At first glance quite good sound quality, some - but certainly not all - nice string tones, theoretically, at second glance I do not like the whole concept of a plugin like this at all.
If you look for some, completely effects-overloaded (which seems to be the more precise definition of "augmented" here) - more or less in some way - string based, prefabricated preset tones, this might be the right choice, if you want to create your own tones by yourself, or even shape them individually precisely, it certainly is not.
Unfortunately I miss any deep editing options, you cannot create your own sounds, all you can do is, to modify the existing presets - more or less. Not even a simple ADSR control is included.
Certainly not "the strings, I've always wanted" for me. I wonder why and how Arturia thinks to know, what I personally want or need, if they do not even know me.
The only reason, why I have not deleted the plugin immediately after testing, was, that I found some at least more useful string sounds, after I had set all Fx, Delay and Reverb controls to zero. Unfortunately this does not work with all presets, some still seem to have implemented some reverb and other "augmented improvements" within the basic tones. So for me the only useful controls, that makes sense, are Color and Morph, everything else is not really usable for me.
But even about these controls and what they really do within a single preset neither the plugin itself nor the manual says anything. Very unprofessional in my opinion.
This plugin seems to be some sort of "black box" for some sonic flying blind in the "Brave New World" of (average) effects overload, some sort of audio toy in the sense of "you press the button, we do the rest", but I can hardly define this prefabricated preset collection a serious, professional tool or instrument, sorry. Although some string sounds are really usable and good, if you manage to remove their "augmented" components.
The GUI animation also is only a nice, but dispensable gimmick, nothing more. Looks ugly and kitschy, makes no sense at all and does not improve anything sonically.
As freeware maybe nice for some rare use, but I certainly would not want to buy a plugin like this.
I only hope, that plugins like this are not the future of Arturia. Would be a pity.Read Review
I disagree with blatanville - To my taste the light green but not lime green UI is lovely - I prefer minimalist 2d UIs like this - so I use Valhalla stuff and a lot of Ableton's own FX -
I also disagree about unintuitive modulation - I found modulation pretty obvious - Actually all controls were pretty obvious.
I used a few tutorials bundled with the plugin at the very start and skim reading them was enough to set me in the right direction.
I never use presets, so I have (in the last 2 days) made about 20 presets that really work for my music. I got it for $49. I didn't have a granular FX of any note, so it filled a gap in my 'arsenal'.Read Review
I'm still previewing the demo, but I wanted to say:
It sounds great. There are plenty of ways to mangle your audio. It's relatively straight-forward to use.
HOWEVER, that interface is butt-ugly. It looks like an unrefined Synthedit plug from 2006.
Some of the design choices make usage opaque: the "assign" switch for mod sources is invisible until you hover (not always a bad thing, of course, but not intuitive here). Where are the great mod source assignments from Pigments? Or the matrix from Filter M12?
Arturia, please have a re-think about some of these choices. I love Arturia, and I'll probably buy it soon enough, but some improvements would be appreciated. ✌️
[reviewed in REAPER, Windows 10, 64-bit].
Iconic compression sound, particularly on drums. Easy to use, light on the CPU, great presets. Recommended!.Read Review
I dont know how accurate all these Emulations are but who cares? They all sound beautiful and the possibilities are really great because Arturia added nice extras to each plugin which the original hardware lacks of. For example: Have you ever tried to make a sound from scratch with a DX7? It is no fun, believe me! But the Arturia DX7 is completely different. It looks like the original but the concept behind is totally user friendly.
I dont have MrJubblys problems. Okay, the loading times for some of the plugins are a bit long but I made projects with up to 16 instances of Arturia synths without any problem and I never faced this unwanted Arturia-software-center-screen.
Sometimes problems are caused by the used hardware, but it is so much easier to make the developer responsible for every trifle.
However, the V Collection is fantastic. Now, on black friday, you will get 27 instruments for € 299...that means you pay less than € 11 per carefully crafted instrument. Think about that!
I'm done with Pigments. I so want to like it but I just can't. It's a really well thought out instrument that is a joy to work with but, at the end of the day, it simply doesn't sound good enough compared to the other synths I work with every day. I've had it for a couple of years now and I've only ever used it for generic sounds/parts to fill out a mix, never for anything where you might actually notice that it doesn't really sound all that good.
I love the layout and the visual representation of all the modulation - that whole system is top shelf. I like the way the "Engines" are implemented and the filter section is pretty good, too, without setting the world on fire. The GUI/UX is intuitive, well laid out, lends itself to a good workflow and there are more modulation options than I'd ever need or want. The on-board sequencer, too, is second to none, although it doesn't do anything I can't do in my host, so I've never used it.
In the end, my rating comes down to the sound. It just doesn't sound good enough in our mixes. It can do the little filler type things well enough but then so can dozens of freebies I use regularly. Where it can't seem to hold its own is when I am looking for a prominent part - a lead or a big pad kind of thing. It just doesn't sound big enough for those things, no matter what I try. It seems to have all the requisite parts - the V/A engine is very well featured, the Wavetable engine has loads of modulatable options, the Granular engine is quite capable, the newer Additive engine does what you expect and beyond that the filter is OK and there are plenty of other features to get the job done - but somehow it all falls a bit flat in the end. It's so frustrating because I really like working with Pigments, I just can't get it to sound as big as I need it to.
As with Hive, I have come to the conclusion that maybe I am just not the target audience for this synth. To me it feels like a Swiss Army knife. It does a lot of things well enough to get by in a pinch but when it comes to the big, important projects, there is no substitute for a good set of specialised tools.Read Review
Anything coming from Arturia lives up to it's glory. How to judge an EQ is not clear to my mind, but I consider thisone more in the mastering field as well as soundshaping. This is not the usual channel EQ by witch you pull out wrong frequencies.Read Review