Free Virtual Analog Synthesizer Plugin by BlauKraut Engineering

Charlatan Screenshot

Charlatan is a polyphonic, subtractive virtual analog (VA) synthesizer plugin with design focus on sound quality and easy usability. The design philosophy was to provide a feature set just flexible enough to cover a wide range of sounds while deliberately abstaining from countless parameters and modulation options cluttering the user interface and distracting from the creative process. That being said, Charlatan's architecture is flexible enough to create all kinds of sounds, from conventional classic leads, basses and pads to weird blips and noises.

While making no compromise about sound quality, the algorithms have been 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.

Best of all, it's FREEWARE! Enjoy!

Feature Summary

Latest Version

1.4.1 (2013-06-04) 1.4 (2013-06-02)


Charlatan 1.4.1 Windows 32/64-bit VSTi (ZIP file)

User preset banks

Please note that many of the presets are already included (maybe slightly modified) in the official releases. More banks can be found at the KVR database. If you want to share your presets, please upload them there.

Demo tracks

Solidtrax - Charlatan 21 by Solidtrax

Also, many exciting songs made using Charlatan exclusively are the submissions for the KVR One Synth Challenge (OSC) 33.


Discussion about Charlatan takes place in the official forum thread @ KVR audio. If you have questions or suggestions, post them there. You can also contact me at KVR via private message (username karrikuh).

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