Modular synth enthusiasts are, by definition, obsessed with hardware. However, if there's one software virtual modular synth platform that gets their attention, It's Softube Modular. Beginning with virtualisations of Doepfer modules, it went on to include spot-on emulations of modules from Intelljel as well as a plethora of its own creative and utilitarian modules including step sequencers, MIDI-to-CV conversion, and much more.
Now, well-known hardware Eurorack module maker 4ms joins the Softube family. First into the pool is the SMR (Spectral Multiband Resonator), which can be woefully under-described with the term "filter." While it certainly can process audio like a classic bank of synth filters, it can also self-oscillate to produce ringing pitched-percussion-like tones, act as a vocoder and/or a harmonizer, output scales, conform other patched-in oscillators to those scales, and much more. All this tone-sculpting prowess is now captured within the Softube Modular platform. The user interface is shown below.
Softube's TSAR-1 and TSAR-1R for Modular reverbs (shown below) will also join the Softube Modular synth system. These award-winning effects use the same algorithms as their pre-existing plug-in counterparts, allowing Softube Modular users to incorporate them in a synth patch without needing to instantiate a plug-in on a track in one's DAW. Welcomly, a single software license entitles the user to both the standard and Modular versions. Furthermore, owners of the Volume 1 bundle can download an update without making an additional purchase.
4ms SMR can be used only within Softube modular, and is available at an introductory price of $39 until June 30, 2017, after which it will cost $49. More information, including an informative video, is at http://softu.be/4ms_smr.
The TSAR pair is discounted to $199 until June 30 as well, after which it reverts to $269. TSAR-1R alone, while feature-limited, uses the same unique reverb algorithm and thus does not compromise on sound quality. It is available for $49 and $99 before and after June 30, respectively. For more information, visit http://softu.be/TSAR_1.