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4ms Spectral Multiband Resonator (SMR)

4ms SMR for Modular can process audio like a classic filter bank, ring like a marimba when plucked/struck, vocode, re-mix tracks, harmonize, output spectral data, quantize other oscillators to scales and much more. It’s deep, versatile and infinitely expands what is possible to achieve with Modular.

The 4ms SMR consists of six channels of resonant bandpass filters, all individually locked to a twenty notes scale displayed in the centre of the unit via the LED ring. All six filters can easily be swept around their present note scale manually or via CV. The note scales cover everything from Western scales, alternative tunings to more esoteric Gamelan and microtonal scales.

It is hard to find an interface that allows to feel the tactile curiosity in software. I really enjoy how true the Softube Modular plug-in is to the real life patching experience and how many more stacking situations are available. The new 4ms module sounds very accurate to the hardware version.

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Electronic artist, composer and performer

What Does This Mean?
This means endless fun! You can use SMR as an oscillator bank for additive synthesis, create beautiful moving chord structures, you can use it as a vocoder, phaser, a quantizer, a stereo-widener thingy, a CV source/arpeggiator/sequencer, a remix tool for extracting triggers from recorded material, a drum synthesizer—by pulse triggering odd and even for different rhythms—a basis for multiband compressor patches and just a crazy ass effect. Daunting? The 4ms SMR comes with 75 brand new presets which covers these use cases. Great starting points for further patch-o-rama! Oh, and its CPU usage is comparatively low, so you can add a large number of SMR units to your patches.

The new 4ms Spectral Multiband Resonator has a beautiful, versatile, sometimes additive sound. Love it most when its six bands self resonate and the frequencies travel around circular scale settings. Truly original and wonderful, with so much left to explore.

Ed Handley and Andy Turner (Plaid), Electronic artists

Where Do I Even Begin?
The 4ms SMR can seem a bit daunting at first. That's why it comes with no less than 75 brand new presets which covers the use cases above. Great starting points for further patch-o-rama! Oh, and its CPU usage is comparatively low, so you can add a large number of SMR units to your patches.

The SMR Plug-In
Softube’s 4ms Spectral Multiband Resonator plug-in is officially endorsed by 4ms. It faithfully emulates both the hardware and firmware of the original unit, with some minor alterations and improvements.

Want to check out the original hardware module? Here you go: www.4mspedals.com​/smr.php

Softube modular have added the 4ms Spectral Multiband Resontator, one of my favorite Eurorack modules. They did everything right with this virtual version, now I can have 8 of these opened up in a session with full automation, let the insanity begin! :-)

Richard Devine, Electronic artist and music producer (Warp, Schematic)

In Short

  • Innovative multiband resonant filter
  • Wide range of uses
  • Includes 75 new presets
  • Officially licensed from 4ms
  • Low CPU usage
  • Requires Modular

4ms SMR sound examples

An assortment of sounds made with the 4ms SMR add-on for Modular

4ms SMR sound examplesAn assortment of sounds made with the 4ms SMR add-on for Modular
4ms Spectral Multiband Resonator (SMR) for Modular
Click to show Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

It is hard to find an interface that allows to feel the tactile curiosity in software. I really enjoy how true the Softube Modular plug-in is to the real life patching experience and how many more stacking situations are available. The new 4ms module sounds very accurate to the hardware version.

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Electronic artist, composer and performer

Click to show Ed Handley and Andy Turner (Plaid)

The new 4ms Spectral Multiband Resonator has a beautiful, versatile, sometimes additive sound. Love it most when its six bands self resonate and the frequencies travel around circular scale settings. Truly original and wonderful, with so much left to explore.

Ed Handley and Andy Turner (Plaid), Electronic artists

Click to show Richard Devine

Softube modular have added the 4ms Spectral Multiband Resontator, one of my favorite Eurorack modules. They did everything right with this virtual version, now I can have 8 of these opened up in a session with full automation, let the insanity begin! :-)

Richard Devine, Electronic artist and music producer (Warp, Schematic)