MATRIXSYNTH: Cherry Audio Quadra demo tune—The Four

Friday, December 10, 2021

Cherry Audio Quadra demo tune—The Four

video upload by boxoftextures

"Recently got Quadra from Cherry Audio, a modern software recreation of the ARP Quadra. In a way it's a pretty limited instrument, but that's what the Quadra was. You got four basic elements—bass, strings, poly synth, and lead synth—and they all had a few controls for each, some more than others. The beauty of the Quadra was that for the price of one instrument you had access to all of those sounds, so in a sense it was a real bargain back in the day.

The Cherry Audio Quadra does a good job of recreating the instrument, and it adds a number of things, as usual. There are more effects modules, an arpeggiator, and programmable keyboard zones for separate or overlapping sounds, for example. And pitch and mod wheels (!). And the thing sounds darn good.

This tune was originally supposed to be just the four pure tracks, one for each of the Quadra sections, all my own patches of course. But I couldn't leave it be and had to add a fifth track with another lead section, and I couldn't leave well enough alone and had to make it an impure not-Quadra-only track by adding a pedalboard and a Nembrini Audio Sound Master amp simulator. Just had to get that biting lead sound. Because that's how I roll. As usual. And I make no apologies for it either!

So bottom line, Quadra from Cherry Audio sounds great. I never had an ARP Quadra back in the day, but now I've got those sounds.


Quadra from Cherry Audio
With a side helping of Sound Master from Nembrini Audio

Recorded in Logic Pro
Screen capture video recorded and edited in ScreenFlow
Audio routing done in Loopback, from Rogue Amoeba

Cherry Audio Quadra
Nembrini Audio Sound Master
Screenflow from Telestream


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