• By: Thorsten Meyer
  • Date: Friday, 3 May 2019
  • Time to read: 2 min.

French music masters Arturia have reworked the classic British EMS modular synth into a software instrument; staying true to the original sound and ethos of the original “silver machine” while adding some groundbreaking new features.

Bringing their modeling expertise to the Synthi AKS and VCS3, and combining them into one full-featured software instrument, a new generation of musicians can now enjoy those legendary sounds. Loved by Brian Eno, Pink Floyd, and Hawkwind, the original hardware synth was really unstable, with a lot of work you could make it sound in tune, but that wasn’t really what it was famous for sound effects, drones, and psychedelic textures were what put this synth on the map.

Synthi V puts all of the imperfect patch-pin analog synthesis at your fingertips, and with a simple flick of a switch, you can quantize oscillators and remove analog cross-talk, making it the best of both analog and digital. Revamped with powerful new features and loaded with awesome presets, experimental sound designers and modern producers alike will fall in love with the “battleships” style programming and avant-garde sound possibilities.

Synthi V by Arturia Full UI
Synthi V by Arturia – Full UI


Smart pins

Patch together a huge variety of parameters. Assign pins with varying strengths, and group them together to make powerful modulations easy.

Reborn sequencer

The original “Run Like Hell” real-time sequencer has been reborn in software too and enhanced with new features and DAW integration.

Put the joy in “Joystick”

Organically control your sound, and program simple or complex movement paths to use as modulations on any parameter.

Function generators

Create your own functions with up to 16 points, free or quantized, and assignable to anything you want. One shot, or looping, for ultimate control.

Awesome effects

The original instrument included some great vintage effects modules, and Arturia has pushed the boat out with even more studio quality effects.

Great presets

Packed with great presets that show off both the sounds that made the original famous and a look at how Synthi V could shape tomorrow’s sound.

Synthi V by Arturia Sequence
Synthi V by Arturia – Sequence

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