Arturia has announced the availability of the latest V1.4 firmware update for both the keyboard and desktop versions of its Origin hardware synthesizer.
Origin uniquely houses several synth classics and associated components in one powerful, no-holds, barred DSP-based modular system. Now its V1.4 firmware allows users to ‘mix and match’ even more modules by introducing a True Analogue Emulation (TAE®) of the Oberheim SEM filter found on the legendary Oberheim Synthesizer Expander Module® (or SEM for short).
The new SEMFilter module considerably widens Origin’s sound palette thanks to its ability to continuously sweep from LP to Notch and HP modes — just like Oberheim’s original. (Upon its introduction in 1974, the SEM was originally conceived as a way of beefing up weaker-sounding compatible analogue synths, or performing simplistic sequenced parts, before becoming a sought-after sound in its own right.)
Changes in Origin firmware v1.4
- New Oberheim SEM Filter module.
- New Voice Modulator module inspired by the classic Oberheim 8-Voice.
- Multi FX Mode introducing a new FX routing with 2 Inserts per channel, 2 Auxiliaries, and 2 Master Bus.
- New Tonewheel percussion parameter.
- Trig inputs now accept any modulation.
New Origin synthesizers (including v1.4 firmware) are available to purchase for 2,990 EUR / $3,499 USD (Keyboard) 2,490 EUR/ $3,200 USD (Desktop). Registered Origin users can download the firmware upgrade free of charge.