Hey what’s up fam, got a new review for ya on a non new, but recently updated plugin.
Today I’m showing Arturia’s Analog Laboratory
I’m reviewing the software only version, not the hybrid version with it’s own keyboard controller
Let’s check it out!
What is Analog Laboratory?
Basically it’s an “all in one” synth workstation from Arturia that lets you taste the flavor of each and every synthesizer they produce.
If you don’t know, Arturia is well known for their attention to analog detail and recreating many of the classic analog synthesizers from the past.
It’s scaled down in terms of what you can edit, but streamlined in terms of finding the sounds you want.
They have a software only version and also a version that comes with a dedicated controller (I believe they were the first to start the software+controller trend if I’m not mistaken)
They’ve recently updated all of their plugins to 64 bit while at the same time cutting the price in half from 199 to 99 bucks.
- content: 4300+ presets, 200 scenes
- format: VST 2.4, VST3, RTAS, AU
- price: $99 ($129 boxed)
How does it sound?
Sound is never really an issue when it comes to Arturia, as their stuff sounds great
They, like most developers, have their own methods of producing the analog sounds they are after and they succeed very well in my opinion.
You get it all from thick deep bass to raw piercing leads, creamy pads, fat brass….all the types of sounds you would expect from the various synthesizers represented.
The organization, while not part of the sound, really helps you find the sounds you’re looking for much faster.
As I think back to Analog Factory years ago, I remember seeing their sound browser, I wasn’t much into software then but I thought it was cool, and possobily one of the first plugins that allowed attribute based filtering of sounds….again…I could be wrong but that’s how I remember it 🙂
As for the sound, I love how it captures the warmth, grit, and imperfection that many of us love from analog synthesizers.
What’s the Bottom line?
This is really a must have plugin in my opinion, as it allows you taste all the goodies from Arturia in one go. Sure, you can’t go super deep or really build sounds from scratch, which is reserved for the full version of the plugins, but if you want an enormous collection of top quality analog sounds, it’s hard to look past Analog Laboratory.
I give it 4.5 out of 5 subs, the whole concept is awesome, the sounds a fat, and the interface is a pleasure to work with.
I would like to see the ability to layer more sounds together directly in the interface, also the option to start with a blank scene would be cool. Sure I can create a default one and save it as a user scene but, I think a quick way to initialize the scene preset would be super smooth.
At $99 bucks, there’s no reason not to have some of that premium Arturia sound in your toolbox, and for many, this may be all the Arturia you ever need….it’s really that deep.
However being able to integrate it with the full plugins if you wish, really makes it awesome. So if I find myself going to specific instruments all the time, I can purchase those, and open of the patches from Analog Laboratory for editing in the full plugin.
Definitely download the demo and check it out for yourself: http://www.arturia.com/evolution/en/products/analoglaboratory/intro.html
I know Arturia isn’t new to the game, have you used them before, what are your thoughts? Let me know below!