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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.


   
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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.

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I have categorised some of the synth1 patches some while ago...


   
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the synth1 directories I can see


   
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bass patches


   
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fx patches


   
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lead/solo patches


   
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pad patches


   
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@glenjdiamond

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.


   
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@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.


   
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@ditto It would be fantastic if you could take over this project. I've done as much as I can with it now.


   
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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.


   
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@ditto This is amazing. Thank you.


   
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Hi, 

 

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.

https://www.kvraudio.com/product/synth1-librarian-by-neutrino-sky

https://neutrinosky.com/

 

 


   
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@papopap

That is a brilliant piece of software ...

 


   
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If anyone has suggestions for how to export the categories generated by Synth1 Librarian into some format I could parse for Unify, that would be great. I don't have time to study it just now.


   
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Posted by: @getdunne

If anyone has suggestions for how to export the categories generated by Synth1 Librarian into some format I could parse for Unify, that would be great. I don't have time to study it just now.

Maybe contact the developer Neutrinosky, Shane and invite him/her to this forum to discuss options here ... dev to dev might work better than us, interested 3rd parties, initiating things. 


   
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Maybe contact the developer Neutrinosky, Shane and invite him/her to this forum to discuss options here ... dev to dev might work better than us, interested 3rd parties, initiating things. 

Please contact him. "Dev to dev" is just me asking him to do more work, with no proof it will accomplish anything. "Interested third parties", or more accurately "prospective end users" are far more likely to get his attention.


   
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@getdunne

Ok I have the libraries finalised just have some house keeping to clear up. I have misspelled Synth1 in some libraries as Synth! in both the library name and the comments. I also need to alter authors names and clear Categories and Tags fields. Is this something you have scripts for Shane? If so either I can send the libraries to you as is or you could send me the scripts with a brief how to use. I have removed as many duplicate patches as I could but there may still be some remaining. Smaller libraries have been combined to around 100 to 130 per library.

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@ditto

Thanks for your work. I have just emailed you directly to follow up.


   
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BAD NEWS for Synth1 fans: https://forums.pluginguru.com/postid/10130/

Synth1 for Mac is now available ONLY as a 64-bit Audio Unit; the VST version has been "abolished". If you have the older VST version, don't lose it! This is the only cross-platform one, and the only one that all our newly-unified patches will work with.

(Before anyone asks: No, there is no generic automatic way to convert preset data from VST to AU format. It may be possible for Synth1 specifically, but I'm not keen to spend development time on it.)

If anyone knows of any way we can contact Synth1 author Ichiro Toda, I'd love to know about it. I have tried his "official" email address cbj75800@pop02.odn.ne.jp MANY times over the years, and never received a response.


   
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@getdunne

Hi Shane,

I have emailed you a DropBox link for the completed Unified - Synth1 PD Libraries.

Best regards,

Ian


   
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Any info when this completed library is available? And is it going to be published here in forum or in Unify page with other unified libraries? Anyways its great that these free plugins gets unified. I’m hoping to find here more unified free VSTs or any very affordable ones. Keep up the good work!

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Ian (@ditto)'s completed Synth1 libraries are available here; https://www.dropbox.com/s/ilsavbw2k9sb6j1/Unified%20Synth1%20PD%20Libraries.zip?dl=0


   
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