Synapse Audio DUNE 3

Synapse Audio has announced the release of DUNE 3, a major overhaul of their polyphonic flagship synthesizer for Windows and Mac.

DUNE 3 combines VA/subtractive, wavetable and FM synthesis with an extensive modulation system, named the Differential Unison Engine (DUNE). It adds requested features to the synthesizer and includes a new full HD skin in various sizes. Now there’s a new wavetable editor, improved oscillators and a patch library of more than 1000 presets. Next, you can read about the most important changes and improves.

Dual filter

The revised filter section in Dune 3 now sports a dual multimode filter plus an insert effect. Different routing modes like serial/parallel and seamless blend via the Balance knob allow for unlimited creative input. New filter types have been added as well, and include zero-delay feedback filters derived from Synapse’s latest analog modeling technology. For creative applications, new insert effects like the formant/vowel filter or phaser greatly increase the range of sound design possibilities.

Dual arpeggiator

Two arpeggiator units instead of just one are designed to increase the sound design capabilities of DUNE 3. The arpeggiators can be programmed independently and support both classic Up/Down arps, as well as playing back different sequences or even MIDI files. Furthermore, new features like the Random mode or programmable Arp Hold make the arpeggiator more powerful than before.

Improved oscillators

At the heart of DUNE 3 are its powerful oscillator blocks. DUNE 3 supports VA, FM and Wavetable synthesis. With a maximum reserve of 8320 oscillators at full polyphony, DUNE 3 intends to be a true unison monster, unlikely to ever run out of oscillators.

New in DUNE 3 is the “Swarm” mode, an evolution of the classic Supersaw oscillator. Each oscillator gets its own subtle modulation in this mode, breathing a lot more life into the sound than possible previously.

DUNE 3 new wavetable editor
DUNE 3 has a new wavetable editor

Wavetable editor

DUNE 3 has a new Wavetable editor. Waveforms can be created via free-hand drawing, segments, a dedicated partial editor or by entering formulas. A variety of functions like morphing, fade in/out, normalize, DC remove, Invert/Reverse make creating new wavetables a breeze. Waveforms and Wavetables can be imported and exported in WAV format and are thus compatible with a wide range of third-party software.

DUNE 3 costs $179.00 at the Synapse Audio store. If you’re already a DUNE 2 customer, you can upgrade to the third version for only $79.

More information: DUNE 3 virtual synthesizer

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