I recommend everybody to download the demo version
The added goodies of the modern times
The effect section.
First of all, contrary to the Arturia Pigments, when running through the presets I didn't feel the urge to switch off the FX. Well done by the sound designers. The FX section itself is straight and to the point, aimed at creative use. Three blocks, you can choose between parallel and serial - nice! To my surprise Arturia added a compressor. When placing the compressor after a delay (FX in serial mode) you immediately get that 'bouncy' disco vibe when used on an octaves played 4th bass pattern. Check out the preset 'Eighties R Us'. Italo disco!
The delay has a very effective HP filter and the 'Width' knob comes in handy when using the Stereo Pan Spread functionality of the voices. Will discuss this beautiful sounding section in another post. When looking for 8-bit C64/Amiga sounds, use the bitcrusher FX on a square wave. Fun. Furthermore, the reverb has a Mid/Side spread knob. Like the Width for the Delay this narrows the effect to the center. (And I love mono reverb. TMO: It makes a stereo mix sound wider...)
The modulation section.
Here starts the fun in creating your own signature sounds. Arturia put in a modulation matrix as we know from the Matrix 12/6 synthesizers. Five fixed sources: Velocity, Key range, Aftertouch, Mod Wheel and Filter Envelope. You can patch the sources with a +/- value to A LOT of destinations.
You can create your own (syncable) LFO waveforms. Brings out the Rembrandt in me...
As a user of the V7 package the price is not a limitation so I'll happily buy it later this month. My 20 minutes demo lockup kicks in... More to come in my next post.