Arturia unleashes Dist COLDFIRE

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Arturia has introduced Dist COLDFIRE, a dual-engine distortion effect that gives users “a reactive arsenal of classic & cutting-edge ways to process and destroy their sound”.

The company says that the plugin lets users manipulate and combine various distortion types for truly unique and powerful sound design.

Dist COLDFIRE is an all-in-one distortion effect, that is capable of subtle mix-enhancing saturation, dual-engine custom crunch, or “unrestrained sonic destruction”. You can pair any of 11 distortion types, from emulated tube heat to digital bit crush, customize routing, add modulation, and create custom distortion effects.

Pricing and Availability

Dist COLDFIRE is available now for $99. Registered Arturia users can purchase Dist COLDFIRE at an introductory price, with discounts up to 50% off.

Arturia Intros Their Biggest Software Bundle To Date, Sound Explorers Collection Belledonne

Arturia has introduced their biggest software bundle to date, Sound Explorers Collection Belledonne.

The Sound Explorers Collection Belledonne builds on the expansive collection that originally marked Arturia’s 20th anniversary in 2019; it now features 33 V Collection instruments, the latest version of cutting-edge softsynth Pigments, the 26 plugins included in FX Collection 3, and the Exploration Sound Library.

Here’s what’s included:

  • V Collection 9 – The latest version of Arturia’s reference instrument suite, with 33 classic and modern software instruments – the ultimate hit-making ensemble.
  • FX Collection 3 – The latest version of Arturia’s curated selection of classic studio effects and creative production plugins, re-engineered for modern producers.
  • Pigments – State-of-the-art multi-engine softsynth, combining instantly-gratifying modern sound with deep sound design in one thrilling instrument.
  • Exploration Sound Library – 50 best-selling sound banks with over 4000 presets in total, unlocking a wealth of versatile and exciting sounds for every style.
  • 256GB SSD – Quick and easy installation, including additional available storage space to back up your important music projects and files.

Pricing and Availability

Sound Explorers Collection Belledonne will be available to buy exclusively from dealers worldwide, and exclusively from Sweetwater in the USA, until September 27th, with a street price of about $800 USD. Contact or visit your local store to purchase.

Arturia FX Collection 3 Features 26 Audio Production Effects

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Arturia has released FX Collection 3, the latest expanded version of its production plugin suite.

FX Collection 3 is a suite of audio production plugins, combining enhanced emulations of classic studio hardware with modern effects. FX Collection 3 now includes 26 effects, from classic studio distortion units to granular processing, along with over 800 presets, A/B comparison, and a wealth of workflow enhancements.

Here’s what’s new in FX Collection 3:

  • Dist TUBE-CULTURE – get lifelike tube warmth with this “modern distortion classic”, designed to be perfect for breathing life and crisp color into any sound – from soft saturation to fizzing crunch.
  • Dist OPAMP-21 – The original ‘go direct’ guitar pedal turned studio cult classic, enhanced for your virtual studio; instant amp-like harmonic detail or high-gain crunch. Choose your op-amp flavor.
  • Efx FRAGMENTS – Explore glitchy stutters, grainy stereo ambience, experimental textures, and beyond with next-level granular processing. Divide, transform, and rebuild any sound.
  • Tape MELLO-FI – Sprinkle lush lo-fi vibes over any sound with this vintage tape warmth plugin inspired by the legendary Mellotron keyboard.
  • Oversampling – Both Dist OPAMP-21 and Dist TUBE-CULTURE feature variable oversampling, letting you choose between two modes prioritizing either supreme audio quality or lower CPU usage.
  • A/B comparison – Quickly compare, copy, or bounce between two distinct configurations of an effect, whether it’s an existing preset or your own custom settings.
  • Improved interfaces – Enjoy streamlined performance, easier preset browsing, smoother loading times, and more thanks to interface overhauls for every title in FX Collection 3.

Pricing and Availability

FX Collection 3 is available now, with an intro price of $299 (normally $399) through Wednesday, July 7th.

Arturia Introduces V Collection 9

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Arturia has introduced V Collection 9, a major update to its premium suite of professional software instruments, which range from modern hybrid synth engines to emulations of classic vintage synths.

