For this Friday's freebie plug-in were taking you back to a not-so-oldie but definitely goodie! And not merely because we can't resist anything that makes a Blade Runner reference. The Tyrell N6 was originally conceived as a hardware synth, whose features would be crowdsourced by the German synth community Amazona.de. The design was essentially to be a sort of Juno on steroids, but the challenges of getting hardware out the door in anything like a timely fashion proved daunting.
Enter Urs Heckmann, founder of U-he, and generally considered one of the most genius designers of software synths in the world. In particular, his products are known for sounding very authentically analog. He coded all the concepts brought forth from Amazona as a freeware soft synth, and though its most recent iteration is 2013, you wouldn't know that to listen to it. It's also one of the few free soft synths available for Mac or Windows, as usually freeware developers only have time to focus on one or the other.