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Cherry Audio’s Dreamsynth plugin is inspired by analogue/digital hybrid instruments from the ‘80s

Now firmly established as an emulator of classic hardware synths, Cherry Audio has just announced its first original virtual instrument plugin: Dreamsynth.

Despite being a new design, this is heavily inspired by the hybrid digital/analogue synths of the mid to late-’80s - the likes of the Sequential Circuits Prophet VS and Ensoniq ESQ-1.

Cherry Audio says that it’s taken the “distinctive qualities” of these instruments and combined them with the best features of modern software to create a unique 21st century hybrid.

There are three dual-waveform oscillators, equating to six simultaneous virtual analogue or PCM sample-based oscillators with up to 16 voices of polyphony. As a bonus, you also get an additional 16-voice string synth that can be layered and split across the keyboard, independent of the primary synth.

The 12dB/octave multimode stereo filters, meanwhile, are inspired by the Oberheim OB series, while modulation options include more than 20 sources and more than 40 destinations. There are also three tempo-syncable LFOs, an arpeggiator, effects and support for MPE.

Dreamsynth comes with more than 1,000 presets from a roster of pro sound designers, with programming of your own patches taking place on a vintage-style interface. It’s available now for the introductory price of €39 (regular price €59) and runs on PC and Mac in VST/AU/AAX formats. There’s also a 30-day demo.

Find out more on the Cherry Audio website.

I’m the Group Content Manager for MusicRadar, specialising in all things tech. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 20 of which I’ve also spent writing about music technology. 

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