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WIMS release WoodSynth 3.0

Multi-layer softsynth updated

WIMS WoodSynth 3.0 multi-layer software synthesizer wavetable sample MPE polyphonic aftertouch

WIMS have announced the release of WoodSynth 3.0, the most recent version of their feature-packed macOS/iPadOS software synthesizer. This latest update concentrates on improvements to the instrument’s sequencer, which has gained a newly designed user interface along with a large selection of powerful new features.


WoodSynth provides users with four independent layers, which can be configured to operate in parallel, be assigned to different keyboard regions, or used in a sequential mode where the first note will be played by the first layer, the second note by the second layer, and so on. Each layer is equipped with three VCOs along with a sample or wavetable sound source, and is able to use up to 16 voices.

The VCOs offer sine, saw, square, triangle, pulse, and noise waveforms, and feature FM, AM, pulse-width, and slew rate modulation options. Samples can either be loaded in from a file or recorded into the instrument using its audio input, whilst wavetables can also be loaded in from a file, or converted directly from loaded or recorded samples. Each voice is able to take advantage of a four-pole low-pass filter with resonance as well as an ASDR envelope, and each layer benefits from independent delay, reverb, and saturation effects.

In terms of performance controls, WoodSynth features MPE (MIDI Polyphonic Expression) support, as well as velocity, channel, and polyphonic aftertouch modes.

Sequencer Update

Version 3.0 brings with it some significant updates to WoodSynth’s sequencer, with a newly designed panel now displaying all 16 steps in a single row. A per-step Mute/Skip button has been added, and each step is also now equipped with its own large volume fader, with volume curves now able to be drawn in across multiple steps.

The instrument’s Random Note function can now be toggled on or off for each step, having previously been a global control that affected all steps, and random note probability and range values have also been introduced on a per-step basis. A Variations function now allows four different sequencer patterns (along with all of their parameter values) to be created, with a Playlist function allowing them to be combined into a 64-step pattern, or triggered for separate sections of a song.

Fixes & Improvements

WIMS have also implemented some bug fixes and minor improvements with version 3.0. The Sequencer, VC, 3D, and Advanced panels can now be moved around, and a toggle option has been added to the iPad version to allow smaller screens to switch to the plug-in’s expanded view. The sequencer and touch bar’s MIDI Out channel assignment is now global rather than being part of a preset, and the delay function now has its own LFO in order to free up the general LFOs.

An issue that caused presets to be duplicated when using the copy function has been resolved, and some minor fixes to the delay and reverb sections have also been implemented.


WoodSynth 3.0 is supported on Macs running macOS 10.11 and above, and iPads running iPad OS 11.4 and higher. It is available in AU, AAX, and VST3 plug-in formats, and the iPad version works either as a standalone app or AUv3 plug-in.

Pricing & Availability

WoodSynth 3.0 is available now. The desktop plug-in is priced at $44.99, and the iPad app version costs $13.99.

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