Virtual Analog Polyphonic Synth Plug-in with Modular Architecture, 3 Aliasing-free Oscillators, 128-step Sequencer, and MIDI Controllability - Mac/PC AAX, VST, AU, RTAS
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If you're using Pro Tools, AAX plug-ins (or RTAS for older versions) are what you need. Most other Mac DAWs support AU plug-ins. VST is compatible with a number of Mac and Windows programs. Be sure you choose plug-ins that work with your DAW!

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Take Your Sounds Into a New Dimension

The XILS-lab XILS 3 will sate your vintage synth appetite. The XILS 3 is based on the classic, semi-modular EMS VCS3 - which Pete Townshend used to modulate the signal of a Lowrey organ for the sequenced intro of Who's Next's closing anthem. With this lofty pedigree, you'd expect the XILS 3 to serve up a banquet of holy-grail vintage analog goodness - and it does, indeed. Unlike it's ancestor, however, the XILS 3 is affordable - and easy to program, thanks to its powerful modularity. Fortify your arsenal with a virtual vintage modular synth: XILS-lab's XILS 3.

XILS-lab XILS 3 at a Glance:
  • You've got connections
  • Modules galore
  • Sequence this
You've got connections

The XILS-lab XILS 3 virtual synthesizer ushers modularity and sound design into a new dimension. With more than 450 connections (audio and control signals, trig signals) available on the XILS 3, you can pretty much route anything to anywhere, giving you iron-fisted control over your sound palette. You can also use it - as did Townsend with the VCS3 - as a powerful and versatile effects processor.

Modules galore

The XILS-lab XILS 3 is fitted with three warm-sounding, alias-free analog-style oscillators, analog curve matching, 2-pole and self-oscillating 4-pole dynamic filters, fast envelopes, a noise generator, a ring modulator, and spring reverb. More than enough to whip up intensely original sonic textures.

Sequence this

The XILS-lab XILS 3 boasts an easy-to-program 128-step sequencer that can create standard 8- or 16-step fixed patterns, as well as more complex rhythms to fuel your compositional expeditions.

XILS-lab XILS 3 Features:
  • Awesome modular synth for music and sound design!
  • Three aliasing-free oscillators: sine, ramp, square, triangle.
  • One 2/4-pole lowpass filter
  • One envelope, based on two different designs, trapezoid and ADSR
  • One spring reverb
  • One ring modulator
  • One 128-step sequencer
  • Two output static filters
  • One joy stick
  • Three connection matrix
  • One input gate
  • One input envelope follower
  • One pitch tracker
  • One transient tracker
  • Mono/Unison/Polyphonic playing mode; up to 18 voices of polyphony
  • All parameters MIDI controllable
  • Many presets made by famous sound designers
  • 2 envelopes, 1 MIDI synced LFO, 1 MIDI synced S&H, 1 Voltage Processor (for increasing the modulation shapes)
  • Powerful, menu-driven signal routing
  • Four different color matrix pins, plus a signal-inversion pin for intuitive control
  • Sequencer mouse editing for effortless, point-and-click accuracy
  • Plug-in only; no stand-alone operation
Steer your sound in new directions with the XILS-lab XILS 3!

Additional Media

Virtual Instrument Buying Guide
XILS-lab Releases XILS 3 v2.0
Welcome XILS-lab!

Tech Specs

Software Type Synth
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Download
Bit Depth 32-bit, 64-bit
iLok Required Account only required
Hardware Requirements - Mac Intel 2GHz processor or higher, 1GB RAM minimum
Hardware Requirements - PC 2GHz processor or higher, 1GB RAM minimum
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.6 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows Vista or later
Manufacturer Part Number 11-31257

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