Synapse Audio has released the latest version of their award-winning software synthesizer. Dune 3 is complex, flexible and ambitious and doubles up on many of the features of version 2.
They say that at full polyphony Dune 3 has a maximum reserve of 8320 oscillators. That’s a lot of detuned unison to play with. The new Swarm mode gives each oscillator its own subtle modulation with useful controls over spread and density.
The Wavetables can now be edited. You can draw in waveforms either freehand or using line and curve tools. You can pick an existing waveform as a starting point or generate one by entering or selecting a formula – that is completely fascinating. Or you can import waveforms and wavetables in WAV format.
You now have a dual multi-mode filter section which you can run in series or parallel and blend between them. They’ve added more filter types which include zero-delay feedback filters derived from their latest analog modelling technology. There are also insert effects directly in the filter section to make use of such things as formant filters and phasers.
The arpeggiator has been doubled up with two completely independent arp engines. They can play back different sequences and even take data from MIDI files. They’ve added a random mode and a programmable Arp Hold function.
A bunch of new effects are included to beef up and expand on the end of the signal chain including the GQ-7 Graphic EQ that’s a separate Rack Extension for Reason. Lots of other algorithms such as the sumptuous Shimmer Hall and improved distortion, chorus, delay and reverb.
All in all a competent upgrade to a decent synth that’s giving you a lot of creative possibilities if you want to move beyond the dancey presets. Available for MacOS and Windows for £139.