Cherry Audio has introduced Quadra, described as a ‘super-accurate and immensely improved emulation’ of the classic ARP Quadra synthesizer from 1978.
Quadra has been designed to balance authenticity and functionality, addressing the original instrument’s shortcomings, while dramatically expanding its power.
Here’s the official video demo:
Each of the Quadra’s four sections is independently assignable to any region of the keyboard for endless splitting and layering flexibility. The original Quadra’s challenging patch storage has been replaced with an extensive, unlimited patch browsing system. The developers say that the overall sound quality has been improved, and the onboard phaser has been augmented with a stereo chorus/flanger, a syncable echo, and studio-quality reverb – all individually routable.
The Cherry Audio Quadra boasts a fat, monophonic bass section for punchy low end, plus “Strings Bass” for string machine-style orchestral richness. Its classic string synth beautifully reproduces the classic string ensemble instruments of the 1970s, and includes a dedicated two-band EQ. The Poly Synth section is a highly improved version of the original ARP unit, including saw, variable pulse, “spike,” and “hollow” waveforms, expanded range, and a drift button for organic tone. To top off, it features a dual-oscillator lead synth, including ramp, pulse, sine, triangle, and noise waves, LFO- or envelope-controlled pulse-width modulation, two-voice split mode, independent oscillator portamento controls and more.
Pricing and Availability:
Quadra is available now for Mac & Windows, priced at only $39 MAP ($59 MSRP), with a free 30-day demo available.