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ARTURIA Pigments €149

Arturia has just dropped Pigments on us with very little warning, but it could be the company’s finest synth yet. Andy Jones unwraps a very colourful beast…

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As I have said in another recent soft synth review – that of Audiaire’s Zone, not a million miles away in this issue on page 94/on this website (delete according to where and how you are reading this), soft synths need something to stand out these days. There’s so much competition from the modular scene – from more ‘standard’ hardware keyboard synths and modules, from freeware and from the synths already bundled with your DAWs – that software-synth developers simply have to put the effort in, or else their wares will be lost, rather like tears in the rain.

However, the fact that these developers have to work so hard has resulted in some cracking releases for all of us. The ‘problem’ though – and this is such a first-world one that I’m almost tempted not to write it – is that they are so good, so relatively inexpensive to add to your collection and in many cases, so innovative – that I’ve simply got too many.

The result of this surfeit of soft-synth options at my fingertips is that I’m not diving in to any of the ones I have beyond a superficial level; I’m using them merely as instruments rather than synthesisers. I’m not, even more annoyingly, following my own advice – which is to learn how to use one synthesiser really well and rely on it to create just about any sound you need.

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The first issue of MusicTech of 2019 is on sale now! This issue we’ve compiled the very best advice, insight, tips and general music making wisdom from our archive of interviewees to arm you with all the knowledge you need to enhance your compositions this year. We’ve also got the first part of a massive guide to scoring and orchestration, interviews with The Streets’ keyboardist Mike Patrick and industry innovators Aston Microphones, a huge review of Cubase Pro 10 and our usual mountain of tutorials, tips and guides. Enjoy the issue!