Tunefish 4
by Brain Control
4.7 / 5     (32 votes)
Win32 Win64 OSX Linux
Tunefish 4 is an additive / wavetable synth.

Tunefish 4 was developed as a smaller replacement of Tunefish 3 with roughly the same power, it is however not compatible and uses different synthesis algorithms. It was developed for the 64k intro Turtles all the way down by demoscene group Brain Control.
  • Improved UI compared to TF3 which will visualize all modulations.
  • Uses an additive synthesis based wavetable generator.
  • The Noise generator can produce any frequency of noise with any bandwidth.
  • Lowpass, Highpass, Bandpass and an improved Notch filter are available.
  • 2 ADSRs and 2 LFOs that can be linked to pretty much any important knob using a modulation matrix.
  • Supported effects are Flanger, Chorus, Distortion, Delay, Reverb, EQ and Formant.
  • The effects stack allows for any permutation of up to 10 effects.
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John Burns Sep 19 2022
(3 / 5)
Sep 19 2022
Hm... Not bad... Not as warm sounding as Whispair. It's yet another synth that doesn't support midi sustain (WHY ARE THERE SO MANY OF THESE!?). It's quite cold sounding. I think it's designed for some modern EDM genre that I don't listen to. Some of the instruments like guitar and cello sound quite nice. I probably won't use it but there are one or two good sounds in here...
mnrv-ovrf-year-c Jul 22 2022
Jul 22 2022
ROFLMAO I created a program in Purebasic for guided randomization to export text files to add to the presets bank. My first attempt left this synth roaring and doing hoarse sustaining pads which is what I liked for "slam-bient" but not all the time and not without a way to stop it. So I kept working on it but the result created patches which are really lame, ie. sounds usually found on those wanting to bite off the lucky-number or the goddess-mother hardware. The amp. envelope "decay" or "sustain" cannot be exactly zero or one. (Sorry can't remember which one, this was over seven years ago.) I still use the sounds I made with that first hoarse attempt. Was very disappointed the Linux 64-bit plug-in file wasn't recognized by any program on Ubuntu Studio v22.04. It was pointless for me to load it with Wine so I let the matter die.
5teagnus Apr 22 2022
Apr 22 2022
On Linux it doesn't work.
Dr Tonka Mar 14 2022
(4 / 5)
Mar 14 2022
I've been using this for a few years now, and I really like it. The presets are not that great and don't really show the synth to its potential. However, for an additive synth, it is remarkably easy to program, and has the ability to hold about a thousand presets! That said, the preset organisation isn't great, because there is none. The sound quality is excellent and I do recommend it.
Anonymous Legion Aug 14 2021
(5 / 5)
Aug 14 2021
Perfect Synth. It feels Nice and Full.
Perfect Oct 28 2020
(5 / 5)
Oct 28 2020
FL Studio 20 works absolutely perfectly with this excellent synth. Highly recommended
Crashes Ableton Live lol Oct 21 2020
(1 / 5)
Oct 21 2020
Sucks cuz it has good reviews :/ every time I try and open it live just crashes
Digital Rules Jan 09 2021
Jan 09 2021
Hey, you can try Sprike - it is an extended variant of Tunefish 4. Maybe Sprike will work in Ableton Live. Try it. :)
Type 1: The Machinist Oct 15 2020
(5 / 5)
Oct 15 2020
The amount of possibilities and the visual display make this insane for me.
Acid Lady Dec 15 2019
(5 / 5)
Dec 15 2019
My new favorite!
Digital Rules Oct 27 2019
(5 / 5)
Oct 27 2019
This one can sound really huge and wild. It can be very unpredictable.
Mato Nov 14 2018
(5 / 5)
Nov 14 2018
The awesome Tunefish 4 was updated to version 4.2. It was also updated to VST3. It still sounds better than many commercial softsynths. <3
ctho Oct 07 2018
Oct 07 2018
Not much use when your laptop screen doesn't go full hd
Darko Aug 28 2018
(5 / 5)
Aug 28 2018
This synth is a beast! Sounds lovely!
AM May 20 2018
(5 / 5)
May 20 2018
This one can make HUGE basses. It is quite good for other sounds too. A mighty sounding synth.
Proteus May 19 2018
(5 / 5)
May 19 2018
This synth is the best if You program Your own sounds, because the included presets do not show all the capabilities of this incredibly good sounding softsynth. But if You know how to make sounds with this it is great.
reserction Jan 23 2018
Jan 23 2018
I made a serious bass growl with this i love it
Karl GC Dec 21 2017
Dec 21 2017
In fact this one has less to offer than Tunefish 3. Worth comparing.
Max Mar 28 2017
(4 / 5)
Mar 28 2017
Sounds great but beware! As of now, Tunefish4 has issues with saving its settings with your DAW project. It may help to push 'Save' in the patch manager area for each instance before closing the DAW. See forum for KVR OSC#89.
Max Jul 28 2017
Jul 28 2017
Update: Version 4.1. was released in July 2017. Sound remains exceptionally good. Also, it is nice that inactive modules in the GUI are greyed out now. Patches now seem to be saved properly with the FL studio .flp file. However, patches created in .fpx format in V4.0.1 (via the FL Studio Wrapper) are not loaded at all into V4.1., whereas if the patch was saved in .fst format in V4.0.1, it also works in V4.1. Save and Restore functions inside the Tunefish4.1 GUI remain idiosyncratic: There are 1000 preset slots. When pressing the Save button, the current configuration is saved into the currently selected slot, overriding any settings previously stored in there without warning, even if it was a factory preset. There is no automatic prompting for a new name and upon the next opening of the VST, the changes remain. If you would like to modify a preset while keeping the original, first Copy the preset using the Copy button, then select an open slot (INIT xxx) and paste using the Paste button. Rename the new slot by clicking inside the name field, then start modifying and save. If you made changes to a preset but want to go back to the stored configuration without saving changes, press the Restore button and the stored configuration is re-loaded.
gridsleep Sept 18 2017
Sept 18 2017
Good report, Max. Thanks for being on the ball.
Mato Mar 05 2017
(5 / 5)
Mar 05 2017
Certainly better than many commercial synths. Try it!
Tom Feb 06 2017
Feb 06 2017
Soooo goood, I really like this one.
nxxyy Feb 04 2016
(5 / 5)
Feb 04 2016
Amazing plugin, especially for a free one! The modulation possibilities are great and unique. As someone who loves to work with quite the deal of saw sounds in his music, this is ideal for making anything from a shy, analogue sounding lead to big trance leads, pads and strings. Big ups from me, definitely recommending this! I can hardly believe this is fee.
HDZD Jan 17 2016
(5 / 5)
Jan 17 2016
One of my favorite VST plugins ever.
funkerone Jul 03 2015
(4 / 5)
Jul 03 2015
I'm impressed with this soft synth, really dig it
NeoPartner Oct 15 2014
(4 / 5)
Oct 15 2014
Worthwhile plugin.