Softube has announced that synth module-maker 4ms has joined the ever-expanding Modular platform, the virtual Eurorack system released last year, to become a licensed brand alongside Doepfer and Intellijel. Here's the story in their own words...
One of the most striking Eurorack modules made by 4ms is the Spectral Multiband Resonator; having joined Softube's successful Modular platform, it is fitting that the first product is also available to Modular owners today: 4ms Spectral Multiband Resonator (SMR). In short, 4ms SMR can process audio like a classic filter bank, ring like a marimba when plucked/struck, act as a vocoder, remix tracks, harmonize, output spectral data, quantize other oscillators to scales, and much more besides. It is deep, versatile, and endlessly expands what it is possible to achieve with Modular. Moreover, the 4ms SMR plug-in is light on the host computer's CPU and comes complete with 75 expertly produced presets.
Simultaneously, Softube is releasing Modular-adapted versions of its award-winning TSAR-1 and TSAR-1R reverbs. These use the same algorithms and have the same feature set as their standard plug-in counterparts, meaning Modular users now have an easier way to add the world's finest plug-in reverbs to their synth patches. But it extends far beyond that. The Volume and Wet/Dry parameters are CV controllable, making for new and creative uses -- setting an envelope filter to control the Wet/Dry level, for instance. In addition, patching the reverb output to any other module opens up a whole world of creative possibilities, such as shimmering pitch-shifted reverbs, filtered spaces, and crazy feedback mayhem. 27 new presets are available to get going.
Get this, though. The license for TSAR-1 and TSAR-1R for Modular is one and the same as for the standard versions of the plug-ins, so owners of both Modular and either of the reverbs -- including all subscribers and owners of the Volume 1 bundle -- can simply download the update and get to work without making any additional purchases. Conversely, buying TSAR-1 or TSAR-1R with the intention of using them with Modular makes them available as traditional reverb plug- ins... one license, many uses!
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Pricing and Availability:
4ms SMR is an add-on to Softube's Modular, and can only be used from within the Modular platform. It is available now at an introductory price of $39. After June 30, 2017, the module will be priced at $49.
Both TSAR... plug-ins are presently part of Softube's ongoing Summer Sale, so TSAR-1 is now available for $199 (down from $269) while TSAR-1R -- which is feature limited, but uses exactly the same reverb algorithm as its bigger sibling brother -- is $49 (down from $99). Prices return to normal after June 30, 2017.
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