V Collection 6 €499
Web arturia.com Format PC/Mac Rolling most of their separately available virtual instruments into a single monster bundle, Arturia’s V Collection has been serving as a ‘greatest hits’ of analogue and digital synthesis for a decade now. Version 6 adds four new classic emulations to sweeten the already sugary pot, bringing the total to a whopping 21.
The most desirable of the newbies has to be Buchla Easel V. This puts Don B’s quintessentially West Coast Music Easel, launched in 1973, on the Mac or PC desktop with no concessions made to modern expectations in terms of ease of use, but plenty of new features added, like a noise generator, oscillator pitch quantise, insert effects and three sequencing and CV control systems, most notably the physics-emulating Gravity Universe. This is probably the weirdest synth you’ll ever have the pleasure/pain of programming, but the pads, textures, leads and other tones within are simply sublime.
Surprisingly late to Arturia’s party, DX7 V is, of course, a virtualisation of Yamaha’s seminal FM synth, with all the bells and whistles required to compete with its well-established rivals, including per-operator filters and feedback, step sequencing and effects. Then there’s the rather less compelling CMI V, bringing back the Fairlight CMI IIx workstation; and a beautifully- realised, physically-modelled Hohner Clavinet – Clavinet V – complete with spring reverb and stompbox-style effects.
Buchla Easel V is one of the grooviest synths Arturia have cloned to date, and everyone needs a DX7 and a clav, so their induction into Arturia’s library of legends is very welcome indeed. And despite touting what looks at first glance to be a hefty pricetag, V Collection 6 is actually quite the bargain, working out at around €30 per instrument. A magnificent, monolithic must-have.
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