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​Arturia recreate Roland TB-303 with emulated synth

The software version of the instrument adds a handful of new features

  • Gemma Ross
  • 29 August 2023
​Arturia recreate Roland TB-303 with emulated synth

French audio tech company Arturia have recreated the classic Roland TB-303 for the first time as a software emulation, priced at just €99 (£85).

Acid V is the first softsynth emulation of the influential 303 from Arturia, said to “channel the cult classic bass synth” which first released in 1981.

The emulated instrument works similarly to the ‘80s original, adding a handful of new features including vibrato, arpeggiator, and a sub-oscillator.

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“Pump your mixes full of reactive ever-evolving bass grooves, unleash mutated sequences fizzing with distortion, and experiment with extra features for revitalized rave energy,” reads the instrument’s description.

New controls also feature on Acid V, such as pulse-width modulation, cutoff range, and bass boost, and includes a built-in distortion module with 14 algorithms.

With over 150 factory presets, the Acid V also boasts four FX slots with 17 total FX to choose from. The instrument comes alongside in-app tutorials to take users through each effect and feature step-by-step.

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“Enjoy an expertly-crafted selection of 150+ presets, from classic bass synth lines to experimental modulated tones for modern production - instantly gratifying results in a few clicks,” Arturia adds.

Acid V is playable in DAW - including Live, FL Studio, Logic Pro - or can be used standalone with a MIDI keyboard. Since its release, the instrument has been tried and tested by the likes of ABSOLUTE., Paul Hartnoll, and Hardfloor.

The new softsynth is priced at just €99 (£85) for the first month, due to go up to €199 (£170) from September 14 onwards. Find out more about Acid V here, and check out a promotional video below.

Gemma Ross is Mixmag's Assistant Editor, follow her on Twitter

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