Arturia Oberheim SEM V

Analog-style Synthesizer Virtual Instrument - Mac/PC AAX, VST, AU
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Arturia Oberheim SEM V
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A Classic Oberheim Synth with a Modern Twist!

Arturia's Oberheim SEM V synthesizer virtual instrument delivers the sound and the feel of the original Oberheim SEM Synthesizer Expansion Module straight to your favorite DAW! Powered by Arutria's impressive TAE technology, Oberheim SEM V provides you with a sonically spot-on version of this classic analog synth. Not only does the Oberheim SEM V virtual instrument give you the same fat basses and sweeping leads that inspired artists and producers, including Goldfrapp, Herbie Hancock, John Carpenter, and many more, it includes many of Arturia's special touches, such as polyphony and 8-voice multitimbrality, effects, and much more. Experience a classic analog synthesizer in a whole new way with Arturia's Oberheim SEM V virtual instrument!

Arturia Oberheim SEM V Synthesizer Virtual Instrument at a Glance:
  • A synth nut's sonic playground
  • Spot-on re-creation of the original SEM
  • Loaded with Arturia-exclusive extras
A synth nut's sonic playground

Whether you were born with an oscillator control knob in your fingers or you're new to the tone-tweaking world of synthesis, Arturia's Oberheim SEM V is sure to provide you with countless hours of pure synth-inspired bliss. The range of synthesizer tones Oberheim SEM V adds to your virtual instrument rig is amazing. SImple, hands-on, analog-style controls let you tweak a full complement of parameters including oscillators, envelopes, and LFOs - all with truly satisfying results. Once you start tweaking knobs, there's no telling what fun and exciting sounds you'll discover.

Spot-on re-creation of the original SEM

The central section of the Oberheim SEM V virtual instrument is a dead-to-rights model of Tom Oberheim's classic SEM. The re-creation goes far deeper than just the graphics - we're talking about the very interaction between each component of the SEM analog synthesis architecture. Side-by-side, even a synth guru with decades of experience would have a hard time telling the sound of an original SEM and Arturia's Oberheim SEM V soft synth apart... that is until you get to the incredible extras Arturia added to their version of the SEM.

Loaded with Arturia-exclusive extras

Arturia's Oberheim SEM V comes loaded with amazing bonus components never found on a classic Oberheim SEM. A second LFO, a sub-octave generator, and a white noise generator expand the SEM's core synthesis base, whereas built-in overdrive, chorus, and delay effects let you add unprecedented depth and dimension to your sound. Arturia also gave the Oberheim SEM V portamento control and a built-in arpeggiator so you can dial in anything from gliding leads to percussive patterns. And then there are the three exclusive modules, including Keyboard Follow, Voice Programmer, and Modulation Matrix, each of which let you take hold of advanced performance controls. It's like having a whole rack full of SEMs, plus a room full of CV-manipulation gear. Prepare to totally geek out on this awesome virtual synth!

Arturia Oberheim SEM V Synthesizer Virtual Instrument Features:
  • A virtual version of one of the world's most beloved analog synthesizers, loaded with killer extras
  • Core sounds and functions feature a spot-on emulation of Tom Oberheim's SEM (Synthesizer Expander Module) analog synth
  • High-end physical modeling powered by Arturia's exclusive TAE technology gives you extremely realistic analog sound
  • Adds polyphonic, 8-voice multitimbral operation to the traditional monophonic SEM tone
  • Includes all of the Oberheim SEM's original parameters, including 2 x oscillators (sawtooth/variable-width pulse wave with PWM), sine wave LFO, 12dB/octave multi-mode filter, and two ADS envelopes
  • Extra tone modules add a sub-octave generator and a white noise generator to your sonic palette
  • Second LFO gives you even more modulation you can use to shape your tone
  • Portamento and arpeggiator let you add glide and motion to your performance
  • Onboard professional, analog-style effects including overdrive, delay, and chorus give you more tone-shaping tools
  • Advanced Keyboard Follow module lets you draw modulation curves on the fly for up to six parameters
  • Voice Programmer module lets you combine and manipulate each of the Oberheim SEM V's eight voices dynamically
  • Modulation Matrix module offers eight simultaneous modulations, which you can set between eight different sources and more than 25 destinations
  • Mac/PC, AAX, VST or AU 32 & 64 bit formats
Get classic Oberheim tone and a whole lot more from Arturia's Oberheim SEM V virtual instrument!

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Tech Specs

Software Type Synth
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Download
Bit Depth 32-bit, 64-bit
Format Standalone, AAX, VST, AU
Hardware Requirements - Mac 2GHz Intel CPU or higher, 2GB RAM minimum
Hardware Requirements - PC 2GHz CPU or higher, 2GB RAM minimum
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.8 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 or later
Manufacturer Part Number 210508_Down

Customer Reviews

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Great softsynth, another gem from Arturia.

This is a great addition to anyone looking for classic Oberheim sounds and beyond. I have always been a fan of Arturia's vst line and this is one I was always hoping would come out. Great pads, strings, brass, leads and bass. You can stack the voices from two all the way up to a ridiculously over the top thirty-two creating massive lush sounds. This is a great alternative to shelling out a grand for the hardware, yes its nice to have hands on knobs, cv in/outs, etc. but this will give you pretty spot on sound for a fraction of the cost. Bottom line: give it a shot, you can even download the demo and try it out yourself from Arturia's website you won't be sorry.
Music background: Producer, Sound Engineer, Synth Enthusiast

A great plug

Arturia did some really good work with this one.It is very inspiring and worth the price.I shall recommend it.Also, as a first purchase at Sweetwater, I must say they're very smart.
Music background: Musician
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