Arturia has just dropped the new version if its V Collection, a long-time ANR favourite. The Arturia V Collection 8 adds new instruments, new patches and several workflow improvements. All this comes at a cost though, but first let’s check out what’s new in V Collection 8 (and stay tuned for a proper in-depth review).
New EMUlations, Refined Instruments, More Quality Patches, Better Control
The Arturia V Collection 8 adds four new instruments: Jun-6 V, Emulator II V, Vocoder V and OB-Xa V. As you can guess from the names, there are some real heavy-hitters here. Arturia is certainly not the first company emulating the Juno, Emulator or OB-Xa, but the extra features they add to their plugins make them pretty unique on the market. As for the Vocoder V (inspired to the rare Moog 16 bands vocoder, recently reissued), it is actually a novelty – I don’t recall any other Moog Vocoder VST emulation.
The V Collection 8 is not just about the new instruments though. Arturia revisited and improved two previously released instruments, the Stage-73 and the Jup-8, that now reach V2 (with redesigned physical modelling) and V4 (new sound engine and modulation) respectively.
Preset fans will be happy to know that Arturia V Collection 8 comes with PatchWorks, 700 new & expertly-curated patches that elevate V Collection’s synthesizers beyond their hardware predecessors. From vintage disco basslines to breathtaking filmscore ambience, PatchWorks combines past, present, and future in spectacular sonic fashion.
Last but not least, Arturia V Collection 8 is more performance-friendly than ever thanks to smart MIDI controller integration, with intuitive mapping and 4 control macros for every instrument. Oh, there’s a new ‘smart’ browser too (not that I had any issue with the previous one, but I’m always fine with usability improvements).
Price and Availability
To celebrate the launch of V Collection 8, Arturia is offering an intro deal – users can login to their account to access their personal offer price until January 10th, 2021. As you will probably notice (if you are an Arturia user, that is), the update is definitely not cheap. This is due to the fact that the collection is now be priced at 599€ as standard (according to the company “due to the inclusion of more instruments, sounds, and workflow improvements”).
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