Cherry Audio Quadra: 4 layers of ARP synth goodness
Cherry Audio takes on the 4 personalities of the classic ARP Quadra in this colourful and really quite exciting software emulation.
They are not messing about with clever cryptic names or anything, no, Cherry Audio are embracing the Quadra in all its orange and brown, blue and green glory and it’s looking pretty tasty. The Quadra is a bit of a weird synthesizer in that it’s actually 4 synthesizers in one. It takes on the flavour of electric organs where it has different sections for different tasks. It has a strings section like a Solina String Machine, then a Lead section and Bass section for different ends of the spectrum and finally a paraphonic Polysynth section to fill out the middle. You’re never really sure what it’s supposed to be but that doesn’t stop you from getting a lot of fun out of its impressive front end.
Cherry Audio has expanded the Quadra in all sorts of directions giving the sections a greater range, velocity, pulse width modulation and oscillator drift that you can turn off. There are more waveforms on the lead synth and a better arpeggiator and the LFO has been greatly improved. They’ve kept the 14-stage Phaser but also added other effects like chorus, echo and reverb. At the end of the chain there’s a mixer for creating the perfect balance of all four sections.
It comes with 450 presets made by beautiful synth people, that are going to thrill your socks off. It certainly looks the part and is a synth I’ve not come across in software. If you know of another then let us know in the comments.
Quadra is available in AU, VST, VST3, AAX, and standalone formats for a special price of $39.
Synth Stack 2
Meanwhile Cherry Audio has decided they have enough synths to come up with a bundle deal in the Synth Stack 2 (I must have missed the original Synth Stack). It comes with 10 software instruments including Voltage Modular and the Quadra for $199. That’s a really good deal.
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