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Parallels by Softube is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin and an AAX Plugin.
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2.5.86
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2.5.86
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iLok USB Only
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Parallels is a new Dual-Source Dream-Synth for macOS and Windows.

In Stockholm, Sweden, there's a synth emporium like no other – a store with such vibrancy, such range, such color, that you'd need a dozen eyes and ears to take it all in. And the guy who runs it is no ordinary guy. He's special, in all the best ways. His imagination fizzes and crackles with delight at the sounds of a million billion sparkling circuit boards.

Out of this hot-bed, this toy-box, this fantasy-factory, Parallels was born; an instrument with two sound sources, each running painstakingly recorded and exquisitely calibrated multi-waveforms from every dream-machine must-have synth you could ever want, and sculpting the resulting sounds with the highest-quality Softube filters, modulators, and effects. If you're looking for inspiration and sheer sound-quality in your music, this is your golden ticket.

Feature summary:

  • A plug-in soft-synth with dual wavescanning source sections.
  • Almost a hundred high-quality pre-recorded multi-waveforms.
  • Sonic progression within each waveform means near-infinite source-material.
  • Two parallel sources means blended sounds, opening up exponentially more possibilities.
  • Up to fourteen voices (seven per source when both sources are active).
  • Hundreds of expertly-created presets from world-leading synth artists, engineers, and sound-designers, including Brian Transeau a.k.a. BT, Richard Devine, Inhalt, and more.
  • Three analog-modeled filter types (state-variable, vactrol LPG, and resonant peaks).
  • Five sophisticated types of modulation source; LFO, random, Euclidian sequencer, step sequencer, and envelope.
  • Five top-quality effects options; distortion, chorus, flanger, delay, and reverb.
  • Inspirational, creative, and beautiful.

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Average user rating of 4.00 from 1 review
Parallels

Reviewed By Introspective [all]
February 24th, 2022
Version reviewed: 9000 on Windows

I made a noisy ambient piece using only Parallels.

https://abdicant.bandcamp.com/track/parallels

I love Parallels. I also hate Parallels. It's great! It's also infuriating.

It is a serious PITA to work with. Some patches are brilliant, but it is very difficult to find the sweet spots, and there isn't anything it can do that Pigments cannot do better, other than to be quirky. Very slow to load, inflexible envelopes, peculiar filters (too resonant for my tastes), stupid preset manager. ...one of the strangest things about it is how it handles "looping" of the internal sounds: it's very ... flawed. Sometimes this is characterful and interesting, but mostly it's just obnoxious. It's a memory hog, and BitWig crashes if you load more than a handful of instances of it (the above song was tricky to finish, I had to bounce tracks to get it all in).

But I also love Parallels. Despite all of its flaws, I really enjoy wrestling with it, 'cause it's gratifying when you get an interesting sound out of it. Really interesting modulation possibilities, letting you define TWO sources for each destination, and "morph" between them: very unique, very interesting. Decent effects, really interesting in-built samples, interesting UI (I like it), plugs into Modular nicely, and leads me in directions I never would have gone with any other synth. To me, this falls in the category of "software that feels like hardware." (Something that I think Softube really excels at, FWIW.)

It definitely makes my "must have" list.

It would never make my top ten list. Probably not even top twenty.

But you can pry it from my cold, dead fingers!

I hope they make a V2 of it someday. ...or at least make another synth that is at least as far leftfield as Parallels. It's one of the most interesting synths made in the past five years.

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