Parallels from Softube could well be your dream synth plugin

Softube has released a new softsynth called Parallels with two main philosophies; to sound great and be instantly inspirational.

The synth is built around two main sound sources, working in parallel, which can be then modulated with five different sources, filtered by three analogue-modelled filter types and fed through five different effects.

The sound sources derive from meticulous, high quality recordings of some of the most sought-after synths ever made and even some that never made it into production.

Instead of simply copying and recreating the waveforms, the designers took 15-second snapshots of evolving sounds from each instrument, which can be played back from any point, with what Softube describes as wavescanning.

Parallels works with VST, VST3, Audio Units and AAX Native and is available now for the introductory price of $129 (full price of $149). More details can be found on the Softube website.

Parallels highlights

  • 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
  • Crucially, it always sounds amazing
Simon Arblaster
Video Producer & Reviews Editor

I take care of the reviews on MusicRadar and Future Music magazine, though can sometimes be spotted in front of a camera talking little sense in the presence of real musicians. For the past 30 years, I have been unable to decide on which instrument to master, so haven't bothered. Currently, a lover of all things high-gain in the guitar stakes and never one to resist churning out sub-standard funky breaks, the likes of which you'll never hear.

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