GPU Audio Major, the first synth plugin to be powered by your graphics card


We already knew that GPU Audio’s graphics card processing technology could be used to power effects, and now the company has revealed that it is working on a GPU-fuelled synth plugin known as Major.

Announced during a recent Pro Synth Network Show, Major is an eight-layer instrument that is described as a cross between existing synth plugins Sylenth1 and Rapture. It gives you eight oscillators, a sub oscillator and eight samplers per layer, so the sound design potential is seemingly vast.

All layers can be mixed down to stereo, additionally, you have the option of sending each one to its own channel meaning that Major can be used as a ‘spatial’ synth, with sounds mixed all around you. Other highlights include FM oscillators, arpeggiators, effects and randomisation options.

Major is very much a work in progress at this stage, but GPU Audio says that it hopes to have something for its users to try by the end of the year. You can already beta test the company’s Modulation effects bundle, though; as things stand, this runs on Windows machines with NVIDIA GPUs only, but AMD support is coming soon, and GPU Audio says that it is working closely with Apple and hopes to roll out macOS support in November.

If you want to be among the first to get access to Major, download the ‘beta suite’ Modulation bundle plugins and start submitting bug reports to help the developers with refinements. Find out more on the GPU Audio website.


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