Softube Modular – Doepfer, Intellijel, & Heartbeat Review – Awesome Preset Sounds Walkthrough!

Softube Modular - Doepfer, Intellijel, & Heartbeat Review - Awesome Preset Sounds Walkthrough! 

The Softube Modular plugin with the Doepfer Eurorack, Intellijel, and Heartbeat drum machine is one of the coolest plugins I have ever heard!  

I have always been hooked on synthesizers ever since my grade school friend showed me his Radio Shack Realistic sound fx maker and Moog Concertmate MG-1 back in the 1970s. And I even had some chances to learn analog subtractive synthesis when I was in high school and college on classics like the ARP 2600 and 5200.

There is nothing quite like the feeling of turning knobs to create sounds from other worlds that make you think of sci-fi movies and giant robots. Occasionally I feel like I could even do without the music part as long as I can create wild and cool sounds that modulate all day long!

But these days it can be pretty hard to (and expensive) to find hardware synths to keep the passion alive. So when I saw that Softube had designed a modular system that will allow you to build digital versions of analog synths I knew I had to check it out. 

I got ahold of Softube Modular with the Doepfer Eurorack modular system, Intellijel, and Heartbeat drum machine. There is a whole world of possibilities in here. And the best way to check these out is of course to try out a demo and see what you can do with them yourself.  However in the end the only part that really matters to you is "How do they sound??" right?

So here are a couple of videos where I walk you through the presets as fast as I can to give you a quick overview of how this awesome modular plugins from Softube actually sound:

From the Softube Website:

MODULAR

Buchla and Moog started it all with their modular synthesizers in the 1960s. Doepfer made it affordable in the 1990s by introducing the Eurorack standard. Today, the Modular plug-in from Softube makes the modular synthesizer truly accessible to everyone.

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Created in close collaboration with Doepfer, Softube Modular gives you both the sound, flexibility and expandability of a true analog modular synthesizer. But Softube Modular is more than just another virtual synthesizer plug-in—it's an entirely new modular synth standard.

Softube Modular is a revolutionary virtual modular synthesizer. I finally have a way to patch and experiment on the go with my laptop. So far its been incredibly fun, and I am looking forward to all the new modules they will add!

Richard Devine, Electronic artist and music producer (Warp, Schematic)

Infinitely Expandable 
As a Modular owner, the basic system gives you a great toolkit to start out with. It includes six modeled Doepfer modules and over 20 utility modules. But there is much more to discover. Additional modules from quality Eurorack vendors—starting with a range of units from cutting-edge manufacturer Intellijel—are available for separate purchase. More modules will continuously be made available. Owners of Softube's drum synth Heartbeat can add its instrument and EQ modules to Modular and combine them with any other modules. Softube's award-winning engineering team have modeled each analog module, component by component, and the resulting plug-ins are sonically indistinguishable from their hardware counterparts.

A synthesists dream come true, a high quality virtual Eurorack experience!

Christoffer Berg, Programmer, mixer and producer for Depeche Mode, The Knife and Fever Ray.

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Welcome Experts—And Beginners 
Experienced Eurorack synth users will be right at home from the start. Modular's workflow is very close to the use of physical Eurorack modular synths. Add modules, connect them using virtual patch cords, adjust their knobs and switches to your heart's desire. Get MIDI connectivity with the MIDI To CV/Gate Converter and add any of the included step sequencers—unless you prefer using your DAW's built-in sequencer, of course.

To beginners, a modular synthesizer can be daunting at first. But Modular offers a wide range of expertly designed presets, immediately available to be put to use in your music. When you are ready to learn more about patching a Eurorack synth, the manual offers step by step patching tutorials that go hand in hand with the included tutorial presets.

We have been getting to know Softube Modular for nearly a year now, we're really impressed by its functionality but most of all by its sound. Its 'analogueness' became irrelevant when we started playing, the oscillators and filter modules have deep and detailed sound, reassuring foundations for modular building.

Ed Handley and Andy Turner (Plaid), Electronic artists

Both experts and beginners will enjoy the included Performance modules. These give the user a limited set of knobs and buttons that can be freely assigned to control any parameter on any module in the current patch—making creative tweaking on the fly super easy and accessible for inspired studio production and live performances.

In Short

  • Modular is a cross-platform modular synthesizer plug-in standard, which features authorized emulations of modules from well known hardware Eurorack brands
  • True dynamic circuit-emulation—looks, functions and sounds like its hardware counterparts
  • Basic system contains six Doepfer modules (A-110-1 VCO, A-108 VCF, A-132-3 Dual VCA, A-140 ADSR, A-118 Noise/Random, A-147 VCLFO)
  • Basic system contains the unique ROLI Seaboard RISE module which interface Modular with the ROLI Seaboard RISE keyboard controller
  • Modular also contains over 20 Utility modules (such as MIDI to CV/gate, mixers, slew, sample & hold, switches, multiples, delay, offset, sequencers, clock dividers, logic and signal tools, as well as a Polyphonic MIDI to CV/gate module).
  • Additional authorized emulations from Intellijel is available as add-ons (uFold II, Korgasmatron II, Rubicon). Many more modules from other quality hardware Eurorack vendors to be released
  • Simple design of your own interaction layout with the Performance modules in classic synthesizer style
  • Softube Heartbeat drum channels and EQ can be used as separate modules for owners of Heartbeat
  • More than 400 quality presets included covering a huge range of styles and sounds
  • Can be used both as effect and instrument for your DAW and integrates beautifully with your hardware Eurorack modular
  • High internal sample rate within system enables true feedback
  • Download our Saturation Knob plug-in and get a free module to use inside Modular

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