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SonicLAB: Arturia Origin DSP Modular
  30-Oct-08
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AlexAnder    Said...

ppg realizer mkII

30-Oct-08 10:37 AM


Nick B    Said...

I'm not familiar with that - is it something along the same lines

30-Oct-08 11:53 AM


fizmo    Said...

it's a little pricey for what it is. you can buy a laptop and get all the arturia synths for well under that price. true you can't mix the modules. i still think a nord modular g2 is much more reasonable in price and flexibility than this is.

30-Oct-08 12:06 PM


Nick B    Said...

Maybe.

Except I doubt if you'd get the same guaranteed level of performance from a laptop that wasnt top of the range.

V collection= Around $1k
15" Apple lappy $2k

No controllers or audio interface in ther yet...

Ma

30-Oct-08 12:10 PM


shekhar dhain    Said...

its not cheap, but it IS versatile..thats the first thought that hit me.

Other thoughts :-

* ive used three of the arturia softsynth versions, and their user interfaces and sound arent close to the originals. Their tweakability (is that in the dicitonary?) isnt very user friendly either..not out of the box anyway.

* Value for money...compared to dedicated workstations like fantom, motif, m3 and even the virus and radias, which i feel are pretty good competitors (the filtering and total synthesis approach), its out of the reach of a lot of people. If i bought one, id use it heavily for soundtrack and idents, but i feel its still too much money for what it is. It has the feel of "lets throw in everything bar the kitchen sink", which could do with some judicious thought.

* Nick has covered my earlier comment about some paramters not being assignable, in the review (another great review yet again there, Nick). That is not acceptable in such a pricey and hardware based instrument.

* who or WHAT is the market for something that in keyboard form, at this hard economic time, isn't going to sell for less than two thousand pounds EVEN after dealer discounts?

To sum up, it needs work, and as much as arturia would hate to hear, it also needs a price drop..a BIG one.

30-Oct-08 01:50 PM


Nick B    Said...

Good points Shekhar.

I must confess, I'm not totally clear about who will be buying this. Most synths at this price range are either total workstations like the Fantom etc or pure analog machines rather than DSP based.

One of the attractions of the V synths from Arturia is that they offer the user a low cost /low maintenance alternative to the actual physical synths themselves.

The main attraction of this is that it is a very deep programming machine and will enable you to come up with some pretty unique and complex synth patches, that and the performance aspect.

I dont agree that it is not very user friendly, I actually got to grips with it quite quickly and I'm not a patient person :-)

30-Oct-08 04:22 PM


mike Huckaby    Said...

man, this was one hell of a useful review for anyone considering buying this piece of gear. Im seriously interested in buying this machine. this is like reaktor in hardware form. which im all about.

this review was accurate, and seemingly straight forward. it took me a while to find this review on the net, but it was well worth it. i agree. many full pledged daws are about the same price, but if learning synthesis is your thing, and you would like to hold something instead of stare at something, this is the unit, and revolutionary piece of gear that makes it happen. from here on, my own eyes, ears, and wallet will determine if im finally buying it.

30-Oct-08 06:05 PM


shekhar dhain    Said...

aaah, no Nick, I meant the original software versions wernt so easy to use as vst's, with the dreaded "learn" feature for knob tweaks and so on, having to be employed for everything. This thing is festooned with knobs and the o/s is new from the ground up.

The sound(s) for the minimoogv, arp 2600v and cs80v were also miles off the original imho.

I agree on the low cost/low maintenance angle entirely. I own some of these, and other than the voyager (thanks to mike and amos at moog yet again, if theyre reading), the rest can be a bit painful to maintain.

30-Oct-08 06:06 PM


dekkers    Said...

OMG! the screen design and ui looks more like 300$ than 3000.

must be a font from free-fonts.com

31-Oct-08 10:26 AM


victorass    Said...

Spectralis with all it`s cons and pros costs a little less))And I paid for it with no doubt. As far as Arturia is concern - sorry((

01-Nov-08 11:01 AM


anon    Said...

dekkers...no clue what you're talking about, mate. If you read closely at free-fonts.com, the font designers usually require purchase, if using for commercial use.

Even so, why does the UI really matter?

01-Nov-08 05:34 PM


Yann D    Said...

Yes definitely a realizer that works. Guess that means PPG was 22 years ahead of its time... Good on you Arturia. Lets just hope the idea catches on and cheaper versions get released in the future - call it "programmable synthesis" or "compound synthesis" or something along those lines.

And to the person complaining about the look of the thing - the structure of the OS is so revolutionary you can forgive them for not adding state-of-the-art graphics.

02-Nov-08 05:01 AM


subsonix    Said...

Great review and I agree, from what I've heard of the presets they definately let it down - they should be more memorable and attention grabbing, at least for that price.

I've programmed synths for years and this synth does interest me, but it's way over priced considering its emulations aren't that close to the originals (to my ears).

Maybe tweaking all the algorithms, getting some decent presets and dropping the price to £1200 would make it easier for them to sell.

At present I'm really not sure who it's aimed at...

03-Nov-08 11:19 AM


XYtoTheDoubleG    Said...

Wow.... That's a scary price.

I don't know if this one's going to be for me. shoot, for that kind of money I could buy a brand new andromeda, or an amazing "analog" modular synth.

I just can't imagine dropping 3k for a souped up soft synth.

IDK.......

25-Nov-08 12:20 AM


XYtoTheDoubleG    Said...

Wow.... That's a scary price.

I don't know if this one's going to be for me. shoot, for that kind of money I could buy a brand new andromeda, or an amazing "analog" modular synth.

I just can't imagine dropping 3k for a souped up soft synth.

IDK.......

25-Nov-08 12:21 AM


XYtoTheDoubleG    Said...

Wow.... That's a scary price.

I don't know if this one's going to be for me. shoot, for that kind of money I could buy a brand new andromeda, or an amazing "analog" modular synth.

I just can't imagine dropping 3k for a souped up soft synth.

IDK.......

25-Nov-08 12:22 AM


XYtoTheDoubleG    Said...

Wow.... That's a scary price.

I don't know if this one's going to be for me. shoot, for that kind of money I could buy a brand new andromeda, or an amazing "analog" modular synth.

I just can't imagine dropping 3k for a souped up soft synth.

IDK.......

25-Nov-08 12:22 AM


XYtoTheDoubleG    Said...

OOPS....

25-Nov-08 12:23 AM


phobik    Said...

You can buy an Andromeda A6, Jupiter 8 or Prophet 8 and have a analog synth.

07-Mar-09 02:37 PM


Sven from spain    Said...

A lot of synthesiser indeed,but if you just consider something like a Waldorf blofeld, even in keyboard form(850$,750€),then just imagine what you can buy extra to reach such amount of money.Even much cheaper machines can get you around some amazing forms of sound-shaping that can keep you buy for months of intense moments of synth-programming...

18-Mar-09 07:51 PM


flux302    Said...

great review or more of an overview... it looks great, i would love to touch one in person. I wonder how quick they will be with updates. I know the jupiter update should already be out.

14-May-09 09:26 PM


MessyCables    Said...

As far as I know, this is the first and only standalone digital modular synthesizer in the world. Nice challenge! Well, 3000 bucks are not nothing, for sure, but how much would cost a 32-voices polyphonic analog modular monster ?!? Wonder how two serially cabled ARP and CS-80 filters behave together... :-)

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