Cherry Audio has pulled a SEM out of their Eight-Voice emulation and dropped it into their Voltage Modular Eurorack environment in both mono and polyphonic versions.
Synthesizer Expander Modules (SEM)
With a little bit less fanfare than the amazing Eight-Voice synthesizer they’ve released at the same time, Cherry Audio has developed their SEM emulation into a patchable virtual Eurorack module for Voltage Modular. Based, of course, on the Oberheim Syntheszier Expander Module (SEM) they’ve added a Noise source and a square wave LFO option and peppered the interface with patch-points to hook into the rest of the modular environment.
As with the Eight-Voice they got award-winning synth designer Mark Barton (MRB) to do the emulation on the 12 dB/Oct state-variable filter with lowpass, highpass and notch modes.
Voltage Modular has an extensive polyphonic patching system and so they’ve decided to add a version of the SEM with 16-voice polyphony. They are imaginatively calling it the Poly-SEM.
It feels like Voltage Modular has taken a bit of a back seat since Cherry Audio has been pushing out some quite remarkable standalone software instruments so it’s good to see it getting some attention. At $29 for the two modules it’s great value for money.