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.
Not all electronic producers are fortunate enough to have excess amounts of cash or credit for new gear. So, a resourceful builder has shared a 10-minute DIY drum sequencer video to aid similarly cash-strapped artists.
Arturia have released six new plugins that they say you’ll “actually use”. Cleverly-titled ‘3 Filters You’ll Actually Use’ and ‘3 Pres You’ll Actually Use’, the filters are taken from elements of other famous synth clones while the pres are newly-made from the French company.
Arturia have announced the MiniBrute 2, a follow up to their popular mini analogue synth. Adding extra semi-modular patch points borrowed from their even more mini MatrixBrute. The semi modular patch points include controls for the filter, envelopes, LFOs and oscillators, hugely enhancing the sound design potential of the synth. MiniBrute 2 also features an arpeggiator with multiple modes, tap tempo as well as a built-in step-sequencer.