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 Sektor by Initial Audio is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin and a Standalone Application. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin and a Standalone Application.
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Product Sektor
Developer Initial Audio
Price (MSRP)
$139
Type / Tags Synth (Wavetable)SynthSynth (Wave Draw Synthesis)Synth / Sample Player
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
Instrument(s)   
Operating System Availability
Operating
System
Latest
Version
Download Released
 
1.3.4
 
Downloads Released
System Requirements
Windows Vista and above
SSE2 compatible processor.
 
1.3.4
 
Downloads Released
System Requirements
OS X 10.7 and above
Intel processor
Supported Sample Formats (loads or saves) include
AIFF, IgniteX, WAV
Miscellaneous Information
Copy ProtectionOnline Activation (Challenge / Response)

Sektor is a polyphonic wavetable synthesizer with a highly intuitive user interface and a lot of customization features. Sektor was built to use a low amount of system resources while having a massive high quality sound.

Advanced modulation features such as feature rich modulation Envelopes, ADSRs and LFOs can be routed to the synths parameters via drag and drop, or via the right click menu of the knobs. The Expression page gives you access to features such as velocity, aftertouch and much more.

Shape each parameter of 16 voices per wavetable oscillator with OSC+. Create massive unison sounds and change the waveform, phase, pitch, stereo spread, level and detune of each individual unison voice.

Sektor's built-in Heat Up 2 multisample engine let you combine the real sound of a modern rompler with Sektor's advanced wavetable synthesis engine.

Sektor also comes with two effect racks including effects such as reverb, delay, distortion, chorus, phaser, trance gate, compressor, stereo shaper and a 4 band equalizer. The order of the effects can be rearranged via drag and drop.

Features include:

  • 750 presets.
  • Over 200 wavetables.
  • An advanced sequencer/Arpeggiator.
  • GUI Skinning and colour changing within the plugin.
  • 2 Effects racks containing 9 effects each.
  • 2 Wavetable oscillators and a sub oscillator.
  • Built in Sample player, which supports multi sample instruments. Will also load Heat Up 2 instruments.
  • MPE (Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression) support for keyboards that use this new MIDI standard.

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Latest User Reviews Average user rating of 3.33 from 3 reviews

Reviewed By Saturatio
July 24, 2019

Great synth.

-Some very nice stock sounds.

-Easy to us.

Light on cpu.

-Great arp editor.

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Reviewed By BONES
July 23, 2019

Sektor is a good little synth with a real edge to it's sound that elevates it beyond it's seemingly humble feature set. It has great workflow and is so intuitive you shouldn't need a manual to get into it. That said, there are plenty of YouTube tutorials to get you started if you need them.

The synth has two wavetable oscillators, as well as a sample oscillator taken from the developer's Heat Up 3 VSTi. It ships with several gigs of content so there are no shortage of either wavetables or sampled content> I'd say there something like 250 wavetables, a similar number of single samples and more than 100 multi-sampled instruments to choose from, which is enough to cover most people's needs several times over, I suspect. It also comes with a ridiculous number of presets. A good browser makes them relatively easy to find. The wavetable oscillators can have up to 16 unison voices with detune and spread. There is a phase parameter, which means phase modulation is possible, and FM is also offered. There is also an OSC+ page in the central screen that allows you to mess with the unison voices in each wavetable oscillator for some slightly DUNE-style complexity.

The two filters are probably the weakest part of the signal path. They aren't terrible but they are nothing special, either. They do the job you need them to and that's about all. They only run in parallel and you can control how much of each wavetable oscillator is fed into each. One good feature is the Drive parameter, which does add character to the sound without being too over the top.

Modulation sources are plentiful - 3 x ADSR envelopes, 3 x multi-segment envelopes and 4 x LFO. Modulation can be assigned using drag 'n' drop and there is a mod matrix for fine control. Modulation also shows up in the controls so you can see how it is affecting parameter values. It's pretty comprehensive.

Elsewhere you get two racks of effects, each with 9 simultaneous effects. I have found them to be quite usable. There is also a fully programmable sequencer/arpeggiator. The UI is very customisable, with several different skins, choice of colours within each and it is also resizable. Sektor also supports MPE, although I've never put that to the test.

The best part of Sektor, though, is the sound. It has it's own, gritty character. It is very in your face and more than a little bit digital sounding most of the time. Normally that would put me off but Sektor manages to do it in a way that's not as harsh as some other synths. With unison and the OSC+ page it can sound absolutely massive, yet CPU use is very low. On my modest Core i5 dual-core CPU, I can play a three note chord with 16 voice unison on both oscillators and the CPU stays under 10%.

Overall, I think it is a very useful synth that anyone would find plenty of work for. I don't think it would be anyone's go-to synth but it has something a bit different to offer that makes it easy enough to justify owning. At full price it is OK value but it is often on sale and at sale prices it's a no-brainer. The developer is also quite responsive to user's needs and it gets updated fairly regularly with the most requested fixes/features.

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Reviewed By GRUMP
July 21, 2019

It was really interesting to explore this Tool that doesn't even have a Manual.

I read that you can use Multisamples. With just one Sample Slot?

I learned that there really are Synthesizers today that do not offer a single Pad Sound that I'd call a Pad and that EFX-Sounds can be called a "Pad" instead.

The Possibility to Tune the Unison Voices of an OSC is always nice, but this one really failed the Soundcheck.

The WT generally sound limp and the overall Sound is i. m. O. not worth mentioning.

Many Samples beneath the Patches.

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Average user rating of 3.33 from 3 reviews

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