It's the suite of legendary synths that keeps on growing. After last year's additions of the Buchla Music Easel, the Fairlight CMI, the Clavinet and the DX7, Arturia's V Collection now sees more familiar old faces as part of its line-up.
The 60s tape-based keyboard might be arguably 'not a synth', but it's a bona fide classic for sure. The character of the Mellotron is highly dependent on its particular reels of taped sound, so it'll be interesting to see what Arturia's version
This one apes the Casio CZ-101, which was Casio's first 'serious' attempt at a professional instrument. This digital keyboard is one of the first names in phase distortion synthesis, and provided a more accessible way into programming than did Yamaha's DX7.
What's more English than an unassuming synth in a briefcase? The EMS Synthi was just that, with its distinctive modulation matrix, operated by inserting pins at the intersection of a mod source and destination. While EMS's Synthi A, Synthi AKS and VCS 3 were similar models, Arturia's Synthi V strikes a balance that should satisfy all three.
The V Collection 7 update also sees an update to Analog Lab, now at version 4, and a new collection of 800 preset for legacy V Collection instruments called Synthopedia. At the same time, Arturia have updated their Hammond B3 emulation to version 2.
V Collection 7 is available now for €399, with update pricing seemingly €299, although cheaper, personalized offers have been reported to have been sent to existing users. You can find out more at the Arturia website.
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