by Syntar
4.1 / 5     (137 votes)
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Syntar is a VST instrument designed to fulfill your every sitar sound requirement.

For best results play with droning continous bass notes and a higher melody line. Built in soft distortion, delay and flanger effects make it easy to tweak the Syntar to fit your style of music perfectly.
Polter Nov 04 2023
(5 / 5)
Nov 04 2023
This has a surprisingly good amount of options and a pretty authentic sound. If you're looking for an affordable (free) Sitar, you can't go wrong here.
FO May 05 2023
(3 / 5)
May 05 2023
I have been trying to use this with REAPER and I have it showing up, I have even used it to record some tracks. However, the tracks and the plug-in seem to be pretty unstable. It can suddenly stop working or crash REAPER. Worst is not crashing REAPER but "disabling" all MIDI tracks (tracks which have been recorded with other plug-ins) where no sound is being played from those tracks. Has anyone come across this issue? Is it because I am using this 32-bit plug-in with 64-bit REAPER? I know someone has mentioned that REAPER should work with 32-bit plug-ins, however, there is obviously a conflict with this particular plug-in. I might have to try converting it to a 64-bit plug-in and see if that makes any difference.
chalres Apr 18 2023
Apr 18 2023
It's not showing up in Ableton. I have the plugin in the correct folder as all the rest and re-started and re-scanned. But it's not there. Any suggestions?
Keytron Jan 10 2024
Jan 10 2024
I'm facing the same issue. Not working in Ableton 11.
Scott Feb 05 2023
(5 / 5)
Feb 05 2023
Works really well. Thank you.
dymon Aug 26 2022
(5 / 5)
Aug 26 2022
I was surprised by how it real it sounds, excellent.
Bruce Apr 03 2022
Apr 03 2022
Does this work in Studio One version 5?
Modassir Khan Mar 25 2021
(5 / 5)
Mar 25 2021
Excellent... Loving it... It's quite difficult getting Indian plugins without viruses or money. We have to choose either payment or virus. Thank you so much.
64bit man Feb 20 2021
(4 / 5)
Feb 20 2021
It works fine on my 64-bit computer. it's good
Rabid Feb 05 2021
(1 / 5)
Feb 05 2021
It doesn't work for 64 bit reaper. I downloaded JBridge to convert the program to 64-bit and it still doesn't work
Skoggins Apr 18 2021
Apr 18 2021
Reaper does support 32 bit plugins, no need to convert. It may not not be showing up because you need to do another scan, or a flush cache and then a scan. Make sure you have the plugin in the path that Reaper uses in its preferences - Preferences/VST/Re-Scan
SW Feb 14 2022
Feb 14 2022
Got it working under Cubase 10 with latest version of JBridge. Just convert it as 64 Bit into a separate target folder and don't forget to manually copy the .dat- and .sep-files there. Great plugin by the way.
xloxlolex Nov 09 2020
(4 / 5)
Nov 09 2020
Best free Sitar out there. I don't have any problem with it on Reaper. I have it on my VST folder and it gets loaded when Reaper starts, I add a new virtual instrument track and search for "Syntar". The only thing I don't like from it is that it has too much high end, you'd have to do a lowpass (or high cut, as you want to call it) for it to sound better, and maybe boost around 300Hz for it to have more body. Other than that, pretty cool indeed! :D
X Oct 10 2020
(1 / 5)
Oct 10 2020
Basically it spikes immediately to +110db and then automutes the Reaper track, every single time. It might work on other DAWs, but I have had no luck
Dirk Feb 16 2021
Feb 16 2021
I'm with you. On Cakewalk it overdrives the db and distorts. I can pull down my volume pots and it's better, but, sadly, not usable. Dunno why it's overdriving the volume. Too bad. What I hear when not terribly distorted sounds good.
Bob Angelo Aug 31 2020
(4 / 5)
Aug 31 2020
Excellent sounding sitar, that has a lot of knobs that can tweek the sound from very realistic to less realistic but ultra psychedelic. I really like it ! Would benefit from a x64 update.
Marcos Aug 12 2020
(5 / 5)
Aug 12 2020
Paul Jun 12 2020
Jun 12 2020
It appears in reaper but when enabled it's like it is completely bypassed, has no effect at all
lakshaman May 02 2020
May 02 2020
I install the VST, but does not show in Reaper for me to add to a channel. Thanks for help.
Hoff Jun 08 2020
Jun 08 2020
Did you try re-scanning the VST plugins in preferences? Are you sure you put the dll in the right folder?
