Sonic State Studio / Virtual/Soft synths / ARTURIA Moog Modular V

Average rating: 8.0/10 out of 10

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Fred Rayworth a hobbyist user from U.S. writes:
The Moog Modular V is an emulation of the analog beast from the 60's and 70's. It includes many features and a configuration not found on the original modular.

Wow! Where to start? This system rocks! If it does not sound like the original, I would not know. I've heard that side by side comparisons with the real thing are comparable in sound. It stays in tune, and can also be played polyphonically. I played it for a couple of months without a keyboard, and created some very cool sounds. It was rather annoying playing the virtual keyboard with a mouse, but I couldn’t afford a midi controller until recently. Now that I have one (Emu X-Board-49), I can really go to town.

The filters work great and have that fat sound, especially the 24db octave low pass. The high pass is not as fat and the two multimode filters sound like that Korg 2000 (whatever) filters and are a little thin but still useful. A real nice feature is the frequency shifter. Wow! You can do a lot of weird stuff with it. The sequencer works great except I still can’t figure out how to skip notes or play a less than eight step sequence. It’s just a matter of time to learn how.

The system contains nine oscillators based on the original Moog 900 series and they may be mixed to get one fat sound or used in blocks to crate multiple sounds with the sequencer, for example. They sound best when slightly detuned which gives them character. Something not found on the original Moog is the mixer. It is a strip below the oscillators and takes a little bit of learning to get used to, it but it works very well.

The envelope generators are full featured and work better than many real ones. The two voltage controlled amplifiers have plenty of punch. There is also a host of additional modules to play with, including an envelope follower (which I haven’t tried yet), a sample and hold, trigger delay, phlanger, phaser, ring modulator, and the fixed filter bank. I’m sure I’m forgetting something but there is just so much you can do with it, I don’t know if I will ever figure it all out. Let’s just say I am very satisfied with it.

The triggering system mimics the original except from what I can tell so far, you don’t have the loading problem with multiple triggers like the original. A nice touch.

There are also hundreds of patches available in the library with more available from Arturia. I’ve tried some and they are nice but I prefer to make my own. But for someone that needs a clue how to make a certain sound, the patches make a good starting point.

Installation was easy and I've run across no computer glitches yet. This thing really sucks up CPU power so make sure you have a higher end computer or at least a slower dual processor system.

The manual was translated from French and whoever their technical writer is needs to have an editor look at his work! The manual is full of grammatical errors.

Overall, this VST is as close as you can get to the real thing without spending a lottery’s worth of money and filling up a large room.

Rating: 8 out of 10 posted Wednesday, 15-Nov-06 at 15:39
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