SynthMaster One is KV331’s new simplified plugin synth

MusicRadar users voted KV331’s SynthMaster the best plugin synth in the world last year, so a more affordable - and, dare we say it, prettier - synth that’s based on the same engine is definitely something worth looking into.

Rather than just a simpler, cut-down version of its bigger brother, SynthMaster One was built from the ground up, with the same wavetable technology tailored towards an intuitive one-window interface to make sound design a joy rather than a chore. That said, if tweaking’s not your thing, more than 500 presets come pre-rolled.

A “rich library” of wavetables is included, too, as is the option to import your own. Other features include a 16-step arpeggiator/sequencer, stereo oscillators with up to 16 unison voices, zero-delay feedback filters and effects.

SynthMaster One features

  • 500 presets
  • 2 Wavetable oscillators with custom wavetable loading
  • 2 Zero-Delay Feedback filters
  • 4 Envelopes (two Amp, two Mod)
  • 2 LFOs
  • Arpeggiator
  • Powerful Modulation Matrix
  • 11 Effects including Distortion, Phaser, EQ, Compressor, Vocoder, LoFi, Ensemble, Delay and Chorus
  • Unison spread options including Detune Curve, Pan Spread, Tone Spread, Phase Spread and Wave Index Spread

SynthMaster One is available for PC and Mac in VST/AU formats. Find out more on the KV331 website, where you can download a demo or purchase SynthMaster One for $79. A $29 crossgrade option is also available for owners of SynthMaster 2.8. 

Ben Rogerson
Deputy Editor

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it. 

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