Cherry Audio Quadra Synthesizer

USD $39.00 (UK/EU orders incur VAT)

The Cherry Audio Quadra Synthesizer is a super-accurate and immensely improved emulation of the ARP Quadra synthesizer, originally released in 1978 – a rare and coveted “unicorn” instrument in the synthesizer world, reproduced for the first time as a virtual instrument.

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Description

Summary

We’ve addressed the original Quadra’s shortcomings and wildly expanded it for an experience that blows away the real thing in every conceivable way. Each of its four sections is independently assignable to any region of the keyboard for endless splitting and layering flexibility. The awkward patch storage has been replaced with Cherry Audio’s extensive, unlimited patch browsing system. The overall sound quality has been improved for a richer and fatter tone. And not only did we make a killer emulation of the aforementioned onboard phaser effect, we added a stereo chorus/flanger, a syncable echo, and studio-quality reverb – all individually routable for unprecedented effects flexibility.

Cherry Audio’s Quadra introduces improvements throughout every section, bringing out the full potential of the original ARP design. Each instrument section can now be layered anywhere across the keyboard, and we’ve increased transposition ranges for most sections.

The paraphonic Poly Synthesizer section has been beefed up with an additional octave, optional oscillator drift, velocity control, new modulation capabilities (including pulse-width modulation), and additional waveforms. The Lead Synthesizer section has been enhanced with a more powerful arpeggiator, additional waveforms, adjustable note priority, and numerous other small improvements. We’ve turned the Quadra’s rudimentary LFO into a full-featured, multi-waveform, tempo-syncable LFO. We’ve added a deeply flexible bender section that allows pitch bend wheel data to independently bend pitches and modulate filter cutoff for each instrument section.

We modeled the ARP Quadra’s 14-stage phaser, and added additional effects – chorus/flanger, echo, and reverb – that can also be turned on and off independently for each instrument section. Imagine strings bathed in reverb, a poly synth slowly phasing and flanging, and a lead synth with a slapback delay, all layered together to create a beautiful swirling pad. The sound design possibilities are endless!

Quadra includes a multiple out version for maximum flexibility. The standard “Quadra” instance mixes the four sections to a summed output. “Quadra Multi Out” includes five sets of outputs: a standard stereo mix, plus dry independent outputs for each section, as found on the original hardware.

Key Features

  • Over 450 presets, programmed by industry veterans
  • All four sections superbly recreated
  • Poly Synthesizer includes Drift control for increased analog realism
  • Independent key range assignment for all four instrument sections
  • Precisely replicated phase shifter with multiple mod sources
  • Tempo-syncable LFO
  • Multi-out instance allows separate processing of each instrument section
  • Improved arpeggiator section w/tempo sync
  • Accurately emulated “Touch Sensor” aftertouch section
  • Highly optimized coding for high performance with ultra-low CPU load
  • User-adjustable oversampling control
  • Advanced one-click UI magnification
  • Full MIDI control and DAW automation for all controls

 
System Requirements

Quadra is available in AU, VST, VST3, AAX, and standalone formats.

MAC MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • macOS 10.9 or above (including macOS 12), 64-bit required
  • Native Apple M1 processor support
  • Quad-core computer with 8GB of RAM recommended

 
PC MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • Windows 7 or above (including Windows 11), 64-bit required
  • Quad-core computer with 8GB of RAM recommended

 
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