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Arturia Oberheim SEM V Software Synthesizer

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A giant has returned to life. Oberheim's legendary SEM - Synthesizer Expander Module - is back for the first time in the Arturia Oberheim SEM V Software Synthesizer as a high-end software emulation powered by Arturia's exclusive TAE technology. Faithfully reproducing the warm Oberheim SEM tone, the Oberheim SEM V is also polyphonic, with a full array of innovative sonic features. The original SEM has particular characteristics for which it was loved by many musicians to this day. The Arturia SEM V brings back the sound and special characteristics in an accurate virtual emulation.

The SEM V modules were entirely redesigned after the most recent evolutions in TAE, Arturia's proprietary technology that recreates analog modules after their detailed electronic circuitry. The result of this lengthy project is a faithful virtual instrument that delivers the same acoustic properties as the original.

Arturia Oberheim SEM V Software Synthesizer Features

  • All the original parameters of the Oberheim SEM: two oscillators, each offering sawtooth wave and variable-width pulse wave with PWM, sine wave LFO, 12dB/oct multi-mode Filter with low-pass, high-pass, band-pass and notch, two ADS envelope generators
  • Added functionalities: New LFO, Noise, Sub oscillator, on board effects (overdrive, chorus and delay), Arpeggiator, Portamento
  • Polyphony and 8 Voice multitimbrality inspired by the 2, 4, and 8 voice models
  • White Noise, to mix into your etheral pads and FX sounds
  • Sub Oscillator with sawtooth and sine waves, for added growl and bottom end
  • LFO 2 with sine, sawtooth and square waves, for more complex modulations
  • Professional Effects (overdrive, Delay, Chorus), to directly process your sounds on-board
  • Arpeggiator, for instant basslines and inspiring melodic patterns
  • Portamento to unlock more expression in your playing
  • New 8 Voice Programmer module lets you edit no less than 7 additional virtual SEM voices
  • Advanced Keyboard Follow module lets you map up to 6 parameters of your choice, guaranteeing a maximum expression of playing on your MIDI keyboard
  • Modulation Matrix module offers 8 simultaneous modulations which you can set between 8 different sources and more than 25 destinations
What is the Oberheim SEM
The SEM was one of the world's first self-contained synthesizer modules. It was primarily developed as a convenient solution for musicians who wanted to set up sequences without tying up more valuable synths. The SEM also worked very well as an expander to fatten up the tone of other synthesizers like the Minimoog or the ARP Odyssey. Soon the SEM gained a popularity of its own, thanks to the unique sounds generated by its innovative multimode Filter.

Oscillators
Like all components of the Arturia SEM V software synth, the two oscillators were recreated by respecting 100 percent of the properties of the original circuit. They replicate the exact sawtooth and variable-width pulse waveforms present in the original. On a control level, the SEM V interface also duplicates the behavior of the dual-concentric knobs for coarse and fine-tuning, this last parameter being easily accessible via right-click.

Filter
The 12dB/octave multimode filter is one of the most remarkable modules in the SEM. In many ways, it helped define the sonic identity of Oberheim because it shaped a diverse range of sounds that were almost impossible to get on other synthesizers.

The Arturia SEM V carefully models the four modes of the filter (low-pass, high-pass, notch and band-pass) with attention to detail, meaning that you can either switch to bandpass or sweep through the other three modes by turning the knob clockwise.

ADS Envelopes and Modulations
The particular response of the ADS envelopes is accurately reproduced, as well as the VCF Mixer, Modulation knobs and switches, allowing you to nail any of the classic SEM tones.

Extended Functionalities
The Arturia SEM V software adds a few tricks to the original model, that considerably increase the sonic possibilities and allow the demanding musician to push the boundaries of the Oberheim sound a little further:
  • Polyphony and 8 Voice multitimbrality inspired by the 2, 4, and 8 voice models
  • White Noise, to mix into your etheral pads and FX sounds
  • Sub Oscillator with sawtooth and sine waves, for added growl and bottom end
  • LFO 2 with sine, sawtooth and square waves, for more complex modulations
  • Professional Effects (overdrive, Delay, Chorus), to directly process your sounds on-board
  • Arpeggiator, for instant basslines and inspiring melodic patterns
  • Portamento to unlock more expression in your playing
What you can do with the SEM V
The Arturia SEM V software synth is a powerful instrument capable of producing a wide range of warm analog sounds. Reproducing the unique SEM architecture, with its oscillator sync, characteristic filter shape and specific envelope response, the Arturia SEM V is able to generate the fat basses that have made the Oberheim brand so popular. Thanks to its simple and clever PW and pitch modulations, it is also very easy to produce moving and lively leads.

Its remarkable 12 dB/oct multimode filter is a real blast from the past, becoming an awesome weapon in the context of current electronic music. This unique module can instantly tailor your sound to fat, crisp, or spectral textures with access to all the nuances in between.

But you can do a lot more!
The added polyphony and multitimbrality will allow you to step into the world of deep pads, warm brass and complex sequences, which are characteristic of the late 70's Oberheim SEM-based synthesizers : the 2, 4, and 8 voice.

Your SEM module is basically given the strength of 8 SEMs! Thanks to the ergonomic Voice Programmer module, setting each SEM voice is much faster than on hardware, and will bring you unique sonic results. Completed by the Keyboard Follow and the Modulation Matrix, the expression of playing is increased tenfold.

Product Specifications
Arturia Oberheim SEM V Software Synthesizer Specifications
  • Windows : XP/Vista/Seven 32 and 64 bit
  • Mac OS X : 10.5 or higher, Intel only
  • Works in Standalone, VST 2.4 and VST 3, 32 and 64 bit, RTAS and AU 32 and 64 bit formats
  • Required Configuration
    • PC/Windows: 1 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU
    • Mac (Intel only) : 1 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU
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