Superbooth 22: Arturia V Collection 9 takes it up to 32 instruments
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.
- Arturia Korg MS-20 V: Arturia
- Arturia Augmented STRINGS: Arturia
- Arturia Augmented VOICES: Arturia
- Arturia V Collection 9: Arturia
I love Arturia’s stuff and use it daily. But Arturia has the slowest, most narrow bandwidth web service of any modern commercial plugin developer I can think of. You’d think they’d upgrade that at some point. Every new product debut breaks their site. And their Software Center app. This has been a problem for years. Wow.
By “updates many others” you mean “three”? They are asking for 60% of new for an upgrade price for a very incremental update.
Buyers be warned—Arturia’s upgrade prices for V collection do not value prior customers. (Where is the introductory offer for upgrades, eh?)
The upgrade price for existing users was €199 when I logged on. I guess whether 40% of the introductory price (30% of the full price) for everyone else represents value for money or not is down to the individual.
I chose to upgrade and all the other instruments have been upgraded, although these appear to be largely cosmetic changes, plus a few bug fixes.
It was $299 for me. Crazy.
For what it’s worth, the upgrades to other instruments (i.e., other than Piano and Prophet) are free even if you don’t upgrade (I just loaded them all in Arturia’s updater)
I guess I upgraded as a matter of course because I’m trying to reduce the number of software instrument manufacturers products I use and, for me, the V collection has the vast majority of what I want.
V collection and Kontakt are all I need now, which saves a fair amount on upgrades compared to using products by a lot more manufacturers.
There are also manufacturers products I have stopped using because the size of their (download only) upgrades have become ridiculous, especially when you don’t have mega-speed broadband. 32Gb for V Collection 9 versus >200 Gb for the UVI Vintage Vault 4? It’s a no-brainer for me.