If you were to ask anyone back in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s to name the Holy Grail of synthesizers, the most revered of them all was New England Digital’s Synclavier. Its unique combination of additive synthesis and frequency modulation delivered a creative edge to the privileged few keyboardists, producers, film composers and sound designers who could afford systems that ranged from $13k to $400k.

Some of those rock-solid systems are still in use today. Arturia has recreated this highly revered hit maker in partnership with original programmer Cameron Jones, delivering the immense rich textures and creative palette of this vintage instrument, while dramatically improving it to let you blaze new musical trails today with sounds never heard before.

Sounds you will only find here

There’s simply nothing else like the powerhouse sound of the Synclavier V. No synth arsenal is complete without it.

There’s no hint of analog or samples here—this is the sound of unabashed digital synthesis in all its glory. While it can certainly create unique mellow tones, this vintage flagship is more known for its distinctive digital character ranging from edgy to eardrum-ripping brash to intergalactic. It’s especially ideal for extended pads and slow cinematic, ambient soundscapes. Plus, we’ve invested in significant updates that make the Synclavier V a thoroughly modern instrument with sounds that set it—and you—completely apart.

Hundreds of presets from the world’s top sound designers tame the unparalleled power of the Synclavier V and place it at all your fingertips for instant inspiration and easy customization.

A programmer’s dream

While you’ll get tons of love from Synclavier V’s presets alone, there’s a universe of sonic adventures waiting just beneath the surface whenever you’re ready.

The unique sound of the Synclavier V comes from its blend of additive and FM synthesis, with control over 24 additive harmonics on both the carrier and modulation oscillators. Where the original instrument let you mix four uniquely programmed Partials Timbres in a Timbre preset, Arturia’s recreation has twelve, boosting your creative possibilities exponentially. The Time Slice engine allows complex evolutions of the sound over time—even several minutes if you want.

Programming the Synclavier V is a study in elegance. Three different interface views let you choose the depth of control that best suits your needs.

The Synclavier V lets you realize the dream of an entire stunning synth orchestra with just one plugin.

Artists Corner

I’ve been getting back into some digital sounding synths lately and processing them with tube distortions so going way back to one of the first digital synths -The Synclavier V is going to be brilliant.
Barry Burns
( Mogwai )

Welcome to an exclusive club

35 years ago, most musicians never had the chance to even touch, let alone use, the most coveted instrument of the day. Now with Synclavier V, that’s history.

Now you can enjoy the same creative advantage as did Michael Jackson, Tangerine Dream, Sting, Frank Zappa, Pat Metheny, Chick Corea and other iconic acts. You’ll still have an exclusive instrument—you won’t find a recreation anywhere else, let alone one faithfully co-created and enhanced by the original programmer.

Round out your collection with this rare digital luxury instrument once only found in universities, laboratories and elite studios.

Sound Corner

North (Paul Schilling)

This demo was made exclusively with the Synclavier V.

So Digital (Sebastien rochard)

This demo was made exclusively with the Synclavier V.

Pet Wad (Victor Morello)

This demo was made exclusively with the Synclavier V.

Revenge (Baptiste Le_Goff)

Synclav Techno (Victor Morello)

Jamaican (Paul Schilling)

All sounds come from the Synclavier V!

Solace (Paul Schilling)

This demo was made exclusively with the Synclavier V.

Crystal Bells (Victor Morello)

This demo was made exclusively with the Synclavier V.

Many Mallets (Victor Morello)

This demo was made exclusively with the Synclavier V.

Arturia Software Center

ASC is the central software that elegantly manages all your Arturia software licenses. It activates your licenses and synchronizes them across multiple devices (you get five instances with each instrument license). ASC also notifies you of updates and downloads them. You can even easily learn about new products, download demos versions and purchase the full products. Simple.

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Included in V Collection

This instrument is also part of the V Collection 5 -your complete dream line-up of the legendary synths, organs, pianos and more that made keyboard history. They’re modeled with the most advanced technologies for authentic realism, and enhanced with new creative options. Whether you use it as DAW plugins in the studio or standalone at gigs, V Collection 5 puts the greatest keys of all time at your fingertips for instant inspiration.

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Main Features

  • 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