The Complete
Synthwave Producer's
List of VSTs


If you're into producing synthwave, dreamwave, or outrun music, I've compiled a list of the most popular free and paid VSTs and essential resources, patches and libraries for your synthwave retro sound.

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Free Software Synths

Mono/Fury
Close emulation of the classic KORG Mono/Poly analog synthesizer of the early 1980's.

Crystal
Semi-modular software synthesizer featuring both subtractive synthesis and frequency modulation (FM) synthesis.

TAL-U-NO-62
Polyphonic virtual analogue synth with a unique filter sound modeled after the original JUNO 60.

Dexed
Close remodel of the famous Yamaha DX7 synth for amazing fm synthesis sounds.

OB-Xd
Based on the Oberheim OB-X with gigantic sound and a few advantages over the original limited design.

PG-8X
inspired by the classic Roland JX-8P and its external editor.

SQ8L
A VSTi emulating Ensoniq's Classic SQ80 from the late 80s.

Surge
A VSTi emulating Ensoniq's Classic SQ80 from the late 80s.

Zebralette
Amazingly powerful open source subtractive hybrid synthesizer with versatile oscillators.

Paid Software Synths

Arturia V-Collection
24 classical synths recreated as software. From Rolands Jupiter-8 to the iconic Yamaha CS-80.

Evolution Infinity
80s electric guitar with clean chorus tones and shredding leads that go on forever.

FM8
Beautiful fm synthesis with crystal clear highly usable dynamic presets and intuitive usability.

Korg Legacy
Korg classics like MS-20, Polysix, Mono/Poly, M1, WAVESTATION and MDE-X as software.

Spire
Beautifully created synth with amazing filters and unison engine. Lots of inspiring synthwave patches are available.

TAL-U-No-LX
Brilliant emulation of the classical Juno 60 with all the classic synthwave sounds. Absolute must have!

Sylenth1
Not only a goto beast for modern music but perfectly capable of creating all those beautiful synthwave sounds.

u-he Diva
Diva captures the spirit of five decades of analogue synthesizers. Perfect for screaming leads and tight basses.

ujam Vice
Drum computer for authentic 80s and Synthwave beats with multiple kits, patterns and mix presets. A joy to play.

Sensual Sax
Typical sexy 80s saxophone for NI Kontakt. Staccato and Legato mode with hot dial-in reverb.

Free Sample Libraries

200 Drum Machines
Massive sample collection of popular drum machines from Linn to Simmons. All the synthwave toms, snares, kicks and claps you'll ever need.

Morphoice Libraries

Morphoice Synthwave Vol.1
u-he Diva

Synthwave Snares & Toms
Morphoice

Other Patch Libraries

Synthwave Vol.1
Reveal Sound Spire

Synthwave Vol.2
Reveal Sound Spire

Synthwave Dreams
Reveal Sound Spire

OST Audio: Synthwave
Reveal Sound Spire

Toricos - Synthwave
Reveal Sound Spire

Synthwave Anthem Sounds
Reveal Sound Spire

Luftrum21
Sylenth1

Retro City
u-he Diva

Arcade Summer
u-he Diva

The Midnight
u-he Diva

Deckard's Dream
PG-8x

TimeCop 1983 Soundset
TAL-U-NO-LX