Virtual Analog Polyphonic Synth Plug-in with Modular Architecture, 12 Alias-free Oscillators, 256-step Sequencer, and MIDI Controllability - Mac/PC AAX, VST, AU, RTAS
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The Power of Two!

NOTE: This plug-in requires an eLicenser or iLok (not included) for authorization.

The XILS-lab XILS 4 virtual synth plug-in gives you the sonic power of the XILS 3's EMS VCS3 great analog sound - times two! Based on the never-released EMS VCS4 pin matrix analog synthesizer, XILS 4 is two EMS VCS3 analog synth engines joined together along with a 256-step polysequencer, tons of external modules, effects, and more to give you the power to create the soundscapes you've been hearing in your head. The pin matrix format for synths took away the hassle of maneuvering around cumbersome patch cables. XILS 4 uses this format to give you unbelievable flexibility in your music-making process. With XILS-lab's one-mouse-click simplicity your patching with XILS 4 is fast, easy, and organized.

XILS-lab XILS 4 Virtual Synth Plug-in at a Glance:
  • A whole new world of sound
  • You've got connections
  • The power of a polyphonic sequencer
A whole new world of sound

The XILS 4 virtual synthesizer plug-in brings new dimension to your sound design possibilities. Each of the synths has six oscillators arranged in three pairs, hard syncability, variable slope lowpass filters, effects, output filters, noise generators, and over 680 presets - XILS 4 puts endless inspiration and creativity at your fingertips. And thanks to the power of digital technology, this emulation gives you rich analog sound but is far more flexible, surpassing anything you can do with a hardware synth.

You've got connections

In the late 60s, the development of pin matrix synths meant bigger sounds, faster patch builds, and better workflow for synth players. With XILS 4 the past greets the future with two synths, each with their own matrix - with more than 1140 possible connections (audio and control signals, trig signals) available with XILS 4, you can connect everything to anything, giving you total control over your sounds. The visually concise pin matrix format is especially helpful when you're working on creating new sounds because you can easily see where you are and switch up your signal path to reshape your sound with just a single mouseclick. Once you start using XILS 4, Sweetwater knows you'll have the same excitement about its sound and flexibility as you would any piece of analog hardware.

The power of a polyphonic sequencer

Remember EMS' 256 standalone sequencer? XILS-lab does - and they included it in XILS 4! With three layers and 2 tracks, this sequencer is one compelling tool. Six individual lines of sequence, three different recording modes (live, step, and edit), and three variable slew rate knobs along with a host of other great controls, give you the power and flexibility of EMS' old school sequencer in a far more portable package with even more exacting sound.

XILS-lab XILS 4 Virtual Synth Plug-in Features:
  • 12 total alias-free oscillators with wave-shaping, hard sync modes, and additional noise oscillators
  • 2 analog multimode filters with non linear and zero delay behaviors and 3 modes (12/18/24dB)
  • 4 trapezoidal looping envelope generators that are switchable to standard ADSR
  • Polyphonic ring modulator, LFOs, and VCA engine
  • Cascade Mode allows synth 1 to feed the synth 2 engine inputs
  • 4 independent outputs with analog low-and highpass filters feed the stereo output bus
  • 2 programmable joystick vector controllers for up to 32 modulation targets on each
  • Polyphonic sequencer with 3 independent lines, slew rates, and 3 recording modes
  • Includes pitch tracker, envelope follower, transient, gate, sample and hold modules
  • Effects include chorus, delay, phaser, spring reverb
  • 6 play modes for customized playability
  • 680+ presets created by world famous sound designers
  • More than 100 parameters that you can map to your favorite MIDI controllers
Digital power and flexibility with great analog flavor with XILS-lab's XILS 4!

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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 11-31270

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