Arturia bundle has never been the bang-for-your-buck that should be that the company’s Analog Lab or even it is. Fifteen effect plugins for $ 399 are not so clear a deal. But, 22 effects … that sounds like a much better deal.
The FX Collection 2 takes the original 15 plugins – three each of filters, delays, reverbs, preamps and compressors – then adds four modulation effects, including the , and three bus effects, including one based on Neve’s iconic crisp stereo compressor and one based on the 1970s Siemens transmission console.
The effects themselves are all excellent. And if you’ve ever used one of Arturia’s meticulous software emulations, you know what to expect. The hardware that inspired each plugin is faithfully recreated and then seamlessly expanded with hidden controls under an “advanced” panel. But the aesthetic is consistent. If you’re not a big fan of the skeuomorphic concept you probably won’t love the look of these FX. But don’t worry, the sounds will probably win you over.
While the Comp DIODE-609 and EQ SITRAL-295 (Snow and Siemens emulations, respectively) both sound good, the FORCE Bus is probably my favorite of the new effects. It is a completely original plugin designed by Arturia that combines an EQ, a limiter, a compressor and a saturator. Basically, you can slap it on each track or on your master and make the most of your fine tune with it.
I am particularly in love with the saturation section of the circuit. They have an advantage for an unbridled and distorted sound and this provides those with aplomb. In addition, it has many different options for composing in saturation and overdrive separately, and you can choose even or odd harmonies, or both. And you can also turn on and off a clipping circuit and set the level at which your audio clips. I will say, though, that the cut is a touch too hard even for my tastes. It’s a little more digital sound than direct saturation and overdrive.
Speaking of crunch, u The plugin has been updated with new preamp options that allow you to go cleaner or uglier. I was already a big fan of this recreation of the , and the addition of a molded germanium preamplifier just makes me love it even more. If you prefer to skip the original preamplifier and the germanium one, you can also turn off only the preamplifier circuit. Then you can bring it on your own or just keep it crispy and clean.
The rest of the effects haven’t changed in any dramatic way, but there are new in-app tutorials to help you get the most out of the terrain, a streamlined default browser borrowed from the V collection, and 200 new presets.
While the lack of major updates to existing plugins might be a bit annoying for some who already have FX Collection, for those new to the series it won’t matter much. U , , , , etc. are all here and they all still sound tremendous.
All together it makes for a pretty solid upgrade. And, as of June 25, the FX Collection 2 is on sale for only $ 299 which makes everything more attractive.
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