In the beginning, synthesizers weren’t about presets and using the same sounds as everyone else. They weren’t even about creating your own sounds, but creating your own original synthesis system. You could order individual, custom made modules and combine them together in any way you liked to create your own unique synthesizer and re-configure it any time you wanted.

Origin takes the concept of the Analog modular systems of the past to a new level, using cutting edge digital technology. You combine all the modules you want - either models taken from classic synthesizers or innovative modules created by Arturia - in order to design new synthesizers that never existed before.

What does Origin do?

Origin is one of the most versatile instruments on the market, and can be used in many different ways:

  • You can create your own unique synthesis patch and go extremely deep into triggering signals, setting sources and amounts of modulation for each connection.
  • You can browse through the presets and tweak them using all the available controllers (knobs, joystick, etc.). Loaded with both classic and innovative sounds created by the best sound designers, Origin is very inspiring even if you limit yourself to only using the presets.

If you are a keyboardist, Origin will become your most powerful sound source when it comes to versatility and processor power. If you are a producer, you can use Origin in three different ways:

  • as a great sound generator allowing you to create anything from lush pads to the craziest sound effects imaginable.
  • as a super Groove Box, on which you can switch sequencer patterns on the fly
  • as a powerful effects processor to route any audio input signal. For instance, you can process your guitar sound into Bob Moog’s mythic 4-pole 24dB/octave filter, modulate it with an LFO, and send the signal into a fully adjustable envelope…the possibilities are endless.

All the controls you need

When we conducted our first market survey on the idea of a Hardware synth hosting analog modules from the past, one of the key pieces of feedback that we got was that musicians were keen on having a lot of Hardware controls over the sound. Origin offers a true hands-on experience.


Eight color encoders are available for additional control. Using the wheel or the arrows on the right, you can select any parameter you want on the screen. From there, click on the encoder and immediately this encoder will control the specific parameter you select. In addition, the virtual knob on screen will take the color associated to the hardware encoder you pushed.


This area, called the Analog Area, is where you will modify some important aspects of your sound. Four types of modules are controlled in the Analog Area: Oscillator, Filter, LFO and Envelope. When the patch contains several modules of the same type, such as three oscillators, the user can define the individual oscillator to control. Use the Select button to dial in the individual oscillator to control or cycle through to the “Macro Mode” to control all of the oscillators at once.”


The navigation is organized around 8 main pages. The pages are accessible by the buttons placed below the screen. When on a specific page, the user can access sub-pages using the buttons placed above the screen.


The joystick serves in different occasions: in general you can assign the joystick to any parameter, which allows to control several aspects of your sound with one controller you can also use the joystick to set values in the Env 2D module the Joymixer is another module you will program using the joystick.


Those three knobs allow to set the volume of the machine (master output) the input volume (as Origin accepts Audio in) and the headset volume.


This area works differently if you are editing a Program preset or a Multi preset. If you are editing a Program, the four knobs give you control over the VCA’s (audio signals) which are part of your patch. If you are in Multi mode, the four knobs give you control of the level of the 4 programs. Buttons allow quick and easy selection and editing.


The Origin sequencer is extremely simple and still very powerful: you can program 3 sequences at a time and send them to different parameters activating and deactivating each of the 3 sequences, editing each of the 3 sequences are made very simple using the buttons. For each sequence you can define for each step if there is going to be an accent, a slide or a trigg. In pattern mode, the buttons below the encoders serve to recall sequence patterns on the fly.


This pad is useful to select a preset quickly. Just type the preset number and play it. Using the - and + button, you can also browse the entire list of presets very simply.

9-General Services

Some important functions are accessible here: Demo starts the demo songs; Panic will stop the sound immeditely; when the button Fine is activated, all controllers on the interface offer more accuracy; Exit and Enter are part of the navigation process.

10-Wheel and Arrows

The on-screen navigation can be done using either the arrows or the push-wheel. In terms of ergonomics, they work differently but each user will quickly find out when the prefer to use one or the other.


