Odin 2
by TheWaveWarden
4.8 / 5     (33 votes)
Win64 OSX Linux
Odin 2 is a 12-voice polyphonic semi-modular synthesizer.

Earth shattering basses, exquisite leads or mad FX, Odin's got them all! Use the classic sound of analog waveforms - or draw your own.

High quality emulations of legendary analog filters like the Moog-ladder or the Korg-35 further shape your signal. Round your sound off with four onboard FX, or get crazy with modulation.

Requires CPU with AVX instruction set (about 2012 or later) and latest VC++ Redistributable for Windows systems.

Odin 2 is open-source! You can find the source code repository on the GitHub project page. Contributions are highly encouraged!
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jim givens Aug 29 2023
(5 / 5)
Aug 29 2023
Surprisingly the Odin 2 is an open source synthesizer. That means anyone can download the source code. And it’s also a 12- voice polyphonic semi-modular synthesizer. And it’s dripping with old fashion fat analog tones. It has plenty of waveform options or it’s also possible to draw in your own. The routing and filter options are fantastic. The layout is easy to understand. It also has onboard effects like the usual suspects: delay, reverb, phazer, chorus, flanger. I noticed it is somewhat CPU intensive but not all of the presets are like that. And besides, there’s a work-around for everything; if you land on an intensive sound and your processor starts to choke simply print it to a track. The re- sizing option is either the 100% button at the top right or the 150%. It offers no other GUI (graphic user interface) scaling options. I wish it had a quick random patch button option for coming up with different sounds I may have never thought of, but there are many presets available as starting points so the random button is not a deal breaker. My present randomizer program wouldn’t play nice and caused it to freeze. With the Odin 2 synthesizer it is easily possible to get lost in hours of fun searching and testing out many of the sonic options. This synth easily competes with most free synths and many of the not-so-free. Did I hear something like a Zebra 2? Hmm, maybe it was a Trident, or a Qyooo, a Dune, or a Surge. If you like chunky tones this one’s for you. Odin 2 is an excellent analog-sounding synth and should be on your permanent synth list.
Omnimusician Jul 30 2023
(5 / 5)
Jul 30 2023
Best synth I've ever used. Helm, Synth1, Revolta, Viking, even Hybrid 3 are put to shame. Also, it's a crime that it's free.
Proteus Aug 02 2022
(5 / 5)
Aug 02 2022
Wonderful synth! It sounds amazing!
Fresh spider2x0 Jul 29 2022
(5 / 5)
Jul 29 2022
Awesome, like a lot, fire!
Digital Rules Mar 31 2022
(5 / 5)
Mar 31 2022
Fantastic synth. Very well done.
Unhappy Feb 13 2022
Feb 13 2022
Hey sorry, but that synth is cpu hungry as hell... also a few bugs, with the arpeggio or with marking a preset. Makes it unusable. Midi learn also does not work here. Still in Beta phase. But an interesting waste of time.
Torsten Lu Sep 27 2022
Sep 27 2022
Odin only becomes cpu hungry, if you play 3 osc-sounds fast with high sustain level (like piano damper) which leads to exponential growth of polyphony.
@Torsten Lu Oct 12 2022
Oct 12 2022
It is me again...the "unhappy" man... I have checked your advice and I must say, you were absolutely right! Thank you very much for your respond mate.
midi learn Feb 10 2022
Feb 10 2022
Please can anyone help me with the midi learn in Odin2? I do a right klick on a button on Odin2, the red frame appears and then i move the button on my hardware keyboard but nothing moves... what do i wrong... can not find anything in the manual. Thx!
Darko Jan 12 2022
(5 / 5)
Jan 12 2022
Excellent synth, no doubt. Much better than some commercial synths. Thanks a lot!
AM Sep 23 2021
(5 / 5)
Sep 23 2021
Really great sounding synth. It will quickly find its place in the mix. I would like to see a more focused and detailed analogue hardware synth emulating and modelling synth from this very talented developer. That would be amazing. :)
Mato Nov 23 2021
Nov 23 2021
Yes, I agree, a dedicated analogue hardware synth emulating/modelling synth from TheWaveWarden would be awesome.
