Arturia’s FX Collection has been steadily replacing all of my other plug-ins over the last few years, something I hope continues. I’ve put together a list of ideas, requests, and hopes for future releases, as the collection does still have some gaps (as is to be expected).
Why these plug-ins?
My list is based on what I believe would help to round out the collection and make it much stronger as a standalone, all-purpose analogue mixing suite. Although as much as possible I’ve tried to go for lesser emulated hardware, there are a lot of what I would consider “classics” on the list. These are included as I believe Arturia would be able to do a faithful emulation and bring further workflow enhancements.
----- EQ -----
Pultec EQ: Although widely emulated, I would be interested to see what Arturia could bring to this classic. Adjustable THD and mid/side would be cool to see.
Motown EQ (Langevin 252): Since using the Kazrog version of this EQ (True 252), it has become my most used and most versatile mixing tool. Incredibly fast to work with and hard to make sound bad. Arturia’s version could go further by adding auto gain with adjustable output trim (like EQ-Sitral), adjustable THD, stepped control toggle, and Hi/Lo Filters in the advanced panel. The rarer grey version for the UI would be a nice touch.
Mastering Tube EQ (EAR 825Q): Although the EQ-Sitral sounds great, it having only three bands is quite limiting. An emulation of this mastering EQ would help to fill that gap in the collection. Additional features could include adjustable gain compensated input drive (for tube warmth), gain scale, stepped frequency toggle, auto-listen (solo the band you are eqing to help with precision), and adjustable Q. This EQ could then be utilised as a tone shaper OR a surgical tool, with and without tube character.
----- COMPRESSION ------
1176 Blue Stripe: In addition to the FET-76, it would be cool to see the more saturation Rev A be included in the collection. All the same features as it’s brother, just more harmonics. If the THD amount was adjustable it would be even better.
Fairchild 670: One of the most requested plug-ins from what I’ve seen on forums. Most other emulations lack the workflow of Arturia plug-ins, so I would love to see this in the collection with Arturia’s feature base.
LA2A: Although I love that the STA-Level was initially chosen over this, I do think the collection is missing this classic (and an opto compressor in general). I would love to see this hardware with linked controls and Arturia’s sound quality.
Distressor: Another highly requested piece of hardware. The UI of most of the emulations hurts my brain a little bit, so I would love to see Arturia’s simplistic and logical UI improvements here, oh, and linked controls of course.
Tube Mastering Compressor: I’ve used the Magic Death Eye as an example picture, but my main inspiration for this is the Capitol Mastering Compressor from UAD. A vibey Vari-Mu compressor that can be both dirty and transparent, has that vari-mu glue, but also the MDE style EQ controls to really help shape the sound on the bus channel. This one doesn’t have to be a specific model emulation, just have that Mu vibe (and not be as confusing to look at as the MDE plug-in is haha!).
----- MODULATION/FX -----
Tape Flanging/FX: Besides the Flange section within Satin by U-He, there aren’t really any decent true tape flanging plug-ins out there. This plug-in would be a combination of the classic tape echo, tape flanging, and a wow/flutter section with adjustable rate and depth for each. The flange section has a moveable slider that can be synced with the project tempo or moved manually.
Tube Tremolo (Selmer Tremolo): Go on google now and try to find a good analogue plug-in that’s a dedicated tube tremolo, there aren’t really any. A simplistic but vibey soft tremolo with adjustable THD, noise, and project sync would help to fill that gap in the FX collection, as this is currently one of the last modulation types missing. Never seen this device emulated as I think it’s quite rare.
Reel-to-reel Tape Machine: Probably the biggest requested plug-in yet to be released from Arturia. Anything close to the IK Multimedia Tape 80 but with linked controls and optional oversampling would be amazing, as that plug-in is the best sounding tape out there I’ve heard that’s algo based.
----- REVERB/DELAY -----
Chamber Reverb: Pretty much the last reverb type missing from the collection is a vibey 50s/60s style chamber reverb. The concept version above breaks away from the usual “room UI” and instead is an imagined piece of hardware (based off of the Fender Echo Chamber). This UI would make it easy to quickly dial in a vintage sound without having to faff around with moving virtual mics around etc. Looks pretty cool too, eh!
Echoplex EP-1: The FX Collection’s delay picks are really good, but an earlier style tube based echo unit would make it even more versatile. I’ve never seen an emulation of the EP-1, usually all of them pick the solid-state EP-3. This earlier version with modern features like ducking etc. would be awesome.
EMT 250: The first digital reverb. Visually interesting hardware and the simplistic features make it fast to dial in a basic reverb sound. Competitor’s versions of this are quite old now, and it would be nice to see Arturia’s version with better modelling and some modern workflow optimistations.
Interested to hear other people’s thoughts too.