The three knobs allow the user to set the return for three FXs. By clicking Edit, you can edit any of the three effects quickly. By clicking On/Off you bypass the selected effect.

12-Headphone output

13-Audio inputs x2

14-Master outputs x2

15-Individual Outputs x8

16-S/PDIF output

17-Expression & Footswitch Pedal inputs

18-MIDI connections: IN, OUT, THRU x3

19-USB 2.0

20-DC connection

How does it work?

All patch connections take place in the Edit page. You have two different views: the rack view, which displays your patch as a rack of modules (just like on a hardware modular) and the diagram view, showing all connections at a glance.

Connecting modules is easy, since only potential destinations and sources are displayed in each menu. Standard connections are set by default to optimize your time. On very complicated patches, you can better see the connections by using connection filters: yellow to see only audio connections, green to see only trigger connections, etc.

Origin has two types of sound structures: Programs and Multis

What is a Program?

Here is a list of the parameters you can set for each program:

  • A synthesis patch, i.e. a set of connections between different modules such as oscillators, filters, envelopes, and so on. By sending the electrical signal of an oscillator into a filter, by setting an envelope on the overall volume, by modulating the frequency of the filter, etc., you will define a unique synthesis structure that will generate a particular sound.
  • Three assignable effects: you can choose up to three effects - such as chorus, reverb or delay, for example - and apply them to the sound coming out of your synthesis patch. You can choose whether you want the effects to be applied in serial or parallel mode.
  • Mixer settings: volume and pan for each VCA output (you can have up to 4), the amount/send of each effect applied to the sound, the playing mode (polyphony, legato, portamento, etc.)
  • Galaxy, 2D envelope, Mono LFO 1&2: these are innovative modulation sources brought by Arturia to help bring your electronic sounds to life.
  • Polyphonic Aftertouch gives you a greater degree of control over your modulations.
  • Arpeggiator and/or sequencer settings: each program can be linked to a sequence pattern and/or to the Origin Arpeggiator. Both the sequence pattern and the Arpeggiator settings are saved into the program info.
  • Joystick and encoder assignments: Origin offers many controllers that you can configure the way you want. The joystick can be assigned to many different parameters, either simultaneously or separately via the 3 different joystick assign modes. The color knobs located next to the screen can be affected in a glance to a remote parameter. The assignment information is saved in each program.
  • General information: program name, style, instrument, sound designer, etc. can be edited and saved very quickly. This information makes a very handy search tool in the preset browser (2 crossed search keys in the browser).

Preset Page

The Preset page is where to look for the sound you need. You can find the sound you want very easily by using 2 search keys (type, project, sound designer, etc.)

Home Page

The Home page displays information about the current sound you are playing as well as general and MIDI settings for the Origin.

You also have a demo tab, where you can play a few demo tunes. Check the Demo page out next time you see an Origin in your favorite music store.

Live Page

The Live page is where you can see all hardware assignments. Origin offers many controllers, notably:

  • color-linked encoders that can be assigned to any parameter
  • a joystick with 3 different modes
  • knobs to control the different Oscillator, Filter, LFO and Envelope modules.

Sequencer Page

The Sequencer page is where you can define a sequence pattern and assign it to different sound parameters. In Origin, sequence patterns are made of 3 sub-sequences. Each one can be sent to a different parameter. The sequencer pages also host the Origin arpeggiator.

Edit Page

The Edit page is where you build the synthesizer patch. By connecting modules you can create a unique audio structure, the core of your sound creation. Two views are available: the Rack view where the modules are displayed as they would be on a hardware rack, and the Patch view where you can see all the connections between the modules.

Program Page

The Program page is the control center for your sound. There you can define the volume for each VCA, apply tuning, and define the send level of each effect on your sound. You can also define some playing modes (polyphony, portamento, legato, pitch bend range…) as well as the level of TAE (True Analog Emulation) to be applied to your sound.

FX Pages

The FX page is where you can pick up to three different effects to be applied to the sound coming from the patch. Origin comes with a chorus, a delay (stereo & ping pong), a reverb, a distortion (including the new tube distortion), a dual phaser, a parametric EQ, a bit crusher, a ring modulator and rotary. On this page you can set values for the different parameters of the chosen effects.


