Synth1 by Daichi Lab
Updated May 4, 2021
I've figured out a (complicated) way to unify presets for the incredibly popular free VST synth Synth1 by Daichi Laboratory, and I've started working through the 250 or so patch-banks circulating on the Internet.
Here's the complete set: https://www.dropbox.com/s/l9e6gs6z8kf50fn/Unified%20-%20Synth1%20Complete%20SD.zip?dl=0
- 168 libraries (one per Synth1 bank), 16,262 patches total.
- This is in regular .zip format, because in testing the .guru files I made earlier, I found that a few patches ended up with invalid characters in file names, causing run-time errors when Unify tries to unpack them. Eventually these must be found and fixed.
To download Synth1 (use the VST version; the libraries require it), go to https://plugins4free.com/plugin/245/; the links on Toda-san's site still point to that site's old domain-name vst4free.com, which no longer works.
Synth1 is very quirky, and one of its quirks is that its state-data blob (which is what we use in Unify patches) does not contain the preset name. As a result, when you load these unified patches, the patch name shown in Unify will be correct, but the preset name shown in the Synth1 GUI will not match.
All patches use the dummy name-prefix "SY1". I haven't even attempted to classify patches as e.g. PAD, KEY, etc. If anyone wants to have a go at renaming some of the patches with more appropriate name prefixes, let me know in comments below and we can perhaps coordinate efforts. The same can be said for other manipulations like coalescing all these tiny libraries into a smaller number of bigger libraries.
I've already got through several of the public domain libraries with classification. I'm happy to lend a hand at doing the rest but the more hands we can get on it the better. it is a tedious job.
Shane would rather we worked from his Unified-Synth1 library as that way it is easier to keep tabs on which have been categorised against those which have not. I have already begun the process on the first few libraries but as you know it is slow work. I know Shane has enough on his plate so if you or anyone else would like to get involved I am happy to act as co-ordinator. Always assuming that he is okay with that.
@ditto Yes, I understand. Especially when you consider that there are Mac users who have different folder locations for their VST2 files (if that is even a thing!!!). I only wished to share the files that I had favourited and that was quite some time ago!!.
It's difficult with Synth1 as looking at the file structure, the names of the files are generic in each of the folders and it's only when one of those files is selected that we get to see the list of actual patch names.
@ditto It would be fantastic if you could take over this project. I've done as much as I can with it now.
hi Shane. I have twenty two libraries categorised so far. Please note the Create Audio library is a sub-selection of patches from the CA library so I will be removing that from the process in the next batch.
there's an interesting plugin witch classify Synth1 sounds. using heuristics algorithm (it should be a great feature to add this feature to the unify browser to search similar patches :-)
this tool is interesting for finding patches classified among the thousands available without needing to refer to the name of the patch .. on the other hand I do not use it as a VST because not reliable .. (developed in VB6) therefore to use in experimental mode to find convincing patches among the thousands of patches available.