ARTURIA V COLLECTION 4 — AudioTechnology
V COLLECTION GROWS BY 4
Merely a couple of months after taking advantage of a deal on Arturia’s V-Collection 3, the company has released an upgrade to the vintage suite with an additional four instruments — taking the collection to 13 instruments and 6000 keyboard sounds. Such is progress.
Joining the suite are three new vintage instruments and the Spark 2 rhythm programmer. Spark 2 is phenomenal, as I pointed out in a review on the standalone product in AT 103. Not only are the sounds superb, the library covers all the classic drum machines of yesteryear, along with a healthy swag of acoustic kits.
Adding to the instrument count are some excellent keyboard and synth plug-ins. For those chasing the synth dragon, the Matrix-12 V is an excellent reincarnation of Oberheim’s classic Matrix-12, named because of its enormous modulation matrix. The Matrix-12 was known as one of the fattest synths of the 1980s, offering 15 LFO types and VCAs — not just globally but over each of its 12 voices. I’ve only had my mitts on the cut down Matrix-6 version and that itself was a formidable synth. Think; Iggy Pop Endless Sea.
In more of a keyboard vibe are the Solina V and Vox V. The Solina brings along that swishy string synth sound made famous in 1970s disco. Vox V is a software Vox Continental organ — the red one with the black keys. This is particularly cool, and includes bass pedals, dual keyboards, and the option to flick the sound via various guitar amp simulations with alternate mics, or a Leslie cabinet emulation. There’s even some foot-pedals for chorus, flanging, and phasing. Think: The Monkees, I’m a Believer.
The V-Collection 4 is a vast amount of vintage virtual variety — if you’re in the running for discount pricing I’d upgrade simply for the Matrix-12 V. — Brad Watts
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