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Arturia V Collection 8

Arturia V Collection 8  ·  Source: Arturia

Arturia Jun-6 V

Arturia Jun-6 V  ·  Source: Robin Vincent

Arturia Emulator II V

Arturia Emulator II V  ·  Source: Robin Vincent

Arturia Emulator II V Screen

Arturia Emulator II V Screen  ·  Source: Robin Vincent

Arturia Vocoder V

Arturia Vocoder V  ·  Source: Robin Vincent

One of the best bundles of classic synthesizer software emulations just got a boost with version 8 of Arturia’s V Collection.

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New old synths

Arturia continues to do a phenomenal job of recreating old synthesizers and pushing them into new and innovative places. In this update, we get three brand new old synthesizers and the OB-Xa V that was released in May taking the total number of keyboards in the collection to 28.

The OB-Xa V was modelled on the classic Oberheim analogue polysynth but we know all about that. Let’s check out the new additions.

Jun-6 V

Based on the Roland Juno 6 this is one of the most accessible synthesizers to come out of the 1980s. Digitally controlled analogue oscillators, 6 voices of polyphony and that simple front panel of sliders and a handful of buttons. It had a richness and a chorus effect to die for. Arturia has retained the classic features and interface while adding deeper access with a second LFO and envelope section and Delay and Reverb effects. For an authentic experience you can degrade the voice calibration and add some chorus noise.

Arturia Jun-6 V

Arturia Jun-6 V

It feels so good to play. I think this is probably my favourite of all Roland’s synthesizers.

Emulator II V

I think I first saw an Emu Emulator II being played by the Pet Shop Boys on The Old Grey Whistle Test in 1986:

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Arturia Emulator II V

Arturia Emulator II V

It was a sampler but much less unwieldy or expensive as the Fairlight that also featured in this video. Check out those double floppies. It would sample at 8bit for up to 17.6 seconds and sound pleasingly lo-fi. You could connect it up to a computer for sample editing.

Arturia Emulator II V Screen

Arturia Emulator II V Screen

Arturia brings both the sound and the editing to the Emulator II V with a lot of original library plus a little computer screen that zooms in for sample editing, layering, filtering, key assignment and effects.

Vocoder V

A classic 16-band vocoder and string machine with all the patching and voice mangling anyone could need in a beautifully rendered instrument. You can use a voice input or samples that can be arranged in playing order and cycles. There’s a lot of fun library in here as well as a whole range of weird and interesting sounds that show off the potential of a vocoder to be more than a 70’s DJ effect.

Arturia Vocoder V

Arturia Vocoder V

Updates

There have been major updates to the Stage 73 V and Jup-8 V reworking the modelling and improving the interface. In fact the interface to all the keyboards has been tweaked, the browser improved and they’ve added Macro controls for easy tweaking. Analog Lab has also had a bit of a refit and they’ve crafted a whole load of extra presets purely for V Collection users.

Bundle

The Arturia V Collection is definitely a bundle to be reckoned with. They’ve bumped the price up a bit to €599 which will not please many people but it’s still fantastic value for money for these brilliantly crafted software synthesizers.

More information

  • Arturia website.
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3 responses to “Arturia V Collection 8: Oberheim, Juno, Vocoder and Emulator”

  1. The vocoder looks cool, but the other two don’t interest me at all. Cherry audio makes a fantastic 106 softsynth, and the I don’t really have use for another sampler.

    Also, $199 INTRODUCTORY upgrade price for existing users right after the half off sale on v collection 7? I won’t be upgrading.

  2. Tannhauser says:

    I just upgraded to v7 2 weeks ago ! I’ll write them.

  3. nron says:

    The price hike is a no-go. Arturia can charge whatever they want, and I wish them luck. I own v4, 5, and 7, but I’m not upgrading. Does selling fewer units at higher cost makes any sense when it comes to software, like it can for hardware?

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