The difference between V Collection and Analog Lab

Earlier this year we launched V Collection, Arturia’s flagship bundle of analog and digital synth emulations.

We’re excited to announce that Analog Lab, one of V Collection’s many offerings, is now available on Rent-to-Own as a standalone plugin. Analog Lab stands unique from the rest of the instruments in V Collection in the sense that it’s not a single emulation, but rather a streamlined version of the entire collection. Although the two share many similarities at a first glance, they also have some key differences. In this article, let’s do a side-by-side comparison of V Collection and Analog Lab so that you can determine which one is right for you.

V Collection

V Collection is Arturia’s acclaimed anthology of 24 keyboard instruments. Spanning synths, organs, pianos, and more, each instrument is meticulously modeled after its real-world counterpart. With V Collection, all of the parameters that were available on any actual instrument are able to be tweaked to your heart’s desire. You can also save your own custom presets for any of the instruments.

Mini V, Arturia’s emulation of the Moog monosynth, in V Collection

Learn more about some of the classic synths that are emulated in V Collection here.

Analog Lab

Analog Lab essentially combines all 24 of V Collection’s instruments into a single cohesive UI. In addition to containing all of the instruments from the collection, Analog Lab has over 6,500 presets that you can browse and search through.

Mini V, Arturia’s emulation of the Moog monosynth, in Analog Lab

The only downside is that you can’t tweak all the parameters on, say, your Moog emulation. That said, Analog Lab provides 16 parameters from each keyboard’s full version, so you can definitely still sound design your patches. There are also two effect chains that allow you to add some parallel processing to your sound.

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16 parameters can be manipulated

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Two effect chains are available in Analog Lab

So, which one is right for you?

We’d recommend V Collection if you’re a synth enthusiast and want to dive deep into the sound design of each instrument. While it’s a little over twice the price of Analog Lab (which it includes), it’ll allow you true full control for each synth. V Collection is available on Rent-to-Own for $25.99/mo, and you can try it for free for three days.

On the other hand, we’d recommend Analog Lab if you want all of the instruments of V Collection in one cohesive and lower-cost package, in exchange for the ability to control each individual parameter. If you mostly work off of presets and don’t do a lot of tweaking (remember, there are still 16 adjustable parameters), then Analog Lab might be the right option for you. Analog Lab is available on Rent-to-Own for $9.99/mo, and you can also try it for free for three days.

At the end of the day, you can’t really go wrong. Both deliver a collection of stellar emulations that faithfully recreate sought-after classic instruments (many of which are very difficult / expensive to access in real life); it’s really just a matter of understanding your creative needs, and whether a full-access suite or a tight budget package makes the most sense for you.

Do you have any questions on the differences between V Collection and Analog Lab? Let us know in the comments below.

November 21, 2019

Nick Chen Content Marketing @ Splice. Nick Chen is a producer, performer, and educator under the aliases "nickthechen" and "Enix."