XILS 3, ‘The Most Advanced Analog Modular Synthesizer’, Gets Major Update


XILS-Lab has released XILS 3 Version 2.0 – an update to their advanced modular synthesizer that adds more modules, more presets, more resources, a revamped User Interface, improved ergonomics and workflow, enhanced features and more.

The XILS 3 V2.0 not only emulates the Synthi ( VCS 3 ) modular synthesizer, it also adds an emulation of the EMS 256 Analog Sequencer. Also added in v2:

  • A SECOND Matrix, with 2 additional envelopes, one LFO, a detailed Sample and Hold module, and a Voltage processor
  • Input modules: Gate, Transient, Envelope Follower and Pitch Tracker to transform the XILS 3 into an advanced Effect Processor
  • Analog-style chorus with three modes, delay and phaser
  • In the XILS 3, you can connect everything with everything, and you get more than 800 possible different connections per patch


  • 6 Oscillators grouped in 3 pairs, with WaveShaping (on sine wave, saw, triangle and square)
  • 1 Noise Oscillator ( With Noise color )
  • 1 Analog Filter, Non Linear and zero delay Behaviors, with 3 Modes (12/18/24 dB LowPass)
  • 3 Trapezoidal Envelope Generators, Looping EG in the time of analog (Switchable to ADSR )
  • 2 Polyphonic LFOs ( including 1 Oscillator acting as LFO at audiorate )
  • Polyphonic Ring Modulator
  • 2 independent outputs feeding the Stereo Bus, each with one analog Lp/Hp filter
  • Programmable Joystick Vector Controller ( up to 32+32 modulation targets )
  • Polyphonic Sequencer with 3 independent lines, Slew rates, 3 recording modes.
  • Sequencer can behave as modulation source.
  • Pitch Tracker, Envelope Follower, Transient, Gate, Sample & Hold Modules
    Chorus, Delay, Spring Reverb
  • 6 Play modes (including Unison 2/4/6 ), Polyphonic and mono
  • Portamento/Glissando/Legato, 2 different Keyboard Scaling, Polyphonic Aftertouch and VCA handling.
  • Hundreds of presets made by worldwide famous Sound Designers
  • Preset Database Engine ( Find the right patch in a flash, create your own tags )
  • Comprehensive manual with a getting started and tutorial sections
  • Instrument or Effect plug-in

Here are video demos of the new version:

XILS 3 version 2 is a free update for existing users. See the XILS-Lab site for full details.

via aymat

16 thoughts on “XILS 3, ‘The Most Advanced Analog Modular Synthesizer’, Gets Major Update

  1. The title of this post is misleading – this is an analog modular emulator/modeling plugin. I’m not so sure the word “analog’ means what you think it means.

      1. Misleading yes, *AND* I’m sure the site owners do know the difference between analog hardware and a plugin.

        (There, I fixed it for you.)

    1. When we put something in quotes, it means that we are quoting someone, in this case XILS-Lab. They, like a lot of companies, characterize their software synths as ‘analog’ when the apps emulate the sound of analog synths.

      So, by putting that phrase in quotes, it’s a subtle indication to you that XILS-Lab is calling it ‘analog’, not us.

  2. Have to agree , this caught my attention and then I realised on closer inspection it was just an app.
    This site would be better if it had a section for software and hardware. It has been a great year for hardware so it’s easy to be caught out by such software advertisements.

  3. Funny, I didnt have to look more than 0.5 seconds at the clearly digital graphic or the fact that XILS Lab is a software company to put two and two together that this is in fact a vsti plugin… regardless of the word “analog”. The tutorial videos only made it more evident.

    I know it sounds crazy. But its true.

  4. The knee-jerk VST hate in this place is sooooo boring. Two sites? Really? I sometimes wonder if a few of the people who post in this place actually understand what the purpose of a synth or drum machine is in the first place.

    1. The purpose of instruments is to be analog, right? Because then you can say they’re analog, and tell people they’re analog. And know they’re analog.


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