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Arturia Oberheim SEM V
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Arturia Oberheim SEM V 3 Synthesizer

A giant has returned to life. Oberheim's legendary SEM - Synthesizer Expander Module - returns for the first time as a high-end software emulation powered by Arturia's exclusive TAE technology.

Faithfully reproducing the warm Oberheim SEM tone, the Arturia Oberheim SEM V Synthesizer is also polyphonic, with a full array of innovative sonic features. Favored by top artists and producers such as Goldfrapp, Herbie Hancock and even John Carpenter for its fatness and unique harmonic spectrum, the Oberheim sound is an absolute must have for your studio.

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.

  • Oscillators: Like all components of the SEM V, the two oscillators were recreated by respecting 100% 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 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.

The SEM V 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 (Distortion, 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

The SEM V also brings 3 new-generation modules offering a unique and contemporary sound palette, including the Keyboard Follow, Voice Programmer, and Modulation Matrix. The SEM V 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 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.

Arturia Oberheim SEM V 3 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 ADSD envelopes.
  • Added functionalities : New LFO, Noise, Sub oscillator, on board effects (distortion, chorus and delay), Arpeggiator, Portamento.
  • Polyphony and 8 Voice Multitimbrality
  • New 8-voice Programmer module
  • Advanced Keyboard follow module
  • Modulation Matrix module
  • Works in Standalone, VST 2.4 & 3, 64 bit & 32 bit, RTAS and AU 32 & 64 bit formats
  • Compatible with Windows (Seven 32/64 bit and Eight 64 bit), Mac OS X (Mac OS X 10.6 or higher, Intel only)
  • Now compatible with iObSem Files export/import
  • V 1.2 Features
    • Polyphony parameter to limit the polyphony of the plugin
    • Faster preset management
    • 20 new factory presets from Ian Boddy
    • 21 new factory presets from Erik Norlander
    • 35 new factory presets from Richard Courtel
    • 11 new factory presets from Kevin Lamb
    • 14 new factory presets from Drew Newmann
    • "Forward Retrigg" mode for the 8-Voice Programmer (for easy use of sequences using the Arpeggiator)
    • "Reassign" mode for the 8-Voice Programmer (like in the original one, the SEM V will first use the boards that are not gated in its voice assignment)
    • Sustain pedal is now active on all systems
    • Improved performances on all DAWs, notably Logic and ProTools

Arturia Oberheim SEM V 3 Synthesizer Specifications

  • Windows
    • 7+ PC: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU.
    • 1GB free hard disk space
    • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
  • Mac
    • 10.8+: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU.
    • 1GB free hard disk space
    • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
  • Supported Formats
    • VST/VSt3
    • AAX
    • Audio Untis
    • NKS

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