Synapse Audio has announced the release of DUNE 3, a major evolution of the software synthesizer instrument, which adds many frequently requested features and a new full HD skin in various sizes.

The synth comes with a new dual multi-mode filter plus an insert effect.

Different routing modes like serial/parallel and seamless blend via the Balance knob allow for unlimited creative input! New filter types have been added as well, and include zero-delay feedback filters derived from our latest analog modeling technology. For creative applications, new insert effects like the formant/vowel filter or phaser greatly increase the range of sound design possibilities.

The arpeggiator section has been extended and now has two arpeggiator units instead of one, which greatly increases the sound design capabilities of DUNE 3.

Synapse Audio Dune 3 overview arp mseg

The Arpeggiators can be programmed independently and support both classic Up/Down arps, as well as playing back different sequences or even MIDI files. Furthermore, new features like the Random mode or programmable Arp Hold make the arpeggiator more powerful than ever before!

The synthesizer has improved oscillators, with support for virtual analog, FM and wavetable synthesis.

With a maximum reserve of 8320 oscillators at full polyphony, DUNE 3 is a true unison monster, unlikely to ever run out of oscillators. New in DUNE 3 is the “Swarm” mode, an evolution of the classic Supersaw oscillator. Each oscillator gets its own subtle modulation in this mode, breathing a lot more life into the sound than possible previously!

DUNE 3 also introduces many new effect algorithms (Distortion, Dynamics, Chorus, Phaser, EQ, Delay and Reverb) and a completely new Equalizer, which sports technology from the GQ-7 Graphic Equalizer Rack Extension for Reason.

Synapse Audio Dune 3 equalizer

Designed as a professional mixing and mastering equalizer, the new EQ offers four bands with high-quality parametric and shelving EQs, plus two additional low- and high cut filters with variable slopes. All filters in the EQ are designed to handle modulation without artifacts, such that the EQ can be used for creative purposes outside the realm of traditional EQ applications.

The plugin comes with an all-new Shimmer Hall effect algorithm, which is ideal for lush ambient sounds, wonderful pads and leads.

DUNE 3 also sports powerful new Wavetable editor that allows you to create waveforms by free-hand drawing, segments, a dedicated partial editor or by entering formulas.

Synapse Audio Dune 3 wavetable editor

A variety of functions like morphing, fade in/out, normalize, DC remove, Invert/Reverse make creating new wavetables a breeze. Waveforms and Wavetables can be imported and exported in WAV format and are thus compatible with a wide range of third party software.

Other improvements include:

  • Undo/Redo for patch editing, as well as the Wavetable Editor.
  • MSEG Presets.
  • HD Skins.
  • Improved polyphonic LFOs, the LFO phase is no longer fixed to zero on each keypress.
  • New LFO shape “Random Pulse”. Similar to S+H, but random in time.
  • “Alternate” source in the Mod Matrix which toggles its state on each keypress.
  • “FX Chain Pan” destination in the Mod Matrix allows to pan the two effect busses.
  • Performance improvements, some DUNE 2 patches need substantially less CPU.

DUNE 3 is NKS-ready with support for the LightGuide and the factory library is integrated with Maschine, Komplete Kontrol etc. All presets are properly tagged and include a custom parameter map.

Despite the many additions, DUNE 3 is fully patch-compatible with DUNE 2 and contains its entire factory library. Now the total factory library exceeds 1000 patches, all nicely sorted into categories like Arp, Bass, Lead, Pads, Textures etc.

DUNE 3 is available in VST, AU (32-bit, 64-bit) and AAX (64-bit) formats for Windows and OS X. It can be purchased for $179 USD. DUNE 2 users can upgrade for $79 USD. A free 30-day trial is available from the product page.

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