Cherry Audio has introduced Mercury-4, a new software synthesizer for Mac & Windows that’s inspired by the ‘primal poly’ sound of the Roland Jupiter-4.
Unlike the original design, though, Mercury-4 ups the polyphony to 16 voices, adds a built-in Space Echo style effect and comes with 400+ presets.
Here’s what they have to say about it:
“It’s the rarest and most sonically unique of the fabled Jupiter series, and we’ve gone to great lengths to recreate the subtle (and not-so-subtle) nuance and character of this beloved classic. Every aspect of Mercury-4 has been expertly modeled upon a vintage Jupiter-4 originally owned by Greg Hawkes of the legendary 80’s new wave band The Cars.
The Jupiter-4 had its share of disadvantages, including limited patch storage, just four voices of polyphony, and boat-anchor weight. Cherry Audio’s Mercury-4 improves upon the original’s design by offering 16-voice polyphony, infinite patch storage, velocity sensitivity, MPE support, and much more. We’ve even paired it with a fantastic model of the classic Roland Space Echo tape delay!”
- “Authentically modeled” oscillator with sub-oscillator.
- All filter characteristics modeled, including powerful low-frequency resonance.
- Up to 16-voice polyphony.
- Over 300 presets, programmed by industry veterans.
- Unique arpeggio section w/tempo sync.
- Wide-range LFO modulation with “inverted” mod characteristics.
- Drift control for increased analog realism.
- Stereo ensemble effect.
- Tape echo style effect, with multiple reverb modes.
- Tempo-syncable LFO.
- Detunable unison mode.
- Single-key chord memory mode.
- Low CPU load.
- One-click UI magnification.
- MPE support.
- Full MIDI control and DAW automation for all controls.
Pricing and Availability:
Mercury-4 is available now for Mac & Windows with an intro price of $39 USD (normally $59).