This time, I will review the software called Arturia “V Collection 7”. This software covers almost all major synthesizers and keyboard instruments.
In this article, I am going to explain the advantages and disadvantages of Arturia “V Collection 7”. Please read the details below;
1. What is Arturia “V Collection 7” ?
V Collection 7 is a software collection that covers keyboard instruments and synthesizers developed by Arturia.
Emulates vintage keyboard instruments and synthesizers. Each piece of software is also sold individually.
|Software (24 types)||Mellotron V / Synthi V / CZ V / B3 V2 / Clavinet V / CMI V / DX7 V / Buchla Easel V / Synclavier V / Mini V / Piano V / Stage-73 V / Matrix-12 V / Farfisa V / Vox Continental V / Solina V / SEM V / Wurli V / Jup-8 V / ARP 2600 V / CS 80 V / Prophet V/ Modular V / Analog Lab 4|
|Release date||May 2019|
V Collection 7 is also available as a monthly payment with Splice Plugins. Click here for a detailed article on Splice Plugins.
There are four advantages when using Arturia “V Collection 7”
- Recommended for the first VST Instruments as it covers almost all famous keyboard instruments and synthesizers
- Easy to use
- There are many presets so you can quickly find the sound you want
- You can get it all at a cheap price
(1)Recommended for the first VST Instruments as it covers almost all famous keyboard instruments and synthesizers
New from V Collection 7 are Mellotron V, Analog Lab 4, CZ V, B3 V2 and Synthi V. It covers almost all major musical instruments such as synthesizers, pianos, electric pianos, organs, and so on.
If you don’t have any VST Instruments yet, this is especially recommended because you can get many keyboard instruments and synthesizers.
You can also study by knowing the characteristics of each instrument.
The origin of each is as follows.
- Mellotron V→Mellotron
- Synthi V→EMS Synthi AKS
- CZ V→Casio SZ series
- B3 V2→Hammond-B3
- Clavinet V→Hohner Clavinet
- CMI V→Fairlight CMI
- DX7 V→YAMAHA DX7
- Buchla Easel V→BUCHLA Music Easel
- Synclavier V→Synclavier
- Mini V→Mini Moog
- Piano V→12 types of piano
- Stage-73 V→Rhodes
- Matrix-12 V→Oberheim Matrix 12
- Farfisa V→Farfisa Compact Deluxe Combo Organ
- Vox Continental V→Vox Continental 300
- Solina V→Solina
- SEM V→Oberheim Sem
- Wurli V→Wurlitzer
- Jup-8 V→Roland Jupiter-8
- ARP 2600 V→ARP 2600
- CS 80 V→Yamaha CS 80
- Prophet V→Prophet 5、Prophet VS
- Modular V→Moog IIIc
(2)Easy to use
The Arturia plugin has a tutorial when it starts for the first time, so it is easy to understand how to use it, and the screen is large and easy to see.
However, since it emulates professional equipment, there are some things that are difficult for beginners to handle.
(3)There are many presets so you can quickly find the sound you want
There are many presets and they can be displayed separately for each part, making it easy to find the sound you want.
The number of each preset is as follows.
- Mellotron V→61
- Synthi V→295
- CZ V→455
- B3 V2→50
- Clavinet V→75
- CMI V→426
- DX7 V→490
- Buchla Easel V→300
- Synclavier V→724
- Mini V→553
- Piano V→89
- Stage-73 V→80
- Matrix-12 V→463
- Farfisa V→144
- Vox Continental V→117
- Solina V→148
- SEM V→574
- Wurli V→190
- Jup-8 V→581
- ARP 2600 V→604
- CS 80 V→565
- Prophet V→612
- Modular V→537
- Analog Labs→7484
(4)You can get it all at a cheap price
Compared to buying it alone, it is considerably more profitable to get it all together with V Collection 7.
3. Disadvantages that you should know before using
However, there are two disadvantages to know before using Arturia “V Collection 7”
- It is a collection of keyboard instruments and synthesizer software, so it does not cover all instruments
- CPU load is high
(1)It is a collection of keyboard instruments and synthesizer software, so it does not cover all instruments
V Collection 7 is a keyboard instrument and synthesizer only. V Collection 7 cannot cover all VST Instruments.
Native Instruments “Komplete 12” is the best in terms of covering all musical instruments. However, some instruments are not of high quality. Therefore, it may be better to buy a plugin specialized for one instrument such as drum only or bass only.
If you only want vintage synthesizers, UVI “Vintage Vault 3” has more types.
- Arturia V Collection 7 List price $499
Keyboard instruments (piano, electric piano, organ, etc.), vintage synthesizers
- UVI Vintage Vault 3 List price $ 599
Vintage synthesizers, rhythm machines
- Native Instruments Komplete 12 List price $599
Almost all sound sources. However, most synthesizers are original and there are few vintage synthesizers.
(2)CPU load is high
Some have a high CPU load.
Very high : Synthi V, Buchla Easel V
High : Mellotron V, CZ V, Clavinet V, DX7 V, Matrix-12 V, Vox Continental V
4. How to install and activate Arturia products
Installation and activation methods are explained in Plugin Boutique.
- First, create an account at Arturia.
