Cherry Audio - Pro Soloist Synthesizer
Pro Soloist is the latest in Cherry Audio's roster of ultimate "what if?" virtual instruments.
Featuring the precision-crafted and circuit-modeled DSP designs of award-winning developer Mark Barton, Cherry Audio's Pro Soloist goes far beyond emulating the treasured, preset-based monophonic analog synth originally released by ARP in 1972.
Pro Soloist not only exactingly reproduces the expressive controls, 30 presets, and the unique underlying architecture of this prog rock classic, it breaks it out of its cage by making it fully programmable and expanding it with full polyphony, splits and layers, a mod matrix, integrated studio-quality effects, and more.
Reintroducing the Pro Soloist, Unbound
Cherry Audio has received frequent requests to reproduce this oft-forgotten gem — one of those came from frequent collaborator Mark Barton (GX-80, Novachord + Solovox, Miniverse, and others).
He has programmed an incredibly authentic reproduction of the analog signal path and original presets, and together we have substantially expanded the Pro Soloist’s capabilities.
Cherry Audio has added a dual-layer voicing architecture, with 16 polyphonic voices per layer, that enables two different presets simultaneously, with independent panning for rich stereo timbres and complex, layered sounds.
Pro Soloist also supports a split keyboard mode and an option to simulate polyphonic aftertouch with a monophonic aftertouch controller for more expressive performance possibilities beyond the standard touch sensor effects.
With its distinctive three-panel interface, this Pro Soloist is far more than a preset synth.
In Performance mode, each original paddle preset has been precisely recreated with MIDI-mappable switches.
In Edit mode, we’ve exposed all of its unique analog synthesis architecture parameters, most notably, the fully-variable, five parallel bandpass filter "Resonator Bank" - the key to the Pro Soloist’s realistic acoustic orchestra timbres.
Additionally, we've revealed the LFO and ADSR/AR envelopes used to create the presets, and elevated the sound design and performance possibilities with a "Super Wave" oscillator and a powerful six-slot modulation matrix.
The Arp/FX mode rounds it out with a syncable arpeggiator and a dozen studio-quality effects for distortion, phaser, flanger/chorus, echo, and reverb.
In short, Cherry Audio has elevated this bare-bones monophonic lead synth into a massive, polyphonic powerhouse beyond anything imagined 50 years ago, and ideal for today's music production environments.
To get users up and running with Pro Soloist, Cherry Audio and Tim Shoebridge have again teamed up to create introductory tutorial videos walking users through the history and features of this iconic virtual synthesizer.
- macOS 10.13 or above
- Ventura supported
- 64-bit required
- Native Apple M1 processor support, including Apple M1 Ultra
- 3.4 GHz Quad-Core or M1 CPU with 8GB of RAM recommended
- Windows 7 or above (including Windows 11)
- 64-bit required
- Quad-core computer with 8GB of RAM recommended
- AAX Native, AU, VST2, VST3, and Standalone