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This tiny analogue synth comes on a USB stick and works as a plugin

It sounds like a dream: a high-quality analogue synth that comes on a USB stick and can be used as a plugin. However, Trueno - the Spanish word for thunder - promises to make it a reality.

Billed as the world’s smallest analogue synth, this three-oscillator instrument comes with a “wild, aggressive filter”. There’s also an additive mode with wavetable editing (256 wavetables come included) and extensive modulation capabilities.

Where Trueno could really score, though, is with its convenience. There’s a 24-bit/44.1kHz analogue to digital converter, which promises to capture the synth’s output with perfect clarity, and control is via a VST/AU plugin or a standalone application. That means instant preset recall, full automation control and total portability.

Trueno comes in an aluminium case with a matt finish and is available on Amazon priced at £140/€160. You can check out a selection of audio demos and find out more on the Trueno website - we’ll bring you a review as soon as we can.

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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