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Pigments 3

Synth by Arturia

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"There is a real detail and depth in its sound."
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Polychrome Software Synthesizer

Pigments 3 is a state-of-the-art software instrument that gives you the power of every shade of synthesis. With colourful sound engines, effortless modulation, professional utilities, and studio-grade FX, explore an infinite spectrum of sound.

What’s new in Pigments 3?

Pigments has evolved to be bigger, bolder, and more versatile than ever, blurring the lines between timbres and pushing sound design into vivid new territory.

  • Harmonic oscillator for expressive & beautiful additive synthesis
  • Third Utility engine to add depth & colour to any sound
  • 64 new wavetables for metallic, aggressive timbres
  • 4 x new FX including Pitch Shift Delay & Flanger BL-20
  • Jup-8 V’s iconic resonant low pass filter
  • Enhanced filter & FX routing
  • New in-app tutorials
  • 200 new preset sounds

An Infinite Spectrum of Sound

Pigments 3 raises the bar for VST instruments, surpassing the capabilities of premium hardware synths and plugins alike, making your wildest sonic fantasy a full-colour reality. Effortlessly build, animate, customize, and refine complex patches, unlike anything you’ve ever heard.

  • Sound Engines - Combine any 2 out of 4 sound engines for your own custom timbres
  • Utility Engine - An extra oscillator & up to 2 layers of sampled noise for sonic depth
  • Dual Filters - Choose any 2 out of 10 filter types, with advanced routing
  • Professional FX - Enjoy 18 stunning FX algorithms, from vintage to cutting-edge
  • Massive Modulation - Modulate anything with anything, with a simple click-and-drag
  • Powerful Sequencing - Sequence & arpeggiate with advanced randomization, scale quantization, and polyrhythms
  • Easy-to-use Interface - Color-coded 3-panel design with real-time visual feedback
  • Preset Library - 1200 presets, spanning every genre, crafted by elite sound designers and producers

Create Any Sound

Whatever sound you need, Pigments can take you there.

From bright nylon-like plucks to the fattest wavetable sounds, dark hip hop & trap bass to creeping film soundtrack ambience, Pigments is your blank sonic canvas. Combine any pair from a selection of 4 state-of-the-art sound engines, and layer them with deep sub-bass and a sprinkling of sampled noise for instant access to every texture, timbre, and colour.

Harmonic Engine

A cutting-edge additive synthesis that lets you forge curious & tangible timbres from scratch, from plastic tubular resonance to evolving vowel-like swells - in vivid harmonic detail.

Wavetable Engine

Animate, distort, or morph through over 160 wavetables, bringing a vast spectrum of breathy, glassy, and abrasive digital sounds. Perfect for everything from roof-raising bass music to hyperpop toplines.

Virtual Analogue Engine

Energize your mix with coveted analogue warmth and irresistible vintage charm, inspired by the greatest synths ever made, courtesy of Arturia's award-winning analogue emulation technology.

Sample & Granular engine

Browse hundreds of instrument samples and loops, import your own, and transform them into genre-defying granular patches. Warp, contort, stretch, and modulate samples down to the finest detail.

Utility Engine

Used in conjunction with Pigments’ dual sound engines, the Utility engine lets you add an extra oscillator to the mix, complemented by 2 noise sample players, ensuring that your sound always has the depth and detail it deserves.

Endless Customisation

Any parameter tweak or expression is just a colourful click away. Shape, animate, and elevate your sound until it’s entirely your own with instant patch modulation, the best classic & modern filters, and stunning studio-grade FX.

Modulation

Modulation is the beating heart of Pigments’ living sound. Instantly access dozens of modulation sources, from keyboard velocity to random generators, and assign them to any parameter with a single click - create your own complex patch in minutes.

Filters

Route your sound through dual filters, with 10 filter types to choose from - ranging from vintage synth VCF emulations to modern dance anthem high pass curves.

FX

The ultimate final touch. Create your own unique chain of FX with twin insert buses and a send bus, and a curated selection of 18 classic, creative, or modern algorithms - from pitch-shifting delay to an essential multiband compressor.

