The synth wizard
Famous for Pink Floyd’s “On the Run,” the EMS Synthi and its forerunner the VCS3 are the synths you don’t realize you’ve heard everywhere.
Roxy Music, LCD Soundsystem, The Who, Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk, King Crimson, and Brian Eno, were just a few of the artists who took it on sonic journeys. Where will Synthi V take you?
Set the Controls
for the Heart of the Sound
Synthi V’s main interface captures all the charm of the original, with a handful of small tweaks that add up to a big difference.
If you’ve ever used a hardware EMS synth, you’ll feel right at home. If you’ve ever thought, “I wish my Synthi would do that,” ours does. If you’re new to the Synthi universe, you’ll forget you’re playing a virtual instrument.
01. Enhanced VCOs
Synthi V’s oscillators can quantize pitch to semitones and hard-sync VCO2 to VCO1. Or, control-drag on the knobs to make fine adjustments.
02. Put a Pin In It
Patch audio and control signals to destinations by clicking on the virtual pinboard. Sources and destinations are highlighted as you go.
Use a special group pin to route several signals to several places at once in the Advanced Panel.
04. Sample and Hold
We’ve added a sample-and-hold generator with its own row in the pin matrix, for cool non-linear modulation effects..
05. Synced On the Run
We’ve preserved the legacy sequencer in all its glory, only now it optionally syncs to MIDI or your host DAW’s project tempo.
06. Ready Player One
Assign each axis of the joystick to any destination you choose.
07. Attenuator Pins
The hardware used special pins if you wanted less of an audio or control signal to go somewhere. Click-hold on a pin to choose one.
Synthi V’s Advanced Panel lets you write the history of the future.
Since the Synthi’s designers were early computer geeks, we thought about what software-powered features they might have added if they’d had the chance. Then we did it.
Functions can behave like an LFO, a complex multi-segment envelope, or anything in between. Route up to five of them to any parameter in Synthi V.
Create automatic, tempo-syncable joystick moves (or trigger them manually) and assign even more joystick routings here. It gets crazy deep, crazy fast.
With modern control sources like velocity, aftertouch, and an extra LFO, the advanced modulation matrix picks up where the original left off.
Here is where you can assign modulation sources to figure into any group pins you have in play on the main panel.
Create sequences of up to 32 steps and assign them to pitch or any other parameter in Synthi V.
Route Synthi V’s final output through up to three effects at once, in series or parallel. Appropriate effects tempo-sync, including a stereo ping-pong delay.
Synthi V announces itself with bold sound and undeniably psychedelic energy. Here are the tracks it inspired some of our favorite electronic music artists to create.
ProducerI am very inspired by the new Synthi V which has a lot of charisma. The scalable 4K resolution gives me the feeling of having the real analog synth in my hands.10/10.
The HorrorsOriginal Synthi’s are always a pain to use musically, The Synthi V captures the character of the original machine, but far surpasses the original in its ease of use and is now my go to soft-synth for characterful analog sounds.
Producer / EngineerSynthi is is so rare that even the most basic sounds you can make with it already sound unique, just by sheer scarcity, so I’ve been enjoying just recreating my usual go to sounds on it in place of whatever soft-synth I’d normally reach for.
Sound Bytes Mag
On Synthi V
“I can say that it certainly does sound like the original to my ears. The Oscillators have the same kind of rawness I remember, and the Filter has the same kind of response I remember. The kind of control, and adjustments produced by the patching seem to have the same feel I experienced when working with Synthis, all those years ago.”
On Synthi V
“Synthi V is a welcome addition to the package and should be high on anyone’s wish list.”
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A component-level model of the EMS Synthi AKS
3 oscillators with waveform mix, noise generator, 18 dB/oct resonant filter, output section with spring reverb modelling
Modular architecture, allowing to route signals in unexpected ways
Ring Modulator, loopable Envelope Shaper, 2 axis Joystick and Sample and Hold modules for advanced modulations
Original keyboard sequencer module with sync to DAW tempo
2 matrix behavior modes: modern and vintage for cross-talk simulation
5 assignable voltage functions to create multi-point envelopes and LFOs synced to DAW tempo
Advanced joystick automation module for modulating parameters in a 2D space
Matrix pin amounts modulations possibilities (with 4 independent groups)
10 effects, Reverb Phaser, Flanger, Chorus, Overdrive, Delay, ...
Up to 4 voices of polyphony
Over 250 factory presets
- Win 10+ (64bit)
- 4 GB RAM
- 4 cores CPU, 3.4 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo-boost)
- 3GB free hard disk space
- OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
- ARM processors not supported on Windows
- Works in Standalone, VST, AAX, Audio Unit, NKS (64-bit DAWs only).
- Mac OS 11+
- 4 GB RAM
- 4 cores CPU, 3.4 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo-boost) or M1 CPU
- 3GB free hard disk space
- OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
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