Thump One is a free synth plugin that blends a glitchy wavetable engine with a Roland supersaw-style oscillator

Toybox Thump One
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Already known for its Reaktor packs, Toybox has now released its first plugin, and the good news is that it’s a free one.

Thump One is a two-engine synth that features a glitchy wavetable oscillator and an emulation of the supersaw oscillator from the Roland JP8000. Stack these two elements together and you should be able to create kick drums, basses and lead sounds.

The supplied set of wavetables is based on both clean and processed analogue kick drums. The so-called Kick engine that houses them also offers a saturation and filtering circuit, plus a Buzz circuit that can create a ‘broken speaker cone’ effect.

The supersaw engine, known as Layer, offers a selection of operating modes that can configure the oscillator to play in intervals and add various amounts of cross-modulation. The upshot of this is that you can create everything from scuzzy, retro synth sounds to glitches or plain old noise.

Further sound designing can be carried out using the envelopes. There’s one for each key parameter, and an automatic curve feature should make shaping a breeze.

Thump One’s interface looks pretty straightforward, and there are 150 presets to get you started. PC and Mac users can download it for free in VST/AU formats, and there’s also an iPad version that costs $4/£4.

Find out more on the Toybox website.

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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