Best Serum Alternatives in 2020

    Serum is described as 'VST for FL Studio, Ableton Live, and many other VST supported DAWs. Heavily utilized in EDM'. There are more than 10 alternatives to Serum for a variety of platforms, including Mac, Windows, Linux, BSD and iPad. The best alternative is Vital, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Serum are Surge Synthesizer (Free, Open Source), Helm (Free, Open Source), Dexed (Free, Open Source) and ZynAddSubFX (Freemium, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Dec 3, 2020

    1. Vital is a spectral warping wavetable synthesizer with drag'n'drop modulation workflow and animated preview of the synth's inner workings where needed. Comes with many modulation sources (including audio-rate), MPE support and FX chain.
      Vital vs Serum opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Vital is a great alternative to Serum.
      DesCtrl Ui, sound posibilities, effects, just everything really
      Positive comment 8 months ago

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    2. Surge is an open source digital synthesizer originally written and sold as a commercial product by @kurasu (Claes Johanson) at Vember Audio.
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    3. Helm is a free, cross-platform, polyphonic synthesizer with a powerful modulation system. Helm runs on GNU/Linux, Mac, and Windows as a standalone program or LV2/VST/VST3/AU plugin.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • iPhone
      • iPad
      Dexed is an FM-type softsynth developed by Pascal Gauthier of Digital Suburban. It is an ideal application for importing, playing and editing/managing sysex patches from both the classic Yamaha DX7 synthesizer and the TX7.
    4. ZynAddSubFX is a fully featured open source software synthesizer capable of making a countless number of instruments, from some common heard from expensive hardware to interesting sounds that you'll boost to an amazing universe of sounds.
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      It has so many options and you can make your creativity fly even if you are not a pro at producing
      Positive comment 10 months ago

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    5. Omnisphere is the flagship synthesizer of Spectrasonics® - an instrument of extraordinary power and versatility. This award-winning plugin brings many different types of synthesis together into one amazing-sounding instrument that will inspire a lifetime of exploration.
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      • FreeProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      Synth1 is a software synthesizer modeled on the Clavia Nord Lead 2 Red Synth. It combines the common sound synthesis method of Subtractive & FM synthesis. Features: • 2 Oscillators, FM modulation, ring modulation, sync, modulation envelope.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      A virtual analog synthesizer, Tunefish v4 was developed as a smaller replacement of Tunefish v3 with roughly the same power - some might argue it's even more powerful. It was also ported over to Linux and MacOS and was given a new polished UI.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • BSD
      An old-school polyphonic additive synthesizer.
    6. Nexus is an all-in-one ROMpler filled with a seemingly endless number of production-ready sounds. It provides an easily accessible library of instruments that allows you to create high quality songs quickly and efficiently.
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