Darko Jan 12 2022
Jan 12 2022
I also agree, a thorough analogue modelling synth from this developer would be phenomenal. I hope it happens some day.
Digital Rules Mar 31 2022
Mar 31 2022
Another vote for an analogue modelling synth by TheWaveWarden. It would be really great, no doubt.
Proteus Aug 02 2022
Aug 02 2022
One vote more for a total analogue emulating and modelling synth by TheWaveWarden. That would be super cool. Fingers crossed.
Mickey Aug 11 2021
(4 / 5)
Aug 11 2021
Amazing. I guess this a bit of Serum alternative.
Kedskies Apr 14 2022
Apr 14 2022
Nope Vital is the best free Serum Alternative.
John Burns Aug 04 2021
(4 / 5)
Aug 04 2021
Great quality. Big tones. Fat. Lots of cool presets. Lots of programmability. It just doesn't grab me. Can't really say why. Some synths just have a weirdly beautiful tone. This isn't one of them. Works fine and sounds good though so I recommend it generally.
John Burns Aug 09 2021
Aug 09 2021
Had another look at this one. Sounds better than I remember and the preset menu is nicely laid out but the CPU usage is higher than any of my other synths so I'm inclined not to use it.
Mato Apr 21 2021
(5 / 5)
Apr 21 2021
This is a brilliant sounding synth. It has a very impressive sound engine. Thank You very much TheWaveWarden. <3
Roque Marciano Jan 16 2021
(5 / 5)
Jan 16 2021
Terrific instrument, thanx
Plasma Force Oct 20 2020
(5 / 5)
Oct 20 2020
I remember trying Odin 1 a while back and had problems sadly, but discovered this just today and was pleasantly situated within this version. Made a nice little demo video here : https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=J8Ujuu3xvqY . Thanks so much for upgrading this further. Lovely job
Alan Chambers Oct 13 2020
Oct 13 2020
After installation Kaspersky reported malware and removed same - anyone else getting this problem?
VST4FREE Oct 14 2020
Oct 14 2020
It's probably a false positive. Antivirus are touchy sometimes....
Alan Chambers Oct 14 2020
Oct 14 2020
I'm not convinced this was a false positive - while Kaspersky was cleaning up it found 2 copies of odin2.tmp in sperate folders in Appdata/Temp, both flagged as containing a Trojan PDM:Trojan:Win32.Generic. Thes attempted to run processes that Kaspersky stopped and quarantined. After I'd run the installer the first time, Odin2.vst wasn't in the folder it was supposed to be in. I checked the Odin2.exe installer against multiple online virus checkers and they also found a trojan. It would be sensible for the file author to check this download.
TheWaveWarden Oct 14 2020
Oct 14 2020
Hi Alan. Yes, this is a false positive. I've had another user report this before. The installer is built with InnoSetup, which Kaspersky doesn't seem to like. Multiple instances of such cases can be found online, with the exact type of malware you describe (PDM: Trojan.win32.Genericobject type). I'd have to send the installer to Kaspersky to get it whitelisted. With the kind of rolling-release schedule I am doing right now this is hardly feasible. Inno Setup creates the .tmp files in the process of the installation and starts a process on them. It removes them afterwards. This is perfectly normal. If you didn't find the VST3 in your directory and still had .tmps, my best bet is that something went wrong in the installation process and InnoSetup didn't clean up afterwards. Maybe Kaspersky aborted the process inbetween. Just to be sure, I rebuilt the installer on a freshly set-up machine. The version output by this and the installer on my website are bit-identical. Interestingly, when checking the installer with VirusTotal, Kaspersky seems to be ok with it. But another engine marks it as a "Potentially Unwanted Program", which isn't a virus but a category for those shady installers which install unwanted toolbars and such. In summary, I am very confident that the installer does not contain a virus. I appreciate your investigations and according reports though. Security is important!
Alan Chambers Oct 14 2020
Oct 14 2020
Thanks - I suspect that Kaspersky halted the install, leaving the tmp file behind with no vst3 file installed. I'll download from your site again, and see how it goes - I can always tell Kaspersky to ignore file.
