MOTU MX4 Version 2

Virtual Synthesizer Plug-In with Hybrid Synthesis En gine and New Presets - Mac Standalone, RTAS, AU
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MOTU MX4 Version 2
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A New Version of the Hybrid Software Synth!

NOTE: This product requires an iLok (not included) for authorization. Please call your Sweetwater Sales Engineer if you have questions.

MX4 from MOTU features a unique, hybrid synthesis engine that combines several forms of synthesis, including subtractive, wavetable, frequency modulation (FM), amplitude modulation (AM) and analog emulation. MX4's flexible programming and advanced modulation architecture provide the intimacy of a vintage synth, the flexibility of a modular synth, and the innovation of a virtual synth. The new MX4 Version 2 delivers all the great features of the original plus new presets and functions to enhance your creative options

MOTU MX4 Version 2 at a Glance:
  • New presets plus other upgraded features
  • Compatible with MAS, RTAS, and Audio Units
  • Oscillators provide analog waveforms with adjustable symmetry
  • Two resonant multi-mode filters
  • Extensive modulation architecture
New presets plus other upgraded features

MX4 Version 2 delivers hundreds of new presets in a wide range of categories, neatly organized into sub-menus for easy browsing. Many take full advantage of the hottest new features, like the pattern gate, arpeggiator and pattern sequencer. In addition, MX4 Version 2 includes a whole slew of new sound-shaping features.

MOTU MX4 Version 2 New Features Include:
  • Hundreds of new factory presets - New presets in a wide range of categories, neatly organized into sub-menus for easy browsing
  • More built-in effects - Flanger, phaser and all-important reverb
  • Stereo Detune - For a huge spread across the stereo field
  • Anti-aliased (band-limited) wavetables - The pure, pristine sound of every included wavetable, even in the highest registers
  • Mods page - An entirely new dimension in multi-synth programming
  • Pattern gate - Pulsating, rhythmic, hypnotic - the Pattern Gate slices MX4's synth section into programmable pulses, tempo-locked to your host application
  • Arpeggiator - Gives you everything you need to quickly achieve the arpeggiator effect you are looking for
  • Pattern sequencer - Gives you the means to rhythmically modulate just about any parameter in MX4, with pin-point control over every step of the pattern
MAS, RTAS & Audio Units plug-in

As a plug-in, MX4 operates efficiently and provides unlimited voices, polyphony and instantiations (subject to the processing resources of the host computer). Playback is sample-accurate with supporting host applications, such as Digital Performer 4 (MAS), Pro Tools (RTAS) and other Mac OS X audio hosts (Audio Units). MX4's 32-bit internal resolution provides wide dynamic range, and it supports all standard sample rates up to 192kHz. Users can work fast and intuitively in a single, efficiently organized window labeled with real-world values like semitones, decibels, etc. All settings are saved with host software projects for instant recall.

Oscillators

MX4's basic synthesis architecture provides 3 oscillators with modulatable waveform symmetry and hard sync, 2 variable topology multimode filters, 4 variable waveshape LFO's and 4 ADSHR envelopes. MX4 provides all standard analog synthesizer waveforms, but every waveform has adjustable symmetry. This allows users to create standard pulse width modulation effects, as well as waveform "morphing" effects, such as smoothly changing from a triangle waveform to a sawtooth. Changing the symmetry of simple sine waves can even create interesting and unique spectra.

Filters

Two resonant multimode filters (with modulatable overdrive) provide lowpass, highpass, band-pass and notch filters with independent slope specified as 6, 12, 18 or 24dB per octave for a total of 16 different filter types. As a result, users can create a wide variety of vintage keyboard sounds. Both filters can also be stacked, combining them for a total of 48dB per octave. MX4's unique Variable Filter Topology allows users to easily and intuitively arrange the two filters and overdrive in 14 different configurations that produce over 3,000 different filter topologies. Users can then further adjust the filter settings, providing a very wide range of filter effects to explore.

Modulation architecture

The four variable waveshape LFOs include adjustable symmetry, rate delay, fade and phase. Four ADSHR envelopes are also provided, with graphic controls for intuitive programming. All parameters can be modulated. Flexible modulation routings are essential for expanding the sonic palette of a subtractive synthesizer such as MX4. All continuously variable parameters, including LFOs and envelopes, can be modulated by many sources, including track automation, MIDI controllers, LFO's & envelopes. They can even be modulated by multiple sources simultaneously. Conversely, each modulation source in MX4 can modulate an unlimited number of destinations simultaneously, with the modulation range independently scaled at each destination.

MOTU MX4 Version 2 Features:
  • Hundreds of new factory presets
  • More built-in effects
  • Stereo Detune
  • Anti-aliased (band-limited) wavetables
  • Pattern gate
  • Arpeggiator
  • Trigger sequencer
  • Enhanced modifier key shortcuts
  • Pattern sequencer
  • New shapers
With MOTU MX4 Version 2 your sound creation options are virtually unlimited!

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Tech Specs

Software Type Synth
Platform Mac
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Boxed
iLok Required Yes
Format Standalone, RTAS, AU
Hardware Requirements - Mac Apple G4 1GHz CPU, 512MB RAM
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.4
Manufacturer Part Number 7250

Customer Reviews

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5/5

Terrific easy-to-program software synth

This software synth is fantastic. Very easy to program and the amount of tweaking you can do is in the "am I dreaming?" realm. Modulating the sounds with various LFOs is very simple and the upgraded presets provide an excellent starting point for creating your own sounds. The available effects are decent, but somewhat limited. In general, I find that most synth sounds when heard "dry" are not that impressive, but if you add a few tasty effects, you can really take them over the top. Obviously if you can't get there with the "on board" effects in MX4, you can use other effects to do the trick. And if you can't get great sounds or up to speed with modulating sounds using MX4, think about switching to guitar. ;-)
Music background: hobbyist
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