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ARTURIA V Collection 6 €499 €149 TO €199 PER PLUG-IN

Arturia’s collection of classic synths and keyboards has almost become a classic in itself. Andy Jones looks back (and forward) at its latest additions…

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When the music-production world went software bonkers – that is, everyone and his dog (including me) thought that we should all be making music with laptops and nothing else – one of the first targets for emulation in the software environment was the vintage synth. Of course it was. We were – and still are – talking tens of thousands of pounds for some examples of the real thing. The Yamaha CS-80 is arguably the most coveted, but Minimoogs, ARPs, Prophets, Rolands and Korgs all still have grown men drooling and wobbling at the knees for their lush – or tearing – analogue sounds.

Of course, hardware has since ‘resumed play’, coming back with something of a vengeance as some of those classic companies get rebooted for the 21st century – think Moog, Oberheim, Sequential/DSI and ARP by Korg – and some are reborn in the fantastic yet complex world of the Eurorack/modular synth. Yet for many of us, software was – and still is – the only way to get those vintage sounds and luckily, there are many, many soft ways to do just that. There are stacks of freebie vintage synths – DX, OB, Minis and more – and iOS devices are spoilt rotten with some incredible titles from Korg, IK and Arturia. And it was Arturia which led the way back in the soft day with its V-Collection, the sixth incarnation of which is on test here.

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Now settled into 2018 we look ahead to the future of music. With NAMM 2018 behind us we had a chance to ponder on the many new and exciting pieces of tech we saw and their impact on music creation. In this issue, we bring you our annual show report, containing info on all the latest tech that you can expect to get your hands on in 2018. In keeping with the ‘future’ theme, our lead interview highlights the work of the legendary technological pioneers at the Bell Labs and their collaboration with artist Beatie Wolfe. Their augmented reality, 3D work Raw Space reimagines the album as a multi-sensory, immersive experience. We also speak to Aki Mäkivirta from Genelec about the advanced tech at the heart of the award-winning The Ones monitors. Elsewhere this issue, we have a guide to taking your mixes to the stage, our usual tips and tutorials and an expanded reviews section. We hope you enjoy the issue…