An infinite spectrum of sound
Pigments 3 raises the bar for VST instruments, surpassing the capabilities of premium hardware synths and plugins alike, making your wildest sonic fantasy a full-color reality. Effortlessly build, animate, customize, and refine complex patches unlike anything you’ve ever heard.
- Sound Engines - Combine any 2 out of 4 sound engines for your own custom timbres
- Utility Engine - An extra oscillator & up to 2 layers of sampled noise for sonic depth
- Dual filters - Choose any 2 out of 10 filter types, with advanced routing
- Professional FX - Enjoy 18 stunning FX algorithms, from vintage to cutting-edge
- Massive modulation - Modulate anything with anything, with a simple click-and-drag
- Powerful sequencing - Sequence & arpeggiate with advanced randomization, scale quantization, and polyrhythms
- Easy-to-use interface - Color-coded 3-panel design with real-time visual feedback
- Preset library - 1200 presets, spanning every genre, crafted by elite sound designers and producers
Create any sound
Whatever sound you need, Pigments can take you there.
From bright nylon-like plucks to the fattest wavetable sounds, dark hip hop & trap bass to creeping film soundtrack ambience, Pigments is your blank sonic canvas. Combine any pair from a selection of 4 state-of-the-art sound engines, and layer them with deep sub bass and a sprinkling of sampled noise for instant access to every texture, timbre, and color.
Cutting-edge additive synthesis that lets you forge curious & tangible timbres from scratch, from plastic tubular resonance to evolving vowel-like swells - in vivid harmonic detail.
Animate, distort, or morph through over 160 wavetables, bringing a vast spectrum of breathy, glassy, and abrasive digital sounds. Perfect for everything from roof-raising bass music to hyperpop toplines.
Virtual analog engine
Energize your mix with coveted analog warmth and irresistible vintage charm, inspired by the greatest synths ever made, courtesy of our award-winning analog emulation technology.
Sample & granular engine
Browse hundreds of instrument samples and loops, import your own, and transform them into genre-defying granular patches. Warp, contort, stretch, and modulate samples down to the finest detail.
Any parameter tweak or expression is just a colorful click away. Shape, animate, and elevate your sound until it’s entirely your own with instant patch modulation, the best classic & modern filters, and stunning studio-grade FX.
Modulation is the beating heart of Pigments’ living sound. Instantly access dozens of modulation sources, from keyboard velocity to random generators, and assign them to any parameter with a single click - create your own complex patch in minutes.
Route your sound through dual filters, with 10 filter types to choose from - ranging from vintage synth VCF emulations to modern dance anthem high pass curves.
The ultimate final touch. Create your own unique chain of FX with twin insert buses and a send bus, and a curated selection of 18 classic, creative, or modern algorithms - from pitch shifting delay to an essential multiband compressor.
Pigments doesn’t just make amazing sounds and inspiring synth presets
- it makes music.
The advanced sequencing section lets you weave beautiful melodies, catchy motifs, and entire arrangements without ever leaving Pigments. Need a dose of inspiration? Experiment with powerful arpeggiation, scale quantization, and smart randomization that’ll get you back on the creative path in no time. On the Seq page, everything is laid out simply in front of you. Watch your sequence as it plays, and make adjustments to notes, octaves, velocity, and more with a simple click and drag.
Create cyclical melodies with pitch, dynamic, and expression variations that follow different rhythmic meters.
Transform a chord or any selection of notes into a pulsing animated progression, perfect for adding instant movement to your mix.
Limit your note choice to 1 of 15 scales, including a custom scale, so that Pigments never plays a wrong note.
Advanced random sequence generator
Take a musical leap of faith and dial varying degrees of randomization into every aspect of your sequence - from pitch to portamento.
A techy drum and bass track making heavy use of the new harmonic engine. Presets featured include Cluster WTF, Throttle Pluck, 3rd Harmonic, Weird Ratios, Glasgow 808, Absolute Variance & Bar Gesture.
With 'Harmonic Encounters' we wanted to create everything with Pigments 3. With this uplifting and dreamy EDM style we think we are showing its real power.
Cobald contains only sounds from Pigments 3. The main presets I wanted to use for this track were “Parision” and “Brighton Gatekeeper”, both very dynamic sounds. I used macro modulation and aftertouch to play creatively with the presets.
The “Cosmos Olie” factory preset is put to good use in this mesmerising ambient track, which shows Pigments’ ability to shine at making larger than life and ethereal sounds.
Apart from the drums every sound is created with the new Pigments 3. This track is more in a moody and laid back style, using the harmonic oscillator and sampler generously.
A deep mysterious sci-fi cue that centres around the Black Hole and Slur of Tines presets.
A high-energy, synth-metal track. All patches were programmed by Diego Tejeida, and can be found on the latest Pigments update. Live drums performed by Simen Sandnes.