On the Program page you have access to three very interesting features:

  • Galaxy is an innovative modulation source which was first introduced in the Jupiter-8V. It allows very complex evolutions of the sound.
  • 2D Envelope can modulate four different parameters in a custom-made way: parameters evolve over time using a path that you program with the joystick
  • The Mono LFO 1 and 2 are two “super LFOs” which oscillate and modulate your sound even if not triggered, as long as they are connected to your patch. They modulate all voices in the patch simultaneously.

What is a Multi?

Multi mode allows you to:

  • Open up to 4 programs simultaneously
  • Send each program to a different hardware stereo output
  • Choose whether you want to split the programs on your keyboard or layer them.
  • Choose the MIDI channel on which each program is played
  • Set the MIDI transpose for each program


A template is a special type of program in which the synthesis patch can’t be modified. This patch reproduces the structure of a classic synthesizer and lets you very easily control every parameter of it from the Origin front panel.

That’s how you can turn your Origin into a classic vintage synthesizer. Load up the Mini or Jupiter-8 template to revive these classic old sounds.

The Mini template looks very much like the Arturia Mini V software synthesizer. Indeed it reproduces Bob Moog’s legendary synthesizer exactly, and brings it into the 21st century by adding features such as polyphony, an extra LFO and a modulation matrix which, among other possibilities, makes the Mini able to respond to polyphonic aftertouch!

Of course, just like any other program, you can route your Mini template into the powerful effects section of Origin, trigger it with the step sequencer, or modulate the sound using the Joystick or the Galaxy module…

But Origin offers more and allows you to play on the first multi-timbral Mini ever. Indeed, a template being a single program, you can open up to 4 Minis in Multi mode!

Patch Modules

Here is a list of the available modules when creating a patch:


  • Mini
  • CS-80
  • ARP
  • Jupiter-8
  • Wavetable Oscillator
  • Origin


  • Mini
  • ARP
  • CS-80 Low pass and Hi pass
  • Jupiter-8 Low pass and Hi pass
  • Origin

Program Modules

  • Envelope 2D
  • Galaxy
  • Prog-Mixer

FX Modules

  • Reverb
  • Chorus/Flanger
  • Delay
  • Distortion
  • Parametric EQ
  • Dual analog phaser

Other Modules

  • Origin Master envelope
  • Keyboard trigger
  • Keyboard follow: This module instructs the frequency of the VCOs and cutoff of the VCFs to track the note played on the keyboard
  • Output VCA
  • Minimixer
  • LFO
  • Ring mod
  • Bode frequency shifter
  • JoyMixer


Mini Oscillator

This module is based on the original oscillator from the famous synthesizer Bob Moog launched in 1971, a synth known for its fat and inimitable bass and lead sounds. Thanks to the rich sonic characteristics of the waveforms and to the drift of the tuning parameters, the Mini oscillator produces THAT sound!

CS-80 Oscillator

The CS80 oscillator emulates Yamaha’s classic polyphonic synthesizer release in 1975. This oscillator allows for very unique sound textures thanks to the different waveforms. The sawtooth waveform is one of the best you can find to make brass sounds (the Vangelis’ “Chariots of Fire” brass sound is a perfect example of the CS-80).

ARP Oscillator

The ARP oscillator is inspired by the original ARP model 4027, used in the ARP 2600, a synthesizer in production in 1971. This oscillator is really stable and allows for complex tones. You will obtain very different timbres, from the smoother to the rougher, if you use the sine, triangle, saw-tooth or variable pulse waves.

Jupiter-8 Oscillator

The JP-8 oscillator comes from the Jupiter-8 synthesizer which was launched by Roland in 1981. It is a good starting point for creating very versatile sounds, from 'fat' to ‘crystal’. Its “synchro” mode is one of the most musical ever produced on an analog synthesizer. The low-end frequency spectrum is also very unique.

