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Sugar Bytes Obscurium review by MusicRadar

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Describing Obscurium (VST/AU/RTAS/AAX/standalone) in a single sentence isn't easy, but 'hybrid virtual analogue and FM synth with 16-lane modulation sequencer, chord generator sequencer and arpeggiator' is close enough.

With the press of a single key, Obscurium can create massively complex evolving riffs and patterns. You can also disable the pitch functions and play it like a regular MIDI synth, but its real value is undoubtedly as a source of track-starting ideas.

Obscurium's two sound generators are deceptively basic-looking. The first is an analogue-style oscillator with three modulatable parameters (Sync Frequency, Pulse Width and Waveshape) and a Spread control for shifting between sync saw/pulse waves suitable for bass and lead noises, and a super-saw mode for thick pads and strings.


  • Great sound
  • Highly versatile
  • Immensely inspirational
  • VST instrument hosting
  • Huge preset selection


  • Grey on black text can be difficult to read at times

Our Verdict
Obscurium is an amazing synth in its own right, but it becomes essential when you start getting other instruments involved.

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