo.
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You can download Arplite2 here.
RandARP by CodeFN42 (Windows Only)
RandARP is an arpeggiator plugin with many randomizationfeatures, allowing incoming notes or chords to be manipulated in various ways.
All standard arpeggiator parameters like number of octaves, notelength and note order are included…
But the plugin also offers complete randomization of thevelocity, gate, shift and swing parameters.
In addition, you can specify a note probability andrandomize the note order, the octave order, and the number of octaves.
All the randomization features allow you to create moreinteresting and unpredictable arpeggiated sequences.
You can download RandARP here.
Podolski by U-He (Windows, Mac, Linux)
Podolski is a free and straightforward CPU-efficient virtualanalogue synthesizer.
It features one oscillator, one filter, one envelope and an arpeggiator/ sequencer.
This is a reasonably simple plugin, but it’s also a verypowerful one, which means that creating good sounds is actually quite simpleand doable!
- Oscillator with variable symmetry (sawtooth totriangle, PWM) and glide
- Polyphonic (up to 16 voices), mono, legato andarpeggiator modes
- 4 envelope modes: ADSR or HDSR,linear or exponential. Sustain has Fall/Rise control
- Multimode filter: lowpass, bandpass or high-passwith drive and FM
- Combination arpeggiator / 16-step sequencer withextra modulation source
- Skinnable UI
- Over 520 factory presets
You can download Podolski here.
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Arptron by Psychic Modulation (Windows Only)
Arptron is Psychic Modulation’s first free synth which isbasically a hybrid phase distortion arp-synth with 2 crossfadingoscillator sections, part VA, part phase distortion.
The interface can be a bit confusing to beginners, but it’sfairly straightforward and easy to use.
- 2 crossfading oscillators
- Phase Distortion (Osc1)
- Dual arpeggiator section (can also be used as aMIDI arp)
- 3 Envelopes
- High, band & lowpass filter
- 2 LFOs (BPM synced)
- Dual Stereo Delay
- External Audio Processing
- Audio Mixer (allows crossfading the oscillatorsw/ incoming audio)
- Polyphonic portamento
- Assignable Mod Wheel
- 64 presets
You can download Arptron here.
Arppe2600vs by Glen Stegner (Windows Only)
Arppe2600va is a great softsynth that features a multitudeof Frequency Modulation options which enable it to create some truly awesomesound effects:
PWM, Sample & Hold, virtual Spring Reverb, RingModulation, and a dedicated Noise Generator are all there!
Also, there is Oscillator Sync and Filter Color.
Arppe2600va is completely patchable via a designed Mod Matrix!
You can have up to 12 patch routings with a veryuser-friendly drop-down menu interface, instead of messy virtual patch cablescluttering up the screen.
It can be both used as a standalone synth or loaded in any DAW.
You can download Arrpe2600va here.
Related: Here’s a list of the best free Modulation Plugins.
Arpimedes By Tobybear Productions (Windows Only)
If you want an insanely simple arp sound without having todeal with an overloaded and confusing interface, then Arpimedes is definitelyfor you.
The interface is extremely simple… Which is the whole pointof this arp.
It’s the simplest arpeggiator on this list where you canonly set the speed, number of steps, number of octaves, and the mode…
That’s basically it!
If you have no prior experience with arpeggiators, thendefinitely give Arpimedes a try!
You can download Arpimedes here.
Note: It’s part of the MIDIBag bundle, which you needto download in order to get Arpimedes.
Arp4midi by xoxos (Windows Only)
Free Arp Odyssey Vst
arp4MIDI is an arpeggiator with contemporarysynchronization functions.
It includes arpeggiate and phrase modes and a 16-stepsequencer assignable to gate or arpeggiator step.
It’s only for Windows 32-bit, but it sounds pretty damngood…
So, give it a try!
- gate offset (e.g. early or late)
- host position-based sync
- lobster (humanize) functions
You can download Arp4midi here.
Related: Here’s a list of the best free delay VST plugins.
