Music production. Sound design. Ableton Live resources
Oatmeal by Fuzzpilz is another one of the top must have vst synths that is available for free. The designer is well known for his work with the Buzz Machines sequencer and its plugins. This is no exception and is a very complete and well thought out softsynth package.
Oatmeal is a two oscillator polyphonic subtractive synth with a great sound and a lot of tweakable effects. Included in the effects on Oatmeal are delay, chorus, distortion, reverb, arpegiator, lfo modulators, a full featured filter block and a five band parametric equalizer. You can set up Oatmeals XY pad and midi editor for added control of modulators, parameters and effects. Oatmeal also features a unique waveform editor where you can draw in the shapes with the mouse, or generate complex waves and then manipulate and refine the waveforms with a set of editing tools.
Oatmeal also has a random patch generator capable of producing very good usable sounds on the fly and it even generates interesting random names for the patches which can be saved in banks of up to 64 presets. There are a lot of skins available for Oatmeals interface so if the default tan-brown doesnt apeal to you there are many good alternatives to try. There are also quite a few user created patch banks to get you started. There is a thread on the KVR forum with a zipped bundle containing the latest version of the software synth (38-1) and most all of the skins and preset banks.
Download the complete pack with the most recent version of Oatmeal, all the skins and preset patch banks at this KVR Oatmeal forum thread. Oatmeal Free VSTi Resources.
Togeo Studios also has a bank of presets available for Oatmeal. TS Oatmeal Bank 01
If you have never tried Oatmeal, then you owe it to yourself to give it a try. Its a very good free VSTi that has a lot of features, sounds good, and is a lot of fun to use. This is definately one of the top free softsynths. It produces interesting sounds that can be used regardless of what type of music you create and deserves a spot in your synth plugin library.