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Emulator II V

Synth by Arturia

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Emulator II V is the perfect dusty lo-fi sampling toolkit, combining the old-school digital grit that you love with the cutting-edge creative flexibility that you need.

Emulator II V is a multitimbral sampling machine that brings E-Mu Systems’ seminal digital workhorse back to life in all its nostalgic glory - with a slick modern edge.

Its unique combination of high-fidelity 8-bit sound, warm analogue filter, and instantly-recognisable sample library is sure to spark instant creativity, just as the original once did. When you want lo-fi grain, ‘80s sheen, or a sampling flow that stands out from the crowd, look no further.

Changing the sampling game

An instrument that graced every ‘80s line-up. An icon from the early days of sampling. A unique character that helped define the sound of a decade and beyond. The Emulator II’s digital charm and tactile layout made it the musical weapon of choice for everyone from Depeche Mode to Trent Reznor.

The Emulator series was the work of E-mu Systems in the 1980s. Upon release, the Emulator II was met with critical acclaim, combining the novel versatility of sampling with the familiar layout of a classic synthesizer.

Is it Modern? Is it Vintage?

It’s both. Emulator II V comes loaded with a curated sample library that mixes iconic Emulator & Synclavier samples with a diverse modern selection. Better still, you can import your own samples to give them that diamond retro treatment, or dive deeper into its sampling architecture with enhanced editing tools.

And if you want the samples in your mix to bring a vibe of their own, what better way than to use a sampler straight from the old school? Choose between modern DAC and a faithful emulation of the original hardware’s DAC and let the lo-fi vibes roll...

Sampler heart, Synth brain

Instrument first, sampler second. Part of what made the Emulator hardware so popular was the fact that it behaved like a synthesizer, but with the flexibility of using samples - its multitimbrality meant up to 8 samples could be played at once on your keyboard.

Main Controls

  • Arpeggiator: 6-mode arpeggiator to set your ideas free so you can focus on dynamics and expression.
  • Wheels: 2 assignable expression wheels give this sampler an expressive edge.
  • Master Control: Assign and cross-fade up to 8 separate samples across your keyboard range.
  • LFO: Each sample is polyphonic within its keyboard zone, with its own filter, VCA, and LFO.
  • Effects: Add effects per sample to really customize your Emulator palette in sonic detail.

Emulator II V’s authentic 8-voice multitimbral architecture allows you to play whatever samples you choose like your own custom orchestra - complete with expression and performance tools. This classic sampler is designed to let you express yourself.

What's New?

Emulator II V’s interface is designed to be authentic and immersive - but there’s more than meets the eye. Zoom in on the built-in display to access in-depth sampling editing, expressive modulation, and a suite of FX that go beyond the original - and that’ll cement Emulator II V as your favourite outside-the-box sampler.


  • Adjust the behaviour of each of your 8 ‘voices’ (samples), including transpose, sample looping, play direction, trig delay, and much more.
  • Gain more control over your LFO settings, with parameters including rate sync, delay, variation and more.
  • Tap into the deeper functions of the warm analogue filter and VCA to further shape the playback and tone of your samples.
  • Choose specific FX per sample (‘voice’) to craft a palette to suit your style, from new wave to industrial techno.
  • Switch to a DAC that suits your taste - choose from modern clean or an emulation of the original crispy digital charm.


  • Control every aspect of how your keyboard/note range interacts with each of your samples, from zone assignment to aftertouch.
  • Harness the keyboard/note input as a modulation tool - velocity, keyboard tracking, and aftertouch can be configured to manipulate the same 16 destinations.
  • Easily assign samples to different note ranges on your keyboard by easily dragging across the visual interface.
  • Set up the left and right expression wheels to affect 1 of 16 modulation destinations, from LFO rate to pitch transpose.


The simple addition of 11 FX algorithms is the final trick up Emulator II V’s sleeve. Whether you want to add isolated reverb to your snare sample, or just whack a swirling phaser on the master output, Emulator II V is on your level.

Apply an effect to any sample independently, apply up to 3 FX to the output, and opt for series or parallel depending on your tonal preference - get ready to send this sampler into sonic orbit.

  • Reverb
  • Delay
  • Chorus
  • Flanger
  • Phaser
  • Overdrive
  • Compressor
  • Bitcrusher
  • Multimode Filter
  • Parametric EQ
  • Stereo Pan

What Else?

TAE® Powered

TAE® "True Analog Emulation" is Arturia's exclusive technology that accurately reproduces the defining sonic qualities of analogue synthesizers. It recreates the characteristics of analogue oscillators in amazing detail, transparency and clarity, as well as the exact properties of the analogue filters that give each classic instrument its unique sound. Soft clipping adds even more punch and presence. TAE® is primarily what makes Arturia's virtual instruments indistinguishable from the originals.

Included in V Collection

This instrument is also part of the V Collection -your complete dream line-up of the legendary synths, organs, pianos and more that made keyboard history. They’re modelled with the most advanced technologies for authentic realism and enhanced with new creative options. Whether you use it as DAW plugins in the studio or standalone at gigs, V Collection puts the greatest keys of all time at your fingertips for instant inspiration.

In-App Tutorials

Integrated in-app tutorials guide you through every aspect of the instrument, from individual parameters to tips from Arturia's sound designers, so you can focus on the creative stuff. It shouldn't be this easy, but it is!

DAW Ready

Arturia's virtual instruments and plugins are designed to fit right into your setup without hassle. Whatever your style, you can explore sound while enjoying full compatibility with major DAWS, on both Windows and MacOS.


Arturia Software Center lets you download, organize, and update all of your Arturia software titles in one place, as well as manage all of your licenses across multiple devices. Keep it simple.

Preset Browser

Instantly find the sound that’s in your head with intelligent & streamlined preset browsing. Search with keywords, explore by instrument type, musical style, and more - you can even save your favourites to quickly recall later.

Resizable GUI

Whether you want the full visual immersion of Arturia's classic instrument emulations, or to save precious screen real estate, the interfaces for all of your Arturia virtual instruments can be resized to a scale that suits you.

Perfect Integration

V Collection instruments come seamlessly mapped for the Arturia KeyLab range - but they’ll place nice with other MIDI controllers too. Instant sound tweaking macros, easy DAW integration, and standalone operation - adding V Collection to your setup is effortless.


  • Original E-mu Emulator II feature set:
    • 8 voices multitimbral sample engine
    • Each layer (voice) has its own VCF (+ADSR), LFO, VCA (+ADSR)
    • Original 8 bit companding technology and 27.7 kHz sample rate
    • Analog filter
  • Multiple voices can be controlled from the hardware view for simple editing
  • Includes factory sample bank from the original hardware
  • Per layer (voice) insert FX
  • Each layer (voice) can use original 8 bit companding or a cleaner conversion
  • Integrated arpeggiator
  • 11 master effect types (Reverb Phaser, Flanger, Chorus, Overdrive, Delay, …)
  • Advanced Brightness, Timbre, Time and Movement macro controls
  • 250 factory presets

System Requirements


  • Win 8.1+ (64-bit only)
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 2.5 GHz CPU.
  • 2GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU


  • 10.13+ (64-bit only)
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 2.5 GHz CPU
  • 2GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Required configuration

  • Works in Standalone, VST, VST3, AAX, Audio Unit (64-bit DAWs only)


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