Softube Releases Model 84 Polyphonic Synthesizer

Softube Releases Model 84 Polyphonic Synthesizer

Post date:

Fri, 04/23/2021 - 07:00


Naomi Bolton

For their latest software emulation of a classic synthesizer, Softube has turned their attention to 1984. The Swedish software developer describes it as an era when a majorly righteous polyphonic synthesizer was released. One that was used on countless records by innumerable artists as it set a standard and established a sound. It doesn't take a lot to figure out that they are referring to the Juno-106 by Roland, which is still a favorite by many synth owners all these years later.

Softube used their modeling expertise on fully-serviced and calibrated Juno-106 to create a perfect facsimile called the Model 84 Polyphonic Synthesizer. For authenticity, they have captured all the quirks and non-linearities of this synth while throwing in all the clutch factory presets that have made up so many number one hits. Everything about the Model 84 mirrors the original hardware, so you get voice allocation modes and an EQ with a bass boost. A meticulous recreation of the unison phase also allows users to assign all six voices of the synth to one note.

The Model 84 also features an extended unison mode for a more pronounced attack to the start of a note as well as velocity and aftertouch support. The latter can be fine-tuned thanks to the added parameters of the expanded control panel. Along with the original presets of the Juno-106 the Model 84 also comes with some new artist presets. These range from retro sounds to some modern-day crispy leads. Modular users are in for a treat too as the seven fully integrated modules of the Model 84 can easily be combined in a modular workflow. The modules consist of the Chorus, DCO, Envelope, LFO, Noise, VCA, and LPF of the Juno-106.

Model 84 Polyphonic Synthesis is available right now and works with Mac OS X 10.12 or newer as well as Windows 64-bit versions 7, 8, or 10. A demo license of the software is also available for users who want to try it out before buying. For more information watch the introduction video below and check out the official Softube website.