Arturia V Collection 9 features 32 instruments, for DAW or standalone production, paired with thousands of professionally created presets.

The update features Korg MS-20 V, SQ80 V, Augmented Strings, Augmented Voices, updated versions of CS-80 V, Prophet-5 V, Prophet-VS V, Piano V and more.

Here’s what’s new in Arturia V Collection 9:

  • KORG MS-20 V – ‘Primal black monolith, with an elemental analog sound and a semi-modular architecture, reawakened”.
  • SQ80 V – Hybrid lo-fi crosswave synth, fusing thousands of digital waveforms combinations with ‘analog’ filters.
  • Augmented STRINGS – combining sampled strings with synthesis and deep morphing controls.
  • Augmented VOICES – Blending the human voice with multiple synth engines and expressive controls.
  • 4 Rebuilt Instruments – CS-80 V, Prophet-5 V, Prophet-VS V, and Piano V have been completely rebuilt from scratch, with brand new sound engines, updated features, and enhanced production capabilities.
  • 14 new sound banks
  • A new selection of presets demonstrating the sonic prowess of each of V Collection 9’s new titles.

V Collection 9 Main Features:

  • 14 sound banks for new V Collection 9 instruments
  • 14,000 high-quality and innovative presets.
  • Analog Lab V: every preset of V Collection 9 can be browsed and edited from a single interface.
  • All instruments share a common interface for browsing, editing (save, import, export, and more).
  • New in-app tutorials for easily understanding every instrument.
  • High resolution graphic interfaces, compatible with large displays.
  • Easy MIDI mapping to any keyboard controller.
  • Based on Arturia’s proprietary technologies, TAE and Phi.
  • Easy installation and updates with Arturia Software Center

Arturia V Collection 9 Video Overviews:

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Pricing and Availability

Arturia V Collection 9 is available now via the Arturia website. The collection will regularly be priced at $599 US; it currently on sale at an introductory price of $499 US through June 5, 2022.

Arturia Debuts Augmented Series Of Virtual Instruments With Free Augmented String Intro

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Arturia today introduced a new line of virtual instruments, its Augmented Series, with the free Augmented Strings Intro.

The Augmented Series is described as “Acoustic Instruments Reinvented” – fusions of sampling, synthesis, and musical expression.

Here’s what they have to say about Augmented STRINGS Intro:

“Augmented STRINGS Intro is a streamlined version of an instrument that combines rich sampled strings with state-of-the-art synth engines in an approachable and inspiring way, giving today’s sound explorers the quickest route to the fresh string sounds they’ve always wanted. Advanced hybrid sounds, instant sound morphing, simple macro controls, and a mix-ready sound – software strings reinvented.”

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Pricing and Availability

Augmented Strings Intro is available as a free download through April 30th, 2022.

CME Announces Sign Up, 50% Discount On SWIDI Bluetooth MIDI Keyboard

CME has launched a crowd creation project for their SWIDI Bluetooth MIDI Controller.

The first 3,000 registrants will get a 50% discount during the presale and have the opportunity to share input on the wireless controller’s development.

Rip-off Or Kick-off?

CME originally introduced the SWIDI as a knockoff of the Behringer SWING, itself a knockoff of the Arturia Keystep.

Now they’ve updated their page with the heading “Rip-off or Kick-off?”, asking customers to decide the fate of the new controller. They say that “With 3,000 active registrants, SWIDI becomes a reality.”

Questions that the company is asking customers do decide include:

  • Do you want it to be wired or wireless?
  • Do you want CV/gate or USB ports?
  • Do you need polyAT? Do you require battery power or wireless charging?
  • Do you prefer wired or wireless?

If you’re interested in sharing input on the development of the SWIDI, see the CME site.

Arturia Intros Efx FRAGMENTS Granular Plugin

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Arturia has introduced Efx FRAGMENTS, a plugin that they say takes “the complex concept of granular synthesis and turns it into a flexible, accessible, and musical tool for the intrepid sound explorer.”

