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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Feb 2019 > SIX OF THE BEST Soft Synths


Real-world synths are everywhere, with modular and other hardware synths as popular as ever. But soft synths are getting better and better, too, so ignore them at your peril. Here are six we’ve looked at recently in MusicTech…

ARTURIA V Collection 6 €499

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You want every classic synth worth its salt ever made? Plus a few other keyboards that have reached classic status? What do you mean you don’t have limitless money to spend on the real thing? In that case, you need this, the software-emulation package for those in need of vintage-keyboard sounds. 21 classic synths and ‘boards, over 6,000 sounds and the most emulation you will see for the cash…

WE SAID “V Collection is the ultimate vintage-keyboard package. Nothing else out there does emulation and recreation so blatantly and so well. The new additions – the Buchla Easel V, Clavinet V, CMI (Fairlight) V and DX7 V – are great and worth the upgrade, too. If you’re obsessed with vintage, then V Collection is for you. Many analogue purists will laugh in the face of these digital equivalents, but they’re missing out. This collection has almost reached ‘classic’ status itself.”

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About MusicTech

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!