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Re: Team Test: Arturia Pigments 2
Dave Bryce #3033497 03/15/20 07:12 PM
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Forgive the name dropping...but last week I did a few things for Sheena Easton to use in her live show. They now have Pigments 2 in da house. I used it for pads, brass type stuff (although it was layered with Omnisphere for this one), and some arp/seq type sounds. All were pretty much factory presets that I tweaked to fit what I wanted. Wonderful VI to have in the toolbox. With a lot of synths the technical stuff gets away from me and I'm just a knob turner/tweaker find it as quick as I can and track kind of guy. Point is... it was a valuable part of the project.

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Re: Team Test: Arturia Pigments 2
Dave Bryce #3040748 04/26/20 10:13 PM
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Pigments 2 is in my V7 pack. V7 is the digital back bone of my today's electronic music. The Mini, Matrix and SEM are basically all I need. Arturia does a beautiful job in recreating the past.

For this review I played around with Pigments 2 for two days. Sampled a coconut (horse-gallop) I split the day before (yummie!), recorded the Mini and created my own Moog wavetables, programmed some analogue pads, basses, grainy stuff...

The fun:
- Using a wavetable to modulate the filters is an interesting feature.
- Workflow for creating wavetables is smoooooth. Just import a whole directory and you're done.
- You can dive deep - a sound designers dream!
- Moulding curves on the envelopes is always good. (Andromeda)
- The sampler - ultra fast and simple: I found a new S612!
- MPE - I'm thinking of purchasing a Roli.
- The lipstick and powder - the looks.

There are some things that you can't cover up with lipstick and powder: (Quizzz: what's the title and who wrote the song?)
- Three LFO's - that's just one more than the SEM V2 has - which is considered a 'simple' synthesizer.
- What's wrong with that pulse wave? You can't run a full pulse with modulation and somewhere there is some aliasing flying around.
- Wavetables - I made my own wavetables twenty years ago on the Waldorf Microwave XT. That sounded great. My own wavetables in Pigments sound grainy like a broken Casio CZ.
- The filters: Please Arturia don't go for great specs, choose SOUND. I would have been happy with just the Matrix filters - these are okay.
- Way too many "interesting" sound results. "Interesting" does not inspire me to play, compose and record songs.
- Where's the global FX switch? I want to hear the SOUND.
- Some factory programs are too loud (LED bar indicator is a plus btw) and started to crackle.

Almost everything seemed done right until I closed my eyes and started to listen. It's the sound of Pigments that made me long for the Mini, SEM, Matrix-12, Synclavier.

Do I recommend it? For a first synth: no. Buy the Arturia Mini, SEM, the CS. As a second synth? Maybe a good choice if you want to explore sound design. Overall I would say that the Synclavier is a far better sounding rival. Would I buy a Roli for using on Pigments? No. I'll rather wait until Arturia delivers a next synth with MPE.

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Re: Team Test: Arturia Pigments 2
Pim #3040791 04/27/20 04:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Pim
There are some things that you can't cover up with lipstick and powder: (Quizzz: what's the title and who wrote the song?)

Girls Talk -Elvis Costello (and yes I knew this and didn't search for the answer) cool


A reason why I collect old keyboards is that I feel partly responsible for doing it, responsible for preserving history and being a custodian for these things
Plus, old gear has a story. I like that.
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Re: Team Test: Arturia Pigments 2
davedoerfler #3040797 04/27/20 05:47 AM
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Originally Posted by davedoerfler
Originally Posted by Pim
There are some things that you can't cover up with lipstick and powder: (Quizzz: what's the title and who wrote the song?)

Girls Talk -Elvis Costello (and yes I knew this and didn't search for the answer) cool
Correct answer! 👍🏻


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Re: Team Test: Arturia Pigments 2
Pim #3044094 05/16/20 03:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Pim
Pigments 2 is in my V7 pack. V7 is the digital back bone of my today's electronic music. The Mini, Matrix and SEM are basically all I need. Arturia does a beautiful job in recreating the past.

For this review I played around with Pigments 2 for two days. Sampled a coconut (horse-gallop) I split the day before (yummie!), recorded the Mini and created my own Moog wavetables, programmed some analogue pads, basses, grainy stuff...

The fun:
- Using a wavetable to modulate the filters is an interesting feature.
- Workflow for creating wavetables is smoooooth. Just import a whole directory and you're done.
- You can dive deep - a sound designers dream!
- Moulding curves on the envelopes is always good. (Andromeda)
- The sampler - ultra fast and simple: I found a new S612!
- MPE - I'm thinking of purchasing a Roli.
- The lipstick and powder - the looks.

There are some things that you can't cover up with lipstick and powder: (Quizzz: what's the title and who wrote the song?)
- Three LFO's - that's just one more than the SEM V2 has - which is considered a 'simple' synthesizer.
- What's wrong with that pulse wave? You can't run a full pulse with modulation and somewhere there is some aliasing flying around.
- Wavetables - I made my own wavetables twenty years ago on the Waldorf Microwave XT. That sounded great. My own wavetables in Pigments sound grainy like a broken Casio CZ.
- The filters: Please Arturia don't go for great specs, choose SOUND. I would have been happy with just the Matrix filters - these are okay.
- Way too many "interesting" sound results. "Interesting" does not inspire me to play, compose and record songs.
- Where's the global FX switch? I want to hear the SOUND.
- Some factory programs are too loud (LED bar indicator is a plus btw) and started to crackle.

Almost everything seemed done right until I closed my eyes and started to listen. It's the sound of Pigments that made me long for the Mini, SEM, Matrix-12, Synclavier.

Do I recommend it? For a first synth: no. Buy the Arturia Mini, SEM, the CS. As a second synth? Maybe a good choice if you want to explore sound design. Overall I would say that the Synclavier is a far better sounding rival. Would I buy a Roli for using on Pigments? No. I'll rather wait until Arturia delivers a next synth with MPE.

Love this well-rounded summary review; brutally honest 2thu.

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