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Arturia release Acid V TB-303 emulation

Powerful built-in sequencer & modulation capabilities

Arturia Acid V Roland TB-303 bass synth plug-in emulation

Arturia have announced the release of their latest software instrument, Acid V. Utilising the company’s renowned modelling technology, the instrument not only offers an authentic emulation of Roland’s legendary TB-303 bass synth, but also greatly enhances it with a range of new and interesting features.

Aiming to provide even deeper and more aggressive sounds than the original, Acid V has been kitted out with a -2 octave range sub-oscillator, as well as a vibrato function that extends from a slow de-tune up to audio rates. Recognising that many iconic 303 sounds have been created by coupling the instrument with distortion processors, Arturia have also included a built-in Drive section, which offers 14 different algorithms designed to provide an extensive range of saturated sounds.

An Advanced panel presents users with a huge collection of additional settings, with a dedicated Sequencer page joined by three Modulation tabs and an Effects section. A wealth of sequencing and arpeggiation capabilities are built in, with the grid-based note view and scale-based pattern generation functions joined by a range of adjustable variation parameters. Over 350 built-in sequences are provided to offer users some inspiration, and it is also possible to export patterns from the sequencer as MIDI files for use with other instruments.

In terms of modulation, Acid V is equipped with three customisable function generators which can be assigned to a range of the instrument’s parameters. A collection of LFO-like shapes are included, but it is also possible to draw in custom shapes — or create variations of the existing ones — for detailed control over parameter modulation. Lastly, the Effects tab hosts four slots which can be loaded up with any combination of 17 built-in processors, which include the likes of delays, reverbs, unison effects, multi-band compressors and more.


Acid V is supported on PCs running Windows 10 and above and Macs running macOS 10.13 and higher. It is available in VST, AAX and AU plug-in formats, and there is also a standalone version. The instrument also features NKS support, allowing for advanced integration with Native Instruments’ series of hardware controllers.

Pricing & Availability

Acid V is available now and is being offered for an introductory price of €99 until 14 September 2023, after which it will cost €199. During the same offer period, the company are also offering discounts on a bundle with V Collection 9 for eligible users. More information can be found on the Arturia website.

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