Sequential Take 5 v2.0, free update adds envelope repeats, Lo-Fi FX, and more

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Sequential has updated its Take 5 polyphonic analog synth to v2.0 adding new envelope and LFO functionality, Lo-Fi FX, and more patch memory

In the summer of 2021, Sequential introduced Take 5, a five-voice polyphonic analog Synthesizer—a somewhat crooked number of voices for a polysynth. Two years have passed since the release, and some great but also sad things have happened. Oberheim was revived with the help of Sequential and released the OB-X8. But also, Dave Smith, the creator of the Take 5 has passed away unexpectedly.

Speaking about Take 5, it has also received some updates, the last significant one at end of 2022. Today Sequential released firmware 2.0 for it with new features and improvements.

Sequential Take-5 v2.0

Sequential Take 5 v2.0 (Press Release)

This free software update includes an additional 128 Preset and 128 User memory locations, doubling the previous sound bank size. The Factory bank expansion is filled with imaginative new sounds created by some of the world’s leading sound designers and synthesists. These sounds range from classic analog-style patches to modern, cinematic soundscapes that will give artists a competitive edge in modern music production.

Take 5 v2.0 also provides new synthesis features that dramatically expand the creative possibilities for sound design. This includes envelope repeat, which allows users to create evolving and complex sounds by looping sections of the synth’s envelopes, and LFO Slew, which smooths over wave shapes to enable more organic and musical modulations. These are especially useful for creating ambient, drone, and experimental sounds, adding new dimensions to any performance.

One of the most exciting new features is the addition of a Lo-Fi effect emulating the sound of time-worn analog tape machines. Featuring controls for wow and flutter, playback head azimuth, and tape drive amount, the Lo-Fi effect can be used to add anything from a gritty character, through to a full-blown “busted tape deck” vibe, imparting a new level of vintage flavor to any of Take 5’s sounds.

“In the 18 months since we introduced it, thousands of Take 5 synths have gone around the world and introduced many musicians to the feeling of Sequential for the first time,” said David Gibbons, CEO. “We hope these new sounds excite and inspire existing owners and new Take 5 players alike.”

First Impression

Sounds like an excellent update for the Take 5. The expanded modulation options as well as the lo-fi enable many new sounds. Especially in dirtier areas. Adding more memory space and factory sounds are always welcome.

Sequential Take 5 v2.0 firmware is available now as a free update for existing users. Take 5 is available now for 1459€/$1499.

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