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VST synths (Virtual Studio Technology synthesizers) have been at the cutting edge of music-making and sound design since the mid 90s. By digitally simulating conventional synthesizer technologies, VST synths revolutionized the way that sounds were generated, allowing music makers to access a whole new world of sounds directly from any computer with a compatible DAW (Digital Audio Workstation).

Today, the very best VST instruments have taken synthesis to new levels, building and expanding on conventional synthesizer technologies to create a whole new world of sound—and Native Instruments are at the cutting edge of that industry, with a portfolio of award-winning VST synths, samplers, and effects. Read on to learn about VST synths and how Native Instruments is constantly working to bring the latest sound generation technologies to your favorite DAW.



Conventional synthesizers are electronic musical instruments that use analog or digital circuits to create an incredible range of sounds. Synths generate sound waves using subtractive, additive, granular, and frequency modulation oscillators. A synthesizer can then further shape those waves using many different effects such as filters, envelopes, and low-frequency oscillators.

VST synths essentially work in the same way—but rather than build those circuits from electronic components to create a piece of hardware, VST uses digital signal processing techniques to emulate classic sounds and simulate new ones. This means you can grab a VST synth download online and install it on your computer in a matter of minutes, with everything you need to start making music contained within the software itself.


The invention of the synthesizer has had a tremendous influence on the evolution of modern music, playing a key role in the writing and recording of many of the most iconic albums ever made. The first synths started to appear in the late 1950s, when it was discovered that analog circuitry could produce amazing sounds from electronic oscillators. During the 1960s and 1970s, the futuristic feel of synth-based music became more and more popular, and by the 1980s most pop hits were created using a synthesizer.

This leap in synthesis technology made music creation accessible to many more people, with the costs of buying VST synths being significantly less, and sometimes even free in comparison to much more expensive hardware synthesizers. It also paved the way for brave and exciting new developments in synthesis, enabling today’s VST synth designers to achieve sounds beyond early synth builders’ wildest dreams.

Native Instruments has been at the forefront of those innovations since the very beginning. From the pioneering inventions of GENERATOR and REAKTOR, to the present day power of MASSIVE X, PHARLIGHT and SUPER 8, we’ve been shaping cutting-edge sound synthesis with the best VST synthesizers in the industry for decades. So, whether you’re looking for a vintage VST synth to emulate your favorite piece of classic hardware, or a futuristic VST granular synth for crafting cinematic atmospheres, you’ll find everything you need in our diverse and ever-growing catalog.


The Native Instruments catalog has a whole universe of VST synths for Mac and Windows, all of which integrate quickly and easily with your computer or laptop. From intuitive plugins that are as affordable as they are fun, to expansive instruments that can become the creative hub of any studio, the inspiration for digital music creation and production today is limitless.

Wavetable VST synth with deep bass—like our iconic MASSIVE X and the genre-defining MASSIVE—generate rich tones and timbres, covering everything from piercing leads to pulsing pads, while our modular synthesizers—such as REAKTOR and ABSYNTH—allow different oscillators, effects, and other sound-shaping tools to be connected together in a variety of ways for infinite tonal inspiration and control.

Granular VST synths engines like PHARLIGHT and STRAYLIGHT repurpose and reimagine existing sound sources to make unique textures from pop hooks to cinematic swells, while monophonic synthesizers like MONARK focus on creating one stunning note at a time, and polyphonic synthesizers like SUPER 8 allow notes to be played together for a full range of harmonic possibilities.

Our catalog also includes every type of instrument you’ll need to create tracks or soundscapes from scratch, including drums, keys and pianos, guitars, strings, and brass synths and wind instruments. Additionally, to get you up to speed, check out our KOMPLETE bundles, which bring our industry leading instruments and effects together in packages suitable for everyone from beginners to award-winning musicians.

Finally, if you’re looking for a more hands-on approach, then the entire Native Instruments catalog can be integrated with our VST synth controllers—allowing you to bring new, tactile dimensions to your favorite software. With our KOMPLETE KONTROL keyboard series and the MASCHINE beatmaking and sampler series, you can create music in new and exciting ways—whether you’re producing in the studio or performing on stage.

Explore the Native Instruments collection today. Whether you’re seeking sounds for films, festivals, radio, clubs, or anything in between, we’ve got you covered for VST synths and more.



Transform your musical compositions with our wide range of VST synthesizers.

MASSIVE was designed and developed by Native Instruments GmbH. Solely the name Massive is a registered trademark of Massive Audio Inc, USA. VST is a registered trademark of Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH.