Gear Of The Year: Best soft synth of 2021

Virtualized classics compete against new originals – but which soft synth takes the cake this year?

Arturia Pigments 3

WINNER: Arturia Pigments 3

Price: ‎£85.00
Contact: Arturia 

Arturia’s Pigments 3 doesn’t try to emulate any one particular synth from the history books, nor does it try to look like one. Instead, its goal is to leverage modern systems and offer producers more in a single synth plug-in – “every shade of synthesis” in fact.

It’s a sound designer’s paradise, with four fully realised engines – analogue, wavetable, sample and harmonic – available to dream up any sound you can imagine. And you get to merge any two of these together to come up with surprising new tones entirely.

All this power would be a little unwieldy if it wasn’t for Pigments 3’s masterful user experience, which keeps you aware of what’s going on with animated windows. There are integrated tutorials and a built-in hint system to hold your hand through the process when you need it.

Read our full review here.

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