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SubLab XL from Future Audio Workshop

Software synth gains new effects and macro control

Future Audio Workshop SubLab XL sub bass kick software synth

Future Audio Workshop have released SubLab XL, an expanded version of SubLab, their bass-focused software synthesizer. This latest version is built around the same synth and sampler engines as the original, but introduces some new features and functionality. All of the original factory samples from SubLab are included, along with some new content exclusive to the XL variant. There are now nine Bass Packs compared to the original’s six, and over 100 all new presets are included.

The synth engine in question is an analogue modelling type equipped with sine, triangle, sawtooth, square and supersaw options, and provides options for layering unison voices, tuning and detuning, dry/wet mixing and widening. The sample engine features automatic pitch detection, crossfade functionality to remove unwanted clicks, and a loop mode for creating sustained samples

The plug-in’s effects have seen a significant upgrade. SubLab was equipped with four distortion effects, an analogue modelled filter and a compressor. XL retains the compressor and filter, but also boasts six distortion effects, as well as adding a waveshaper, bitcrusher, tape saturation, and EQ sections. It also adds an LFO for modulation duties, and further control opportunities are provided by the addition of a macro page, where up to ten parameters can be mapped to two independent macros.

SubLb XL is available for Windows 7 and higher, macOS 10.12 and higher, and is available in VST2, VST3, AU and AAX formats. It is currently available for an introductory price of $50, compared to a normal price of $80. Owners of SubLab are eligible for an upgrade price, which can be found by logging into their account on the Future Audio Workshop website.

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