ApolloV3 by Meesha (Windows Only))
ApolloV3 is a 16 step, step sequencer/arpeggiator with midiout that works with most popular DAWs.
- 16 step, single channel step sequencer
- MIDI output
- 6 MIDI Channels
- 16 steps selectable
- On/off switch per step
- Arpeggiator function
- Random function
- Pitch and velocity controls
- Step and trigger buttons
- Host sync and internal clock
- Different step rates
- Great analog feel
- Easy to use
You can download ApolloV3 here.
ODsay by Elektrostudio (Windows Only)
ODSay, as its name implies, is inspired by the Arp Odyssey.
It is a Duophonic synth with 2 sync VCO (6 waveforms), 1noise generator, Sample and Hold, 1 sine or square wave LFO, 2 filters (LP andHP), 1 VCA and 2 envelopes (1 ADSR and 1 AR), portamento and so on.
Everything is editable, tweakable and that gives manypossibilities.
The sound is excellent, easy to modulate, with a niceanalogue touch.
From noises to fat and full leads, it is a must-have.
- Switchable between sawtooth, square, and pulsewaveforms with oscillator sync, a ring modulator, and pink or white noise.
- Pulse-width can be modulated manually.
- The filter can be controlled by either of thetwo envelope generators.
You can download ODsay here.
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Tonus by KBplugs (Windows Only)
Tonus is an emulation of the ARP 2600.
This emulation is only inspired by the circuitry of the realunit, but it’s not really trying to emulate it and sound identical, but ratherhave its own personality.
There are no presets, just like on the real arp.
You can download Tonus here.
Syntler by Syntler (Windows Only)
Syntler is a groove and arpeggio synth, playable with ajoystick.
Move the joystick arund and play the virtual keybord orMIDI.
For scratch and fx play, press the “scratch”button.
For groove play, press the “groove” button, thenclick “REC” and move the joystick around.
In my opinion, it’s one of the best sounding free Arpeggiatorsout there!
- 3 oscilators: 2 tones oscilators, noiseoscilator.
- Unique joystik control with speed sensitivity.
- Groove and scratch/fx mode.
- MIDI keybord control.
- Tempo sync delay.
- 32 editable presets.
You can download Syntler here.
Crio by Solcito Musica (Windows Only)
Crio is a virtual analog/FM synthesizer that canmake arpeggios, bass, solos, leads, FX-style sounds.
The aim was to make an instrument with minimal controls andmaximum functionality that could be easy to learn and use while still beingable to sound awesome.
- 1 monophonic oscillator with noise generator and3 voices, including sub oscillator.
- 1 LFO with functions of wave quantization andtempo synchronization.
- 2 filters: typical state variable filter andcomb filter.
- 1 envelope generator.
- 1 amplifier with booster and saturation.
- slide tone control that applies to keyboard andtone modulation from LFO.
- MIDI learn in most of the controls.
You can download Crio here.
Premium Arpeggiator Plugins
After you’ve tried some of the free ones, I think that it’sa good idea to move over to some arpeggiators that are actually more powerful.
In most cases they will cost you a bit of money, but most ofthem are extremely affordable.
Here are three which I consider to be excellent!
Cthulhu by Xfer Records (Windows, Mac)
Cthulhu is a Chord and an arpeggiator plugin.
The chord module allows you to play one note and Cthulhuwill automatically create chords off of that one note.
This is great for when you’re trying to compose a song butcan’t come up with new ideas.
You can press any key and Cthulhu will automatically play achord that fits perfectly within that scale.
It comes with loads of chord presets, and it also allows youto create your own chord presets and save them.
If you import MIDI or record chords straight in, Cthulhu isable to analyze the chords you play and allow for various sorting options like;
Circle of 5ths, Chromatic, low note,etc…
Allowing for easy access over your chords.
The other half of Cthulhu is a unique pattern-based arpeggiator,allowing incoming notes or chords to be manipulated in various rhythmic ways.
For instance, starting on the lowest note and ending up onthe highest (when it runs out of notes, it starts back on the first one).