Musical Sequencing

Pigments doesn’t just make amazing sounds and inspiring synth presets- it makes music.

The advanced sequencing section lets you weave beautiful melodies, catchy motifs, and entire arrangements without ever leaving Pigments. Need a dose of inspiration? Experiment with powerful arpeggiation, scale quantization, and smart randomization that’ll get you back on the creative path in no time. On the Seq page, everything is laid out simply in front of you. Watch your sequence as it plays, and make adjustments to notes, octaves, velocity, and more with a simple click and drag.

1 Polyrhythmic Sequencing

Create cyclical melodies with pitch, dynamic, and expression variations that follow different rhythmic meters.

2 Arpeggiator

Transform a chord or any selection of notes into a pulsing animated progression, perfect for adding instant movement to your mix.

3 Scale Quantization

Limit your note choice to 1 of 15 scales, including a custom scale, so that Pigments never plays a wrong note.

4 Advanced Random Sequence Generator

Take a musical leap of faith and dial varying degrees of randomization into every aspect of your sequence - from pitch to portamento.

The Sound Store

Expand Pigments’ library with Sound Banks, released monthly, for an extra dose of inspiration. Curate your own sonic palette with presets based on genres, instrument types, and even your favourite artists.

What Else?

In-App Tutorials

Integrated in-app tutorials guide you through every aspect of the instrument, from individual parameters to tips from Arturia's sound designers, so you can focus on the creative stuff. It shouldn't be this easy, but it is!

DAW Ready

Arturia's virtual instruments and plugins are designed to fit right into your setup without hassle. Whatever your style, you can explore sound while enjoying full compatibility with major DAWS, on both Windows and MacOS.

ASC

Arturia Software Center lets you download, organize, and update all of your Arturia software titles in one place, as well as manage all of your licenses across multiple devices. Keep it simple.

Preset Browser

Instantly find the sound that’s in your head with intelligent & streamlined preset browsing. Search with keywords, explore by instrument type, musical style, and more - you can even save your favourites to quickly recall later.

Resizable GUI

Whether you want the full visual immersion of Arturia's classic instrument emulations, or to save precious screen real estate, the interfaces for all of your Arturia virtual instruments can be resized to a scale that suits you.

Perfect Integration

V Collection instruments come seamlessly mapped for the Arturia KeyLab range - but they’ll place nice with other MIDI controllers too. Instant sound tweaking macros, easy DAW integration, and standalone operation - adding V Collection to your setup is effortless.

Features

  • Two engines in parallel with a choice of:
    • Virtual Analog triple osc engine
    • Complex Wavetable engine (including over 160 wavetables)
    • Sample & Granular engine (including sample library)
    • Harmonic Oscillator additive engine
  • Third Utility engine
    • Analogue-style oscillator layer with 5 waveforms and 6-octave range
    • Dual noise sample players with built-in sample library
  • Visual interface with color-coded modules and graphical feedback
  • Dual filters with continuous series/parallel routing
    • Classic filter types from V Collection instruments
    • Modern filter types
  • Powerful FX section
    • Insert or Send routing
    • Modulable parameters
    • 18 FX algorithms, from vintage to cutting-edge
  • Advanced modulation system
    • Graphical editing, source-based or destination-based.
    • Envelopes, LFOs, Function generators, Random src, ...
  • An extensive, ever-growing library of 1200 presets
  • Polyrhythmic Sequencer and Arpeggiator
    • Create complex, custom and evolving sequences/arps

System Requirements

Windows

  • Win 8.1+ (64-bit only)
  • 4 GB RAM; 2.5 GHz CPU
  • 2GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
  • Works in Standalone, VST2.4 and AAX

macOS

  • 10.13+ (64-bit only)
  • 4 GB RAM; 2.5 GHz CPU
  • 2GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
  • Works in Standalone, VST2.4, AAX, Audio Unit.

Protection

The software is protected by the Arturia Software Center.

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