Aethereal
by Psychic Modulation
4.1 / 5     (55 votes)
Aethereal is an ambient vector synth for creating evolving atmospheres and textures.

Aethereal comes equipt with over 100 built in sampled sounds such as synth tones, atmospheres, vocal pads and sound FX. The sounds can be loaded into 4 wave oscillators which can be mixed between using a sophisticated 4-Way TransMixer, either manually, with auto-modulation or in a set transition from one sound to the next.

The Auto-Modulation section can also control the Multi-Vector, which uses three X/Y Position Points to modulate various parameters. Each point can be assigned to 2 different parameters which are then controlled in the vector grid by moving the Position Point up/down & left/right. To add to the modulation options is a 16-step mod sequencer, which can modulate things like the filter and pitch.

All of this along with 2 multi-stage filters, a dual delay, 3 modulation envelopes and assignable modwheel and pitchbender make Aethereal a very flexible and expressive ambient synthesizer with many possibilities.
  • Over 100 built in sounds
  • 4 wave oscillators with independant amp envelopes
  • oscillators are divided into 2 sections that can be routed to seperate audio output channels
  • 4-Way TransMixer for making set transitions from one sound to another
  • Multi-Vector for modulating various parameters in an X/Y path
  • 16-Step Modulation Sequencer - For sequenced modulation of pitch and filters
  • 2 filter sections, each with envelopes, inverters, gain compensation & multiple stages
  • 3 modulation envelopes
  • Dual Stereo Delay section
  • Assignable pitchbend and modwheel
  • 64 presets
Downloads
Haloboi3 Jun 25 2020
(4 / 5)
Jun 25 2020
I just discovered this website and I'm going crazy installing a bunch of plugins, and this one has to be the best I've found~ :)
Phtor Jun 18 2019
(5 / 5)
Jun 18 2019
Hey! If you enjoy using this plug, you can still get the full version (with a discount) from the dev, Psychic Modulation. It's 32-bit and only for windows, just like this demo - but has unlimited polyphony. I enjoy.
MusiCure Feb 26 2019
(5 / 5)
Feb 26 2019
This little boy has some cool stuff to offer!
a52 Feb 04 2019
(5 / 5)
Feb 04 2019
I don't remember ever downloading this synth. It just appeared in my VST folder one day. I have absolutely no idea how to use it, and the arcane array of knobs baffles and scares me. The sounds it emits are seriously unnerving, and randomizing the controls only results in more and more unearthly roars and wails.I'm convinced this thing is haunted. 5/5.
userME Jan 12 2019
(5 / 5)
Jan 12 2019
Nice
Eko Nov 17 2018
(5 / 5)
Nov 17 2018
This plugin is fantastic. Exceptional creativity and very powerful controls. Congratulations (10 years after !)
Douglas Jan 13 2018
(5 / 5)
Jan 13 2018
This is very, very remarkably good. I'm a VST junkie who has tested out literally thousands of VSTs, and this synthesizer can compete even with some non-free ones. If you ever want anything ambientesque, this will do it for you. Absolutely remarkable.
DJ Galaxyzz E.T. Mar 23 2017
(5 / 5)
Mar 23 2017
Cool Space Ambient VSTi - synthesizer
MGB Dec 20 2016
Dec 20 2016
Would love to get it running, but haven't been able to fully load it on Mixcraft 6 (receive many many errors). Any suggestions?
z Sept 07 2016
Sept 07 2016
Can't get this to work in reaper...
danny Sept 18 2016
Sept 18 2016
Certainly works with Reaper. Make sure your in/outs/channels are correct. Took me 2min from download to playing. Good Luck
Paul Jul 04 2016
Jul 04 2016
This has remained one of my very favorite synths for creating soundscapes, and it's one of the few VST synths I've found that continues to reward me for continuing to experiment with it over several years. Give Aethereal a fair chance and you won't regret it. By the way, Psychic Modulation is one of my favorite indie synth developers, so check out all their stuff!
Synth Guy Mar 07 2017
Mar 07 2017
I really prefer hardware synths to software synths, but Aethereal is really great. If I had to choose only 1 softsynth, Aethereal would be it.
Well Apr 26 2016
(5 / 5)
Apr 26 2016
Amazing, very good !
Andre Dutra Carvalho (VC - ADM) Apr 21 2016
(5 / 5)
Apr 21 2016
Awesome!!!
Jo�o Sousa Jul 24 2015
Jul 24 2015
Great tool. I've been exploring it on LMMS, and I can't get enough of it. It's just great.
ryks Mar 28 2014
Mar 28 2014
Very original and cool effects. Tested in orion. Thank you.
Breaks Agent Feb 11 2014
Feb 11 2014
Best free VST for dark ambient! Thanks a lot!
Wyldsyde May 15 2013
May 15 2013
Awesome for background the ambient sounds are great!! Nice plugin.
Beethoven Sept 28 2012
(4 / 5)
Sept 28 2012
Very good space and dark ambient sounds
robinsonlee84 Aug 18 2012
Aug 18 2012
It is useful for making Halloween Tracks Thanks a lot, great VST.
Youno Dec 01 2011
(4 / 5)
Dec 01 2011
Not bad. It's got a pretty good texture but it's not terribly thick. It would be useful as a background pad or something. Takes a bit of learning too.
Personal Sound Apr 13 2011
(3 / 5)
Apr 13 2011
Nice mystic sound
deepwatermusic Mar 17 2011
(5 / 5)
Mar 17 2011
Very nice textures. If you are looking for something to really fatten up your songs, this is a good one.
RedJoe Mar 07 2011
(5 / 5)
Mar 07 2011
Unique
Dr�hn Jan 30 2011
(5 / 5)
Jan 30 2011
Sowas habe ich gesucht,Danke
IMS Dec 27 2010
(5 / 5)
Dec 27 2010
THANKS ! MARVELOUS SPACE SOUNDS !
dj penicilin Nov 01 2010
Nov 01 2010
now thats some insane plugin ryte thurr....this make my life way easier
Carlos Oct 15 2010
(5 / 5)
Oct 15 2010
Amazing, very good quality of sounds, very usefull for chill and trance
Caps Sept 28 2010
Sept 28 2010
It would of great convenience to allow the mouse wheel to rotate the knobs.
The ZeBeR Aug 05 2010
(5 / 5)
Aug 05 2010
Wicked...
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