by Phuturetone
4.4 / 5     (28 votes)
Win64 OSX
GR-8 is an 8 voices virtual analog synthesizer with built-in effects and an arpeggiator.
  • Arpeggiator: 5 Modes (Up, Down, Alt 1, Alt 2, Random), 4 Octaves Range.
  • Voice Modes: Mono, Unison (8 voices), Chord (4 stereo notes), Poly (8 voices).
  • Voice Effects: Glide, Legato, Voice Detune, Voice Stereo Spread.
  • Oscillators: OSC 1 (Tri, Saw, Pulse, Square), OSC 2 (Sine, Saw, Pulse, Noise).
  • Oscillator Effects: Cross Modulation (FM), Pulse Width Modulation (PWM), Sync.
  • Filters: Non-resonant High Pass, Resonant Low Pass (12, 18, or 24 dB/Octave).
  • Modulation: Pitch Bender, Mod Wheel, LFO, 2 Envelopes.
  • Effects: EQ, Distortion, Phaser, Chorus/Flanger, Delay, Reverb.
  • Presets: 88.

Caution: Each preset has its own MIDI assignment. If you make a MIDI assignment you need to save the preset. Otherwise, the MIDI assignment you've made will be lost as soon you change the preset. If you want to make your own presets with the same MIDI assignments, you can do it by assigning MIDI controls to the Initial preset, saving a copy of it, and using it as a template for your sounds.
great sound, buddy on mac May 28 2024
(3 / 5)
May 28 2024
Using it in REAPER on a Macbook, sometimes the synth resets (UI turns to a black and white list of text features) and the sound also resets to default. If it happens on a track while youre working on another part of the song and you accidentally save during it, that track gets ruined and resetted to default sound. Restarting the DAW restores the UI
Matt O'Gorman Jul 02 2023
(4 / 5)
Jul 02 2023
Synth sounds great, but I can't get the sample bank to load?
must have Feb 10 2023
(5 / 5)
Feb 10 2023
Just don't think about it, get it now.
Lucas Dec 18 2022
(5 / 5)
Dec 18 2022
Awesome! I love it, it sounds amazing!
Mike Nov 24 2022
Nov 24 2022
I wish we coud have this synth for Linux, please devs! :P
Alano Oct 25 2022
(5 / 5)
Oct 25 2022
Dear was me (Alano...see below) who wrote such a bad comment regarding the high CPU usage. Actually, I've known for many, many years that if, for example, you reset the number of polyphonies or the number of oscillators (including FXs, etc.), the CPU drops drastically. I guess I forgot that this day... I was having a bad day. I want to apologize for that and thank you for this great synth!!! Now I can handle it well and get some great (Juno) sounds out of the vsti. So sorry Sir.
mala Aug 30 2023
Aug 30 2023
I'm not the moderator but this random comment on a free plugin website is more mature than any conversation I've seen in my years on twitter goddamn
Miguel V. Trejos Oct 24 2022
Oct 24 2022
No funciona, ya hice de todo pero ni FL Studio ni Cakewalk me lo reconocen, y eso que hice el truco de unos comentarios mas abajo y nada
idx64 Jul 22 2022
(2 / 5)
Jul 22 2022
This is the only vst that works wrong for me in Cakewalk by Bandlab. It causes the program to close throwing a program lock error ca230000. I hope you can fix this in a future version, thanks.-
Kollusion May 20 2022
(4 / 5)
May 20 2022
There's a nice patch with 65 presets free to DL :
Alano Feb 14 2022
(1 / 5)
Feb 14 2022
I just tested 1 instance of GR8 on a empty project and the CPU went up on 45%...its a joke for me...reason enough to let the synth go! Sounds just average anyway. 1.5 Stars
Isac Nov 16 2021
(4 / 5)
Nov 16 2021
Muy vuena app gracias
Angkar Sep 19 2021
(5 / 5)
Sep 19 2021
This is a good quality plugin but I knew to expect that after their fantastic Alpha Juno emu. This developer works slow but everything is always top notch, that is not always the case. Hard on CPU but sometimes that's the downside of quality.
ArseniyYashkin Sep 02 2021
(5 / 5)
Sep 02 2021
I just can't believe it. This is a very good plugin. Everything is there. I usually don't like built-in effects, but they are set in a separate tab with effects. And there's another good thing - an arpeggiator that I would also use for bass parts, although not like in the Roland TB 303, but I found a good arpeggiator. I am satisfied and it suits me
Rippley Aug 22 2021
(5 / 5)
Aug 22 2021
I am completely blown away by this VST. A must have... and it's free. Unbeatable. Probably one of the best VSTs on this site.
