The facility is very simple to use, with the Shift key toggling the eight Snapshot buttons between Save and Recall modes. We put the first two to the test. 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. This offers choices including Acid, Bizarre and Complex, as well as more quotidian descriptions such as Simple, Short and Soft. I am a Cubase user and the 32-bit plugin won't load on 64-bit Cubase. Download the demo software from Arturia's Web site and see for yourself.
A few generations later see box , the Analog Factory has evolved into three products that combine a huge library of initial sounds, limited editing, and a dedicated, physical keyboard optimised for each. Indeed, there's even a third or, on The Factory fourth criterion — Favourite or User Preset — that allows you to home in on a smaller subset from the library, and this speeds things up still further. Analog Factory brings you 2000 legendary synthesizer sounds that have shaped modern music production. For people like this, being able to tweak an existing preset in an affordable package may be an ideal solution both in terms of speed and cost. With its wider palette of preset sounds and greater editing capabilities, plus the additional bonus of an attractive and very playable little keyboard controller with aftertouch — hurray! Pressing Shift turns the Octave plus and minus buttons into patch-selection buttons for any of the sounds you had previously delimited. Some controls perform more than one task, and secondary functions are operative when the Shift button is lit. What's more, the concept of filtering preset selection according to Instrument, Type and, in the case of The Factory, Characteristics is not to be dismissed lightly.
It seemed to me that Arturia had a missed a trick here, and that Analog Factory could have been used as a hub for all your Arturia sounds, in much the same way that Kore works for Native Instruments. There was still much that I could achieve with it, but for the difference in the price, I would without hesitation recommend The Factory. There is no freezing problem with the installer anymore. Although Arturia has been faithful to Analog Factory''s fundamental design, that hasn''t stopped the company from adding features that didn''t exist in its hardware counterparts. Take the internal combustion engine, the steering wheel and upholstery. The real differences between them are not so much ones of underlying technology: they are ones of implementation.
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. This allows you to load two sounds at once, separated by a user-definable keyboard split point, a separate 'Melody' part using the Arpeggiator and provision of drum beats and one-shot effects which can be triggered from the pads. An unusual feature of Analog Factory is that it remembers its last status. I don't think I've seen other plug-ins do this, and I liked it. The next stage was for the Analog Factory Experience to metamorphose into Analog Experience The Factory. The range of the Transpose function is -11 to +11 notes but you can extend this range by using it in conjunction with the Octave function both Octave and Transpose settings can be saved as map presets. After running the License Control Centre utility, you enter your serial number, then download an authorisation key.
Of course, not everything is hunky dory. Perhaps a future version might benefit from the ability to assemble a patch list that responds to program changes. Without question, this is the most must-have Analog Experience to date. There are many good things to report about The Player and The Factory. For example, I took 'Lead3', reduced the filter cutoff frequency, increased the resonance, extended the release and removed the delay effect to create another recognisable Minimoog sound. While not serious, these are bugs to be eliminated as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, there is a significant problem in the current version that means the smooth pick-up behaviour of the rotaries and envelope controls does not work when one is using Analog Factory as a plug-in. To complicate matters, the range varies from one preset to the next — sometimes a whole step, sometimes a minor third, and sometimes a couple of octaves. Using the smart Preset Manager allows you, in just few clicks, to find the sounds you. One of the first questions you're bound to ask about Analog Factory is whether you can load your own sounds from Arturia's other synths. Of course, you may have no desire to create Mr P's brass sounds, but the principle holds: whether your tastes lie in the 1970s, '80s, '90s, or the 21st century, The Factory is much more likely to be able to provide what you need.
Analog Factory brings you 2000 legendary synthesizer sounds that have shaped modern music production. In doing so, I found that the Polyphony and mode fields in the Save As page were empty, and clicking on them revealed the faint message, 'No choices'. Nonetheless, the benefits of the extra programming capabilities can't be overstated. Unfortunately, Geoff Downes who wrote the original patch was still taking credit for my new, improved version, and the Preset description on the right of the screen was still telling me that the polyphony was one, even thought I had increased it to two. Note the readouts immediately above the keyboard that show which parameters are assigned to the Key Parameter knobs. Given the number of available controls, the fixed assignments that have been chosen are probably about right.
Hopefully this can be improved in a future version. The four Key Parameter knobs, because they relate to several different synthesizer architectures and many different patches, follow suit in their unpredictability. With a 49-key playing surface, four drum pads, nine sliders, 10 rotary encoders, 10 snapshot buttons for preset 'scene' recall, transport controls, preset recall and real-time manipulation options in the form of pitch-bend and mod wheels, this screams of a more professional solution. Having dedicated controls for particular functions like filter cutoff, with printed labels on the control panel, adds further to the simplicity. Reviewers praised its lead and bass patches, its strings, pads and brasses, and even found uses for its ambient sounds and effects.
My friend actually took back his mpk49 for the artruia, but if i were you i would get the mpk. If you already have an Arturia account, you won't need to register again so it's just a matter of login in and registering the KeyLab Essential 49. On the rear panel, the power switch sits within easy reach behind the pitch-bend and modulation wheels. This is no longer the case. It was going out of tune after some time.