by Tone2
4.8 / 5     (35 votes)
Firebird uses a unique synthesis architecture to deliver next-generation sounds.

Its innovative user interface provides you with the tools to create impressive sounds with a minimal amount of effort. Featuring an impressive selection of 437 build-in sounds, representing both highly sought-after VA sounds, as well as sounds more specific to Firebird and characterized by its Harmonic Content Morphing synthesis, breathing both life and dynamics into the sounds.

Harmonic Content Morphing synthesis is based on a large, expandable repertoire of standard waves, like saw, pulse, as well as more complex wave material, like multi-waves, trumpets, organs, pads, pianos and voice samples. These waves are modified in real-time, by for example transposing the wave by one or two octaves and adding it to the original wave, altering its harmonic structure, syncing, compressing or even expanding the frequency domain of the spectrum. Making the wave for example sound more fat using only one oscillator, transforming each wave into a hyper-wave or selecting some cycles of a sample and moving through them over time (comparable to wavetable synthesis). Any modification of a wave can be modulated producing lively shimmery sounds (remember: using only one oscillator!) With a total of more than 18,000 different spectra available for combination and modulation, Firebird+ gives an almost unlimited amount of timbres to experiment with.
  • Very easy to program and easy to use.
  • A unique sounding synthesis: Harmonic content morphing (HCM).
  • High sound quality: Warm, transparent.
  • 437 hand picked presets included, over 1000 sounds available.
  • 84 oscillator types containing 18,000 morphable waveforms.
  • 38 different filter types.
  • True stereo mode, 4x unison mode, and up to 8 oscillators per voice.
  • Can sound like other synthesis methods - additive, subtractive, AM, FM, phase distortion, supersaw, vocoder, sync.
  • Can sound like natural instruments like piano, brass, organs...
  • 23 spectral manipulations or “modifiers” can be applied to the oscillators.
  • 21 arpeggiator types.
  • 13 effect types.
  • Skinable user interface.
Velltone sound design Jul 18 2023
Jul 18 2023
Best stuff from my Firebird preset collection was remade / upgrade with Warlock in upcoming Club Nights soundset,c heck my site. Cheers:)
FredfromVenus Apr 22 2023
(5 / 5)
Apr 22 2023
This is my go-to guy whenever I need a synth-sound. I adore it! I love he way it produces a playable sound every time you press the random-button (too many synths just go silent 9 times out of 10). The speed at which this guy let me find the right sound is amazing (and yes, very often the "right" sound is one I never would have thought of). Great power comes in small packages!
Velltone Sound Design Jan 13 2023
(5 / 5)
Jan 13 2023
Finalizing 'Pro' soundbank for use in 64bit DAW - check my site next month
Velltone Sep 12 2022
(5 / 5)
Sep 12 2022
Available over 4000 free presets for Firebird on my site:
mnrv-ovrf-year-c Jul 29 2022
Jul 29 2022
I'm sorry, cannot review this synth because I don't have it but I have the similar FilterBank3 that I purchased, the main difference is the latter doesn't have a "real" amplitude envelope but a step sequencer. Used magazineware Bifilter also which was a cutdown version of FilterBank VST (ie. no synth version). I'm surprised the link to acquire Firebird doesn't direct to Tone2 site, considering how much I could have been bugged while using FB3 LOL. I was able to learn from the developer how disgusting VST3 really has been, for the companies trying to sell plug-ins and for those creating freeware, as well as for the users of that software.
azul Jul 06 2022
(5 / 5)
Jul 06 2022
One of the best I've found on the site
velltone Jun 09 2022
(5 / 5)
Jun 09 2022
I've made over 4000 preset for it when was baby sound designer - Fatbird sound pack will be available for free soon on my site.
Steve Feb 03 2022
Feb 03 2022
This is no longer free. Clicked on the link. The vst's there within have restrictions on them.
Anonymous Feb 03 2022
Feb 03 2022
Firebird is not available on Tone2's website. This one is still free.
Steve Feb 03 2022
Feb 03 2022
I downloaded the vst from the link provided, above. Once installed, the Vsts's had restrictions on them.
