e-musician wrote:First of all, to make that clear, I'm a big big fan of LittleOne. I think it is one of the best plug-ins I have bought in the past years. I especially like the factory presets and the easy way they can be altered. Kudos to Bruno! Full stop.
So I was very curious and eager to try the new version. And I compared it to the previous one ...
Could it be that LittleOne 3 sounds completely different, and I really mean COMPLETELY different, from the previous version?
For example, the presets, although they have the same names, do not have anything in common with the ones that come with LittleOne 2.
And I think that has not only got to do with the new engine, but also with the fact that the parameter settings (e.g. osc, cutoff, seq, etc.) are different.
So if you used LittleOne in one of your projects and have updated to LittleOne 3, your song/track will sound indeed VERY different.
I tried it with several presets in a direct A-B comparison, and overall I can say that the old version sounds punchier and "phatter".
Just try yourself and have a look at, say "BASS - Analog Seq" or "BASS - Scooter". Or any other preset. "BASS - Analog Seq" is, in the new version, not even a sequence anymore (SEQ is turned off), and the knobs in the step sequencer show different values as compared to the original factory preset. So I assume something must have gone wrong with the translation of the original sounds into the new format. I have only checked that for the factory sounds so far, have not tried the Big Steps expansion.
Another thing is the new FX design. I understand that there is a new concept of having one FX slot for inserts and another one for sends. But that also means that you cannot use a delay and the reverb alongside each other, which is a pity and which also contributes to the presets being different. I would have preferred the possibility to load any effect into one of the two slots. Or at least have two slots each both for the inserts and the sends.
when you said that the engine is different - then yes, it is COMPLETELY different
as I stated several times. All the previous presets are all there, with just some improvement here and there just in a few cases. If you want a 100% replica of each preset, you need just some time to set every parameter to reach it.
By the way consider that the whole engine in LittleOne version 3.0 is FAR more accurate, you can do things that were simply impossible to reach on previous versions.
It offers full 64bit processing, oversampling and far better DSP everywhere. Obviously for affective reasons it may sound "strange" in the first minutes, specially when loading legacy presets - as when during the childhood for the first time you visit your neighbor's apartment in front of yours : the kitchen is there, the living room is also there, like in your apt., but everything seems "wrong", eheh
I think is only a matter of "adaptation", or maybe I just used more chorus in the previous version of the preset.
PS: if I remember fine, Analog Seq never had the sequencer enabled (maybe you're confusing it with Analog Dreams preset - it has the sequencer enabled and it is included in the "Sequences" presets section). As far as I remember, not 100000% sure.