Ableton Live Pack of the Legendary Synare PS-3 Drum Synth
SYNDR v1 multi-sample library for Ableton Live puts the beauty and warmth of the true analog classic Synare PS-3 drum synthesizer into the hands of the modern music producer. Venturing well beyond the ubiquitous synth-tom sounds of the 70's, SYNDR v1 offers dozens of drum, percussion and fx kits and menus, as well as a complete arsenal of chromatic instruments (basses, lead synths, keys, percolating sequence synths, etc...). Entire tracks can be produced using SYNDR v1 and nothing else.

SYNDR v1 offers a broad sonic palette, with over 8600 samples captured from the Synare's self-oscillating filter sine waves, square waves, noise, oscillators with the pitch and/or filter LFO modulated by the square wave, deep resonating filters and more. Each sound was recorded at 8 velocity levels and at multiple decay settings. In order to record with absolute consistency, sounds were triggered via pulses generated by MIDI events in a DAW, directly into an external trigger input retrofitted to the Synare.

SYNDR v1 at a Glance
  • 1.2GB+ Multi-sample Library
  • Over 8600 24-bit / 44.1kHz Samples
  • Dozens of Drum and Percussion Kits and Menus
  • Chromatic Instruments including Basses, Keys, Leads,
    Sequences and more
  • 8 Velocity Layers per Note
  • Available for Ableton Live 8.3 and up (including Live 9)
Purchase SYNDR v1
$69 USD (Instant Download)
$79 USD (Disc incl. shipping)
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The Original Synare
Star Instruments Synare
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Built in 1977 by U.S.-based Star Instruments, the Synare PS-3 was one of the most popular analog synthesizer drum pads in the 70's and early 80's. The Synare PS-3 percussion pad is dynamic and level dependent. There are two oscillators. Oscillator 1 can be switched between noise or an adjustable square wave. Oscillator 2 can generate an LFO (called SLO on the unit) or a square wave. One or both oscillators can be turned off. The self-oscillating filter offers the following controls: Tune (filter frequency), Oscillator 2 level, Sweep, Resonance, and Decay. The final amplifier section has Volume and Decay time controls.
Drum and Percussion Kits
  • 16 Note Kits have 16 different drum sounds. They are mapped using the General MIDI convention from C1 to B1 (kick, snares, hihats and toms), with additional percussion, FX or other samples from C2 to Eb2.
  • Octave Kits have a different, but sympathetic 12 note drum kit (kick, snares, hihats and toms) per octave over a 5 octave range. And because the General MIDI convention is used, you will always know that Kicks are assigned to notes C1, C2, C3, etc, and Claps are on Eb1, Eb2, Eb3, etc, allowing you to create sound variations of a groove simply by transposing sounds to different octaves.
  • Switching kits employ your controller's mod wheel, and / or LFOs to crossfade between samples. The resulting instruments offer some of the realtime control capabilities of the original hardware, as well as the capability to randomly morph through different sound sets.
  • Menu Programs contain variations of a single sound type based on a single sample category (i.e. Zaps or Noise Hits). There are a wide assortment of menus to choose from, and some sound types are available in mulitple programs, each with different mappings to offer maximum creativity, as well as an efficient way of auditioning sounds when you want to build your own drum kits and instruments.
Chromatic Instruments
Chromatic Waveforms
Self-Oscillating Filter Sine Wave
Osc 2 Square Wave
  • The majority of the Chromatic Instruments were created with one of two oscillators: the first Oscillator is the Synare's self-oscillating filter which creates a sine wave; the other is the Synare's 'OSC 2' which is a square wave. Both of these Oscillators were sampled chromatically over 5 octaves, with 8 velocity layers per note. These two oscillators were further programmed to get the most out of the sampler's synth engine (filters, envelopes, LFOs, etc...). Sound categories for the chromatic instruments include basses, pianos/keys, lead synths, and percolating sequenced sounds.
SYNDR v1 for Ableton Live 8.3 and above
SynDr for Live 8.3 and Above
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  • 27 Drum Racks include a diverse range of drum, percussion and fx kits: from vintage to modern; light and punchy to raw and aggressive; deep and resonant to glitchy and dissonant
  • 78 Instrument Racks include chromatic instruments derived from the Synare's self-oscillating filter (sine wave), and Oscillator 2 (square wave) which were sampled chromatically over 5 octaves and at 8 velocity levels
  • Over 950 'drag and drop' ready drum hits available both as Simpler instruments and as Instrument Racks
  • Instrument Racks for drum hits have consistent Macro control of common features (Decay, Tuning, Parallel Compression, Saturation, Low Cut Filter, Velocity and Random Pan)
  • 102 Simpler Menus (Bass Drums, Snares, Zaps, Metallic Hits, etc...) assembled from individual drum hits
  • 164 Live Clips (drum loops) organized into 26 Sets
  • 10 Live Sets
  • 2 Demo Songs (requires full version of Live)