Review: Cube by Lunacy Audio

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Cube sounds fantastic and comes housed in a creative and powerful sound design engine. The 3D “Orbit” sound design feature of Cube is one of the most ingenious motion features I have come across in a virtual instrument. With so many creative, great-sounding presets and tons of sound design potential, Cube is an innovative instrument that makes building sounds as fun as playing them.

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Review: Cube by Lunacy Audio

Cube is a powerful virtual instrument that is also a ton of fun to play. With the creative Orbit Motion engine and lots of customization options, Cube is a virtual instrument that combines stellar sound design with ease of use in one of the coolest engines I’ve seen in a long time. With lots of great presets and layering options galore, Cube is one of my favorite instruments of 2021.

Cube normally sells for $249.00 from Lunacy Audio

Thoughts

To say that Cube is a creative virtual instrument would be a gross understatement. Cube is not only creative, but also a blast to play! Cube is Lunacy Audio’s giant splash into the world of sample libraries and virtual instruments. While most developers would cautiously launch their initial virtual instrument into the world under the care of a known sampler or sample engine, true to their name, Lunacy Audio went all out and built their first virtual instrument from the ground up!

When opening Cube, the first thing you’ll notice is the large three-dimensional cube with a small wobbling ball. This sub-atomic-looking structure is known as the Orbit Motion engine, and it’s one of the most creative XY motion engines I’ve yet encountered. Rather than simply fading between 2-4 different sound layers as you might have experienced with other sampled instruments containing an XY control, the Orbit Motion engine moves between 8 different points within the onscreen cube (each representing an independent sound layer), producing an insanely fun and infinitely creative sound-shaping device. There are 40+ Orbit Motion pattern presets to get you started, but you can create your own custom complex patterns quickly and easily.

Of all the instruments I have reviewed this year, I dare say this is my favorite.

While Cube comes with 500+ presets, creating your own sounds is quick, fun, and easy. Each sound can consist of up to 8 sound layers with independent sequencers/arpeggiators for each. There’s an easy-to-use modulation matrix that allows you to control up to 4 LFOs, 8 FX, and just about everything else you can find within Cube. Cube is part sample library, part sample-based synthesizer, and all fun. Cube is one of my favorite instruments that I’ve come across in all of 2021!

Facts

Cube comes in a custom engine that’s available in AU, VST, AAX, and standalone formats. Cube comes with over 500 presets, over 40 custom orbits, and includes more than 3000 samples across over 100 sampled instruments, plus much more. Free add-on packs are also available from the Lunacy Audio website. Cube is available from Lunacy Audio for $249.00.

Cube normally sells for $249.00 from Lunacy Audio

 

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Contributor Raborn Johnson reviews Cube by Lunacy Audio
“Cube sounds fantastic and comes housed in a creative and powerful sound design engine. The 3D “Orbit” sound design feature of Cube is one of the most ingenious motion features I have come across in a virtual instrument. With so many creative, great-sounding presets and tons of sound design potential, Cube is an innovative instrument that makes building sounds as fun as playing them.”