Arturia Analog Experience- THE PLAYER MIDI Controller
- Includes Analog Player with 1000 synths sounds
- All presets are carefully selected from the Arturia Classic Synths (minimoog V, Moog Modular V, CS-80V, ARP 2600 V, Prophet V, Prophet VS and Jupiter-8V). These TAE powered sounds offer unparalleled audio quality.
- Straight forward Editing, with the most essential parameters for personalizing presets: (Filter and LFO sections, ADSR envelope),
- Keyboard : 25 keys with velocity
- Controllers : 1 clickable encoder, 4 encoders, 1 modulation Joystick, 7 switches
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Analog Experience - THE PLAYER is the smallest, most lightweight and simple version of the series. It features a compact MIDI keyboard controller and light version of Analog factory software. This makes for a very easy-to-use and affordable package, including the very best of Arturia's signature sounds and a dedicated quality keyboard perfect for the mobile musician.
Top customer reviews
In a nutshell:
Installation process: Win 7 Insert CD, click ok several times, finish.
Authorization process: Go to Arturia.com/login, create account, add product (here Player), you receive an authorization code.
(had to use a US proxy, as I live abroad)
Start Software: Connect keybard with usb, start Player, enter authcode... WORKS!!!
No issues whatsoever...
Keyboard looks very sturdy and premium made (wood and metal), but is slight heavy (thats why I reduced 1 star!)
Software with 1000 presets of former synths, good to learn about synths from the past.
Hooked the keyboard up with Reason 6.5 ... works immedeately!
Great Buy ;-)
I had no interest in the software that is actually the product being sold here. Don't get me wrong, I love synths, but I like synths I can touch, tweak, and mess with. Nothing (besides the sound, I guess) of software synths appeal to me. In fact, I haven't even taken the software out of the shrinkwrap and will probably just resell it eventually. What I was taken with was the controller. What a beauty!
However, I was kind of nervous. I watched reviews on YouTube, read comparisons, user reviews, etc. etc. and was just as confused when I finished as when I started. There seemed to be three camps. The first is those who are amazed by the actual product, the software synths. The second is those who say the controller is a rock-solid, beast of an instrument, and the thirds is those who say it is a cheaply made piece of junk. How could both be right?
As it turns out, both the "rock solid" and the "cheap junk" crowds both have valid points which I will attempt to clarify now that I have use this controller for a few days and my impressions are still fresh on my mind.
First of all, it is gorgeous. There's nothing else out there like it, at least not in the sub-grand price range, much less for under $200. The wood is a really nice touch and the layout is clean and simple. It has class.
The first thing I noticed about it when I took it out of the box is that it is heavy. Surprisingly heavy, even. It is heavier than my metal Korg MS2000R rack-mount steel case beast of a synthesizer, but much smaller. The body is made of metal with aforementioned wooden end caps. Did I mention how nice they look? This controller has NO give and none of the "squishiness" that plastic keyboards typically have. I have a $1200 Korg M50 synthesizer which is, unfortunately, too huge to take to gigs that isn't built as solidly as this little guy. So construction-wise, the "Rock solid" camp is dead on. This thing is not going to bounce around when you play it. It stays put and looks good doing it.
That was my first impression. Follow-on impressions shed some light on the "cheap junk" camp's view. Although the key bed feels nice and responsive. I noticed that the keys seem fragile. This may not be the case...none have cracked or broken and I have banged on it pretty hard, but they just flex more than I would like when you put any sideways motion on them. Up and down is solid...side to side seems iffy. Not that I play by putting side pressure on keys, but it does happen when your fingertip misses the key you were after or you snag the edge of a key as you move to another one. I want to emphasize, I don't think they keys will break off, but they just don't seem to be of the same stout quality as the frame itself. Its like they took the body of a top-notch keyboard and put keys from a kid's piano toy in it.
After I studied the bendy keys and decided that they are not likely to break, despite their feel, I was doing some mixing and suddenly one of the small rotary knobs just popped off between my fingers. After three seconds of panic, I realized that it hadn't broken...it just didn't seat onto the shaft very solidly. I pressed it back on and went on playing. Then another one popped off. Then another. Hmmm. I was starting to see where the negative impressions came from.
But after studying the situation a few minutes, I had a solution. I got a tube of super glue and a toothpick and put a single drop of glue on the top of each rotary dial shaft, then pressed the knobs in place. After a few seconds, I tried (quite forcefully) to remove each knob and they didn't yield. Problem solved. Just make sure you don't overdo it with the glue and get it down into the rotation portion of the shaft and lock it up.
Once I got the "popping knobs" problem taken care of, I decided that I better figure out what the problem was with the joystick the many people complained about. But after pulling hard on it, pushing it hard in every direction, and being generally cruel to it, it was still fine. It seems to be tough enough. One point about the joystick is that it feels very floppy to manipulate. What I mean by that is that it doesn't offer as much resistance (or "springback" force) as I assumed it would. This is a matter of personal taste though. It seems to be well made and functions properly.
The only thing I would really change about it (aside from less stress-inducing bendy keys) is I would change the rotary knobs. The ones that are with it work fine, but they are not continuous...they have slight "click" points when you turn them. This is good in the sense that you can feel when they move and count the clicks without looking, but it is bad in that they don't all have he resolution that may be needed if you are just controlling a midi instrument with it instead of using the included software.
Another note to those who are going to be using this to control another piece of hardware instead of the software that comes with it. Some of the control mappings (like the rotary knobs) are mapped to useful MIDI functions, but the buttons 1-4 don't seem to do anything outside of the software. There are instructions and software included to remap these buttons to different MIDI events but I have not tried to do that yet.
So in summary, this is a very nice looking controller that is well built and does the job well. It is not a top end controller, but well worth the price.