A little bit of history...

It was in 1964 that the first prototype of a Mg synthesizer was produced. It was presented at the AES Show (Audio Engineering Society) and immediately generated a huge amount of interest. In 1965 Bob Moog decided to release the 900 series for commercial sale, and in 1967 he made the decision to produce different machines, each with a certain number of modules. This marked the birth of modular systems I, II and III.

Pure analog

TAE®, standing for True Analog Emulation, is a new technology developed by Arturia, enabling the digital reproduction of analog circuits. The implementation of TAE in Modular V results in:

  • aliasing-free oscillators, at no extra CPU cost.
  • better reproduction of analog oscillators: the condensers' unload and the oscillators' instability are simulated, helping to reproduce a typical warm sound.
  • very accurate reproduction of the legendary Mg 24 dB low-pass filter.
  • implementation of soft clipping, i.e. reproduction of the filters' current limiting function.

What's new in Modular V2.5?

Sound quality improvement:

VCF audio quality improvements.

better Audio Unit compatibility (Digital Performer most notably).

Performance improvement:

ability to use NRPN MIDI messages for automation.

better handling of control surfaces while changing preset.

midi RPN "pitch bend range" message is now recognized.

Also includes

New ergonomics:

One unique scrollable view to overlook the entire synth.

Some of the modules are now interchangeable, allowing to configure - to a certain extent - the Modular the desired way.

New audio possibilities:

Improvements on the oscillators (new free running), on the filters (better response to modulations), on the envelopes (faster and even closer to true analogical behaviour).

New Unison mode

New Audio-In possibilities

The Soft-clipping emulation is now done on each mixer and not systematically on all of them, which saves on CPU load.

New presets

200 new presets to provide optimal use of the new modules.

New modules

1630 Bode Frequency Shifter. Developed under the Mg license by Harold Bode in 1964, it is extremely rare (a dozen Worldwide).

928 Sample and hold is also very rare. Originally assembled in a separate cabinet, it was adapted on the last modular series, in the late 70's.

912 Envelope follower (or Schmit Trigger). One of the most popular modules on the Mg systems, it was often added to original configuration to create complex modulation through the use of an output signal.

12 stage phaser. The Mg 12 Stage Phaser was very well known, and originally conceived as an external rack to the Modular systems.

Formant Filter. A new module developed by Arturia, which did not exist on the original Mg systems. It allows the filtering of sounds according to the formants a, e, i, o, u.

Ring Modulator. Also a new module developed by Arturia, it creates very metallic sounds.

Preset browser

Our redesigned preset browser lets you quickly find just the sound you’re looking for.

Search by name or simply select the appropriate tags to dial in on the exact sonic character you’re looking for. You can mark and recall your own favorites, enter comments, and set up playlists. There’s never been a more intuitive way to manage your library of designer and personal presets.

Resizable GUI

The user interfaces for all your Arturia instruments are now resizable, making it easy to work with any High Resolution screen, UHD or Retina.

You can decide whether you want to fill the screen with awesome graphic reproductions of classic instrument goodness, scale the window down when you’re working in a DAW and screen real estate is at a premium, or even zoom for detailed work.

Platform specifications

  • Windows: Win 7+ PC: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU.
    1GB free hard disk space
    OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
  • Apple: 10.8+: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU.
    1GB free hard disk space
    OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Required configuration

Works in Standalone, VST 2.4 (32-bit and 64-bit), VST 3 (32-bit and 64-bit), AAX (32 bits with PT 10.3.8, 64 bits with PT 11), Audio Unit (32-bit and 64-bit), NKS.

VST 2.4
VST 3
AAX
AU
NKS

Protection

The software is protected by the Arturia Software Center. You can learn more about it here.

Main Features

  • All the parameters of the original modular synth:
    • 9 oscillators
    • 2 LFOs
    • 3 filter slots
    • 1 Noise Generator
    • 6 envelopes
    • 2 VCAs
  • 16 auxiliary VCAs with modulation inputs
  • 24-step sequencer
  • 1 filter bank (14 bandwidths available)
  • More than 500 presets, made by professional sound designers
  • Mono / polyphonic (up to 64 voices per instrument)
  • Soft-clipping function
  • Stereo delay and chorus
  • 12-stage phaser and ring modulator
  • Very accurate reproduction of the legendary 24dB/octave low-pass filter
  • Superb audio quality with TAE® engine
  • 24 bits/96 kHz supported

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