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Reviewed By critter0107 [read all by] on 10th July 2017
Version reviewed: 1.51 on Windows.
Last edited by critter0107 on 10th July 2017.
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Being a computer based musician I have accumulated lots of VST instruments. It's easy to collect them when there are so many available at the click of a button. I use some for general purpose sounds and others get my attention because of certain categories of sounds that stand out to me. But creatively I'm always on the
lookout for that one VST instrument that inspires me to create and is instrumental (pun intended) in defining my sound. Art Pyrite is that instrument for me. It comes with an expansive library of sounds and presets that are suitable for any genre of music. The layout of the interface is straightforward and efficient but also very stylishly beautiful, creating an environment of inspiration to experiment and craft your own unique sound easily. This characteristic of Pyrite makes the library feel so much larger and more diverse. Pyrite excels at creating ambient soundscapes from fragile and subtle to breathing and pulsating with motion elements that keep the music evolving. The factory presets included are creative, artistic expressions that provide endless fuel for the imagination. It is obvious from the moment you start auditioning the presets that such meticulous and genuine care and ingenuity went into the making of this VST. And if you should have any inquiries, contacting Artvera will be an equally rewarding experience. Given the fact that the demo offers a very good representation of the variety of content in Pyrite and also that it doesn't ever expire, I'd highly recommend downloading it and giving it a try. It would definitely be well worth your time.

Thank you Artvera!.

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mki
mki
21 May 2018 at 6:35pm

A contemporary successor of H.G. Fortune's ambient synths.

H.G. Fortune aka Günter Hager, who passed away in 2014, was a legendary figure among free VST synthesizer developers, notable for a long line of unconventional synthesizers especially suitable for complex, gloomy and lo-fi ambient sounds. Hager was involved in the early stages of the development of Art Pyrite but didn't live to see the final product. I'm sure he would have appreciated it.

Similar to Fortune's synthesizers Art Pyrite is especially suitable for all kinds of pads, ambient sounds and complex soundscapes. But it can do more than that. Two pairs of oscillators are fed thru a lowpass and a combined bandpass/highpass filter, each with their own envelope. The first two oscillators feature conventional analogue-style waveforms, the other two a selection of high-quality samples (much more in the full commercial version of the synth). While Fortune liked harsh and diffuse sounds, the waveforms here are generally much more clear and transparent.

What makes this synth so versatile and a true gem in the tradition of H.F. Fortune are its extensive modulation capabilities, You have two conventional LFOs, one Sample & Hold and one special slow LFO, each with its own matrix of preset modulation tagets, and on top of that a 16 step sequencer. The speed of each modulation source is, as in Fortune's synths, always set in relation to the host tempo. So whatever you do with it - you are always in sync. Soundshaping is completed with usable reverb and delay effects and a special kind of chorus called "Drone". As the name implies it's especially suited for all kinds of drone sound.

Overall one of the best free VST synths for pads, ambient and more. The only drawback is that patches from the free version are not compatible with the commercial product. But since the price is moderate it may be worth to consider purchasing the full version.

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