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5 of the best Wavetable synths

Surf the crest of the latest wave for Wavetable synthesis with these killer instruments

  • Gavin Herlihy
  • 31 October 2019

Waldorf Quantum

A favourite of Aphex Twin and synth guru Richard Devine, Germany’s Waldorf are torch-bearers for wavetable synthesis and carried on the legacy of classic 1980s PPG ‘Wave’ series into many game-changers over the years. This, their flagship monster synth, is a deep and capable hybrid.

£3,415, buy here.

Qu-Bit Scanned Organic Wavetable VCO Module

Scanned uses a new technique to animate wavetables created in real time. The method was conceived by the father of computer music, Max Mathews, and before now, has never been implemented using hardware.

£291.99, buy here.

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Modal Electronics Argon8

Already lauded by vloggers for having the most bang to buck of a mid-tier synth, the Argon 8 is a great choice for those who want to get serious with wavetable synthesis but can’t stretch to a Quantum. It takes cues from the company’s pricey Modal 002.

£579, buy here.

Ableton Wavetable

There are lots of software options – NI’s Massive X and Arturia’s Pigments made headlines this year. But don’t shell out until you’ve tried your DAW’s option. Live’s Wavetable is our favourite gateway wavetable synth, with a striking GUI and fast, intuitive processes.

£519 (with Live Suite)

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Udo ‘Super 6’

Udo’s hybrid ‘Super 6’ was one of the stars of this year’s Superbooth conference. UK founder and designer George Hearn’s first machine under his new UDO brand features a 7-core Super-Wavetable Main Oscillator with Waveform Download, among other innovative features.

£2,300, buy here.

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