Efx FRAGMENTS is a software effect that allows you to divide, transform, and rebuild any sound using granular processing. They say that it lets create glitchy stutters, grainy stereo ambience, experimental textures, and more.

Here’s an in-depth video tutorial:

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Topics covered:

00:00 Intro
01:10 Interface Structure
01:52 Buffer Explained
05:26 Grain Capture
07:13 Grain Release
11:45 Texture Mode
12:36 Rhythmic Mode
13:55 Basic Effects
15:49 Advanced Panel Overview
16:23 Grain Quantization
17:54 Grain Release Advanced
21:45 Advanced Effects
23:26 Modulators

Pricing and Availability

Efx FRAGMENTS is available now for $99 USD.

Arturia MicroFreak v4 Adds Wavetable Support & More

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Arturia has released a free firmware update for the MicroFreak, adding new synthesis options and more.

Firmware V4.0 ‘takes MicroFreak on a sonic expedition to the edge of wavetable synthesis’, with a brand new engine, user wavetable compatibility, new presets and more.

00:00 Intro
00:11 WaveUser Engine
00:33 Sequencer Unison and Chord Voices

See the Arturia site for details

Arturia PolyBrute Synthesizer Review

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The latest synth4ever video takes a look at the Arturia PolyBrute synthesizer, the flagship of the ‘brute’ line of analog synthesizer.

“The Arturia PolyBrute is a well-built instrument with a modern and futuristic analog sound,” they note, adding, “It allows for very deep sound design and has amazing expression capabilities.”

If you’ve used the PolyBrute, leave a comment and share your thoughts on it!

Topics covered:

00:00 – Preset Sounds
01:38 – Overview
02:08 – Oscillators
04:19 – Cross Mod (FM)
04:52 – Filter FM
05:21 – Noise
06:02 – Ladder Filter
07:04 – VCF Envelope
07:38 – Steiner-Parker Filter
09:11 – Parallel Filters
10:25 – Master Filter Cutoff
11:03 – VCA Envelope
11:41 – Loopping Envelopes
12:56 – LFO 1
16:26 – LFO 3
19:09 – Morphing
22:11 – Ribbon Controller
22:40 – Step Sequencer
25:03 – Sequencer – Modulation
26:08 – Sequencer – Accent & Glide
26:50 – Real-Time Sequencer
27:24 – Sequencer – Overdub
28:05 – Arpeggiator
29:36 – Matrix Arpeggiator
31:34 – Chorus
33:57 – Delay
36:07 – Reverb
39:02 – Motion Record
40:20 – Polyphony & Timbrality
41:28 – Wheel & Morphee Control
42:01 – Final Thoughts
47:35 – Presets & Patches

Arturia Intros MiniFuse Line Of Compact Audio Interfaces

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Arturia has introduced the MiniFuse line, a new collection of compact & affordable recording interfaces.

“Following in the footsteps of AudioFuse, we knew we would need to deliver more affordable audio interfaces, a solution that would open up audio creation to everyone,” notes Arturia Founder Frederic Brun. “That solution is MiniFuse – our vision of an affordable audio companion.”

Key Features:

  • “Class-leading sound” – The MiniFuses boast a 110db dynamic range and a -129dB equivalent input noise.
  • Compact, portable, rugged, and easy to use. From smooth backlit controls to the addition of a USB hub on the back, MiniFuse is designed to fit into any setup.
  • MiniFuse comes with Ableton Live Lite, Analog Lab Intro, Splice, Autotune unlimited and more.
  • 5-year warranty – Made with robust materials, specially-selected components, and over 200 durability tests, the MiniFuses are built to last, with a 5-year hardware warranty as standard.

Pricing and Availability

  • MiniFuse  ($99) – a 1 – 1 in / 2 out audio interface
  • MiniFuse 2 ($149) – a 2 in / 2 out audio & MIDI interface
  • MiniFuse 4  (price TBA)  – a 4 in / 4 out audio & MIDI interface

Black MiniFuse 1 & 2 will be available in stores in mid-October. White MiniFuse 1 & 2 will be available in stores in November. MiniFuse 4 will be available in 2022, with pricing TBA. See the Arturia site for details.