Which Arturia soft synths do you like best & why?

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raiderpdog
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392 posts since 26 Jul, 2018

Post Mon Jan 20, 2020 7:08 am

kelvyn wrote:
Mon Jan 20, 2020 1:48 am
Pigments.
But they all contribute where necessary. The collection is like having lots of different colors on an artists pallet.
Depending on the circumstances - Film, Commercials, Remix or any other job depending on a clients needs or wishes - you can be anything from Rothko to Chagall. I consider myself to be extremely fortunate to live in a time where there are companies like Arturia and NI etc covering so much of the sonic spectrum.
Exactly. I don't know where or when I will need a specific synth in the Collection, but it is sure nice to have that option ready to go. I love that collection, even if some of it isn't as exact as we remember. There is a lot of quality in it, then Pigments just added so much on top.

Dencheg
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127 posts since 10 Oct, 2018

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

Post Mon Jan 20, 2020 10:17 am

BBFG# wrote:
Mon Jan 20, 2020 1:01 am
It is as much as NI.
And maybe a little more.
My bad. I checked, and Arturia products remained activated regardless connection. I thought they wouldn't

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

Post Mon Jan 20, 2020 11:35 am

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kevvvvv
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2387 posts since 24 Oct, 2000 from skelmersdale, west lancs, uk

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

Post Thu Jan 23, 2020 7:13 am

Thanks for all your helpful comments

kev :)
Member 12, Studio One 4, Avenger 1.5 + 14 xps, Dune 3, Microtonic drums, Pigments, Arturia 6, Atom & Impact XT, Izotope Neutron & Ozone, Valhalla, Spire, Sasquatch Kick 2, Panagement

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7729 posts since 12 May, 2008

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

Post Thu Jan 23, 2020 7:54 am

Easily Pigments. By a long shot. Aside from the newer digital emulations (DX7, Synclavier, Fairlight), I think it covers most of the synths pretty well. It has the moog/arp filters, the multimode filters, the SEM/Matrix-12. The oscillators mostly sound similar and Pigments covers that. Plus the granular alone is worth it just for that. Also has a better layout than most and mpe compatible. Years ago I used to wish that Arturia has a single synth that had the Arturia sound but comprehensive features and a couple filters, because I found most of their synths sounded so similar. Well Pigments did that plus lots of cool extras. These days I'm less of a fan of the Arturia sound so I bought Pigments almost entirely for the excellent granular oscs, but I still mess around with the other oscs sometimes and may find that I do want to use them sometimes.
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Jace-BeOS
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5755 posts since 7 Jan, 2005 from Corporate States of America

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

Post Thu Jan 23, 2020 8:11 am

The only one I have is on my iPad. It’s the iSEM. It sounds great!

I don’t like dongles (they’re using iLok on desktop, right? I have an older iLok for my Receptor and that’s where it stays), so I’ve never bothered to buy their desktop plugins. (No, I don’t like the dongle-less iLok system either)

Yeah, the iPad is basically a big dongle, in a way, and it’s bothersome to not have the same plugins on my Mac when I’m porting projects from iPad to Logic, but...

I’m not even sure iSEM was developed by them. I seem to recall it was outsourced (??). It’s the only Arturia-branded product I ever bought.

Anyway, I think iSEM sounds fantastic. It’s one of several iPad synths (like Moog Model 15) that show just how not-just-a-toy an iPad can be. I wish there were 1-to-1 desktop AudioUnit versions of them for use in Logic.
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WasteLand
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446 posts since 8 Jun, 2018

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

Post Thu Jan 23, 2020 8:20 am

Jace-BeOS wrote:
Thu Jan 23, 2020 8:11 am
The only one I have is on my iPad. It’s the iSEM. It sounds great!

I don’t like dongles (they’re using iLok on desktop, right? I have an older iLok for my Receptor and that’s where it stays), so I’ve never bothered to buy their desktop plugins. (No, I don’t like the dongle-less iLok system either)

Yeah, the iPad is basically a big dongle, in a way, and it’s bothersome to not have the same plugins on my Mac when I’m porting projects from iPad to Logic, but...

I’m not even sure iSEM was developed by them. I seem to recall it was outsourced (??). It’s the only Arturia-branded product I ever bought.

Anyway, I think iSEM sounds fantastic. It’s one of several iPad synths (like Moog Model 15) that show just how not-just-a-toy an iPad can be. I wish there were 1-to-1 desktop AudioUnit versions of them for use in Logic.
the SEM is great. small remark; no iLok for arturia.... there is a download and activation center. which give no problems. and you can deactive even a broken computer, from there website... or deactivate it when you want, from the website. 5 computers per license.
so nice activation/deactivation solution and... no transfer fees...
win 10 pro (1909); cubase 10.5.10 pro, live 10 suite (+push 2), reaper, arturia V collection 6, reason 10, maschine (mk3+jam), korg collection, komplete 11 ultimate, softube modular, VM and many more..
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4damind
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Re: Which Arturia soft synths do you like best & why?

Post Thu Jan 23, 2020 8:28 am

SEM
I'm a bit bored with these synths that try to do everything and at the same time are over complicated. SEM V is a typical example of a not very complex synth that sounds very good.

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Jace-BeOS
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5755 posts since 7 Jan, 2005 from Corporate States of America

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Post Thu Jan 23, 2020 10:26 am

WasteLand wrote:
Thu Jan 23, 2020 8:20 am
Jace-BeOS wrote:
Thu Jan 23, 2020 8:11 am
The only one I have is on my iPad. It’s the iSEM. It sounds great!

I don’t like dongles (they’re using iLok on desktop, right? I have an older iLok for my Receptor and that’s where it stays), so I’ve never bothered to buy their desktop plugins. (No, I don’t like the dongle-less iLok system either)

Yeah, the iPad is basically a big dongle, in a way, and it’s bothersome to not have the same plugins on my Mac when I’m porting projects from iPad to Logic, but...

I’m not even sure iSEM was developed by them. I seem to recall it was outsourced (??). It’s the only Arturia-branded product I ever bought.

Anyway, I think iSEM sounds fantastic. It’s one of several iPad synths (like Moog Model 15) that show just how not-just-a-toy an iPad can be. I wish there were 1-to-1 desktop AudioUnit versions of them for use in Logic.
the SEM is great. small remark; no iLok for arturia.... there is a download and activation center. which give no problems. and you can deactive even a broken computer, from there website... or deactivate it when you want, from the website. 5 computers per license.
so nice activation/deactivation solution and... no transfer fees...
:tu: Thank you for correcting me on these facts about Arturia’s DRM. It sounds like a system I can live with (and do, with other companies). Maybe I’ll consider them on some future holiday sale. Cheers! :-)
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layzer
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Re: Which Arturia soft synths do you like best & why?

Post Thu Jan 23, 2020 2:18 pm

minimoog V, the free version
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felis
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602 posts since 25 Jul, 2009

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

Post Fri Jan 24, 2020 4:31 am

Matrix 12V and Synclavier V - both for their modulation capabilities.

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