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Softube Modular
Softube Modular by Softube is a Virtual Instrument and a Virtual Effect 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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Created in close collaboration with Doepfer, Softube Modular gives you both the sound, flexibility and expandability of a true analog modular synthesizer. But Softube Modular is more than just another virtual synthesizer plug-in—it's an entirely new modular synth standard.

As a Modular owner, the basic system gives you a great toolkit to start out with. It includes six modeled Doepfer modules and over 20 utility modules. But there is much more to discover. Additional modules from quality Eurorack vendors—starting with a range of units from cutting-edge manufacturer Intellijel—are available for separate purchase. More modules will continuously be made available. Owners of Softube's drum synth Heartbeat can add its instrument and EQ modules to Modular and combine them with any other modules. Softube's award-winning engineering team have modeled each analog module, component by component, and the resulting plug-ins are sonically indistinguishable from their hardware counterparts.

Experienced Eurorack synth users will be right at home from the start. Modular's workflow is very close to the use of physical Eurorack modular synths. Add modules, connect them using virtual patch cords, adjust their knobs and switches to your heart's desire. Get MIDI connectivity with the MIDI To CV/Gate Converter and add any of the included step sequencers—unless you prefer using your DAW's built-in sequencer, of course.

To beginners, a modular synthesizer can be daunting at first. But Modular offers a wide range of expertly designed presets, immediately available to be put to use in your music. When you are ready to learn more about patching a Eurorack synth, the manual offers step by step patching tutorials that go hand in hand with the included tutorial presets.

Both experts and beginners will enjoy the included Performance modules. These give the user a limited set of knobs and buttons that can be freely assigned to control any parameter on any module in the current patch—making creative tweaking on the fly super easy and accessible for inspired studio production and live performances.

In Short:

  • Modular is a cross-platform modular synthesizer plug-in standard, which features authorized emulations of modules from well known hardware Eurorack brands.
  • True dynamic circuit-emulation—looks, functions and sounds like its hardware counterparts.
  • Basic system contains six Doepfer modules (A-110-1 VCO, A-108 VCF, A-132-3 Dual VCA, A-140 ADSR, A-118 Noise/Random, A-147 VCLFO).
  • Basic system also contains over 20 Utility modules (such as MIDI to CV/gate, mixers, slew, sample & hold, switches, multiples, delay, offset, sequencers, clock dividers, logic and signal tools, as well as a Polyphonic MIDI to CV/gate module).
  • Additional authorized emulations from Intellijel is available as add-ons (uFold II, Korgasmatron II, Rubicon). Many more modules from other quality hardware Eurorack vendors to be released.
  • Simple design of your own interaction layout with the Performance modules in classic synthesizer style.
  • Softube Heartbeat drum channels and EQ can be used as separate modules for owners of Heartbeat.
  • More than 200 quality presets included covering a huge range of styles and sounds.
  • Can be used both as effect and instrument for your DAW and integrates beautifully with your hardware Eurorack modular.
  • High internal sample rate within system enables true feedback.

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Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 3.50 from 2 reviews
Softube Modular

Reviewed By alienimplant [all]
January 5th, 2019
Version reviewed: 1.x on Mac

@Chevytraveller, I have to agree. I give it 4 stars, docking Softube a star for the rigid interface. Cherry Audio's Voltage Modular slays Softube's for ease of use. You can intuitively drag modules between other modules and see them automatically make the needed room in Voltage. This stuff is so obvious, which is why Voltage is taking off at breakneck speed. Also, their open module development is inspiring. I own both products, but if Cherry had come out before Softube, I would have ignored Softube. On a side note, I wish one of these developers would find a way to allow more than one set of inputs for inter-plugin routing though. All we'd need is a transmitter plugin to be inserted on any channel anywhere in the DAW that feeds many inputs of the modular plugin. I digress. But back to the main point: Cherry kicks the shins of Softube on modular plugin design.

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Softube Modular

Reviewed By Chevytraveller [all]
December 29th, 2018
Version reviewed: 2.4.30 on Mac

Sounds nice but the UI is so unintuitive and such a PITA that it puts me off using it..
Simple things like moving modules around are terribly clunky and awkward.. Could be a great product but someone really needs to work on and smooth out the user experience.

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rofilm
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26 August 2020 at 4:48am

I agree to nearly everything, what has been said here so far. Only that I would have got me Softube's Modular even if Voltage Modular would have been on the market earlier. I have both, and I use both. I've produced a series of 19 tutorial videos about Softube's Modular, and I've started with a series about Voltage Modular. There's one thing, one aspect I want to emphasize in this discussion: Softube's authentic software versions of great modules like Clouds, Korgasmatron II, Rubicon etc. They don't only look like the original hardware they even behave like it (to 99% at the least). And because I didn't have (and I still don't) the money to buy all these hardware modules, I was and I am very happy to have the chance to work with them using Softube's Modular. And, yes, it's demand on CPU is a terrible limitation (especially, when you're running a screenrecorder to produce videos about the product). The biggest plus with Voltage Modular is (besides the nicely loww CPU demand) the possibility to develop modules of your own (what I'm going to do next year after finishing some current projects). Just a side note: VCV rack is interesting as well, but I don't like the poor documentation of the modules (if there is any documentation at all), and the fact that it is like with chocolates (according to Forrest Gump): You never know, what you get.

Enjoy your day.

Rolf Kasten.

www.rofilm-media.net.

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