Arturia has upgraded the V Collection premium suite of virtual instruments to version 9. It pulls in 4 new instruments and updates many others.
V Collection 9
It is one of the finest collections of virtual instruments around and every upgrade brings good things. In this update, we get Arturia’s take on the Korg MS-20, the already released SQ80 V and, in a bit of departure, the all-new Augmented STRINGS and Augmented VOICES.
The Korg MS-20 V is going to excite a lot of people. It’s a bit of a favourite, a bit primal, nasty and delicious. Arturia’s emulation looks the part, folds out into a hardware sequencer and bolts on a bunch of appropriate effects. It’s fierce, funky and has a lot of things to explore not to mention the authentic patch bay.
Arturia recently introduced us to the beginning of the Augmented range of instruments with Augmented STRINGS Intro. The V Collection sees the release of the first two full instruments in the series.
Augmented STRINGS combines the sampled string set of an orchestra with synthesis and morphing. The “Intro” version gave us a taste but there’s far more to play with in the full version.
Augmented VOICES aims to blend the human voice with multiple synth engines and expressive controls for an evocative hybrid sound.
A number of instruments have had a complete rebuild including the CS-80 V and Piano V. The Prophet-5 V has been reworked to pull the Prophet-VS V out into an instrument of its own. It used to be part of the Prophet-5.
There are 14 new soundbanks for the new instruments. There are now over 14,000 presets to sift through which you can access together in the Analog Lab V interface, or separately in their own instruments.
V Collection 9 is an extraordinary collection of usable and fascinating instruments that gives you a solid slice of the past sprinkled with innovation and wrapped in new ideas.