Wavetable Oscillator

The Wavetable oscillator was copied after the original Sequential Circuits Prophet VS oscillator. It is a great addition to the analog oscillators provided in Origin. It includes the 90 original digital waveforms from the Prophet VS. These waveforms were originally created from diverse sources: acoustic instruments, voice, and assorted sound effects. They will give you access to a sound palette that you will not obtain with most analog synthesizers.

Origin Oscillator

The Origin oscillator is an original Arturia module bringing some new waveforms with their own special characteristics and special features including an FM module, morphing with modulation inputs between the different waveforms... This blurs the lines between digital and analog sound.


Mini Filter

The Mini Lowpass Filter mimics the original Mini 4-pole filter, a legend in itself. Arturia's TAE engine is at the core of the module, reproducing the sonic characteristics that have made Bob Moog’s name what it is.

CS-80 Low-pass and Hi-Pass Filter

The CS filter modules reproduce separately the 2-pole Low-pass and High-pass resonant filters included in the original Yamaha CS-80. Connected together in series as on the original CS synths, these filters will allow you to reproduce some very unique, smooth and natural sounds. A 4-pole mode has been added by Arturia to produce a more distinct resonance response.

ARP Filter

The ARP filter module is a mix between the 4 poles resonant low pass of the ARP 2600 and the multi-mode 2-pole filter from the ARP 2500 Modular synthesizer. It includes Low Pass, High Pass, Band Pass and Notch response. Like the original synth, our ARP filter shares some characteristics with the Mini filter.

Jupiter-8 Low-pass and Hi-Pass Filter

The JP-8 filter modules reproduce separately the 2 and 4-pole Low-pass resonant filter and the 1-pole High pass non-resonant filter, both from the Roland Jupiter-8 synthesizer. The 80's electronic sounds are at your fingertips with these modules!

Origin Filter

The Origin filter module is a 1, 2, 3 and 4-pole resonant multimode filter. It includes Low Pass, High Pass, Band Pass and Notch, low-shelf and high-shelf responses. Use it for unique filtering effects.

Other Modules

Keyboard Trigger

This basic module is essential to notify the appropriate modules that a note has been played. To make it simple, it starts an envelope, an LFO or a sequence each time you send a NOTE ON message through the MIDI port.


The Minimixer is a simple module that allows you to mix up to five audio inputs. You will be able to blend several VCO’s or other audio sources before you pass them through the filter module, for example.

Keyboard Follow

This module aligns the cutoff frequency of the VCOs and VCFs by the note played on the keyboard.

Output VCA

Origin has 4 stereo output VCA’s. They can be directed to the four output connection jacks for a more convenient mixing facility. The output VCA is an important part of the sound of the Origin synthesizer! A soft-clipping circuit has been added on each output module to get a fatter and better analog sound.


One of the most interesting modules you will find in Origin, the JoyMixer is based on the Vector programming of the Prophet VS. Connect 4 audio signals to this module and mix them using the joystick. There is a programming mode for tracing the mixing path. You can also program a mix that will change over time while you also use the joystick in real time.


The LFO module offers six selectable waveforms. The rate of the LFO can be modulated for complex variations. You will be able to make some ultra-slow modulation 0.001Hz - as well as high frequency FM modulations – with a maximum rate up to 20Hz.

Bode Frequency Shifter

The Bode shifter module was designed after Bob Moog’s original Bode frequency shifter module, model 1630. The way it works is similar to a ring modulation effect, except with much more control, allowing for a wide variety of timber modifications. For example, a Phaser effect can be obtained when a small shift frequency setting (2 to 10 cycles for example) is mixed with the original signal. In linear mode, with a greater frequency shift setting, you will obtain a multitude of diverse clangorous timbres.

Ring Mod

The Ring modulator module has been patterned after the ARP ring modulator. The result is the same as basic amplitude modulation (AM) but instead of using a unipolar modulator wave (positive-going only), a bipolar modulator wave is used. The ring modulator of the CS80 is based on the same principle. This module is very simple: it uses 1 or 2 audio inputs (it contains an internal sine oscillator, but you can also use your own oscillator as the carrier) and an output connection. The results are metallic or inharmonic sounds like bells or metallic FX sounds.

