A filter legend with a modern twist. Tom Oberheim’s pioneering design, among the first ever self-contained analog synthesizers, was home to one of the best-loved filters of all time. Now you can use it as cutting edge creative plugin for your DAW. Combining simplicity with pure tone-shaping power, Filter SEM is a futuristic twist on a classic synth... Click To Read More About This Product
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A filter legend with a modern twist. Tom Oberheim’s pioneering design, among the first ever self-contained analog synthesizers, was home to one of the best-loved filters of all time. Now you can use it as cutting edge creative plugin for your DAW. Combining simplicity with pure tone-shaping power, Filter SEM is a futuristic twist on a classic synth filter. Using the meticulous modeling techniques, and by adding exciting new features, Arturia created a true modern classic audio filter.
No longer confined to a synthesizer, you can now use the era-defining filter tone of Tom Oberheim’s cult synth module on any audio source you wish. Process acoustic instruments in your DAW, shape vocals, perform sweeps on your whole mix, create builds, rises, and drops, even use it to improve a soft-synths stock filter.
Simple, but Effective
The original SEM, or Synthesizer Expander Module, was one of the world’s first all-in-one synth packages. Created to expand the capabilities of other synths, it could serve many purposes. Adding polyphony, fattening up their sound, and performing sequences in a supporting role to a main synth were all familiar roles for SEM.
One of the most remarkable modules on the SEM was its VCF. The 12dB per octave multi-mode filter helped define the sonic identity of Oberheim’s popular 70s synth, because it shaped a diverse range of sounds that were almost impossible to get on other synthesizers. Filter SEM not only carefully models the crossfadable modes of the filter - low-pass, high-pass, notch and band-pass, but also expands its functionality and features to create a great-sounding, versatile filter plugin that you’ll want to use on every track you create.
Vintage Tone Combined with Powerful Contemporary Features
Able to bring another dimension to whatever audio source you choose, the story of Arturia's reworked SEM architecture started in 2012, when they we released SEM V. Through component analysis and the advanced techniques of their TAE technology, they were able to reproduce not only the filter, but every aspect of the original instrument in software. A hit as part of the V Collection, Arturia turned next to creating the SEM’s filter as a standalone plugin.
Once the VCF was isolated, Arturia added some contemporary functionality that launch this iconic filter straight into the 21st century. Every aspect of Filter SEM, including all of the modern additions, are all controllable via MIDI CC, so should your DAW allow it, you’ll be able to control and perform using Filter SEM in your live sets, too.
Load up your DAW with plugins you’ll actually use. Arturia's software plugins also have outstanding compatibility, and are available in VST, AU, and AAX formats so no matter your DAW of choice, you’ll be able to enjoy awesome Arturia sound-shaping.
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