Existentia May 30 2020
(5 / 5)
May 30 2020
Works fine in Reaper 6.11 (Win7 x64). There is no documentation, tutorials, or example patches yet, but it's easy (and FUN) enough to tinker on until you get an acceptable result.
Real word May 19 2020
May 19 2020
Doesn't show in vsthost, LMMS
Erisian May 22 2020
May 22 2020
No, it's vst3 only and I don't believe LMMS supports vst3.
DrizzyB Sep 17 2023
Sep 17 2023
Big rip, hopefully VST3s will be supported soon.
Erisian May 19 2020
(4 / 5)
May 19 2020
No longer requires AVX and now comes with an arpeggiator and two sequencers. It just gets better.
Ed Apr 29 2020
(5 / 5)
Apr 29 2020
This is really cool and very easy to use. Looks good! Sounds good! Thanks :)
Baby Love 54 Apr 23 2020
(5 / 5)
Apr 23 2020
Five-star instrument!
PSY-LION Apr 23 2020
(5 / 5)
Apr 23 2020
Simply amazing and mind-blowing!
Gink Fandango Apr 22 2020
(5 / 5)
Apr 22 2020
Loving this synth. Im a sucker for formant sounds and the formant filters are amazing imo. Any chance you`ll release them as a standalone audio effect? :p
TheWaveWarden Jan 15 2021
Jan 15 2021
No, but the synth is open source now. With some programming skills you could manage that yourself ;-)
Erisian Apr 18 2020
(5 / 5)
Apr 18 2020
This synth is a beautiful creation and it is absurdly easy to make great sounds with it. The variety of oscillator types and wavetables gives enormous potential especially together with the mod matrix. TheWaveWarden has given fantastic support throughout and I can fully recommend this download. Works beautifully in Reaper.
Cajhmere Apr 18 2020
Apr 18 2020
Odin is great. To see an advanced version with clean interface just makes me happy. Today I start the production of my second album and was just browsing if there's somthing new. Such a surprise was unexpected. By the way: If you contact the developer, his support is great. Stay healthy people!
Ambedo Bass Apr 17 2020
(5 / 5)
Apr 17 2020
The interface kinda gave me the "typical generic freeware synth" vibe. But after seeing some reviews I decided to give it a try. I am thoroughly impressed. Love the layout, everything is on one page, tons of different routing, filter and osc options. Every time I have made a patch it has sounded awesome and I got to the sound fairly quickly. Really really enjoying this one, highly recommended. Interface not resizable right now but I hear the dev is gonna update soon and enable resizing.
yg Apr 16 2020
(5 / 5)
Apr 16 2020
This is a good synth. It's meant to emulate Reason's Thor. I have Reason rack, and Thor. It's 1 or 2 percents heavier on the cpu, but has more analog emulation filters, and additive synthesis. Very good synth for free
Kuac Graxa Apr 16 2020
(5 / 5)
Apr 16 2020
What I can say is that I found this synth simply fantastic, easy to use, and you can put the options in the sequence you want, with a few seconds playing I was already making a sound .. I will use a lot, both because it is very good, but also because it has a Linux version! Thank you :)
synthicide Apr 16 2020
Apr 16 2020
really wanted to check this out, but some strange reason it's bloody VST3! 3?!?!! Why man, why? can't use that in ableton. does anyone know of a workaround? I dl'd Odin 1 anyways. There are no presets dammit. The other closest vst I can think of is something like Addtractive. Lots of potential with this one.
TheWaveWarden Apr 17 2020
Apr 17 2020
Steinberg prohibits distribution of VST2 synths if you didn't register with them before fall of 2018.
ZonderP May 03 2020
May 03 2020
Too sad you missed that date... (⌣̩̩́_⌣̩̩̀)
Andreas May 05 2020
May 05 2020
I'm using it in Ableton 10. Upgrading to v10 is worth the money, anyway.
ctho Apr 16 2020
Apr 16 2020
doesn't show in Reaper, crashes in FL20. Win 10, X64