Issue 94

u-he: TyrellN6

A free soft-synth plugin.


12 December 2023

Initially starting as a one-man show, the u-he company has been designing synths and effects since 2001. It now consists of a team of dedicated developers, musicians, designers, and creators, whose many viewpoints, backgrounds, and experiences provide it with a rich, dynamic landscape. u-he’s plugins have the depth to satisfy the most discerning musicians, composers, and producers. The company also boasts an active and passionate group of customers and fans. This community is a place where users can get inspired or learn something new. 

TyrellN6 is a compact, sporty synth, and is a manifestation of concepts and ideas around hardware synths. The name Tyrell comes from a project by the German online magazine, where the plugin is exclusively available for download. Following a reader-survey in late 2010, a pool of ideas for a low-cost hardware analogue synth was compiled, and this was used by Mic ‘Moogulator’ Irmer to develop a powerful concept.

It was to be based on a design similar to Roland’s classic Juno 60 — where a few modules and novel features could be added without making the product too expensive — however, it soon became obvious that the hardware would have taken years to develop. U-he boss Urs then offered to turn the core design into a freeware soft-synth. A few weeks later TyrellN6 was out for beta testing, and after some bug-fixing and fine tuning the final release version was made available in April 2011.

To download TyrellN6, go to the Amazona TyrellN6 page.

  • Virtual analogue with classic architecture plus extras
  • 2 oscillators, noise, ring modulator
  • 2 LFOs with 8 waveforms, host-syncable
  • Audio source mixer with authentic overdrive and filter feedback
  • Twin filter related to Diva (early model)
  • Analogue-type ADSR envelopes, loopable or LFO-triggered
  • Skinnable UI
  • Over 580 factory presets

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