I got this yesterday.. I find it really excellent!
When it was first announced (I already have Martinic's excellent ComboV (and contributed
), and I saw the proposed GUI, I was worried that it might fall into the same category (for me) as Arturia's WurlizerV.. great interface, lots of lovely FX, but the worst basic Wurli sound I have ever tried (and I generally like Arturia very much).. So I was rather expecting to pass on this one (spellchecked that last sentence
Then came all the hooha about Martinic's ComboV being discontinued etc… which really did get me thinking there might indeed be some correlation between the two events.. Tale has always been so proactive, and communitative, not to mention "friendly" and, especially, "generous"
, that I'm sure he'd have told us what was happening, if he were allowed to do so. All this, making me rethink the Arturia offering (if indeed this is Tale's work as its base, then my worries about it actually sounding crap would be dispelled forever
I look at it this way..
There won't be any further updated version of ComboV anyways.. so, time to move on. The Arturia Vox Continental V goes much further than the ComboV (dual keyboard plus pedals, "Vox" +"Jennings" sound models, built-in FX, etc.)
So, like I said at the top.. I got it.. and it is great.. and above all.. sounds fantastic
But I couldn't resist.. I loaded it, and the ComboV, alongside one another in Cubase 7.5, to compare basic sounds (bear in mind that the ComboV's drawbars correspond to the lower
keyboard of the Arturia), so, setting the Arturia to "Vox" mode, direct sound (no amp), lower keyboard non-extended.. the two instruments do sound remarkably similar
. Add to that, all the ComboV's extra settings, such as individual tuning, are all present in the Arturia (albeit housed in a different user interface).
All pure speculation, of course
.. but, if I am right, there are no losers (Tale will have come to some amicable/financial agreement with Arturia.. I am pretty sure that, as commented elsewhere, I really don't think Arturia would have had the grounds for a simple "Cease and Desist".. and nothing prevents anyone from continuing to support Tale via PayPal anyways), and even if you consider the Vox Continental V as a ComboV mkII, you will be getting a great instrument (and possibly Tale gets something out of it too.. and very deservedly so, if I am correct