That gives you lots of programming flexibility. There are some discrepancies in effects-amount settings, but you can easily fix them. They´re always mapped to important, eminently tweakable things; the only problem is that it´s impossible to know what you´re changing without using a mouse. It is also a very versatile instrument: all sounds are dramatically modifiable, which makes this software stand apart from any sample-based collection of sounds. The key question it has to answer is whether this condensation into tight little droplets of accessibility is worth the loss of depth; essentially, whether less is truly more. As you can see from the screenshots, Analog Factory is a relatively simple-looking affair.
The solution would be to label the knobs on the software interface - they could pop up as you selected each preset- so you could at least refer to your computer monitor before you started twiddling. Great swirly sample-and-hold monstrosities vie with ferociously detuned maelstroms for dubious triumph, but alongside those are some more interesting experiments. From classic phat lead lines to crystalline digital pads, this virtual instrument provides the contemporary musician with a broad, versatile and instantly striking sonic palette. V Collection 7 24 timeless instruments lovingly recreated in software, and modernized with contemporary features. In addition, because of its compact format and relatively simple front end it could work extremely well on a laptop as part of a live setup.
First, while Arturia's emulations are not perfect recreations for example, see Gordon's September 2006 review of Prophet V for a detailed appraisal of the differences between software and hardware , they do come pretty close and can capture much of the analogue vibe. This is supplied in the box, but if you use other Syncrosoft-protected applications you can put all your licenses on to one dongle. Using the smart Preset Manager allows you, in just few clicks, to find the sounds you need from among the huge preset collection, while the editing capabilities are kept to the most essential parameters, allowing you to instantly customize the sound to suit your sonic needs. Analog Factory is a hybrid beast that wrings a lot of diversity from its component parts, and its presets can be placed in four categories: workmanlike, quirky, wonderful or sadly useless. This is no longer the case.
Saving and loading patches was a tad fiddly; a couple of times, edited patches seemed to disappear entirely, forcing me to export and import the database on each save and load. The anti-piracy system is based on Syncrosoft's new native solution. There are, for example, some truly wonderful bass sounds in this collection — from powerful and aggressive through to warm and deep — and I particularly like the Minimoog-style and Prophet-style bass patches. The Preset Manager allows users to search through the presets via various filters, and to store edited patches. Linked to an accessible virtual synth, it makes Arturia's The Factory the ideal solution for the modern musician who's always on the go.
Perhaps my only qualifier would be to recommend that anyone planning to use the plug-in in a live setting does thorough testing on their live rig first. These flaws are annoying but presumably fixable on update and — crash bug aside — don't particularly hamper usage. But if you select Bass and Guitar, you likely would want to see all guitar presets and all bass presets. If you're an unconditional follower of the Arturia sound you have to install Analog Factory, a pack of sounds that have been extracted from the company's best products to create unique sound textures. Everything you can do on the Software is easily achievable on the Hardware: Allows to select sound categories and browse presets, to modify each sound, recall snapshot sounds, save snapshots, etc. Despite some minor niggles, Gordon's reaction to these software recreations has been generally very positive.
Clearly, this is not the same as having the original Arturia soft synths loaded in your plug-in folder, but given that you have over 3,500 presets to choose from as starting points, it´s not as much of a handicap as it might seem. This goes some way towards giving the user the experience of using a real analogue keyboard, but more on this later. With the pre-assigned knobs and faders all these sounds are ready to be tweaked in real time, right out of the box. The two Sequential synths are combined in Arturia Prophet-V, which enables you to create hybrid patches using modules from both synths. It's clear that some of the rogue's gallery of sound designers at work here may have spent too long in their basements with only patch cords for companionship. If rapidity and variety of sound selection is what matters to you, then you will find many usable and distinctive tones readily available here, as well as some classics.
Analog Factory brings you 2000 legendary synthesizer sounds that have shaped modern music production. Madama Récamier: Narration: Guy Perchard. Controllers are automatically assigned to those you see on-screen. The interface is dominated by the upper Preset Manager window and the lower Virtual Keyboard window, while an information strip runs along the very top of the main display. Searching for a honking-great Moog bass line? The only snag with the Analog Factory Experience is that you only have access to a handful of the parameters that these synths offer.
For the genuine lover of the original instruments, this attention to detail is no doubt very appealing and makes programming the soft synths, superficially at least, similar to their hardware inspiration. By John Walden If you're after convincing analogue-style sounds but you don't want to delve into complex programming, Arturia's Analog Factory may be just the thing. Of course, Arturia are not the only developers of software versions of classic synths. This is an updated version that includes a few bug-fixes but, most significantly, is supplied with an additional 1000 preset sounds, giving 3000 in total. We fixed a problem on ProTools when running with a sample rate different than 44. Unfortunately, there are quite a few misadventures like that scattered around Analog Factory. I was able to make that comparison for all of them except the Minimoog V, and Analog Factory nailed it every time see.