Watch the video review of Arturia's 3 Modulation FX by Rishabh Rajan here:
If you haven’t already guessed, you get three plugins in this bundle. The Chorus Dimension D which is a model of the Roland Dimension D SDD-320 rack mount chorus unit. The Flange BL-20, I had to do some research on this one and if I’m not mistaken this is a model of the MXR Model 126 Flanger/Doubler rack mount unit. Both these units are based on Bucket Brigade technology that produces a natural filtered sound in the delay feedback. Then lastly you get the Phasor Bi-Tron which is a model of the Mu-Tron Bi-Phase stomp box pedal.
Just like all the other effects Arturia has developed, the interface does borrow a lot from the original hardware they are emulating but if you have used any of the other effects Arturia has developed you will also be happy to know that they have also added additional controls in each of the effects making the device even more powerful than the original.
As always the plugins from Arturia sound fantastic. I like the subtle analog flavor all the three plugins add. I wish there was a more straightforward overdrive control, just to exaggerate the analog flavor. This is something they could have added to the extended controls. I’m very impressed with the chorus plugin. It does a great job of stereo widening a signal without really chorusing the signal too much. At the same time it can do some extreme chorusing as well.
As I mentioned in the video review, these plugins are great but not exceptional. Some of the effects have been modeled before. Universal Audio has some pretty good hardware emulation chorus and flanger effects but with any UA plugin you need their hardware to run the plugins. Modulation plugins are often the last type of plugin that people invest in. I usually just make use of stock chorus/flanger/phasers included in my DAW for example. Sometimes a synthesizer will have one of these effects built-in so you don’t even need to reach for an additional effect. It saves on CPU and you pretty much get nearly the same deal. However, for someone who is quite particular about this category of effects, maybe guitar players specifically, this collection will actually be very useful. The CPU usage is not off the charts so it should work well with other processors in a chain. The interface is intuitive and simple so the learning curve is pretty much nonexistent allowing you to concentrate applying modulation to your sounds.
Price: 149 € (intro offer, normally 199€)
Pros: Great sound, easy to use.
Cons: Dedicated overdrive/saturation controls missing.