A synth for a new generation

A software synthesizer unlike any other, Pigments gives you all the tools you need to fully realize your creativity.

Striking the perfect balance between depth and simplicity, all the power of Pigments can be found within 3 easy-to-follow pages. This neat layout keeps your workflow natural and fast, while encouraging your creativity.

The SYNTH page

The default view of Pigments, the Synth page gives you unfettered access to the main sound-generating elements of the instrument.

The EFFECTS page

When your patch is ready to be shaped, head to the dedicated Effects page and refine it with a whole host of studio-quality effects.

The SEQUENCER page

To give your sound some life and movement, the Sequencer page lets you setup, play, and customize arpeggios and sequences.

Complex wavetable vs fat virtual analog

Pigments features twin synth engines, letting you use virtual analog or wavetable synthesis in any combination you want.

Virtual Analog triple oscillator engine

Our award-winning work in analog emulation lets you choose from the best sounding components from the best synths ever made. Sine, saw, triangle, and square waves each with their own adjustable parameters.

Complex Wavetable engine

Pigments lets you craft your own signature sounds with an advanced wavetable synth engine. Choose from over 100 wavetables, select any waveform snapshot, or morph between them. You can even import your own to unlock limitless possibilities.

Future Filters

This powerful synthesizer features twin morphing filters. Choose from 8 filters taken from legendary analog self-oscillating ladders to bleeding-edge modern options like surgeon, formant, and comb. Refine your sound with variable filter routing for ultimate control of your sound.

When it comes to the core elements that define the sound of a synth, Pigments delivers.

Boundless modulation

Now you’ve seen what Pigments has to offer, the proverbial paint in your palette, it’s time to reveal the true power of the instrument.

Pigments represents a truly modern approach to modulation. It lets you modulate practically any parameter with anything you choose, with no limit on the number of connections. Make changes graphically, with source or destination-based editing. Easily see, learn, and understand how different elements behave and interact with clear visualization.

Keyboard

The Keyboard panel gives you a quick access, on-screen MIDI keyboard to audition your sounds, as well as giving visual feedback on what Pigments is receiving from your controller or DAW.

3 Envelopes

A trio of hugely powerful, multi-parameter envelopes can be used statically, or animated with modulations with any source or destination you desire.

3 LFOs

Three is the magic number, and these fully customizable LFOs are ready to sync with and modulate any aspect of your sound you can imagine.

Customizable Functions

Create one-shot sub-sequences or endless looping animations with three editable Functions. Draw your animation, assign it to anything, Pigments makes advanced synthesis easy and fun.

Randomizers

If you want elements of your synth sound to have an exciting random, or controlled random element, Pigments lets gives you tweakable Turing, binary, and sample & hold random options to explore.

Twin Combinators

Choose a source parameter, choose a modulator, choose how you want them to interact, and you’ve just made a new combinator. An amazing way to create experimental modulations that will keep your imagination running wild.

This is how modulation should be: hugely powerful, addictively fun, and creatively inspiring.

The best wavetables and randomizers in any plug-in I’ve used, a truly powerful weapon for any musician’s arsenal

- Starcadian

Stunning effects

When you’ve created a synth sound with ideal parameters, animated just the way you wanted it, it’s time to add the finishing touches with some studio-grade effects. Pigments offers twin insert busses and a send bus, each one letting you choose and combine any 3 of the 13 effects to create a truly refined sound. You can even synchronize their parameters to your modulation.

What’s the frequency?

Pigments features a Multifilter and Parametric EQ, letting you hone, carve out, or boost particular frequencies.

Take control

Control peaks and fatten up your synth sound with a beautifully transparent Compressor.

Your synth is on fire

Dial up the heat with Distortion and Overdrive, turn your sound on its head with the Wavefolder, or add some lo-fi glitch with the Bitcrusher.

Mod-master

Add anything from subtle width and juice to full-blown psychedelic madness with Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, and Stereo Pan.

Time Traveller

Add some dimension to your sound with a lush Reverb and give everything a sense of space, or add use the hugely customizable Delay to get things moving.

Tweaked your effect to perfection, but wanted to put it on the send bus instead of the insert? No problem, just drag and drop. Want to totally flip your effects routing around? You can do that too.

Pigments is all about making the sound in your head come out of your speakers, and it gives you the best tools and the most rewarding interface to do it.

Hypnotic movement

Once Pigments has helped you transform your imagination into sound, you can use its enormously powerful sequencer to bring it to life.

On the sequencer page, everything is laid out simply in front of you. Watch your sequence as it plays, make adjustments to the notes, octaves, and velocity by simply clicking and dragging on the steps.

Create polyrhythmic animated sequences with ease, dial in triggered randomization to keep things spicy. Pigments lets you experiment and explore a bit of randomness, safely in the confines of the key you’re playing in. Select one of 14 scales for the sequencer, and you’ll never play a wrong note.

Take your time and carefully craft a precise sequence, or go on a randomized adventure. Whatever you choose, you’ll love the way Pigments brings your sounds to life, and hearing sequences evolve as you play them.

The synth you’ve been waiting for

With the huge variety of software synths on the market, choosing one that’s right for you is no simple task.

This is why we created Pigments. We wanted to make the process of discovering sounds, exploring the colors, tones, and vibrancy of sound a joy. Using Pigments is incredibly satisfying right from the start, needing very little expertise to enjoy and explore, while also being hugely rewarding to adventurous sound designers.

Jaw-dropping presets

Pigments contains hundreds of amazing preset synth sounds from top sound designers and big-name artists alike. Whether you want experimental soundscapes or neon synthwave lead lines; monstrous basses or quirky, organic percussive sequences, you’ll find them in the extensive preset library. 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.

Sound designer suggestions

Mouse-over the “Ideas” icon and the sound designer’s recommendations will be highlighted, instantly showing you what parameters to tweak to make the most of a preset. You can also make your own notes, perfect for jogging your memory for big live sets!

BASSES

PADS

KEYS

LEADS

SEQUENCES

STRINGS

PERCUSSIONS

SFX

Powerful Macros for stunning performances

Pigments features up to 4 Macro controls, letting you map any combination of parameters or functions to one knob, letting you perform otherwise impossible manipulations with ease.

Learn while you play

Laying everything in front of you like no other software instrument, Pigments lets you truly visualize your sound and understand what’s happening, and why.

What does a Wavefolder actually do to the waveform? When does your envelope’s Decay turn into the Sustain? How do these LFOs react to each other? See for yourself.

Platform specifications

  • Windows: Win 7+ (64bit) PC: 4 GB RAM; 2.5 GHz CPU.
    1GB free hard disk space
    OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
  • Apple: 10.10+: 4 GB RAM; 2.5 GHz CPU.
    1GB free hard disk space
    OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Required configuration

Works in Standalone, VST 2.4, VST 3, AAX, Audio Unit (64-bit DAWs only)

VST 2.4
VST 3
AAX
AU

Protection

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

Main Features

  • Two engines in parallel
    • Virtual Analog triple osc engine
    • Complex Wavetable engine
  • Two filters
    • Classic filter types from V Collection instruments
    • Modern filter types
    • Continuous series/parallel routing
  • Powerful effects section
    • Insert or Send routing
    • Modulable parameters
  • Advanced modulation system
    • Graphical editing, source-based or destination-based.
    • Envelopes, LFOs, Function generators, Random src, ...
  • Visual interface
    • Graphical representation of the most important modules
  • Polyrhythmic Sequencer and Arpeggiator
    • Create complex, custom and evolving sequences/arps
  • Extensive factory preset library

Awards

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