Anonymous Feb 04 2022
Feb 04 2022
During the install you have an option to install only Firebird, the other one is a demo, but Firebird is free and works without limitations.
Steve Feb 05 2022
Feb 05 2022
How do you remove the other 2 vsts's ( dll's etc) that have to be installed on your system, to get Firebird?
Anonymous Feb 05 2022
Feb 05 2022
Find them in your vst folder and delete them.
Steve Feb 05 2022
Feb 05 2022
Mistabeekeeper Jul 12 2021
(5 / 5)
Jul 12 2021
18,000 morphable waveforms??? That’s my kind of synth!!!! THIS ONE IS A KEEPER!!!
Davinsky Sep 24 2021
Sep 24 2021
Amazing Synth i've used for years and still very usable especially with soundbanks available on the net
PalcoKH Sept 16 2019
(5 / 5)
Sept 16 2019
I use this many years. One of the best !
GPincelli Sept 08 2019
(5 / 5)
Sept 08 2019
Muito pika mermão
Miracles Happen Mar 19 2019
(4 / 5)
Mar 19 2019
Some Vsts are indispensable to make music: this is one of them. I use it very often because it's very easy to use (great for beginners) and has an intuitive GUI. You can make just about any possible sound with it and it has a great arpeggiator. Definitely a must have!
GigitoEQ Oct 18 2018
(5 / 5)
Oct 18 2018
Amazing modern-sounding supersaws with this one!
LED String Mar 12 2018
Mar 12 2018
Before trying this even just want to state you should first cut a separate folder before hitting the .exe as it will set the folder it is installed to to strip admin approval. Youre going along installing vst dlls and every one requires admin conf before this, then after this every one just slides in. Had me hitting return unnecessarily. No big deal, actually if you installed it first to the main vst directory you would save a lot of carriage return admin aproval clicks.
breezy Aug 27 2017
(5 / 5)
Aug 27 2017
Shockingly good ... and runs really well on Linux, using Carla or LMMS' vestige.
SuperMegaDJs Aug 26 2017
(5 / 5)
Aug 26 2017
The Best from the Best Free Synthesizer .Professional constructin VSTi design . 5 : 5
Jay Jan 18 2017
(4 / 5)
Jan 18 2017
Dj Gratitude Nov 26 2016
(4 / 5)
Nov 26 2016
I love this, best sound...
Ee Apr 07 2016
(5 / 5)
Apr 07 2016
Still one of the best free synths ever Dec 10 2015
(5 / 5)
Dec 10 2015
Well-rounded, robust, great sound.
Robi Nov 04 2015
Nov 04 2015
Awesome. Thanks so much.
LFO Oct 08 2015
Oct 08 2015
Still the best free vst out there.
Bumblebee Mar 28 2015
(5 / 5)
Mar 28 2015
Sweet sounds. Phat basses. Drumloops. Easy to use. A freebie worth downloading.
emit Nov 03 2014
(3 / 5)
Nov 03 2014
Just the best free vst ;)))
music lover Sept 04 2014
(5 / 5)
Sept 04 2014
Excellent vst ! Professional quality. pure sounds. Thank you very much.
H-tech Aug 02 2014
(5 / 5)
Aug 02 2014
Very Nice
Firak Feb 10 2014
(5 / 5)
Feb 10 2014
Amazing, good sound.
anonymous Feb 08 2014
Feb 08 2014
This is god tier. Get it, play around with the harmonic morphing content, and make some awesome sounds. It's like a normal subtractive synth on acid.
JC Dec 05 2013
(5 / 5)
Dec 05 2013
Totally enjoying this one, great work, easy to use and great sounds. Well done.
Thian Nov 04 2013
(5 / 5)
Nov 04 2013
Amazing :)
brotherj Oct 05 2013
(5 / 5)
Oct 05 2013
Oozes quality! Lovely clean bottom end and not a trace of harshness unless you put it there. 5/5
music man Aug 30 2013
(4 / 5)
Aug 30 2013
Just great synth with great ARP voice and gate pad.