BlauKraut Engineering Charlatan

Charlatan, Virtual subtractive synth from BlauKraut Engineering.

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Dominique Wurtz Charlatan

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Dominique Wurtz has released a beta version of Charlatan, his upcoming freeware virtual analog synthesizer in VSTi plugin format for Windows.

After nearly 2 years of development (spare-time only), Dominique Wurtz announces the release of Charlatan, a virtual analog synthesizer plugin. Although he declared the current release as beta, he says that it is perfectly stable for him (he says he's using REAPER). DM says he's waiting for feedback from other people before making a 1.0 release.

Charlatan is a polyphonic, subtractive virtual analog (VA) software synthesizer plugin whose design is said to focus on sound quality and usability. The design philosophy was to provide "a feature set just large enough to cover a wide range of sounds rather than an infinite number of parameters and modulation options cluttering the user interface and distracting from the creative process," according to its creator.


Main features of Charlatan:

  • 2 oscillators with classic analog waveforms triangle, sawtooth and rectangle
  • Rectangle of oscillator 1 with pulse-width modulation (PWM)
  • Triangle of oscillator 1 with slew rate modulation (morphing between triangle and sawtooth)
  • Noise generator
  • Oscillator hard synchronization and ring modulation
  • 2 ADSR envelope generators for amplitude, filter cutoff and pitch modulation
  • 1 low-frequency oscillator (LFO) for filter cutoff and pitch modulation
  • 3 nonlinear filter types emulating characteristics of classic hardware: 4-pole (24 db/octave slope) lowpass and bandpass, 2-pole (12 db/octave slope) lowpass
  • 3 voice modes: Monophonic with retriggering, Monophonic Legato and 8-voice Polyphonic
  • Coded in C++

Download Charlatan: click here

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