Arturia has released a new update to Pigments that introduces cross-modulation between sound engines, a new Distortion effect and many more improvements including Apple M1 compatibility.
Arturia continues to build on the impressive Pigments Polychrome Software Synthesizer. I enjoyed the new harmonic oscillator and Jupiter filter that came with version 3 and now we have some new ways to shape and destroy sound in version 3.5.
The big new thing is the ability to cross modulate between the sound engines. Pigments uses two sound engines which can be wavetables, samples, harmonic or analogue oscillators. You can layer the two together and add in noise or a sub-oscillator from the Utility Engine which came with version 3. Previously there’s been a Modulator section of the sound engine where you can feed waveforms into various bits of the oscillator(s) for a bit of FM action. You can now switch this section from Modulator to the other Sound Engine feeding in whatever waveforms you’re generating in one space into the FM inputs on the other. This creates the opportunity for some pretty crazy stuff-into-stuff modulating modulation, which is great for getting deeper into sound design.
The Distortion Module combines 16 modes of distortion covering things like germanium fuzz to jagged wave folding as well as soft saturation and warmth. The options give you a good range of sounds to play with and that Drive knob really drives it home. It also has built-in filtering which is a useful thing to help focus the sound or take the edge off a little bit. It has an intriguing “Dark” mode button which adds nicely to the carnage.
Improve and update
Arturia has been busy improving other areas like adding new modes to the comb filter, adding one-click preview and folders to the sample browser and they’ve packed in a bunch of new wavetables. There have been some GUI changes that you wouldn’t really notice unless you use it every day.
Apple M1 compatibility is of course very welcome and you can now enjoy native support for M1 processors for macOS.
With the release, Arturia are including 3 new sound banks totally over 450 new presets dedicated to the “pure, exhilarating energy of today’s electronic music elite”. Are they talking about me? Thanks very much!
Pigments 3.5 is a free update to all users and if you fancy getting into it then you can buy it for 50% off from December 14th to January 6th.
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