Francis Preve

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Master Class: Synclavier

Arturia’s reboot of the NED Synclavier has given synthesists everywhere a reason to rejoice. For starters, the company reduced the price from its original jaw-dropping $500k (fully loaded) to a fraction of that. More importantly, it delivered one of the most powerful digital sound design engines to thousands of softsynth fans.

While many of its flagship features—like FM and additive synthesis—are now stock elements in studio arsenals, the Synclavier’s fusion of those two technologies remains astonishingly powerful, once you understand what’s going on under the hood. The secret to mastering the Synclavier isn’t just brushing up on its synthesis tools, but also discovering how they interact with NED’s other innovations, like Time Slicing and a wide assortment of hands-on macro parameters that make editing complex FM patches much more intuitive, once you get the hang of the system. So let’s get started.

LINK: https://www.emusician.com/how-to/master-class-arturia-synclavier-v

Master Class: Pigments

With so many wavetable synths flooding the market in the wake of Xfer Serum, it’s easy to mistake Pigments for yet another clone of that insanely popular softsynth. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Pigments is very much its own synthesizer, cribbing elements from iconic analog synths, as well as a massive array of modulation resources that strongly evokes the capabilities of contemporary modular rigs.

Pigments’ sequencing, arpeggiation, and effects all tread familiar territory, so in this month’s masterclass, we’ll take a deep look at the core synthesis engine, which does tricks no other softsynth in its class can. Consisting of two distinct tone generation engines, a pair of powerful filters with a few unique vintage elements, and modulation tools that include multiple random generators and a pair of elaborate function combinators, the synthesis amenities are far more than meets the eye and ear. With so many vintage-inspired elements, Pigments is also a great way to explore the history of synthesis itself, so let’s get started.

LINK: https://www.emusician.com/how-to/arturia-pigments-the-em-masterclass

Master Class: The Minimoog Paradigm

Make no mistake, the Minimoog Model D was the synthesizer that kickstarted our industry. Its architecture has been the basis for countless analog monosynths to follow and its sound remains so distinctive that Moog recently reissued a circuit-perfect, limited-edition version for those with a devotion to authenticity.

But the modern era has brought us software and hardware versions of the Minimoog architecture that update the synth’s essential characteristics in ways that reflect the march of technology since 1971. For example, the Arturia Mini V has modulation amenities that would be impossible to do with analog hardware alone, whereas the Roland SE-02 offers far more flexibility than the original. And ApeSoft Mood, an iOS take on the Mini, approaches the original’s iconic filter behavior while adding sampling and FM to its array of Moogish oscillators. Consequently, if you’re in the mood for a Model D but can’t afford the real thing, these hardware and software interpretations can get you there, but with greater flexibility than the original and at a price that won’t break the bank.

Here’s how to get the most out of the unique features of each of these synths, as well as from the original model.

LINK: https://www.emusician.com/how-to/master-class-the-many-modes-of-the-minimoog