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Nuklear by hamburg-audio is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin and a VST 3 Plugin.
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Nuklear is said to be the first instrument that integrates pulsar synthesis (Curtis Roads) into the environment of a modern synthesizer.

In its four oscillators the wave length can be set independently from the pitch which itself is determined by the repetition rate of the waveform. Subsequent pulses are dispersed into the stereo field by the "width" parameter, "phase" sets the distance of pulse pairs. Additionally, a micro sequencer allows for the creation of pulse patterns.

A "pulsar" parameter is introduced which makes it possible to fade between pulsar synthesis and classic synthesis. This innovative synthesis engine leads to new and previously unheard sounds, especially in combination with the flexible modulation matrix. Among others, LFOs, envelopes and control sequences can act as modulation sources.

The mixer and the filters with resonance close to self oscillation and flexible routing as well as delay, distortion and ring modulation embed this "revolutionary" sound generator in a subtractive environment. The complex sequencer completes Nuklear.

Main features:

  • Advanced pulsar synthesis with 4 pulsar train generators and up to 16 voices.
  • 26 pulsar waveforms and 4 pulsar envelope waveforms.
  • 8 low frequency oscillators.
  • 8 ADSHR envelope.
  • Built-in delay effect with sync option.
  • Built-in distortion effect with 3 distortion types.
  • 16-step sequencer with 8 programmable patterns for note and multiple parameter modulation control.

Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 3.50 from 2 reviews

Reviewed By Megabite [all]
October 15th, 2013
Version reviewed: 7 on Windows

OK..... It is a little bit nasty....

This plug sounds incredible good, but, as I am not really a sounddesigner I prefer starting with presets tweaking them to my needs. Nuklear does not have much of them. OK, that is not really frustrating. but in the factory bank i found one that totally overran my CPU which is an i7-3770. 1 instance of Nuklear with the one wrong preset made my PC lay down. For 170 bucks it is a no-go. In my opinion there are better deals at this price. This thing is nice to have but I prefer ElectraX or Razor and like this I would recommend to nearly everyone.

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Reviewed By tommyzai [all]
May 14th, 2012
Version reviewed: 1.1.3 on Mac

In my opinion, Nuklear by Hamburg Audio is an exciting new VSTi that carves out it's own niché. To my ears it's certainly not analog, but in all fairness it's not trying to be analog. It is, however, a really tasty sounding digital synthesizer that reminds me of the wavetable stuff, i.e. Wavestation, PPG, and the underrated plugin called Kubik. I like the cool blue GUI. It's futuristic and easy to look at. Maybe the browser items could be a little bigger, but all-in-all I enjoy launching this thing. The step sequencer is helpful and the envelopes and oscillators are sweet. More presets. .. that's what we need. Hopefully 3rd party sound designers will jump on this explosive soft synth and help lazy bums like me have access to more great sounds! Unless you are doing all electronica stuff this might not be your "go to" synth for basic tracks; yet, it will be the plugin you launch for the fun stuff that makes your tracks stand out! Thank you Hamburg Audio for designing something fresh for my ears. .. and eyes!

Note: It seems this fine synth has been sidelined.

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