Arturia's have announced their latest clone, the Oberheim OBX-a. The eight-voice analogue poly original was made popular by Prince – it made up the sound for many of his classic records like '1999' and 'Let's Go Crazy' – as well as Van Halen's 'Jump' and many more classic electronic records. Its most famous for its huge, detuned brass sound, but is capable of wide lush tones and wild FX.
Arturia has launched a new 50% off sale amidst lockdown around the globe. Their new "Stay Home, Make Music" initiative sees their 23 V Collection plugins marked down, as well as their plugin instrument Pigments, Analog Lab, FX plugins and more until May 7th. Arturia previously announced that version 1 of Pigments would be free till July 3rd, alongside Analog Lab and their iSpark iOS app which is now free indefinitely.
Arturia are giving away a free plugin – a plate reverb effect – as a Christmas gift. The plugin emulates the legendary EMT140 plate reverb plugin, with controls over time, modulation, pre-delay and some basic EQ and filter controls. There's also a Drive knob to give the effect some crunch and character, as well as a modulation section and a width option.
The plugin is a free download until December 31st – simply register on or log in to Arturia's website to get access to it.
Arturia have announced V Collection version seven, the next incarnation of their popular collection of soft synths. Version 7 adds the classic EMS Synthi synth, as well as the classic tape-based 'sampler' Mellotron to the heavily weighted collection that includes virtual clones of the Minimoog, Yamaha's CS-80, Roland's Jupiter-8, Oberheim SEM and many, many more. The newest version also adds 'CZ', which Arturia call a phase distortion synth – most likely the Casio CZ1000.
Arturia have introduced a new hybrid soft synth called Pigments. Based around two types of synth engines, Pigments uses a virtual analogue three-oscillator engine combined with a complex morphing wavetable engine, classic filters taken from the V Collection and 13 effects including delay, reverb and overdrive, graphical LFO editing and routing.
Arturia have teased "something is coming" coming on December 11th. A mysterious video was posted online on 6th of December, claiming that for 20 years they French company have been recreating the most iconic synthesizers, and it was "time to...". Time to what exactly, we'll find out on December 11th but we're confident that it's software rather than hardware, based on some flashing of frames within the promo vid below.
Music tech conference We Are Robots is returning to Old Truman's Brewery in London on Oct 12th to 14th for its second year. The event that features panel discussions, interactive hardware and software demos, live events and experimental setups will take place at the Brick Lane venue and feature the likes of Moog, Arturia, Teenage Engineering, Genelec, ROLI and more.
Arturia have announced a new analogue drum machine called DrumBrute Impact designed to be more affordable and transportable. The new hardware features a total of 10 drum sounds including a new FM Drum sound designed to self-modulate sounds.
The unit also features four individual outputs for Kick, Snare, Hi Hats and the FM Drum sound. DrumBrute Impact also features a 16-step stequencer with poly rhythm options for separate lengths per lane.
Arturia's new keyboard is ultra expressive, with new extra controls for your DAW and software. The KeyLab MkII features two versions, one with 49 and a 61-key controller, including 16 RGB pads, a 32-character LED screen, four CV outputs and one CV in for linking up with modular kit, DAW connectivity with 10 magnetic overlays for each software and it also comes with Arturia's stripped-back synth software collection Analog Lab.