sorry,i'm a bit late to the 'first impressions' thread,just a few scribbles while testing,but maybe it'll be a bit useful for someone...
(bit bias,as i've worked worked with max aka mbreges on many of my plugins,but it's a shame this didn't get more attention,i love the random curve funtions,odd time sigs and general sequencey fun)
(nice gui,good sounding filter action)
(once working,interesting random sequence monster,though,not very intuitive for me.)
(nice graphics,cool sound,nice double-mousebutton control)
(nice chorus,got some extreme effects)
(great gfx and very unique idea)
(not sure what to do with them(ps:eventually we got a manual,but never had time to try)
(gave us some of the first vst freeware eg;percolator/chimemachine/dr.benway,so i was hoping for something more interesting than this,maybe i've missed something))
(good routing possibilities,easy to get cool fx)
(the default is 'off' so watch your speakers when you turn it on! )
Petrol Limiter Plugins:Hydra PL
(simple old school synth,wot no portamento??)
(well designed very cool)
(always great stuff from g2000kg,could be the start of something good)
Lively Audio:Maxwell Smart
(didn't compare it with my faves,sorry,but it seems to be doing it's job very nicely)
(once i realised it was a envelope follower,i got cool filter action with added fm/am.nice gui too)
(like others said,good synth,but small gui)
(great sample mangling,hope next version can have a cpu capper!)
[size=11](the most intuitive delay,imo)
(fx-delay really too loud!,nice synth,cool panels,lots of noise types,grey text is hard to read)
(fft synth? like it!)
(neat sounds,and good gui)
so many to test and so little time!
i left out some that i didn't feel qualified to talk about,though they seem very good,i didn't have anything useful to say.also some i didn't get to work,a few that were just ok,and a few that i forgot to write something,sorry.
congrats to the winners and thanx to all the devs who put in all that effort.
cheers ben for a great dc12!:D
(ps:any entrants who want a copy of any of my plugins,hit me up)
happy xmas everyone!