5 FREE Pro Tools Synth Plug-ins Worth Checking Out

The word FREE can often conjure up the idea of something being worthless; for many years the VST world has been filled with worthwhile FREE plug-ins yet Pro Tools users have often felt a little left out of the FREE plug-in world. However there seems to be a growing collection of FREE plug-ins for Pro Tools RTAS and AAX that are well worth investing your time into.
Here are a selection of some FREE synths worth checking out.
A single oscillator synth with enough sound shaping options to give a palette of cool synth sounds, the option of PWM is always welcome on a single oscillator synth as it gives the possibility of creating extra depth from the single source - a trick used in the very early synths. Available in VST, VST3, Audio Units, AAX Native formats (all both 64-bit and 32-bit), as well as RTAS (32-bit only) More from Fabfilter
Linplug Alpha FREE
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A cut down free version of the popular LinPlug Alpha, this 16 voice, 2 oscillator synth includes many of the features of the paid for version. There are over 30 waveforms to choose from as well as useful filters and a single LFO. Mac and PC RTAS only. More from Linplug
NI Reaktor 5 Player 
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Reaktor 5 is one of NI’s flagship products and Reaktor Player is a great way to explore the almost limitless potential of this modular synth design. NI offer a free download of over 200 synths based around 3 synths as part of this starter series. Mac and PC, RTAS and AAX.More here
U-He Podolski
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A one oscillator, one filter, single envelope synth, Podolski has been around for several years in different incarnations. it also features a Zebra-style arpeggiator/sequencer plus chorus and delay effects. Mac and PC. More about AAX here (Mac)
Xpand 2
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Sometimes it can be easy to miss the wood for the trees, Xpand2 is sitting on about 99% of Pro Tools installs and yet is so often overlooked by those looking for great sounds. Not only is Xpand2 a great rompler it also the the basic sound sources to be able to create sounds from scratch. Take a new look at Xpand2, you may be surprised how useful it is. Mac and PC, RTAS and AAX. Download as part of the Creative Collection from your Avid Account.
Vacuum
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Another plug-in that ships with Pro Tools is the mono synth Vacuum. It has excellent potential for mono leads and deep rich bass.  It features 2 oscillators, extensive envelopes and filters and is not a plug-in one should overlook when making synth based music. Mac and PC, RTAS and AAX. Download as part of the Creative Collection from your Avid Account.
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