Plugin Boutique offers a 50% discount on Arturia’s flagship V Collection 9 instrument bundle until February 13th.
Arturia’s V Collection 9 is the latest update to the flagship bundle, bringing together 33 of Arturia’s best virtual instruments.
V Collection 9 usually costs €599, but with the 50% discount from Plugin Boutique, you can get it now for €299.
The collection includes strings, organs, pianos, and electric pianos, but it’s fair to say it’s primarily a collection of vintage synth emulations. Maybe it’s more appropriate to say the synths are the main reason I’d buy it.
As expected, it features some of the most iconic synths, like the Prophet 5, OB-Xa, Juno 6, Jupiter 8, DX7, and ARP 2600.
Since there are too many instruments to discuss, let’s focus on what’s new: the Korg MS-20 V, SQ80 V, Augmented Strings, and Augmented voices. The new instruments come with fourteen exclusive soundbanks.
The MS-20 V is dark and rough around the edges, and when pushed, it does well to capture the character of Korg’s legendary semi-modular synth. It’s perfect for anything industrial or dystopian.
The SQ80 V emulates a synth that makes me think of technology you see in 80s movies set in the future (Ensoniq SQ-80). It looked futuristic in that 80s way; it had a floppy disk drive, and it wasn’t quite perfect, to be polite. But, the imperfection is what gives it charm, and it’s why people now love it.
Augmented Strings is a great addition because it makes it easy to morph between traditional orchestral sounds and ultra-modern hybrid voices. Arturia isn’t the first to release a modern hybrid strings instrument, but they have done it well.
Augmented Voices is more of the same, but this time, with the human voice. It’s a very emotive instrument that should suit many styles.
V Collection 9 has a combined 9000+ presets and now comes with in-app tutorials for every instrument.
At €299, I think V Collection 9 is a solid buy, and I can’t imagine any complaints, but I’ve been an Arturia fan for years. I think they have released some outstanding virtual instruments (including those in Analog Lab) and effects, but one of the things I like most is how well they integrate with a good controller.
I use Arturia KeyLab controllers, and the MIDI mapping provides a real hands-on workflow. I’m sure the experience would be similar with controllers from other manufacturers.
If you’re looking for virtual vintage keyboard instruments with a modern touch, you can’t go far wrong with V Collection 9.
Since we love a good freebie around here, don’t forget IK Multimedia’s T-RackS EQ 81 is free until February 14th.
V Collection 9 comes in AU, VST, and AAX formats for macOS (10.13+) and Windows (10+). It also runs in Standalone mode.
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