by BlauKraut Engineering
by Daniel Strongin

Charlatan, a freeware polyphonic, subtractive virtual analog (VA) synth with focus on sound quality and easy usability. It comes with a flexible, yet not overwhelming feature set which encourages artists to start tweaking instead of just relying on presets. Inspite of it's simplicity, Charlatan's architecture is flexible enough to create both classic sounds and rather experimental noises. While making no compromise about sound quality, the sound engine has been highly optimized for efficient CPU usage making Charlatan well suited as a "bread and butter" synth even in projects with a large number of plugin instances.

Key Features
  • 2 oscillators with shape modulation.
  • Oscillator hard synchronization and ring modulation.
  • Unison mode with upto 7 voices and stereo spread.
  • Stereo noise generator.
  • 2 ADSR envelope generators.
  • LFO with host tempo synchronization.
  • 3 filter types modeled after classic analog hardware: 4-pole (24 db/oct) and 2-pole (12 db/oct) lowpass, bandpass.
  • 3 voice modes: Monophonic, Monophonic Legato and 8-voice Polyphonic.
  • Ultra-low CPU usage.

Latest Versions:

PC: 2.0



Daniel Strongin
San Francisco

Daniel is a caffeine dependent, entrepreneur, music producer, sound design junkie, and world traveler crazy about teaching modern electronic music production through his site SoundShock. You can get in contact with him at

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