You can choose whichever pattern you like, sequence them inno time and that’s it… you have the basic structure of a song.
Additionally you can get the ADSR bundle which comes with over 140 chord presets and 50arpeggiation presets which are quite good.
This Plugin is great, really fun and easy to use…
The only down side is that it´s not free (It costs $39), andthe ADSR bundle also costs a bit of money ($24).
You can get Cthulhu here.
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ARPG8R by Pentacom (Windows, Mac)
ARPG8R is an amazingly simple, yet powerful MIDIarpeggiator.
It’s super straightforward and does exactly what you hope itwill do.
Not only that but it takes any VST and transforms it into afully programmable sequence.
It’s much easier to use than most built-in VSTi arps, andthis turns any arp-less synth into an instant rhythmic powerhouse!
If used right, this arpeggiator has the power to enhance anykind of music that has a beat.
It’s not limited to electro genres only… it can actually beused on many genres.
You can also simply engage and adjust the shuffle feature if you want a more natural feel.
- Clean, nice looking interface.
- Extremely easy to use
- 32-steps with a custom option
- 4 octave range
- Several ARP modes
- Shuffle and gate length control
- Price is insanely low
- Responsive developer
Additionally, they have pretty good online tutorials onYouTube, which is always nice.
Best Free Arp Vst Sequencer
Here’s a link to one.
You can find out more about ARPG8R here.
Cream by Kirnu Interactive (Windows, Mac)
Kirnu Cream is a very powerful MIDI performer VST/AU/LPXMIDI FX plugin for Windows and Mac.
With Cream it’s very easy to create catching lead parts,bouncing bass lines, swinging drums and lots of other cool stuff.
With simple and clever design, it has been made easy tolearn and operate.
You can easily create cool performances by tweaking onlycouple of controls.
If this is not enough for you there are so many ways you cancontrol Cream that you never feel bored with it.
Kirnu Cream is good for everybody; hobbyists, professionals,producers, composers, mamas, papas… whoever needs a good MIDI performer to maketheir songs awesome!
- Chord memory
- Pattern sequencer
- Sample accurate MIDI
- Tracks (4 independent tracks with independentkey areas)
- 12 patterns in every track
You can read check Cream out here.
Like I mentioned earlier, all of these plugins are great,however once you think you’re ready to move on to the next level you shouldreally think about upgrading to a premium one!
I hope you have a great day!
Music is essentially a progressions of chords. However they don't have to be presented in a very ‘chordal’ way.
A great example of this is arpeggios . Arpeggios are chords, but they cycle through each note individually, forming something that sounds more like a melody than a chord.
The purpose of this article is to cover the top 5 best arpeggiator VST synths. I have sifted through the many, many options available and am confident to say that I have pulled out 5 jewels.
Feel free to let me know what you think of my choices in the comment section below. Enjoy the article!
DCAM Synth Squad
DCAM Synth squad is my favorite plugin when it comes to arpeggiators.
If you want the authentic sound of real instruments in a synth, DCAM delivers it for you.
The oscillators ooze immense sound density, amp phases can be loaded for additional grit, and real-world disorder can be added into the circuit for a pleasant instability.
These synths don't disrupt with extreme settings, so you can exploit them just like the actual thing. In the meantime, the innate TransMod modulation system brings your sounds to life in new and animated ways.
A nifty sound design atmosphere, Fusor, can cover and split 3 cases of the DCAM synths (Amber, Strobe and Cypher). It provides multiple ways to add new magnitudes to your sounds with high-quality FX, an advanced step- arpeggiator/ sequencer and extra modulation.
Strobe: It uses oscillator-stacking, polyphony, a flexible multimode filter and deep tones to produce a characteristic modern sound. It is intended to be as easy to program and sustaining to play as an analogue mono-synth.
Amber: Amber's sound is produced from a set of oscillators that are frequency-divided to create a full keyboard series of 96 notes within a single synth voice - this means that you can play 96 notes at once.
