I'm not sure i rated it what it deserves compared to other peoples ratings, but I think those numbers are becoming increasingly irrelevant.
this is a nasty beast, I was using it today and felt I had to turn down the volume to avoid offending people. the interface isn't clear but that's a bit of a nice feature in that it keeps you from trying to do anything specific. the most interesting feature has to be the effects section I'm not sure what the effects are but they can get positively brutal. also the presets are pretty nasty, I'm gonna have to write a song just to be able to use this thing... though I'm not clear on exactly how
this thing is genuinly useful (unlike my spelling) if you're stuck in a rut of same sounding vsti's, it also won't be acused of being phat.
in conclusion this isn't a work horse synth, but you could potentially found a new genre on it's sound.
Reviewed By Jim M [read all by] on 11th June 2002 Version reviewed: n/a on Windows
I'm not used to review synths but I have to admit that this one has surprised me a lot. The interface is extremely confusing but probably this is one of its strongest points :-)
I think that the words that mostly defines Borderline is surprisingly new and fresh. It sound extremely metallic, not bass at all, but good for weird sounds or leads so rich in high harmonics that will stand up any background like was usual with Casio synths. Weird phase distortion sound. It's difficult to defined but worth the time I've spent with it. Don't expect a classic synth but a completely new assortment of sounds despite it's basic substractive architecture.
The presets set is good showing a good range of possibilities. It's a pity but it's monophonic.
This thing... sounds like the devil's pubic hairs! I like it. It's unique. The sound is ultra-thin but at the same time it has a hard, solid kernel in the sound, the first I've heard like it in a softsynth. Put it in a big good reverb, and I was reminded of some of Frank Zappa's spooky Synclavier work. Sounds "expensive", what a trip. GUI is too small for old clumsy me, and it's a limited synth, but it's free, useful and makes me excited about future Tobybear synths.
Reviewed By [read all by] on 3rd January 2002 Version reviewed: 1.0 on Windows. Last edited by tomcat
on 3rd January 2002.
Looks are deceiving with this one. Take a little time and you will find that Borderliner sounds very different than other synths. It goes from mellow and cheesy to hot and nasty with the press of a couple of buttons. I like this one a lot! Nice job TobyBear. tomcat