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i just upgraded my daw and entered the world of freeware softs. aska ayum is imho the model of implementable softsynths.
wysiwyg.. a simple 2op fm, one envelope, nice filter, easily automated. i definately favour the aesthetic of a simple, flexible architecture. hi hats to bass in seconds and everything in between with a bit of fudging. great for techno riffs with cc sweeps.
ratings: a 9 for interface. btw i can't even see this synth running on my cpu meter. anyone who wants fancy colours hogging their system ought to be an interior decorator or such. minus the point because (tho i've never seen this) it'd be nice if all you ss developers would put the current cc# for each param next to it for easy reference. implementable, eh?
no doc, understandable under the circumstance. would be nice for newbies.
didn't even notice if there were presets. this synth requires use :p
cust support - designer has limited english, but i got a response to a question in a few days. hope he manages to continue his softwares.
stability - i'm using logic and an aw2, which as a host is sorta like a high class party.. not everybody seems to get in :) either ayum or swith took me down once, but since then i've had dozens of stable sessions.