Arturia has extended the free trial version of the Analog Lab (€199 value) virtual instrument plugin until July 3rd, 2020.
Analog Lab is a virtual instrument that provides access to thousands of presets from Arturia’s popular V Collection series of synthesizer plugins. The available presets can’t be edited in detail, but there are some basic customization options available. In most cases, the user can adjust the filter cutoff and resonance parameters, envelopes, and some of the built-in effects.
The included presets can be browsed based on tags, instruments, sound designers, and music styles. Analog Lab looks simple on the outside, but it combines every V Collection synthesis engine in one place. You’ll find thousands of presets inspired by legendary analog synthesizers like the Minimoog, ARP 2600, Prophet-5, and many more.
Extended Free Trials – My Thoughts
Judging by the comments on several recent articles, some readers have a negative opinion about “extended free trial” and “limited time freebie” offers like this one. I respect every reader’s opinion and there’s certainly no right or wrong here – everyone has a specific workflow and a certain way of producing music. That said, here are my thoughts on the matter if you’re interested.
In my opinion, these are valuable offers that surely have a place in the BPB news section. Yes, having an expiration date on an instrument that you’re using isn’t ideal, but you can still get a lot of value out of it. If we take the Analog Lab offer as an example, music producers who install it now can use the plugin without any functional limitations over two months. The synthesizer can be used to create a whole bunch of samples, loops, and musical ideas that you can capture as audio recordings in your DAW and keep forever.
The way I see it, it’s kind of as if someone borrowed you their Minimoog (not the same, I know) or any other synthesizer for two months. That would be a sweet deal. Yes, it’s not the same as if someone borrowed you their hardware synthesizer, but you can get a similar amount of value out of an extended free trial.
We’re bedroom producers after all. We don’t have access to the most high-end studio gear out there, but there are many ways to get creative in your home studio and make amazing music. Now that we’re all stuck at home for a while, there’s plenty of time available for sound design and musical experimentation. This is as good a time as any to record a bunch of samples and musical ideas that you can use later when the inspiration kicks in.
Analog Lab can be download from the product page on Arturia’s website. The software is available in VST, VST3, AU, and AAX plugin formats. A valid email address is required to sign up for a free Arturia user account and activate the trial. Download the trial version of Analog Lab from the product page and activate the trial mode after installation. A similar offer is available for the Pigments wavetable synthesizer by Arturia.
UPDATE: Analog Lab by Arturia is on a 50% OFF sale at the moment.
More info: Analog Lab (€199 value, free trial version available until July 3rd, 2020)