Five of to­day’s best soft­ware pow­ered semi-mod­u­lars

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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.

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