Arturia have released SQ-80 V, an emulation of the classic Ensoniq SQ-80 hybrid synthesizer from the late 1980s.
The SQ-80 was Ensoniq’s follow up to the ESQ-1, both of which combine digital oscillators with an analog filter section. It builds on its predecessor’s capabilities with a greatly expanded selection of onboard waveforms ranging from the typical analog style waves, to bright wavetable-esque bells, to cheesy lo-fi drum samples.
Being a primarily digital synth, the traditional subtractive style architecture goes beyond most polysynths of its time with 3 oscillators, 4 envelopes, 3 LFOs and of course that analog filter, per voice. This software emulation features sixteen voices of polyphony, compared to the original’s eight.
The combination of all these features as well as the expansive selection of waveforms make for a versatile instrument, capable of timbres ranging from rich and warm, to gritty and lofi, and everything in between. Thanks to the SQ-80 V’s improved interface, building sounds is not only simple, but also a lot of fun.
Here’s the overview from Arturia’s press release:
An authentic hybrid
SQ80 V brings this analog & digital anti-hero back to life in superior detail
- 3 DOC digital oscillators
- Thousands of possible waveform combinations
- Modelled CEM analog filter & amp
- Instant modulation via LFOs, envelopes, and more
- Analog dispersion offers organic synth experience
- Expertly enhanced with extra sounds, features, and functionality for modern producers
- Hundreds more waveforms added
- Additional arpeggiator, MIDI modulation, and envelope modes
- Accessible, streamlined modern workflow
- 15 built-in effects with 2 busses
- MPE compatibility
Raw industrial & luscious lo-fi
Traverse gritty industrial soundscapes and dusty lo-fi textures with the organic digital wavemaker as your vessel – explore our 2 brand new sound banks designed to celebrate SQ80 V’s sound.
Smooth, saturated sounds for the digital lo-fi age
Soft, tape, saturated, ambient
Gritty hybrid timbres showing SQ80 V’s industrial side
Modern, retro, edgy, distorted
For more info be sure to check out our First Look video above. SQ-80 V is available now via Arturia’s website with a special introductory discount of 50%. It’s also available as a bundle with V Collection 8 with additional discounts for existing customers.