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Synapse Audio releases DUNE 3

Synapse Audio has released DUNE 3, a major overhaul of their polyphonic flagship synthesizer that combines VA/subtractive, Wavetable and FM synthesis with an extensive modulation system, named the Differential Unison Engine (DUNE).

DUNE 3 adds requested features to the synthesizer, and includes a new Full HD skin in various sizes, and a patch library of more than 1000 presets.

Dual filter
The revised filter section in Dune 3 now sports a dual multimode filter plus an insert effect. Different routing modes like serial/parallel and seamless blend via the Balance knob allow for unlimited creative input. New filter types have been added as well, and include zero-delay feedback filters derived from Synapse's latest analog modeling technology. For creative applications, new insert effects like the formant/vowel filter or phaser greatly increase the range of sound design possibilities.

Dual Arpeggiator
Two arpeggiator units instead of just one are designed to increase the sound design capabilities of DUNE 3. The arpeggiators can be programmed independently and support both classic Up/Down arps, as well as playing back different sequences or even MIDI files. Furthermore, new features like the Random mode or programmable Arp Hold make the arpeggiator more powerful than before.

Improved oscillators
At the heart of DUNE 3 are its powerful oscillator blocks. DUNE 3 supports VA, FM and Wavetable synthesis. With a maximum reserve of 8320 oscillators at full polyphony, DUNE 3 intends to be a true unison monster, unlikely to ever run out of oscillators.

New in DUNE 3 is the "Swarm" mode, an evolution of the classic Supersaw oscillator. Each oscillator gets its own subtle modulation in this mode, breathing a lot more life into the sound than possible previously.

Wavetable Editor
DUNE 3 has a new Wavetable editor. Waveforms can be created via free-hand drawing, segments, a dedicated partial editor or by entering formulas. A variety of functions like morphing, fade in/out, normalize, DC remove, Invert/Reverse make creating new wavetables a breeze. Waveforms and Wavetables can be imported and exported in WAV format and are thus compatible with a wide range of third party software.

Price: $179.00 from the Synapse Audio store. An upgrade for existing DUNE 2 customers is available for only $79.


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Discussion: Active
10 December 2018 at 6:36pm

As owner of the Dune2 VST and in comparison to the new features i think the price for the update is much to high. There are cheaper ways for creating wavetables.

If the had added sample-playback (sfz-multisample files), then i would have upgraded. So i will stay wit v2.x guess.

14 December 2018 at 12:36pm

I'm still holding back too, but it's not quite true that the wavetable editor is the only big new thing. It comes with a 2nd arpeggiator, so that you can create duophonic sequences, new reverb shimmer algorithms, dual filters per patch/voice, a graphical EQ and some more stuff.

15 December 2018 at 6:14am

I think this is a really powerful synth. But the modulation matrix is inferior to many free vst's. I'm not upgrading unless they improve modulation and add visual feedback.

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