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Xfer Records Serum ($189)

Serum is another of the world’s most popular synth plug-ins, largely because of the quality and variety of its sounds and its intuitive workflow. It makes wavetable synthesis easy to use and understand by giving great visual feedback when you change harmonic spectra either manually or with modulators. Serum can import audio files and convert them to wavetables, too.

Serum also features a comprehensive editor to create your own wavetable sets and modify existing ones. That may explain why so many third-party presets and wavetables are available (many directly from Xfer Records) to supplement more than 450 presets and 144 wavetables that are included. With 89 filter types, LFOs with breakpoints, support for MPE, and an effects rack that handles 10 simultaneous effects in any order, Serum offers outstanding flexibility in a pro-level instrument. Download a demo version and try it for yourself.

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