According to the following criteria, what companies have you run into that are scoring a full 10 on the following scale:
- 1. Sound
- Stellar sound. If the intention is transparency it's transparent, if the intention is analogue it is accurately analogue, if the intention is dirty it's really dirty.
- Numbers actually reflect reality.
- You can resize it. It's aesthetically pleasing. It's a pleasure to use. It's clear and intuitive.
- Non-existent or little latency in both sound and the interface. Acceptable CPU/memory usage for the function it performs. Rarely if ever crashes.
- Robust features. Progresses the field or contains all of the necessary and relevant features one would expect.
- Presets that sound great and work in production with minimal or no tweaking.
- They maintain their products (e.g. updates). They respond within a day or two during the week. They read what you've written and respond with intelligent answers and solutions. Or you never need to contact customer service.
- Their website has sound samples, downloadable demos, tutorials, a place to ask questions, and a knowledge-base or manual that contains most of what a user would need to know about their software.
- They don't pester you. They offer discounts regularly. Their promotions make sense. They appear to have an accurate sense of their value and don't create a list price of $1000 and offer 99% discounts every other week.
- They don't punish the user who buys their product with labyrinthine hell-hole licensing situations because they are paranoid that their software will be pirated and can't develop a user-friendly solution that doesn't condemn their paying users to regular torture.
I'd be interested to see what companies you've worked with that score a 10 on this scale. If you feel like you'd like to include a company that doesn't score a 10 - either one that scores high but doesn't make the mark, or one that scores so low you want to warn people about it - feel free! Also feel free to include some information about how they fell short or what they could do to improve.
Because this is the instruments thread please only post companies that produce instruments, I will also make a similar post in the effects thread so individuals there can also benefit from an effects list.
I may add to this list, but off the top of my head companies that score a 10 for me:
I don't actually know if you can resize the Pianoteq interface, but I've never felt like I've needed to. I give Uvi an 8 because I've had some unwanted sound artefacts in UVI Tines and I'm not entirely sure about their gain staging in Vintage Vault/their workstation.
So...who gets a 10/10 for you
::: Current KVR Member 10/10 List - Instrument Developers :::
Native Instruments (5)
Orange Tree Samples (3)
Applied Acoustic Systems (2)
Versilian Studios (2)
DS Audio (1)
Full Bucket (1)
Ilya Efimov (1)
Madrona Labs (1)
Psychic Modulation (1)
Rob Papen (1)
Sonic Charge (1)
SPC Plugins (1)
Togu Audio Line (1)
Unfiltered Audio (1)
Westgate Sounds (1)
::: Honorable Mentions :::
Soundtoys [moved to the effects thread* - twice]
Blue Cat Audio [moved to the effects thread*]
ValhallaDSP [moved to the effects thread*]
Melda [moved to the effects thread* - twice]
Lennar Digital (I count the quasi 1 and the secondary 1 honorable mention)
Native Instruments ( -Slow Support)
Modartt ( -GUI)