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...
- 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.
Last edited by Pim; 04/27/20 08:23 PM. Reason: Typo