Arturia announced some big news at NAMM this week: In addition to unveiling its Roland Jupiter-8 emulation—Jupiter-8V (Mac/Win; $249)—the company pulled the curtain on its first hardware synth, the Origin ($2,999).
Powered by two TigerSHARC DSP processors, the Origin comes preloaded with synth modules from the Moog Modular and the Minimoog, the ARP 2600, the Yamaha CS-80, and the Prophet VS. You can mix and match the modules to create entirely new synths, and the unit's Multi mode allows as many as four synths to be played simultaneously. With more than 500 presets and a max of 32-note polyphony, the Origin employs Arturia's TAE engine and supports resolutions as high as 24-bit/96 kHz. The unit boasts two audio inputs and 10 audio outs, as well as a S/PDIF out and a USB 2.0 connection.
In addition to its standalone hardware uses, the Origin also allows you to operate dedicated software as a VST or AU plug-in within your DAW. It's compatible with most presets from previous Arturia instruments, includes a 16- or 32-step sequencer, and ships with a variety of effects.
The Jupiter-8V ships with 400 presets, a max of 32-note polyphony, and a set of analog and digital effects available within the synthesis line and output bus. The instrument features a new graphical tool, Galaxy, that enables users to program two LFOs at once for advanced modulation. Also powered by the company's TAE engine, Jupiter-8V functions within VST, AU, and RTAS hosts, as well as standalone.
Jupiter-8V begins shipping in March 2007, and the Origin will be available in September 2007.