A Legend Reborn
Arturia partnered with the original programmer of the Synclavier to bring this synth legend back to life even better than ever. Yeah… it’s all that and more.
Introduced in 1979 based on research from Dartmouth, New England Digital’s Synclavier turned heads as the first commercially available digital synthesizer. The company’s mantra was that quality was paramount and money was no object.
Mission accomplished. Although, these systems cost more than many musicians made in a year, they quickly found their way into top studios, movie soundtracks and recordings by top artists including Michael Jackson (Thriller), Sting (The Dream of the Blue Turtles), Pat Metheny (Are You Going With Me?) and George Michael (Faith). Notoriously demanding composer Frank Zappa even recorded the entirety of his final Jazz from Hell album using the Synclavier alone.
Technology that’s out of this world
To handle the incredible amount of data required to pull off digital synthesis in the ‘70s, NED had to design and build their own ABLE mini-computer as the heart of the instrument, complete with a proprietary 16-bit operating system. But that’s another story…
Quality also being paramount at Arturia, we partnered with original Synclavier programmer Cameron Jones—considered by many to be the Bob Moog of digital—to insure our recreation would be as authentic as possible. We remained faithful to the instrument’s elegant interface design, both in reproducing the original features and adding new ones. We even used part of the original code. It doesn’t get more authentic than that.
A modern instrument beyond the original
While the Synclavier V expertly brings this historic instrument to life, we’ve improved it dramatically by taking advantage of today’s processing power. We’ve also infused into it everything we’ve learned over 16 years of developing award-winning software synthesizers. The result is a thoroughly modern, cutting-edge instrument that stands alone among hardware and software synths alike.
Unparalleled Creative Expression
With the Synclavier V, digital synthesis meets total creative and performance expression.
Sure, all synths have LFOs, but the vibrato section of the Synclavier V is exhaustive, giving you control over LFO attack, phase, quantizing, bias and more. Things get even more interesting when you apply the LFO to the FM harmonic oscillator that, in turn, modulates the carrier. Let that sink in for a minute!
Want to take your listeners on an animated journey? Add extra energy to your pads and soundscapes with the stereo modulation section. It actually takes the form of separate linkable tremolos for each channel, making for unique spatial animation effects that will have everybody’s heads spinning.
Imagine performing with expressive nuances never possible before. Press harder on the keyboard to change the amount of FM modulation. Ride the expression pedal to affect the frame speed of your Time Slices. Grab the mod wheel to rock the FM modulation ratio. These are just some examples of what’s possible when you use the modulation matrix to easily map any of your favorite MIDI controllers to dozens of sound engine parameters—discretely for each Partial Timbre.
Synclavier V lets you express yourself in ways that have never been possible before.
When you’re ready for full control, the Graphic Display Mode is a programmer’s playground.
The Mixer page brings many of the individual sound engine controls for each of the 12 Partial Timbres together in one place so you can focus on programming without jumping between screens. Other pages let you graphically define complex envelopes for each oscillator, key ranges for each Partial Timbre, and how your sounds evolve via Time Slices. To top it off, the Effects page taps into newly added onboard effects like reverb, delay, phaser and flanger, so effects come right along for the ride with your presets.
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, NKS (64-bit DAWs only).
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- Software synthesizer playable through a MIDI keyboard
- 450 presets sounds
- Original programmer + original code = the original Synclavier synthesis engine
- Powerful FM (frequency modulation) synthesis
- Full additive synthesis:
- Time Slice engine for dynamic additive synthesis
- Additive waves for both carrier and modulator waveforms
- Expanded number of partials to 12 (the original had 4)
- Variable bit depths (original was only 8-bit)
- High-quality output effects
- Algorithmic reverb
- 50 presets from the original Synclavier library
- VST, VST3, AU, AAX, and standalone operation
- Support for Native Instruments NKS format