Hoff Jun 08 2020
Jun 08 2020
Did you try re-scanning the VST plugins in preferences? Are you sure you put the dll in the right folder?
Bud Jun 08 2020
Jun 08 2020
It appears as Syntar so if you look for "Sitar" you won't see it
Lakshaman Aug 27 2021
Aug 27 2021
Thanks Hoff and Bud for your comments. My question and your comments were more than an year ago. I did a flush cache and then a scan today and it works now.
Sirtaj Mar 28 2020
Mar 28 2020
Excellent Sitar VST. Can the pitch bend amount be adjusted ?
dipak deb Feb 05 2020
(5 / 5)
Feb 05 2020
Nice vst
Sonidero Internacional Jul 25 2019
(5 / 5)
Jul 25 2019
Best Sitar VST EVER!!!!
eagle Mar 30 2018
Mar 30 2018
Doesn't work. I get a dehaupt error. All files were installed correctly.
HerrFornit May 05 2018
May 05 2018
Had the same error. Start your DAW (mine is Jeskola BUZZ) once as administrator and then load the Sytar once. A folder appears. Close DAW and start normal.
Clitomachus Dec 30 2017
(4 / 5)
Dec 30 2017
The most realistic sitar from all free vst's. Thank you, very much!
Vaibhav Bhoi Apr 15 2017
Apr 15 2017
Very Nice sound, I really like it, thank you so much.
Busty Mar 16 2017
Mar 16 2017
Very nice! Good work!
Ravi Jan 01 2017
Jan 01 2017
Even better than the real thing.
Thembonez May 11 2016
May 11 2016
In sonar, I have to record the audio track and then copy it into the syntar instrument track. Is it possible to insert syntar into the audio track as a plugin effect rather than as a separate instrument. Btw, awesome programming.
Shiva Feb 27 2016
(5 / 5)
Feb 27 2016
Excellent work, and one of my most frequently-used VSTs. Worked on Reaper for me with zero issues. Well done!
thor Oct 17 2015
(5 / 5)
Oct 17 2015
Impressive sounds, easy to install on Magix Studio Samplitude 16, needs to practice it for a western musician ;)
LAud Aug 28 2015
Aug 28 2015
Wow... I came here to search for a sitar VSTi plugin and boom - there it was on the FRONT PAGE AS A RANDOM PICK! Must be some kind of old Indian magic. I'll definately give it a try. At least the YouTube demos sound quite promising. :)
Jambo May 25 2015
May 25 2015
Hi, not able to load with magix music maker 2015 permium... Error saying cannot load SE plugin, if that makes any sense... Is there something I'm doing wrong... Thanks for everything, great site...
Joe Apr 09 2015
Apr 09 2015
�buena vibra!
Anonymous Mar 25 2015
Mar 25 2015
Sounds really really good! Cant wait to use it!! Thanks!!
Roshan Sept 02 2014
Sept 02 2014
Fantstic Sitar but Pitch Bend is not set, so if kindly solve this problem ???
Filipe Aug 31 2014
Aug 31 2014
Hello, it does not work in Acoustica mixcraft 6? can you help me please
Shepy Jul 01 2014
(5 / 5)
Jul 01 2014
Sounds amazing ! Very good ;) I use it with Magix Music Maker 2014 Premium and it's awesome ;)
sergio zotac May 03 2014
May 03 2014
eu e o brasil tambem agradece de todo coraçao por esse vst exotico sonoridade perfeita muito real exelente trabalho a quem fez tudo de bom a todos e thanks.
Bobby Mar 20 2014
(3 / 5)
Mar 20 2014
A very nice sounding instrument and only 1.34Mb.
Will D Dec 20 2013
(4 / 5)
Dec 20 2013
Was great, until it started making horrible digital crackling noises and seemingly caused Cubase to crash/do weird things, multiple times...?
Alonso Nov 21 2013
Nov 21 2013
I've put all the files into my VST folder and I can open the plugin in Reaper but I get no sound!
Track Aug 14 2014
Aug 14 2014
Try setting the midi channel on your notes to 1
Anonymous Nov 05 2013
Nov 05 2013
One of the best free VST's out there, super good.
Taylor Hamilton Aug 01 2013
(5 / 5)
Aug 01 2013
This is brilliant. It actually opens up so many sonic possibilities, keep up the fantastic work.
anonymous Jul 11 2013
Jul 11 2013
For the pitch bend problem, you can resample it and put it in a sampler and activate portamento/slide.
