The Best New Desktop Software Synths Of 2015

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best-of-2015-desktop-software-synthsBest of 2015: We asked and you voted, choosing Spectrasonics Omnisphere – by a wide margin – as the Best New Desktop Software Synth Of 2015.

Omnisphere was already an extremely powerful synth. But with Omnisphere 2, Spectrasonics amps up everything, bringing new synthesis capabilities, an improved interface, a better arpeggiator, 25 new effects and a massive 10,000+ presets.

The long-awaited Native Instruments Reaktor 6 took the second place in our reader poll, followed by Arturia’s V Collection Classics.

Here’s the full list – check it out and let us know what you think of software synths in 2015! Continue reading

BeatStep Pro Updated With ‘Wait To Load Pattern’, Pattern Chaining & More

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Arturia has released a free update to the BeatStep Pro that adds user-requested features, making it, according to the company, ‘more powerful than ever’:

  • The sequencer has been enhanced with quantized pattern launch and pattern chains;
  • Parameters can now be edited for all steps at once; and
  • An improved song position algorithm keeps BeatStep Pro synchronized at all times.

Here’s what’s new in BeatStep Pro firmware version 1.3: Continue reading

Five Arturia MiniBrute & MicroBrute Mods That Will Totally Void Your Warranty

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French synth guru Yves Usson, above, knows his way around the insides of the MiniBrute and MicroBrute synthesizers – he collaborated with Arturia to design them.

He’s shared a series of mods and hacks for the MiniBrute and MicroBrute at his site. He notes that making any of these mods to your synth ‘will immediately void its warranty.’ So consider yourself warned. Continue reading