Cypher: The Cypher provides a truly precise model of a synth skilled in analogue-style FM, variable-depth sync, wave modulation, and other remarkable oscillator processes. The osc-section is a basis of vast sonic assortment even before the twofold filter section is called into action.
TAL-BassLine-101 is a one-track bass synthesizer with a classic analogue sound. The GUI is spontaneous and easy to use. It produces the fresh sound you recognize from analogue devices without any effects.
BassLine has a very leveled and genuine analogue sounding 24dB zero feedback delay resonance low pass filter. Particularly aimed and regulated for extreme settings, it sounds even smoother with a lot of reverberation and a high oscillator tone.
Details as envelope transitions between coinciding notes are carefully sculpted. The oscillators do not use any examples. BassLine produces all wave-forms in real time.
BassLine is adjusted and tweaked after the hardware device it emulates. It comes with alias-free oscillators, self-echoing 24dB LP zero feedback delay filter and Midi learn/automation for all gearshifts for amazing sound at 44'100Hz sampler rate. It comes with linear portamento and original (RC) modes.
Kirnu Cream is a very prevailing MIDI performer VST/LPX/AU MIDI FX plugin for Windows and Mac. It works equally well on 32 and 64 bit structures.
Cream is envisioned to be used in both live and disconnected DAW usage. With Cream it’s very easy to form grasping lead parts, rocking drums, vigorous bass lines and loads of other cool stuff.
Cream isn't like any old-fashioned MIDI sequencer or arpeggiator. It's a lot more. With simple and ingenious design it has been made effortless to learn and function. By tweaking only a couple of controls you can simply create new cool routines.
Chord memory makes it conceivable to play whole chords with only one note. Cream chord memory has the ability to save chord memory presets with its 16 memory slots.
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Chords can be inverted without any difficulty by using the inversion tool. Also it is possible to copy-paste between slots.
If you are sick and drained of predictable MIDI performers, arpeggiator, and sequencers you should try Cream and comprehend yourself how it varies from the rest.
Xpand!2 is a multi-timbre workspace proposing four active sound parts, or slots, per patch.
Each part has its own MIDI channel, Mix, Note Range (Zone), Modulation, Arpeggiation, and Effects settings—a brilliant way for creating discrete parts.
Linking the four parts together to produce one remarkable Patch is where Xpand!2 exposes its true capability.
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The Voice Mode for each part can be set to monophonic or polyphonic. Monophonic parts offer First, Last, Highest, or Lowest primacy making it simple to label a lead, bass, or solo instrument. Polyphonic portions can have up to 64 voices.
Using the lot from wavetables and FM synthesis to sample replay, the skilled sound design team at Air Music Tech has carefully designed thousands of ready-to-play Xpand!2 patches.
Making your own is easy, too. Parts can be quickly looked through and are accessibly sorted into 29 categories, offering a simple path to catch just what you’re looking for.
Xpand!2 comprises of two autonomous effect processors with fifty studio-grade effects, extending from deep reverbs to the mind boggling Chaos Delay.
When choosing a new effect type, Xpand!2 will promptly change the edit knob functions to provide precise control of every effect. The output of FX1 can be fed into the input of FX2 to generate unconventional cascade-style effects.
This synth is the impeccable choice for people looking for something which has the whole kit.
The ARP 2600 is one of the finest analog synthesizers ever made.
The ARP 2600 is one of the premium analog synthesizers ever created.
Celebrated by the most esteemed musicians over the last thirty years, it is adept at creating wonderful sounds, and is heard in many popular melodies from Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock.
With its sound palette changing from thick drum and bass stabs to smooth arpeggiator electro bass lines, whatever your selected genre, the 2600 is a really adaptable sound formation tool, which still has a worthy place in today’s music.
With a radical preset navigation system called SoundMap ARP 2600 is quite inventive and easy-to-use. More than 400 presets, prepared by experts, are adapted to react to the modulation wheel.
With four new innovative tracking generators, this synth is truly something unusual.
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Although all of these synths provide with the same functionality, each of them does it differently. So, in the end, it’s up to you to choose the best among the best. You can further demo them, and then decide as per your needs.
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