RICHARD Nov 19 2019
Nov 19 2019
Could you possibly write instructions on how to do this. I would greatly appreciate it.
hussein Jul 04 2013
(5 / 5)
Jul 04 2013
Works great with Reaper, fantastic, Fits pertfectly in my mix. Thumbs up, Great Stuff and FREE.
Giovanni Jun 05 2013
(4 / 5)
Jun 05 2013
Very good and realistic.
Nathaniel Mar 21 2013
(4 / 5)
Mar 21 2013
Fantastic! Used it in a trap song. And in a crunk song. Absolutely perfect.
Srinivas A Jan 17 2013
(2 / 5)
Jan 17 2013
A Great Plugin - authentic sound - that too for free !! Hats off to the developer. Thanks a ton.
Anonymous Sept 27 2012
Sept 27 2012
Works great with Reaper, fantastic, Fits pertfectly in my mix. Thumbs up, Great Stuff and FREE
eXPerimentator Sept 14 2012
(4 / 5)
Sept 14 2012
This is wonderful! As a Sitar player I know what I'm talking about! The only thing that I don't like is the hypersensitivity on the pitch bend. This should be adjustable. But thank you so much 4 sharing!
Anonymous Nov 20 2012
Nov 20 2012
It does not seem possible to get anythig near a realistic sitar bending of notes on this vst, it's a nice sound to fool around with, but for doing a indian sitar sounding piece it falls short due to the faulty pitch bend!
BassBass Jul 31 2012
(4 / 5)
Jul 31 2012
Works fine on Cubase 5 just drop all the files in to VST folder not only the dll and it works perfect without any problems. Good work! Thanx!!!
Ikarium Jun 16 2012
(3 / 5)
Jun 16 2012
Works fine on Cubase5 (for me). A bit synthetic but it's free and I used in in one intro with good success. Cheers!
Mauricio May 14 2012
(4 / 5)
May 14 2012
Nossa, finalmente encontrei! É muito bom! Vai me ser muito �til, muito obrigado!
Zoltan Lengyel (Hungary) - also on Facebook, Myspa Apr 06 2012
Apr 06 2012
Sounds nice, but.. (hey, developers..!!) .. how can someone make such a nice VST and "forget" about it's tuning ???
AQ Mar 21 2012
Mar 21 2012
The only decent sitar out there. However I do quite like the sitar in dsk indian dreamz.
Anonymous Feb 11 2012
Feb 11 2012
Everytime I load this into FL it either freezes or wont play. Any remedy to this?
Iwan Rocker Setiawan Aug 12 2012
Aug 12 2012
Even I drop all files (quicksine.sep, softdist.sep, syntar.dat, syntar.dll) they take no effect, maybe Syntar doesn't fit with FLS, I uninstall 'em...
Chris Oct 04 2013
Oct 04 2013
It works just perfectly fine in FL for me. And I must say I'm impressed, wouldn't expect this kind of realistic sound from a non-sample based VST. Now someone just have to make a Sitar Drone VST!
vectorone-modaz Jun 07 2011
Jun 07 2011
I was searching for a looooong time a plugin like this. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. It is brilliant indeed!
赵墨 May 05 2011
May 05 2011
paul Jan 15 2011
(5 / 5)
Jan 15 2011
This virtual instrument sounds more realistic than a lot of synths I have tried for sitar sounds.
Jygga Jan 08 2011
(5 / 5)
Jan 08 2011
Real VST, ya know what i'm sayin, geah!
kurt Dec 13 2010
(5 / 5)
Dec 13 2010
A very relistic sitar!
bbbbb Dec 10 2010
Dec 10 2010
It says it cant find syntar.DAT
me Jan 14 2011
Jan 14 2011
Copy ALL files in your vst folder, including that syntar.DAT
mehdi Dec 02 2010
(5 / 5)
Dec 02 2010
عالي بود
BushidoBass Oct 20 2010
(5 / 5)
Oct 20 2010
Wow thanks, before I found this, I was using this increasingly glitchy DSK vst that kept crashing! This saved one of my tracks!
Dave G. Aug 15 2010
(4 / 5)
Aug 15 2010
Sounds very authentic. Good work!
faderlikesit Apr 03 2010
(5 / 5)
Apr 03 2010
Buy kerm haeglis for decent sitar sounds, or get this one for free und save some bucks...not bad at all, very convincing in the right mix!
bodhigitta Nov 28 2011
Nov 28 2011
Kerm haeglis?? I'm confused. Google doesn't reveal anything... Can you offer some more information on this?
Joshua Sikha Feb 01 2010
(5 / 5)
Feb 01 2010
One of the best free VST's out there, super good.