Five of today’s best software powered semi-modulars
Madrona Labs Aalto
With its West Coast aesthetic and cable-connecting workflow, this vibey synth plugin strikes the perfect balance between semi-modular eccentricity and software convenience. Trigger the FM-esque complex oscillator with its multiple sequencers for Buchla adventures in the box.
Green Oak Crystal
It looks a bit dated by today’s standards, but this famous subtractive-meets-FM synth gives you everything you need to experiment with semi-modular adventures… and it’s free! Although it eschews patch cables for a more traditional mod matrix, there are tons of modulators to get things moving. Also available on iOS for a mere $4.99.