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Arturia Release Pigments 3

| April 20, 2021

French pro-audio company, Arturia, has unveiled its largest update yet to Pigments with Pigments 3. The release introduces a wide array of new features and engines, an overhauled audio routing system, new effects and more.

Originally released in 2018, Pigments has garnered a cult-like status amongst producers and in particular sound designers.

Arturia had previously made its name with hardware emulations and Pigments was their first foray into their own proprietary designs.

A third Utility engine has been added to Pigments 3

Announced today, Pigments 3 has been supercharged with plenty of new features and the company have staked their reputation in a suitably colourful marketing copy describing Pigments 3 as a “state-of-the-art instrument that spans every shade of synthesis”.

We will be putting that to the test next week, but let’s look at what’s inside on a cursory level for the time being.

What’s New in Pigments 3?

New features in Pigments 3:

64 new wavetables, bringing the total to 164

Harmonic engine: detailed additive synthesis with up to 512 partials, dual formant filters that can be morphed from A to B, odd and even harmonic customization, and various colourful ways to modulate partials
3rd Utility engine: add a sub-oscillator and up to 2 noise sample layers to Pigments’ dual-engine sound for extra depth and sonic colour
Ramp waveform, for Virtual Analog engine
Jup-8 V4 Low-pass filter: the revered filter from this polysynth icon
Enhanced filter routing: route either filter to either FX bus for detailed sound
Pitch Delay: a clean, modern algorithm for creating exciting pitch-shifting ambience
Multi-Band Compressor:
BL-20 Flanger: a reimagining of an elusive analogue studio effect
Chorus JUN-6: one-touch analogue sparkle and stereo fatness, lifted from Arturia’s Juno-6 emulation
New presets by world-class sound designers
New in-app tutorials from the product designers

Pigments 3 has some tips built into it. In this case Detroit techno suggestions using Macros.



Arturia pleased many with its contemporary design for Pigments in 2018. It quickly made its way near to the top of our Ten of The Best Wavetable Soft Synths. Pleasing to both, ear and eye.

At first glance Pigments, 3 would appear to match that contemporary appeal with one of their flagship qualities that being analogue emulations.

With filters emulating Buchla’s to Juno 6’s it’s appealing to both new and old producers. We will dive into their respective qualities with a thorough review next week.


Pigments 3 also comes with a limited-edition Spectrum Sound Pack combining 5 unique preset banks meticulously designed to focus on Pigments 3’s enhanced sonic character and features, from the crystalline sounds of the Harmonic Engine to the irresistible analogue charm of the Jup-8 V low-pass filter.

Existing users?

If you are an existing Pigment user, then this update is free and the Spectrum Sound Pack is available at a special price of $20 for a limited time..

New user?

New buyers can get Pigments 3 for $99, saving 50 per cent of the original price, The Spectrum Sound Pack (typically $99) comes bundled in for free too.

Registered Arturia customers?

Will be eligible for a personal introductory offer, and can simply login to redeem.

All intro offers end on May 13, 2021. Find out more on

Read next our Ten of The Best Wavetable Soft Synths featuring Pigments.


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