Program Modules

Envelope 2D

The Env 2D module is an advanced source of modulation applicable to any input in the patch. It works, in some respects, like the JoyMixer: You can define 4 parameters that are going to be modified over time. Once this operation is done, you can program the position of 5 points using the joystick. The mixer will follow the path between these 5 points in a time-frame you can also set.


Galaxy is a very powerful module, invented by Arturia and introduced in the Jupiter-8V software synth. It allows for very complex modulations using the interaction of three LFO’s. The first two LFO's create inter-modulations on two different parameters, each one of them being assigned to the X and Y axis. A third LFO allows modifying the Phi angle between the 2 axes of the LFO’s and the fixed landmark. It may look complex to read, but it is straightforward when you hear the result of any action.


The program mixer is the place to mix the sound from the four VCA’s available in a patch. It is also where you will set return amounts for the three effects applied to these VCA’s and determine their pan positions.

FX Modules


The reverb effect creates a very dense series of decaying echoes in the sound, simulating the sonic characteristics within a three-dimensional space. It is probably one of the most natural and basic effects used in all styles of music.


The Chorus / Flanger module adds thickness and width to the sound. This effect is often used to create string pads, for example (the "Ensemble" effect in old analog synthesizers).


The delay is a stereo echo effect that gives space to your sound. It holds independent settings for the speed and the number of repetitions from left to right. It is therefore possible to create a large number of rhythmic combinations between the repetitions. The speed of the delay can also be synchronized to MIDI tempo.


As its name suggests, the distortion module brings a soft or strong saturation to the sound. It adds a lot of power to the lead sounds.

Parametric EQ

This equalizer module allows adjusting the harmonic content of the sound with four bands of frequency control. Bands 1 and 4 (low and high) are semi-parametric; bands 2 and 3 (low mid and high mid frequencies) are fully parametric.

Dual Analog Phaser

The Phaser effect module provides a classic phasing sound similar to analog effects used in the ‘70s (such as the Mutron “Bi-phase” pedal). This type of effect can be very nice with string pads, bass or lead sounds.


The Origin sequencer is extremely powerful. Each pattern in the sequencer is made of 3 different sequences that can be sent to any parameter. As an example,

  • the first sequence goes to the pitch
  • the second sequence goes to the cutoff of the filter
  • the third sequence goes to the LFO rate.

All three sequences make one pattern.


Changing one pattern will change all three sequences while the assignments will remain the same. This allows for dramatic progressions of the sound melodies.

Sequence Patterns

There are 128 sequence patterns provided in Origin. They are organized by banks of 16 patterns. You can change patterns on the fly while keeping the same program, making Origin a great tool for the non-keyboardist.


The Joystick

The joystick can be used in three situations: You can assign the joystick to any parameter you want. On the horizontal axis you will have control over one parameter while on the vertical axis you will control another one. There are three different modes and you can make two assignments for each of them. For example:

  • mode 1: XX’ assigned to the filter cutoff, YY’ assigned to the filter resonance
  • mode 2: XX’ assigned to the pitch of the first oscillator, YY’ assigned to the pitch of the second oscillator
  • mode 3: XX’ assigned to the decay time of the envelope, YY' assigned to the LFO rate.

2D Envelope

The 2D Envelope module is a proprietary module inspired by the Prophet VS structure. It allows you to assign amazing sound variations to the joystick.

First you need to define the parameters which are to be modulated by the envelope. Then you can program the 2D Envelope itself.

Mixer VS

The Mixer VS is a module controlled by the joystick which allows the dynamic mixing of 4 audio signals.

First, on the Edit page, you can select the audio signals you want to mix. From there you can program an evolution of the mix using the joystick. It is also possible to mix in real time. In fact you can have both the programmed and real-time options active at the same time.

The Analog Area

In a modular system each sound structure, or patch, can be different. But all synthesis patches come with some common modules: oscillators, filters and envelopes. Very often you will also find LFOs.

