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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.
- 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.
DUNE 2 and DUNE 3 are not compatible with DUNE 1. All versions of DUNE run just fine in parallel, however.
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*.Read more
Reviewed By Clifton
November 3, 2018
I have to admit that this is one of the best software synth in it's class and can be very addictive. I come to realize that the possibilities are endless that I'm just now scratching the surface of how easy it is to program. The most thing I really like about it is it's programming potentials and another best feature is the arpeggiator mode. You can even record and export your own MIDI files and then later import your MIDI files you've already recorded and play them as an arranging instrument. (Hey not bad). Not too many software synths has that kind of feature as what Dune 2 has and what its capable of doing. Dune 2 is such a great software synth as it is as with Halion 6 and Serum. Icarus on the other hand has great sounding potential but programming Icarus is very limited. With that being said when programming Dune 2 you are creating your own patches from scratch and importing your own custom wave tables and at least you have something to work with in a better feel and nothing else is missing. This is just one of many software synths I'm comparing with Dune 2. All I can say so far that this is an outstanding software synth and I went nuts over it. You guys keep up the good work there since I'm looking forward for dune 3 later in the future.
Pros. Great innovative software synth with just enough everything you need for your work flow.
Cons. May not replace your hardware synths like the maybe yamaha DX7 or the casio vz-1 etc.
Overall. Great instrument to have along with with your other digital instruments you may have since the sky is the limit.Read more
Reviewed By Saukar30
April 19, 2018
I've had Dune 2 since it was released. I always have had a soft spot for Synapse products because Orion was the 1st DAW that I actually liked and started working with immediately about 18 years ago.
Dune 2 is my #1 synth.
Is this the most punchiest sounding synth? No.
Is this the most feature ridden synth? No.
Is this the synth with the best fx or filters? No.
Is this the best wavetable synth? No.
What Dune 2 is though is versatile. Dune2's sound fits a nice modern space due to he power of it's oscillators and how they can function. From the amount of voices, to the tuning, to the layers, to the different synthesis types... you have the potential for a really rich deep smooth sound that can work in all genres. Notice I said SMOOTH. Dune2 isn't something you grab for edginess, and it wasn't really designed to be. It was designed for you to add on sound sources & keep some flexibility in 1 synth.
What throws most people off about Dune 2 is they expect Massive or Sylenth fatness, or Serum or Spire power. Dune 2 is its own field. Dune 2 can do these type of sounds with some love from you programming them, but it's focus is rich & smooth. Dune 2's focus is not the leading man/woman of your sound stage... it's for everything else.
I use Dune 2 a lot for drums. Most ppl dont consider this a very percussive synth, but again, you can layer with this thing and make any kind of percussion you want. I also use it for basses, pads (of course), & atmospheres. It is super light on the CPU considering how many oscillators you can use, so using multiple instances isn't an issue in a modern computer. The reverb is so lush.. though sometimes maybe too lush LOL. The envelopes aren't the snappiest, but you can also use the MSEGS for that if you choose.
Which brings me to the problem. Dune 2 is one of those synths that fits its certain space SO well, that you which it could do more. A deeper modulation matrix. More flexibility to the arp, More envelopes, more LFOS. Better implementation of the wavetables with a wavetable editor. Multitimbrality & Multiple Outputs for the unison voices. Etc, etc. Currently Synapse is working on a version 3, and I cant wait to see what they have in store. Usually, from my experience of using their products & hearing requests, its something between what people want & what people aren't thinking of.
Even in its current state, it is one of the most top notch synths. If you are looking for a synth that may not focus on modern edginess or classic flavor, this is the synth to get. Put Dune 2 in your arsenal. You won't regret it.
(NO I wasn't paid for this LOL)Read more
Reviewed By kevvvvv
June 23, 2015
This is more a series of user impressions than a template review.
Dune 2 is about high quality fresh sound.
I came down the Dune CM trail to Dune 1, and now to Dune 2.
It's got a definite sweet colour of its own, really musical to my mind.
- and boasts really splendid presets of all varieties.
And though there aren't many 3rd party presets.
- the Rob Lee work is pretty good and worth considering.
When mixed with Kontakt tracks, Dune 2 needs its reverb taking down, or it can sound a bit fake next to samples.
The arp is quite wonderful with its MIDI file input.
It's good having loads of oscillators too, though I don't always use Dune 2 this way as it sounds too much "like a trance synth" albeit a very good one.
I often use it more like an analog synth as the oscillators & filters are so thick and nice.
- and while I like analog sounds, I'm not a purist.
So most Moog etc emulations sound pretty good to me these days.
Recently I've worked with Blue 2, Massive and Sylenth - and now pass on all of them.
Dune 2's only serious competition is from high end Omnisphere 2, rather than other similarly priced top spec synths.
- as buying a synth in this range is always very much a personal preference.
But even Omni can't sound like Dune does!
Dune 2 isn't as broad a synth as Blue 2.
- but much less synthetic sounding than Massive.
- and much more interesting than Sylenth as it does more.
- but not as experimental as Serum or Synthmaster, which I don't own.
Dune 2 is very decent on CPU for such a fast detailed sound.
- while the price is average for a full-on totally pro synth.
Should you buy.
I started with Dune CM and was immediately impressed by how good, and how different it sounded - never mind that it was free.
So if you can get a copy of Dune CM, try this instead of a Dune 2 dem download.
Dune CM ain't Dune 2, but it's still got that same special something.
- so it'll always be a keeper instead of another duff demo to get rid of.
This vid walks you through the Dune 2 presets.
Reviewed By sramsay
February 19, 2015
Yes to everything that Yorrrrrr says below.
I wanted to say, though, that this synth is nearly ideal for beginners trying to learn to program synthesizers.
Often, beginners are directed toward free synthesizers. Certainly, that's not bad advice, since there are some stupendous ones out there (Synth1, Tyrell N6, TAL Noisemaker, etc.). As good as they can be, however, they very often come with no documentation -- or documentation that's really just a quick overview for people who already know their way around. What's more, some of these synths can have pretty obscure interfaces (sometimes because, in their devotion to vintage hardware emulation, they make UI decisions that favor looking retro over usability).
I want to be careful, here; Dune 2 is, in every way, a pro-grade instrument. But one of the things that makes it a great beginner synth is that it has one of the clearest workflows you'll ever see, and really, really solid docs. I can't speak for the devs, but I think their goal was to create a modern, state-of-the-art subtractive synth designed for right now. They're not trying to slavishly emulate the UI (or the sound) of past instruments, but they also aren't trying to do something forward-looking (read, weird) with the UI. In practice, this means that the controls and the signal flow are extremely clear. If you're still at the stage of trying to figure out how to make a basic sound that uses a sawtooth wave, a low-pass filter, and an amp envelope, then this thing just won't get in your way. And it's rare to see an instrument this powerful that doesn't.
I can imagine this synth being the perfect complement to Syntorial (the way to get started with synthesizers, as far as I'm concerned). Syntorial has "on your own" sections where he asks you to go program your own patch using the things you've learned in the previous tutorials. If "your own synth" is Tyrell N6, you might be totally lost. If your synth is Dune 2, you'll know exactly what to do.
Once again: This is a very powerful tool. It'll be a very long time before you exhaust its immense feature set, and it sounds magnificent. Any pro tweaker will have a field day. But honestly, this is one of the most approachable synths I've ever used. If you're starting out, this one can really grow with with you -- and on you.Read more