- Log in and click “Register My Product”. Enter the SN (serial number) and UC (unlock code).
- Install Arturia Software Center, activate your product and you’re done. You can install COMP TUBE-STA etc. from Software Center.
5. Review each sound source of V Collection 7
I will review each software of V Collection 7 one by one.
- Mellotron V
- Synthi V
- CZ V
- B3 V2
- Clavinet V
- CMI V
- DX7 V
- Buchla Easel V
- Analog Labs
- Synclavier V
- Mini V
- Piano V
- Stage-73 V
- Matrix-12 V
- Farfisa V
- Vox Continental V
- Solina V
- SEM V
- Wurli V
- Jup-8 V
- ARP 2600 V
- CS 80 V
- Prophet V
- Modular V
Mellotron V which has about 61 presets modeled on Mellotron.
Familiar Mellotron sound from Beatles “Strawberry Fields Forever”.
There are many other Mellotron plugins, but the feature of Mellotron V is that you can insert samples such as your own recordings.
There are quite a lot of default samples. In terms of functionality, it will be superior to UVI “Mello”.
Synthi V which has about 295 presets modeled on EMS Synthi AKS.
This is a synth with a characteristic sequencer, and you can make a pretty dull sound. However, CPU load is high.
CZ V which has about 455 presets modeled on Casio SZ series.
It produces a noisy retro sound in a good way.
B3 V2 which has about 50 presets modeled on the famous organ Hammond-B3
Noise may be heard depending on the preset, but this is due to the effect of the upper right FX. Due to the effect of the rotary speaker, the PAN may sound like it is shaking left and right. If you don’t need the effect and are worried, turn it off.
Clavinet V which has about 75 presets modeled on Hohner Clavinet.
It is possible to apply up to 5 types of effects.
If you are concerned about noise, press the upper right “⬆︎” to lower the PICK UP NOISE parameter.
CMI V which has about 426 presets modeled on Fairlight CMI. Like Mellotron V, CMI V allows you to insert your own sample.
DX7 V which has about 490 presets modeled on YAMAHA DX7.
Since it is modeled on an FM digital synthesizer, it features a metallic tone.
(8)Buchla Easel V
Buchla Easel V which has about 300 presets modeled on BUCHLA Music Easel.
This is a synthesizer that features a sequencer and patch cables, but it has a high CPU load.
Analog Labs which has about 7484 presets.
This is a set of vintage synthesizer presets that can be easily operated and layered.
Synclavier V which has about 724 presets modeled on Synclavier.
Modeled on an FM synthesizer, featuring simple and cool sound.
Mini V which has about 533 presets modeled on Mini Moog.
This is a famous model of a monophonic analog synthesizer, but you can make it polyphonic by “POLYPHONIC” on the right of the panel.
Piano V consisting of about 89 presets and 12 types of pianos.
The sound may be inferior to the famous piano software, but it is convenient because it has many presets and many strange sounds.
Stage-73 V which has about 80 presets modeled on Rhodes.
An electric piano with Stage and Suitcase selectable from the upper right. The ’73 and ’74 on the Stage represent the age. Before ’73, the left knob is Tone, and after ’74, the left knob is BASS BOOST.
Matrix-12 V which has about 463 presets modeled on Oberheim Matrix 12.
This synth features thick pads and brass sounds.
Farfisa V which has about 144 presets modeled on Farfisa Compact Deluxe Combo. Organ. It features a cheap sound. There is a function that allows you to adjust the pitch, and you can deliberately remove the pitch to create a more retro feel.
(16)Vox Continental V
Vox Continental V which has about 117 presets modeled on Vox Continental 300.
An organ with a characteristic black keyboard.
This also has the function of adjusting the pitch. The amplifier is also made by Vox.
Solina V which has about 148 presets modeled on Solina.
It’s not real, but it has a tasty strings sound.
I thought that String Machines in UVI Vintage Vault 3 should be better.
SEM V which has about 574 presets modeled on Oberheim Sem.
It features a bright and thick sound.
Wurli V which has about 190 presets modeled on Wurlitzer.
Speaking of electric pianos, Rhodes and Wurlitzer. Both are in V Collection 7.
Jup-8 V which has about 581 presets modeled on Roland Jupiter-8.
A synthesizer with a colorful appearance. Roland’s official Roland Cloud also has a Jupiter-8, but I feel that Arturia’s unique features and sounds are added compared to that.
(21)ARP 2600 V
ARP 2600 V which has about 604 presets modeled on ARP 2600.
It may be difficult for beginners to deal with patches. The feature is that there are three oscillators.
(22)CS 80 V
CS 80 V which has about 565 presets modeled on Yamaha CS 80.
The model is a polyphonic synthesizer with 8 voices.
The feature is that there are two systems of VCO, VCF and VCA.
Prophet V modeled on Prophet 5 and Prophet VS with approximately 612 presets.
You can use Prophet 5 and VS separately or in combination.
Modular V which has about 537 presets modeled on Moog IIIc.
There are many patches, so I think that it is difficult for beginners to handle.
V Collection 7 is recommended because it can cover keyboard instruments and synthesizers with this one and has good cost performance.
Some beginners find it difficult to handle, but you can use it to learn about vintage synthesizers.
I hope this article helpful for you.