Which Arturia soft synths do you like best & why?

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kevvvvv
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2386 posts since 24 Oct, 2000 from skelmersdale, west lancs, uk

Post Sat Jan 18, 2020 10:26 am

I have so many Arturia software synths I can't get round to learn them all properly, so maybe I should focus on one or two of them for now?

Your thoughts appreciated

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7340 posts since 7 Aug, 2003 from San Francisco Bay Area

Re: Which Arturia soft synths do you like best & why?

Post Sat Jan 18, 2020 10:37 am

Funny this came up. Just moments ago I was texting a friend and bemoaning the fact that I haven’t even touched half the recent Arturia instruments, because I’ve been so focused on hardware for the past couple of years. I haven’t even fired up the CZ, DX, or Mellotron a single time yet! With that in mind, I absolutely adore their Synclavier, particularly with the resynthesis functionality.
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dineshk
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49 posts since 5 Jan, 2007

Re: Which Arturia soft synths do you like best & why?

Post Sat Jan 18, 2020 10:46 am

Pigments is great :)
The mod "matrix" just clicks for me (as opposed to other WT synths).

dune_rave
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1512 posts since 23 Jun, 2006 from Hungary

Re: Which Arturia soft synths do you like best & why?

Post Sat Jan 18, 2020 10:55 am

tried all of them, liked
-synclavier because its great features and gui
-jupiter: its easy to split the keyboard
-pigments: for me the sequencer is its best feature

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1544 posts since 24 Mar, 2015 from Toronto, Canada

Re: Which Arturia soft synths do you like best & why?

Post Sat Jan 18, 2020 11:02 am

- the two jupiter versoins
- buchla

i just like the way they sound.

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nachenko
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Re: Which Arturia soft synths do you like best & why?

Post Sat Jan 18, 2020 11:05 am

Pigments is great.

Besides that, I don't own DX7, but the Synthwave producer in me demands it.
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fmr
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9158 posts since 16 Mar, 2003 from Porto - Portugal

Re: Which Arturia soft synths do you like best & why?

Post Sat Jan 18, 2020 11:10 am

Modular V (because it was the first, and I learned so much about modular synths with it).
Matrix V (I waited so long for a Matrix-12 emulation that, even despite this not being as faithful as I would like, it was already one of my favorites).
Fairlight and Synclavier. They offer so much in terms of possibilities of sample mangling and combining samples with FM and additive (in the case of the Synclavier), that I immediately reserved a special place for them
Buchla and Synthi (for the same reasons I still like the Modular V).
DX7 V and CZ V, because these replaced two of my beloved hardware synths.
Mellotron, because it allows samples to sound different (gives them a different perspective).
And Pigments, because it can do (almost) everything.
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SharksFin
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131 posts since 6 Nov, 2003

Re: Which Arturia soft synths do you like best & why?

Post Sat Jan 18, 2020 11:44 am

synclavier then buchla easel then pigments

skyscape
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157 posts since 23 Oct, 2005 from Australia

Re: Which Arturia soft synths do you like best & why?

Post Sat Jan 18, 2020 3:34 pm

Pigments, with the recent granular additions is hands down one of the best synths out there from any developer.

Examigan
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5071 posts since 15 Sep, 2005 from East Coast of the USA

Re: Which Arturia soft synths do you like best & why?

Post Sat Jan 18, 2020 4:56 pm

fmr wrote:
Sat Jan 18, 2020 11:10 am
Modular V (because it was the first, and I learned so much about modular synths with it).
Matrix V (I waited so long for a Matrix-12 emulation that, even despite this not being as faithful as I would like, it was already one of my favorites).
Fairlight and Synclavier. They offer so much in terms of possibilities of sample mangling and combining samples with FM and additive (in the case of the Synclavier), that I immediately reserved a special place for them
Buchla and Synthi (for the same reasons I still like the Modular V).
DX7 V and CZ V, because these replaced two of my beloved hardware synths.
Mellotron, because it allows samples to sound different (gives them a different perspective).
And Pigments, because it can do (almost) everything.
I never used the Modular V much, but I really like other synths you mentioned.

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kevvvvv
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2386 posts since 24 Oct, 2000 from skelmersdale, west lancs, uk

Re: Which Arturia soft synths do you like best & why?

Post Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:29 pm

Nice to hear these encouraging comments
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Forgotten
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8486 posts since 15 Apr, 2019 from Nowhere

Re: Which Arturia soft synths do you like best & why?

Post Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:31 pm

Pigments for sure, but they all surprise me from time to time

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thejonsolo
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2468 posts since 13 Apr, 2008 from Charleston, SC

Re: Which Arturia soft synths do you like best & why?

Post Sat Jan 18, 2020 7:26 pm

I'd have to say I like all of them. They may not always be perfect copies of the originals, but the flavor they bring is fantastic. I have started going to them more in the past few months than I ever did in the past.

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490 posts since 23 Dec, 2011

Re: Which Arturia soft synths do you like best & why?

Post Sat Jan 18, 2020 7:51 pm

ARP 2600 - because I have been able to put together a handful of Poly (of all things) patches that hit the spot for me. Love it.
DX7 - because it is a fantastic recreation++. There are thousands of presets available now, and these can be hugely useful.
Matrix-12 - is a fantastic pad monster. It is also a great synth to program.
Pigments - way cool. I think I have more usable Pigments patches than any other Arturia synth
SEM - Sweet sounds from this. I spent a summer, several years ago - dinking around with this. It is also responsible for why I picked up an OB-6. The OB’s filter is inspired by the SEM (and the timbres you can draw out of it - bear this out).
Synclavier - Some incredible sounds are possible from this. It is rich in history - and knowing that Arturia worked with Cameron Jones for code, and partnership on this.. is way cool.

I have patches saved from many of the other Arturia synths - but the ones above are the ones that I really spent time programming and learning. There are tutorials which dive into details on programming these… which makes them all, fantastic learning instruments.

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Russell Grand
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2392 posts since 22 May, 2017

Re: Which Arturia soft synths do you like best & why?

Post Sat Jan 18, 2020 9:55 pm

This may be a strange answer, but my favorite Arturia soft synth is Spark 2.

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