Arturia V Collection 9 –

We took Arturia’s new V Collection 9 for a test drive in Studio Happy. It’s a comprehensive set of synths, keys, and sampling software instruments that will blow your mind.

Arturia has added new software instruments and updated classics in its latest release, the V Collection 9. We took a good look at the new additions and updates to the collection.

There are some exciting new plugins with the Korg MS-20 (Korg approved!), SQ 80 V, Augmented Strings and Augmented Voices, and some well-deserved updates in the Prophet 5, Prophet VS, CS 80 V and the Piano V.

From the first sight and sound, we were won over by the Korg MS-20. Not only does it have polyphonic mode – not available in the hardware synthesizer – it has an excellent user interface and an easy to use semi-modular section. All sounds replicated reality, and the polyphony solidified the reach of this software emulation compared to the real deal.

Next up was the SQ 80 V which is a fantastic emulation of a classic 80s synth that we found gave us big, nice warm synth pads. The hardware synthesizer with its cartridges, internal battery issues, and rarity in the wild made us feel like we’d much rather have this software at our fingertips. We were impressed that someone finally made an emulation of a classic.

The new instruments – Augmented Strings and Augmented Voices – are a very welcome addition to V Collection 9. Both of these instruments are simple on the outside and very flexible on the inside. Each has a synth engine and a sampler engine with a huge amount of variations and effects.

Throughout the music community, we find that new updates are welcome and some overdue. In our opinion, the Prophet 5 and Prophet VS updates were the most crucial. Since these two instruments used to be one instrument, the separation and focus on each instrument makes you want to use them more than in previous versions of V Collection.

The Yamaha CS 80 update was very well received by us and we felt that the sound engine, presets and user interface breathed new life into the software synth. It’s a beautiful synth, with a great story, so hopefully this new update to the sound engine and user interface means more people will take an interest in this mammoth of synthesizer.

The last and equally important update concerned the Piano V from Arturia. It now places them in “real” piano emulation territory. There’s a new Model section that allows for huge variation between Arturia’s upright and grand pianos. You can change age, harmonics, mic position, noises, and there are many reverbs to choose from and adjust in Piano V’s user interface.

The V Collection 9 costs $599, or around AU$840. Arturia also offers payments of up to four installments on their website if desired.