Arturia introduces Analog Lab Play, a FREE version of the production-standard Analog Lab plugin.
On 31st October 2023, Arturia introduced a few important additions and updates to the Analog Lab family.
The most significant news is the release of Analog Lab Play, a free and simplified version of Arturia’s virtual keyboard/synth collection.
Analog Lab has been around for years (in various versions), and it remains a go-to source of authentic vintage keyboard/synth sounds for many musicians. Given its popularity, I’m sure most of you know that this latest release isn’t the first free version on offer.
Analog Lab Intro is a free, downsized version of Analog Lab V typically bundled with Arturia MIDI keyboard controllers (before that, it was Analog Lab Lite).
With that in mind, the question is, why do we need another version? Well, the new simplified interface appears to hold the answer.
Arturia designed Analog Lab Play’s minimalist interface to provide quick and intuitive control over every sound. The simplified GUI features only the most essential macro controls for each preset, and like previous versions, browsing presets is easy.
This simplified approach might reduce some elements of complete control for some users, but a simple approach often gives us more creative freedom as we’re less likely to get in our own way.
The concept behind Analog Lab Play is in the name; it’s about playing, immediate access, and immediate creativity.
Although Analog Lab Play is a freebie, it seems that Arturia is heavily invested in the Play concept. As part of the release day announcement, Arturia also revealed that existing Analog Lab V and Intro users would get a free update, giving them access to the minimalist Play View within their current version.
I’ve been a fan of Analog Lab for a while, and I think it was always pretty user-friendly anyway, but the Play View will be great for beginners and anyone who spends more time trying to craft the perfect sound than playing.
Of course, as beneficial as a sleek new interface is, we need some new sounds, too, and we get everything from trap bass to ambient synth pads. Analog Lab Play features 100 new presets from the flagship V Collection and Pigments.
In one last bit of news, Analog Lab V will become Analog Lab Pro with this new update.
If you haven’t tried Analog Lab before, I suggest giving it a go; in my opinion, Arturia’s collection delivers some of the best free virtual instrument sounds available.
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Download: Analog Lab Play (FREE)