Martinic has announced the release of its new virtual instrument AX73, a plugin version of the Akai AX73 analog synthesizer that brings functions from the original together alongside controls from its AX60 and AX80 stablemates, alongside some entirely new features.

Released in 1986, the AX73 was a unique synth loaded with interesting features, but its commercial success was hindered by an interface that fell on the wrong side of the “less-is-more” philosophy. Now, Martinic has taken what was great about the original synth, and bolstered it with a wealth of additional features and controls, creating an expansive virtual analog instrument fit for the digital world.

Martinic AX73 features

  • Two synths in one! Dual synth layers let you stack or split patches to create unique and complex sounds.
  • Four VCO sources, four Sub and two Noise oscillators, across two layers.
  • Up to 24 voices of polyphony, a total maximum of 144 oscillators.
  • Filter per-layer (LP/HP/BP) with self-oscillating capability.
  • Chorus with four analog models.
  • Four DADSR Envelopes per layer.
  • Four LFOs per layer.
  • Arpeggiator per layer with 11 arp modes (based on the AX60).
  • Eight effects units (EQ, Compressor, Distortion, Chorus, Phaser, Flanger, Delay, Reverb) with flexible ordering.
  • 600 presets from a team of sound designers with credits including the DX7, NI Massive, and Blade Runner.
  • Available in VST / AU formats. AAX and MPE support in the works.

The synth plugin is on sale for the introductory price of $59.50 USD for a limited time (regular $119 USD). A free demo version can be downloaded from the Martinic website.

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