Aciddose’s Xhip is one marvelous free subtractive VST synth! It allows produce similar sounds to those classic polyphonic synthesizer sounds of the late 80s. It’s capable of producing leads, pads, basses, organs, sound fx, etc etc.
Personally, I love Xhip’s BEEFY basses – excellent “bread and butter” sounds with a bit of a extra twist for whatever electronic music style.
Here’s more details about Xhip:
Xhip was originally designed as a basic synthesizer used inside a tracker (“acid tracker”) around 1999. Before that it had existed in peices as small tools for generating samples to be used in more common trackers.
In 2003 it existed as a stand-alone application (acidsynth) and someone suggested that it should be converted to a vsti; It needed a new name as the synthesizer was really designed for simple chip-sounds with a little extra; Not so much for tb-303 basslines or whatever else might be associated with “acid”.
Xhip was born.
In 2004 someone suggested it be released publicly on a webpage with news about it posted on kvr. At the time it had no gui and much more limited capabilities.
How do you say Xhip? Well, the same way you’d say xello, or xlevator, or xurbo xharger of course. That’s enough of a history lesson for now.
Let’s get to the:
Xweet xubtractive xudio xynthesis!
With the addition of a second oscillator, super-saw unison, two filters, a waveshaper, pairs of modulators (envelopes, and lfos); Features like ringmod, xmod, filter input fm, saturation and global unison Xhip has become far more than it’s original intention. It allows you to produce the highest quality dual-oscillator polyphonic synthesizer sounds, similar to classic poly synthesizers of the late 80s. Strings, synth pads, basses, leads, realistic organs and pianos, sound effects and more are demonstrated in the included bank.
Check the video for sound examples: