Although all three are special But there is also a variety You’ll get the rattle of the bass from Harm and the flashing strings from the bass, SawX specializes in both leads and pads. New presets highlighting the added oscillator types cover everything from knocking to frantic awakening to spoiled keys. The new sound leans towards MicroFreak̵7;s digital nature, but that’s certainly not a bad thing. If you are in the industry or techno or hyper pop, there are things to like here.
With all the new sounds and sound packs released over the past two years (including Nostalgia and Reminiscence that must be downloaded from the Oscillator Sink), MicroFreak started to feel a little awkward, so Arturia increased the number of presets from 256 to 384. You have more space to save your favorites along with your own creations. The latest firmware will restore the last used preset when you enabled it, which may seem like a minor tweak. But it’s a delight if you’re obsessed with something saved in slots 240.
Finally, the v3 firmware has four unison mode with up to 12 semicolon propagation, which can be a modulation destination.
It took me about 15 minutes to play with the new firmware, which is now available as a free download. Listen to a short demonstration below – all sounds courtesy of the three new MicroFreak oscillators except for the drums coming from Elektron’s Model: Cycles.