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.