V Col­lec­tion 6 €499

Computer Music - - Reviews / Cm Awards 2018 -

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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