A dreamlike single presets demo that explores different textures, all made possible with the new Engines in Pigments 3.
Rolling liquid D&B showing a mixture of pads, lofi and cold keys and modern sub & mid bass sounds. All Pigments except drums, a little Arturia Plate-140 on the chopped snare.
Bass music track, in which all sounds, except cymbals, were made using presets from Yuli Yolo, that can be found in Pigments 3.
A moody & dub inspired beat driven track focused around the Wave Vox Triangles & Additive Koto presets. Also featuring 3rd Harmonic and Cheap FX EP.
Driving and melodic trap track, making good use of the new sample engine. All the synth parts and melodies come from Pigments 2.0 presets, with the use of external drum samples.
Pigments is a complete surprise and a revelation to me because I normally associate the team at Arturia with having successfully closed the gap between analog and digital emulation. But this is something completely new, an analog/wavetable hybrid beast with the craziest modulation capabilities I have ever seen.Mylo
( Producer )
The depth of sound from Pigments - I'm so deeply inside of it now that I don't hear things the same!Scoop DeVille
( Producer )
Deep… both gloriously old-fashioned and fashionably modern. It follows the MatrixBrute path of almost infinite modulation which is a very good thing. Can’t wait to start importing my own Waveforms.Mark Ayres
( Radiophonic Workshop )
We love it, there is a real detail and depth in its sound, the modulation assignment and routing system is one of the best we’ve used, making complex structures clear. Its potential is exciting, we’ve still got lots to discover.Plaid
( Producers (Björk, Mara Carlyle) )
It gives you the results pretty fast, it brings that quality of an analog synth to approachable, easy software, that everybody can use.Nicky Romero
( DJ / Producer (Britney Spears, David Guetta) )
With Pigments you can do sound design without limitations. I’m able to quickly turn the ideas in my head into sounds, partly thanks to the friendly and intuitive interface. I directly felt a connection with Pigments; the filters sound great, and it has a lot of power in the low end, something that is signature to my personal sound.Robert Dudzic
( Composer / Sound Designer (Ready Player One, Guardian of the Galaxy) )
I love how Pigments sounds so warm, and how easy it is to achieve the result you are looking for with your music. Great job on how the interface is done, all functions are easy to be found, even if you are new to this synthesizer. 5/5.Nicky Romero
( DJ / Producer (Britney Spears, David Guetta) )
Been a long time since I got to know a soft-synth that feels so alive! Beautifully designed, original, and deep, and it sounds great.Marius de Vries
( Composer (La La Land, Moulin Rouge) )
Such a nice implementation of a modular synth concept!Marc Houle
( DJ/Producer )
Integrated in-app tutorials guide you through every aspect of the instrument, from individual parameters to tips from our sound designers, so you can focus on the creative stuff. It shouldn't be this easy, but it is!
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Our virtual instruments and plugins are designed to fit right into your setup without hassle. Whatever your style, you can explore sound while enjoying full compatibility with major DAWS, on both Windows and MacOS.
Instantly find the sound that’s in your head with intelligent & streamlined preset browsing. Search with keywords, explore by instrument type, musical style, and more - you can even save your favorites to quickly recall later.
Whether you want the full visual immersion of our classic instrument emulations, or to save precious screen real estate, the interfaces for all of your Arturia virtual instruments can be resized to a scale that suits you.
Instruments come seamlessly mapped for the Arturia KeyLab range - but they’ll place nice with other MIDI controllers too. Instant sound tweaking macros, easy DAW integration, and standalone operation.
- : Win 8.1+ (64bit) PC: 4 GB RAM; 2.5 GHz CPU.
2GB free hard disk space
OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
- : 10.13+: 4 GB RAM; 2.5 GHz CPU.
2GB free hard disk space
OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
Works in Standalone, VST, AAX, Audio Unit.
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- Two engines in parallel with a choice of:
- Virtual Analog triple osc engine
- Complex Wavetable engine (including over 160 wavetables)
- Sample & Granular engine (including sample library)
- Harmonic Oscillator additive engine
- Third Utility engine
- Analog-style oscillator layer with 5 waveforms and 6-octave range
- Dual noise sample players with built-in sample library
- Visual interface with color-coded modules and graphical feedback
- Dual filters with continuous series/parallel routing
- Classic filter types from V Collection instruments
- Modern filter types
- Powerful FX section
- Insert or Send routing
- Modulable parameters
- 18 FX algorithms, from vintage to cutting-edge
- Advanced modulation system
- Graphical editing, source-based or destination-based.
- Envelopes, LFOs, Function generators, Random src, ...
- Extensive, ever-growing library of 1200 presets
- Polyrhythmic Sequencer and Arpeggiator
- Create complex, custom and evolving sequences/arps