reFX releases Vanguard 2: soft synth returns much appreciated by the serious plugin

Released in 2004, reFX’s Vanguard was once a big deal in the soft synth world, but it eventually started to be overtaken by its rivals and was discontinued in 2016. However, the connect is fondly remembered and still has its fans, which is why reFX has now – finally – released version 2.

Vanguard remains a three-oscillator synth, but now features a cleaner vector UI, 10 new wavetables, two new filter types, a new delay type, new reverb effects, and distortion, synchronized LFOs and more.

There are also 136 entirely new factory presets, but fortunately the synth is also compatible with projects that use Vanguard 1. Load your old songs and the sounds you were using before will also load immediately (that’s the theory, from anyway).

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The original Vanguard synth plug-in. (Image credit: reFX)

Vanguard 2 also appears to be more usable than its predecessor, with an “advanced” sound librarian featuring three columns and offering color-coded tags, bookmarks, favorites and a dedicated slot for user presets. Sounds can be previewed instantly, you can search as you type, and presets can be filtered by categories and tags.

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