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DUNE 3 is a powerful polyphonic synthesizer that combines VA/subtractive, Wavetable and FM synthesis with an extensive modulation system, named the Differential Unison Engine (DUNE).

A unique feature of DUNE 3 is the ability to synthesize a very high number of oscillator voices, regardless of the synthesis model in use. At full polyphony, up to 8320 oscillators can be active simultaneously.

The synthesizer output passes through two high-quality FX chains, containing EQ, Delay, Reverb, Distortion, Phaser, Chorus and Compression, in order to polish the sound yet further.

Features (excerpt):

  • Two oscillator stacks with up to 32 oscillators each.
  • Third oscillator and pink/white noise generator.
  • 8x Unison, resulting in up to 520 oscillators per note.
  • Polyphony up to 16 voices.
  • Zero-Delay feedback filters.
  • All-stereo signal path.
  • Powerful Wavetable Editor.
  • Four graphical envelopes (MSEG).
  • Two master FX busses containing 9 effects each.
  • Modulation up to audio-rate.
  • Multi-threaded processing.
  • Nice, clean HD interface with several sizes to choose from.

Compatibility Note

DUNE 2 and DUNE 3 are not compatible with DUNE 1. All versions of DUNE run just fine in parallel, however.


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Reviewed By FathomSynth
May 2, 2019

Plato theorized that all physical objects have an ideal form and Dune 3 occupies this position comfortably as a simple to use but epic sounding synth.

I guess you know a plugin is great when a competing synth developer can give it a perfect review. I've been wanting to download Dune 3 for over a year now to see if all the hype is true.

Well, it is.

Whenever I approach a new synth I start by initialized a patch and stripping it down to a single sawtooth with no filters or effects to reveal the basic quality of the oscillators. Dune 3 surprised me here.

Its oscillators are incredibly clean with a good analog thickness to them. I found them to be very well balanced overall in the frequency domain and pleasingly bright in the high end but with zero aliasing. The brightness is easily controlled by selecting one of a staggering array of low pass filters.

Additionally I found it very unique that Dune offers several detune algorithms which are some of the best I've heard to date in a synth.

I've had experiences before with synths that start with great oscillators but fall flat when you turn up the detune because of cancellation problems, and this is definitely not the case with Dune. Also worth noting is that Dune's CPU efficiency seems to allow a significantly higher number of voices per oscillator than I'm used to, which might explain its capacity for orchestral thickness even before any effects are employed.

If that big EDM sound has eluded you definitely check out Dune 3.

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Reviewed By okrzysztof
April 24, 2019

very good synthesizer, definitely worth buying it and supporting programmers like Synapse Audio.

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Reviewed By DavidCarlyon
January 21, 2019

I have falcon, Avenger, Synthmaster, Serum, Ana2, Arturia V Collection 6 (on and on and on) Point is, i love all those synths a lot. But after trying Dune 3 things have changed a bit. This is simply the best sounding synth there is. The oscillators, filters and effects are best in class.

Then you have the immense layering possibilities, modulations, MSEGs etc. So not only does it sound incredible, but it is a sound design powerhouse.

The you have the different unison modes. this has the nicest range of oscillator stacking styles of any synth i have, they also just sound incredible.

New in v3 is wavetable synthesis. Its a simple implementation, with no warping algorithms. But the sound is fantastic. You also have a fully fledged wavetable designer/editor (nicest to use).

This really is most likely the best all rounder out there right now. Love it.

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Reviewed By kenshini
December 13, 2018

Amazing synth, the new filters are so warm and analog brings more punch to the sounds, effects are top quality. Best all around synth today.

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Reviewed By ubailey
December 11, 2018

Downloaded the demo yesterday. I went through the presets and they were all pretty impressive. the design looks real good. this is a kick ass vst. The sounds are off the chain. 5*.

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