Tomas Jul 28 2021
(5 / 5)
Jul 28 2021
Muy bueno xd
Ly61 Jul 25 2021
(5 / 5)
Jul 25 2021
AlexPavlovMusic Jul 25 2021
(5 / 5)
Jul 25 2021
I installed it on Reaper, tried different presets, turned the knobs. A really very good analog synthesizer. Decent, high-quality sound. I enjoyed it. Thank you to the developers!
Vote Crowley Jul 23 2021
Jul 23 2021
It doesn't show up in VST list of multiple DAWs. I've put the folders in the default recommended locations, as well as a few other ones, but nothing works. Not in C:Program FilesCommon FilesVST3 or C:Program Files (x86)Common FilesVST3 or in my global VST folder where I keep everything. Tried putting Phuturetone inside GR-8 main folder just in case, didn't work either. Put it in main VST folder next to GR-8, didn't work. I've never had a problem installing a VST before.
Alterboy Sounds Jul 24 2021
Jul 24 2021
That's odd. The plugin is x64, the presets folder goes in documents /vst3 presets and must be placed there so the synth can find them. Try changing the .vst3 to .dll. It works for this one. Then put the .dll in the vst x64 DAW location.
DonnieDarkcore Oct 06 2021
Oct 06 2021
Thanks for the tip Alterboy Sounds. Renaming the file worked for me.
Dmitri Shtaf Jul 20 2021
(5 / 5)
Jul 20 2021
Very nice. Obviously inspired by Korg Minilogue or Prolog.
Vote Crowley Jul 18 2021
(5 / 5)
Jul 18 2021
Holy guacamoly! I'd expect to find something this smashing in the good ol' Stagelight store, and surely not for free.
Petit stérilet mignon Jul 18 2021
(5 / 5)
Jul 18 2021
Absolutely awesome synth. Not your average freeware synth, this one RULES. Expect mainly electro presets. The first two releases used to eat a lot of CPU, but this has been fixed in the third release.
Karl Jul 17 2021
(5 / 5)
Jul 17 2021
Outstanding little synth... Love the analogue sound...
Don Jul 14 2021
(4 / 5)
Jul 14 2021
Eats Cpu! but sounds ok
Petit stérilet mignon Jul 18 2021
Jul 18 2021
CPU usage has been fixed now, check the latest update.
Paul Reilly Jul 13 2021
Jul 13 2021
Not wanting to work for me, I keep getting "Initialize Error" I am using Cakewalk by Bandlabs, don't know if that's what is causing the conflict!!
Roque Marciano Jul 13 2021
(5 / 5)
Jul 13 2021
Finest sound, Thanks
serpax Jul 10 2021
Jul 10 2021
So bad, there's no vst2 version.
DonnieDarkcore Oct 06 2021
Oct 06 2021
just rename it to GR-8.dll
Sirl Jul 10 2021
(5 / 5)
Jul 10 2021
Crazy new synth, extremely powerful & thick, clean sounding.
ShebenMuzik Jul 10 2021
(5 / 5)
Jul 10 2021
One of the best free synth of 2021 in my humble opinion; great sound, great GUI, as good as some paying synth.
Morbio Jul 10 2021
(4 / 5)
Jul 10 2021
Extremely heavy on CPU, I wish they would fix it. Delay effect also has bad clicking problems. Great synth otherwise, I'd love to use it.
GWB70 Jul 09 2021
(4 / 5)
Jul 09 2021
Yeah i voted... It was one of my choices to KVR 2021. still needs some improvements: -Problems with pitch -Noise artifacts. I am already using v1.0.1. My DAW is the last version of Cakewalk.
Erisian Jul 09 2021
(5 / 5)
Jul 09 2021
Top quality synth with a great sound.
PSY-LION Jul 09 2021
(3 / 5)
Jul 09 2021
High CPU usage, sound is pretty nice, lfo's and envelopes doesn't feel to be sharp enough.
AMP Feb 22 2024
Feb 22 2024
Hopefully less than Diva. Diva is the ultimate CPU eater. I need to at list double my CPU power for just one patch. Compare to Massive is close to ten times more CPU hungrier.