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Cherry Audio Synthesizer Expander Module

One of MusicTech's "Best Free Synthesizer Plugins" of 2024!

Another Computer Music "10 out of 10" and "Value Award"!

One Tremendously Powerful Voice

Synthesizer Expander Module is a free emulation of the classic Oberheim® self‑contained synthesizer module of the same name. Originally released in 1974, the keyboardless, mono module was intended as a companion to the one of the earliest digital sequencers, the Oberheim DS-2. Soon thereafter, Oberheim linked multiple Synthesizer Expander Modules to an early digitally scanned keyboard to create some of the first polyphonic synthesizers, used by legendary artists including Joe Zawinul, Toto's Steve Porcaro, Styx, and Jan Hammer.

Though it was a simple, barebones monosynth, the Synthesizer Expander Module possessed a unique tone quality, courtesy of its 12 dB/oct state-variable filter. With lowpass, bandpass, highpass, and notch modes, this flexible filter was the star of the show. We've precisely recreated it here with a filter section and Phasor effect programmed by award-winning synth designer Mark Barton (MRB).

Best of all, it's absolutely FREE! 

The Sounds of Synthesizer Expander Module

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Synthesizer Expander Module features: 

  • Ultra-accurate dual oscillators

  • Multi-mode filter emulation by award-winning synth designer Mark Barton (MRB)

  • Massive unison mode

  • 100 presets for Basses, Leads, and Percussion

  • Unique "Phasor" effect section emulating the vintage Oberheim stomp box, also replicated by Mark Barton

  • Studio-quality Echo effect with tempo sync

  • Complete MIDI control and DAW automation for all controls, with easy-to-use MIDI learn and mapping (Preset and Global)

  • Focus zoom-in feature, as well as standard UI zoom and resize via drag

  • Complete documentation available directly online from the instrument or in downloadable PDF format

  • Highly optimized DSP for optimal performance

  • Did we mention totally free?

  • Want more? Check out Eight Voice, an ultra-flexible, supercharged polyphonic virtual synthesizer that meticulously emulates the immense sound of the Eight Voice, one of the world’s rarest and most desirable vintage instruments

Synthesizer Expander Module is a standalone virtual instrument and plugin, not a module for Voltage Modular. For Voltage Modular, please check out the Voltage Modular Synthesizer Expander Module Bundle from Cherry Audio/MRB with extensive patch panels for modular flexibility, and includes the Poly Synthesizer Expander Module.

Synthesizer Expander Module is available in AU, VST, VST3, AAX, and standalone formats.

macOS Requirements: macOS 10.13 or above. macOS 13 Ventura supported. 64-bit required. Native Apple M1 or greater processor support, including Ultra. Hard disk space: 106 MB. 3.4 GHz Quad-Core or M1 CPU with 8GB of RAM recommended.

Windows Requirements: Windows 7 or above (including Windows 11), 64-bit required. 3.4 GHz Quad-Core computer with 8GB of RAM recommended. Hard disk space: 106 MB. NOTE: Internet connection required for product activation.

NOTE: Internet connection required for product activation.

Oberheim® is a registered trademark of Tom Oberheim/Marion Systems. There is no association, affiliation or endorsement of Cherry Audio or its products by Tom Oberheim.