As they are vital, these modules are easily controllable in Origin in what we call the Analog Area.

If you have several modules of the same type in your patch, for example several oscillators, use the Select button to decide which one you will control. Then you can set the values for this particular module.

When turning the select button you will find a stage called « Macro ». In Macro mode you can control all modules of the same type at the same time. This is a great system to create dramatic evolutions of your sound such as sweeping all filters together.

The Macro Mode

The Analog Area allows for the control of different important modules: oscillators, filters, LFO’s and envelopes. As you saw in the video clip, the Select button cycles from one oscillator to the next, offering control over any module of this type. The Macro mode controls all modules of the same type at the same time. You can, for example, decide to control the pitch of the oscillators of a patch with a single knob.

If we get a bit more into details, the Macro mode offers 4 options: relative, absolute, advanced and tune. Each one offers fascinating interactions when several modules are assigned to a single controller.

The color knobs

On top of the Analog Area, Origin offers 8 assignable encoders to control any parameter you want. Assigning an encoder to a sound parameter is a very simple process:

  • Select a virtual controller on the interface
  • Click on the color knob
  • The virtual knob then takes the color of the encoder it’s been assigned.
  • You can also check all assignments on the Live page. This is where you have a complete view of all assignments from the interface: joystick, encoders and Analog Area knobs.

The Fine button

Origin offers a Fine mode in which potentiometers and encoders are more precise. When the Fine button is on, you have extreme precision on each controller.

Preset Browser

Origin offers a very innovative preset browser. First thing to remember, there are two types of presets in Origin, the Program presets and the Multi presets.

Program presets

You can use two criteria at once when browsing for Programs. For example, let’s say you’re looking for Lead Sounds that do not tax the CPU.

Each preset is presented on the right of the page with detailed information:

  • The name of the preset
  • The name of the sound designer who made it
  • The sequence pattern it will recall if it is using a sequence, Etc...

The name of the preset, its nature and number is displayed in the bar at the bottom of the page.

Multi presets

Multis are accessible on the preset page by clicking on the second button on top of the screen. Each Multi is made of up to 4 programs. Multis can be selected using one criteria: Type, Gig, etc.

Preset Management

Managing presets in Origin is easy. You can save banks on your computer using our Origin Software, a Mac and PC application included with the synthesizer. Drag and drop presets, dump your entire preset list, rename, reorganize: the system is a breeze to use.

Origin software features:

The Origin application is both Mac and PC-compatible. It provides two main services:

  • preset management
  • firmware upgrade

Platform specifications

  • : XP+
    PC: 512 MB RAM; 1,5 GHz CPU.
  • : 10.5+, Universal Binary.
    Mac (Intel) : 512 MB RAM; 1,5 GHz CPU

Main Features

  • Operating sampling frequency: 44.1 kHz
  • Two voice modes: Program / Multi
  • TAE® Sound generation system
  • Maximum polyphony: 32 voices
  • Sound Structure (Program Mode):
    • up to 9 oscillators (including analog emulations of ARP 2600, CS-80, JP8, Prophet 5/VS, a couple of Bob Moog’s best, and noise modules)
    • up to 4 wavetable oscillators
    • up to 4 filters (switchable multimode filters including analog emulations of 1, 2 & 4-pole LP, HP, BP and Notch modes)
    • up to 4 output VCAs
    • up to 5 mixers (4 "Minimixers" and 1 "Joystick mixer")
    • 1 RingMod
    • 2 faders
    • 1 Bode Frequency Shifter
    • up to 4 poly LFOs and 2 mono LFOs
    • up to 8 ADSR envelope modules
    • 1 Galaxy module
    • 1 2D envelope
  • Sound Structure (Mini Template Mode):
  • up to 3 oscillators; one 4-pole LP resonant filter, and one mixer
  • 2 envelopes; one LFO and one modulation matrix
  • 10 effects including chorus, delay (stereo & ping pong), reverb, distortion (including the new tube distortion), dual phase, parametric EQ, bit crusher, ring mod, and rotary
  • 3 effect slots per Program with serial and parallel structures