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Vacuum Pro

Polyphonic Analog Tube Synthesizer Plugin by AIR Music Technology
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Vacuum Pro
Vacuum Pro

Mac OS Big Sur Compatibility Info here.

Mac OS Catalina Compatibility info here.

Vacuum Pro by AIR Music Technology is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, an RTAS Plugin and an AAX Plugin.
Product
Version
2021
System Requirements
Windows 8 Professional, Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate edition with Windows 7 Service Pack 1; Minimum Dual Core 2GHz (Intel Core i5 or i7 Recommended)

Minimum RAM 1GB (2GB or more recommended)
1GB free hard drive space (Download and Installation)
A 64-bit compatible host application*
Internet access (Download and Authorization)
Product
Version
2021
System Requirements
Mac: Mac OS X 10.8, 10.9; Core Duo Processor (Core i5 or i7 Recommended)

Minimum RAM 1GB (2GB or more recommended)
1GB free hard drive space (Download and Installation)
A 64-bit compatible host application*
Internet access (Download and Authorization)
Instrument
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Vacuum Pro - Polyphonic Analog Tube Synthesizer

The "vacuum" part of the name Vacuum Pro relates to the six tube circuits that lend a particularly analog flavor to each of the main synthesis modules—oscillators, filters, mixer, etc. Vacuum Pro provides a modern, idealized vision of the versatility and potential of analog synthesis, rather than attempting to isolate and recreate just one particular moment from history.

The smart knob model used in Vacuum Pro provides anyone— from novice to pro—the ability to create unique instrument sounds:

  • Super-wide, fat, and organic analog sound.
  • Two individual parts, expandable to four.
  • Over 350 patches.
  • Smart Sound Randomizer to quickly design unique sounds.
  • 8 Smart Knobs for macro control over parameters.
  • Economy mode reduces the load on the host processor with minimal impact on the sound.
  • VST, AU, and RTAS.
  • 64-bit.

Mac OS Big Sur Compatibility Info here.

Mac OS Catalina Compatibility info here.

Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 4.57 from 7 reviews

Vacuum Pro
Reviewed By patrice19
July 4th, 2022

very good synthesizer.
it has a rich and powerful sound with an original and colorful sound.
its sound range is quite wide with very good bass and very good leads.

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Vacuum Pro
Reviewed By Starship Krupa
February 26th, 2022

Don't let the low price fool you into overlooking this top quality synth.

I can't add much to what the previous reviewers have said, except to mention that it's my first line when I'm looking for phat bass sounds and rich pads. It has other tricks up its sleeve as well.

It hasn't been updated in a few years, but this actually has the benefit that it's very efficient as far as resource usage. Soundwise, it doesn't need to be updated. It's aimed at emulating vintage synths, so why update it?

If there's one thing that might be a negative, it's that the UI is not resizable. Not that big an issue for me, as it looks great on my aging 14" laptop, and my desktop DAW system uses dual 23" monitors. If you use a 4K monitor, it probably starts to look pretty tiny.

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Vacuum Pro
Reviewed By rich.lepez@gmail.com
January 12th, 2021

Wonderfully noizy.

It's basic, full of capabilities and quite simple as long as you use the presets.

It's much more complicated without but it's only because you have millions of possibilities. It's quite hard to meet the sound you have in mind but it's amazing to experiment new sounds and unusual vibes.

Still, the sound of VacuumPPro is so 80's;o).

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Vacuum Pro
Reviewed By Duncle22
April 26th, 2020

This thing is great!!! One of the best sounding analog tube synths out there. Loads of presets to get you going & an easy to tweak UI. I've had it for a while now & use it on most of my tunes. A hidden gem! MUST HAVE SYNTH.

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Vacuum Pro
Reviewed By Sycopation
February 12th, 2019

I picked this up for $1 during the Plugin Boutique sale back in November 2018. Hey, why not for a measly dollar, right? Since the price was so low I didn't really delve into it all that much at first, just perused some patches. My thinking was "I already have Diva and Repro, so is it even worth investing any time in?"

But after exploring it some more, this thing is actually really nice. It has such a dark, mean, edgy sound! If I were to make a Blade Runner-style soundtrack, this and Repro would get used a lot. The CPU performance is also pretty decent, especially compared to a lot of other VA synths, and especially when you put it in eco mode (I can't hear much of a difference on most patches). I really like that you can have a Part A and Part B in the same instance and then blend them how you like. You can even modulate the balance between the two using automation in your DAW, which offers a lot of creative possibilities, especially when you combine patches with quite different ADSR parameters. One thing that seems to be missing is the ability to differentially pan parts A and B (if it's there I haven't figured out how to do it yet). It would be really nice to be able to adjust both the stereo width and the pan position of both parts separately. Oh well, I can always do that with bounces and plugins if I really want to.

It's true that it has a "Super-wide... sound" but that sometimes comes with a cost - a lot of the patches have pretty bad phase coherence (read this if you don't understand what that means - https://www.waves.com/tips-for-fixing-phase-problems-in-your-mix). But what I figured out is that can be improved SIGNIFICANTLY by 1) turning off the chorus / phaser and 2) decreasing the stereo width, either by using the on-board Master Width knob (bottom right corner) or by using a separate dual panner / stereo imaging plugin.

The "8 Smart Knobs for macro control over parameters" is also a super nice touch. Another of Air's products, Loom, has similar functionality, and it is super handy for shaping the sound quickly, as well as modulating the sound using automation in your DAW. One single knob is controlling multiple knobs behind the scenes. It's a really easy and effective way to add some life and variety to parts.

The arpeggiator on this thing is suuuuper simple (the four options are up, down, up & down, and random), but I actually don't view that as a bad thing. I have numerous synths that have really sophisticated arpeggiators and step sequencers that are light years more sophisticated than this thing, but I actually like that it's really simple, and offers very few options. It allows me to very quickly decide if I want to use it or not on a particular part, whereas in a synth with a bajillion options I might spend 20 minutes or more just fiddling with the arp. Simplicity is good sometimes. It's especially fun to play with on atonal / percussive material, because you can just keep adding more notes, which will affect the feel / rhythm, but you don't have to worry about sour notes, weird melodic figures etc. I'm getting some really cool results by exporting these parts and then messing with sample chopping / manipulation techniques. Fun stuff.

If this thing goes on sale again, it's absolutely worth picking up. At $150... ehhh... I'll let you make that call.

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Comments & Discussion for AIR Music Technology Vacuum Pro

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Discussion: Active
PUSHA
PUSHA
16 May 2013 at 2:50am

No Trial Version??? No way Im paying 200 dollars.

planetearth
planetearth
16 May 2013 at 6:17am

Must take a lot to get all those tubes installed. Too much work for a "trial".

The hardware requirements are pretty steep, too. I'd like to see some reviews on this thing.

Sendy
Sendy
3 September 2013 at 8:03pm

Indeed, at that price point, a demo is a must.

JX3D
JX3D
2 December 2017 at 10:08pm

Just tried the presets from Karl Wenninger. Sorry, but they don't work on the Pro version of Vacuum.

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michal.ochedowski
michal.ochedowski
29 January 2022 at 11:28am

Now that Steinberg has officially discontinued support for VST2, I wonder if Vacuum Pro will ever get the VST3 version and resizable interface.

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