We’ve all seen those pictures of unfeasibly large modular systems – curiously, often accompanied by someone wearing a cape - and thought "I really would love to own one of those" (not the cape but the modular). Arturia, the folks responsible for Storm, are going some way to making that dream a reality with the announcement of their Modular System. Essentially it’s based on the giant Moog Modular 3C system so favoured by the rich and eccentric keyboard wiz types from the 1970’s. Only this one is software only – hence all you don’t need either a large room nor a team of service engineers to keep it running (I’m sure the originals were reliable!).
The Modular System is based on a new set of algorithms created by Arturia’s sound engineers and gathered under the name TAE ® (TAE stands for True Analog Emulation). It brings a superior quality of sound when reproducing analog circuits. In particular, TAE avoids any sort of aliasing; it also emulates the typical instability of hardware oscillators and brings the warm sound of the vintage synthesizers.
In addition to the replication of all the functions of the original, the Modular System comes loaded with more than 400 presets made by a selection of the most famous sound designers.
Available as VST, Core Audio (Mac), RTAS, Dxi, MAS and HTDM plus standalone mode.
For more information, visit the Arturia website at http://www.arturia.com/SPECIFICATIONS:
9 oscillators (921 Mg series)
2 dedicated LFOs
3 filter slots can be chosen among classic Mg 904 series (low-pass 24 dB, high-pass 24 dB, filter coupler), and an additional 12 dB multimode filter (7 modes)
1 noise generator (white and pink – 923 Mg module)
6 ADSR auxiliary envelopes (911 Mg module)
2 VCAs (with their own envelopes, and 1 panoramic potentiometer for natural stereo effects)
16 auxiliary VCAs with modulation inputs
1 sequencer (3x8 steps – 960 Mg module)
1 filter bank (14 bands with their own bandwidth)
1 stereo delay
Mono/polyphonic (up to 64 voices)
Absolutely pure and top quality sound (aliasing-free), like the original Moog sound
Windows: Windows 95 / 98 / ME / 2000 / XP
Mac OS classic: Mac OS 9.x
Mac OS X: Mac OS X.2 or higher
Required minimum configuration