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DISCLAIMER: I'm a songwriter, producer, and educator. My writing style may seem a bit over-the-top like a billboard ad, but my user review is sincere and authentic. I only write about a product I think is extraordinary, hence the high rating. I don't work for developer. In fact, I rarely work at all. :-) I hope you find my findings useful. — Tommy Zai
MVintageRotary by MeldaProduction is a remarkable simulation of the old Leslie cabinets and loudspeakers. I know — I used to own a 147 and a Neo Ventilator. In comparison, I'd have to say I prefer Melda's plugin version. It's sonically close enough to the original without the size, weight, and occasional crackle and hum. Having a zero footprint provides many advantages! As George Martin says, "All you need is ears." He doesn't say anything about size! Mostly, I intend to record vocals through MVintageRotary. This plugin is perfect for creating that early to mid Beatles vocal sound — just a touch of rotary movement can bring extra life to anything you run through it, especially the human voice! I have also disabled the cabinet in my organ plugin (as per another forum user's suggestion), and the results were wonderful — "another quality-step upward." In the past, I needed to combine vibrato and auto-panning to achieve anything close to the Leslie sound. And, even then, there I was missing the Doppler effect, which is the secret ingredient.
Doppler Effect is all there.
Crossover splitting is effective.
Easy to use interface (gain, width, balance, dynamics, absorption, Eq, Amp, etc.).
Wide clarity range from clean to heavy analog (or digital) distortion.
No latency issues.
Stereo width control.
Extensive modulation control (a pair of global).
Sync to DAW.
Highly responsive (and fun) mod wheel.
Randomizer (ah, reminds me of that sweet feature in MDrummer).
Limiter that prevents spikes.
About 30 useful presets with a few accelerations (1000, 2000, 5000ms).
Excellent developer communication and support (lifetime updates).
GUI is not colorful and exciting, but should it be?
It would be nice to have more acceleration curves.
MVintageRotary is simple and fun to use; and, by engaging the "advanced settings button" you can go deep. The only common control to all Leslie speakers is a dial controlling the master volume — Melda has given us much more, providing an array of features found throughout the Leslie line. This plugin is perfect for ascertaining that Leslie sound for keys, guitars, and of course — the John Lennon vocal sound, which is my goal. There is plenty of chorale and tremolo. Melda has done a fine job recreating a classic without sacrificing quality or sound. Tommy Zai gives MVintageRotary two thumbs up. I only wish I had another thumb to hold up in support. Thank you MeldaProduction for re-creating and, in some ways, improving on a classic.