hurricane wrote: ↑
10 Dec 2020
My GAS was tempted really hard when this was announced, but the $299 upgrade price turned me off. I would have done it for $199 no question. The price didn't bother me as much a few days later, when I figured out that it was basically about $33 per new synth, and looking at it that way pushed me towards going ahead with the upgrade, that is, until I demoed the Juno and Jupiter. I don't have any experience with the hardware versions, but lots with the various software emulations out there and I just don't hear a big enough difference in Arturia's to warrant a purchase. I'm still on V6 and I'm going to stay there until a better deal comes out. I imagine their 2021 BF deal is going to be 50% off at least, so that means for me, it would be $150. That still might require some thinking - but a $99 deal would be a no-brainer.
I wonder if more people are in my position, where the 'just ok" stuff Arturia has released lately has been covered by other "wow" plugins in their libraries. Let's take V7 for example:
Mellotron: I've had G-Force's M Tron Pro for years now, and it's pretty much perfect. Mellotron samples are widely available and free, and Mello sounds are usually included in most rompers. I also remember getting UVI's mellotron for free a few years ago. Logic has a free Mellotron in its library. Arturia's doesn't blow me away.
Caszio CZ: If you're a fan of this synth then you would have purchased VirtualCZ a long time ago like I did. If you have a real CZ like I do, you know Virtual CZ is super close to the hardware. So, I was done and satsified with CZ emulations years ago. Arturia's doesn't blow me away.
Synthi V: I remember grabbing XILS LE a long time ago, thinking it was ok, but never really getting into it, therefore I never used it. Never upgraded it to it's bigger brother either. It's still sits disabled in my plugin library. Just not my thing. and - Arturia's doesn't blow me away.
And now V8:
Emulator: I bought UVIs Emu years ago and am pretty satisfied with it. Emulator samples abound in almost every rompler. I never went beyond using presets. But I appreciate Arturia's full-blown emulation, and if I was really into the Emulator this would be the ultimate version. Arturia's doesn't blow me away though.
Jun-6: I don't get this one. The Juno has been done to death. TAL's is still king, Cherry Audio's is good. DIVA does a fantastic Juno. I just don't need Arturia's. The demo didn't change my mind. Arturia's doesn't blow me away.
Jup-8: Again, the demo didn't make a difference. DIVA does a good Jupiter, and the best one that I currently use is a Reaktor instrument. In my opinion, the Jupiter sound is easy to re-create on modern synths. I don't need another Jupiter emulation. Arturia's doesn't blow me away.
OBXa: OPX-Pro II, Synapse Obsession, DIVA - I don't need anything else, and Arturia's version doesn't blow me away.
Vocoder: This is the only one I find appealing because I have nothing like this anywhere in my library.
There IS room for a new emulation of a widely covered synth -AS LONG AS IT BLOWS THE OTHERS AWAY. A good example would be Softube's M72.
Arturia are supposed to be re-doing there Minimoog and CS-80 emulations. When the inevitable updated/upgraded Mini comes out, I don't imagine it's going to make a huge bang. However, if they get their CS-80 updated, this one could be good because it would be THE CS-80 emulation to get.
There are also so many synths that haven't been done yet. How about we get some of those for V9? We don't need another SH-101. They haven't done any Korg stuff, but I can tell you right now that we also don't need another M1 or Wavestation.