Arturia V Collection 8 is somehow even more comprehensive. It adds emulations of the Juno-60 and E-MU Emulator II as well as a 16-channel vocoder. Jupiter 8 and Rhodes instruments are also subject to upgrades. The improvements to the Jupiter are relatively subtle, but the Rhodes sounds significantly better than the V Collection 7 version. If Arturia’s flagship instrument bundle has one weakness, it’s the acoustic piano, electric piano, and guitar emulations. organ, but the updated Rhodes is really excellent.
In general, all instruments in the V Collection are quite solid. Incredibly picky people might claim to hear the difference between the real deal and a VST, but I’m not sure I still believe them. I would say these emulations get you at least 90% of the time when it comes to analog synths, and even more so when it comes to recreating digital instruments. Additionally, the software versions of Arturia include a lot of features and additional flexibility that are simply not available on the originals.
The Jun-6 V (Juno) is pretty perfect and, frankly, it’s surprising that Arturia barely managed to emulate a Juno. You can even flip a switch to try and capture the magic of an aging, poorly maintained keyboard with oscillators that refuse to stay in tune. Honestly, I would put the oscillators in ‘poor’ calibration mode and never look back if I were you.
The II V emulator is also rich and satisfying and packed with a surprising amount of ’80s-style sampling power. Like most instruments in the V collection, the main view is a fairly authentic visual recreation of the original. . But you can also click into an advanced mode that exposes a host of new controls, some of which just weren’t possible with the physical versions of the instruments.
Analog Lab, which is sort of a hybrid “lite” version of V Collection, performance tool and preset browser is also getting a major overhaul and upgrade to Analog Lab V. the library. Analog Lab’s price remains at $ 199, which means it’s still likely the best value for money in the world of virtual synths. It comes with thousands of presets from over two dozen V Collection instruments, you just get less fine control. So if you are more of a preset type moderator, than an avid sound designer, you might be perfectly served by Analog Lab.
But, if you’re starting to want to dig a little deeper into what’s possible with these synths, it might be worth upgrading to V Collection 8. Both are now available on the Arturia site.