Dominique Wurtz has released, after 2 years of development, Charlatan, a free virtual analog synthesizer plugin.
Charlatan is a polyphonic, subtractive virtual analog (VA) software synthesizer plugin whose design focuses on sound quality and easy usability. The design philosophy was to provide a feature set just large enough to cover a wide range of sounds rather than an infinite number of parameters and modulation options cluttering the user interface and distracting from the creative process. That said, Charlatan’s synthesis architecture is flexible enough to create all kinds of sounds, from conventional classic leads, basses and pads to weird blips and noises.
While making no compromises about sound quality, the algorithms have been optimized for efficient CPU usage making Charlatan well suited as a “bread and butter” synth even in projects with a large number of plugin instances.
Charlatan comes with 26 factory presets. To load presets follow these steps: Click on ‘Wrapper settings’ icon (the little gear icon), then select ‘Load preset / bank’ at bottom and locate where you have the downloaded presets.