MATRIXSYNTH: ARTURIA Introduces the SQ80 V w/ Added Features

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

ARTURIA Introduces the SQ80 V w/ Added Features

Update: new videos added below. Don't miss them.

"SQ80 V is Ensoniq’s classic ‘80s Cross-Wave synth reborn, weaving hybrid lo-fi character, complex industrial textures, and thousands of unique waveform combinations into a quick-fire softsynth enhanced for modern production. Digital synthesis unraveled.

SQ80 V → Exclusive launch offer until October 5th, 2021 ⏰"

"What we added

SQ80 V strikes the perfect balance between ‘80s cult classic and modern production workhorse with character. To achieve this, we added hundreds more waveforms and retrofitted its architecture with a number of extra creative features - without compromising its distinct retro charm.

The arpeggiator
Introducing an arpeggiator to SQ80 V’s curious sound equips it for easy performance and melody creation. A classic component with the familiar controls, including arp direction, sync, octave range, and hold. Just turn it on and enjoy free-flowing lo-fi sounds that fit right into your mix.

SQ80 V offers up to 16-voice polyphony - twice that of the original hardware instrument - but we couldn’t resist adding an 8-voice unison option. Stack up those oscillators for enormous basses, gritty percussion, and ultra-dense lead sounds.

When it comes to classic synths and keyboards, the true charm often lies in the details. We went a step further than emulating the SQ80’s sound and interface by introducing dispersion - meaning subtle variations and inconsistencies in the behavior of its emulated circuitry. No two notes will ever be exactly the same, bringing a truly unmatched organic sound.

Envelopes expanded
To further shape the attack, duration, and evolution of your sounds, we upgraded SQ80 V with 2 additional envelope modes: DADSR and MSEG. The former adds a delay stage to the traditional ADSR for staggered strikes and interesting rhythmic patterns. The latter is a fully-customizable looping function generator for painting envelopes your own way.

The Mod Mixer
Combine any 2 modulation sources, from envelopes to keyboard controls, to distort, mangle, and refract your patches in interesting and unexpected ways. With 6 different modes of modulation mixing, the combination possibilities are enormous - as are the potential sonic results.

MPE compatibility
SQ80 V supports MPE-compatible controllers for an advanced expressivity experience. Create dynamic performance patches and textures that can respond in numerous ways to a single keystroke."

Arturia SQ80 V: A Detailed Demo and Tutorial

video upload by CatSynth TV


"We take a close look at the new SQ80 V from Arturia, which recreates the look and sound of Ensoniq's Cross Wave synthesizers, the ESQ-1, SQ-80, and VFX. We explore the main "hardware" panel, look in detail and voice and sound design features, and share a few of the factory presets.

00:31 History the Ensoniq SQ-80
01:15 The Main "Hardware" Interface
03:57 Synthesizer features (Oscillators, Filters, Modulators)
16:09 Effects panel
18:45 Factory Presets"

Arturia SQ80: Ensoniq Reborn! Factory Presets Walkthrough. Sound Demo/No Talking.

video upload by Anton Anru

"Great news from Arturia: a brand new synth is added to their VST Collection. Ensoniq’s classic ‘80s Cross-Wave synth - SQ80 V.
I was glad to tweak it and walk through some factory presets. It's a very deep and a nice sounding plugin."
📺 Presets for Arturia Synths:

Arturia SQ-80 V Synth Demo Song of my Presets for the factory SoundBank.

video upload by

"Hi everyone,
I was lucky enough to be part of the sound-designer team for the new Arturia synth plug-in, the Sq-80 V , here is a little demo i made with some of the presets i created for the sound bank factory included in the synthesizer. For this "Techno" demo I used 13 instances of the synth plus few wav sounds for the drums (kick, snare hh and ride) on my DAW (Cubase from Steinberg) , of course I didn't use any other synths or effects other than a little compression and eq to fine tune the mix and a touch of mastering (also because Mix and mastering is part of my daily job 😉 ) I really liked it when Arturia told me about the Sq80v, having used them in the 90's I really love them and I'm a bit nostagic of the sound of the first hybrid polyphonic synthesizers that mix the coldness and the hardness of the digital oscillators and the warmth of the analog filters. I'm also a big fan of the number of modulations available, the 4 envelopes with 4 bipolar stages, the 3 lfo's and the modulation mixer are a dream for sound designers, without forgetting the Arturia touch with the super simple and hyper inspiring macro management.

Voila :)

Leonard de Leonard"

@Arturia SQ-80v - a software Ensoniq SQ-80 - guided tour and sound demo

video upload by Nu-Trix The Synth Guy

"​@Arturia SQ-80v - a software Ensoniq SQ-80 - guided tour and sound demo
Another Arturia software synth... another great synth to play with. Like all the Arturia soft synth, the SQ80v is a great recreation of a classic (in this case digital ) synth. They do not limit themselves with the limits of the original. They add an easy to use UI for the Synthesis section and extras: Arpeggiator, Unison mode, expanded envelopes, dispersion, mod matrix and MPE.
Using the 8 bit 5503 DOC chip, the original SQ80 was capable of unique organic digital character that is still sought out today.

► TimeLine:
00:00 Introduction
04:43 SQ-80 tour parameters
05:30 Hardware view
08:42 Synthesis view
12:09 Enveloppes
16:48 LFO
18:58 Effects
20:56 Sound demo
26:42 Conclusion"

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