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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 jsg
May 2, 2020

I began using synthesizers in 1982. I started with the Yamaha CS-70M analog synthesizer and then moved on to FM synthesis; I am one of the first American composers to score an animated TV series (The Adventures of Gumby) with only synths in the late 1980s.

I've used many software synthesizers, and still do, including FM8, Z3TA, Tera, Massive and Dune. Dune 3 is the most sophisticated and interesting softsynth I've used to date. The sound quality and the range of sounds that can be produced is incredible. The digital sounds have a clarity, beauty and purity to them that is unmatched. It is not only one of the deepest synths I've used, in terms of number of programmable parameters including occillators, waveforms, LFO, envelopes, arpeggiation, signal processing and many more, but is also, unlike many synths, not difficult to edit or program from scratch. It integrates seamlessly into the DAW I use (Sonar/Cakewalk) and I've never had it crash on me. The ergonomics are logical, the signal path is not difficult to learn and understand and the synth's visual appearance adds to the synth's programmability.

If you're looking for an incredibly versatile synthesizer with a lot of wonderful factory patches, fairly easy to program and with many musically useful timbres, I highly recommend Dune 3.

Jerry Gerber.


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Reviewed By Danilo Villanova
January 14, 2020

I tried every synth demo available and Dune 3 stood far above the rest in terms of sonic quality. Insanely powerful synth.

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Reviewed By GRUMP
October 29, 2019

Simply awesome. DUNE = Differential Unison Engine. Up to 32 Voices per OSC that can be distributed with very harmonic Logarithms (..., perfect 5th, Minor, Major, ...) and 8 Unison Voices that represent separate Layers with the Full set of Capabilities for each. You can work and sound more "additive" than with any other Synth around. Really deep and huge Pads, evolving with lots of Modulation Possibilities (per Unison Voice).

The streamlined Wavetable Editor, containing a 1000+ Harmonics Editor. Very good Handling. The Synth feeld great anyway.

The Filters are brilliant or even really dirty if you want them to. Even the FX sound much better than I would have expected.

To make it short: I stumbled upon it. I have too many (complex) VSTs already, but this one convinced me within 2 Hours.

It's a MUST HAVE for really smooth Chillout / Ambient Pads and "Choirs".

It's a Progress and has a really nice, soft OWN Sound Character.

Thank you Synapse Audio, you have saved me lots of time (already).

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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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