Like most synthesizers, I don’t own this one. And, while searching for soft synths, I am usually disappointed by the VST’s that I find. They typically do one thing very well. Even if that one thing is sounding like a crummy 80′s digital synth.
I’d like to introduce to you Ensonique’s SQ-80 —
Yeah, it has both a disk drive and a card reader. It also has a nice range of sounds utilizing a hybrid of analog and digital circuitry. From breathy pads to strings to moog / commodore 64 growls to percussion, this guy has very unique, fat and warm timbres of tonality. But, instead of finding recorded samples (check out a John Carpenter movie soundtrack from the early 90′s), I found a soft synth that emulates it. =)
Download SQ8L Soft Synth VSTi here. The page also explains the ongoing process of recreating the synth’s famous sound. It’s suggested that a proper emulation of the filter chips is what sets this VSTi apart from Moog and Roland synth clone software.
Listen to some examples if you don’t believe me —
Mostly, I’m playing Dmin with the various stock patches. Download and remix. I dare you! . . .or your money back!