FreeAlpha 3 is a free highly flexible, easy-to-use, VST/AU analog-style synthesizer for Windows PC and Mac OS X.
The FreeAlpha is 12 note-polyphonic and features a classic subtractive design that includes two versatile oscillators, a fat, rich-sounding filter, two envelopes, an LFO, a chorus effect, as well as numerous processing and modulation options. Special attention has been paid to recreating the warmth and feel typically found in early-1980s analog synthesizers.
The FreeAlpha’s oscillators provide an extensive range of waveform types from classic analog to hardcore digital. Both oscillators have a unique BAL (Balance) control that lets you create a waveform that is a hybrid of two others giving the user almost limitless timbrel possibilities. Special attention has been paid to the design of the FreeAlpha’s filter so that it replicates the rich sound of a true analog filter. The filter is highly flexible with lowpass, highpass and bandpass options available.
A key feature of the FreeAlpha is its Modulation Matrix. This virtual patchbay allows the creation of four custom routings from any of fifteen modulation sources to twelve different modulation destinations. The FreeAlpha also includes a chorus effect and a sophisticated portamento section that offers three portamento modes including a pre-set bend mode. And for true analog sound, the FreeAlpha includes a Precision control that allows you to introduce small inaccuracies into the FreeAlpha’s signal chain. This allows you to fine-tune the synth’s sound, creating anything from analog-style warmth to cold, digital hardness.
All these features make the FreeAlpha the perfect and free introduction to the world of analog-style VST synthesis.