Our friends at Softube have just released a new module for their virtual Modular synth instrument: The Buchla 259e Twisted Waveform Generator. The original hardware version was digital in nature, and could produce wave-shaping, aliasing noise, and sideband frequencies. It is also capable of CV modulation of pitch, amplitude, and timbre, hard and soft sync, and pitch tracking. But it’s not your father’s creamy analog oscillator. It's not meant to be, and neither is Softube's typically accurate software rendering.
This coveted dual oscillator module is the first-ever officially licensed plug-in version of a Buchla product. While the unit can be used for traditional synth patches, its unusual inner workings makes Buchla 259e excel at metallic, cold, harsh, digital and screeching sounds. Buchla 259e is an add-on module for use with Modular.
- Unique and desirable oscillator
- Perfect for screeching, harsh and digital sounds
- Can also be tamed to sound quite smooth and organic. Can morph smoothly between these softer sounds and the more in-your-face sounds
- The digital parts are ported from the hardware line by line, the wavetables byte by byte, and the analog parts are modeled component by component
- The first-ever officially licensed Buchla plug-in
Softube offers a 20day free trial of Buchla 259a Twisted Waveform Generator, visit the Softube website to try it for yourself.
What Is Softube Modular?
In this video review Pro Tools Expert Team member Julian Rodgers takes a look at Softube Modular.
For people wanting to experience the "no safety net" approach to synthesis as found in modular systems then Modular offers as close to the Eurorack experience as you can get without getting a rack and some modules.
With a standard complement of modules from Doepfer, comprehensive Utility modules, a variety of methods to control and synchronise Modular, the option of designing custom interfaces and extra modules available for purchase this is really is a tweaker's delight.
For an overview of getting started with Modular check out this free tutorial from Puremix.
Softube Volume 1
Modular is one of 16 Softube products found in Softube's new plug-in bundle Volume 1. For more information about volume 1 please visit the Softube website.